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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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2,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,625
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 149
Gots: 182 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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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.

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.

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.

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Mitchel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MmmmÂ…..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!

Photo of paresis
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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.

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

Photo of BWED
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml poured into an imperial pint.

A- Deep brown, with a thick tan two-finger head, nice and lumpy. Stays thick and globs of lacing are strung around the rim. Reminiscent of the Nut Brown's head. Again, Samuel Smith knows how to create a head.

S- Roasted malt, sweet caramel, with just a slight hint of a hop balance.

T- Malty caramel, and a dash of cocoa. Slight metallic flavor in the finish. There is a hop balance present, but it does a good job to stay in the background.

M- Creamy and quite thick, yet the 5% makes this a smooth drinker.

O- Delicious, drinkable, and full of flavor. Simple. No frills. Just good.

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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with an almost purple haze....ha ha purple haze, well anyway it also has a tan brown moccha color to the massive sized head leaving definite clear rings of lacing to it. Aroma: Slight fruity approach mixture of hops in there to balance out the semi smoked deep roasted malts that provide chocolate and some coffe tones very nice. Taste: Definitely an acquired bitterness with a pleasant array of rolling sharp sweet tones blended with the coffe and chocolae available along with a sharp ale yeast driven fruitiness. Mouthfeel: A tad thin haha... get it...but really it;s a bit light for my tases just doesn't deliver the texture and body I am searching for in a porter. Drinkability: Don't worry this is one of the most drinkable representations of any porter I have sipped upon sometimes the price may keep you from partaking but that's Merchant du Vin's fault not ol' Sam Smith's right?

Photo of mscudder
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine brew I have enjoyed on a number of occasions. Poured into a globe.

A - A deep, milky brown with a thin tan head.

S - Quite the subtle aromas here, yet textbook for the style: chocolate, toffee, roasted malts and some smoked character.

T - A soft composition of a wealth of flavors here: coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramel, sweet molasses, nuts and a touch of tobacco. Such complexity in a refine balance. Enjoyable.

M - Medium body with more than enough carbonation. Resists the creamy feel I desire.

O - One of the porters I summon when I feel the occasion calls. There are notes that are not found elsewhere, although the faults are worth taking note. Not perfect, yet represents the fine craftsmanship of the brewery.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Jine's Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark black, with a half inch mocha head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Some dark chocolate flavors up front, followed by smoke, then a little bit of coffee, roasted malt, with a tiny fruity twang at the end of each sip. The sour twang is very welcome and does not detract.

Medium bodied, good body for a porter. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Medium carbonation.

A great classic example of a porter, one that will always be tasty.

Photo of endincolorado
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nearly opaque, dark brown with ruby highlights, thick cream-colored head that settles slowly. Nice lacing.

Smell- Cocoa, and roasted malt

Taste- delicious. chocolate, coffee, faint taste of fruit (fig?)

Mouthfeel- thinner than expected, which is ok, given the wonderful taste and also adds to drinkability. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- For a porter, this one stands out as one I could drink all night.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for about $3.50. I have had this before but never reviewed it until today

A - Massive head like 1/2 inch of deep mocha goodness. Very dark for such a low ABV porter just a mild bit of ruby hue at the base.
S - Classic dry porter yeasts, smokey body with mild ash, some chocolate and cocoa notes. Mildly sour but mostly sweet. A great mesh of everything.
T - Not as sweet as state side porters but it has a great mesh of mild roasts and chocolates. Some dark fruit notes meet a but of fruity dry yeasts. Tasty.
M - Light to medium in no way watery. Somewhat session able.

Overall quite a tasty porter worth picking up but at the price I would stick to local offerings.

Photo of WaltTrombone
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this from my local beer distributor, it was the usual 550 ml. clear Samuel Smith bottle.

It poured black, dark reddish-brown when held to the light, with a huge tan head that hung around for a bit, then departed for wispy lace pastures. The aroma reminded me of cola and malt.

The taste started out with a trip to sweet malt land, by way of the well-balanced bitter hops road. We took several side trips to cola, tobacco, sulfur, and leather. As things got warmer, we also visited grape and port wine.
Traffic on the mouthfeel expressway was thin and watery, with light carbonation.

As we finished our trip, the weather was dry and dusty, with a tang of metal.

This was a really great, fun trip, with a complex itinerary, one that I'd travel again...

(I think I've been reading fellow BA Cokes' reviews too much, he's starting to rub off on me! Thanks for the inspiration, Cokes!)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,625 ratings.