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


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RATINGS: 663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle conditioned only. Previously 8.0%.
Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smith’s 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 brewery’s underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.

   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. I’m 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. I’m definitely digging this one as it’s definitely a very sweet beer but with a nice balancing job being done by the barrel character. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle. A muddy golden ruby color with a lasting two finger light tan head , some spotty lacong left behind , light to medium carbonation . Aroma of apple skins , raisons, sweet toffee malt , oak , burbon and a hint of horse blanket . Flavor is malty with a light anount of funk , yeasty , bready with a little more of the burbon type note coming through , rasins and at times hints of apple. Fairly bitter , malty , medium body with a slick mouthfeel , and a spicy hop finish . This was a strange brew for sure but the more of it I drank the more I liked it , not sure I would call it sessionable , but quite interesting .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle on 11/28/2009. Somewhat cloudy dark amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet caramel, and light molasses aroma with some earthy hop notes. Sweet caramel and sugar flavor with an earthy malt background. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle shared by TheCaptain on New Years Eve. Thanks for busting this one out Mark. It poured a dark shade of copper with a foamy khaki head. Though the nose was faint it was very complex. Notes of pit fruit, toffee, vanilla, and a slight sourness. The flavor had all of the notes from the smell along with some soft tannins from the wood, and a general fruitiness. Nothing really stood out, it was a very well rounded beer. A nice subtle slow sipper. Perhaps a bit too expensive however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Pours a hazy deep orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is oaky malty some vanilla. Fla or is similar. Big malt kind of a soft mouthfeel. Good oaky beer. Nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34362) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2009
Bottled. A deep red beer with a huge lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of over ripe fruits, malt, caramel, and a bit of raisins. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of over ripe fruits as well as medium notes of caramel and malt as well as light notes of raisins, leading to a dry and bitter finish. The alcohol tickles the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2009
50cl bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, some plum, light toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some plum, light alcohol warming. Smooth medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3552) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Pours cloudy caramel color with thin off white head. Aromas of apples, toffee, figs, raisins and some alcohol. Fruity and caramelly flavor with a touch of oak and some booziness. The flavors don’t live up to the aromas for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2406) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks.

Served on the high side of cellar temperature. This is one good-looking beer; pours a beautiful red-brown with a modest and coarse/short-lived head but abundant lacing and a long-lasting rim of foam around the edge of the glass. There’s a tremendous amount going on in the aroma: apples and dates, old wine barrels and oak, toffee. Flavor is drier than anticipated given the aroma, but by no means bone dry; instead, we get an interesting blend of sourness (more in the brown ale vein than the sour ale vein) and damp old oak with dark dried fruits and sherry, any earthy bitterness closing the whole thing out. Enjoyable mouthfeel, certainly not hot nor particularly thick, but quite fulfilling once the palate adjusts expectations. Nice beer but perhaps not exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13290) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2009
500 mlk bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head., Aromas of plum, raisin, molasses, oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and sdmooth with a dry finish., Flavors of plum, raisin, oak, toffee, light molasses and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering fruity finish.

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