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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of mempath
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

nice dark dark with some lacing and a decent head that settles into a ring hugging the sides...

...but what an outstanding smell! hot melted dark chocolate with...raisins? grapes? muscadine? wow.

taste is a slightly more subtle version of the nose with the grapiness receding and the chocolate hovering with a backbite of coffee. and what you expect in a great porter. smokiness.

smoothness of this is counterpunched nicely by the carbonation that slightly follows some sort of syntax of perfection...

...which makes this nearly perfect. i'm going through a SSmith obsession lately. i've yet to be disappointed. this is another favorite to add to my growing list.


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Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster). Poured from the glass into a nonic tumbler, this brew's head is two fingers thick and has a lather-esue frothiness to it, with spottier lacing, and a classic very dark reddish brown body.

I smell nicely roasted malts, hearty grains, coffee, molasses, dark fruits and chocolate. Not much hop bitterness in this discipline.

Tastes like very much as I've described above, along with a nice helping of caramel to mellow this out even more. There is just a small bit of hop bitterness just at the very end of the swig. I like how it arrived fashionably late and still pulled through with its obligations to balance all of these sweeter tastes.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is smooth and surprisingly clean for as much that goes on in terms of flavor. Nice and refreshing for an undisputed full bodied porter.

Overall, I'll give Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) a 4.75. I've had a professor from Sheffield, England praise this brew to high heavens and I've wanted to get my hands on this brew ever since. I guess one could say this has been my closet white whale, and I'm very vlad to have made the catch.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a porter. Looks excellent in a Samuel Smith pint glass. Great looking head. Sticky, foamy; a dark mocha color. The beer itself is pitch black. And it smells like roasted coffee and chocolate. I think I'm drooling.

Drinking it is also a pleasure. Smooth dark malt flavors with a slight tanginess. Nice and creamy. So simple, yet so enjoyable.

If you want a great cheesesteak, go to Philadelphia. A great corned beef sandwich, New York. And if you're looking for a great glass of porter, look no further than the Old Brewery in Tadcaster.

I will definitely be picking this up again.

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Photo of jlazerus
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I used the traditional British pint glass.

Produced less than a quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly, to be expected for a porter. Nearly opaque dark brown to black.

I'm not that great at determining smell, but it had a very complex aroma of wood, malt, spice, and stone; along with chocolate and coffee of course. Not a single off-putting flavor.

The taste is as complex as the aroma. Tangy, mellow, slightly smoky but not obnoxious at all. Malty but not sweet, earthy, and smooth. Mouthfeel is not noticeable at the right temp except for slight carbonation and a bit sticky on the back of the tongue.

I wanted to try this for a while, and I was not disappointed. Great!

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Photo of bobsy
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I simply adore the old school label on this beer. Enjoyed in a plastic glass in a basic student resident. This is luxury! Classic black appearance with a ruby hue, and a thick tan head that provides generous sheets of lacing. The aroma has cocoa, caramel and figs. Great malty flavours at play, with a cocoa smoothness playing off a slight coffee bitterness, and a lot of depth similar to raisins. Fairly medium bodied and chewy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Huge drinkability. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pweis909
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The foamy head on this dark porter first greeted me with fruity aromas and a hint of cocoa. As the session with this brew progressed, and the foam faded to a thin creamy with residual lacings on the glass, the fruit was replaced by hop aromas and malt.

The malty flavor is perfect -- deliciously balanced with the hops to give the brew a definitive sweetness without cloying. Roasty notes are lurking in the depths of the sweetness.

The creamy texture satisfies, and despite looking heavy the beer was not filling. A 22 oz bottle was easy drinking. .

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Photo of gfreed
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Does a porter get better than this? Pitch black in color with a fluffy brown head that goes away quickly but not before releasing tremendous amounts of bread, chocolate and molasses, even a little butter. The taste is so very smooth and mellow but is probably the most complex thing I've ever had. It would take several sessions to sort out all the flavors, but there's a malty spine of roasted Things that is incredibly attractive. It's rather filling; I had half the bottle one evening, sealed the remainder with a vacu-vin and finished it the next night. The difference in taste was pronounced: the chocolate was even more present, and the roasty taste was so much more developed.

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Photo of ski271
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a very small, creamy, light tan head. Smells of very deep, rich, roasted chocolate malt, oatmeal cookie, light coffee, earthy, grassy and lightly herbal with a little cherry and oak. Dear god this tastes good! Huge toasted malts giving a hefty wallop of bittersweet chocolate, followed then by toffee, oak and molasses. It really turns sweet as it heads toward the finish. The finish is quite long, and while the big malt flavor linger to the end they’re accompanied by a light citrus bitterness that add balance, crispness and closure. This porter is full-bodied and slightly watery with very low carbonation. Wow, was this a great beer. Forget the desert, just give me a bottle of this after dinner. Sure this beer is a bit pricey, but I’ll be getting a bottle of this from time to time for sure.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tan, creamy head. Pitch black. Intenslely aromatic: rich, roasted coffee, butterscotch, toffee. Great hop presence. but light on the palate. Smooth, well-rounded, a porter full of character, that will remain on the top of my list until the end of time. Absolutely perfect. Light enough in alcohol to stand in as a session beer (but too expensive to actually work that way), and with plenty of body and bite.

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Photo of jtslay
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very very dark with amber highlights. ample head that stuck around.
S - smooth rich chocolate roasted aroma.
T - very very smooth rich creamy toasty flavor. it is a mouthful of complex flavor.
M - very rich in my opinion. aftertaste isn't too bitter.
D - makes good company with the nut brown ale and the oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taddy Porter is nearly opaque and the darkest oily brown color. A layer of tan sits on top and clings beautifully to the glass as well. The most incredible smells fill my nostrils as a breathe in the intoxicating aroma. Toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, and light biscuit notes are present. The nose on this literally resembles a fine dessert. For the flavor, that toffee aspect dominates, but yet again with Samuel Smith's, we get a fantastic level of complexity for a low ABV beer. I can pick up some bittersweet hops, dark fruits, and smokiness along with the flavors previously detected in the aroma. The mouth feel is light to medium, and the finish is dry and pleasant. Another timeless classic... the perfect porter!

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Photo of BamaWorKs
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Keeping in mind that I rate these beers only in comparison with other beers of their type.

With that being said, this beer poured beautifully into my mug from the classic "pint and change" bottle that Samuel Smith typically uses, maintains about a finger of frother head throughout, creates great rings down the class... the aromas were fairly complex, with hints of different types of nuts and at points, chocolate and coffee. But the taste is where this porter shines. By far one of the best porters I've had, this really combines all the different facets of a porter to make one of the best porters around. Surprisingly carbonated with a GREAT drinkability (in comparision with other porters), if you're a big fan of the Porter, this is the beer for you. Very tasty!

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Photo of Gear54
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle to a pint glass.

A: pitch black with two fingers of thick kaki foam. Moderate lace on the glass as the head fades.

S: lots of coffee with some malts and smoke in the back ground.

T: follows the smell well with coffee and toffee flavors and a hint of malts.

M: medium to heavy with lasting flavor. Easy drinking.

O: everything that was said about this beer was right. Worth the wait and satisfying till the last sip. Try it!

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Photo of sgoodship
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another great one from Sam Smith. It's pitch black with a good, creamy head. Chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. Chocolate, molasses, malt comes through at the end, a little figgy, but finishes dry. Carbonation is excellent. I could definitely session this were I so inclined.

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Photo of daythree16
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brown 12 oz. bottle with gold foil on the top poured into a pint glass. Appearance is nearly black with a tan head that leaves pretty good lace as it fades fairly rapidly.

Smells incredible! Caramel, coffee, roasted malt, a little nuttiness, and just a hint of maple there in the background. Tastes chiefly of roasted malt with some coffee that lends itself to the somewhat bitter finish.

The body is a little light, but it's not too thin. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of bk3nj
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great porter.. smooth and velvety, chocolaty.. tasting this beer is definitely an experience to savor. Perhaps a tiny bit too sweet; definitely one to drink sparingly (but do be sure to have one..)

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque black with some nice maroon highlights. Nice fizzy tan head that reduces quikley.

Large aroma of roasted chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Full bodied, sweet roasted caramel and chocolate taste with a tanginess. Great dry toasted finish like black coffee. Leaves a smokey aftertaste on the palate.

Great porter delicious and balanced, very drinkable.


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Photo of jwhancher
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 550mL bottle at Total Wine a few weeks ago. No freshness date. Poured into Murphy's Red glass. Three fingers of tan head erupts. Very dark amber when held up to light. Otherwise, seems dark brown or borderline black. Smells decadent. Plum, fig, dark cherries licorice, treacle, burnt sugars, soft roast. Earthy, woody hop aroma. Classic fruity English yeast.

Tastes roast with chocolate & toffee. Caramel some faint fruit character. Adequately hopped as bitterness follows in at the end of the upfront sweet fruity flavors. Amazingly drinkable. Medium bodied by perceptively heavier. Seems like it has the classic hard water profile.

An absolutely great beer. Classic example of an English Porter. Would love to try this fresh or on cask someday. Put it on the bucket list.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Victorian Pint bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark as night black/opaque. Massive creamy, tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- A fairly robust molasses roastiness. Chocolate emerges as it warms.

T- Some slightly sweet molasses flavors upfront, followed by fairly mild coffee-esque bitters and roastiness at the finish. Some hints of chocolate, as well as sweet bread flavors. Absolutely delicious.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Somewhat creamy and very smooth.

D- Superb. Moderately low ABV + delicious flavors and smooth drinking = a great drinking brew. It's hard to set this one down to jot my notes, which is always a great sign.

Future outlook: Superb in all areas. Repeat business an absolute certainty.

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Photo of TitanTake
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 1 pt bottle.

A - (poured into a small glass for this) dark, slight fizz that went away quickly; very little light comes through

S - deep, sweet charcoal aroma; nutty; warm

T - initially very light, but then a strong charcoal flavor mixed with hops; almost like it was filtered through oak charcoal just before it was bottled

M - very smooth; a little effervescent

D - must drink slowly to appreciate; almost a meal in itself

After my initial review, I started eating something salty while drinking this. It seemed to really enhance the flavors of both. Reminded me of a beer you would drinking in a cabin or lodge on a cold winter night.

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Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown (almost black) with a tall creamy brown head. The head actually hangs around for a while, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The nose is filled with aromas of dark roasted malt and chocolate. I picked up a hint of toffee in the smell as well. The taste absolutely follows the nose. The dark roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee flavors blend well and coat the mouth. I have to say I catch some coffee notes as well. It's not too sweet, so it's just right to make this balanced. The body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is pretty clean and smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is a most excellent beer.

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Photo of jhp40219
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about Taddy Porter that hasn't already been said? This is pretty much the top of the line as far as porters go.

A - Pours black with a lovely tan two-finger head. Held up to the light, it appears more of a dark auburn brown. Lots of lacing as you drink.

S - Dark chocolate, cocoa, fresh roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Unsweetened chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, hints of coffee, cream, and sweet dark fruitiness in the background. A complete porter taste explosion! Seriously, I know of no other porter that has this much flavor.

M - Creamy but not too thick. Light carbonation.

O - Pretty much the perfect dark beer. I am really holding myself back from giving this all 5's, as I am not quite sure how they'd improve it. This is the top of the line as far as craft beer goes.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.69/5  rDev +13%

Wow, really loved this one a lot. The color is dark brown with a khaki colored head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell was very decadent with hints of chocolate, sweet cream, and walnuts. The taste was just as tasty with chocolate and coffee being front and center and a little bit of smoke which evened everything out. Was very impressed and will definitely try again.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew. It's been years since I've had this until now, and lately when I've needed a porter I've reached for Ithaca Gorges, but I was feelin' this (thank you wegmans in penfield for having the craft your own pack section). It's just what you want a porter to be. I feel like everyone has said what needs to be said about it, just throwing in my two cents. One of Sammy Smith's best, and a quintessential porter.

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