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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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2,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 142 | 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 littlelorib


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

When i asked for porter recommendations, the salesperson pointed at this bottle and told me that i needed to try it if i hadn't already. I don't usually spend this much for one bottle, but i picked it up anyway.

The beer poured a near black with an ample light brown head that was very persistent. The smell had a pleasant aromas of chocolate and coffee, so by now i was really looking forward to tasting it. The taste definitely came through - chocolate and coffee, with a hint of toffee as well, but very balanced and quite pleasant. The mouth feel showed a medium body that wasn't overpowered by the carbonation.

Overall, i must say that this was a much better than average beer. It's not so pricey that i can't have it every once in a while, for which i am grateful. I am definitely looking forward to my next bottle of Taddy Porter.

10-20-2011 00:27:24 | More by littlelorib
Photo of stoutman


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

One of my favorites, it’s a deep brownish black color with a faint glimmer of red light shinning through. Immensely aromatic with layers of roast malt, fruit, licorice, and minty herbs. Medium bodied, dry, roasty, and rich in character with a hint of sweetness and a lingering malt dryness in the finish.

05-17-2002 17:43:33 | More by stoutman
Photo of BeerManDan


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

When poured, it was very dark brown in color with a medium amout of tan foam and nice lace from start to finish. The smell of roasted malts is what first filled the nose and was very pleasant. The taste was a creamy delight with the flavor of roasted barley malts and a nice balance of simi sweet chocolate on the finish. Overall, this porter was full in body and packed with flavor. Intense, dry tangy character of roasted barley and chocolate.

01-14-2004 23:15:25 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of therica


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

A= licorice-brown, nearly opaque, modest tan head with lacing throughout.

S= fire! Plentiful roasted malts to the point of some campfire reminders. Hints of dark fruits with resulting light liquor notes.

T= fantastic, lots of smoke and I can nearly taste the ashes from roasted and re-roasted barley malts. Better than a smoked-beer. Adequate carbonation. Slight caramel, beautiful blends of dark fruits and slight liquor.

M= smoky barley malts and I love it, although some people might find it annoying as it lasts for some time on the tongue. Addictive.

D= if you like the first whiff or the first sip you'll want to drink it in quantities.

07-03-2010 04:49:10 | More by therica
Photo of DrJay


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

Clear, dark chestnut, nearly opaque. Creamy, light tan head. Very chocolatey aroma, roasted coffee and toffee as well. Roasted malts are the dominant flavour, but there's a bit of hop presence along with some acidity. Dried fruit shows up at the midpoint and carries through to the end, where bitterness becomes more apparent as well. Creamy, smooth texture due in part to medium body and light carbonation. Also a bit buttery on the palate. Overall, a great porter. I didn't realize that this was the target I was shooting for in brewing my own porter all these years!

07-07-2005 00:30:58 | More by DrJay
Photo of cracgor


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Dark black with ruby edges. Tan, thick, creamy head. The head reduces but just never goes away and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Butter, Nuts, and Coffee. Very good contrast and balance. Sweet and woodsy are other descriptions.

Taste: Awesome Taste. Coffee is the main flavor, the nutty flavor accents this very well. Tastes smooth and...

Mouthfeel: ...feels velvety smooth with a medium to full body.

Drinkability: As good as I have had in this style. Low abv lends itself to session drinking in the winter. Coupled with great looks and flavor, I'll take it out any time of the year.

05-25-2005 21:16:20 | More by cracgor
Photo of mclanem


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer looks and smells great first off. really dark black with a brown head looks creamy. the smell is sweet and rich, could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap a little. the taste is great a light roasted malt flavor a bit grainy good though, not to much on the mouthful not to strong but it is smooth over all. good drinkablity on this beer I would like to try more like it.

03-02-2006 01:58:00 | More by mclanem
Photo of ralree


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Deep opaque brown. 2-finger tan head with great retention and wonderful lacing.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel malt make up the bulk of the smell, backed by some mild hops. Quite good. A little too sweet though.

T: Good, but like the smell, a little too sweet. Bittersweet chocolate permeates the flavor, backed slightly by roasted caramel malt and some mild spices. A slight amount of alkalinity in the background. The chocolate bitterness sticks with you long after swallowing.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Non-astringent.

D: Pretty drinkable, but a little rich. I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of these in an evening.

11-21-2007 01:44:34 | More by ralree
Photo of cagocubs


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from Large bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, coffee black color. A nice 2 finger ivory head that stays puffy and laces nicely.

S: Nice roasted smells. Malt, coffee, coco, chocolate. Some sweeter fruit smells and caramel/toffee.

T: This one has it all. The roasted barley, chocolate, coffee hit first. The taste then mellows to a sweeter tone with caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor finishes with a nice dry bitter-sweetness.

M - Perfect carbonation for a porter. Mouth coating is great. Creamy throughout and has a nice finish.

O - I'm surprised I took so long to pick this one up. On the scale of porters this one is on the top of the spectrum.

07-24-2011 21:23:38 | More by cagocubs
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South Dakota

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer pours a black with a small creamy tan head that stayed with the beer. The smell is a bit smokey very roboust and heavy. The taste is initally watery, but then a dry smoked flavor hits the palettee. Nice carrbonation for a porter. Overall a bit different but fantastic.

04-28-2011 02:22:01 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of colts9016


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

The color is deep, deep brown almost black with a thick tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, nuts, barley, coffee, chocolate and molasses. The taste is toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, slate, earth, barley, hops, and a smooth subtle chocolate coffee finish. this a good and very well made beer that is easy to drink.

12-08-2008 04:40:21 | More by colts9016
Photo of popery


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

A simple, excellent porter with a delightfully sudsy feel. This beer pours a very dark ruby with a big sudsy head that sticks around and coats the glass well. The smell is sweet with sugary malt and doesn't reach the same fullness found in the taste. The taste is restrained but complex. There is nice hop bitterness around the edges of a healthy malt backbone. There is a good deal of the earthy, musty flavor that marks porters, but it doesn't hit you over the head with it. The feel is almost exactly what I want out of a porter; suds build at the slightest movements. It is an immensely drinkable beer and I can certainly imagine spending a long evening drinking glasses of it in an English pub. I've been avoiding this beer for a little while as I'm not the biggest fan of porters or Sam Smith's beers, but the Taddy Porter has me changing my tune for the better.

11-25-2008 05:08:33 | More by popery
Photo of mynie


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours perfect black. Completely opaque. Big, brown head that stays and stays. Excellent.

Smells of deep chocolate and coffee with hints of raisins with some vanilla extract. Wonderfully complex and rich.

Big on the bitterness, a very earthy taste all around. Coffee upfront, moving into some raw molasses and finishing with a wonderful spurt of roasted hops and some vanilla extract. Very nice.

This beer is rough where it should be. Not rough like a bad neighborhood in Detriot, rough like a wooden rollercoaster. A fun, carefully designed kind of roughness.

03-28-2005 04:39:17 | More by mynie
Photo of dansmcd


4.48/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Two fingers of dense tan head, deep dark brown body, head fades to a thin veil with some rings of lacing.

S - Yeast, vanilla, dark chocolate, pinch of coffee.

T - Follows on from the nose with yeast, sweet milk chocolate with some minor bitterness.

M - Milky smooth medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Simply a joy.

03-11-2012 01:22:24 | More by dansmcd
Photo of Samuel906


4.49/5  rDev +7.4%

By far, one of the best all around and most true to form Porters I have ever had. There is really nothing to dislike about this brew. Pours a very dark red with khaki head with some retention. Fairly mild nose but plenty of chocolate, raisin, smoke, coffee and molasses. Taste follows suit with the perfect amount of sweetness, bitter chocolate, hops and roasted notes. Not heavy and overbearing like a lot of stouts and porters, but very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall, terrific beer... my new baseline for what a porter should be.

06-19-2013 05:56:05 | More by Samuel906
Photo of watchnerd


4.49/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottle serving, naturally. Poured Cola-black with beige head that settled down into a ring, leaving hardly any lacing. Aroma was classic porter in the nose, coffee, malt, and alcohol esters. Taste is well balanced, not as in-your-face as many of the more aggressive porters out there. Finish is a bit dry, not at all creamy or milky. ABV is mild, so you can drink in a session or, like I'm doing right now, with Branson's Baked Beans and some crusty brown bread and a good stilton for lunch. Makes me want to revisit the Anchor Porter for comparison.

2013 Update: Slight adjustment upwards by .25 points. This beer has stood the test of time, still awesome.

01-21-2008 20:11:25 | More by watchnerd
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-06-2012 05:57:48 | More by blackwingedhorde
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-26-2013 01:08:24 | More by SuomiHobbit
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-09-2013 04:06:57 | More by DanW
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-17-2013 12:44:17 | More by NoetheMatt
Photo of Prospero


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-24-2014 04:23:27 | More by Prospero
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-13-2013 00:43:48 | More by Hugh37
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-08-2013 22:05:59 | More by mte1972
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-23-2013 22:26:33 | More by wo87810
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-05-2014 20:52:12 | More by inanity
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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