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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4778) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber-hued ody with a medium-small, bubbly, off-white head. Smell: A nose of caramel-coated, toasted biscuit tops provide a nice sweet-smelling scent accented by notes of dried fruits and spicy English hops. Taste: Begins with a taste of sweet, luscious caramel with a deep, dark sugary tone to it along with some lightly toasty biscuit hints and a notable fruitiness coming across as raisins and dehydrated apricots ready for the trail mix bag. Mild spiciness and bitterness from the English hops. Only a minor perceived woody character seems to have been imparted by the oak staves. A bit mineral-laden on the back half. There’s a little leftover malt sweetness on the otherwise lightly spicy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Just a skosh above medium carbonation. Drinkability: Not bad! It’s quite good, in fact, though, at the price tag of around eleven bucks per bottle (the real source of the sting-o), I don’t see myself returning to it anytime soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Name: Stingo
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, dark caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2552) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours a three finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber/brown amber color, some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose. Flavor is a mellow honey with a hop backbone. Pricey at $11.54 for a 550ml bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5054) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Pours a clear dark coppery amber with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and fruity - mainly pear and banana - with just a hint of malt. Mouth-filling sassy flavor is malty and yeasty with a slightly bitter hoppy undertone and hints of banana, caramel and molasses. Texture is fairly rough and fizzy, and it leaves a somewhat bitter but not nasty aftertaste. Worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2009
interesting beer nice dark pour lotsa foam, nose is odd sourish but hops in there. mild flavor for the alcohol, some oakeyness and dried fruits make this one id like to get and age

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2009
550ml bottle courtesy of dkachur. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a 2 finger creamy light tan head. The nose is oaky vanilla, light tobacco and caramel. The taste is raisins, caramel, wood and a touch of sour fruit with some alcohol in the finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer. Thanks again Dan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2009
bottle: tulip: this brew smelled and tasted like a barley wine. The oak barrels really come through in this beer, loads of aged, dark sugars, roasted caramels, wood and tons of booze. Very hard on the senses, overload of taste, smell and feel. Deep, rich and complex almost syrupy in taste yet thin in body. Good beer... overwhelming is a good word.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks David Cohen. Hazy brown color with a beige head. Really rich, malty, honey-ish & caramelly aroma with dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Very sweet malty flavor with caramel, raisins, prunes, plums, alcohol, and a bitter spicy finish. Medium to full-bodied, slightly syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Ok aroma, sweet fruits (pear?). Appearance is good with very little head that dissipates quickly. Color is ruby red/copper. Very smooth mouthfeel. Sweetness grows as beer warms. This beer has a kick but the sweetness is weird and I don’t like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8082) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Wow, I wanted to try this beer pretty bad so when I was sticker shocked by the price I had to buckle down and get it anyway. Curse-d $11.99 half liter. Pours deep copper with cherry red hues and firm light tan head. The aroma is sweet with a bit of booze, maple syrup, ripe cherries and sweet malts. The taste begins as sweet as the aroma smells with malts, maple syrup, a touch of vanilla, faint oak and some slick bourbon booze. It ends with some tasty caramel, slight roast and light amounts of sweet malts.

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