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

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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 145
Gots: 158 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to black in color with some hints of brown and garnet red when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts, sweet malts, and nuttiness.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts, nuttiness, and a light amount of caramel malt sweetness upfront. The finish has a light presence of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Extremely easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable. This is one of the first British beers that I ever tried, early in my craft beer drinking experience and I fell in love with it. Well, I have to say this really stood the test of time because I still think it is pretty amazing.

dbrauneis, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Liquids
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is pitch black, yes that's the beer, the bottle is clear. Small and scummy, almond colored head. Smells sooo good, english characteristics of course, sweet and malty, grassy hops. Inviting. Tastes mild actually, good flavor, lightly roasted, sweet and caramelly to match, not at all harsh, with a lingering finish that is hop and malt balanced. Yet just slightly stale and not quite fresh tasting for some reason. It may in fact have been on the shelves a while. Mouthfeel is where this is lacking. Carbonation seems very artificial and a seperate part here like a soda, not in quantity but quality of its feel on the tounge, and it is also watery, which may be a factor. Overall this beer is the reason why I gave porters a chance and look foward to a good porter more than any other style. If it were priced better, I'd drink one a day. I'll stick with anchor for special drinking or something lighter for refreshment (which this in fact acomplishes well, surprisingly) but this is an excellent beer.

Liquids, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a British pint glass.

Pours with an amazingly creamy two fingers of head that lasts and lasts, and instead of going away it just gets creamier looking. Body is clear very dark ruby. Looks nearly perfect.

Smells of distant light English hops, stronger but mild slightly robust roasted malts, and inviting creamy malt character.

Soft subtle roasted malts play happily on the tongue throughout this flavor. The drier character lends flavors that resemble the best Irish dry stouts, as I believe this beers soul shares the same origins the previously mentioned ales. However this is set apart in flavor by the classic Samuel Smith diacetyl flavors.

The mouthfeel is so soft I can hardly believe this is neither poured from a tap, draw from a cask, or infused with nitrogen. Such head retention and soft smooth mouthfeel are hard to attain with traditional ingredients and bottling. Leave it to Samuel Smiths to defy expectations. Drinkability is very good.

Conclusion: As is everything else I have tried from this brewery, this beer is wonderful. As English as it can be, it is subtle, satisfying, and so smooth it is unreal. A great example of a traditional British porter.

allforbetterbeer, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a classic porter in memory of my friends dog Porter who passed away this weekend. RIP!

Pours a very deep brown color, with a nice large white head.

Aromas are chocolate like, nutty, with some mineral like hops.

Taste is clean, nutty and with some malty chocolate. There is some light creamy sweetness and soft roasted malt flavors in the background. Finish has a nice crispness and mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, soft and smooth.

Overall, this is a very good English Porter, tasty, yet very easy to drink.

flexabull, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of AmishT
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Deep brown, almost black, with a nice three finger tan head that recedes slowly and leaves a little bit of lace.

S - To me, it smelled a bit like irish cream: coffee, chocolate, and maybe a tiny hint of alcohol. A pretty inviting nose for sure.

T&M - Coffee, a hint of roasted malts, and carbonation start off the flavor. Finishes with hints of coffee and chocolate. Almost no bitterness. Low carbonation, which is good, as the flavors aren't that bold - the low carbonation allows them to stand out. The low carb also allows the creamy, smooth mouthfeel to be on display - really love the mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Only knock is that the flavors are a tad weak, but it's definitely a crisp and refreshing porter.

D - The crisp flavor profile and low abv make for a very sessionable porter. Definitely gonna pick some more of this up

AmishT, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Deep dark brown. Clear as far as I can tell. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger light khaki head that fades slowly leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Wonderful nose.

T: Tangy malts, some bakers cocoa. Very good English Porter.

M: Medium bodied, tangy crisp finish with a touch of bitter pucker.

O: A really nice, easy drinking beer. World class English Porter for a reason.

suspect, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of BucBasil
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The beer looks black at first glance, but when held to light there is some clear brown shining through the bottom of the glass. Head grew to over 3 fingers, was light tan, and had excellent retention.

Smell: Thick smell of molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and roasted coffee. Excellent malty complexity throughou the aroma, which lingers for a while in the nose.

Taste: Introduction is slightly watery, but the beer is full of flavor. Nice, big malty profile that is primarily roasted coffee, but also has a nice creamy chocolate flavor. Finish is nice and smooth with a lingering black coffee note.

BucBasil, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of dreamgazer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a classic gold-foiled top with its old English feel, Samuel Smith's "Famous" Taddy Porter endures as a smooth yet robust dark session brew. Served in a tall glass from a ~19oz classic bottle, purchased from Green's in Atlanta.

When poured, it streams into the glass with quite a fizz. It's very dark brown in color, showcasing some rouge when held to the light. The scent mainly consists of a roasted coffee-like punch, along with very slight butterscotch sweetness underneath that makes it appealing. As it reaches the top of the glass and begins to settle, a soft mocha-colored head begins to form measuring close to three-quarters of an inch high. It doesn't stick around though, quickly settling into the glass with practically no lacing.

Sam Smith's porter isn't quite as thick as it looks when sipped, containing a more lightly carbonated texture than it implies by its head. It feels rather pleasant to the taste, expanding a bit as it lingers. The thinness shouldn't be taken as a negative, since there's still plenty of foaminess from the lips to the back of the mouth. It's just a bit airy compared to other dense porters, which is a pleasant surprise.

Though a bit thinner in texture in texture, the Taddy Porter certainly carries a flavorful punch. It's not unpredictable, as it carries a very familiar nutty, roasted punch that's sublime to swallow. But it also has a bit of a sweet, caramel-style touch to the rear, counterbalancing the lightly nut-centered alcohol punch in the mouth with velvetiness. After each taste, the roasted nuttiness lingers long after each taste, staying tasty yet jaunty enough to enjoy throughout the evening.

Removing the wrap from the lid on one of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porters ensures a pleasant, classic night of roasted English dark ale. Tasty and robust with its slightly smoky, light nutty flavor, it's an easily irresistible porter out there that almost begs the drinker to swallow more.

dreamgazer, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The great looking beer is almost completely opaque, only when held to the light is there a slight hint of ruby color. A thick, creamy tan head tops her off, leaving a nice lace trail in its wake. The scent coming out is a nice chocolate one. Taste wise, this is a creamy smooth porter, with chocolate and coffee dominating the scene. This is a pretty sweet drink, worth your 3-4 bucks a bottle.

Tballz420, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany colour with a very thick looking, foamy head that is off-white in colour and holds brilliantly, managing to stay about a thumbs width tall.

Strong chocolate aroma with some deep, rich malts and a sweet mix of fruits. There is some figs and dates in there as well as some sugar and a little caramel. There is a little barely, some light biscuit and sweet, earthy aroma.

Chocolate and dark fruits with a lot of sweetness and some sugar. There is some figs from the nose and a light amount of caramel but mostly there is some roasted malts and a little bit of a nutty character too.

Very smooth and creamy with a full body and about medium carbonation with the slightest spicy tang and slightly wet at the end.

One of the best porters I have tried in some time, there is a great mix of fruits and chocolate and the body is great with very creamy feel. It went down wonderfully and left me wanting more after every sip.

flyingpig, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of everetends
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this last night at Effina's Tuscan Grille. They are trying to have a bar atmosphere one day a week, and they have actually been boning up on their beer selection. They were having some trouble selling some Samuel Smith's offerings and I was shocked to realize that I have yet to review this one. Served up in a nonic pint glass (only glassware they have there at all, I guess it could be worse).

A: When poured it appeared to a black in color, but closer inspection with a touch of light added shows you that this beer has a dark brown body with some nice ruby/rusty highlights. The head is a nice and solid finger of tan head. The head as some tightness and some weight to it, leaving behind some chunky foam on the glass. This beer looks like what I expect when someone pours and sets a porter in front of me. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of some nicely roasted malts that has nice sweetness to it, but it keeps from being a too sugared sweet aroma that a lot of porters are guilty of. Just a touch of cocoa and coffee floating around in here. Finally there is a bit of bitter hops residing in the back of the aroma. All of the aromas are a bit muted, but they are the scents you want from a porter.

T: I had forgotten how good this beer was. That roasted malt is just damned tasty. Has a solid roast to it with just a touch smoke and bitterness to it, but it stays sweet. Chocolate and coffee are a more on the dark side with a good amount of bitterness rather than too much sweet. Slight caramel comes in with just a bit of added sweet pop. The hops as well have some bitterness to add to the party. With that said, the beer does have that bitterness but the sweetness does balance pretty well. It keeps the flavors in check and do not cloy the palate.

M: This a silky smooth medium in body, probably close to full bodied. Has a decent carbonation crispness to it, but this beer remains creamy and soft. ABV is not even a factor at all in here. This beer finishes dry, but nothing extreme. The dryness just keeps it from being heavy and keeps you drinking. The aftertaste is combo of malts and slight bitter hops.

D: This is a fantastic porter and I don't think Sammy Smiths can do any wrong. This porter is just amazingly sessionable. It has those really nice porter flavors but does not sit as heavy as some American porters. This beer shows that you can have that porter flavor and goodness without a huge ABV and over the top sweetness or hopping. This beer is meant to be sessioned and enjoyed and everyone should do just that. God stuff.

everetends, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of bobhits
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A modest but firm pour creates an imperial pint glass full of head, I suppose I’ll have to be nicer with my pour once this dies down. The color is on the lighter side of the dark beers, rather nice brown color, almost too light to call it mahogany. Surprisingly little lacing and I’m pretty sure this glass is about as clean as I get can a glass, hand washed just a few days ago.

The nose here is just a treat, near perfection for the style. Coffee, vanilla bean, floral hops, light burnt cocoa, and a nice familiar watery burnt malt finish.

The nose gives hopes for big bold flavors such as Edmond Fitzgerald, but sadly the taste is a touch short of that. There aren’t really distinct flavors coming out of my glass. Instead a rather smooth and mellow dark malt flavor finishing with a nice bitter finish from the hops. It comes off like a cream and some kind of dark chocolate or coffee or something but so light it isn’t distinct with a very good hop finish. Not overly bitter like I’d prefer but bitter enough to give the beer the “tangy” quality that it claims to have.

Very drinkable stuff, I’d put the abv around 6.5 without looking and the carbonation and mouth feel make this a very drinkable beer. Exceptional really.

I’ve found the other stouts from Samuel Smith to be underwhelming if not down right poor examples of their style. This porter gives me renewed hope that this brewery can actually make good beer. Very possibly the best dark beer from the UK (not barrel aged), but that’s really not saying too much.

bobhits, May 01, 2011
Photo of enki
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out very dark (normal for a porter) into a brandy snifter (note to self: do the dishes). Tiny bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma was of molasses, raisins, dates...

Taste was similar to smell, reminded me somewhat of Guinness, but without the smooth nitrogen charge flavor. The mouthfeel was a little thin for a porter, but fit all right with the flavor of the beer. I could trade back and forth between this and Guinness for a nice dark easy drinking beer.

I read a bit from some posters about an unusual aftertaste. I wonder if this beer is also brewed in a copper kettle? Reminds me of a few beers that way. I found the aftertaste pleasant enough.

Drinkability is better than most porters, but this beer almost tastes more like a stout than a porter.

enki, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of grynder33
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark,had a plum raisin chocolate cake type of a roma, nice cocoay first taste, slft little bit of a mocha backtaste, seems more carbonated then other porters I've tried, but it seem that the way it is with all brews from this brewery.No heavy bitter alcohol taste that I find unattractive with other porters. Probaly the best porter I've had.

grynder33, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of Daniell
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: very dark with generous head. Light doesn't permeate except for a tiny malty ruby red at the bottom. 4

S: typical SS yeast. Reminds me of the oatmeal stout. After careful deliberation I actually think the smell/taste is kind of reminiscent of a cardboard box with fermenting apple juice/apple cider splashed on the sides. 4

T: Excellent. Malty toffee/coffee. I really like the sweet toffee and the earthy coffee, which includes a sort of bitter aftertaste like an espresso. The espresso notes linger in the mouth but the bitterness doesn't. 4

M: Excellent. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: I could drink this all night easily (if it wasn't so expensive as an import). Has enough complexity to keep from getting boring, but the 5% makes it readily drinkable. 5

I do think strongly flavoured food will drown out a lot of the flavor of this beer (as I experienced) as perhaps the flavor is a bit subtle, but that's hardly a bad thing; and is to be expected for the style and alcohol content. Make sure you let it warm for a bit before drinking.

Daniell, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of pbrian
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love how that Yorkshire yeast finds its way throught the toasted malt flavor. Very reminscent of a Ringwood-type beer. A slight acidic tang reminds me of a Guinness. In the back of my mind, I wish they would boost the ABV a little to catch up with the rest of the complexties of this brew and round out the mouthfeel. But then it would be like too many other porters out there and not as special.

pbrian, Mar 11, 2002
Photo of cheers2beers
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown to almost black onyx hue with a toffee colored head. The head grew to be about three fingers high without haveing to coax it at all,leaveing behind a small amount of laceing.

Smell: The aromas are of chocolate and dark fruity malts. Alcohol is also detected in the nose along with some woody scents.

Taste: The taste is superb. Coffee notes with dark semi-sweet chocolates. A nice hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is still present as well as the woody/nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not bad at all, personally I would've liked to seen this one a little thicker mouthfeel. Was medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Leaves a dingy tea-like film on the inside of my mouth after each quaff.

Drinkability: Overall,I enjoyed this beer and will probably purchase it again on occasion but it's not a beer to crave.


cheers2beers, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of Atlas1
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God, it's been ages since my last Taddy Porter. And, well, that's just too long. I need to drink one of these about every two months just to keep honest. Really, what a great beer.

Pours a dense, dark brown color with a thick and foamy light brown head. Looks a lot like coffee. Some reddish-orange hues shine through when held up to the light. Not so much lace, but the thickness of the head maintains form for a long while even after settling. The nose... ah, the nose. What an olfactory overload of magnificent scents! Lots of dark fruit - dark cherry and plum really stand out; some fig - blended perfectly with spices, chocolate, coffee, and banana. Some light smoky, roasted notes as well. Nutty, but not overwhelmingly so. So even and balanced. This kind of harmony is so hard to attain. And damn, I haven't even tasted a sip yet! The taste is denser. Still fruity, but the nuttiness and coffee flavors take more of a dominant role here. A roasted, woody flavor persists well into the aftertaste, accompanied by a bit of hoppy, coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thinner than I remembered, but quite suitable, even silky.

A highly drinkable, incredibly flavorful, and beautifully scented porter. At 5% ABV it's also a great session beer. If only all sessions were this complex! Complex, yet accessible. I would love to try this on tap one day. In a pub. In England.

Atlas1, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Finkel
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured out, The Famous Taddy Porter is very dark, purple/brown color. With very little head retention and no obvious carbonation, I got bored looking at it very, very quickly.

The nose of the beer was decent - smokey with prunes and hints of sweet toffee. Nevertheless, the aromas were simple and distinguishable, which is good in my book.

This beer had a creamy, expanding mouthfeel that exploded in my mouth (oh innuendo). Once I got past the mouth feel I was able to calm down and distinguish tastes: bitter hops, a light non-overpowering coffee flavor, and malts. This beer was very warming and was extremely drinkable.

Overall, this beer way overcompensated for its faults with it's taste and mouth feel. I was immediately sad that I only had one of these lying around and will need to go get another one at some point.

Finkel, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of froghop
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a midnight black with a ruby tint when held to the light, very large dark brown thick head, and some lacing.

smells of chocolate, charcoal, strong roasted coffee, a touch of licorice, roasted malts, some nuts, and molasses.

tastes very smooth and thick, roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee, and a little bit of nuts, ends dry and bitter.

froghop, May 05, 2009
Photo of RobinLee
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

RobinLee, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of acrawf6
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice black, slightly tan around edges, tan head foams up, looks good.

Smell. a deep roast smell. dryer and a good bit of coffee smells, coffee with some heavy cream. quite nice.

Taste is dry and a little roasty. In my opinion, the taste doesnt compete with the aroma. A little disappointed. not as complex. But it still is good. slightly metallic. is balance, but not much hop balance.

Mouthfeel. Its good mouthfeel, good carbonation and decent balance. good body for this porter.

Overall a good beer. Very enjoyable, but for the money you could get the same quality taste for cheaper. One i would never turn down, but hard to drop the money on this import.

acrawf6, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was served into a glass stein.

Appearance- Opaque, black body with a head that got to about two-finger of foam before falling to about a half-finger. The head is the color of a rich mahogany.

Smell- A little toasty bread that also has a slightly sweet tang to it, just past buttery. There is also a slight brandy nature that comes from the sweetness, kind of estery and boozy. The smells are good, subtle, and because of that, kind of hard to really place.

Taste- The malt character is so lightly implemented. Like the brewers were testing how "softly" they could brew it while still imparting the flavor profiles they wanted.

The English bittering hops are easily perceptible by the slight tang on the tongue. That great Sammy Smith hard water flavor really shows itself in the finish as well. Usually, this is an inferred flavor in the after taste, but the subtle nature of this beer really lets it come through.

The malt is still bready and toasty. This porter is not huge on the flavors, but it was not brewed to be. Just nice and clean.

Mouth feel- The hops makes this one slightly dry. Also a nice medium body with a relatively smooth and slick feel.

Overall- This porter is not going to be the mouth-punch Edmund Fitzy or the like is, but it does a great job of just being a chill porter. Sit back and idle the day away with one of these in your glass and five more waiting for you in the cooler. Cheers!

Pintofbrown, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly tanned head that receeds slowly leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate evident with a strangely similar aura about it just reminding me of other sammy smith products. Also picking up on some light malt sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is just as good. Chocolate immediately evident along the rich smoothness and ever so slightly bitter finish. Very clean, slightly lingering tastes of chocolate and burnt grains. Medium feel with low carb. Overall a solid product that is very enjoyable.

stakem, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown/black coloring with the beer. slight head retention.

great smoky, woodsy, ashy smell, full of earthiness and dirt. truly spectacular.

smoke flavor is huge. nutty, walnutty flavor. big time darkness going on with this, but it is balanced and even.

full but not overdone on the feel.

easy for this style. delicious and definately a genre spreader.

cnally, Mar 08, 2009
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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