Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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Reviews by kemoarps:
3.73/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a dark cola, with a massive foamy head that takes it's time.
The first hint is a little sweeter than I had anticipated. This isn't a bad thing in and of itself, it just wasn't what I was expecting. It's fairly creamy on the nose, with hints of a medium bodied chocolate, and and a little sweet molasses. Like a sweet cream with molasses and chocolate. There's something else there that I can't quite identify.
As it caresses my palate, you get almost a bittersweet lead, with a smoky leather followthrough. That may sound unappatizing, but it actually works. Definitely some toasty grain in there along with that cacao and almost a rich plum in there somewhere.
So the first time I had a Samuel Smith beer, it had that metallic taste to it that kind of ruined it for me (why I've never reviewed the oatmeal stout), and I noticed hints of that at points in here, but either it went away or I just topped noticing it, because by the second half of the bottle, it wasn't a problem. I'll be honest: I didn't feel that this lived up to the billing it seems to have received as one of the premiere brews of it's style. It's not a bad beer by any means, certainly enjoyable, but I didn't feel that it was the life changing end all be all of porters that it seems to have been attributed as being. Check it out. Decide for yourself.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2011 06:13:02 | More by kemoarps
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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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