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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,521 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 158 | 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 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
Photo of Fellysmarts
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Fellysmarts, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of mothman
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger head that is a dark yellow/tan head. Decent retention. Color is a dark carmel brown, nearly black.

Aroma is very roasty. Some very slightly earthy hops and carmel malts. There is some other kind of malts that I can't put my nose on.

Taste is pretty solid. Toasted malt flavor is the obvious. There is almost a tart taste that was weird for a porter. Hint of coffee as well and finally some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel comes off strong and bitter. After a few seconds it smooths out and is creamy. It ends creamy and is well carbonated.

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor. Very solid. The price is a tad high (not intended), but it was worth it.

mothman, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky black with faint ruby highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head.

S: Aromas of molasses, cedar, woodsmoke, and roasted grain are present on the nose. The usual aromas of coffee and dark chocolate that one generally expects of any porter are largely absent here.

T: Notes of molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, cream, cedar, woodsmoke, roasted grain, peat, leather, and earthy, herbal hops are present on the palate. The finish is rich and long with a combination of chocolate, molasses, leather, and earthy hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is not particularly powerful. This one could use a little more fizz in my opinion.

O: This is an excellent English porter. I've yet to find a Samuel Smith beer that disappoints me.

mrfrancis, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of glinnebur
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

glinnebur, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a very straightforward beer. a quality of earth molasses mostly with a finish of grape. palate is earthy bitter molasses toasty with a finish of fig and grape. very mild sweet sheltered in earth. a lingering mild quality of vanilla like in wine. very soft but not as defined as in a good foreign export. great beer with a nice smokey quality at times... some bitterness that works that way... sometimes smokey... sometimes bitter chocolate... sometimes tobacco. great if you get all three in a good bottle. but respectfully mild.

rtepiak, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of OKCNittany
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" tan head with good retention & lacing. Near black body with red highlights.

S: Roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. It's good, but it could be stronger.

T: Rich and roasty. Dark chocolate. Some caramel, some coffee, and a touch of hops as well. Good balance.

M: Just under medium bodied. Light to medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel. Interesting finish - both buttery and tart.

D: Great porter - sessionable - well deserving of its fine reputation.

OKCNittany, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black like motor oil with a niche foamy thick reddish brown head. The head holds up throughout the drink and provides plenty of lacing.

Smell is excellent for the style. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses. After sniffing this brew I knew it was going to be great!

Tastes smooth and creamy with no alcohol bite at all. Nice malty coffee taste on the front with a a great finish.

Very drinkable brew, thinner than some Porters, but overall a very nice drink.

AgingWarrior, May 26, 2008
Photo of DrewV
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550mL bottle out of the beer fridge (45 degrees) into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Dark brownish garnet color with a huge 3-finger light caramel colored, frothy head (very fine bubbles). The head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S: Dark molasses, candied fruits, prunes, figs, anise... typical Samuel Smith aromas. Sweet, but dark overall. No spiciness or alcohol detected.

T: Shockingly different from the aroma! Roasted cocoa, milk coffee, and a heavy dose of chocolate-covered raisins. Light, but full flavor. Delicious. No alcohol to be found. Note that the first sip is the strongest, then each following sip becomes less intense. I wish the flavor would hold its intensity a bit more.

M: Fairly thin for as full of a flavor that this has. Very lightly carbonated which keeps things interesting.

O: A solid porter, not quite my favorite due to the relatively thin substance, but very flavorful and the raisiny-chocolate cocoa aftertaste leaves you wanting more. Addicting stuff for sure, but falls a bit short of the complexity and full flavor of my personal favorite porter, Edmund Fitzgerald.

NOTE: If there were marks for Value, I would be forced to give it a fairly low rating. Reason being, Edmund Fitzgerald is available for $9/6-pack, while Taddy is $10/4-pack. Just not worth the $$ when a superior product is available for less. But if you have no other options, it's a decent choice.

DrewV, May 10, 2011
Photo of blackc5
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a mild head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smells sweet and of caramel, molasses and chocolate.

T - Taste matches the olfactory profile to a T. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso, and roasted malty caramel, but not overly sweet. Alcohol seems absent - it is on the lower end of the ABV range for this style.

M - Medium low carbonation with small bubbles. Smooth and creamy.

D - Very high thanks to the great taste, mouthfeel and low alcohol content. Would make a great session.

blackc5, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice lacing and black-brown color.

S - Delicious aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate.

T - Bitter coffee, subtle spiciness rather than sweetness in taste.

M - Dry finish that goes well withe spicy taste. Nice.

O - A superb porter that deserves the title of "famous." Always a winner.

Beer-A-Lot, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is truly a classic English porter and I've been drinking it for nearly 30 years! Nice to see that it's finally in brown bottles.

A: deep, dark with nice tan head, dissipated but held on for awhile
S: deep, roasted, some sulfury notes
T: deep roasted/burnt malt, sulfurish
M: coats the mouth from roasted grains

wisrarebeer, May 23, 2013
Photo of BJ1833
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color with a chocolate brown, two-finger head.

Aroma: Rich aroma full of toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malt with coffee flavor upfront. A caramel flavor is also present with a chocolate finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: A medium body that is well carbonated and very smooth.

Overall: Unlike any porter I've tried and by far the best. Very good, smooth flavor. Already a classic in my book.

BJ1833, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of ryanocerus
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent porter. Heavy malt aroma with small head. Very roasty flavor. It is more stout than other porters that I like, but it is VERY drinkable.

ryanocerus, Jul 12, 2002
Photo of cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger tan colored head. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate and butterscotch. Taste is of roasted malts and butterscotch with notes of coffee rounding it out. Overall this is a great porter and another great brew from this brewery.

cjgator3, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of loving44
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beauty up for $3.49 at the local BevMo.

It pours thick and black with a medium/thick off-white head which went from a good two inches thick to half an inch or so in a minute.

Smells of faint chocolate and coffee hit me right away... some sweetness. Very rich smelling, but pretty average.

The taste was far superior to the smell of this brew. very rich thick and smooth with light carbonation that tickles the tongue. This is a porter for sure. Tastes of roasted coffee beans and chocolate with a nice citrus backing. A slight bitterness lingers on the back of my tongue with hints of smoke. Very nice.

This is a very rich and flavorful porter that fairly easy to drink due to the slight but persistent carbonation. I was done after one bottle, but I could see myself having another had I not had this right after a meal. A very nice porter and IMO one of the best!

loving44, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 550 mL. bottle, gold foil top, looks impressive even before it's poured.

Very dark brown, big bubbly tan head.

Very smooth aroma. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of sweetness.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, perfect for a porter. Nice roastedness with a light coffee flavor and a weak sweetness. Very nice crispness too. Finishes with a roasted, sweet taste.

Excellent porter, my new favorite. Definitely something to try.

Southernbrew, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

550ml glass bottle with the usual good-looking Samuel Smith's design & labeling. No freshness date.

Pours dark brown with red edges. A few fingers of very creamy medium-brown head. Very good lace retention. Deep toasted bread, nut, and chocolate malt aromas. Flavor conforms with the smell. Chewy chocolate malts up front with some bread dough, butterscotch, and nutty flavors in the center. Excellent drying burnt toast finish. Superb medium body with just the right balance of cream and carbonation.

dgallina, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of tjd112
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Dark colour, decent tan head, little bit of lacing

Smell - Roasty, malty

Taste - Plums with a whiff of chocolate

Mouthfeel - A bit of a dry finish, kinda thin

Drinkability - Definitely a sessionable beer

Overall - It's a pretty good beer

tjd112, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of EagleTalon
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a clear very dark brown -ruby black color and thick tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and maple. Flavor is roasty malt, coffee, sweet malt and some balancing hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is on the low side. Overall, an exceptionally well made and technically accurate Porter as you would expect.

EagleTalon, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter has a very dark red colour. It has a good head initially and maintains decent lacing. The smell is of roasty malt and coffee. This beer has a very malty flavour with a little hops in there for balance. It has a delicious malty aftertaste. This beer has a foamy 'big' feel to it and is extremely drinkable.

vandemonian, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of berkey
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle poured into a stemmed pint glasss. From 10/29/09 notes.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a large khaki head of loose bubbles. Head retention and lacing are both very nice.

Aromas are of chocolate, nuts, something mildly lactic, and a faint roasted malt character. Very clean overall.

More of the same on the entry. Homemade chocolate milkshake. Some mild diacytel here and very faint herbal bitter hoppy chararcter in the aftertaste. Cocoa comes out much more as it warms along with a subtle roasted malt flavor in the finish.

Very clean drinking, lightly carbonated. Can't remember the last time I got through a 550 so fast. Drinkability is very high.

This clean and easy drinking beer was the perfect thing for my heartburn the other night. This was an old time go to before I was even really into craft beer and it had been way too long since I tried it. I remember drinking this out of the bottle in a brown bag while walking around San Francisco when I was 21 and loving it. Now that I know enough to give this inconic brew proper respect I enjoy it even more.

berkey, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with rocky mocha head. Some lacing.

Smell is is faint chocolate , not much else.

Nice malty flavor profile. Getting alot of dark bitter coffee flavors. Roasted malts do a nice job of keeping this from becoming sweet.

Light mouthfeel , good carbonation.

This is a nice session beer , packed with flavor.

shroompod, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of THEMGG
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Budvar Glass, maybe a little to cold.

A - Love the Sam Smith bottles, nice old school look. Pours a beautiful two finger tanned head, great carbonation, lace has medium hangtime around the glass. Pitch black at first appearance, with ruby tinges when held up against the light.

S - I'm getting molasses, dark fruits, dates, plums, raisins, brandy, marmite, roasted malts, this is a great complex nose.

T - Big roasted malts from the first taste. I get vegemite, burnt wood, molasses flavours that last for a second or two then a slight taste of coffee and chocolate. Hops are not present, but the bitterness is quite well balanced.

M - Smooth, oily, with a reasonably crisp finish.

D - Extremely drinkable, this is my type of porter, I could tip down quite a few of these.

THEMGG, Jul 11, 2009
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,521 ratings.