poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. According to the bottling
code, it was bottled in April of 2012. It cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).
Appearance: Seemingly dark black or brown, but actually deep ruby red
which is beautiful when seen in the right light. Forms a large, brown,
frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.
Smell: A distinct sweet cream or dairy aroma, not unlike chocolate milk.
Taste: When I think of porters, Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter is the beer I
think of. To me this embodies the style as it’s distinctly different
from a stout as its sweeter and less bitter, yet still plenty flavorful.
The body isn’t too heavy, though it has the robustness of something
Immediate sweetness as soon as the beer hits the tongue, but in a light
way. An almost iced coffee liqueur flavor coupled with a hint of dark
chocolate and toasted malt. Mild, but noticeable, bitterness through the
middle followed by a slight tangy sensation as it begins its decent.
More sweetness on the finish with a slight chocolate milk or other dairy
flavor and sensation. Samuel Smith’s uses well water for their brews
which might account for a high mineral-like taste and sensation. This is
a versatile beer as seasoned veterans will enjoy its nuances and
rookies will likely enjoy its drinker-friendly taste. Not quite as
amazing as some imperial brews, but probably the best of the smaller
Drinkability: Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter not only is quite delectable,
it’s ridiculously easy to drink. The mouthfeel is slightly thick, but
with a smooth, creamy/velvety texture almost as if it were on nitrogen
(like Guinness). It goes down as smooth as water, yet it’s not tepid at
all. The aftertaste is mostly clean with just a hint of chocolate or
coffee that lingers. At only 5% ABV it’s really impressive for what it’s
able to accomplish given its smaller stature. Ideal pairing with
chocolate desserts or enjoyed on its on (though 12oz is a bit too small
of a serving).