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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

2,441 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 140 | 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 wanker:
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wanker

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -22.7%

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I found the taste and mouthfeel a bit thin. There was a bit of skunk in the taste as well. Weak head. Perhaps I was spoiled by the Young's Oatmeal Stout I had consumed the prior day, because this porter was inferior in every respect to the Young's.

That said, this is certainly not a bad beer. Better than many. But nothing I'd go out of my way for.

10-10-2006 13:57:44 | More by wanker
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

08-03-2003 17:24:11 | More by oberon
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davemarc87

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-10-2014 20:35:42 | More by davemarc87
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

12-31-2003 03:54:26 | More by RoyalT
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

04-26-2014 11:01:20 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

10-11-2012 12:06:24 | More by tectactoe
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jono0101

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-09-2014 20:25:57 | More by jono0101
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-27-2013 01:11:36 | More by tbryan5
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

10-20-2008 03:24:38 | More by sgoodship
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-10-2012 23:49:27 | More by JacobMutberg
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blackwingedhorde

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-06-2012 05:57:48 | More by blackwingedhorde
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joemetric

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-10-2014 16:59:54 | More by joemetric
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SuomiHobbit

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-26-2013 01:08:24 | More by SuomiHobbit
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BJ1833

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +1%

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.

09-16-2004 23:00:43 | More by BJ1833
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sabitu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2013 23:57:50 | More by sabitu
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-06-2014 02:54:27 | More by bulldogg915
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-31-2013 03:27:09 | More by FadetoBock
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Todd

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

11-19-2003 20:41:29 | More by Todd
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-15-2003 16:01:36 | More by grynder33
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babyhobbes

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

04-04-2004 23:48:03 | More by babyhobbes
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ValpoExpo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-24-2013 22:29:26 | More by ValpoExpo
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jonphilipp


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-08-2012 17:40:26 | More by jonphilipp
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shatnerosmotic

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

09-10-2012 23:26:37 | More by shatnerosmotic
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jisom123

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-18-2012 00:03:50 | More by jisom123
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-16-2014 16:48:27 | More by Doomcifer
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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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