What a day. Work was not fun at all today. Then, I went to the Academy and learned all about fire hydrants and water supplies. It was actually pretty interesting. The only bad part is that I still have 3 chapters worth of homework to get done this weekend. So, today we’re going to start with another British brew. I’ve had a few other brews from this brewery and this is one that always gets written up. Let’s see how it goes.
Style: English Strong Ale
Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Yorkshire Stingo was a public house in Marylebone, London which was a significant landmark outside central London in the eighteenth and 19th century. Located on the south side of the Marylebone Road, it was a rural location when first built. An admittance charge was made, redeemable with the waiters, as a method of preventing those with no money from enjoying the facilities. Its name comes from a fashionable slang word of the 18th century for strong beer.”
Random: I usually am not a fan of Samuel Smith labels, but I really like this one. It’s retro, but not stale.
This brew poured with a one finger off white head on top of a dark and cloudy mahogany body. There was some strong, visible carbonation on the brew as well. The nose started with some oak, toffee, caramel and dark fruits. The scent of raisins was exceptionally strong. The taste started with a lot of oak and some booze and transitioned into plums and raisins. The oak wasn’t overwhelming, but really worked with the other flavors going on. The toffee and caramel took a backseat on the taste. The beer was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with booze and a bit of oak. Despite the fact that the booze was pretty apparent in the beer, the oak and raisin flavors really worked well for this, making it a very enjoyable winter drinker. I would definitely have this one again. This is my new favorite brew from Samuel Smith.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0