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

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RATINGS: 549   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle from Ron’s. Pours caramel copper color with off-white head that goes away quickly. Nose is caramel malt, fruit, maple syrup. Tastes on the sweet side, with caramel malt, caramel apple, and brown sugary maple syrup notes. The oak is sibdued in this, and adds a bit to the overall palate, but I found this one a bit sweet. It is very curious to me that about half the people find it sweet and half find it sour. Interesting indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3663) - - AUG 9, 2009
bottle. murky caramel colored beer with a large creamy beige head. BIG vinegar, sour, cherry aroma. tons of caramel in the flavor with toffee and green apple sour. fizzy mouthfeel with a full body. lightly tart finish but not overly so. odd but enjoyable flavor. aroma....not so much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois: This pours a clear deep amber body with a pale manilla head that lingers none too long. The aroma is almost perfumey with alcohol, toffee, wood, light floral scents, and a bit of funk. Very creamy, if somewhat warm, mouthfeel. It tastes of toffee, crabapples (in a nice way), oak, sour dark stone fruit, and alcohol. The finish is tart/sour with a touch of caramel sweetness and a hit of alcohol. Very nice beer, and I wish I had the bucks to buy some more to lay down.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle a bit pricey. Pours a clear fairly dark orange amber with a tall billowing creamy beige foamy froth, very nice, 4.5. Fantastic oily woody toffee aroma, sweet aged oxidized sticky caramel, a bit tart, some sweet ripe fruit. Flavor is boozy, woody and fairly funky, brett?, bread pudding, rich toffee, just a touch metallic, definitely brett in mine, not just the acetaldehyde/green apple, maybe a tad too sticky sweet, would be better a bit dried out. Toffee and brett aftertaste. Medium body, soft faint medium sized carbonation, just a touch sticky but more flat. Very unique I suppose. [I should have known this one would get me a wicked hang-over, which is quite a feat for a beer, all the sugar and very noticeable tannins]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Appearance: Pours a medium auburn, that starts with an impressive head that dissapears within minutes of pouring. Aroma: Green apple sourness, and other fruity aromas. Taste: Green apple, a little bit of caramel and bread crust, finishing off with ever so slight bitterness. Moutfheel: Medium bodied, and a little puckering. Overall: Very suprised at what came out of this bottle. Flavorful, complex, strong, sour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (4654) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2009
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Copper-red brown with a a dense yellowish head. Sour berries aroma that tastes more balanced. Fruit and caramel flavours, definitely sour edge, but some interesteing earthy notes as well. Pronounced alcohol. Interesting though the nose is too sour.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 25, 2009
Botella. Spiced dark fruity aroma. Spiced sweet dark malty and fruity flavour. Sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10607) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2009
bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2009 amber, small head. aroma is sour, fruity, berries flavor is sweet, dark fruits, sweet & sour.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2009
Bottle from LIC, Aarhus. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich with plums, raisin, caramel and oak.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2009
Bottled, 550ml. Copper to chestnut with white head. Hmmm, this could have been so good, but in the end like many other Sam Smiths it fails to deliver. Caramel sweet body, quite heavy on the palate and yet no depth of flavour. Lacking much in hops, its smooth but thats about it unfortunately.


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