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

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RATINGS: 689   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 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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3.3
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Overripe fruits, vanilla, wood, caramel, wild apples, raisins, and lots of booze in the aroma. Layered and complex, but a bit overwhelming. The taste is milder, maltier, and sweeter, but it’s still pretty boozy. Plain, watery mouthfeel with practically no carbonation. I’d like to try this again, maybe a fresher bottle.


3.8
ttoadee (1477) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Medium brown pour, quick off white head. Nose is dates, brown sugar, maybe some Madiera. Middle is sweet malt, plums, some caramel, light fruitiness. Finish is fruity and sweet.

3.6
erikaraeb (138) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2017
The oak aging here definitely does this one justice. Smells and tastes of oak and caramel. Additional flavours of dried fruits, brown sugar, and toffee. Woodsy notes are definitely not overwhelming. Very clean finish without the syrupy mouth that some of these aged brews risk. Could use a touch more carb.

3.7
Msdrbeat (776) - East Lansing, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Bottled at dusty's. Lots of Caramel malt character. Not overly boozy. Warming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
17Beer (341) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Sherry smells with some orange. Deep golden orange with thick tight white head with microscopic bubbles short but persistent head. Beautiful complex tastes of orange, alcohol, sherry. A really nice ale.

3.7
mabuzzer (799) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2017
550ml bottle @ 8%. Nutty brown colour, frothy off white head that fizzed away quickly. Caramel and alcohol aroma, flavour is toffee, dried fruit, most pleasant

3.4
Idiosynkrasie (7423) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2017
550ml bottle [8.0%]. Clear, nutbrown colour small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Sweatish malty, slightly fruity hoppy aroma, notes of red berries, cherry, raisin, all alcohol soaked, hints of toffee, a touch of nougat and oak; fruity flavours are rather ephemeral, subtle hints of liquorice. Taste is slightly sweet malty, dry, slightly fruity, minimally papery, hoppy overtones, a toffee basic layer, some nougat thereupon, notes of alcohol soaked raisin, a touch of oak; warming alcoholic finish.

4.1
stevoj (4956) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 22, 2017
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Hazy, dark amber, high fluffy head, very creamy, clumpy lacing. Boozy aroma, raisins, molasses, Christmas pudding. Taste is sweet, alcohol burns a little, more plums and raisins. Sweetness lingers, with a little warmth. Really nice.

4.3
tammyvalanche (1) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2017 does not count
Bottled in 2014, this Yorkshire Stingo leaves much to be desired on the aroma. Strong on stone fruits, smells damp (presumably from soaking in the barrels), oaky. Maybe some yeast. A little spice. Appearance is amber, rose, copper. Head quickly reduces to a solid ring around the glass after pour. Taste is wonderful. A quick and pronounced hops flavor moves immediately to malted caramel, which lingers until it turns alcoholic, which pleasantly and warmly transitions to fruit (raisin and fig). Fruit lingers, undernotes of oak emerge, leaving a pleasant spice (nutmeg, a SLIGHT hint of cinnamon) aftertaste. Mouthfeel is watery, dry, quickly fleeting. It’s surprisingly light considering the prominent malt and caramel flavor. Overall - a rare treat. There are better beers from Smith’s, but this brew is hardly forgettable.

4.5
Davros IX (329) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2017
A lovely colour in the tankard and a small but impressive head. The flavours were fantastic, with malt and bitter hops with a top coat of sweet and soft vanilla from the time in the barrels. There was coffee, port and a slight burnt flavour that was lurking in the background. The beer was almost winelike and that is a compliment. It was really, really nice beer and there is not much more to say.

3.7
likeatrainwreck (573) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2017
Bottle at 8%. Pours ruby copper with a small head that soon disperses. Flavour is sweet caramel, dried fruits... body is bit thin and a touch watery. Not bad, but I feel it needs a bit more body and flavour.


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