Samuel Smith – Taddy English Porter (550ml)
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The Samuel Smith brewery in Tadcaster was founded in 1758 and is Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. Samuel Smith is one of the few remaining independent exporting breweries in England and is the last to utilize the classic Yorkshire Square system of fermentation solely in stone (slate) squares.
The rich Samuel Smith strain of yeast at the brewery dates from the early 1900s. Hops are hand-weighed by the master hop blender, and the brewing water is drawn from the original well, sunk over 250 years ago.
Samuel Smith produces over a dozen beers, but they are most known for their ultra-traditional English ales. The Organic Pale Ale, Taddy Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Stout, and Nut Brown are all considered some of the world’s best examples of their styles and are often seen as the benchmark in their categories.
Very dark, with roasted chocolate aromas that mingle with nutty caramelized notes. The palate is fairly full in body and packed with flavor. Intense, dry tangy character of roasted barley.
Porter was the first commercially brewed beer. It was named for the train porters who were its original servers and consumers, and became hugely popular in 18th & 19th century Britain. Popularity declined in the 20th century, but Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery reintroduced authentic porter to the British beer scene in 1979. Since then, Taddy Porter has helped inspire the rebirth of the porter style.