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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,072
Reviews:
1,325
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with tawny and amber hues. Dark tan head with a compact head that has short retention.

Roasted malt, hazelnuts, butterscotch, gingerbread, toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a mild hop note.

Roasted malt is on the verge of a scorched quality on the palate. Bitter chocolate balances against malt sweetness.

Medium bodied and slightly sour at the very end of the finish. I expected more power on the palate based on what I picked up on the nose.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head with huge bubbles which form quickly- some head retention. The head is a very light beige and the body is a chocolate brown which shows glimmers of garnet when held up to the light. Minimal amounts of lacing left behind.

Nose- This beer should be plenty warm but I'm not really getting a lot at this point in time. Slight hints of sweet and sour notes typical to roasted malts and coffee. With some swirling, the roasted notes come out much more with a hint of chocolate. After a small repour, this flavors become less subtle. Lots of nut, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Slight hints of smoke and notes I tend to get from nitro tap beers.

Taste- Slight hints of sweetness and roasted notes to begin with. Caramel and roasted malts come out in a very subtle notes. It think subtlety defines this beer. This is a beer that benefits from nuance and a seeming simplicity. It won't knock your socks off or make you stand up instantly but it is hard to think of what aspect of this beer would displease almost anyone. There is a dry finish as the label admits but it is short and does not disrupt the enjoyable creaminess of this beer. Steers clear of the mistake of over cloying sweetness that plagues many porters. Notes of raisins and figs come out as well but (once again) in very sparse amounts. This beer is a paean to economy in its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Absolutely delightful. This is the reigning aspect of this beer. Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. A light zip of carbonation balances out the texture.

Drinkability- Pretty much as easy as they come. This brewery exemplifies accessible beers. I can't think of one of their beers which the beer novice shouldn't try.

Overall- I would appreciate a more robust nose and flavor profile but the integration and balance is almost unmatched. A 4 N 3.75 T 4 M 4.75 D 4.5

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By far, one of the best all around and most true to form Porters I have ever had. There is really nothing to dislike about this brew. Pours a very dark red with khaki head with some retention. Fairly mild nose but plenty of chocolate, raisin, smoke, coffee and molasses. Taste follows suit with the perfect amount of sweetness, bitter chocolate, hops and roasted notes. Not heavy and overbearing like a lot of stouts and porters, but very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall, terrific beer... my new baseline for what a porter should be.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,072 ratings.
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