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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: English Strong Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 662   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned only. Previously 8.0%.
Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smithís date back more than a century with the individual oak staves being replaced by the Old Brewery coopers over the years. Gradually the casks soak in more & more of the character of the ale fermented in stone Yorkshire squares. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the breweryís underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
(Sample Date: 11/28/2009 Source:Once Apon a Vine - Northside) 550 ml bottle 8% abv. Caramel with some woodiness and earthy hops in aroma. Lightly cloudy dark amber/copper with little head. Sweet caramel and dark fruitiness. Medium finish with some woodiness. Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy. Finish is woody. Old Ale close to an English style Barleywine. Alcohol warming is subtle. Quite tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Bottle from the 2008 brewed batch. Pours with a very large rocky/frothy light khaki head and a hazed orange brown body. Aroma of oak, light sourness, cherries, treacle, metal, christmas fruit cake. Flavor is slightly tart and bitter, tons of dark deep toffee notes, raisin bread, and a slight rum richness up front. A bit of cotton candy (not in a Belgiany way) in the aftertaste. Lightish carbonation. Medium acidity. Unique to say the least.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (3952) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2010
Bottled. Pours clear, deep amber with a large beige head. Fair lacings. Nose of over riped fruits and light malt. Sweet flavour with caramel, fruits, raisins, wood and oak. Medium to full bodied. Oily texture. Dry finish and really no bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - JAN 5, 2010
bottle 550 ml from GBBF 2009 color: amber no head, Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness butterscotch, raisin, woody oak Palate: bit oily astringent pleasant way

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
Thanks Beth101, been waiting for this for a while. Lovely rich malt, caramel aroma with hints of fruit. Nice amber colour with a decent tan head. Caramel flavour, nutty with malt. Good texture. The beer seems well crafted as expected from Sam Smiths. The High ABV gives it an alcoholic kick. The beer delivers this well to unlike some other beers. Oak flavours come out as it warms. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle ( 550ml ). Shared with blankboy and garthicus. Slightly hazy reddish-amber with an average beige frothy head. Hazy that Sam Smith apple-fruity yeast smell, a bit nutty, modestly boozy - mostly fruity/boozy. Tastes like an apple-y boozy trippel with some odd oiliness. Slightly watery, astringent and boozy, with a weird nutty bitter linger. I like it, but I donít get all that Christmas character they talk about.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2905) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 4, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing this with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Copper body with a medium thick, slightly brown head. Aroma: Vanilla, winter fruit, raisins, plums, toffee and (like the commercial description) Christmas pudding. Very nice indeed. Flavour: Quite a thick mouthfeel, alcohol is evident at first but mellowed out pretty quickly, raisins, copper, spice and a long toffee and oak finish. I can imagine sitting in a pub in Yorkshire with my buddy Chris sipping this by the fire.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11576) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2010
550 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a large tan creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is strong toffee notes with some wood, raisin, other dark fruits, orange zest, caramel and sawdust. Taste is surprisingly tart. Cherries, cranberries, raisin, wood, caramel. Medium bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a thick latherous head that lingers on a hazed amber liquid. Smells of sweetness and minerals. Full nectar w/ mild effers. A watery feel although full. The sweetness factor is low and has an exotic acidity to it like kiwi fruit. Muted caramel, minerals, aged stonefruit, dusted bubblegum, roasted coffee bean. The finish lingers. Very old world in style. A delicious brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a hazy caramel brown with a thick creamy beige head that recedes slowly and leaves very good lacing. The aroma is sweet with lots of caramel malts, brown sugar and a surprisingly big wood presence. Iím also getting lots of booze-soaked plums and raisins. The taste is even oakier with a sticky sweet dark fruits and caramel malts anchoring things underneath. The finish is sweet with toffee but still dry with lots of oaky tannins and spiciness lingering. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation but still seems slick and sticky nonetheless. Iím definitely digging this one as itís definitely a very sweet beer but with a nice balancing job being done by the barrel character. Really nice beer.


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