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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,476 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,476
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of jdubjacket
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass - how appropriate. Pours a very dark brown - nearly black. Minimal head with some lacing. Smells a bit like chocolate and coffee.

Taste is only average. Nothing really jumps out. It's not bad, but I've definitely had better.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Not very alcoholic so one doesn't knock you out. Mouthfeel is very thick.

Overall, a solid brew, but probably not something I would drink on a regular basis.

jdubjacket, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, some ruby highlights. Big light tan head.

Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy. No real head retention, but a thin crust and some bubbling throughout.

I'm noticing a real trend with Samuel Smith after sampling two of their brews. I'm hoping it doesn't continue. There is a seriously wicked vinegary/salty after-taste to this beer. The taste is delicious butterscotch, some coffee ... even some dark roasted fruits and malt, but it is absolutely destroyed by some component I cannot identify. As a result, a beer that becomes less and less drinkable by the minute.

Overlord, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. There's about two fingers of mocha-colored head, but the retention isn't fantastic. Still, it has a smooth, attractive texture and leaves behind some solid lacing on the glass.

S: Aside from the textbook fruity/chocolaty tones, this has a surprising amount of roast in it. The roasted malts almost seem a bit charred (which I like), too. All in all, it's not the boldest aroma, but it works very well regardless.

T: It starts off rather well, with a nice combination of dark fruits and chocolate. The finish, though, I'm not such a fan of. It has that typical Samuel Smith mineral character (which works quite well in some of their offerings, i.e. the Imperial Stout) in conjunction with a roasted, charred bite. I think the biggest problem is that...well, it's kind of boring.

M: Rather thin, slightly sweet, not very creamy, and dry on the finish. Basically, it's a typical porter feel, and that's good.

O: While it's decent enough, I can't help but be a little let down. I love the Imperial Stout from these guys, but this is only slightly above average. Maybe another porter I had earlier today (Anchor's porter) gave me unrealistic expectations. I wouldn't ever refuse it, at least.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of geexploitation
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Smith's Taddy Porter is a beautiful beer -- a deep dark brown with a red tinge, and an active head. But other aspects of it were a bit disappointing, given Sam Smith's other excellent dark beers (the Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout). It gets points for effort, though...

The nose is interesting, if not overly appealing to me. There are some smoky notes in there -- not so much as your average smoked porter, but a bit. The smoky flavor carries over in the brew itself, but on the palate it adopts more of a smoke-house, smoked meat kind of flavor, which I don't care for personally. A touch of sourness makes this a very complex brew, although it doesn't have the easy drinkability of the stouts.

geexploitation, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of leoliveri
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
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

leoliveri, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of match1112
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown, but settles in black as night with a finger and a half of tan frothy head. two minutes later a seafoam cap is left floating on top with patchy lacing as a reminder of what once was. smell is typical for porters, roasted malts give off decent aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel. taste provides the same, except with a metallic taste mixed in. mouthfeel is aa rich slick medium body with the metallic flavor making me pucker. also has a slight bitter end from the coffee flavors. overall i feel there are better porters that should be sought out before this one, namely founders, fullers and great lakes. however if none of them are available this is a decent starter porter for someone.

match1112, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bohemiandonut
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing I'm just not a fan of the "style," but compared to Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout this is just way off. Flavor and aroma are minimal- rather fruity with some 'porter-y' malts but overall a strange salty, apple-y taste. How many nouns can I adjectify by adding an additional syllable? About as many as there are "porters" superiour (note the U) to this one. If it were cheaper it might make a decent session.

bohemiandonut, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost black color, moderate tan head that left little lacing. The smell is of caramel & roasted malts, buttery toffee. The taste is of light toffee, caramel, hint of coffee, a bit sour. Lightly carbonated with a full body nice and smooth. Very good overall though I not a huge fan of the style. I could knock back a few.

Gmann, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of VtBeerRun
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was around average slightly above. Nothing really stuck out with this beer. It had some nice creamy tastes to it, but as the beer went on that some what faded. I believe the attempt was to do a light porter, which was pretty good but nothing that really caught my attention. It wasn't a bad beer. If some one handed me a free one I would definitely drink it, but there isn't anything that made me come away wanting more.

VtBeerRun, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large, persistent off-white head.
Aroma shows a fair whack of roasted malt with some dark chocolate and nutty notes. Some diacetyl still manages to show. There's also quite a bit of grainy-ness in there which I'm not a fan off.
Flavours are quite similar to the aromas, with mildly roasted malt and nutty notes. Hint of liquorice and burnt toast shine through. Thankfully there's none of that grainy malt found in the aroma.
Carbonation is quite prickly, something I don't like in porters and stouts.

CrazyDavros, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

timtheenchanta, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of velkyal
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a wonderful deep ruby colour, bordering on black, and the head was a frothy dark tan. The nose was really interesting as the first thing that hit me was soy sauce, which brought to mind the Pardubický Porter, however there were also light coffee hints and eventually something which brought to mind the kelp beds on the beaches back at home, which I am assuming was from the seaweed finings used in production. The pre-dominant flavour though was of caramelised bananas, one of my favourite desserts, as well as dark chocolate and a light coffee taste.

velkyal, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of pants678
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Taddy Porter pours a deep brown, close to black with a brown two finger head that recedes to a single quickly. The foam sits atop well through the pint.

Smell is distinctly coffee and darker chocolates, a hint of cinnamon tucked away.

Hits the front of the tongue with a sharp note of nuts that gives way to a smooth chocolate that covers the tongue. The coffee isn't exactly distinguishable, mixed in well enough. The blend, a lean toward mocha is more prominent in the middle. There's a more than subtle underpinning of figs, slight prune perhaps, complimented by nutmeg and a hop touch. I may prefer Baltics.

I dare say this porter might be over carbonated, I'm into a heavier porter really. Certainly drinkable, though.

pants678, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of MECove
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
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."

MECove, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

laituegonflable, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

skillerified, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of kwill
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

kwill, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of Kamuimusackie
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Kamuimusackie, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

illidurit, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of ZOXXO
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle poured into a tulip glass as my standard pint glasses were loaned out.

A - Poured a very dark but not quite black color with a nice thick foamy tan head. The head dissipates in short order. A splotchy lacing hangs in or several minutes.

S - Chocolate malt with a faint smokey odor.

T - Smoke, coffee, roasted malt and a subtle raison/date flavor.

M - Medium in body and carbonation.

D - Bit bold for quaffing but not too heavy to enjoy more than a single pour.

I found this a more enjoyable brew than Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout. Will definitely be comparing and contrasting this to some future Porters.

ZOXXO, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Libationguy
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Libationguy, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

doremite, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a nice porter, not too thick, buttery caramel charactereistics, slightly roasty charactereistcs aswell, good, without being exceptional.

rastaman, Apr 04, 2002
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,476 ratings.