Old Brewery Tadcaster
By biconews On 1 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Sean Armour

Welcome back, beer compatriots. This week we will explore a famous brew from the prime beer region of Great Britain. Brewed and bottled at Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Tadcaster, Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter is an excellent winter weather brew. Samuel Smith’s brews are made in a very interesting way, and the flavors gleaned from using a slightly different process are well worth the extra effort. The brews are well established and remain a staple of quality English beers that are readily available in the United States.

Upon opening the bottle you are already well aware that this is no beer for the faint of heart. A dark, rich brew pours slowly, whilst creating a dark malty head that drifts on the sea of blackness residing below. Strong malty odors rise from the glass as you bring it to your lips for the first time. It is surprisingly sweet for a porter, yet still retains much of the character the style warrants. The beer is dark, rich and hearty, with only a slight yet effective bitterness. Samuel Smith has created something wonderful indeed.

I mentioned earlier that Samuel Smith brews its beers in a different way. What I was referring to are the Yorkshire Stone Squares they are brewed on, as well as the fact that they spray beer from the bottom of the fermenter onto the top, reintroducing oxygen into the mixture. This is normally not wanted when brewing, as it can leave beer tasting of rotten eggs. However, Samuel Smith has perfected the process of aeration, which produces a pleasant butterscotch flavor. At about 5 percent alcohol by volume, this beer has an excellent balance of bitterness, warmth and sweetness.

The bottle is plain, but as it contains such a wonderful beer inside, it does not need complexity. Made of clear glass, the bottle brims with the dark brew, and the simple label is again unimpressive, but this perhaps leads to the mystique of Samuel Smith’s “The Famous” Taddy Porter. The gold foil rising high on the neck of the bottle somehow says that what is inside is as good as fine champagne. It is.

Overall, I think you should definitely try Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter, as it is a well balanced and sweet addition to any meal, and could almost be taken as a dessert beer. At between $2.50 and $3 a bottle it isn’t exactly a steal, but it is imported, and more importantly, very good. So go out in style, old chap. Drink a bloody good Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter and check out next week’s Bi-Co for another beer, which I am sure you’ll enjoy. Cheers.

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