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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,522 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 145
Gots: 158 | 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 ryan1788a5:
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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep brown with hues of garnet. Clarity is great. Tan head is pillowy and creamy. Great retention, uneven rings of lacing. Looks great in the glass.

S: Rich caramel, roasted barley, espresso, and mild toffee notes. Darkfruit scents of currant and blackberry. Hint of chocolate covered cherries. Blackstrap molasses. Sweet on the nose overall, though there is just the slightest twang of acidic tartness in the background. The nose is excellent, and very complex. I took my time and let it open up, and my patience was rewarded.

T: Caramel and toffee at the outset. Mild roasted notes of wood and a touch of smoke. Bold tastes of roasted barley and espresso unfold on the mid-palate. Plum, blackberry, and currant undertones. Juicy plum comes to the forefront for an instant. Yeasty flavors of bread patted with flour. Faint suggestion of garden herbs from the hops, maybe tobacco leaf too. Cocoa and molasses. Hint of acidity hits to tip of the tongue ever so subtly. The finish is dry and mellow, but complex and lingering. Caramel, toffee, soft charcoal notes, and a light fruitiness recede slowly and softly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy and silky in the mouth. Low carbonation, very slight astringency. Insanely smooth.

O: This is the English porter against which all others must be measured. One of the most complex beers I've had to date; a new flavor presents itself with each sip. It really doesn't get much better than this.

ryan1788a5, Jul 31, 2012
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.

oberon, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of davemarc87
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

davemarc87, Mar 10, 2014
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.

RoyalT, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
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.

tectactoe, Oct 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

jono0101, May 09, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

tbryan5, Mar 27, 2013
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.

sgoodship, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -4.3%

JacobMutberg, Oct 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

blackwingedhorde, Jan 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 26, 2013
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.

BJ1833, Sep 17, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

sabitu, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

FadetoBock, Aug 31, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -6.2%

BigMarty1980, Sep 18, 2014
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.

Todd, Nov 19, 2003
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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.

grynder33, Oct 15, 2003
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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.

babyhobbes, Apr 05, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ValpoExpo, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

shatnerosmotic, Sep 11, 2012
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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.