Thursday, June 20, 2013

Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (909) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2013
I 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 stronger.

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 porters.

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). 
Grade: 9/10
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