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

bottled
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RATINGS: 677   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned only. Previously 8.0%.
Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smiths 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 brewerys underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13752) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2009
50cl bottle. Medium beige head atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, some plum, light toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some plum, light alcohol warming. Smooth medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Pours cloudy caramel color with thin off white head. Aromas of apples, toffee, figs, raisins and some alcohol. Fruity and caramelly flavor with a touch of oak and some booziness. The flavors dont live up to the aromas for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2431) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks.

Served on the high side of cellar temperature. This is one good-looking beer; pours a beautiful red-brown with a modest and coarse/short-lived head but abundant lacing and a long-lasting rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Theres a tremendous amount going on in the aroma: apples and dates, old wine barrels and oak, toffee. Flavor is drier than anticipated given the aroma, but by no means bone dry; instead, we get an interesting blend of sourness (more in the brown ale vein than the sour ale vein) and damp old oak with dark dried fruits and sherry, any earthy bitterness closing the whole thing out. Enjoyable mouthfeel, certainly not hot nor particularly thick, but quite fulfilling once the palate adjusts expectations. Nice beer but perhaps not exceptional.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14054) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2009
500 mlk bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head., Aromas of plum, raisin, molasses, oak and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and sdmooth with a dry finish., Flavors of plum, raisin, oak, toffee, light molasses and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering fruity finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8270) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
Deep copper in colour, with a massive, frothy head and moderate carbonation. Aroma of caramel, sweet, overripe red fruit, nuts and oak. Flavour of barley sugar, more wood and fruit sugars. Finish was dryish but marred by over-prominent alcohol. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4872) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Appearance: Pours a near clear, dark amber-hued ody with a medium-small, bubbly, off-white head. Smell: A nose of caramel-coated, toasted biscuit tops provide a nice sweet-smelling scent accented by notes of dried fruits and spicy English hops. Taste: Begins with a taste of sweet, luscious caramel with a deep, dark sugary tone to it along with some lightly toasty biscuit hints and a notable fruitiness coming across as raisins and dehydrated apricots ready for the trail mix bag. Mild spiciness and bitterness from the English hops. Only a minor perceived woody character seems to have been imparted by the oak staves. A bit mineral-laden on the back half. Theres a little leftover malt sweetness on the otherwise lightly spicy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Just a skosh above medium carbonation. Drinkability: Not bad! Its quite good, in fact, though, at the price tag of around eleven bucks per bottle (the real source of the sting-o), I dont see myself returning to it anytime soon.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Name: Stingo
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, dark caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2583) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Pours a three finger light cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber/brown amber color, some floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey nose. Flavor is a mellow honey with a hop backbone. Pricey at $11.54 for a 550ml bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5393) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Pours a clear dark coppery amber with a fairly thick white head. Aroma is strong, yeasty and fruity - mainly pear and banana - with just a hint of malt. Mouth-filling sassy flavor is malty and yeasty with a slightly bitter hoppy undertone and hints of banana, caramel and molasses. Texture is fairly rough and fizzy, and it leaves a somewhat bitter but not nasty aftertaste. Worth a try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2009
interesting beer nice dark pour lotsa foam, nose is odd sourish but hops in there. mild flavor for the alcohol, some oakeyness and dried fruits make this one id like to get and age


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