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Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
English Porter
5.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
Had a bottle of this last night at Effina's Tuscan Grille. They are trying to have a bar atmosphere one day a week, and they have actually been boning up on their beer selection. They were having some trouble selling some Samuel Smith's offerings and I was shocked to realize that I have yet to review this one. Served up in a nonic pint glass.

A: When poured it appeared to a black in color, but closer inspection with a touch of light added shows you that this beer has a dark brown body with some nice ruby/rusty highlights. The head is a nice and solid finger of tan head. The head as some tightness and some weight to it, leaving behind some chunky foam on the glass. This beer looks like what I expect when someone pours and sets a porter in front of me. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of some nicely roasted malts that has nice sweetness to it, but it keeps from being a too sugared sweet aroma that a lot of porters are guilty of. Just a touch of cocoa and coffee floating around in here. Finally there is a bit of bitter hops residing in the back of the aroma. All of the aromas are a bit muted, but they are the scents you want from a porter.

T: I had forgotten how good this beer was. That roasted malt is just damned tasty. Has a solid roast to it with just a touch smoke and bitterness to it, but it stays sweet. Chocolate and coffee are a more on the dark side with a good amount of bitterness rather than too much sweet. Slight caramel comes in with just a bit of added sweet pop. The hops as well have some bitterness to add to the party. With that said, the beer does have that bitterness but the sweetness does balance pretty well. It keeps the flavors in check and do not cloy the palate.

M: This a silky smooth medium in body, probably close to full bodied. Has a decent carbonation crispness to it, but this beer remains creamy and soft. ABV is not even a factor at all in here. This beer finishes dry, but nothing extreme. The dryness just keeps it from being heavy and keeps you drinking. The aftertaste is combo of malts and slight bitter hops.

D: This is a fantastic porter and I don't think Sammy Smiths can do any wrong. This porter is just amazingly sessionable. It has those really nice porter flavors but does not sit as heavy as some American porters. This beer shows that you can have that porter flavor and goodness without a huge ABV and over the top sweetness or hopping. This beer is meant to be sessioned and enjoyed and everyone should do just that. God stuff.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-27-2009 19:57:39

Served In: Pint Glass

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