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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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2,364 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 133
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of jbowers56


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark brown colour. fairly large head which settles in to a thin layer that lasts throughout.

smell is fairly malty. I get chocolate and coffee. No suprises there.

Sweet butterscotchish malt flavour cuts through the usual porter coffee like flavour. A little bit of acidity lifts the pallate after the initial taste.

Perhaps a bit thinner in the mouth than I had expected with slightly more carbonation. Good though. Very smooth despite the carbonation.

Drinkability is hard to fault. Like many english beers I could put away far too many of these without really worrying about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 08:42:27 | More by jbowers56
Photo of BeastLU


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Appears black in the glass. Only when held up to the light does it show very dark brown/red hues. Pours with a off white 1 inch head which dissipates slowly.

S - Not an overly strong smell. Hints of raisins and slightly bready.

T - At firsts there was a somewhat metallic aftertaste. This quickly went away after a couple sips. You can detect the raisin taste that can be picked up on the nose. Hops seem to come through when you swallow then yield to a pleasant malt after taste.

M - Love the mouthfeel. I find some British ales to taste flat and feel awful in the mouth, almost watery. This has none of those drawbacks. Carbonation is perfect, not flat, not in your face and lasts from when you first sip the beer until you swallow. Leaves a dry after taste which I enjoy.

O - Awesome beer for what it is. Im used to more robust, aggressively flavored porters with a little more abv. But that's not what this beer is trying to be and thats fine, its good at what it does.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 23:15:05 | More by BeastLU
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has the mouthfeel of a smoked cherry. As a matter of fact, the smell and taste are almost exactly like a smoked cherry. This is one of the fruitiest porters I have ever had. This obviously would not have worked in an American-style porter, but in an English one, this works quite well.

Complex, with sweet notes of molasses and smoked Hungarian oak. Peat-laden and a bit thin, but has a slight hint of hops. Goes remarkably well with my dinner of beef and kidney bean chili.

All in all, a bit one-sided. Consistent, though, and pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 01:40:34 | More by TLove
Photo of AlephNull


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, strong-coffee brown/black with a little bit of a red hint when held to the light. A light brown, frothy head dissipates before too long. Lacing is thick but falls quickly.

S: Dominated by the choclatey, slightly coffee smelling malts, but there's a bit of sweetness in there too. Maybe cherries.

T: Sweet almost fruity chocolate character with a bit of a coffee flavor.

M: A little bit chalky, but not bad.

D: This is a nice, drinkable beer. Doesn't blow me away, but quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 02:50:44 | More by AlephNull
Photo of TheCondor


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having heard so much of the hype surrounding Samuel Smith’s Old Taddy, and being a huge fan of porters, I knew I had to try this one. Readily available at pretty much any liquor store for a decent price, I was excited to bring this one home and crack it open today, as a Father’s Day gift to myself. Side poured with above average vigor into a Beck’s mug.

Appearance – Just as I would expect, it pours motor oil black with a nice pillowy, two finger tan head that retains for a decent amount of time. A little lacing is observed, carbonation action is unobservable.

Smell – Roasted malts dominate the nose, much more so than in American porters, with side notes of dark fruits and chocolate, rounded out with nuttiness. Complex but not as aggressive as I would expect, the nose on this is a little more subdued, kind of like everything British.

Taste – Very close to the nose. The dark fruits are more upfront, but the roasted malts and some nuttiness are certainly the prime movers on the palate. The alcohol content is moderate and is not noticeable anyway. Malts dominate the taste of this porter.

Mouthfeel – Finishes smooth, creamy, and pretty thick, with a finishing kick of a little cocoa. Probably the best part about the beer.

Overall – This is an outstanding beer, one that I would absolutely buy, drink again, and recommend. That being said, I will still take a Deschutes Black Butte Porter over this one for price, availability, and quality. This is an excellent brew, but I think I like the American porters style a little better.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:33:11 | More by TheCondor
Photo of nickynick


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter poured a very nice dark brown almost black, with an excellent fluffy tan head. Smell seamed very light to me. Hints of dark fruits. Taste however was not light. Tons of chocolate taste on the entry. Followed by coffee and bittersweet flavors. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkablity was ok. I found it the slightly filling. Overall this is a great porter, very flavorful. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 15:08:28 | More by nickynick
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle, gold foil on top, Samuel Smith embossed on the shoulder.
Deep dark brown, if you didn't know better it looks like a brown bottle, not clear bottle with brown contents. Brown tinged head that forms a thin cap and leaves thin lace. Lots of smells, faint but there including coffee, cocoa, and some smoke. Full flavored with blend of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some burnt sugar-like taste. Overall, a nice porter-type taste. Sweet taste balanced by a bitter finish. Creamy smooth mouth feel, low carbonation. Expensive, but worth the treat now and again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 17:59:22 | More by BigBry
Photo of byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear deep chocolate brown with a thin layer of white head. Great retention, looks fantastic after the pour.

Smells like a great light/medium roasted coffee with some hints of cocoa and smoke. Some sweetness is present with tinges of nuts.

Tastes follows up on the nose with an addition of extra flavour. coffee, cocoa and the presence of nuts is reminiscent of amaretto. Lots of flavours perfectly mixed.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and a bit slick on the tongue while remaining refreshing.

Quite an impressive porter, complex with great flavour and nose. It's a bit thin for my personal taste but that won't stop me from hopefully having it again!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 17:47:08 | More by byronic
Photo of Matthew


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle almost black. Nice big thick tannish head with great retention.
Big licorice aromas with a little touch of chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste is nice and smooth, there is a bit of a sweet chocolate flavor but I find a smokiness and the roasted malt flavor are the most prevalant.
Moutfeel is nice and creamy and almost silky due to the light amount of carbonation.
This is a very easy to drink beer. This is a good go to old faithful porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 02:32:46 | More by Matthew
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date: unk

A: Pours dark, deep brown with little to no translucency. Single finger of light tan head falls to a quilt of the same; and a thick quilt at that. Spotty lacing.

S: Bing cherry, blackberry, vanilla, cream, hazelnuts, sweet malts. I've had this beer many, many times, and it never ceases to amaze.

T: Nutty, cocoa, coffee. Stone fruits. You know, often times with a beer, the subtle tones I sense in this beer indicate imperfections. The problem here is that everything seems to come together nearly perfectly. Further, it's consistent, which indicates the beer is intended to be this way.

M: Medium to heavy on the body here. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Always satisfies. /thread

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 12:40:48 | More by harrymel
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost opaque with a cloudy ruby red hue on the edges, two fingers of frothy mocha head, solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, dark cocoa and a touch of caramel reminiscent of dark rum.

T - Surprisingly earthy, dark cocoa, leafy hops, touch of coffee and some chocolate lingers reminiscent of a brownie.

M - A bit thin and could definitely use a bit of a carbonation lift, though it goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty english porter and a solid sample of the style. Grab one for yourself because I know I'll be grabbing another!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 03:59:53 | More by andrenaline
Photo of Duff27


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Two inch mocha head over a dark brown beer. Head retention is nice and a little lacing is left behind.

S- Tart(?) cocoa smell.

T- Slight chocolate with some "tang" (thanks woody), dark fruits.

M- Creamy at first then a carbonation bite at the end of each taste.

D/O- I believe this to be my first porter love back in the day and it's been awhile since I've had one but it still holds it's own as one of the best in the style. Unexpectedly low abv for as much flavor as it packs.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:08:39 | More by Duff27
Photo of fosterific


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark with sparkles of red and a long lasting head with substantial lacing.
The smell of rich dark chocolate and booze dominate the aroma with some toffee mixed in.
The taste is dry with a sweet nutty finish, warm toffee.
As the beer warms its character increases and becomes really good, I sure did enjoy this special treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 18:40:13 | More by fosterific
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Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with ruby red highlights when backlit and a float-like, two inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually recedes into a solid quarter inch cap; no lacing on this one. Nose suggests chocolate malt, dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors are considerably more subdued. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied with a mild, consistent background carbonation; a little too light-bodied and carbonated for my general liking. Easy drinking and flavorful - a nice session porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 23:51:19 | More by Jwale73
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that stays to cover the beer, but doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark malts and coffee mostly. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with a sweetness of fruits. Smooth and slightly creamy. Could be a little thicker in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 17:42:58 | More by clvand0
Photo of AgentMunky


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into an Ommegang goblet.

A: Creamy, but brief, head. The beer is dark brown and opaque in the light, if slightly susceptible.

S: Chocolatey and promising. Creamy, vanilla-sweet, and almost oaky/bourbon-y. Nice.

T: Great porter. Predominantly sweet, with a perfectly roasted character running throughout. The aftertaste is almost drying, with a coffee character.

M: A bit flat. To be fair, I may have left this one sitting too long, but as it stands, the creaminess would benefit from a carbonation that simply isn't present.

O: Recommended! Would drink again; very drinkable. A sweetish porter, but one of the greats.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 03:24:13 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of mltobin


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this over at A & J in Brewster, NY

Appearance is dark brown with big off-white head. Taddy Porter smells like roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate; very low-key. It tastes quite nice, with roasted barley, plum, dark chocolate and other flavors coming across. MF is just right for a porter with a proper carbonation level. This classic from Sam Smith drinks well, another very good beer from them.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:31:30 | More by mltobin
Photo of mithrascruor


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a near inky black color. Dark tan head is very dense and foamy... laces the glass well too.

Smell: Has a somewhat sweet aroma of brown sugar, oats, and possibly some figs. Quite a decent complexity for this type of beer. There's also a good deal of coffee in the smell too.

Taste: Has a roasted malt flavor with coffee and a bit of chocolate. It's nice, but not very complex. It's quite solid and good, but just seems to be lacking. Roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with light carbonation. Medium-bodied, though a bit on the heavier side of that range.

Drinkability: Would work nice as a session beer; good alcohol level and doesn't become tiring.

Overall a nice beer in many respects, but it falls down a bit on taste. It just seems to have a very dull flavor. However, it's definitely a quality beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 02:21:39 | More by mithrascruor
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a sturdy somewhat radiant brown which is surprisingly transparent when held up to a light. The beer boasts an attractive dark ruby color under light. Lighter tan head sits and stays. Leaves minimal lacing.

S-I think it smells much like super sweet toffee. Almost like a caramel hard candy. Chocolate/coffee combo are here but I find the caramel/toffee to be the big ticket here. Cocoa powder as well. Quite sugary in the nose.

T-Caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate like in the nose. Also picking up some milky lactose flavors as well. Dark fruits as well. Surprisingly a bit bitter which is nice. A pretty unique taste. Stronger than the %5 alcohol level would suggest. No alcohol traces however.

M-A light porter. Not a detractor. Still creamy but definately leaning toward the lighter mouthfeel direction.

D-Oh so easy to drink. No alcohol burn.

I have begun to really grow a taste for porters and while this isn't my favorite, I must say it is pretty good. Easily worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 21:50:57 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of heygeebee


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger tan head, black body, little lacing.

Aromas of toffee, caramel. A little chocolate/coffee.

Taste of roast malts, some ashtray, caramel. Moderate bitterness creeps in but always balanced. Dry finish puts me off a bit. Better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is quite light at 5%. Prefer heavier, but let's remember the ABV.

Overall, very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 10:55:22 | More by heygeebee
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New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with red highlights. The creamy brown head is frothy but didn't stick around for a minute.

Smell: Kinda smells like a Dark chocolate covered banana. There are hints of cherry and dried dark fruits. The malt flavor is strong. Musty and smokey.

Taste: Roasted maltiness and sweetness hit you up front. Hints of coffee and chocolate. There is a fruity flavor reminiscent of dried fruits such as figs or cherries.

Feel/Drinkability: Creamy and smooth feel with light tinglyness from the carbonation. A complex and drinkable porter. Not my favorite style, but with that being said it still rocks. Not quite as hoppy as i would have prefered BUT its one of the better porters ive had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 01:29:48 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL clear glass bottle poured into tall glass.

The Famous Taddy Porter is a rich, dark brown color with decent head.

Not an overly strong aroma, but malty, sweet, a touch roasty.

This is a tasty beer, with malty sweetness, caramel flavors and a clean finish from just a touch of hops bitterness.

Mouth feel is clean and smooth, medium to thin consistency.

Overall a nice, tasty beer that one could be happy to drink a bunch of with friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 22:22:06 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of nsmartell


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color with a thick tan head.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, almost milk chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate slight taste of coffee that finishes with sweet, bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with a creamy finish.

Drinkability: This would make a great session beer. Would seek out again, but would have a hard time picking this up if it was next to the oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 02:46:57 | More by nsmartell
Photo of robbrandes


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass

pours nearly black, nice full head of lightly tanned bubbles. recedes to a uniform 1/8 inch head, reasonable lacing.

smell is a pleasing blend of malt, yeast, faint alcohol hints, possibly some raisin notes. taste is solid, if unsurprising. good representation of the style, doing a lot of things well, but nothing earth-shaking. only minor issue is the body - a bit on the thin side, although the carbonation is very smooth and makes this quite drinkable.

an enjoyable english, my favorite samuel smith's offering to date.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 05:05:19 | More by robbrandes
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I needed something to take my mind off the crushing, soulless, fleeting and futile nature of existence, if only for a few brief minutes. That would be nice, yes. So, that's where the Samuel Smith "The Famous" Taddy Porter (in a brown bottle) came in.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a creamy, light khaki-colored head. No lacing.

Smell: Subtle aroma of toasted toffee with hints of chocolate, nuts, and a slight smokiness.

Taste: A true medley of malt flavors with each sip - coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, molasses. The finish has a soft, light hoppiness to it, but also carries with it a toasted sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Smooth, but a bit watery on the palate.

Drinkability: For me, it could use just a bit more body, but perhaps the current recipe tested better with focus groups. So what do I know? Still, though, its a worthy English porter and exceedingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 04:37:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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