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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,364 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 133
Gots: 113 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always feel funny about reviewing a low-alcohol beer whose flavor comes so muted, one has to wonder if you're truly identifying features of the flavor palate or imagining them. But in this case, I'm totally pleased to be spending time with a brew that's been enjoyed by all sorts of beer drinkers and manufactured with the same yeast for over 300 years. Check out the photo of the stone fermenter "squares": http://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/

I'm totally glad this is an XL bottle, as I could drink this for hours. The pleasure comes in large part from the creamy mouthfeel. It's interesting: am I able to enjoy this so much b/c I'm stepping back from my beer geek identity, or is it the reverse--am I channeling the spirit of the cicerones of yore? I can't stand the cult of Guinness--perhaps the most overrated, weak-tea "dark" beer of all time. In stark contrast to Guinness, the Famous Taddy Porter really brings it.

From a 550 ml bottle into a tulip, it's a gorgeous black liquid, with a luxurious, gradient-brown head.

The aroma is all dark bread, with a bit of molasses, an allusion to coffee, and a slice of lemon.

I'm squinting a bit, as I strain to pick out the flavors in the mouth. It's admittedly a struggle, but there's real complexity. I'm thinking several fruits, with blueberry, among them! Rye bread, sort of greasy, like pizza crust. Mildly roasty malt, a yeasty tartness, and a hint of diacetyl dairy.

Serving type: bottle

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A- Totally opaque, light tan, one finger head. Good lacing.

S - Light roast, dark cocoa and hints of dark fruit.

T - Moderate dark coffee notes, plethora of earthy tones in the background.

M - Light and airy as a porter should be.

O - The prototypical English Porter. Nothing mind blowing but always a treat.

Serving type: bottle

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.