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


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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6085) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2008
Oak, bark, vinous, the oakiness giving a dry dimension that’s very fitting. Sweet, dry, sherry-like. I’d like a few bottles and some walnuts..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle at EBF 2008. Clear orange coloured with a medium sized off white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, fruits and dried fruits. Fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops. Hoppy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MiP (13598) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle, 8% at EBF08. Fruity flavour, peppery and boring. Sweet, rough finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6206) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2008
Medium coarseish light beige head. Amber body with light carbonation. Malty fruity aroma with sugary notes. Sweet earthy alcoholic malty taste with wild berry notes. Sharpish, slightly astringent mouthfeel. A bit fizzy, too. Very nice, though. (0.1l taster bottled at EBF ’08.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2008
[bottle at EBF 2008] Nice, French oak aroma with just a touch of butterscotch. Clear chestnut with a lasting, white ring. Very smooth with oak barrel butterscotch flavours and nice, floral British hops. Very low bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 19, 2008
Bottle (EBF2008)
Rotting dark berries. Dry woody palate, fruity too. Interesting carbonation - it feels both flat and well carbonated. Alcohol sometimes present, but that often hides behind the big esters that are to the fore. Big wood too. Very nice, and almost comes over as tasting belgian after a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2008
50 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with no head. Smooth and mild hoppy aroma. Smooth malty and dry fruity to raisin note with a mild malty base flavour. Light bitterness and smooth alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11183) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle @ EBF, 2008, Carlsberg.
Pours coppery amber with a small, creamy, off-white rung of foam. Aroma has strawberries, toffee, light oak and caramel. Low carbonation, fine oily and vinious mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, the oak is there, but never overpowering, caramel and just a hint of tartness. Unique and very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle at chris_o’s cheese tit tasting. Alround rating: Perhaps the cad was ruined, however iv got this as pasturised and blatently so. Strong english strong ale, alc present, noteable pasturised cardbpardy character. Mmmmm...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7834) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2011 First rating
Bottle at EBF 2008, Friday September 12
Clear copper color, tan head. Raissin and sweet malty scent, also alcohol. Vanilla, sweet, malty taste. Roasted aftertaste. Smooth but also spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

550 ml bottle thanks to Johan (not on Ratebeer), sampled on February 19, 2011
2009 brew, BB June 2012
Hazy dark copper color, medium tan head. Sweet, malty, chocolate, banana, Hajkbanan scent. Vinous, raissin, malty taste. Raissin, sweet, matured aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

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