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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - chocolate, coffee, mild fruity something

Appearance - dark brown with ruby highlights, clear, moderate head

Taste - starts with chocolate/coffee roastiness, moves to butterscotch/caramel with something fruity fig/raisin in the finish

Mouthfeel - creamy but with a bit of prickly carbonation.

Overall - best brown porter I’ve had.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Very dark, can only see a little light through my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Good looking head is 2-2.5 fingers. Head reminds me of a stout- bubbles moving from top to bottom.
Smell: Nice somewhat sweet fruit smell.
Taste: For me this is the type of Porter I like, not too smoky, roasting or toasting. The bottle tells about their Yorkshire Square method of brweing at the brewery. This is a more constrained taste that probably an American version of a porter.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy, smooth, not a lot of carbonation.
Overall: A benchmark porter, one that is very drinkable. I can only drink one beer of the very smoky ones, but this I could have a few.

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

Pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights around the edges. The head is extremely thick, long lasting. Huge bubbles and pitting. The lacing is fantastic, sticks the whole way.
Scent is of chocolate, coffee, prune, roasted malt- a tad bit weaker than I would like.
Taste is phenomenal! Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, a bit of molasses, prunes and fig.
Bitter, then sweet, dry, then short lasting sweetness. A bit lighter and shorter lasting flavor than I would love to have.
Overall fantastic. I love this beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a 16oz tumbler

A: Deep, deep ruby red that starts with a one-finger head that settles to a nice thin cap.

S: Dark fruit (raisins and figs) and an almost metallic quality. A touch of bubble gum.

T: Starts slow....a bit shy. Doesn’t really “bring it” right away. The metallic property and the raisin/fig from the nose is noticeable early. Most of the American-style porter flavors that I'm accustomed to appear in the finish. A modicum of roast and hop bitterness at the end.

M: My god...supremely drinkable. I finished half the bottle without any thought. You can tell that the unique properties of the water are a huge portion of what this beer is all about. Funny that the back of the bottle emphasized the addition of whole hops, because they take a backseat to the water and malt.

O: I’ve never had the pleasure of “grabbing a quick pint” at a pub in the UK, but I can imagine that this must be a fairly respectable representation. A real treat.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,080 ratings.
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