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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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2,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,625
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 182 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012-03-17 Review:
Well, it took over six years to try this beer again. What the hell happened to the time?

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No freshness date on bottle (SE23K1 stamped, though)
Poured into a standard US pint glass

I remember giving this not the greatest review before, due mostly to a plastic taste I experienced. Clearly, I had a bad bottle then, because this is a superb English-style porter, full of character, roast, and tang.

Pours a fairly huge head, can probably make it as large as you like, and it's tan in color, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, and really lingers forever. Minutes into my beer, the head is still at 1.5cm and does not show signs of decreasing. Where it has faded, it leaves some strong lacing. Body is an opaque dark brown with amber brown highlights, very smooth looking, and some small bubbles of carbonation can be seen along the sides of the glass.

Smells include malt sweetness, a bit of roasted character, caramel, and mild vanilla. Scent is not super strong, somewhat subdued and reserved. Not bad at all, but would've liked this to be a bit more upfront.

Word dump: sweet, modest roasted malt, mild milk chocolate, lightly tangy acidity/sourness. Taste opens with sweetness, caramel/toasted malts, and milk chocolate flavors, followed by roasted barley featuring prominently in palate, also bringing in some tangy, slightly acidic flavor. Fades out with mild roasted barley, some sweetness, and some potting soil flavors. Aftertaste is light, of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness and residual tang.

The beer is medium-bodied across the palate and is ultra-silky-smooth while it's being sampled. Carbonation is present, just in tiny bubbles that lightly foam up and effortlessly wash across the palate. Finish is rather dry.

2005-11-04 Review:
A: Light brown, three finger head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the beer. The color is a solid black-brown that allows no light to pass through it, a void of roasted malt. Lots of lacing left on the sides of the glass after a swig is taken.

S: The smell of this porter is the most pleasant and inviting attribute it has to offer. The first scents are of something metallic and roasted malt, with stale coffee, raisins, figs appearing in the nose as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied, not terribly thick, but not watery either. Carbonation is minimal, but this does not seem to allow the flavors of the beer to be any more accentuated or powerful. The lingering mouthfeel is dry.

T: The taste immediately comes across as slightly bitter and plastic-y. Dominant tastes of roasted coffee/malt while the plastic taste lingers on. The aftertaste slightly hoppy.

D: The odd plastic taste is off-putting and while the smell is fantastic, the taste and mouthfeel are little more than average. This is a brew I might be interested in re-visiting sometime, but until then it won't be a staple.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black but I did notice some slight red hues thru the glass with a thin off white head.The aroma is not very strong on this beer soome slight sweet rasiny smell to it.The taste however is bursting with complexty of flavors,very roasted flavor with some coffee notes,also a lingering raisiny sweetness in the finish.A real nice flavorful porter,a true classic.

Photo of davemarc87
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black in color with a fine, frothing head that went down slowly and left a little lacing.

Smell – The roasted malts are pleasant and play well with the fruits. There’s some nice grapefruit to be had here along with some dark caramel and smoke.

Taste – The fruits come out big at the taste, making this one lighter than expected. The charcoal smoke and lightly-roasted malts show up as well.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally sweet and easy on the mouth. This porter is on the heavy side of medium-bodied and felt extremely good going down.

Drinkability – A session porter if there ever was one.

Update – I rated this beer with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be interesting to re-visit it with an ’04. Here are my thoughts:

Yes, there is some rather large grapefruit at the nose. I didn’t pick up as much sweetness in the taste this time around, but I got some good (albeit light) brown sugar and a twang of rising yeast. It’s definitely a solid medium in the body and was a little too clumsy to be called a “session brew”. I’m adjusting the scores a little bit but I think, ultimately, this is a “sub-4.0” beer that barely avoids my, “would buy again” recommendation.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to finally try this beer based on many of the good reviews I've read. Pours a very dark, nearly black color with just a touch of deep, ruby-red shining through the edges of the glass. Solid tan head mounted on the top of the beer that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The initial nose is full of coffee and figs, a bit of roast and a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is unique - it's definitely a porter, but it's quite unlike any other porter I've had. The first thing that hits your palette is a huge roasted barley and malt flavor. Just enormous. This is followed up by a nice roasted coffee bean flavor that starts to take over as the beer is warming in your mouth.

About halfway through, the taste shifts from roasted and malty to slightly sweet and bitter. The bittersweet cocoa comes out, along with a huge punch from the "dark" fruits (dates, figs, raisins, it's hard to pinpoint just one). The transition from roasty and toasty to sweet-tangy-bitter is quite nice and complex, a mark that is oftentimes aimed at and missed in a lot of beers. Medium-heavy body with super huge creaminess and a nice dose of carbonation that really brings everything together.

This beer was incredibly hyped up to me before I finally tried it. Did it live up to the hype? It's hard to say. Probably not. Nevertheless, is it a good beer? Absolutely. One of the most complex flavor profiles for a porter I've had that still manages to keep your attention without going too far out-of-bounds. At 5% ABV, this is something you could drink all night. Solid porter.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of jono0101
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of sgoodship
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The darkest brown - almost black. Poured a nice puffy coffee cream two finger head. As the drink progressed the head was wafer thin with some spotting on the glass. Fine looking porter.

S: Coffee, bitter chocolate, butterscotch and a little hop sourness. Good hearty smell.

T: It is smoother than you imagine it could possibly be. Bold but very well balanced. For me, the start was more of the caramel, the middle moved through a more burnt/roasted malt into the coffee and the finish was the bitter chocolate and the intense but just perfect hop bitterness. Lovely progression.

M: Full/medium body. Smooth and creamy. Small amount of carbonation to liven things up. Slips down very easily.

D: What's not to like? I love porter and this is a darned good porter. I loved it before I reviewed it, I am loving it as I am reviewing it and I will love it again. Nuff said.

Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of blackwingedhorde
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BJ1833
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color with a chocolate brown, two-finger head.

Aroma: Rich aroma full of toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malt with coffee flavor upfront. A caramel flavor is also present with a chocolate finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: A medium body that is well carbonated and very smooth.

Overall: Unlike any porter I've tried and by far the best. Very good, smooth flavor. Already a classic in my book.

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential modern day Porter, pitch black, with a great head. Faint chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Easy drinking, smooth with a mellow rawness, creamy to the mouth, dry with faint molasses. Slight twang roasted character and some fig. At 5.0 percent alcohol by volume, this makes for a hell of a session beer. But, slap some eggs (sunny side up), pork & beans, black pudding, fried tomato slices, butter simmered button-mushrooms, toast and HP brown sauce together and it makes for a great hangover breakfast. Oh yeah.

I love this beer.

Photo of grynder33
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark,had a plum raisin chocolate cake type of a roma, nice cocoay first taste, slft little bit of a mocha backtaste, seems more carbonated then other porters I've tried, but it seem that the way it is with all brews from this brewery.No heavy bitter alcohol taste that I find unattractive with other porters. Probaly the best porter I've had.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown almost black with a big tan head. Smells of caramel, chocolate and spicy. (maybe clove?) The smell is great. There are caramel and slight spice taste and small sweetness to this brew. The mouthfeel is much ligther than anticipated and quite unlike its heavy scent. This is a very smooth beer and very drinkable.

Photo of ValpoExpo
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jonphilipp
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of shatnerosmotic
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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