Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Single bottle (no date) poured into a nonic glass.
Appearance: Huge tan head that settled down to a 1/16" thin film across the top of the glass the whole way down. Plenty of persistent lacing. Very dark that lets little light through but if you hold it up to the light you can make out some cola brown color (hints of ruby) at the edges of the glass.
Smell: Molasses with some fruity alcohol notes at the end. Also some roasted malts and burnt sugar which gets much more notable as it warms up to room temp.
Taste: When I first drank it, you get a cocoa flavor, but that quickly goes away as the beer warms all the way up to room temp and I tasted toasted/roasted malt, caramel, molasses with a mild coffee bitter finish at the end.
Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation on the tongue and goes down thicker than water. Really does have a "sticky" sensation to it at the end as it coats the whole mouth afterwards.
Drinkability: I think now that I've had this standard of a English porter I prefer American porters, but, this one goes perfectly with a meal and I could easily see myself having another one if it was available. But I don't see this as an all the time great beer, for me it's a nice treat with a hearty meal. I will say though that I've learned from this beer that it has to warm all the way up to really properly enjoy it. No wonder the Brits like their beer warm, at least this one is best that way.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2010 23:45:50 | More by damndirtyape
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3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a nice clear deep chocolate brown with a thin layer of white head. Great retention, looks fantastic after the pour.
Smells like a great light/medium roasted coffee with some hints of cocoa and smoke. Some sweetness is present with tinges of nuts.
Tastes follows up on the nose with an addition of extra flavour. coffee, cocoa and the presence of nuts is reminiscent of amaretto. Lots of flavours perfectly mixed.
Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and a bit slick on the tongue while remaining refreshing.
Quite an impressive porter, complex with great flavour and nose. It's a bit thin for my personal taste but that won't stop me from hopefully having it again!
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 17:47:08 | More by byronic
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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