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


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RATINGS: 677   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinator (2025) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Complex. Sweet boozy smell. Murky brown tea color with minimal head. Very English in the malt presence, not overly sweet with an alcohol taste mixed in. You can tell this was aged as the flavors blended well. Probably one of the more well-crafted Emglish ales. You have to like this style though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (5991) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2017
(bottle) hazy deep amber-ruby colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of brown sugar and fudge, slightly oxidized, with some notes of bran flakes, floral hops and ethanolic oak. flavour is mostly ethanol, raisins and toffee, with some light salted liquorice, dark fruit and a rathery dry treebark finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (3069) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2017
550 mL bottle from 2014 shared by ebone1988. The pour is a darker coppery brown with a thick khaki colored head that falls to a thin film and light ring without any lace. The aroma is really sweet. There is a dusty oxidized cardboard thing happening and a darker fruit and caramel malt going on. Its pretty good but leaves a little bit to be desired. The flavor is similar. There is a sharp hop happening with the cardboard and light fruitiness. Its really interesting. Like a cross between a barleywine and an amber. The mouth feel is lighter and slightly stronger carbonated with a lingeringly sweet fruit, caramel, and cardboard on the back end. Its a decent beer, but its a little oxidized and messy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1658) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Vintage 2014. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, toffee, sweet, candy, malty, good. Appearance is amber brown, light tan head, somewhat hazy. Taste is caramel, wood, metallic, dark but sweet fruit, dry, nice but lighter flavor than I wanted. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, caramel and sweet dark fruit metallic aftertaste. Overall, I like it but expected slightly better for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2329) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 22, 2017
BOTTLE 55 CL. Clear dark ruby-brown, beige head. Rich malts and dark fruit gone fermenting, light winey notes, some alcohol (alcohol infused fruit). Rich malty and fruity taste, alcohol adding complexity. Full-bodied, yet easy dining. A little less complexity here, but still great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (3006) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Brown. Malt forward, toasted, slight wood notes, raisin. Full body. Finish is lingering sweet malt. I was underwhelmed with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fischersfriend (4) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2016 does not count
Aroma out of the bottle is almost a citrusy ,brown sugar with a buttery , earthy finish. Appearance is copper, but murky. Taste is not heavy, slighty bitter brown sugar. Very drinkable. . Overall somewhat disappointed. Did not feel that its anywhere near the best in its class

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (4269) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of toffee and malt, imbued with a little alcohol. Cloudy dark brown color, smooth beige head that rests at 1", waves of lace. Taste is malt that blossoms into toffee and alcohol, then oak. Full-bodied, more alcohol than 8% implies, almost too much for me to drink in one session. Good, but, for me, Sam Smiths other offerings are more appealing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1552) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2016
Dark ,amber color. Big , yellowish head. Aroma of toasted malt, bread, raisins and wood. Same notes in rich and balanced taste. Full body, Warming finish . Oak notes in aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manslow (1343) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 20, 2016
Butelka 0,55l Kolor ciemnobursztynowy, piana biała, średnia ładnie osiada na szkle. Aromat owocowy, bardzo orzeźwiający, słodowy. W smaku to samo razem z chlebowym posmakiem. Karmel i owoce na podniebieniu, raczej słodkie, alkohol ukryty genialnie, wspaniałe piwo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1297) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2016

Medium aroma of malts, caramel, oak, dried fruit and bread.

Turbid/opaque orange/brown beer with heavy yeast and with a slight/medium beige head.

Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, oak and dried fruit; ends slightly dry with bread.

This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Again that cane sugar this brewery always uses. Thankfully the oak adds to the complexity in a great way.

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