Confession- I have a great relationship with beer. I love it and it treats me well. I fight the urge to enjoy one each night with my dinner or after. Almost as much as with chocolate, I’m obsessed. It’s been way to long since my last beer review and pairing, mostly due to this bad boy- Samuel Smith. I went through at least a six pack of this famous porter trying to figure out which chocolate goes best with it and I still can’t decide. Here I have it pictured with my top three, for obvious reasons- Espresso, Burnt Caramel, and Malt.
Let’s start with the beer though. Wondering what the difference between a porter and stout was I set out to do some research. Easily enough I discovered there really isn’t much difference, even if it’s up for much debate among beer geeks whilst knocking down pints. I did learn some fun facts about The Samuel Smith Brewery which has been a family brewery since 1847 and one of the few independents that operates over 300 pubs that only house beer produced at their brewery. Also, how they still deliver re-usable bottles in beer crates and make local beer delivery’s via shire horses and buggies.
Besides that, let’s talk about their Taddy Porter. A full bodied beer, dark in color, packed with flavor yet with superb drink-ability. Recommended tasting temperature is 55 degrees, which is easily shrugged off but not be ignored. Key malt, chocolate and coffee flavors don’t reach there full potential until this brew warms. (This took about 20 min out of my fridge, which is pretty cold.)