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


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RATINGS: 604   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Very rich beer. You get a sense of the alcohol from the aroma, but it is not heavy on the alcohol to taste. I get toffee and caramel. A very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
pras (509) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Hazy brown, aromas of oak, sweetness, malt, raisin. Taste was sweet, oaky, malty, with a slight alcohol burn. Needs to tame a bit. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2165) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2015
Pours hazy brown with a large head. Nose shows honey, cardboard, prunes, sultanas. Sweet and rich flavours, vanilla oak, malt, sultanas, caramel. Dries out in the finish creating a slightly abrasive contrast to the initial flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2662) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle, 8% ABV, bb 7/15. 11C. Darkish amber with a modest beige head that lasts pretty well. Boozy aroma with prunes, raisins, toffee, oak, fruitcake spices, white pepper. Sweet and luscious with some Madeira-like flavours. Toffee, dark fruits, spices. Finish is quite bitter and oaky with enough spices to relieve the sweetness. Been wanting to try this one for ages and only the price wasn’t what I’d hoped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3381) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Pours an opaque brown/red with a medium tan head. Aroma has lots of dark fruit, toffe, caramel, sherry and a bit of booze. Flavor follows suit...toffee really stands out...lots of oakiness and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is full and silky with a dry earthy/oaky finish that hints at dark fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (668) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2015
Ruby brown appearance. Mild toffee caramel aroma. Taste is some easy going dark fruits and toffee. Nice English style ale here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wozap (201) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Butelka do 06.2015. Kolor miedziany, piana obfita. Aromaty słodowe, suszone owocowe, cherry. Alkohol lekko rozgrzewający przy przełtkaniu, przyjemne odczucie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mortlach (1076) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 18, 2015
550ml bottle. Deep amber appearance, a bit hazy, with a medium white head. Aroma is overripe fruits, malt, brown sugar, toffee. Flavour is medium sweet, raisin, prunes, caramel, candy, a touch of whisky. Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. A good beer for sure, but I was expecting something more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3397) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2015
550 ml bottle. The beer is a hazed copper color with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma has some acidic raisin, oak, dust. As the beer opens up more, the acidity seems to subside and allow more of a mellow sweetness. Thicker mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Not bad, really not what I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3922) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle from Stewart’s Wine Company 130215. What a great flavour and aftertaste this beer has. Raisins and port soaked currants come to mind. Big whiff of oak in the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wxman (1511) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Delicious from a 18.7 ounce bottle. I’m not going to describe this ale as I always have others, because the commercial description is spot on. ABV at 8% (on this bottle) is not a factor. Very smooth and drinkable, though complex.

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