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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,531 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,531
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 146
Gots: 160 | 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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3/5  rDev -28.2%

jakesingleton, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

drmullen, Jan 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Houser, Jun 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

mjgrady, Jun 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

caljrjr, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Amis, Aug 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

mmilyko, Aug 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

tdatt43, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

psm90, Feb 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

emakings, Feb 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

equincel, Mar 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

SPE1443, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. In the aroma, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes. In the taste, sweet roasted malt and chocolate and coffee hints, a bit watery though. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. Nice roast, but a bit thin, although still good for and English Porter.

OWSLEY069, Dec 22, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tall glass. Color was a deep, burnt caramel brown with a half inch foamy head. Nearly opaque. Very pretty.

Smelled of malt and hops, with maybe a touch of grape scent. I must admit I have trouble picking out diverse smells, but the overall aroma was good.

Taste: sweet at first, reminded me of sugared coffee, malt, and molasses. Moist and slightly bitter, but with an unpleasant sour aftertaste. Consistency was thin. Quite filling, much like a stout.

This is the first English porter I've tried, and I can't say I was terribly impressed. The bottle may have been off a bit, as there was a decidedly sour aftertaste that may not be typical. All in all not a terrible beer; I wouldn't decline it if free, but can find better brews for $3. I would like to try it on tap to see if the sour flavor remains or if I simply had bad luck.

kkipple, Sep 13, 2005
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3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porter is such a vast category that knocking this on it's stylistic merits would seem kinda wrong. I guess I just don't like that buterscotchy-caramelly-sweetish flavor that all the sam smiths I've tasted have had---this one escpecially. Pours dark dark brown and goes down very smoothly.
I am not a big fan of this one. It does seem, however, and thankfully, that SS imperial stout actually benefits from this quality. There they stepped up the hops to accomodate there thick sweet beers.

SigEp, Nov 20, 2003
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3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great slick black appearance, slightly oil looking. Light brown colored head with some minor lacing on the sides. A burnt milk chocolate smell was nicely permeating from the drink. If only the taste was equal to the nice aroma: a little watery and light compared to a dense chocolate taste I was hoping. Mouthfeel, perhaps, is the main culprit in the odd taste with its light, watery texture with no real creamy aspect. The carbonation is also a bit off for my palate. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel allows it to be light enough not too much of a brick in the stomach. Overall, surprisingly imbalanced.

fitzy84, Feb 14, 2009
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3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark brown/black body. When held up to the light, looks like a very dark cherry cough syrup. The head is a fluffy light tan affair with a lot of staying power and some lacing.

Aroma - Lots of sweetness, and I don't mean malt sweetness either. Strong roasted coffee notes, and some chocolate. Smells a little sweet for a porter, but I usually drink American porters.

Taste - Nice. Stong roasted flavor with a sweetness in the middle. Some chocolate flavors, not as sweet as I expected. Nice acidic burn to.

Mouthfeel - For a porter, I'd say the body is a bit light, and the carbonation a bit high. Overall, pretty good though..

Drinkability - Pretty good. There are much better, but much worse porters out there.

theopholis, Jul 21, 2007
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3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.

A: Pours jet black with massive 4 finger tan head

S: Slight roast, coffee, hint of chocolate, a bit of hops and a bigger caramel sweetness, but all pretty muted.

T: Slight roast, touch of coffee and a bit of a hoppy aftertaste, but mostly just a briny sourness and bittersweet taste going on

O: Very average porter. Wouldn't buy again and not SS's best.

Krakistophales, Sep 03, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is very disappointing to say the least. First off, let me ask the question, "Why does Samuel Smith continue to use clear bottles?" Without a doubt it effects the flavor. Dark brown/black with a tan head. Not a very strong nose. Smells lightly of buttery coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rather flat, and not what I expected. Coffee and slightly acidic, although it has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Call me crazy, but I just didn't care for this too much.

Admiraldinty, Oct 23, 2003
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3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, some vegetal notes, and bready malt. Flavor is predominantly bready malt and some roasted notes, but this really isn't like your typical porter. Weak palate. Meh, I'm not digging this.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 11, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a bit of an off white head. Not much lacing to be found. Nose is overloaded with toffee and has some roasted malt, coffee, and light chocolate in the background. The taste really brings the toffee and caramel forward without regard to the better roasted characteristics that are in the background. Medium body with good carbonation. Not the best balance of flavors.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black and the light that gets through is a ruby red shade. Big cream colored head that dissolves slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Very unique smell. Malts. Something sweet - smells a little like yeast but it's a type I'm not familiar with.

The beer, unfortunately, comes off as a little flat and uninteresting. More like a mild English ale than a porter. This porter doesn't come at you with smokiness or chocolate flavors. And that's fine, but I'm also not getting the "dry, tangy character" mentioned on the bottle. I'm not getting much "character," period. It's just an average tasting beer. The mouthfeel is boring - too watery.

For all that, it's a drinkable beer - inoffensive, easy to drink, looks quite nice on the way down.

jar2574, Feb 19, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent porter. I am unsure of the freshness, however. Looks beautiful in the glass. It shows a near black with only the slightest hint of amber when held up to the light. The head is perfect. Nice and thick, very retentive. Lacing is good, could be better, but no big whoop.

The smell is primarily of caramel malt with a hint of black patent. Fairly sweet with a slight soy sauce flavor. The taste follows along fairly well, but the soy is more pronounced, along with a very light sourness. Not out of style, but it could stand to use some more chocolate malt to help take the edge off of the caramel sweetness and soy sauce without adding too much roast. Also, I am assuming that is probably isn't the freshest sample, as it came from one of my friends who works at a restaurant who gave it to me in exchange for a ride home in the rain.

Fairly thin. A little more residual sweetness than I would care for in the style, but other than that it isn't bad. Far from the best english porter I've had, but far from the worst as well.

neonbrown82, Nov 30, 2006
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3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I found the taste and mouthfeel a bit thin. There was a bit of skunk in the taste as well. Weak head. Perhaps I was spoiled by the Young's Oatmeal Stout I had consumed the prior day, because this porter was inferior in every respect to the Young's.

That said, this is certainly not a bad beer. Better than many. But nothing I'd go out of my way for.

wanker, Oct 10, 2006
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,531 ratings.