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

bottled
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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


matta's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2009
What an outstanding beer! I dig the way the wood plays with the fruity character of the ale, BIG notes of caramel, ripe cherry, plums, dates, hints of vanilla, almonds, and blackberry. Sweet caramel maltyness, and a very mild tartness on the back end. I would drink this all the time if (A) it were available all the time & (B) I could afford to. The mouthfeel is velvety and supple and finishes with the complex hints of an old oxidized Port wine. Lovely beer!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3423) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Medium brown colour. Aroma has raisins, caramel and a bit of wood. Carbonation is quite high. Flavour has lots of sweet dried fruits, including dates and raisins. Some woody dryness. A shame that it’s too gassy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1690) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a clear coppery-amber with a resilient white head. Aroma is barley sugar, red berries. Flavor is barley sugar, biscuit, red berries, caramel. Finish is very herbal, somewhat earthy, and woody as well. Medium to full body, velvety mouthfeel and weak to average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
pours unclear bright copper with a reviving light beige cap leaving nice lacing. nutty fruity caramel, toffee and berries - malt depth, earthy and citrusy hops, orange marmelade and lightly buttery apricots - never overwhelming - actually gives this english brew more character and authenticity; touch of maple syrup, soft and well rounded oaky notes, bit of dirt, clean english yeast. light carbonation, medium body - oily, assertive grassy-peppery-earthy-citrusy finish. nice staving action. chewy and quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Ambercolour,mediumsizedbeigehead.Aromaismalts,alco

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
Drinkable, but not one of my favorite from the wonderful selection from Samuel Smith's wonderful brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1049) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
550ml bottle from Melbourne Bros Stamford. Deep golden colour with tan head. Aroma has sweet caramel and wood. The taste has warming sweetness almost brandy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
annunz123 (881) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Wood, pipe tobacco, raisins, and molasses in the aroma. Sweet, bready flavor with caramel, raisins, and dark fruit. Some coffee/chocolate bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Tremendous.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlimHabib (233) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark copper brown with a large creamy tan head. Raisin, toast, nuts, and dark fruits. Thick full body. Alcohol is well hidden, with a malt based taste and a strong dark fruit finish.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
This beer really marks the start of the Holiday Season. It has a perfect balance between aroma, taste palate and appearance. The first sip reminds you of a mix between a candy cane, a well aged merlot and a plum. The sweetness of the balance is unbelievable. The alcohol is also very well hidden. The palate takes like a perfect fruit cake. A damn near perfect brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (361) - Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2014
Pint bottle to a snifter. Hazy copper with off white head and lacing. Aroma is toasted bread, dark fruit, spice and toffee with a bit of funk. Complex flavors feature tart acidity, fruit and spice... Bittersweet warm finish... Very nice.


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