So it’s time to wrap the Porter series. This week we are going to take a look at Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter. Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery has revived this old style with a little twist of their own. The water they use, which by percentage is the largest ingredient, is drawn from a well that was originally tapped in 1758. So the Taddy Porter has a taste unlike any other porter on the market, and here’s what the brewers would like you to know about this brew.
Taddy Porter is a very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense, dry, tangy character. It won the Platinum Medal and World Champion Porter awards at the World Beer Championships and was declared “one of the world’s five best beers” by Michael Jackson (I am not sure if it’s “the” Michael Jackson or not). It is suggested to be served at about 55 Degrees.
As for my thoughts…I fully agree with the full bodied declaration by the brewery. It is dark and malty, with just a hint of roasted character. It pour out with a nice thick head that hangs out for a while and goes down smoothly. The after taste is sweet and long lasting but not incredibly intense, so it won’t bother you at all. And as with other porters, the hop profile is very subtle.
As with other darker, heavily malted beers, pair this with meat such as beef or spicy sausage for a nice balance of flavors. I had it along with some spicy Italian sausage and cabbage soup. It was a wonderful pairing.
I love the classic old world idea of this brew. The use of well water from 1700’s well, and what seems to be a solid, standard porter recipe, transports my mind to a London Pub near a dock. So the official Everything Brewed rating for this Porter, will be a full 5 out of 5 pints. I fully recommend you pick some up from your favorite craft beer retailer soon.
Thanks for checking out this week’s Brew Review. Thoughts, comments, and questions are, of course, welcome. And remember to enjoy your beer, but responsibly please. Also, don’t forget to check out their website for more information on this and other brews by Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery.
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