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

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Reviews: 1,274
Hads: 2,856
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 215
Gots: 350 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours bright brown under a very fluffy 2” light tan foam collar with a very fine bead. The collar recedes slowly to a thin film and leaves excellent intricate lace.
S: chocolate and malt aromas.
T: Rich malt flavors with chocolate, a slight nuttiness, a slight tartness on the finish with a bitter hop accent. Nothing burnt or harsh.
F: Very creamy soft palate, medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: A world class porter.

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Photo of nicholas2121
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter brewed by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), with an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out deep brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. I like the color of this brew. The smell of Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy is rich with roasted grains, malts and hops. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is bold with flavors. You pick up on some nice smooth roasted grains and malts. There is a smoothness of hops at the end of this brew. The mouthfeel of Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter is Rich, Full bodied and smooth. This is one of the smoothest porters that I have. Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter, has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The end of the mouthfeel is just smooth. This is one brew that you want to go back to. I can find nothing wrong with this brew. Overall I'm giving Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter a solid 5 out of 5. I would buy this porter again.Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of yankiac
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black with a ruby hue. The head is about an inch and it maintains its lacing throughout the drink

S - Heavenly. Subtle notes of chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - Well balanced roasted flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present.

M - Full and creamy

D - Shockingly very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

Notes: This is an exceptional brew. Sheer ecstasy for the palate.

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Photo of AmberMan22
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an imperial pint-sized bottle.

A: Pitch black, just the faintest of garnet highlights, full creamy tan head.

S: Malty, Roasty, Sweet (chocolate), maybe the faintest tang of espresso. Whatever it is, it's perfect.

T: The taste is like heaven as well. It tastes just like it smells and has a delectable roasted malt aftertaste.

M &D: Perfectly creamy and smooth, carbonation is slightly subdued.

If you want to drink a porter, get a Sam Smith Famous Taddy. Wow.

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Photo of Diggnation
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass.

The beer has a dark almost black appearance with a nice head that settled leaving a touch of lacing on the glass.

I am quite excited at this point to get the first sip. The beer delivers a roasty chocolaty smell that is not over powering - a hint of what is to come.

The taste is a winner, exactly as the aroma advertises. A very complex chocolaty taste that is, in my views, spot on and well balanced. The after taste is subtle and leaves me wanting the next sip.

I would love to try this beer at a pub that had it on draft. In the meantime, I will be purchasing more of the Taddy Porter when the mood strikes. It is mid-July at the time of this review and I think my enjoyment of this beer will only increase as the Fall and Winter months set in.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional. I absolutely love it. Looks good. Tan appearance. Smells good. Taste kinda creamy, but in a very good way. The mouthful is exceptional and the drinkabilty is great. With one taste, this beer will have you coming back for more and more. The only hinderance I see in this beer and others made by this company is its price. $4.49 for a bottle. A bit pricey, but otherwise worth its value

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Photo of SisuPride
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This porter has it all. "The Famous" Taddy Porter is right. This beer is creamy, smooth, tastey and down right delicious. Compared to other porters the biggest difference in this one is the mouthfeel - at times this can be a little ambiguous with beer but when this fills your mouth you will appreciate this category. The smell and taste are the perfect Goldilocks - 3 bears blend of just right. Not too much, not enough - just right.

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Photo of timherremans
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - Poured into a goblet, porter is at about 45 degrees fahrenheit. Beautiful creamy tan head, about a half inch high with larger c02 bubbles that lingers. Very nice lacing. Color is deep brown almost black all but around the rim of the glass. Impressive!

smell - Aroma is very pleasant. Dark cocoa, dark sweet fruits, roasted malts, and somewhat yeasty.

taste - Cocoa with dark fruit prominent flavors. What a nice combination. Sweetness subsides to wonderful roasted malts and cocoa finish. Very well crafted and balanced I say. Finish is not dry or bitter, but smooth. Hops are pretty well hidden. Roasted malt and cocoa linger in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy. A nice amount of c02 for my liking. Not to much but just right. Somewhat chewy but yet has the thinner properties at the same time, which allows you to fully taste the ingredients, unmasked. I like the balance here.

overall - I was blown away by this porter. It is my first brew from Samuel Smith and I am a believer, looking forward to their oatmeal stout. I will definitely pick up more of these. I paid $4 for this 550ml bottle and to me that is a steal. Truly an amazing porter. World class. I might get another tonight!

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Photo of horshack7
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark as night color with a frothy creamy light caramel color head that sticks around decently. The simple sight of this porter is down right incredible for porter lovers.

Aroma: Burnt hop notes that hit hard along with the sweetness from the dark roasted malts. It has this wonderful aroma of cognac.

Taste: A silky mouthfeel that graces the taste buds ever so gently. Such remarkable espresso notes and the sweetness from the malts balances the flavor out so nicely with the slightest hints of bitterness from the dark roasted hops.

Notes: This is such a perfect porter. It has got to be the best porter I have ever had. The balance between the malts and the hops is heavenly. Do I dare give this art work all fives oh yes come hell or high water this gets fives across the board.Cheers

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Photo of templar316
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the finest beers of all the lands the Taddy Porter ranks near the top of the list. The beutiful black color with just a hint of ruby held to the light, The granite nose and finish, with a biscutty maltiness underneth. Roasty, Chocolatey, hints of coffee it's all here. With a deceptively light body. and ever deepening levels of malt, this is everything beer should be.

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Photo of ernie
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe the only flaw of this wonderful brew is the label with small lettering.

Otherwise flawless, with noble dark appearance, tough creamy head, heavenly roasted-smoky amell and rich taste. So rich is its taste and so delicious that it's no way to describe it. This porter caresses your mouth, with no exaggeration. Finish is complex and aftertaste extremely delicate.

A King among Porters. Perfect!

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was told that this one was well worth it. I'm a big fan of the dark stuff but I was trying to venture over to the lighter side of things for warmer weather. But I could not pass up this one - a calling to my true nature. Here's how things lined out...

A: A vigorous pouring produced a thick tan head that took a while to dissipate - but never fully - leaving a thin layer and lacing throughout the experience. Black/dark brown liquid with slight redness to it prevents light from passing through.

S: Fresh from the fridge this just seemed like a standard but good porter. Letting it warm up to the proper temp opened it up. Of course there is the chocolate/coffee aromas. But there is much more in there. Dark fruits, a little citrus, a touch of smoke, vanilla.

T: This did not let me down. The taste follows the nose and comes off as an outstanding, solid porter.

M: I would have to say this is a medium body. Any heaver and it would come off as a stout. Nothing harsh about this - very easy going down.

D: Very drinkable. A tip of the hat to the Beer Philosopher for pointing this one out. I love it!!

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Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally tasted on 10/16/02. Rated:
4.5...5.0...5.0...5.0...5.0, or 4.9 total.
Here were my notes then:
Pitch black with a nice mocha brown-colored head to be reckoned with. Beautiful sweet, dark-roasted coffee and tropical wood fragrances on the nose. Some baked chocolate cookies, blueberries, banana liqueur and marshmallows appear distant but recur on the palate. Flavors of cocoa, drip-brewed French roast and tangy, fresh, whole goat’s milk perch brilliantly on a smooth, medium-bodied frame. A lingering, charred bitterness, and the image is complete. Another substantial, fine, understated and classy brew from the Old Brewery Tadcaster.
And another refuge from an ocean of pushy beer styles.

Tasted blind among five peers again on 8/4/03:
"The aromas are of whole milk, cocoa...very pretty. Flavors and texture of whipped cream, cocoa powdered marischino cherries... dry, velvety. Delicate, balanced finish, no bitterness. A suggestion of hearth. This beer is too much. Too alluring. Too epic. Too sultry. It lavishes my palate with serenely smooth texture but does not taste sweet. It demonstrates cocoa, hazelnut and cigar flavors but does not taste bitter."

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Photo of cokes
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black trimmed with scarlet. The head is tan, plush and huge. And it clings something fierce.
The nose is a spot-on liquid version of raisin-adorned, chocolate rum cake. It also showcases traces of butter, burnt figs, and tobacco. Or in other words, it smells quite similar to their Imperial Stout. In still other words, it smells flawless.
Begins with a deluge of earthy maltiness. Leather, dried tobacco leaves, and dirt. Dark fruits ease themselves into place, shown through creeping prunes and black raisins. Buttered dough provides canvas, but not much more. Traces of milky sourness materialize, making this seem "aged" or "old" and how I'd imagine a historically accurate porter would taste. Molasses-coated carobs control the later portions, and segue to some minor vanilla and hazelnut flourishes before being relieved by the entourage of drying, bitter herb hops.
This is enclosed in a medium body that is both glassy smooth and airy enough for limitless consumption.
Easily the sexiest porter to have ever crossed these lips.
What a jewel!

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Photo of Hahnin
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. It is the beer version of Mexican Coca Cola. Just plain dope. Do you like beer? Then you will like this. It is perfect, nuff said. Get one, enjoy it, get a few more, enjoy them. Because you will.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost black in color. Lightly carbonated with a thin tan head. On the nose it is sweet, with plenty of malt and some hops. Sophisticated and balanced flavor. The malt is firm on the palate. Light caramel notes, thick roasted malt flavor, followed by a rich coffee bitterness. I detected a faint taste of grapes and plums. Finish is slightly chocolately, leading to a long, bitter, malty, coffee aftertaste. I found this beer to be slightly flat and dangerously close to being thin. It may have been the batch I purchased. Time will tell. An excellent choice with seafood. A must try. Enjoy. Cheers.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out near black in color with a foamy brown head and a opaque blackness that is mesmerizing. It has an aroma of roasted malts, chocalate, and medicinal hops. Very nice. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, grassy grains, and medicinal hops. Mouthfeel is thick and coating and wetting. Overall this is a gorgeous beer and a best in class porter.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...this is a great Porter!
Pour a almost pitch black with a medium head that disappears very quickly.
Aroma is of dark figs and raisins.
The taste is very complex, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and ripe figs.
It has a tight dry mouthfeel, with small carbonation.
Probably the best Porter going. Two thumbs way up.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is what I'm missing......

Deep black in colour, with some brown around the edges. Head is creamy and tan-coloured. Taste is incredibly smooth and perfect. Some coffee notes, some chocolate. To gauge the flavour of this beer take the arc from Guinness to Murphy's (smoother and more drinkable) and then somewhere out and the end of this arc, far beyond any stout, is this. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel, restrained finish.

I could drink this all night, except for one thing: I only have (had) one bottle. It's gone now, and I can't get this anywhere near me. Ah well.... thanks for the teaser, nerofiddled.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep black color with a nice head of creamy brownish head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass

S: nice sweet smelling brew with nice hints of dark chocolate and possibly raspberries

T: great tasting porter, doesn't have the underlying coffee taste that other porters have, very sweet taste with dark chocolate hints

D/M: incredibly smooth drinking brew aided by the sweetness, nice carbonation tingle, nice smooth finish and slight lingering maltiness

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Photo of Wobbly
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%

This is probably my favorite porter that I have ever tried. I drank it a lot when I lived in England and still enjoy it from time to time in the U.S. (pretty affordable and widely available where I live). Perhaps the standard bearer for this style.

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Photo of mjurney
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black color, ruby red highlight. Thick creamy, beige color head.

Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hint of dark fruit.

Very rich and malty, dark roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, some hint of toffee. Dark fruit character, dried prunes. Hop bitterness is mild-medium. Finish is dry, roasted. Body is creamy, silky, smooth, dry.

A world-class beer. One of my favorite Porter. Delicious!!!

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Photo of Rayek
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't think of enough good things to say about this one. The consummate English Porter.

A: Deep chocolate brown color. Head is tan, firm and stays with the beer. Only weak point is the lack of lace down the glass. My bottle left only tiny patches.

S: Very complex. Blackberry, dark cherry, chocolate and black grape aromas. Slightly sweet. Like sniffing a fine red wine.

T: Initial sweetness gives way to perfect sweet/bitter balance. Tastes of bakers chocolate, cherries and black grapes. Great interplay of flavors. The finish is dry. Hop bitterness lingers initially, but gives way to a bittersweet combination of blackberries and dark cherries.

M: Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation. Feels a little oily on the tongue.

D: My favorite English Porter. Enough said. I only wish it didn't cost so much. I could break the bank with it.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd always been curious about this beer, anything that claims to be famous is worth a try at least.

A: Poured a rich dark brown, almost black with dark red accents when held to the light. Thick tan head that subsided to about half an inch, nice and bubbly!

S: Smelled of faint chocolates, a sort of musty smell, kinda like an old bar, distinct English porter smell. All in all very delicious smelling. A little thin though, not too much but I expected a little more in the nose.

T: Chocolate up front, coffee bitterness in back, burnt malts, a little bit of hop bitterness. The malt characteristic really shows up in this one, but it doesn't detract from the balance, all in all a perfect flavor. Very complex and delicious.

M: Smooth and creamy, a little bit of carbonation and a lasting bitterness that hangs on the tongue for a while.

D: This is a slow drinker to say the least, but a very enjoyable and complex beer. Much better than the other English porters I've had. I could drink maybe two of the big 550ml bottles, but it'd take me a while because I'd savor them so much! Definitely one of my new favorite beers!

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Photo of becktone
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: Quite pleasing overall. Nice creamy head-tan in color and creamy in texture and appearance gives an appetizing look all round. Color is extremely dark brown/red. Highlights are congealed blood red. Looks like a porter should. Head retention is steady throughout, even after it starts to deteriorate from contact with my lips it still keeps a constant head. Sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass.

Nose: Aroma fills the room...or should I say an aura of chocolate and sweet, sweet malt. Upon closer olfactory inspection I find earthy aromas here, maybe some mildly sour aromas, could they've put some bacteria in here to mimic the original porter creations of the 1700s? Under the earthy tones, chocolate, and the unique aroma that I can't attribute to any other beer I've ever smelt, is some caramel. Maybe a little bit of apple cider aroma too(sourness).

Tongue: First thing I notice is that this beer truly tastes like a blend of three beers. There aren't certain characteristics that stick out. Its more like the way a black and tan ordered at a bar is-it has a unique taste that is neither stout or pale ale. Instead it is a mixture of both. I can taste a bit of a souring agent in here, it gives it the earthy flavor and a bit more. There are some toasted and chocolate flavors in there but they don't stick out, as individuals, they are mixed in the beer as part of a whole. Wouldn't really be able to pick it out unless I was looking for it. There is also some fruitiness in here as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I was quite surprised by the mouthfeel of this beer. I quite expected more carbonation, however this beer has very little. This does makes sense to me though, the historical porter was originally a blend of three beers, a stale one, a mild and, a pale. Seems to me like there was a good chance the final product would have very little carbonation due to the stale, not to mention these were all real ales and cask conditioned to mention meaning they would have less carbonation to begin with. I believe that the mouthfeel on this engineered porter is just about perfect, seems to be very accurate according to descriptions. This is one drinkable beer, great to session. Prolly the best English porter I've ever had, well at least to date. Real impressed with this one, I will be coming back to it. Anytime I feel the need for an authentic English Porter this is where I'll look.

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