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

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Reviews: 1,266
Hads: 2,824
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 203
Gots: 328 | FT: 2
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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 seanyfo
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A- 1 finger of mocha head which fades to a crown, sitting atop a jet black body, minimal lacing.

S- Smokey, roasted malts, raisins and prunes, a faint creamy yoghurtyness.

T- Smokey in the beginning, lots of roasted malts, balances out well in the finish with a nice nuttiness with a little cream.

M- Medium carbonation, a touch watery.

D- As porters go this is nice, complex peaty smokey flavours balances well with a faint nuttiness in the finish. It reminds me of guiness when i first start drinking beer, a shock to the system with roasted bitterness in a session beer.

Just not a fan of the porter style though, i prefer a higher abv sipper such as an RIS when it comes to a complex smokey brew. I prefer the SS imperial stout and oatmeal stout(oatmeal stout for the lesser bitterness and increased nuttiness)

P.S paired this with a grilled frikadellen on a crusty roll, meat was a nice combo with the smokey roasted bitterness.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into sam adams perfect pint

A: pours very dark brown, with one and a half finger brown head, that falls to a thin layer.
S: dark roasted malt, coffee, kind of bready
T: dark malt, chocolate and coffee, sweet molasseses
M: thick, not like an imperial but good
D: simple good porter, so simple to drink

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Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter yields a coffee-colored body that refuses to let through any light, even when held up to a bright lamp. The brew's cappuccino head is tall and craggily, but it falls faster than expected. Once flattened, however, it does leave behind an appealingly sticky ring of foam.

The nose of this bottle isn't particularly appealing. Strong metallic smells dominate; roasted aromas don't come through.

Fortunately, the taste doesn't follow at all. Metallic flavors don't emerge until the tail of the back end, and even then are minimal. Unsweetened cocoa and a hint of ground French roast coffee mingle with very mild thyme-like flavors and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full without being glutinous. In fact, the feel is light enough to lend support the brew's light herbal notes.

The taste of this beer has convinced me that Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a masterful rendition of the style. The metallic nose leads me to suspect that there was something wrong with my bottle. I'll pick up another soon and re-review.

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Photo of manahansf
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and light brown color with a light and lacy tan head. A light sweet malt aroma is pushed out of the glass by the visible mild carbonation levels. The drink is light and flows well with the toffee malt flavor. Smooth and refreshing to drink it is well balanced and finishes quick and clean. Great example of an English style and great for the warmer parts of spring and fall.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a thin dark ruby cast along the edges. Outstanding head volume, world class retention and lacing.

Light nose of dark fruit (plum, fig), with just hints of coffee, prune and chocolate.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a light prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is good, with reasonable intensity, complexity and balance. It begins with a blended flavor that is tart and separates into light notes of roast and coffee and just a hint of chocolate. The middle introduces a slight sweetness underneath. As the sweetness fades, dark fruit is present.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expections were high for this brew, from reading some of the other reviews that I had read. I had both the D.Carnegie & Co. and the Entire Butt porters' in the last couple of weeks, and I enjoyed those two much more. Anyway...Pours a nice black color, the aroma is sort of flat, almost like cold bacon. Nice tiny head that sticks around. The taste is slightly tiny hints of expresso and chocolate. Maybe I enjoy a sweeter porter....
It ends with a nice long finish. Like I said though...not bad at all, but there are plenty of other options open.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown with a slight tan head, leaves behind okay lacing.

S: Smells like roasted malts, but with odd sour notes.

T: Bitter dark fruit up front, with a faint taste of chocolate in there. Roasted malts as well. Underwhelming taste, overall.

M: Much thinner than anticipated. Has a decent creaminess to it.

D: With all the hype behind this, I am very disappointed. Glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with tawny and amber hues. Dark tan head with a compact head that has short retention.

Roasted malt, hazelnuts, butterscotch, gingerbread, toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a mild hop note.

Roasted malt is on the verge of a scorched quality on the palate. Bitter chocolate balances against malt sweetness.

Medium bodied and slightly sour at the very end of the finish. I expected more power on the palate based on what I picked up on the nose.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: just good, not really amazing. Head doesn't appear, just a lacing forms around the top.

Smell: Toffee and cream, as well as dark malts. Pleasant, but not really amazing.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, toffee and coffee. Up front the dark malts are present followed by sweet coffee and a dryness at the end. Good for the style, but not perfect.

Drinkability: Drinkable, not a session beer but drinkable. Might be a good beer to just have by itself at a pub with friends instead of with food.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a 2.5 fingers sand colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & wet cardboard & rum cake

T: Roasted malt, chocolate & bitter hops. Coffee, hops & more chocolate follows. Finishes dry & a little chalky with a hint of raisin

MF: Slick with good carbonation & okay balance

Didn't really stand out as drinkable, will get another bottle another day, this may be old or light struck

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Photo of Kamuimusackie
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, I'd just like to state that the criteria for the beer (appearance, smell, drinkability, etc.) all matches up quite well. It is an all around good balanced beer. I just don't think it is worthy of an A rating in comparison to some other porters out there. The taddy porter is good, but nothing to write home about. I consider it to be a fairly average porter. The taste is rather absent considering it's a porter.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked this one up in NJ last weekend. Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, figs, dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate, and something weird. Can't really place what it is, but reminds me of wet dog. Either way, something definitely a little off that downgrades the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, figs, pulms, and raisins, chocolate, light caramel, and a little bitter coffee. That weird smell doesn't come through in the taste which is a huge improvement from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink; amazing mouthfeel.

o - Overall an above average porter with something a little weird in the nose. Taste is pretty good and very sweet and roasted, and the mouthfeel is great. Would give another shot but not my favorite porter.

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Photo of ilovebeer87
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just grabbed this because I am a big porter fan and wanted a beer to drink after work.

Pours nice. Thick tan head. Dark brown with reddish tint. Mild smell. Mild taste.

Not a bad beer but not one of my favorites. I prefer stronger tasting porters but if your not a big dark beer drinker this is a good option to ease into it.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice big and lasting head on this one. Clings as it lowers and very creamy. Body is black as the night outside.

I get a faint smell of dark coffee, but not much else. A bit of warming picks up a bit of fruit, coffee smell is a bit stronger. It isn't bad, I just expected a bit more.

The taste is kind of light for a porter. Toasty malt in the beginning, the coffee comes in the middle. Is that a dark grape aftertaste? Pretty good though.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but overall this beer goes down good. A bit bitter but not much.

This is a good enough beer for a session, and isn't too strong so I'd say it's decently drinkable. I'll have it now and again even though it isn't my favorite porter.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium dark head with average retention. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt is dominating. Taste is also dominated by some sweet dark chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. Body is average and carbonation is good. Seems to represent the standard for English Porter.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany colour, clear in the body and letting some light through. Head is nicely beige, quite dense and creamy with trails of pleasant lace that clings like my ex-girlfriend. Looks like a nice dark ale.

Smell is quite malty and spicey. Fair amount of dark booziness with a tart dark berry note, hints of vanilla pods and lots of banana. Some mild licorice notes on there as well. Nice banana bready notes with sweet caramel as well, pretty nice.

Taste is a bit plain. Sweet on the front with mild caramel notes that then gets watery and slightly dark with a very slight roasty character. Yeah, really rather thin on the palate overall, some of that banana coming through clearly on the back, but it would be nicer if matched with more spice or more roasty bitterness. Very English, but that kind of becomes synonymous with bland in my book, unfortunately.

Very drinkable, though - let's not forget that the milder something is the more one can just chug it down.

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Photo of Loot
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-it pours a very dark brown...reddish tint in the right light..looks good! A finger or so of tan, light brown head...quickly disappears...

s- I could gather very little from the ol' sniffer...seem to be a dark, roasted malt scent. Subtle. Also a muted sweetness. Hops almost non existent. Not much here for me.

t- as with most porters, a dark, roasted malt flavor, but very subdued. It's very mellow. Smooth and easy drinking. A bit of an after taste. Can't put my finger on it. Leaves a chalky flavor on the tongue, very subtle...but lingering.

m- feels, silky and smooth.

d- surprisingly drinkable...lighter than it looks...a couple down no problem!

all in all, a good execution. Like most sam smiths, I think they are steeped in tradition and it comes through...good beer, just nothing to make me go wow.

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Photo of kwill
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark with a nice brown head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Smell is malty with a bit of a burnt aroma and just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste immediately hits you with the burnt flavor and then finishes with a bit of the coffee taste and some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is not bad, but it has a bit too much carbonation for a beer this dark and it finishes off too dry.

Not a bad beer, but not that good of a beer either. It is worth a try, but not one that I will be drinking regularly.

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Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Darkest brown in color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of licorice, smoked malt, and black coffee. Flavor is dark fruity with prune and grape, dark chocolate overtones, light smoke, and roasted malts. A little watery, easy to drink.

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Photo of skillerified
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown with just faint red hues creeping through. Small, short-lived head, tan in color, but it leaves nice rings on the glass.

Faint whisps of coffee and dark malt. A little espresso too. Could use more in this department.

Taste leans toward chocolate and coffee (espresso again). Some light hints of dark berries too. Again, weaker than expected. Not bad, but not particularly remarkable either.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, a little creamy even. Medium carbonation keeps it from being too heavy. Gets a little slick and bitter at the back of the throat after a few sips, but it stays fairly well balanced.

Not the experience I was hoping for, this being "The Famous Taddy Porter" and all, but far from undrinkable/unenjoyable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours an almost opaque black color. The head is massive, creamy, and brown. Lacing is thorough and lasts until the beer is finished. The aroma is of chocolate, cream, toffee and has a touch of the famous Samuel Smith's house aroma. The taste, however, is rather bland for a porter. There is some toffee and burnt malt flavors that are nice, but nothing really stands out and makes things interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter. At 5% ABV it could make for a very sessionable beer if it had something flavor wise to entertain. With that said, I would choose Summit Great Northern Porter, Bell's Porter, or Bully! Porter, all between 4.9% and 5.25% ABV, as my session porter of choice over The Famous Taddy Porter any day of the week.

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Photo of MECove
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with lots of lacing and froth. A promising allure in aroma, sweet, smooth but not heavy, a bite in the aftertaste. Easy to drink quickly.

"A very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted malt, yeast, and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares.' The type of beer first brewed in the early 18th century; gained its name from being drunk by porters in the fish, meat, and other produce markets."

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost jet black with a nice head and big chunky lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate and coffee, with a bit of banana and a tart sourness (this beer might be skunked). The taste is of dark chocolate with coffee notes, a good dose of hop bitterness and some funky fruityness. The taste doesnt have the oxidization of the nose but its unusual for a porter and somewhat unbalanced. Maybe its not as dry as Im used to. The mouthfeel is very watery. I think this pales in comparison to Fuller's London Porter, its still good though.... Probably just slightly skunked.

Just a side note: Why do really good breweries like Sam Smith's, Wychwood and Marston's use clear bottles? Im sure it affects the quality of their products to some extent.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark color. Big fluffy rocky head with decent retention and a healthy amount of lacing.

Coffee malt and basic porter smell.

Nothing out of the ordinary here. I don't see what all of the fuss is about. I'd trade this one for a local porter anytime.

This certainly doesn't live up to the name... especially since it has "Famous" in it.

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Photo of leoliveri
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I was expecting something a bit stronger:
A: Amazing dark black with beige 2 finger head, easily dissipated leaving a small remaining for the rest of the taste.
S: Delicious roasted malt with gentle, yet perfectly identifiable trace of chocolate.
T: Poor according to its smell. No remains of chocolate, thus a little bit plain flavor.
M: Thiner than expected according to its appearance but fair body for a Porter. A Bit over-carbonated
O: It deserves a try for sure, good understanding of a porter. Remember to drink around 13ºC

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