Samuel Smith’s “The Famous” Taddy Porter
One of this things that makes this beer great is the water of Tadcaster, a Yorkshire town on the River Wharfe between Leeds and York. This water has helped make Tadcaster synonymous with good beer (well I guess until Coors mover in, anyway you get the point).
This beer pours a beautiful deep black with a big tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is more of the same. It is a smooth sailing beer. A session beer? Perhaps, I just like to absorb this one for dessert. There is a slight sour acidity to the finish which just makes me want more.
A little history of Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery from the Tadcaster town website:
The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was established in 1758. Samuel Smith’s is a small, independent brewery, brewing at the oldest brewery in Yorkshire. The original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use. The brewing water for the ales and stouts is drawn from 85 feet underground. The malt mixes with hard well water in copper mash-tuns. Fuggles and Goldings, the old fashioned varieties of hops that over the centuries have given the best British ales distinctive flavour are added later and boiled in ‘coppers’. Samuel Smith still ferments ale and stout in traditional Yorkshire stone ‘squares’ – roofed fermenting vessels made of solid blocks of slate. The yeast is of a strain that has been used at the Old Brewery continuously since the beginning of the last century, one of the oldest unchanged strains in the country, still as healthy and as active as ever frothing up into rich creamy heads. The brewery cooper makes and repairs all the wooden casks used for the brewery’s naturally conditioned ‘Old Brewery Bitter’. Barrels, kilderkins and firkins are the traditional names used for the different sizes of casks, repaired with tools that have their names like ‘patsy’, ‘chive’ and ‘adze’. Grey shire horses weighing more than a ton each are kept in the stables at the Old Brewery making occasional deliveries of beer to a couple of pubs in the town. Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery is by far the smallest of the three breweries in Tadcaster.