I’d Tap That: Dark and delicious Taddy Porter will pair with many delicious food items
Glassware: Taddy Porter is a true gem in the English porter category and should be experienced to its fullest to truly appreciate this beer. The aroma is both rich and decadent and glassware that helps capture that aroma is a must. A stemmed porter glass is certainly an option, but not a common sight at many bars. However, an oversized wine glass or snifter are viable options and allow for a great experience with this world class beer.
Description: Taddy Porter pours a dark midnight black with creamy brown head that leaves wisps of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very decadent with notes of chocolate, dried red fruits, cream, coffee and roasted malt, all in perfect balance. The taste follows the nose but is even more expansive as it slowly warms up. Dark chocolate is the first flavor to rush across the palate with notes of coffee intertwined and backing of sweetness that comes across as dried red fruits and cream with hints of bitterness from earthy hops and bitter chocolate. The flavors linger long on the palate and that is just what you want! The medium body and carbonation are impactful in giving this beer a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that just adds to the decadent experience. Many drinkers claim to not enjoy darker beers because they are too roasty or bitter, but Taddy Porter proves that dark beers are far from just one-flavor beers and this is a must try for all beer lovers!
Food Pairing: While the description of the beer may make it sound like it is a great dessert beer there is a better option with this classic English porter — seafood! If you have ever traveled to the United Kingdom you may know the joy of eating fresh seafood by the shore and enjoying a pint of porter with it. The combination of salt and sweet is absolutely perfect. For a small slice of this heaven on Earth, try pairing Taddy Porter with fresh oysters. The heavy salt flavors from the oysters will melt into the indulgent chocolate flavors of the beer and act as the perfect counterpoint for the beer. Many from the shellfish category make for the best pairing with Taddy Porter, so try them all. However, if you are not a seafood fan fear not, Taddy Porter is also a dream pairing with steak. Try this beer with your next porterhouse steak and you will wonder why you haven’t try this combination previously. It should also be noted that Taddy Porter is a natural match with dessert, specifically chocolate based desserts.
The Final Word: In this current craft beer market, where breweries and beers come in and out of fashion by the week, sometimes the tried and true beers are forgotten by many. This is an unfortunate fact especially with a beer as phenomenal as Taddy Porter being widely available. This English porter helped lay the groundwork for many of today’s craft brewers. The rich flavors and aromas are a showcase of how great a well brewed porter could and should be and opened the eyes of many brewers to great beer. If you are one of the guilty who have seen this beer on shelves but have not tried it yet, do yourself a favor and buy some now. All fans of porters, stouts or good beer must check this beer off their beer bucket list.
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewery: Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Beer: Taddy Porter
Style: English Porter
ABV: 5 %