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

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Ratings: 2,772
Reviews: 1,279
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 190
Gots: 286 | FT: 1
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured perfect with almost 2 fingers of head and stood for quite a long time. Plenty of carbonation can be seen and this beer produced some of the best lacing I've seen in a porter. Very malty aroma with hints of toffee and molasses. Astrigent flavor that is strong with an unexpected strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but favorable since beer had strong aftertaste. I expected much more from the taste after taking in the aromas and witnessing this beer dance.

Photo of Kylito87
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Last beer of 2009 more notes on my drive. Heres We Goes.

Appearance- Brownish black with reddish tones creamy tan head floats on top of with great retention. Very prominent lacing.

Smell- Roasted Malt, Coffee, and slight chocolate.

Taste- This beer is VERY ROASTY! It has almost this smokey / Charcoal oak barrel trait to it. It packs a very roasty punch which really makes the drinker pace themself.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation with a medium to medium high body. It is very smooth and pleasant on the pallete. I like to let the sip stay in mouth to allow the beer to show me it's true nature and this beer does feel good all the way through.

Drinkability- This beer is not the most drinkable porter I have come across. I think that has to do with it's super roasty taste. Don't get me wrong it is a great beer but my tongue tends to tire of intense smokey/roasty traits in beer after 2 or 3 beers.

Overall- One of the most unique tasting beers I have reviewed to date. It is definitly something that you really have to try for yourself to fully appreciate.

Photo of changeup45
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black color. Poured a nice tan creamy head and left a good amount of lace. Roasted malt aroma and flavor with some coffee taste in there too. Slightly tart and peppery. Nice and warming and probably a decent choice during the winter. Medium to full-bodied and rich. One of the best Porter's I've tried, which generally are not one of my favorite styles.

Photo of isitsavage
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown or black, two fingers of nice billowy brownish tan head that faded to a bubbly sheet across the top. Lots of bubbles and carbonation, resembles a cola. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

Smell is metallic, a bit woody, slightly sweet and chocolatey, brown sugar, malt and lightly roasted nuts. Perhaps some dark fruit notes, fig.

Taste is also a bit metallic as well. Roasted nuts and chocolate make up the bulk of it, more light fruity sweetness and brown sugar. Taste is subdued and maybe a little flat. Bitterness is very light at the tail end.

Medium mouthfeel, coats nicely but doesn't linger too long, very smooth. Despite it's appearance there is little carbonation felt.

Low ABV, smooth drinkability, and wide availability makes this extremely session-able and a nice go to beer for the colder months. Perhaps a bit pricey at $11 for a 4 pack.

Photo of derekgw123
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was expecting more really, but I think it's just my preference in Porter styles.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/12/2007 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark park brown/black colored body, with a tannish colored head, huge and lasting. Has a sweet coffee aroma, and some dark chocolate. A thin taste, coffee, and dark chocolate. A slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Light tasting.

Photo of bohemiandonut
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing I'm just not a fan of the "style," but compared to Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout this is just way off. Flavor and aroma are minimal- rather fruity with some 'porter-y' malts but overall a strange salty, apple-y taste. How many nouns can I adjectify by adding an additional syllable? About as many as there are "porters" superiour (note the U) to this one. If it were cheaper it might make a decent session.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass - how appropriate. Pours a very dark brown - nearly black. Minimal head with some lacing. Smells a bit like chocolate and coffee.

Taste is only average. Nothing really jumps out. It's not bad, but I've definitely had better.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Not very alcoholic so one doesn't knock you out. Mouthfeel is very thick.

Overall, a solid brew, but probably not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Photo of BobMessina
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Aroma far surpassed the flavor. Finish was not there.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. There's about two fingers of mocha-colored head, but the retention isn't fantastic. Still, it has a smooth, attractive texture and leaves behind some solid lacing on the glass.

S: Aside from the textbook fruity/chocolaty tones, this has a surprising amount of roast in it. The roasted malts almost seem a bit charred (which I like), too. All in all, it's not the boldest aroma, but it works very well regardless.

T: It starts off rather well, with a nice combination of dark fruits and chocolate. The finish, though, I'm not such a fan of. It has that typical Samuel Smith mineral character (which works quite well in some of their offerings, i.e. the Imperial Stout) in conjunction with a roasted, charred bite. I think the biggest problem is that...well, it's kind of boring.

M: Rather thin, slightly sweet, not very creamy, and dry on the finish. Basically, it's a typical porter feel, and that's good.

O: While it's decent enough, I can't help but be a little let down. I love the Imperial Stout from these guys, but this is only slightly above average. Maybe another porter I had earlier today (Anchor's porter) gave me unrealistic expectations. I wouldn't ever refuse it, at least.

Photo of geexploitation
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Smith's Taddy Porter is a beautiful beer -- a deep dark brown with a red tinge, and an active head. But other aspects of it were a bit disappointing, given Sam Smith's other excellent dark beers (the Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout). It gets points for effort, though...

The nose is interesting, if not overly appealing to me. There are some smoky notes in there -- not so much as your average smoked porter, but a bit. The smoky flavor carries over in the brew itself, but on the palate it adopts more of a smoke-house, smoked meat kind of flavor, which I don't care for personally. A touch of sourness makes this a very complex brew, although it doesn't have the easy drinkability of the stouts.

Photo of MyGoodness
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a little different than what I was expecting in terms of taste. Before I get to that, let me say it's a great beer but maybe not one most people would go for everytime. It was very dark with creamy coloured head, leaving a nice lace around the glass. The smell is pretty strong and you can definently smell somethng slightly sweet and chocolately, and something that smelled to me like a dark roast coffee. And the mouthfeel! Mighty thick, in a good way. And so smooooth. Velvetly almost. Finally, the taste was rich and strong; the actual coffee taste is somewhat stronger than the smell. It leaves a bit of a bite on your palate that's rather tart and kind of reminded me of raisins. Overall, its a nice one from Sam Smith.

Photo of VtBeerRun
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was around average slightly above. Nothing really stuck out with this beer. It had some nice creamy tastes to it, but as the beer went on that some what faded. I believe the attempt was to do a light porter, which was pretty good but nothing that really caught my attention. It wasn't a bad beer. If some one handed me a free one I would definitely drink it, but there isn't anything that made me come away wanting more.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy, but fairly dense light brown head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The aroma is near perfection. The parts form an elegant whole. Light roastiness with a stronger toastiness. Creamy milk chocolate and a light nuttiness. Hints of coffee. I only wish that the nose was stronger.

3.0 T: What a letdown! The strongest flavor is an almost astringent burntness. This is much, much drier than the nose suggested. Bitter roastiness is powerful, while the sweet chocolate and the nuttiness is all but lost. The overall vibe is a strange mixture of bready and grainy. Coffee manifests in a slightly stronger manner.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not creamy at all!

3.0 D: I don't know how the nose is so good while the taste is so mediocre. Either way, for some reason I expected a lot out of this brew and good very little.

Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost black color, moderate tan head that left little lacing. The smell is of caramel & roasted malts, buttery toffee. The taste is of light toffee, caramel, hint of coffee, a bit sour. Lightly carbonated with a full body nice and smooth. Very good overall though I not a huge fan of the style. I could knock back a few.

Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, some ruby highlights. Big light tan head.

Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy. No real head retention, but a thin crust and some bubbling throughout.

I'm noticing a real trend with Samuel Smith after sampling two of their brews. I'm hoping it doesn't continue. There is a seriously wicked vinegary/salty after-taste to this beer. The taste is delicious butterscotch, some coffee ... even some dark roasted fruits and malt, but it is absolutely destroyed by some component I cannot identify. As a result, a beer that becomes less and less drinkable by the minute.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large, persistent off-white head.
Aroma shows a fair whack of roasted malt with some dark chocolate and nutty notes. Some diacetyl still manages to show. There's also quite a bit of grainy-ness in there which I'm not a fan off.
Flavours are quite similar to the aromas, with mildly roasted malt and nutty notes. Hint of liquorice and burnt toast shine through. Thankfully there's none of that grainy malt found in the aroma.
Carbonation is quite prickly, something I don't like in porters and stouts.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark color. Big fluffy rocky head with decent retention and a healthy amount of lacing.

Coffee malt and basic porter smell.

Nothing out of the ordinary here. I don't see what all of the fuss is about. I'd trade this one for a local porter anytime.

This certainly doesn't live up to the name... especially since it has "Famous" in it.

Photo of leoliveri
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I was expecting something a bit stronger:
A: Amazing dark black with beige 2 finger head, easily dissipated leaving a small remaining for the rest of the taste.
S: Delicious roasted malt with gentle, yet perfectly identifiable trace of chocolate.
T: Poor according to its smell. No remains of chocolate, thus a little bit plain flavor.
M: Thiner than expected according to its appearance but fair body for a Porter. A Bit over-carbonated
O: It deserves a try for sure, good understanding of a porter. Remember to drink around 13ºC

Photo of velkyal
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a wonderful deep ruby colour, bordering on black, and the head was a frothy dark tan. The nose was really interesting as the first thing that hit me was soy sauce, which brought to mind the Pardubický Porter, however there were also light coffee hints and eventually something which brought to mind the kelp beds on the beaches back at home, which I am assuming was from the seaweed finings used in production. The pre-dominant flavour though was of caramelised bananas, one of my favourite desserts, as well as dark chocolate and a light coffee taste.

Photo of match1112
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown, but settles in black as night with a finger and a half of tan frothy head. two minutes later a seafoam cap is left floating on top with patchy lacing as a reminder of what once was. smell is typical for porters, roasted malts give off decent aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel. taste provides the same, except with a metallic taste mixed in. mouthfeel is aa rich slick medium body with the metallic flavor making me pucker. also has a slight bitter end from the coffee flavors. overall i feel there are better porters that should be sought out before this one, namely founders, fullers and great lakes. however if none of them are available this is a decent starter porter for someone.

Photo of pants678
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Taddy Porter pours a deep brown, close to black with a brown two finger head that recedes to a single quickly. The foam sits atop well through the pint.

Smell is distinctly coffee and darker chocolates, a hint of cinnamon tucked away.

Hits the front of the tongue with a sharp note of nuts that gives way to a smooth chocolate that covers the tongue. The coffee isn't exactly distinguishable, mixed in well enough. The blend, a lean toward mocha is more prominent in the middle. There's a more than subtle underpinning of figs, slight prune perhaps, complimented by nutmeg and a hop touch. I may prefer Baltics.

I dare say this porter might be over carbonated, I'm into a heavier porter really. Certainly drinkable, though.

Photo of ZOXXO
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle poured into a tulip glass as my standard pint glasses were loaned out.

A - Poured a very dark but not quite black color with a nice thick foamy tan head. The head dissipates in short order. A splotchy lacing hangs in or several minutes.

S - Chocolate malt with a faint smokey odor.

T - Smoke, coffee, roasted malt and a subtle raison/date flavor.

M - Medium in body and carbonation.

D - Bit bold for quaffing but not too heavy to enjoy more than a single pour.

I found this a more enjoyable brew than Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout. Will definitely be comparing and contrasting this to some future Porters.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.44/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost jet black with a nice head and big chunky lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate and coffee, with a bit of banana and a tart sourness (this beer might be skunked). The taste is of dark chocolate with coffee notes, a good dose of hop bitterness and some funky fruityness. The taste doesnt have the oxidization of the nose but its unusual for a porter and somewhat unbalanced. Maybe its not as dry as Im used to. The mouthfeel is very watery. I think this pales in comparison to Fuller's London Porter, its still good though.... Probably just slightly skunked.

Just a side note: Why do really good breweries like Sam Smith's, Wychwood and Marston's use clear bottles? Im sure it affects the quality of their products to some extent.

Photo of skillerified
3.46/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown with just faint red hues creeping through. Small, short-lived head, tan in color, but it leaves nice rings on the glass.

Faint whisps of coffee and dark malt. A little espresso too. Could use more in this department.

Taste leans toward chocolate and coffee (espresso again). Some light hints of dark berries too. Again, weaker than expected. Not bad, but not particularly remarkable either.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, a little creamy even. Medium carbonation keeps it from being too heavy. Gets a little slick and bitter at the back of the throat after a few sips, but it stays fairly well balanced.

Not the experience I was hoping for, this being "The Famous Taddy Porter" and all, but far from undrinkable/unenjoyable.

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