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

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RATINGS: 683   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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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DaveStroud (10) - Indian Trail, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Greatest beer I have ever tasted. I had a 2009; I have another 2009 and a 2008 I plan on opening to celebrate the birth of my second child.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (4733) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
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. Its surprisingly light considering the prominent malt and caramel flavor. Overall - a rare treat. There are better beers from Smiths, but this brew is hardly forgettable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davros IX (129) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
likeatrainwreck (551) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puren (982) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - MAR 7, 2017
PREZENTACJA: klarowne, bursztynowe, niezbyt obfita, bardzo trwała żłtawa kremowa, nie zdobiąca szkła piana;
AROMAT: słodki - karmel, wiśnia w alkoholu, porto, rodzynki w rumie, nutka czekolady, cukier trzcinowy, mid, w tle żelazo, z czasem wychodzi trochę alkoholu;
ODCZUCIE: ciało średnie, gładziutkie, lekko kleiste, nisko nasycone, delikatnie rozgrzewa przełyk;
SMAK: mocno słodki - za aromatem, na końcu lekka karmelowa, bardziej wytrawność niż goryczka;
OGLNIE: piwo słodkie, ale nie mulące; ma intensywne i złożone aromat i smak, a także przyjemną fakturę, jest pijalne.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nocturne (1951) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
500ml bottle. Red with a fluffy head. Has a nutty, red fruity, candied orange vibe to it. In the taste there is a sweeter, chocolatey, dryish end to proceedings. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (6132) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (3298) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1764) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (2442) - 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.


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