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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,531 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,531
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 146
Gots: 162 | 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours chestnut brown with almost two fingers of creamy khaki head.

Smell. Dark malts, caramel and cola, molasses and plum.

Taste. Dark malts, plum and molasses, light grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the low side. Medium carbonation.

Overall. Very easy drinking and tastes great. Can't believe I haven't had this classic before now ...or at least haven't reviewed it.

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

550 ml bottle poured into a mug. At long last I am trying this classic. Dark chalky brown, near-black, with a moderate amount of rich creamy tan head rather like sponge toffee. Rich nose of semi-sweet chocolate, freshly turned soil, brown sugar, treacle, and a faint whiff of red berries perhaps. Complex but not overbearing aroma notably in its earthy features. Palate is similarly earthy and vaguely sour, like cacao mixed with fruity molasses. Caramel develops on both nose and palate over the course of a few sips. Little in the way of caustic or rough bitterness despite the earthiness, which I'm thinking is hop-derived in part. Some cola-like brown spice. Smooth creamy mouth feel and moderate to thick bodied, with more of that odd chalky sourness in the semi-dry finish. Lingering caramel and raisin sweetness. Diacetyl from those those open square fermenters. Some of the written descriptions of this beer I've encountered may overstate this brew's "smoky sour" character but certainly this feature is present. I also get considerable sweetness of both dark and fruity varieties. Classic brew indeed and somehow light and mellow enough to enjoy in reasonable quantity.

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Poured from a pint bottle into a Paulaner dimpled stein, at about 50 degrees F.

A: The pour is a deep, dark, clear brown, with light evident through it. That light vanishes once it's in the glass, however - holding it to daylight reveals only an opaque wall of 90%+ dark chocolate, with a faint ruddy tinge of light along the bottom. This beer forms a beautifully thick ecru head, which takes some time to die down to a ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing forms during drinking.

S: The nose opens with rich earth and roasted grains, shot through with a light coffee note and a touch of raisin. The usual suspects of caramel and toffee are present as well, at the same level as the raisin.

T: Several different notes of dark roasted malt, mostly bitter with torched caramel and toffee. The earthiness swells in towards the middle, reminding me of "chocolate cake"-grade garden soil. What raisin fruitiness is present is muted and faint, a very slight counterpoint to the earthen and malt bitter flavors. The finish lingers as roasted malt and soil.

M: Light and verging towards watery, without quite degenerating all the way there.

O: I'm a fan. This doesn't strike me quite as complex and tasty as an Edmund Fitzgerald, but it is a solid porter, and enjoyable. I think that's due to the heavy focus on the earthen flavors, which threaten to overpower the malt at times.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,531 ratings.