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

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,224 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2224
Reviews: 1211
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%


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.

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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle, capped with gold foil. I can't believe I have never reviewed this beer before. The appearance is nearly perfection. Almost solid black with a beautiful light brown head that lasts.

The smell is coffee and malt with some hints of chocolate. Some nut and fig come through as well. The taste is simply amazing. So complex and delicate. The beginning is sweet and malty and a bit metallic. That gives way to some slight bitterness and wonderful earth and powdered cocoa. My favorite part of this beer is the aftertaste that just goes on forever. Love that dark chocolate.

Extremely easy drinking for a beer which such great flavors. Truly world class in my book.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 21:31:24 | More by CharlesRiver
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark black with nice white foam head, moderate carbonation can be seen along the side of the glass, head slowly nicely fade to a lacing

Smell- Sweet roasted malts, caramel and molasses tones, very sweet smells all jumping out at you, really really makes you anticipate your first sip, cant say enough on nose of this one,

Taste- Decent carbonation, coffee espresso notes, very slight sweetness, but slight bitter finish balances out the sweet malts, really nice long finish, light yet extremely full in flavor and body at the same time, good beer and great flavor ! even better then i remembered

Mouthfeel- soft light and creamy, full bodied, very decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability- So drinkable, probably the best session beer of the porter style I have had (at least right up there), great flavor great complexity, and so drinkable, one I will be visiting again much much more often, this was one of the first better beers I had tried way back when and I appreciate now even so much more then I did, just a great great beer,

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 21:41:02 | More by Stunner97
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smokinyodas

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only take five beers to Valhalla, Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter would be one of them.

Out pours a dark clean brown porter with a smooth creamy head. There is a fantastic aroma that comes from the West Yorkshire Square Yeast. The taste of roasted malts is one to savor as it gives way to mellow hints of coffee and chocolate. A semi-sweet nutty molasses or butterscotch note lingers in the middle until the dry fruity esters take over at the end.

A Beer, A beer, My Kingdom for a Beer, now If only I could afford to buy this Taddy Porter in Kegs. In conclusion, this is a perfectly blended Porter, one that is generous in both the iconic beauty of beer flavors while yet never being overbalanced in harmonious perfection. Clearly the legacy of Samuel Smith continues till this day and in my opinion stands out as a uniquely proud king of beers without equal.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 14:23:55 | More by smokinyodas
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Mick

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent. Espresso/brown color with a light brown/tan colored head that thinly veils the glass as the beer goes along. A coffee porter classic. Roasted flavors and coffee/chocolate beginnings give it a character that is distinctively Samuel Smiths. A quenching drinkability. I really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 10:13:50 | More by Mick
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An old favorite revisited...black body with brown creamy quarter-inch head that leaves a flawless lacing...roasted coffee, rich toffee, smooth and smoky accents... creamy palate--unbelievably smooth and milky...the texture is as firm as it is lacey...mellow and natural, almost perfect in its proficiency....the reason I fell in love with beer tasting, selecting from the beer menu at Russell's in Bloomsburg nearly ten years ago....for those Strat fans out there, like finding a SUPREME defensive rating...if you only drink light lagers and the occasional green bottle, start (and end) with this one from the dark side...

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:20:14 | More by dacrza1
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giblet

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. this is one of the best porters that i have had. pours black in the glass. decent head. smells of smoked chocolate. excellent rich taste of chocolate and caramel. rich but not overly so, smooth and refreshing. therefore by name easier to drink than a stout.

very much recommended!

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 20:38:49 | More by giblet
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Portertime

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh joy of joys, one of my favorite porters of all time. Samuel Smith hasn't let me down yet. Enjoyed barely chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a rich, midnight chocolate brown. Smelled of fresh baker's chocolate with a hint of berries and bread dough. Taste was smooth and complex, rich and layered. Coffee, chocolate, hints of biscuit, and a kiss of fruit. Good times and cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 19:25:34 | More by Portertime
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zythus

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle pours dark molasses brown into a pint sized pub glass, making a thick espresso like milky head that dissipates reluctantly, leaving snow-flake like lacing. Smell is sweet cedar mixed with Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste is rich buttery pancakes and cocoa. Mouthfeel reinforces (or creates) pancake sensation. Bubbles exist only to remind you that you are drinking beer. Drinks smooth and wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 00:26:46 | More by zythus
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out a thick black leaving a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The main smell is of roasted malt with almost a faint sweetness as the main smell fades. This beer has a strong roasted malt flavor, but with surprisingly little bitterness leaving you with an almost creamy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. While this beer is thick, it doesn't feel too heavy. This could definitely be a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:07:29 | More by RedSpecial1
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GeoJ

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It would be totally redundant to add anything to all of the great reviews, other than to say they are all on-the-money.

Absolutely wonderful, delicious brew that has easily become my personal benchmark for the style.

One of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've ever had.
Thank you, reviewers, for guiding me to this world-class beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 01:14:10 | More by GeoJ
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is pitch black, with a beautiful oatmeal colored creamy head that dissipates to random patches. Sticky lacing at first, then it disappears. The beer smells amazing! Bitter chocolate and bananas come out immediately. The taste is equally impressive with bitter chocolate, roasted malts, bananas, and even oatmeal all playing together. There's a drop hop note in there too. The beer is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, this beer is just about perfect. It's delicious with complex flavors that work hand in hand. If you like porters, do check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 16:33:15 | More by JuicesFlowing
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith Taddy Porter has a very thick, creamy, beige head and a dark brown (with red tints) appearance. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is of medium-roasted malt, dark cherries, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. With taste, one gets roasted malt, sweetness, bitterness, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith Taddy Porter finishes semi-dry and very easy drinking. Overall, this is an outstanding, world class beer, and I strongly recommend that you try it.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 21:28:22 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best porter I've ever had, this tasty masterpiece from Samuel Smith is a must for porter lovers. It might also be the best beverage that Samuel Smith brews. The head is a light creamy brown, modest but durable, and the body leaves a bubbly lattice work along the mug as it recedes. Taddy Porter is practically black in color. The flavors are subtle but noticeable, with chocolate, a bit of caramel, and a hint of mocha present. Smooth and with just the right amount of carbonation, Taddy Porter is easy on the palate, while accosting the taste buds with a multitude of flavors. It isn't at all difficult to follow one with another, and it also intersperses well with a good brown ale or a fruity, flavorful Belgian style. Close to a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:24:25 | More by Gehrig
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becktone

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: Quite pleasing overall. Nice creamy head-tan in color and creamy in texture and appearance gives an appetizing look all round. Color is extremely dark brown/red. Highlights are congealed blood red. Looks like a porter should. Head retention is steady throughout, even after it starts to deteriorate from contact with my lips it still keeps a constant head. Sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass.

Nose: Aroma fills the room...or should I say an aura of chocolate and sweet, sweet malt. Upon closer olfactory inspection I find earthy aromas here, maybe some mildly sour aromas, could they've put some bacteria in here to mimic the original porter creations of the 1700s? Under the earthy tones, chocolate, and the unique aroma that I can't attribute to any other beer I've ever smelt, is some caramel. Maybe a little bit of apple cider aroma too(sourness).

Tongue: First thing I notice is that this beer truly tastes like a blend of three beers. There aren't certain characteristics that stick out. Its more like the way a black and tan ordered at a bar is-it has a unique taste that is neither stout or pale ale. Instead it is a mixture of both. I can taste a bit of a souring agent in here, it gives it the earthy flavor and a bit more. There are some toasted and chocolate flavors in there but they don't stick out, as individuals, they are mixed in the beer as part of a whole. Wouldn't really be able to pick it out unless I was looking for it. There is also some fruitiness in here as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I was quite surprised by the mouthfeel of this beer. I quite expected more carbonation, however this beer has very little. This does makes sense to me though, the historical porter was originally a blend of three beers, a stale one, a mild and, a pale. Seems to me like there was a good chance the final product would have very little carbonation due to the stale, not to mention these were all real ales and cask conditioned to mention meaning they would have less carbonation to begin with. I believe that the mouthfeel on this engineered porter is just about perfect, seems to be very accurate according to descriptions. This is one drinkable beer, great to session. Prolly the best English porter I've ever had, well at least to date. Real impressed with this one, I will be coming back to it. Anytime I feel the need for an authentic English Porter this is where I'll look.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 16:19:11 | More by becktone
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Rayek

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't think of enough good things to say about this one. The consummate English Porter.

A: Deep chocolate brown color. Head is tan, firm and stays with the beer. Only weak point is the lack of lace down the glass. My bottle left only tiny patches.

S: Very complex. Blackberry, dark cherry, chocolate and black grape aromas. Slightly sweet. Like sniffing a fine red wine.

T: Initial sweetness gives way to perfect sweet/bitter balance. Tastes of bakers chocolate, cherries and black grapes. Great interplay of flavors. The finish is dry. Hop bitterness lingers initially, but gives way to a bittersweet combination of blackberries and dark cherries.

M: Medium body. Just the right amount of carbonation. Feels a little oily on the tongue.

D: My favorite English Porter. Enough said. I only wish it didn't cost so much. I could break the bank with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 20:26:59 | More by Rayek
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd always been curious about this beer, anything that claims to be famous is worth a try at least.

A: Poured a rich dark brown, almost black with dark red accents when held to the light. Thick tan head that subsided to about half an inch, nice and bubbly!

S: Smelled of faint chocolates, a sort of musty smell, kinda like an old bar, distinct English porter smell. All in all very delicious smelling. A little thin though, not too much but I expected a little more in the nose.

T: Chocolate up front, coffee bitterness in back, burnt malts, a little bit of hop bitterness. The malt characteristic really shows up in this one, but it doesn't detract from the balance, all in all a perfect flavor. Very complex and delicious.

M: Smooth and creamy, a little bit of carbonation and a lasting bitterness that hangs on the tongue for a while.

D: This is a slow drinker to say the least, but a very enjoyable and complex beer. Much better than the other English porters I've had. I could drink maybe two of the big 550ml bottles, but it'd take me a while because I'd savor them so much! Definitely one of my new favorite beers!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 01:59:48 | More by pokesbeerdude
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BeerSquid

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Spectacular Beer! This embodies EVERYTHING a Porter should be! Its well constructed flavour leaves the mouth watering, craving more to the very last drop, and desiring more there after. It warms the bones and the soul. Perfect for a cold winter night.

A- Beautiful rich, bold pour of smooth blackened liquid, complete topped with creamy ivory coloured head.

S- Robust notes of chocolate and malt.

T- Exceptional taste! the chocolate in the smell is intensified and there are indications of a roasted possible nutty feel to it.

M- Dry, yet creamy. Light carbonation, and extremely smooth. Full body that rests gently on the palate before the swallow.

D- Amazing! Well worth the price. This is all around one of the best beers I have ever had the privilege to encounter. I would gladly get it again and would recommend it to anyone who considers themselves a true beer lover.

CHEERS!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 02:57:31 | More by BeerSquid
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minishfinish

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black liquid with an fairly finely carbonated head, light brown to white, almost like creama on an esspresso.

Smell is hardcore roasted malts. The head is a bot misleading, because you might expect a heavier, meatier beer. You also get more alcohol out of it then you get from the taste.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and silky, existing the palate as quickly as it entered. It leaves clean, no real lingering taste at all.

Flavor is a great roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit milky. This was an extremely light mouth feel, which is amazing with a beer of this flavor. You can drink a lot this before you know it. A fantastic beer that lives right up to it's reputation. Drink this,

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 02:45:19 | More by minishfinish
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mjurney

Texas

4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Black color, ruby red highlight. Thick creamy, beige color head.

Aroma:
Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hint of dark fruit.

Taste:
Very rich and malty, dark roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, some hint of toffee. Dark fruit character, dried prunes. Hop bitterness is mild-medium. Finish is dry, roasted. Body is creamy, silky, smooth, dry.

Overall:
A world-class beer. One of my favorite Porter. Delicious!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:08:11 | More by mjurney
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is what I'm missing......

Deep black in colour, with some brown around the edges. Head is creamy and tan-coloured. Taste is incredibly smooth and perfect. Some coffee notes, some chocolate. To gauge the flavour of this beer take the arc from Guinness to Murphy's (smoother and more drinkable) and then somewhere out and the end of this arc, far beyond any stout, is this. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel, restrained finish.

I could drink this all night, except for one thing: I only have (had) one bottle. It's gone now, and I can't get this anywhere near me. Ah well.... thanks for the teaser, nerofiddled.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 08:51:03 | More by the42ndtourist
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Nibbley

Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...this is a great Porter!
Pour a almost pitch black with a medium head that disappears very quickly.
Aroma is of dark figs and raisins.
The taste is very complex, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and ripe figs.
It has a tight dry mouthfeel, with small carbonation.
Probably the best Porter going. Two thumbs way up.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:29:03 | More by Nibbley
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep black color with a nice head of creamy brownish head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass

S: nice sweet smelling brew with nice hints of dark chocolate and possibly raspberries

T: great tasting porter, doesn't have the underlying coffee taste that other porters have, very sweet taste with dark chocolate hints

D/M: incredibly smooth drinking brew aided by the sweetness, nice carbonation tingle, nice smooth finish and slight lingering maltiness

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:39:15 | More by BigPlay1824
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ThreePistols

Florida

4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost black in color. Lightly carbonated with a thin tan head. On the nose it is sweet, with plenty of malt and some hops. Sophisticated and balanced flavor. The malt is firm on the palate. Light caramel notes, thick roasted malt flavor, followed by a rich coffee bitterness. I detected a faint taste of grapes and plums. Finish is slightly chocolately, leading to a long, bitter, malty, coffee aftertaste. I found this beer to be slightly flat and dangerously close to being thin. It may have been the batch I purchased. Time will tell. An excellent choice with seafood. A must try. Enjoy. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2002 11:22:31 | More by ThreePistols
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black trimmed with scarlet. The head is tan, plush and huge. And it clings something fierce.
The nose is a spot-on liquid version of raisin-adorned, chocolate rum cake. It also showcases traces of butter, burnt figs, and tobacco. Or in other words, it smells quite similar to their Imperial Stout. In still other words, it smells flawless.
Begins with a deluge of earthy maltiness. Leather, dried tobacco leaves, and dirt. Dark fruits ease themselves into place, shown through creeping prunes and black raisins. Buttered dough provides canvas, but not much more. Traces of milky sourness materialize, making this seem "aged" or "old" and how I'd imagine a historically accurate porter would taste. Molasses-coated carobs control the later portions, and segue to some minor vanilla and hazelnut flourishes before being relieved by the entourage of drying, bitter herb hops.
This is enclosed in a medium body that is both glassy smooth and airy enough for limitless consumption.
Easily the sexiest porter to have ever crossed these lips.
What a jewel!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 20:17:49 | More by cokes
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bigrzman

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out near black in color with a foamy brown head and a opaque blackness that is mesmerizing. It has an aroma of roasted malts, chocalate, and medicinal hops. Very nice. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, grassy grains, and medicinal hops. Mouthfeel is thick and coating and wetting. Overall this is a gorgeous beer and a best in class porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 21:03:10 | More by bigrzman
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.