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

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RATINGS: 591   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2557) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Pours a translucent brown from the bottle with thin tan head and and moderate lacing. Aroma is non-existent, taste at least lends a bit of the oak aging, and the booze is well masked. Decent, but not worth the price.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gripweed57 (793) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2015
550 ml bottle. Hazy amber color. Big rocky tan head. Winery malt nose. Slightly tart, fruity malt flavor. Notes of dried fruit, but sour components seem to stand out. Not what I remember from previous tastings. More of a yeasty character than I remember. Label says it was bottled in 2013. Not picking up any oak or sweet malt. I think this was a $10.00 mistake. Need to try again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (755) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle 0.55l at Little Tommie Birthday party Pozarevac Serbia.Happy Birthday Tommie and Ciaoooo Alberto.Pour it dark amber color with small white head.On the nose caramel. Taste and aroma of caramel, sweet candy sugar, dark dried fruits, whiskey note, and wooden barrel on the end.Not too complexed but ok drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2780) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a short beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, oak, toffee and raisins. Flavor was sweet and malty with toffee, raisins, bread, caramel, dark fruit and oak. Smooth oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
trrhein (10) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2015
A very smooth oak aged beer. Lost of warm flavors that are good for a winter evening. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mecafilo (114) - Perugia, ITALY - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours with a dark orange colour, big rocky off-white head. Aroma is heavy malty, with notes of caramel, little hoppy, little yeasty, with notes of basement aromas; quite a strong metallic note there... Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, slightly sour. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (413) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 11, 2015
At Tommie's birthday party in Pozarevac-Serbia, bottle. Pours filtered amber color, cognac like with a small ivory head leaving lacing and drafts. Nose: under spirit cherries, dry fruit, wet wood. Mouth: liquor notes with a dry end. Dusty feel, tart hint. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigtaster (602) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Large light brown head, muddy brown cloudy body. Nose has horse blanket, funk, hay, brown sugar, light dried fruit. Medium body, medium sweetness off the bat, some complex caramel flavors with some dried fruits, dates, dried banana. Light sweet finish that still has a refreshing note to it. Just a few hints of funk in the finish. Complex, delicious and balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopbag (119) - - JAN 1, 2015
Drinking one cellared more than usual -- brewed 2011, this is 2014. Dark candy fruit. A little boozy like fruitcake. Some oak but not too much. Prickly carbonation. Pretty red glow. Moderately sweet. English yeast character is pleasant, blending into the booze fruit. Tart and drying finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (496) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2014
I believe this is the first English Strong Ale I’ve had that’s been aged. I must say, Samuel Smith has a winner. While this ale doesn’t produce a lot of head, the copper-brown color is lovely. Stingo’s smells are candy-like and fruity. Oak, dark fruit (especially fig), spice, and toffee form the flavors. For a Strong Ale with 9% ABV, Stingo is exceptionally smooth. Despite the rich flavors, the body is damn mellow. This is a dangerously drinkable holiday treat. You won’t realize how quickly you’re draining it until it’s nearly gone.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (593) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. A- Slightly sweet, alcohol, dark fruits, toffee, raisins, bready, malty, woody, chlorine. A- Amber color, hazy liquid, tan head. T- Raisins, toffee, oaky, slightly sweet, alcohol, bready, fruits. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish. O- I consider Sam Smith to be one of my favorite breweries. This one was pretty good but maybe the biggest letdown from them so far. The flavors weren’t as deep as I expected and at $12 for bottle it was certainly not worth the price as far as I am concerned. Let me say that it is far from being bad but not what I’ve come to love from Sam Smiths.


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