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

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RATINGS: 570   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5190) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Dark copper, no head. Lots of brown sugar, prune, rum and rasin. I get a lot of honey or molasses in the flavor, as well as notes of rum, vanilla, and some fruity flavors, to. Not bad. Sampled at lithy’s Septemberfest.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Sampled at Lithy’s Septemberfest Tasting. Clear golden orange with thin layer of tan head. Nose of apple, vanilla, oak, hints of alcohol. Flavor is cinnamin, oak, christmas spices, like hard apple cider. Kinda hard to get behind, especially for how expensive it is.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dben900 (8) - richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2009 does not count
550 ml bottle at Caliente in Richmond. Interesting. Reminds me of a sour ale. Definately taste the raisin/prune flavors. Nice spiciness. Kind of pricey, but the wholesale cost is expensive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1450) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
550 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours dark orange (think about what a standard DIPA looks like) with a very thin, quickly fading white head. Aroma is unusual; raisins, prunes, oaky, sugary. Taste is sour at first but then quickly becomes sweet. Alcohol is present but certainly not overwhelming. This is really unlike anything else I can think of having tasted. I like it but agree with the other reviews that it isn’t worth the price ($12.99 for the bottle I tried). Unique to say the least.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Not worth the $$, but still a good beer. Pours to a deep amber body with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is sweet toffee and light grassy peppery hops. The flavor is sweet toffee malts and vanilla. Light molasses and maple syrup. Very well blended and the barrel is not overpowering. Sweet creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Strong spice and driftwood aroma with some cranberry notes and an all around Christmas feel. Strong wood character, tannic on the palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle shared. Poured cloudy brown, with a beige head. Aroma of fruit, spice, sweet malt. Really interesting. Taste is full of dark fruit, light caramel sweetness, spice, light hops. Mouth is smooth and a little dry from the wood. Overall, an interesting Sam Smith ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Thanks to mbackus for sharing this. Pours a copper with a creamy off-white head. Nose fruity, spiced pears, some malts, raisins. Flavor is prune/raisin/date fruitiness, mildly sweet caramel, plums, indeterminate spice, a little earthy hoppiness and some drying tannins. Round mouthfeel, lowish carb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scouser (239) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
fruity with a little spice aroma. Cloudy amber in colour. The commercial description nails this one, Christmas pudding is real what it tastes like! Raisin, fruit, spice, and malt in the taste. i had a 2008 wish i had aged it! A complex beer that i dont love, but recognize it’s a good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7158) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured rich coppery brown with a lovely cap of looser beige head. The aroma picked up sweet toasted plums, treacle, raisins, and vanilla accented by some spicy hops and toasty oak.. warm and intriguing. The flavor was sweet and toasty with warm plum raisin notes, and vanilla leading the way.. sweet molasses supported.. oak gave sourness on the edges and balanced nicely with the sweet malts and spicy yeast on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and warm on the palate with low-ish carbonation.. only flowed decently.. overall a very solid brew.


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