I poured a 550ml bottle into an English pint glass. It was brewed in 2010, bottled on 1/28/11 and cost $12.99 ($0.69 per ounce).
Appearance: Ugly rusty brown hue. Completely opaque with no visible
carbonation. Pours to a small, beige, foamy head which completely
dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: A cornucopia of dark and stone fruits, plus notes of sherry and cider.
Taste: I first had Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo over four years ago
when it originally debuted. I haven’t had it since, though re-watching
my review I can tell the flavor profile to the beer has definitely
changed over time. Like any good English-style barleywine, old ale or
“English Strong Ale” should, it’s aged and developed nicely. I’m not
sure which style category it conforms to, though much like the rest of
the brews from Samuel Smith’s Brewery, it’s complex, distinctive and
The first thing I notice about the palate is the huge fruit notes. Red
apple, plum, fig, raisins, and dark cherry are all prominent flavors
right away. I also noticed a strong, sweet flavor of butterscotch,
though it faded quickly. Toffee emerges on the finish, along with some
dark chocolate, giving it a taste profile similar to that of a
barleywine, but not quite as intense. Whatever hop presence this beer
originally had has definitely faded, though it’s not quite carbonated
syrup either. In my original review I described it as being very
cider-like and acidic, though that’s not the case anymore. While still
plenty flavorful, I’d say the beer definitely peaked some time ago. If
you see a bottle in the 2 to 3-year-old vintage I’d recommend giving it a
Drinkability: Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo definitely has the palate
of a strong brew, though the drinking process itself it remarkably easy.
The mouthfeel is calm, soft and smooth, but noticeably thick. I was
surprised (and a tad disappointed) that the aftertaste finishes mostly
clean with just a slight dryness. The 8% ABV gives it significant weight
and a minor warming sensation, but at no point is there a distraction.
NOTE: Watch me and Henry's 2010 review (of a presumably fresh vintage) here: