Samuel Smith’s The Famous Taddy Porter

This was a beer that I had during the first weekend that I had the kid by myself. I have never even babysat and having a four year old all to yourself and no clue what the hell to do? Yeah, it actually went much better than it sounded. So, as a reward, Katie bought me two beers that I reviewed over the weekend after kid went to sleep. Here’s the first one.

ABV: 5%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to one of the importers, this beer should be paired with the following, “Oysters on the half shell, Rockefeller or Cajun style; clams, mussels, crab cocktail, lobster bisque and other shellfish, smoked mackerel pâté, veal with green peppercorns, porterhouse steak and of course chocolate. Traditionally served in a nonik glass or tumbler at 55 °F.”

Random: How do four year olds have so much energy? It’s ridiculous.

This is a brew that I’ve been waiting to try for awhile. It poured with a generous two finger tan head on a dark brown body. The head dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was pleasant and filled with roasted malts and coffee, right up my alley. The taste was just as nice. The roasted malts took center stage with coffee and a little bit of chocolate in the background, really well-balanced. The body was a perfect thickness, smooth and silky. It was just thick enough with moderate to low carbonation. The finish lingered with roasted malts. This was easily one of the best brews of the style that I’ve ever had. I would definitely have this one again. This was just a great brew all around.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter (Brewmaster’s Series)

Another beer from Twin Light. They had so many limited beers on tap that it was hard to choose. Here’s one from Brooklyn Brewery.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Mary Wiles joined our brewery team after spending 30 years brewing and doing quality control for a Very, Very Big Brewer. Mary evolved into a craft beer brewer, and now she’s doing our quality control, having fun while helping us make sure that Brooklyn beers are tasting great and ready to make you happy. But Mary has a bright thing lurking in her past, present and future – Mary has maple trees. A lot of maple trees. Actually, a ridiculous number of maple trees, acres of them, right northwest of us in upstate New York. And her family farm makes 100% real New York State maple syrup. Real maple syrup tastes great on pancakes and waffles, but it’s awfully good in beer too. Porter is a classic British ale style that traveled to the United States, sustained George Washington during the Revolution, and later built London’s great breweries. Mary’s Maple Porter is a rich, dark ale featuring a large portion of her maple syrup in the kettle. After fermentation by our house ale yeast, the syrup is no longer sweet (yeast likes to eat maple syrup too), but the maple flavor shows through in a complex interplay with caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors from our blend of roasted malts. An earthy hop note rounds it all out.”

Random: This is the first brew I’ve had from Brooklyn’s Brewmaster’s Series.

This poured with a bit of white head that dissipated quickly with no lacing left behind. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color of the body. The nose had roasted malt, cocoa and some maple. The taste was a bit of the smoky side with some bittersweet chocolate and a marked sweetness that wasn’t like maple syrup. The maple notes were a bit more earthy. The sweetness was understated, but very pleasant. The body was on the thicker side of the porter spectrum with low carbonation. The finish lasted with a bit of the smokiness that was apparent in the taste. As the brew warmed, I definitely got ore of the maple notes. This was a really nice brew that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Fuller’s London Porter

Another quick review before I go to bed. This is from a six-pack that Katie picked up for me. Isn’t she so thoughtful? She actually read my reviews to try to pick out beers for me. This beer will also mark the last beer of my English beer theme. Next up? Six California beers…with some other stragglers thrown in before I break out some Irish themed beers for St. Patrick’s Day. So, onto the brew!

ABV: 5.4%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Fuller’s London Porter. London Porter is available in pasteurised 50 cl bottles and in Fuller’s tied houses as a seasonal cask ale.”

Random: I cant believe that Santorum is getting so many votes. Ugh.

This brew poured with a full finger of tan head on top of a dark brown body with moderate visible carbonation despite the color. The nose was absolutely divine on this brew. It was filled with roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The taste was just as amazing as the nose. It started with a healthy dose of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and a hint of sweetness. As I sipped on the brew, there was also a hint of smoke. The body was thicker than what I’m used to for a porter, but it really worked for this beer. The mild carbonation on the taste also helped with the complexity of the brew. The finish was actually pretty quick on the brew with hints of chocolate and coffee. This beer was nothing short of amazing. The body was perfect and the flavors delivered. Most definitely one of the best porters that I ever had. Another shining star from Fuller’s.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0