GranvilleTim (1776) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Redddish-brown pour with a frothy light brown head. Aroma of oak/wood, sweetness, fruits. Taste is malt, light carbonation, oak, dark fruits, sweetness. Leaves a dryish woody aftertaste. The dk. fruit flavor comes out more as it warms.
CanIHave4Beers (3537) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful deep ruby color with an medium head. Aroma is roasty with some sweet caramel and some brandy. The flavor is mildly tart raisiny with some bourbon and earthy character plenty of caramel character as well just a tad sweet. Absolutely wonderful.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Terrific opaque, red-brown in color, with sweet aromas of gingerbread, cinnamon, orange, cloves, and raisins coming up. Smells like a great holiday dinner pairing. And... tastes like one too. While the alcohol strength and carbonation are immediately noticeable, there is also an awesome flavor in here, fruity, spicy, and delicious. The oak is just barely noticeable and provides a great backdrop to the whole thing. Fantastic.
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 Nice to see something different from these guys. A brewery that doesnít get the love it deserves from its homeland in my opinion. In any case, Medium towards deep copper, some chill haze initially, slight but lasting head. Aroma is yeasty dough, some vague fruit, a bit of toffee. Flavor matches, with notes of raisin coming in as well. Donít think I would have found this to be oaky at all without the label telling me about the beer being aged a year in oak. This is obviously very, very old oak to impart only the faintest hint of its character on the final product. Also missing some of the buttery notes I am used to finding from the yeast of this brewer. Not bad, with a bit more malt backbone it could have been quite good. Incidentally, just realized this was my 100th English beer.
SrSilliGose (3296) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by BBB63 - THanks Mike! Interesting beer. Some weird barrel flavors going on that are tricky to place. Notes of toffee, cough syrup, dough, sherry, dough, wood, scotch, dark fruit. Thick Creamy mouthfeel. Neat beer that Iím glad I tried. I wouldnít drink it on a regular basis, but I would recommend trying it if given the opportunity.
popery (1612) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oaky, warm, balanced. Iím not the biggest fan of Samuel Smithís beers, but this Yorkshire Stingo has won me over with its intense oak flavor. The beer pours pumpkin candle orange with a small head that disappears quickly. It smells sweet and oaky, like an old rocking chair at your grandmotherís house. There are some nice earth and fruit notes lingering in the aroma as well. It reminds me of a Jolly Pumpkin beer, more in the aroma than the flavor but both have that same pervasiveness, almost overwhelming oak note that I associate with JPís beers (and I say that with nothing but affection for oaky beers, particularly JPís). Of course, Stingo doesnít really seem to have been soured at all. The flavor is still quite dry, but there are hints of caramel malt pushing through. It tastes mostly of fruit and oak. The fruit flavors are citric, cider-y and a bit floral in a fruit-ish way. Itís an excellent beer and Iím happy to have found myself a bottle. I may just have to go back and see if I overlooked any other beers from Sam Smith.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 9/25/2009. This English Strong Ale pours a medium brown color from a 550ml bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and woody. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, hints of wood, oak and molasses. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. The cask aging character comes out as the beer warms. Some nice orange flavors as well. Nice balance. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks Doug for sharing this gem. Pours a mahogany color with a nice proper puffy tan head. The nose is very earthy and woody with lots of caramel malt and light roastiness. The flavor is rich and pungent, very similar to an old ale, but a bit sweeter and more wood. Earthy hops and a robust body and tail. Very nice ESA, thanks Doug.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured in Trappist glass. Clear liquor like pour with small oily off white head, fizzy and no lacing. Oak aged quality with a real mellow palate, smooth rum texture. Some sweet bitterness towards the finish. A good drinker with some layered complex flavors, didnít get much on the nose.
TheEpeeist (3492) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
18.7 oz bottle. Clear amber brown with a slim off-white head. Nose is rum raisin, currants, figs and toffee. Silky body with a numbing tingle. Taste is brittle, raisin and Bananas Foster. Dry oaky finish with a nice bitter prune aftertaste. Hits all the right notes for an ESA; very good.