I generally like Samuel Smith beer.
Their business operations might be a bit suspect, but they really know how to brew beer well.
And this one is very good.
Stingo is a Ruby beer matured in oak casks for over a year.
It’s rich and biscuity, stuffed with raisins and brandy snaps, the smell is stewed fruit, mace, spiced oranges and rum.
The hops are dry and crunchy, old almost, but in a valuable antique way.
Think beautiful flowers in an old expensive leather satchel, rather than an old Primark bag full of fluff covered apple cores.
The finish is BIG in capital letters.
BIG, hot, boozy, sticky with toffee and ripe with plums.
Stingo is really very good indeed.
Source: Duncan Murray Wines