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

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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,223 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2223
Reviews: 1211
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%


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.

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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a big creamy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, fading slowly over time to give a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of chocolate and mixed with sweet and sugary aromas of caramel and toffee as well as with other strong sweet aromas of dark fruits. A roasted malt aroma complements the sweeter aromas quite well, and in combination with the sweet, as well as a light earthy and woody smell, it creates a great nose on this brew.

Taste – The taste is drier and more bitter then the nose would have let on. It begins of a roasted dark malt flavor with hints of sweet chocolate and some caramel. These sweeter flavors begin to fade as the taste advances with the taste bittering more toward the middle, as flavors of cocoa and some coffee come to the tongue. A bitter-sour flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end with some light hop flavors coming to the taste as well. These flavors create a rather tangy but dark and roasty flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly above medium side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Not bad for the style as it makes it rather drinkable, but does not take away from the roasty and tangy flavors of the beer.

Overall – A rather interesting take on a porter. While I am not a huge fan of the tanginess that comes into the taste toward the middle/end, it is somewhat intriguing. Other then the tanginess I enjoyed the flavors, feel and look of the brew. It is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:45:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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sevenarts

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, slightly purplish black. Good tan head that fades but never entirely goes away. A bit of light lacing.

S: Really rich. Dark fruits mingle with a smokey, woody aroma, some coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, both sweet and slightly burnt-smelling. This smells amazing.

T/M: Doesn't *quite* live up to the smell, but pretty close. Rich dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, a lingering sugary sweetness at the end of each sip to offset the darker flavors. Very rich and tasty. Mouthfeel is moderate, just fine for a porter.

O: A great beer, definitely earns that "famous" designation on the label. It has to be one of the best porters ever.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 23:23:51 | More by sevenarts
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TownDunkel

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this one and figured it was the one to try (not to mention the higher than average price tag)

Appearance - A down right sexy dark drown with swirles of red and golden in the light

Smell - Robust and woody, really great scent of yeast, alchol, and light or very mild spices

Taste - Now that is what any beer drinker is talking about. Deep wood and mahongy notes that mellow out to a nice porter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Stays with ya and perfect carbonation for it.

Overall - Maybe the king of porters, don't think I have had a better one

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:52:55 | More by TownDunkel
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany colour with a very thick looking, foamy head that is off-white in colour and holds brilliantly, managing to stay about a thumbs width tall.

Strong chocolate aroma with some deep, rich malts and a sweet mix of fruits. There is some figs and dates in there as well as some sugar and a little caramel. There is a little barely, some light biscuit and sweet, earthy aroma.

Chocolate and dark fruits with a lot of sweetness and some sugar. There is some figs from the nose and a light amount of caramel but mostly there is some roasted malts and a little bit of a nutty character too.

Very smooth and creamy with a full body and about medium carbonation with the slightest spicy tang and slightly wet at the end.

One of the best porters I have tried in some time, there is a great mix of fruits and chocolate and the body is great with very creamy feel. It went down wonderfully and left me wanting more after every sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 21:43:07 | More by flyingpig
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Ranz

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured in my Spaten stein, it creates a rich, decadent head that reminds me of a great root beer float. Color is a rich black, the perfect look for a porter.

S: Pungent earth, malt, milk chocolate, and a slight acidity invite you to dive in.

T: Rich molasses, dark chocolate, and roasted malt flavor all make a winning combination. There's a nice, long and dry finish.

M: Smooth and succulent, the beer has a good and creamy, even thick chew, to it.

O: A pretty solid porter, no doubt. And for the price at my local grocer, it's hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:19:02 | More by Ranz
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401J


4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 22oz bottle into a room temp rocks glass and shared with a red headed pisces female on a sunday evening in November at sea level in the eastern time zone.

This is my first experience with a Samuel Smith brew and it met all of the expectations that friends of mine had set..

Pours lovely with a one chubby finger head that dicipates to a lovely haze that coates your embrace with this very special brew..

Amazing nose of coffee, chocolate, and bread that are mild and balanced..

The taste is in complete haromony with the nose and the quality of craftsmanship was more evident with each fortunate sip. There is a mild bitter presence at the back of my tongue that is not at all unpleasant.. It almost keeps it where it needs to be.

The mouthfeel was the star of the show for me.. Leaving a suddle caramel coat that tastes thick on the outer tongue and fades gently to the center of my palate leaving only the finest of its characters as a trace..

Overall this beer is a treat.. I will definitely be purchasing this again and feel it was an amazing value as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:20:58 | More by 401J
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Brouwerij


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black. Two fingers of tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and malts.

Taste: Dominated by chocolate and roasted malt flavors although there is a bit of the tanginess the label describes.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and full. Moderate to minimal carbonation. Very palatable despite being so rich.

Overall: An excellent porter that i thoroughly enjoyed. Exceptional taste and mouthfeel make this a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 22:20:16 | More by Brouwerij
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beergoot

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body topped with a thick, sticky light tan head. Rich molasses and sweet chocolate entice the nose; caramel and toffee notes. Malt and vanilla flavor dominates the taste with a slight sourness; light bitterness. Medium-heavy body; smooth and rich.

An excellent porter with soul-soothing character. A smooth, rich, chocolatey mouth treat.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 21:15:49 | More by beergoot
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

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

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Medium sized head of light tan head. Very tight bubbles. Close to opaque but you can see through the edges when held to the light. Small amount of lacing.

S - Smooth chocolate foremost. I get a tiny bit of tangy character. Dark caramel.

T - Taste follows the nose as it has very creamy chocolate malt right up front. Mid-palate I can get that twanginess. Hops balance slightly and finishes with a little roasty flavor that lasts a bit.

M - Medium to medium-full body, medium carbonation. Never really sweet nor dry feel.

O - Didn't realize that an English Porter could have that slightly soured character to it till I read the style description and the label, this beer definitely had it. Very smooth dark malts made this beer. Complex enough in the nose and definitely in flavor. Solid body with a good balanced feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:27:40 | More by Jparker37
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Black, nearly opaque, mocha head with high retention. Very heavy lacing that globs onto the side of the glass.

S- Coffee, milk, slight metallic aroma. Not too strong.

T- Upfront, roasted coffee, toasted chocolate malt, ends with a nice subtle roasty flavor. Nice, smooth flavors that demand another sip.

M- Debatable the best part of this beer. Super smooth and silky with low carbonation. Extremely drinkable, especially for a beer this heavy.

Overall, an excellent interpretation of the style. Nicely balanced, extremely smooth, and easy to drink. Just the right proportion of malt and aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:07:48 | More by gcamparone
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled pint glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Gentle pouring resulted in a nice, inch-high, tan head. Head is wonderfully creamy and crawls down the side of the glass. Otherwise, beer is jet black and very stoutesque (if I may).

-Smell 4.0: Well-balanced bouquet of barley, caramel and a mild hoppiness. Almost a buttery scent in there as well. So promising.

-Taste 4.5: Front is just cool liquid, with a slight sweetness. This leads you to a kick in the teeth from the middle: a huge, caramel and a somewhat buttery toasted grain flood. The toasted grains are so subdued and wonderful. Finish is abruptly flat and alkaline, but with only a slight hoppiness. Aftertaste is phenomenal: hops and toasted grains and that butteriness again. All the flavor notes present are subdued and well-balanced.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Very enjoyable creamy taste from the expertly balanced carbonation.

-Overall 4.5: Certainly one of the top if not THE best porter I have ever enjoyed. I cannot stress enough the creaminess and the butteriness of this beer. I imagine it would go good with food, but should be (IMHO) consumed on its own, so that the taster can hit all the flavor profiles present in this amazing brew. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 05:01:06 | More by BeerDocT
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to finally try this beer based on many of the good reviews I've read. Pours a very dark, nearly black color with just a touch of deep, ruby-red shining through the edges of the glass. Solid tan head mounted on the top of the beer that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The initial nose is full of coffee and figs, a bit of roast and a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is unique - it's definitely a porter, but it's quite unlike any other porter I've had. The first thing that hits your palette is a huge roasted barley and malt flavor. Just enormous. This is followed up by a nice roasted coffee bean flavor that starts to take over as the beer is warming in your mouth.

About halfway through, the taste shifts from roasted and malty to slightly sweet and bitter. The bittersweet cocoa comes out, along with a huge punch from the "dark" fruits (dates, figs, raisins, it's hard to pinpoint just one). The transition from roasty and toasty to sweet-tangy-bitter is quite nice and complex, a mark that is oftentimes aimed at and missed in a lot of beers. Medium-heavy body with super huge creaminess and a nice dose of carbonation that really brings everything together.

This beer was incredibly hyped up to me before I finally tried it. Did it live up to the hype? It's hard to say. Probably not. Nevertheless, is it a good beer? Absolutely. One of the most complex flavor profiles for a porter I've had that still manages to keep your attention without going too far out-of-bounds. At 5% ABV, this is something you could drink all night. Solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 12:06:24 | More by tectactoe
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BuzzLikebeer

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 550 ml into a pint glass

A - Dark brown/Black, 1 finger tan head, some lacing. thin layer of carbonation lasts throughout

S - Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee

T - Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, slight hop finish, some residual sweetness

M - Milky smooth, medium body, some carbonation on the tongue

O - Classic porter from a classic brewery. Surprised by how smooth and easy it drinks for a porter. Feels almost like a milk stout. Makes for a good session beer at 5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:15:03 | More by BuzzLikebeer
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown (almost black) with a tall creamy brown head. The head actually hangs around for a while, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The nose is filled with aromas of dark roasted malt and chocolate. I picked up a hint of toffee in the smell as well. The taste absolutely follows the nose. The dark roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee flavors blend well and coat the mouth. I have to say I catch some coffee notes as well. It's not too sweet, so it's just right to make this balanced. The body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is pretty clean and smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is a most excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:30:04 | More by acevenom
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Right away it is easy to tell this is yet another carefully crafted beer from Samuel Smith's. With a firm but gentle pour, a beer fills the glass that is dark brown in color with a bit of a ruby tint, more so in the edges. A dense, thick mocha cap rests on top of the beer and leaves a nice amount of lace stick down the sides of the glass.

The aroma blends smooth dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cocoa together, with a bit of earthy nuttiness as well.

The blend of the flavors is definitely one of the strengths of this beer. Each sip starts with a fair amount of roasted malt and chocolate flavor that ranges from soft, semi-sweet cocoa to dark and slightly bitter. There is a bit of caramel and fig flavor in the middle that gives a gentle sweetness, and finally a blend of earthy hops and light coffee notes create a moderately bitter finish. The beer wraps up cleanly, although I wish the flavor was a bit more full and robust.

One aspect that could be improved is the body. Although 5% for a porter may have been the standard in the past and Taddy Porter drinks slightly bigger than that, there are just too many amazing porters coming out with a much deeper and more textured flavor to have this one stand out anymore.

The obvious brewing skill and small touches show why this beer (like most from Samuel Smith's) is a classic. However, with the speed of innovation in the porter style and in craft beer in general, this beer may be relegated to more infrequent consumption. When I have this, though, it is very drinkable and disappears quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 17:51:56 | More by KickInTheChalice
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.

A: Pours a nice brownish black with a creamy-looking light tan head.

S: Light chocolate and slightly sweet biscuit dough, some dried fruit esters from that characteristic Sam Smith ale yeast.

T: Lightly bitter coffee beans and cocoa, dried pear and a bit of leather.

M: Light yet creamy.

O: A very good porter. The malts could be a bit more assertive against the esters, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 04:04:24 | More by Etan
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Bockrules

New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass

A - Pours a used motor oil black with garnet highlights capped by a gorgeous 3-finger, creamy, tan head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a narrow parabola of lacing.

S - Chocolate mocha and tangy dark fruits greet the nose upon opening the bottle. Chocolate malt dominates the nose once in the glass a.

T - Chocolate malt and dark fruit upfront. The body is a nice balance of chocolate malt, tangy dark fruit and spicy hops with hints of coffee. More fruit and hop notes emerge as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a tangy chocolate covered fig finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation to give the beer a fair amount of creaminess. It could be a tad thicker, but that is a bit subjective and nitpicky.

I had saved this beer in my fridge for a relatively special occasion and decided to go for it tonight after finishing some code (nerdy I know). Although this is a damn good beer, it failed to meet my admittedly high expectations based on the Nut Brown. The flavor was good, just not irresistible like the brown. I might pick this up again now and then, but there are plenty of American porters that I like better than this and can be had for less.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 06:25:51 | More by Bockrules
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claspada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown/black color with a creamy, light khaki-colored head that settles leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas are quite subtle overall but contain balanced amounts of toasted toffee maltiness with hints of chocolate, nuts and a slight bit of molasses as it warms.

Th tastes begin with mild coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and molasses. As it warms I can perceive a soft, light hoppiness with more emerging toasted sugar sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth, but a bit watery.

Dverall this is a very good example of an English Porter but a but watery overall and could use a bump in the body to be great. Not to the level of Fuller's London Porter but a solid sessionable Porter for those winter months.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 20:33:02 | More by claspada
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mscudder

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine brew I have enjoyed on a number of occasions. Poured into a globe.

A - A deep, milky brown with a thin tan head.

S - Quite the subtle aromas here, yet textbook for the style: chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and some smoked character.

T - A soft composition of a wealth of flavors here: coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramel, sweet molasses, nuts and a touch of tobacco. Such complexity in a refine balance. Enjoyable.

M - Medium body with more than enough carbonation. Resists the creamy feel I desire.

O - One of the porters I summon when I feel the occasion calls. There are notes that are not found elsewhere, although the faults are worth taking note. Not perfect, yet represents the fine craftsmanship of the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 06:44:41 | More by mscudder
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deaconoflove

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is nothing I don't like about this beer.
Very dark...black with dark tan head.
Smells of dark chocolate, raisiny sweetness, and a little roasted coffee.
Taste follows like sweet chocolate covered raisins. A nice mild bitterness overlay that gets more so as it lingers.
Feels great, filling, substantial, medium carbonation.
Overall, I could drink this very frequently. Dang near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 21:41:17 | More by deaconoflove
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Greywulfken

New York

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

A: dark brown pour yields a nearly opaque black beer with a modest head of creamy tan

S: picked up something like stale molasses (?), earthy, grainy malts; hidden dark moldy fruit

T: light and dark malt tastes, bitter darks, some tanginess; roasted wood and toasty bitter hops

M: medium-weight - not a heavy beer, but with some tack to it, bitterness lingers

O: a venerable beer; should be on everyone's "try" list - I'm not a real fan of the style, but this is a classy beer

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:12:49 | More by Greywulfken
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The_1084


4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black color; has a mocha head about 1 finger in width that dissipates about halfway through leaving nice lacing; too dark to see any visible signs of carbonation; would have rated a 5 on appearance had the head been a little thicker and stuck around a little longer.

S - Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T - Has a smokey flavor that is well balanced with hints of dark chocolate and coffee; very pleasant taste from start to finish.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy texture; has a clean finish with moderate carbonation.

O - Easily the best porter I have drank thus far and one of the best beers; Samuel Smith has yet to disappoint and this beer is no exception; I would highly recommend this to any beer enthusiast and look forward to drinking more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 00:22:01 | More by The_1084
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, nearly two fingers of head that produces some trace lacing and retains to a little over the half way point. The darkest of dark chocolate brown in colour for the body.

Smell: Warming helps it's case substantially as rich coffee, walnuts with an ample dose of well roasted malt. I can also even pick up the slight hard water scent to it as well to a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Substantially good, mild malt, espresso and chocolate starts us off as well roasted malted with touches of plum come forward with a slight mineral note that is dusted away with a the perfect dusting of hops. A perfect score would have been earned had the mineral note got pulled back and a bit more diversity in it, but all in all this is a well done Porter.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a big too aggressive for a Porter as the creaminess isn't quite there. The aftertaste is a nice roasted malt touch which the hops tame well so it doesn't come across as burnt. Good transitioning.

Drinkability: Very high for a Porter, as it's rich and flavourful but not burnt or excessively bitter. Goes down easy and it doesn't suffer from high bitterness that makes so many Porters nothing more then slightly mild stouts. It's medium bodied, although a little bit gassy. Solid.

Final Thoughts: Samuel Smith's is probably my favourite English brewery, and I'm sure a lot of people say that. The best part is that this is a beer for all seasons, as I could even happily drink this in the summer heat, which is something that many Porters simply can't say. This is just another exceptional brew from another exceptional brewery and famous for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 00:10:29 | More by TheHammer
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep brown with hues of garnet. Clarity is great. Tan head is pillowy and creamy. Great retention, uneven rings of lacing. Looks great in the glass.

S: Rich caramel, roasted barley, espresso, and mild toffee notes. Darkfruit scents of currant and blackberry. Hint of chocolate covered cherries. Blackstrap molasses. Sweet on the nose overall, though there is just the slightest twang of acidic tartness in the background. The nose is excellent, and very complex. I took my time and let it open up, and my patience was rewarded.

T: Caramel and toffee at the outset. Mild roasted notes of wood and a touch of smoke. Bold tastes of roasted barley and espresso unfold on the mid-palate. Plum, blackberry, and currant undertones. Juicy plum comes to the forefront for an instant. Yeasty flavors of bread patted with flour. Faint suggestion of garden herbs from the hops, maybe tobacco leaf too. Cocoa and molasses. Hint of acidity hits to tip of the tongue ever so subtly. The finish is dry and mellow, but complex and lingering. Caramel, toffee, soft charcoal notes, and a light fruitiness recede slowly and softly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy and silky in the mouth. Low carbonation, very slight astringency. Insanely smooth.

O: This is the English porter against which all others must be measured. One of the most complex beers I've had to date; a new flavor presents itself with each sip. It really doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:57:50 | More by ryan1788a5
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nevery


3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark opaque red-brown with deep purple and orange-red edges. Slimy lacing, creamy thick tan head settles to a blanket.

S: Sweet, malty, roasty

T: Starts sweet, creamy. Ends roasty-malty, then mild hoppy and more roasty. Slight chocolate, less coffee.

M: Medium to heavy body, wet, champaign bubbles.

O: Very good! A slightly hoppy dark porter. Well done, but might benefit from more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:39:24 | More by nevery
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,223 ratings.