Friday, August 3, 2018

Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 2015

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 34B Mixed-Style Beer (base styles: 17A British Strong Ale; 17B Old Ale)

AROMA: Moderately-strong sweet aromas of confectionery syrups (vanilla, caramel, toffee) and classic British fruity esters (especially apple). Clean, smooth alcohol presence. No hops (none needed). Subtle honey/lemon aged character and even subtler woody notes from oak cask aging. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Ruby/burgundy/brown hue (22-27 SRM). Body is hazy, but mostly translucent without sediment particles. Large, beige creamy foam, retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward palette for sure. Fairly strong confectionery flavors of caramel and toffee throughout. British yeast esters impart a fruity sensation of apple, cherry, fig, etc. Hops are still present even after three years of aging with enough bitterness to notice and offer balance with subtle earthy/floral flavors. Oxidation is subtle in the form of a honey/lemon sherry background taste which becomes a bit more prominent on the finish. Wood from the casks is difficult to discern and may add a vanilla taste that blends with the confectionery flavors of the rich malt as well as the alcohol. Nothing in the way of wild/sour notes. Tough to say if this beer if this beer gained anything from extended aging. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation. Feels lighter and thinner on the tongue than would be expected for an 8% ABV strong ale. Drinkability is quite high as the alcohol is clean and smooth. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tasty, complex and nicely drinkable. A challenge to judge since it's not quite a British Strong Ale and not quite an Old Ale. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

NOTE: See my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/02/samuel-smiths-yorkshire-stingo-chad.html

NOTE: See my 2014 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/05/samuel-smiths-yorkshire-stingo-2011.html

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