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

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2,529 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,529
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 145
Gots: 159 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of bditty187
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer gets your attention right away with a wonderful bouquet of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon… and it lasts for the whole consumption!

A super smooth Porter, rich maltiness… more complex than I thought it would be. The flavor remains from start to finish.

Mild case of “taste buildup” on your tongue as you drink it.

This Porter is too smooth for being so dark. Very enjoyable. I can’t wait until I drink my next Taddy, and I hope it is tomorrow.

bditty187, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This monster pours like a stout, chugging into the glass, a deep mahogany, with a huge foamy soapy combo for a head, lacing incredible throughout. Burnt coffee and chocolate on the nose. Sweet caramel and some chocolate notes up front, very rich and medium to full bodied. Deep roasted malts and coffee beans noted in the body, some light acidity and bitterness come full circle. Flavorful, rich and complex, superb evening drink. What a great beverage, well done by the S.S. team, this is one top-notch porter!

GeoffRizzo, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours chestnut brown with almost two fingers of creamy khaki head.

Smell. Dark malts, caramel and cola, molasses and plum.

Taste. Dark malts, plum and molasses, light grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the low side. Medium carbonation.

Overall. Very easy drinking and tastes great. Can't believe I haven't had this classic before now ...or at least haven't reviewed it.

Rutager, Yesterday at 01:00 AM
Photo of MJR
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark, opaque reddish-brown. A light tan head starts out a full two fingers thick and exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Subtle and soft aroma of buttery diacytel, faint roasted grains, and a hint of green hops.

Taste: A bit stiff with a fair amount of caramel and buttery diacytel. The slightly bitter, roasted grain flavor is in the background and it adds an acidic undercurrent as well as a small amount of harshness. There's a touch of green hops, but they're restrained and mellow. A bit of alcohol on the tail end. Thin, lingering roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a sharp, dry mouthfeel that's a bit prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style. Due to the somewhat harsh, bitter undercurrent, I don't think I could drink it all night. However, it is a classic that never fails to please. This was probably the freshest bottle I've ever had of it...

MJR, May 04, 2003
Photo of Ommy
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith pours a dark, unclouded liquid not unlike a good cola. The brew develops a quick and frothy head which fades slightly but then sticks. The lacing caused by this fading is a light caramel cream which makes the mouth water.

Upon smelling, a wave of roasted coffee gently passes the nostrils which whets the appetite rather than offend. A light smell of hops compliments the roasted smells.

With the first taste it is clear this is a beer that is made for enjoying slowly over conversation with friends, family, and even strangers. The rush of the roasted malt is nicely balanced with the hops, and at the end a sweetness arrives to linger.

I feel this would be a great thirst quencher while eating a hearty roast.

Ommy, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful black with thick creamy tan head, nice retention, and creamy, foamy walls of lace.

S- Dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted malts, plums, cherries, coffee

T- Follows the nose, the dark fruits are in the front but not dominate just subtle. Nice notes of chocolate followed by roasted coffee.

M- Thick and full bodied, creamy

D- Very well balanced and flavorful. Very easy to drink.

JayS2629, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks how a porter should. Color is right in between a dark stout and a brown ale. Tan head sits atop the beer and doesn't budge. Aroma is weak and doesn't let the beer truly show itself. This beer has so many flavors that I had trouble picking up on all of them. I noticed a prune sweetness up front. Espresso comes in slightly but then backs out. Chocolate takes control shows itself in a powerful way. Hops and an acidic quality are there just before the finish. The finish is of roasted nuts and espresso and lingers for awhile. Quite a treat!

granger10, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan colored head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hints of chocolates and roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: nice roasted malt profile with some softer chocolates, hints of strong coffee, and some caramel. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied, but it is a bit thinner than other porters. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: nice session porter. Easy to quaff and a nice beer that I pick up every now and again.

Gavage, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, lighter brown when held up to the light. Foam is light brown. Two-finger head, recedes to a single finger layer that sticks around. Lacing is very strong.

S: Very sweet. More like a milk stout than a porter. Malt and cream. Rich, dessert-like.

T: First sip is sweet, with some nice bitterness. Well-balanced. Slight hops in the back of the throat. Cream, vanilla. A hint of coffee. Again, very rich. Roasted caramel. My only problem is that the finish is very slightly watery.

M: Smooth, yet crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Great as a dessert. Delicious.

dananabanana, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of smcreator
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: My palate might have been spoiled by the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale I consumed prior to this porter.

A: Dark almost black color.

S: Sweet aged smell. Some might think it smells like soy sauce. Also hints of chocolate are present.

T: Complex flavors with hints reminiscent of oats, butter, and chocolate.

M: The carbonation is smooth on the tongue and allows the flavor to run across the tongue.

D: It's smooth and sweet finish makes this beer easy to drink for a long time.

smcreator, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of lpayette
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Gold Foil top bottle.

Appearance- Between brown and black, average-sized head for the style. Head is off-white and nearly tan.

Smell- Very sweet and yet also bitter. At times it smells like a nice sweet wort with dark malts. Coffee, chocolate, fudge, cappucino, mocha. Excellent.

Taste- Chocolate fudge, butterscotch, coffee. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Tingles on the tip of the tongue but is creamy otherwise. On the thick side of a medium body.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable as the coffee flavors are not too dark, and it doesn't sit too heavy. Complex flavors keep it interesting.

lpayette, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the clear 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was dark brown, with a foamy tan head. The smell was a dry coffee/hop bitterness. The taste was quite dry, with a coffeeish/hopish taste, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a nice thickness. As for drinkability, could have several of these.

A delicious porter from Sam Smith, especially for those who are fans of the very dry, hoppy finished porters. Quite good, and certainly one that I'd look for again in the future.

beergeek279, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of gmfessen
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very dark brown on the pour and appears black in the glass with a huge, frothy brown-tan head that dies down quickly. The smell is not overwhelming but what is there is enjoyable. Slightly roasted malts and chocolate are about all that is discernable. The taste is also pretty neutral but enjoyable. Very well balanced, slightly malty and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, velvety, light carbonation. A very very drinkable beer, excellently done but no real wow factor. I guess if you make a beer that is this sessionable and smooth, wow is not an issue.

gmfessen, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark brown porter, almost black with a thick tan one finger head that fizzled down after the first few gulps. Excellent lacing.

Definite alcohol smell wafting around the aroma of roasted malts, cofee, toast, and a hint of fruity hops.

Burnt toast flavor, coffee bitterness; medium-bodied but not too thick rich flavor.

Good cling to the palate, nice medium porter that is not too thick and chewy, and not overly watery either. No heavy aftertaste.

Very drinkable due to the smooth flavor and rich malty flavors inherent in a good porter.

davexisxrabid, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Mitchel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm…..Taddy Porter. It pours a sinister ruby, black. The head looks great; it is thick, frothy, and light brown in color. Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of caramel and has good lacing.

This wonderful beer tastes just like it should. First off the bat, it tastes creamy and smooth. It has a mellow roasted taste with a trace of molasses. It finishes with an allusion of figs and a very subtle hint of alcohol (which is odd, considering that the abv is about 5%). Smooth and mellow. The carbonation is just right.

Slightly expensive, but worth every penny. I really like this one allot. Sam Smith has hit a homerun again!

Mitchel, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with copper hues sporting a one finger tan head, heads doesnt hold all that long

S- chocolate, roasted malts, clean

T- roasted chocolate flavors come in middle and go til finish, yeast and chocolate after. bran & unsweet chocolate in front, nutty, earthy, stale bitterness

M- light/med body, smooth carbonation tickle

D- flavor increases as brew warms, easy drinking, sessionable, recommended, great for someone who is afraid of dark beer.

tonistruth, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz or so, enjoyed at a beer tasting with Samuel Smith, the son of the current head of the brewery @ the Winking Lizard. Consumed in a branded English half-pint glass.

The beer poured a black color with brown hints and some nice, milky head. Nice lacing as well, and, when I hold this to the light, I notice some slight red highlights. A nice looking English Porter.

The aroma is great, just a touch muted when put up against the best of the style. Still, many great notes of roasted malt are present, giving caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit hints. A touch of hops for good measure.

Taddy Porter ha s mild chocolate and slight coffee in the taste from the roasted malt, but the star of the taste is some smooth caramelized malt. Medium bitterness follows, and the beer gives some impressions of sweet toffee and maybe a touch of cream.

The finish is a touch short and sweet, along with some mild lingering roast. Besides that, the beer is perfect in terms of mouthfeel. Creamy with perfect mild carbonation, the medium body feels great and keeps me wanting more. This was a great pairing with a lobster bisque and Samuel really enjoyed sharing his affinity for this beer. The young man will be leading the company soon, and he's ready to embrace their heritage starting with his love for Taddy Porter.

jampics2, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Bone53
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Just about black with little to no tent when put up to the light. A frothy one finger tan head with a ton of lacing.

Smell: Right out the fridge I get a tart, almost wine-like aroma with hints of toffee and chocolate. But as it warms the chocolate and toffee come out more with more of a dark fruit undertone

Taste: Sweet dark fruits upfront with a unsweetened bakers chocolate finish and a hint of toffee

Mouthfeel: Heavy light to light medium body but extremely smooth; One of the smoothest beers I've had, in fact. A moderately dry finish

Overall: After having their imperial stout, I had high expectations, and they were met for the most part. Maybe a little lighter than I prefer, but hey, I'm an American spoiled on American beers. The flavors and aromas were balanced quite nicely however, and as my pallet has progressed, I've come to appreciate balance more. Not to offend anyone, but the dark fruit notes soley, remind me of Yuengling porter but turned up a few notches. The unsweetened bakers chocolate balances those notes well. This makes me want to give Fullers another try as I wasn't quite fond of it a while back. Maybe I have a soft spot for English beers after all. Only time will tell. For the meantime, this was another enjoyable offering from what is so far my favorite English brewery. Cheers!

Bone53, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a very dark brown, almost black with an inch of dense tan coloured head that slowly falls away.
S - Some light chocolate notes & some dark fruit hints.
T - Taste is also a nice mixture of chocolate and dark fruit notes but a slight roasty touch is present too.
M - Medium bodied with a low carbonation. Goes down smoothly with a slightly sweet lingering finish.
D - I'd been wanting to try this for ages having read a lot about it. I'm glad I finally got around to it.
I've been meaning to try making chocolate mousse for a while and their serving suggestion of pairing this has given me inspiration.

brendan13, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head which dissipated to 1/4". Clear dark raw umber color. The smell is divine with ample coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste is a little more subdued than the smell but still has all those same things, plus a little tart zing and a pretty long finish. Not really unique or special but nonetheless a classic example of a good porter.

MoreThanWine, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 18.7 oz bottle readily available in our area.

Pours a near black(I can see hints of a brown hue). Head is beautiful; as big as you want it. Nice lacing to go with it.

Nose is very nice. Caramel, vanilla, malt. Vanilla is really strong on this one. Bitterness finishes the nose.

Taste is charcoal, malt, bitter, cocoa. This is a really complex drink that gets better with every sip. You would never know this is NOT a high gravity beer. The lighter alcohol does lead to a slightly watery mouth feel. I know, I am spoiled with all the American thick stuff. Flavorwise, this one is really good.

daledeee, May 10, 2011
Photo of Ranz
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured in my Spaten stein, it creates a rich, decadent head that reminds me of a great root beer float. Color is a rich black, the perfect look for a porter.

S: Pungent earth, malt, milk chocolate, and a slight acidity invite you to dive in.

T: Rich molasses, dark chocolate, and roasted malt flavor all make a winning combination. There's a nice, long and dry finish.

M: Smooth and succulent, the beer has a good and creamy, even thick chew, to it.

O: A pretty solid porter, no doubt. And for the price at my local grocer, it's hard to beat.

Ranz, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of sinistermadman
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally get the time to review this one. This brew pours a pitch black color while the burly, chocolate colored suds retain quite well.

Smell is classic porter with roasted barley notes with some sweet undertones.

This beer has a medium full mouthfeel that completely envelops the palate, but not so much as to affect drinkability. Roasted barley melds with hops to create a distinctive element of zest. Finishes with a dry, prickly bath of carbonation which is almost completely clean. One of my favorite porters from one of my favorite breweries.

sinistermadman, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of spokeydonkey
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small sample glass (splitting with family). In this glass, it's dark ruby when held up to a light with a decent tan head.

Smells roasty, nutty with a little spice. Tastes mildly malty sweet up front, followed up with some smoky roast. Finishes with mild sweetness and a touch of hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy drinking. Light carbonation.

Overall a delicious, easy drinking, sessionable beer.

spokeydonkey, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Eman17
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Eman17, Monday at 01:16 AM
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,529 ratings.