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

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Reviews: 1,283
Hads: 2,903
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 219
Gots: 377 | FT: 2
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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 BeanBone
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body featuring ruby-red highlights. Up top, two fingers of tan-tinged head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A sweet roasty body with notes of dark fruit and milk chocolate. Perhaps a little lacking in intensity.

Flavor: Roasty and chocolaty malt with dark fruit mildly sour lactose notes. If you go looking, you can find some mild coffee flavors and lightly biter hops. It's simple and balanced, though not plain and shallow. Lactose and roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Smooth all around, this is certainly a quick drinker.

Verdict: Taddy is an easy and straightforward Porter that's great for when you're looking for something that is easy to drink without being boring. Sure, you could argue the intensity could stand to be notched up, but this stands well as it is.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a two finger light brown head. Bubbly texture to the cap but it has great retention. Nice patches of lace all around the glass.

S- Nutty and roast malt mostly for me although it seems to have a weaker aroma than most porters.

T- Compared to the nose, a lot is added in the flavor. A nice balance of roast malt, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, nutty malts and bread. Has a bit of a chocolate raisin feel. Slightly tart, maybe the "tangy character" they speak of.

MF- Not as rich as American Porters but I see that trend in the English counterpart. Foamy consistency with silky smooth moderate carbonation.

Since it isn't super rich like some Stouts/American Porters it drinks very nicely. Good balance of flavor and a nice overall porter.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Good creamy head and dark rich appearance, as you expect from a Porter. Aroma and flavor is chocolate and toffee, but subtly so. As good as this looked and tasted, I was disappointed in the mediocre finish, which was watery and slightly metallic, or I would have rated this higher.

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Photo of musingmonkey
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an attractive porter - dark brown, with a creamy head, which never threatens to completely depart, but develops into an almost espresso-crema colour and glides across the surface of the beer. Smell is quite fruity, reminiscent of christmas pudding. Not quite as fruity in taste, although the presence is there mingled with some carob, dark treacle and some delicate smoky to almost charcoal notes in the finish.
This was an unusual mixture that had to grow on me after several samplings. Mouthfeel, on the other hand, was superb. A very smooth porter, with a substantial body, and a somewhat drying effect at the back of the palate. Quite drinkable, but more for an occasion of relaxation and sipping than a session drink.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark amber with cranberry red notes to it when you hold it up to the light.
Nice tan head of 2 fingers that leaves very heavy mapping on the glass as you drain it.

Aromas are dark coffee, bitter chocolate, and nuts. All of them very subdued.

Taste is the above but with a smokey quality to it that hangs around into the aftertaste.

Mouth is left clean and dry.

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Photo of jmalex
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugh, I'm a few days off of a nasty cold and I think I've finally got my sense of smell back. I have high hopes for this one.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Samuel Smith nonic pint a dark brown with crimson highlights. A light tan head forms on top and is modestly small in size. It drops quickly to an average collar and large bubbly patch.

SMELL: Nice strong aromas of bready caramels and roasty chocolates (does that make sense?) Some light feusels and esters round out the aroma profile.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and roasted grain dominate in this one. The middling caramel sweetness from the nose is absent in the taste, except maybe slightly on the finish. A subtle smokiness comes through as well. Most of the taste, however, is from the more bitter kilned malts. I must say though, that it's quite evident that this beer is exactly what it set out to be. Not a single detectable flaw.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a carbonation level that seems average though a bit lower wouldn't hurt.

DRINKABILITY: Very good drinkability is essentially inherent in English ales, and this is no different. 5% ABV is nothing too hard to handle, and I can imagine having another one of these.

Overall, this is definitely another winner from ol' Tadcaster. I recommend trying one for sure.

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Photo of boelker62
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a three finger head into a fluted glass after a hard pour. Light brown, frothy head diminishes mostly, but does leave some lacing on the ay down.

S - aroma is of deeply roasted malts, molassess and maybe a bit of chicory. Then there is that distinctive Sam Smith aroma that pervades all their beers that I have sampled. Can't quite name it, but it is signature.

T - initial flavor is roasted sweetness, then transfers to lightly bitter note, then a super long, mildly acidic finish, which is almost estery, but you know is not alcoholic due to the ABV.

M - the esters in it, however, make it a crisp, biting mouthfeel that changes how it affects your palate throughout the sample. Make sure you roll this one around to get the full effect.

D - due to the crispness, and the moderate dryness to this, I think it is a great session beer.

Overall, I think this is the best on style of the SS's I have had, and also is my favorite.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium tan head; dissipates quickly but good lacing

Aroma: Toffe at first; roasted grains; coffee; dried fruit; very nice aroma

Taste: Bitter roasted grain on start; dried fruit in mid with spicy finish ending semi sweet; good balance, but a little thin

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of kemoarps
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola, with a massive foamy head that takes it's time.

The first hint is a little sweeter than I had anticipated. This isn't a bad thing in and of itself, it just wasn't what I was expecting. It's fairly creamy on the nose, with hints of a medium bodied chocolate, and and a little sweet molasses. Like a sweet cream with molasses and chocolate. There's something else there that I can't quite identify.

As it caresses my palate, you get almost a bittersweet lead, with a smoky leather followthrough. That may sound unappatizing, but it actually works. Definitely some toasty grain in there along with that cacao and almost a rich plum in there somewhere.

So the first time I had a Samuel Smith beer, it had that metallic taste to it that kind of ruined it for me (why I've never reviewed the oatmeal stout), and I noticed hints of that at points in here, but either it went away or I just topped noticing it, because by the second half of the bottle, it wasn't a problem. I'll be honest: I didn't feel that this lived up to the billing it seems to have received as one of the premiere brews of it's style. It's not a bad beer by any means, certainly enjoyable, but I didn't feel that it was the life changing end all be all of porters that it seems to have been attributed as being. Check it out. Decide for yourself.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby brown with a tan brown mocha color to the massive sized head leaving definite clear rings of lacing to it. Slight fruity approach mixture of hops in there to balance out the semi smoked deep roasted malts that provide chocolate and some coffee tones very nice.Definitely an acquired bitterness with a pleasant array of rolling sharp sweet tones blended with the coffee and chocolate available along with a sharp ale yeast driven fruitiness. a bit thin and needs some texture

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Photo of pd360
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am rating this beer lower than many others here, I found it to be almost too rich, as another reviewer noted maybe it is more suitable for desert?

Pours dark, dark, almost black with a small head. The taste is sweet with lots of molasses. While I would not turn this down if someone offered it to me, it would not be my first pick.

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Photo of spartanfan
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550mL bottle

A: Pours a light brown/red color with a sizable fluffy, tan head that has good sticking power.

S: Aromas are of chocolate, coffee, and sweet roasted malts. A faint bitter hoppyness is apparent with the finish. As the beer warms it gets even better.

T: Taste is at first of roasted malts, with nice coffe and more coco tastes coming in later.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the carbonation level was a bit higher than I was expecting. A very smooth beer with a good flavor.

D: This beer is not too strong in flavor or odor, but it has a good complex flavor that is easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never had a porter before, this one just happened to be an odd bottle in a four pack of Sam Smith EPA, so of course I'm gonna drink the damn thing. Some may even call it fate....

Boy is this puppy dark! Thin head but I think my wife offshot the pour a little. I forgive her....this time. Head didn't hang out too long.

Smell? CHOCOLATE! Coffee too.

Taste? DARK CHOCOLATE! Coffee too. Maybe even reminded of grapes, like wine. Not bad at all even though this isn't my usual style. I wanted to dislike it because it seemed to chocolaty for me but I just couldn't.

It felt thinnner than it looks for sure.

I could easily enjoy one or two but probably not any more than that. I only have the one bottle and I doubt I'll buy more. It was definitely a nice pre-lunch treat.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really do like Samuel Smiths beers. I do, they are nice and smooth very easy to drink... but I prefer my stouts and porters a little heavier with some bite. Dont get me wrong this is still an excellent beer just a bit mild to me.
Pours very dark with nice tan head minimal lacing. Very soft smell not too strong. Bits of sweetened coffee and dark fruit maybe molasses... taste is actually quite light, slight bitterness at the end, tastes as it smells. Finishes very well. No lingering after taste. Will enjoy another time... Cheers

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml (1 pint, 2.7 fl oz.) bottle, with no bottled on date present. Expectations are slightly above average, as I've grown fond of nearly every beer I've had from Samuel Smith's thus far. Uncapped and poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark almost black color with the tiniest ruby dot showing through where I am able to discern some bubbles flowing to the top. Nice cap of creamy tan head floating on top. Some nice wispy lacing clinging to the sides. Second pour yielded me a nice two fingers of the same creamy tan head with decent retention.

S - Coffee. Some dark fruit smell like raisins. Slight hint of booze. Definitely some molasses / brown sugar type smell going on.

T - Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied feel. Roasted coffee beans. Some dark fruit / raisin taste and some light nutty flavors. Follows in the wake of the nose very well. A touch of sweetness on the finish.

M - Very dry finish, albeit smooth, crisp, and clean. Nicely balanced, and nicely bodied beer for sure. Like others have said before, it is somewhat on the sweeter side than a lot of porters.

Overall, it is definitely not my favorite Samuel Smith's brew, but it is well-crafted, to be sure. I think I would probably prefer the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale to this one though, but that's just my personal preference. It just didn't impress me as much as some of their other beers have. Still, it is definitely a beer worth checking out, with a modest 5.0% abv and reasonably priced at only $3.99 around Chicago land.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter ---3.5/5

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with some ruby/cola highlights at the bottom of the glass. Big frothy beige head with great retention.

S: Mainly roasted malt/charred toast in the aroma, with minor hints of sour fruit.

T: Roasted barley, as in the smell, with a little more sweetness. Flavor also carries some smokeyness and a slight sour twang that you get with some traditional porters. I also get a touch of old coffee.

M: Fairly light with moderate carbonation. Could be a little more creamy, but not a glaring weakness.

Overall, not a bad porter, but I prefer a slightly more robust flavor and body.

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Photo of brushpig
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found a bottle at Andersonville liquors in Chicago

Dark brown hue with a moderate fizzy white head that diminished quickly.

Moderate scent of toasted malts, molasses, light doughy yeasty aroma

A very nice taste with roasted nuts and malts, a dry smoked nuts taste with a hint of mapley goodness

A very good english Porter. Drinkable and quite tasty

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Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown with a mocha head. The head starts out very pitted but settles to almost nothing. No lacing.

S-Burnt coffee and some faint chocolate.

T- Well balanced. The coffee and cocoa tastes nice but subdued. Typical bitter twang also present.

M- Body is a bit light but creamy when swirled.

O: Definitely a good porter. Not as great as I remember in the past. Fullers is far superior for an English Porter IMHO. That said...this is nicer than many.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Famous Taddy Porter has a rich brown colored body with accents of ruby in it. The head is the color of milk chocolate, and is pretty thick and resilient, holding on for a while and leaving some pretty good lacing behind.

It takes quite a bit of smelling to get much out of this beer, it just doesn't pack a ton of punch in the aroma department. Some chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and maybe a touch of coffee.

The flavor is stronger and better than the aroma, featuring caramel as the strongest component. Bitter chocolate and roasted malts come next, and there is perhaps a touch of bitter coffee. A slight fruitiness and just a hint of hops are in there also.

The overall mouthfeel seems a little on the light side for the style, but there isn't anything seriously wrong with it.

Samuel Smith's Famouns Taddy Porter is pretty good. Solid beer overall.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**FROM OLD NOTES, 03/18/13:
Light Coffee AromaDark Black Color, Small White head-fades quickly, but some light head and lacing remain.Coffee. A little flat, but a smooth sipper.This one loses the side by side battle with Fuller's London Porter. **

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Photo of tzieser
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a 24oz pint glass.

L: black in color, almost completely opaque with a thick eggshell colored head that never wants to go away.

S: sweet malty aroma with a very faint roasted malt note. Pretty standard for the style

T: very smooth profile throughout. Toasted malt flavor with lingering notes of burnt toast and nuts. Not as much roasted malt as you'd expect, this is very well balanced with a faint herbal hop bitterness

M: pleasantly dry finish

O: a classic English porter worthy of any beer advocate. I prefer Fullers London Porter to this but it's still quite tasty.

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Photo of 57md
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. Mild roasty nose. Full-bodied with a flavor that has a touch of sweetness and a trace of something else that is hard to place.

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Photo of cproioi
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice black body witha tan head that stood 2 1/2 fingers high. The head quickly disipated to 1/2 finger and left nice lacing.

S: Not a very strong aroma but did have subtle hints of roasted dark malts.

T: Very sweet. Little if any hops bite to it. Had a slight coffee after taste. However, the flavor that stood out to me the most was of apples. This beer to me tastes like apples.

M: To me this beer was pretty thin for a porter. However, with that being said it also is very crisp feeling which is nice.

D: Very drinkable. I would suggest this brew to anyone who wants to start exploring the world of porters. It's sweetier then their American counter-parts.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very deep dark brown pour accented by ruby highlights through a seemingly clear liquid. The head is slim but creamy and reduces to a compact film within minutes. No trace of lace but the film survives.

Aromas were somewhat underwhelming even after warming. Dominated by roasted notes and malty chocolate over a slightly hoppy underpinning. Expected more of an aromatic profile.

First taste reveals a firm and crisp brew of medium body. It fills the mouth assertively and rightly paves the way for sound notes of cocoa and roasted grains. The middle and end are slightly fruity but are mostly dominated by a lingering hops and drying burnt bitterness that fades lazily for several minutes.

A decent session porter for those who are just getting into the style.

Santé

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Photo of rdub
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the gold foil topped bottle to my favorite snifter. Black appearance with a nice two finger tan head. Malty toasty smell and coffee roasted flavor. I liked reading a previous poster say campfire which is the word I was looking for. In a good way. Mouthfeel was medium. Light carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.