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

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2,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 1,229
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 151 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got handed one from a four pack at work today, never really paid much attention to this beer, but the rating is getting my hopes up.

A: Opaque dark brown color with a thick dark tan 3-finger head that puffed up and is slowly receding but not going away.

S: Smells of chocolate malt, coffee and dark fruits -- figs/raisins?

T: Dark roasted malt with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. There is a small amount of raisiny sweetness that rides through most of the flavor experience.

M: Full bodied, and incredibly smooth. Starts off with a carbonation bite, then as the flavor develops it gets very creamy, then finishes a little dry.

O: This was a real treat for a free beer handed to me at work. I had no idea this was so good. Best porter I've ever had, hands down.

ReelBigwigFish, May 15, 2011
Photo of tmitch75
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous opaque black color with a shiny redness when held up to the light. Thick head cascades beautifully. Head eventually leaves sticky lacing.

Smells chocolaty, almost creamy, with sweetened coffee.

Chocolate and roasted coffee dominates with notes of cherry. Just a kiss of hop bitterness.

Creamy and full-bodied with very smooth carbonation. Like a milkshake. Absolutely wonderful.

This is a perfect beer for a slow night by the fire. Excellent.

tmitch75, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of horndecker
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark dark dark brown, nearly black, with reddish-brown edges and a puffy, fine tan head. The head lingers a bit and leaves fine bubbles about.
The smell is of bittersweet cocoa and espresso, a hint of cherries, and roasted, almost burned malt.
The taste has a bitter beginning, unsweetened cocoa powder and roasted coffee beans, with a mild hop prescence producing a very dry, dusty finish. It has a medium body, but still manages to be tongue-coating and mouth-filling.
A treat, this one. Toasty and chocolatey, nicely balanced and complete.

horndecker, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of rfabian
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch tan head with moderate lacing. The appearance is opaque dark brown with clear reddish brown highlights. The aroma is of richly dark roasted malts. The taste is of darkly roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate, rich and slightly sweet. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is an excellent, delicious porter.

rfabian, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of helloloser12345
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 550ml clear bottle. Gold foil around the neck and cap.

Pour: Tan foamy head with great retention and good lacing.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: I had expected quite an over powering aroma, but the aromas were subtle and well balanced (also very hard to pick out). Dried fruits (mainly sultanas), lightly roasted malts, chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee.

Flavour: Beautiful full flavours of roasted malts. Dark bitter chocolate and strong coffee after tones. Creamy mouth feel but slightly too much carbonation.

Overall: A truly magnificent and drinkable porter. Yet again the Samuel Smith brewery has impressed me. The dark appearance of this porter makes you think that it will be a challenge to drink more than a couple but it is quite light and goes down very easy, due to the excellent balance of flavours.

helloloser12345, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of ALEBOY
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic beer. A very dark ruby that was almost black. Small tan head that lasted quite well.

The aroma was devine, strong fruit cake smell with hints of rum, chocolate, and coffee. I could appreciate this beer for its aroma alone!

Taste was as you would expect judging by the aroma, with a little cinnamon thrown in for good measure and a slightly drier than expected finish.

A fine porter that comes with my highest recomendations.

ALEBOY, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: great, pitch black beer with a dark brown, very fluffy and silky, creamy head.

Smell: also has a very good smell, potent, combining burnt sugar, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: great taste as well, roasted malts, coffee, toast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel, the head is specially creamy.

Drinkability: very easy to drink on a winter night.

My favorite porter.

brdc, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Lerxst
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with a billowy cloud of a mocha colored head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S-Roasted malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Smells very good.

T-Delicious roasted malts and chocolate hit me right off. A bit of molasses and figs. This is great.

M-Medium body, but creamy smooth with light carbonation.

D-A truly great session beer that I never get tired of. I think its the best Sammy Smith has to offer.

If you like porters, this is a must try.

Lerxst, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of egshaun
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Pours very dark brown, almost black. Finishes off with a nice mocha colored head.

s: Scents of sweet molasses with undertones of dark chocolate, slight hickory, coffee, and hints of fig or raisin bread.

t: At first I noticed the molasses taste, with hints of what I thought could be some type of cherry pastry. The aftertaste is great, with notes of coffee, tasty hops, and dark chocolate. The craving for another sip overpowers the aftertaste, which leads to new taste findings, that of a sweet maple oatmeal.

m: Enjoyably creamy yet crisp. It seemed to spread nicely across the taste buds, making each sip new while focusing on certain aspects of the taste.

o: I will definitely drink this beer again. It is a little light compared to what I had in mind, but it is a pleasant surprise. It goes down very smooth and has a lot to offer in taste and texture.

Well done, Samuel Smith.

egshaun, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of shageman331
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Famous Taddy Porter. Purchased Dec. 27, 2010. Consumed Dec. 31, 2010. 550 ml poured into pint glass. No bottle on date.

Appearance: Thick light tan head, black opaque body, and ruby/mahogany around the edges

Smell: Nice malty aroma with a roasty backbone.

Taste: Roasty malt and a little creamier than might be expected. Really the standard for porters.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and delicious.

Drinkability: This is my session beer (well" American session beer" anyway). This is the standard for porter. Deserved of the moniker "The Famous."

shageman331, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Cawdog
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dense head and with a ruby tinge.

gives off a smell of raspberry, cherries, chocolate.

The flavours linger for a while, with a roasty finish, its very complex mix of the above.

mouthfeel is rather lighter than I was expecting, because of the ABV. It has a certain creamy quality that is fantastic.

A lighter sytle of porter, very good beer!

Cawdog, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of ujsplace
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a over sized pint glass.

A: Very dark, nearly black in appearance. Thick, billowing head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, faint chocolate and faint coffee.

T: Mildly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, mildly malted hellaciously well balanced.

M: Medium, creamy and smooth as silk.

D: Well, this is absolutely drinkable by nearly everyone who likes beer. May very well be the best porter I have had to date...

ujsplace, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Black/Mahogany with brown/red highlights. Full inch and a half of toasty tan foam. Plenty of lacing and fair retention.

Coffee, cocoa, hints of goldings and fuggles hops. Hints of fruit - I get a little strawberry jam. Butter is present as well.

There's a reason this is a classic. Incredibly complex, dense, and balanced. Plenty of interesting flavors going on - strawberry jam and copper start the beer as it shifts quickly (and cleanly) into coffee and cocoa with hints of butter. Finishes clean with the bright "tinny" flavor of fuggles and goldings. Hard not to like.

Dense, but well carbonated to keep it from feeling heavy. I'd prefer a slightly more velvety texture, but that may happen on tap. So, I'll hope for that to happen.

Great beer. At 5%, it's hard not to say, "I'll have another" more times than one should or could...

BillyBoysPie, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown with some red highlights and a two finger tan head than lingers. has some of the most interesting lacing i have ever noted in a beer - reminds me of spotting animals in cloud formations as a kid.

nose of molasses, dark chocolate, raisin. gives you a good lead in to the taste.

flavors of chocolate and roasted malts with dark fruity overtones and molasses, followed by faint bitterness in the finish. this one is rich, fairly complex and well balanced, but i'd like just a bit more bitterness.

mouthfeel is amazing. soft, smooth and creamy with just the right amount of co2. feels like a cozy warm bed on a chilly fall night.

quite enjoyable and very, very drinkable. definitely in the top three for the style imo. if you've ever wanted to know what a porter should taste like, this would be a good place to start.

divineaudio, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of jtw5877
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An old favorite recently revisited, very dark brown body with a lighter medium head, no skunkiness from the clear bottle. Just alot of roasted malt goodness, the usual chocolate/caramel/coffee tones that I seem to pick out of every non hop dominated beer I ever drink. A good old school porter, to appreciate what's available now, enjoy what I really got into 10 years ago.

jtw5877, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The pour is about as black as it can get with a delicate beige head that builds up quickly and then fades down a bit at the end but never really goes away.

The aroma is very sweet and full of milk chocolate, a little smoke, yeast, and dark malts. Hops are in the background but they do emit a slight bite.

The body is medium and very smooth and creamy.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests with a nice chocolate thing up front and a mellow but well balanced dry hopped finish. It feels more like an Irish dry stout at points. But this is the Porter that many try to emulate.

puboflyons, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Deerslayer210
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Porter, the next best thing to a stout. Unless you grab a taddy porter. This is by far the best porter I have had to date and can stand up to most stouts and porters alike. The color is a dark rich brown almost black. The smell is great of coffee and malt. And the taste is balanced with coffee, malt, and a hint of chocolate. Truly a pleasure to drink. Samuel smith,s hits a home run with this one. Must try!

Deerslayer210, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 550 ml bottle into a dimpled mug, dark purple brown with a large lively tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: chocolate, coffee, malt, brown sugar, molasses

T: rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee with a hint of cream, dark brown sugar

M: full bodied, creamy, good carbonation

O: excellent porter, malt heavy with just a bit of hop bitterness

M_C_Hampton, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer is divine, an English porter cannot get any better than this. it pours a luxuriously textured dark brown color with very little light coming in. the head is about two inches tall, and super creamy, light mocha in color. the nose is fantastically enticing, with a lot of milk chocolate notes from the malt, a bitterness from the roasted barley, and a hint of tartness to it as well from the hopping. the flavor is packed full with roasted malts, and is heavy on both the sweet and bitter chocolate components. this is even better than their acclaimed oatmeal stout, something about those stone fermenters really lets the yeast shine in all of their beers, and its an excellent complement to the dark bittersweet complexion of this porter. very little sweetness in the finish though, as the hops and burnt grains bitter it right up. full bodied and smooth as anything, I love the feel of this beer too. my only complaint is that its sold in four packs instead of six packs, I always seem to be wanting another one or two at the end of a session. wow this is just a splendid porter, an example to be followed on both sides of the atlantic!

StonedTrippin, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential modern day Porter, pitch black, with a great head. Faint chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Easy drinking, smooth with a mellow rawness, creamy to the mouth, dry with faint molasses. Slight twang roasted character and some fig. At 5.0 percent alcohol by volume, this makes for a hell of a session beer. But, slap some eggs (sunny side up), pork & beans, black pudding, fried tomato slices, butter simmered button-mushrooms, toast and HP brown sauce together and it makes for a great hangover breakfast. Oh yeah.

I love this beer.

Todd, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of Byeast
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very opaque , very nice black color with dark brown to red edges. Head is about an inch and dissipates quickly. Very pleasant roasty smells of chocolate , coffee, and barley. Mmmm! What a porter! Taste is indeed complex and intense. Malty at first , then some choclate and coffee notes , with a tangy- roasty finish. Full bodied mouthfeel that leaves dark fruity and mildly smokey flavors on the tongue. This porter is what a porter should be. I will be drinking many more of these tasty beers from Tadcaster!

Byeast, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of madeofsteel
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black pour into a pint glass, no head. Small tan ringlet, with a little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of roasty malts in this one, with coffee and black licorice to back it up. Sort of burnt smelling. A very full-bodied aroma. Slight alcohol.

T - Very bitter-sweet, like dark chocolate. Some cocoa in the back, but licorice is the stronger flavor in the mix. I like the balance between bitter and sweet here, with the bitter easily being stronger, but sweet still making its presence known. Beautifully balanced.

M - Minimal carbonation, very smooth yet somewhat dry finish. Drinks almost like coffee.

O - Quite easily the best porter I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Each different aspect of this beer complements the next so well. It's a beautiful thing.

madeofsteel, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Elemental
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz clear bottle

Appearance - nice and dark with a medium amount of head.

Smell - sweet yet hoppy smell, you can just smell the creaminess of the beer

Taste - Thick and creamy. Nicely hopped to complement the darkness and body of the beer.

I would say that the only disappointment of this beer is that it comes in a clear bottle but somehow doesn't have the skunky taste that clear and green bottles give beer. However they do it, keep on doing it cause this is a wonderful beer.

Elemental, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of JohnL9013
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a bottle of this at a local bar. At $4.50 for a 12 oz, I had high expectations but this beer did not disappoint.

A: Jet black with a moderate foamy and dark head. It looks like any other stout or porter.

S: I can still smell this stuff an hour after finishing it, which is a good sign. The smell is moderate...honestly, I think this is the only part of this beer that could be improved...not that the quality of the smell is lacking, but the quantity is lacking. I was sticking my nose in the beer constantly while tasting it to get the aroma.

T: The taste is hands-down perfectly balanced. I've had some really excellent porters that went just slightly overboard on the sweetness but this beer has all the roasty deliciousness without the excessive sweetness. It has a syrupy element to it from all the malt bouncing around, and a very healthy amount of bitterness, which I can appreciate. Overall, I can't say there were any highlights in this beer from how well blended it is but I can say that I wish it was just a tad stronger in flavor.

M: Wow, they nailed the mouthfeel on this. Low carbonation means this beer can take up residence in your mouth for quite a few seconds and you'll enjoy it nonetheless. A pleasure to drink.

D: This beer disappeared in no time. The most drinkable stout or porter I have ever had, period.

I'm going to look into picking up some of this stuff in the future and investigating this style more thoroughly.

JohnL9013, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice dark red-brown with a short and thin off-white head that fades to a ring around the top of the beer. It laces the glass pretty well all the way down the glass. It smells of very faint chocolate and coffee and roasted malts. The taste is really good as well. It tastes of the same as the nose with some hoppy bitterness in the middle of it that rounds it off very well. It tastes of sweet roasted malt, some chocolate, then some hoppy bitter taste, and then finally a caramel flavor that is really nice. The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean which makes for a very drinkable porter. Definately worth a try.

erosier, Mar 31, 2008
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,490 ratings.