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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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2,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,523
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 145
Gots: 159 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Raziel313, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

John_Squires, Nov 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

kbrown, Apr 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its been awhile since ive had anything on par with this. dont usually venture into the porter realm. Might be an old bottle, appears slightly overcarbonated and under hopped.
Smells a little bit corn-meally which i did not anticipate. The nutty malts dont taste stale though. Honestly a little of a let down after the first sip, starting to think i should have poured it colder. Very dry, almost harsh finish. Unique, but not special

IPAescotch, Jan 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

ChicagoNick, Feb 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

nickbman, Aug 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

JBarx, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

LoveStout, Mar 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

DrBobPierce, Sep 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

BeerThursdays, Jan 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

jrallen34, Jan 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Alpar, Jul 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

skaboom420, Oct 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Schwarzbart, Feb 24, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
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3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

isitsavage, Oct 20, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown body, almost black with a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Smell was complex but not that great - raisins, almonds, some coffee, some chocolate, and caramel. Smokey and a little wine like aroma. Taste was of coffee, licorice and chocolate. Big coffee aftertaste. Tasted slightly stronger than 5.0 %. Good amount of bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth with light to medium carbonation and a little sticky.

palma, Jan 12, 2004
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3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

DavoleBomb, Nov 09, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Kylito87, Feb 02, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

jujubeast6000, Feb 15, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

MyGoodness, Oct 17, 2007
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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