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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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2,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,695
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 171
Gots: 230 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head showing nice sustain with a chocolate tan fluffy head. Smell is notes of coffee but not too overpowering. taste is good of coffee and chocolate with an easy mouthfeel, run down smoothly. Aftertaste is a little bitter but not much to notice.

Another great beer from samuel smith, one of the better porters I have have.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real good one. I sometimes overlook Sammy Smith because it seems to be around all the time, but I've recently been enjoying their beers. Appears to be "pitch brown," my new term for almost black, or very dark brown and opaque. Can't really see any light through this one. Big thick foamy head that lasts. Taste is well balanced for a porter. Roasted malts up front, and a burnt bitterness and coffee bean hint that is really nice. Part of the bitterness might be the hops, of which there are plenty, for a porter. Nice and spicy profile. Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as the stouts, but that's kind of a nice quality for a porter. Nice, solid, drinkable, tasty brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

550 mL bottle served at cellar temperature; no packaging date. I haven't seen this stuff in Ontario in many years, so this bottle was picked up at a shop in Port Huron.

Pours a deep, blackish-brown colour with some burgundy highlights. Two fingers of frothy, light beige-coloured head erupts at the surface, receding slowly over the next three or four minutes. A lumpy cap/collar and some rings of lacing remain - a very aesthetically-pleasing porter. The aroma is fairly roasty, with dark malts and molasses mingling alongside chocolate, prunes and a touch of black licorice.

The flavour profile falls along the same lines - quite roasted, almost burnt dark malts, countered by dark chocolate, treacle and raisins. Almost has a lactic-like sourness to it. Some light coffee roast with vanilla then leads into the finish, which offers up light char and leafy hop bitterness. Vaguely smoky, somehow... Medium in body, with rather light carbonation that gives this porter a smooth, somewhat silky mouthfeel. A bit flat/lifeless, but this is my only real complaint - otherwise, this is a delicious session porter.

Final Grade: 4.00, just eking out an A-. I've been searching a long time for a bottle of The Famous Taddy Porter, and finally my persistence has been rewarded. This is a remarkably well-made beer, and although it lacks the unusual flavours or intensity of many American porter interpretations, there's always going to be room for the classics in my fridge. I still like Fuller's LP more, but this is a good replacement that no stout/porter fan should neglect to try.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,695 ratings.