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

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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 161
Gots: 209 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Right away it is easy to tell this is yet another carefully crafted beer from Samuel Smith's. With a firm but gentle pour, a beer fills the glass that is dark brown in color with a bit of a ruby tint, more so in the edges. A dense, thick mocha cap rests on top of the beer and leaves a nice amount of lace stick down the sides of the glass.

The aroma blends smooth dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cocoa together, with a bit of earthy nuttiness as well.

The blend of the flavors is definitely one of the strengths of this beer. Each sip starts with a fair amount of roasted malt and chocolate flavor that ranges from soft, semi-sweet cocoa to dark and slightly bitter. There is a bit of caramel and fig flavor in the middle that gives a gentle sweetness, and finally a blend of earthy hops and light coffee notes create a moderately bitter finish. The beer wraps up cleanly, although I wish the flavor was a bit more full and robust.

One aspect that could be improved is the body. Although 5% for a porter may have been the standard in the past and Taddy Porter drinks slightly bigger than that, there are just too many amazing porters coming out with a much deeper and more textured flavor to have this one stand out anymore.

The obvious brewing skill and small touches show why this beer (like most from Samuel Smith's) is a classic. However, with the speed of innovation in the porter style and in craft beer in general, this beer may be relegated to more infrequent consumption. When I have this, though, it is very drinkable and disappears quickly.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.

A: Pours a nice brownish black with a creamy-looking light tan head.

S: Light chocolate and slightly sweet biscuit dough, some dried fruit esters from that characteristic Sam Smith ale yeast.

T: Lightly bitter coffee beans and cocoa, dried pear and a bit of leather.

M: Light yet creamy.

O: A very good porter. The malts could be a bit more assertive against the esters, but tasty nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Bockrules
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass

A - Pours a used motor oil black with garnet highlights capped by a gorgeous 3-finger, creamy, tan head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a narrow parabola of lacing.

S - Chocolate mocha and tangy dark fruits greet the nose upon opening the bottle. Chocolate malt dominates the nose once in the glass a.

T - Chocolate malt and dark fruit upfront. The body is a nice balance of chocolate malt, tangy dark fruit and spicy hops with hints of coffee. More fruit and hop notes emerge as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a tangy chocolate covered fig finish.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation to give the beer a fair amount of creaminess. It could be a tad thicker, but that is a bit subjective and nitpicky.

I had saved this beer in my fridge for a relatively special occasion and decided to go for it tonight after finishing some code (nerdy I know). Although this is a damn good beer, it failed to meet my admittedly high expectations based on the Nut Brown. The flavor was good, just not irresistible like the brown. I might pick this up again now and then, but there are plenty of American porters that I like better than this and can be had for less.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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2/5  rDev -52.2%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown/black color with a creamy, light khaki-colored head that settles leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas are quite subtle overall but contain balanced amounts of toasted toffee maltiness with hints of chocolate, nuts and a slight bit of molasses as it warms.

Th tastes begin with mild coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and molasses. As it warms I can perceive a soft, light hoppiness with more emerging toasted sugar sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth, but a bit watery.

Dverall this is a very good example of an English Porter but a but watery overall and could use a bump in the body to be great. Not to the level of Fuller's London Porter but a solid sessionable Porter for those winter months.

Photo of mscudder
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine brew I have enjoyed on a number of occasions. Poured into a globe.

A - A deep, milky brown with a thin tan head.

S - Quite the subtle aromas here, yet textbook for the style: chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and some smoked character.

T - A soft composition of a wealth of flavors here: coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramel, sweet molasses, nuts and a touch of tobacco. Such complexity in a refine balance. Enjoyable.

M - Medium body with more than enough carbonation. Resists the creamy feel I desire.

O - One of the porters I summon when I feel the occasion calls. There are notes that are not found elsewhere, although the faults are worth taking note. Not perfect, yet represents the fine craftsmanship of the brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,661 ratings.