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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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2,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,715
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 180
Gots: 246 | 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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Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown just shy of black. Small creamy tan head and good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and coffee.
Sweet roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate, prunes and a bit of coffee. Finishes with some fruit and a slightly tart (yeast?) taste that gave it an almost vinuous character.
Medium bodied with a velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with a tiny bit of light shining through. Head is light tan and retains quite well. Lacing is sticky and holds well.

S: Very malt-forward aroma. Chocolate and some coffee, with dried fruit undertones. Hops are not present in the smell.

T: Sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors up front, with some dark fruit character in the background. Prune and raisin give way to a slightly floral, clean hop finish.

Notes: Overall, one of the more complex English porters. This stuff is awesome. Full-bodied, yet incredibly drinkable in a session setting. I've had this beer numerous times, and every time I have it, I sense more and more. It just goes to show how world-class the brews that Sam Smith has to offer. A benchmark beer for this style.

Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.50.

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, with 1-2 finger light brown head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Equal parts milk and bittersweet chocolate with substantial earthy hops aroma

T: Delicious understated chocolate flavors with mildly burnt dark malt and earthy, leafy hops that are subdued but an excellent accent.

M: Medium-bodied with even carbonation and good smoothness. Aftertaste is very short-lived.

D: An excellent porter that is super-smooth with a subdued, classic character.

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

Meeting the Peepers: What took me so long to enjoy a Sammy S. is beyond me. SS Porter pours out a thick rich dark brown nearly black pour topped off with an impressive dark khaki thick head cap that sticks well to the glass leaving some lattice lace.

In the Schozzola: Dep roasted malt scents of cocoa, molasses and brown sugar. There is even some dark fruity fig scents.

On the lapper: Thick cocoa and toasted maltiness, even pace with the nose, of molasses and some dark cake. Interesting mingle of complexity. Lingering aftertaste of caramelized sugars. A dryness is imparted in the middle, almost like a dry red wine. Malts are all over the place with a pecan and walnut nuttiness.

Hands on: Quite full bodied, almost as full as full bodied gets...almost. A bit cloying, but that comes with the territory.

Hangover helper memories: This is a world class porter that shunts the path of being a stout. This is a good argument settler as far as the difference between stout and porter. Taddy dark without being burnt. Also, 5% creates this to be quite a year round sipper. A truly historical beer

Beer is good. Happy world beering.

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

First time trying an English Porter, here goes nothing

Serving type - 550ml bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Thick black color, with a nice, thick, and creamy tan/light sepia head. Leaves a thick, creamy lacing when it settles.

Smell - Smell is of roasted malts and chocolate notes. Maybe a bit of caramel in there too.

Taste - Very smooth. A nice, roasty malt forefront with chocolate notes coming through most, and slight coffee character. Little hop bitterness, just enough there to balance this beer perfectly. The main difference I notice between this and the American Porters I've had is less intense roasted flavor and hopping.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, and creamy, but still sessionable. A nice drinking porter for sure.

Drinkability - This is an excellent session porter, so it gets high points for this style.

Overall - A delicious porter that is definitely worth giving a shot if you see this one around.

Photo of jschott75
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beefeater57
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark reddish-brown. Great light-tan, foamy head.

The smell I got was a toasty smell, with some coffee and a hint of chocolate.

The taste I got off the bat was its dry finish. Tangy, almost acidic. Very dry, coffee flavors - didn't get the chocolate in the taste. I can detect the hops, but they are mild.

Mouthfeel was really good, perfect carbonation and again, very dry.

Good, drinkable porter. The dry, tangy aftertaste isn't that pleasant after a while, but it is a smooth brew that is a great example of an english porter.

Photo of kevinl6
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the smoothness and quality of the Sam Smith brews! This one, if you are familiar with Sam Smith brews, is about what you'd expect. A fairly black appearance with a thin, creamy head. A slight aroma of chocolate, roasty, and malty for the smell. It has a very flavorful taste with primarily chocolate undertones. This one is very smooth and creamy on the palate. As far as drinkability goes, I want another! Great porter.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is pitch black, but with a tinge of burgundy around the edges when held up to light. About a finger's width of a tan head that fades fairly quickly. Not much lacing left on the glass either. Coffee scents are nice but a bit weak. It's the taste where this beer stands out. Starts malty with hints of cocoa and caramel, and finishes with a touch of bitterness, with a wonderful fig aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel as well.Looking forward to another one.

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug

Appearance- Pours a three-finger khaki head; the body is just about pitch black.

Smells- Notes of malt, bread, and maybe some slight molasses and coffee as well.

Taste- Has a nice black coffee sort of flavor at the forefront. Rather bitter with dark grainy notes. Nice and malty.

Mouthfeel- Slick and smooth; low carbonation.

Overall- A great beer with a deep, roasted complexity.

Photo of mjc410
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Fuller's nonic (why didn't I use my Sam Smith glass !?) raises a shallow sub one-finger head that falls quickly to surface lacing and then to a glass ring. The head's hue is a light tan. The beer is black initially, but clearly a deep ruby when backlit. The nose is roasted, but also has a special earthy smell. There's also some intense caramel and light fruitiness floating about. The taste is bitter-sweet, nutty, and roasted, with only the barest hints of coffee floating about. Ok, some chocolate too, but I didn't notice at first. The earthiness here is probably from some very nice hopping. A bit of acid too, and some butteriness. The mouth is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is pretty high but fine and tingly. A very nice porter.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There is a cryptic batch code printed on the neck but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is an almost opaque black; light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy and creamy lacing, a ring around the edge, and lace along the glass.

Smell: The first whiff is of smooth, dark malts. Dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, plum, cherry, black raspberry, lactose, and perhaps a little oatmeal. Coffee gives it a light roasted character, but it is far from prominent.

Taste: The first sip offers coffee bitterness, which was unexpected. When the taste buds adjust and the beer has warmed, the sweetness from the smell — chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and dark fruit — counterbalance it nicely.

Drinkability: A solid version of the black stuff. Drinking a couple more would give me a heinous hangover, but it would be well worth it.

Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium tan head quickly settles on this beer. Color is a very dark brown to black. Smell is all about roasted malts. It's a very complex, nutty, roasted aroma. Medium sweetness is nicely balanced with lingering, deep, roasted bitterness. Full and creamy mouthfeel. This is a wonderful porter. It's exactly what the style brings to mind.

Photo of silver7447
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While we enjoyed this beer, we don't find it to be exceptional in any area. This will not likely be a beer that I reminisce about drinking.

A- Very little head and lacing as is characteristic of Samuel Smith Brewery. Looks just like most porters, opaque and black.

S- The smell is not strong, but is very balanced and was a highlight of this beer. It has a molasses and raisin flavor, coupled with a background of slightly burnt coffee. Good mixture of bitter and sweet.

T- The beer tastes sweet upfront, but this fades to a lingering, dry bitterness. It contains sweet, fruity flavors of raisin & currants & molasses, along with sharper tones of coffee and chocolate.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer is long-lived. It begins with a sharp carbonation and mouthfeel quickly changes to a lingering dryness, which mimics that of a merlot or shiraz wine. The slight burnt flavor and dryness both likely arise from the roasted malts which go into this beer.

Photo of PVMT
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, almost black. Two, almost three inches, of bounding tan foam. Looks great in that Samuel Smith nonic pint.

Malty and salty. Minerally and with notes of cocoa. Nice hearty roast is evident.

Bitter cocoa, mineral salt, tobacco leaf, wheat germ, sage, and roasted barley. Great porter profile.

Smooth, but hearty, with a load of fine bubbles at play. Simple-bodied and extremely drinkable.

An amazing beer every time. Keep 'em comin'!

Photo of Furlinator
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours opaque very dark brown. The big one inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves thick curtains of lace.

The smell is of cocoa, coffee and malt.

The taste is of dark malt, cocoa and faint coffee.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Probably the blueprint for most American porters that followed it. Classic, if not Earth shattering.

Photo of MiScusi
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle, is a dark black you can't see through with a 3 finger creamy tan head on aggressive pour. Aroma is very chocolaty, and the taste initially comes off as a lot of bittersweet chocolate. Halfway into the glass it becomes a little more roasty and acidic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation isn't too high and enough to make it interesting.

Photo of Orrshow
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Opaque and a deep brown. Tan bubbly head arises and a little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell – Roasted malt is prevalent with a touch of sourness. Some sweet malt is there too with coffee and some barley.

Taste – Starts off coffee flavored and moves on to a barley taste. Roasted malts and bitter hops are there as well.

Mouthfeel – Low carbonation and a nice full body make for a nice feel.

Drinkability – Great. A nice Porter that is tasty and reliable as any.

Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown, with loads of ruby around the edges, and a three finger medium tan head that leasts well and leaves copious lacing. Smell is intense, fruity and sweet, with grapes and plum mixing nicely with toffee notes, and a touch of roasted bitterness as well. Taste is heavy on the coffee, but the fruit still comes through, as does a caramel and chocolate note in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and undercarbonated, but has good body, and drinkability is quite good. Very good, all things considered, but can't match Fuller's in my books.

Photo of peabody
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark black with 1 finger of tan foam. Lacing is slight.
Aroma is dark chocolate/coffee and cigar.Sweet malt and sugary yeast. Caramel and candy toffee.Slight fruitiness like raisin or plum.
Taste is chocolate coffee then a sweetness of malt washes the tounge. Kind of a whiskey initial flavor then the coffee bean hits you and the malt sweetness takes you to the hop black bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pretty watery here. While this is a good porter, there are porters that leave more flavor on the palate.
I could drink a bunch of these so I will rate it high on the Drinkability Scale.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really don't have anything but positive things to say about the Sam Smith beers I've tried. Taddy Porter is one of the best of its style, you can't go wrong with one of these.

A great, classy looking bottle with gold foil. Poured into a pint glass, color is very dark brown with a little bit of light seeping through the edges. Tan head is creamy and frothy, but doesn't stick around long.

Smell is pretty minimal at first. I should have let this warm up longer, because it really picks up after sitting room temps for 30 minutes or more. Faint roasty malts give way to robust coffee and molasses when warmer.

Do yourself a favor and let this porter warm up some before enjoying it. Flavors definitely increase quite a bit once warmer. Very smooth, pleasing dark roasted malts dominate, with a little acidic coffee and molasses sweetness. Nicely balanced and smooth, mouthfeel could be a bit more full and flavors be a bit stronger.

But, this is a porter and not a stout. I think it really sets the bar for the style, not going overboard and pretending to be a stout, while still being a force to be reckoned with. Drinkability is way high, the only limiting factor is that it's kind of expensive. Worth the try, highly recommended.

Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated, clear bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Body was an opaque brown black color. The head was three fingers of tan froth, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell was understated. Grainy, maltiness. Chocolate undertones. Slightly medicinal and faintly ashy.

Taste was a nice blend of light, zesty hoppiness and sweet grainy toastiness. Dry tartness kept me wanting another swallow.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Body was thin to medium. A classic beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty as you would expect with strong flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There are touches of vanilla and chocolate with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter with a good complexity that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, pretty much black, with a three-finger mocha head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Random lacing down the glass.

Smell is dark malts, cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans, and some dark fruits.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, some tart dark fruits, and lightly roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Very smooth.

Drinkability is pretty high. Went well with a grilled steak, and was nice on its own after dinner.

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