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

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,219 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2219
Reviews: 1211
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%


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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DKRowden

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into point glass. It has a black appearance with low to no transparency and a small tan head. It has a hoppy and roasted malt smell. It has a very roasted taste with a medium maltiness. It has a creamy mouth feel with a wet finish. Overall it's a nice porter with a good roasted character.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:46:25 | More by DKRowden
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Catracho5

California

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 18.7 ounce Victorian bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, creamy tan head with tiny bubbles, beautiful lacing even all around the glass, dark, nice head retention despite some shrinkage.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt smell up front, not overpowering, fruity smell on the back, cherry like aroma, not a heavy aroma like a stout a bit lighter.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, some bitterness, not much, fruity dark cherry flavor on the back, great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Of the Sam Smith's beers I have tried this appears to me the most impressive, they have smooth creamy feel, some carbonation, their beers flow smoothly through the palate.

Overall: Awesome porter, very drinkable, 5%, not as bitter or roasted as some American porters but the balance is great, world class English porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:22:52 | More by Catracho5
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter

Ol' school

Poured into 10oz snifter

A: Awesome and inviting. Very dark for a low abv porter. Not quite black but dark as far as porters go.

S: Roasted malts, figs, cherries as well as other dark fruits.

T: Taste is very flavorful for a porter. This is not my favorite style but Taddy bings it's A game for sure. To me most porters are watery. Taddy is not.

M: Medium-sized feel. Somewhat creamy

O: A very common offering that never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:21:17 | More by GOBLIN
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice lacing and black-brown color.

S - Delicious aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate.

T - Bitter coffee, subtle spiciness rather than sweetness in taste.

M - Dry finish that goes well withe spicy taste. Nice.

O - A superb porter that deserves the title of "famous." Always a winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:42:27 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Retroman40

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass as garage (60F) temperature.

A - Pours a very deep black with a while foamy head that retreated to random clinging and lacing.

S - Coffee and chocolate with malt as the beer warms. Maybe even a hint of vanilla.

T - A sweet combination of coffee and chocolate.

M - Rather thick for this type of beer but it works. The carbonation level is medium. Very smooth feel all the way down.

O - This is a very decent English Porter. This would really go well with the Shepard's Pie that my wife loves to make.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 10:53:38 | More by Retroman40
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MECove

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with lots of lacing and froth. A promising allure in aroma, sweet, smooth but not heavy, a bite in the aftertaste. Easy to drink quickly.

"A very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted malt, yeast, and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares.' The type of beer first brewed in the early 18th century; gained its name from being drunk by porters in the fish, meat, and other produce markets."

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:39:55 | More by MECove
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a mug.

A: pours pitch black and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within about twenty seconds. Light somewhat clingy foamy lacing tries to cling and does but is kind of all over the place

S: roasty through some coffee and chocolate notes, light malts come in as it warms, and I even get some light vanilla (intentional or not, I don't know, but I like it)

T: mainly sweet and roasty through the coffee and chocolate, and gives off a dark creamy sticky roasty aftertaste, dry sticky finish

M: sits about a medium to heavy on the mouth and tongue, sessionable - hmmm... maybe, but perhaps not as much as some other porters on the market, carbonation is extremely smooth and ends up giving off a nice creamy aspect coating the rest of the mouth and tongue eloquently

O: wow, this is a very nice English Porter that I would have again and another beer by Samuel Smith that I would still love to have next to some fish and chips.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 21:29:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
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BierJager89

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with a creamy brown head.

S: Roasty malt, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate in the nose.

T: Very smooth roasty malty flavor with dark chocolate and dark roast coffee.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Delicious, though it has been years since I last had this. Perhaps a bit overrated, but definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:48:28 | More by BierJager89
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Mojo

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - beautiful black pour with an initial one finger head fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and pretty decent lacing.

S - rich chocolate nose, really a treat for the olfactory.

T - This is a milder porter than many of its American cousins. Very sweet and malty with a small roasted nut flavor and a very clean finish.

M - virtually no aftertaste. A little thin as porters go but plenty of carbonation.

O - if there is a better English Porter, I want to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:25:15 | More by Mojo
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ZoomanCru

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taddy Porter – Porter (5%) - Samuel Smith's Brewing Co. (England)
☆☆☆☆½

App: Very dark pour, practically black with a big, two finger dark tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a steady half finger ring with high sparse lacing.

Smell: Dry, chocolatey roastiness dominates with no mentionable hop aroma. Bouquet is medium-low, clean and pleasant. Some deep caramel notes high in the nose as the brew begins to warm. Slightest hints of phenols. Hints of dark bread such as Pumpernickel.

Taste: Deceptively sweet in the foretaste, blooming to a deep and complicated malt profile with aggressive notes of roasted grain, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. Slight creaminess really compliments the somewhat bitter and acrid taste of the roasted barley. Finishes very dry with only the slightest hops bite and a lingering bitterness that is low on the palate like espresso. The best porter I've ever had.

Mouth: Very smooth mouthfeel counterbalanced by the slight dryness created from the roasted grains. Carbonation is medium-low and very creamy.

Home tasting, 550ml bottle into Snifter glass. 1/27/14

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 00:53:30 | More by ZoomanCru
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob

Florida

4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn fine beer. Haven't had this one in a while and thought it was time when I came across it today. Poured in a Duvel tulip... Black as night... Aroma makes me think of an iron fist in velvet glove... Aftertaste lingers after initial sip-- in a good way...

Yeah, for me, this is pretty much the gold standard for porters. I'm sure there's plenty out there I haven't tried, but until then, I'm sticking with this. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 19:35:26 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Old Brewery Tadcaster 'The Famous Taddy Porter' @ 5.0% , served from a lot of 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a pure brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small tan/off white head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-bitter baker's chocolate

T-good English porter , with hints of cherries in the middle and bitter baker chocolate on the swallow

MF-decent/good carbonation , almost full body , a bitterness lingers on the palate

Ov-good beer , real good English porter , treat yourself

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 07:41:50 | More by LampertLand
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spokeydonkey

New York

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small sample glass (splitting with family). In this glass, it's dark ruby when held up to a light with a decent tan head.

Smells roasty, nutty with a little spice. Tastes mildly malty sweet up front, followed up with some smoky roast. Finishes with mild sweetness and a touch of hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy drinking. Light carbonation.

Overall a delicious, easy drinking, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 20:06:10 | More by spokeydonkey
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from the 18.7 ounce bottle into a sampler on Christmas Day. A moderate pour produces a one inch creamy tan head which dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some attractive lacing. The beer is a very deep brown with moderate carbonation. The color can only be discerned under a strong light, as the beer almost looks black in normal light.

I get a faint peaty aroma in the nose along with some dark fruit. The flavor is also slightly peaty, at least initially, but is dominated by semi-sweet malt flavors, including dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and a little caramel. The mouthfeel is creamy and tingly, with light lingering bittersweetness on the tongue. Nice burpy malty aftertastes. The flavors are relatively subdued compared to an American porter, but there is plenty of complexity to enjoy.

This seems like a fine example of an English porter, though my experience is rather limited. It's definitely a good beer to celebrate a festive occasion with.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:48:42 | More by archyquaffer
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janubio

Spain

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle, pours, a black colour with a big head and there's always a ring and lace. Smell of chocolate, coffee, caramel, liquorice and some burnt wood. Creamy palate, so not full, taste is the same as smell, burnt notes more accentuated, but all is there: chocolate, coffee, caramel, and liquorice. Bitterswwet finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 22:18:02 | More by janubio
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 550mL bottle at Total Wine a few weeks ago. No freshness date. Poured into Murphy's Red glass. Three fingers of tan head erupts. Very dark amber when held up to light. Otherwise, seems dark brown or borderline black. Smells decadent. Plum, fig, dark cherries licorice, treacle, burnt sugars, soft roast. Earthy, woody hop aroma. Classic fruity English yeast.

Tastes roast with chocolate & toffee. Caramel some faint fruit character. Adequately hopped as bitterness follows in at the end of the upfront sweet fruity flavors. Amazingly drinkable. Medium bodied by perceptively heavier. Seems like it has the classic hard water profile.

An absolutely great beer. Classic example of an English Porter. Would love to try this fresh or on cask someday. Put it on the bucket list.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:32:39 | More by jwhancher
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

18.7 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pitch black body with creamy cappuccino 4 finger head. Tons of lacing.

S: Chocolate malt in the nose as well as carmel and toffee, dark fruit makes an appearance as well.

T: Dark chocolate with the bitterness of coffee.

M: Creamy texture, goes down easy with medium carbonation. I wish it was thicker.

O: Excellent example of the style. I would absolutely buy again. If it had a thicker body and few extra ABV points it would be a world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 00:55:06 | More by watermelon
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augustgarage

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear bistre body with auburn highlights capped by a thin layer of khaki cream. Light lacing; good retention.

Gentle aroma of toffee, coffee and cream, and toast along with a subdued earthy/grassy note from hops. Very inviting.

Fruit flavors from the yeast are joined by an array of malt notes from the biscuity base flavors to the more complex heavily kilned elements. A slight tartness is detected throughout and marries well with the tea-like elements from the roast malt. Finish becomes more complex as it unfurls as the malt flavors become increasingly differentiated (toffee, toast, scones with a touch of jam and butter, etc.). Fairly dry but very well balanced.

Silky mouth-feel gives a sense of body despite this being an otherwise relatively light ale.

Expertly crafted from pure ingredients using a unique fermentation style gives this ale a special character that while subtle is not found in other examples of the style. Would love to try this on cask someday. Rated to style, it would be difficult to surpass (though I might prefer Meantime's London Porter over all).

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 20:36:06 | More by augustgarage
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FLima

Brazil

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a thick three finger caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor of roasted malts with coffee notes. Hints of earthy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits and condiments.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Nice Porter, flavorful but not heavy. Very flexible, it could be a session beer or for slow drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:43:48 | More by FLima
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GMB

Japan

3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter yields a coffee-colored body that refuses to let through any light, even when held up to a bright lamp. The brew's cappuccino head is tall and craggily, but it falls faster than expected. Once flattened, however, it does leave behind an appealingly sticky ring of foam.

The nose of this bottle isn't particularly appealing. Strong metallic smells dominate; roasted aromas don't come through.

Fortunately, the taste doesn't follow at all. Metallic flavors don't emerge until the tail of the back end, and even then are minimal. Unsweetened cocoa and a hint of ground French roast coffee mingle with very mild thyme-like flavors and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full without being glutinous. In fact, the feel is light enough to lend support the brew's light herbal notes.

The taste of this beer has convinced me that Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a masterful rendition of the style. The metallic nose leads me to suspect that there was something wrong with my bottle. I'll pick up another soon and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 20:10:38 | More by GMB
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium or maybe slightly bigger head slowly settles above a clear dark amber brown to blackish colored beer.

Light aroma of dark chocolates and lighter coffee style malts.

Caramel with dark chocolates with mocha with bits of coffee taste.

This full bodied beer has a slight dryish aftertaste that brings along some of the rich tastes of this porter.

A really good beer, might be a wee bit heavy for most new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:22:28 | More by LXIXME
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for about $3.50. I have had this before but never reviewed it until today

A - Massive head like 1/2 inch of deep mocha goodness. Very dark for such a low ABV porter just a mild bit of ruby hue at the base.
S - Classic dry porter yeasts, smokey body with mild ash, some chocolate and cocoa notes. Mildly sour but mostly sweet. A great mesh of everything.
T - Not as sweet as state side porters but it has a great mesh of mild roasts and chocolates. Some dark fruit notes meet a but of fruity dry yeasts. Tasty.
M - Light to medium in no way watery. Somewhat session able.

Overall quite a tasty porter worth picking up but at the price I would stick to local offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:37:01 | More by DrDemento456
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Premo88

Texas

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass (550 ml)
(SF27M1 printed on bottle = June 27, 2013 born-on date)

L: huge dark tan head pops up from almost pitch black brew; the head is over an inch, pushing 1 2/3 inches and super thick; brew shows amber around edges when held up to light but otherwise 100% black; slight amount of stick off the head, but generally not a ton of lacing; big bubbly collar

S: suprisingly yeasty for all the malt, and the malt is suprisingly light considering the color; prunes and a hint of raisin as it warms, but there's a lot of buttery walnut/bready malt sweetness like a standard brown ale; screams "English ale!"; dark chocolate

T: burnt malt ... it's got that fantastic charred-wood taste, like smoke from a barbecue pit firing pecan wood; chocolate, a hint of raisin, though the taste doesn't follow the nose 1-to-1 on the raisin note (much more raisiny in the nose, way less in the taste)

F: silky but not lumpy; holds on to just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat; suprisingly light

O: my stout/porter experience is skewed to the higher ABV/American end of the spectrum, so a lot of things about this one surprise me; it's overall a bit lighter than my expectations -- "lighter" meaning closer to sweet bready malts than licorice/raisins. bottom line: it's everything you could want in a good English malt bomb with a fantastic smoky sweetness that tends almost to feel nutty, like a roasted brown ale

for some personal context, i like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout better. it's a cross-style comparison but the Oatmeal Stout is a bit more like chocolate and coffee; the Taddy Porter here is darker, a bit more burnt. BOTH are fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:31:34 | More by Premo88
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jpro

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle from Northbridge Piggly Wiggly. Poured into an imperial pint glass...

A: Black; opaque and shadowy; peanut shell cap of foam, about 1.5 fingers in thickness; nice retention leaves a few strands of lace; THIS is a porter.

S: Light coffee liqueur; tangy; I want to smell more roasted malt... coffee and chocolate... but not really getting much. Perhaps there is some coffee bean.

T: There’s some roasted malt; dark chocolate; espresso notes; lively, bitter tang on the end - perhaps due to the acridity of the roasted malt instead of hop character.

M: Moderate feel; high carbonation... yet chewy and satisfying; it has a really nice feel that’s more crisp than sweet.

O: A very nice, classic porter; great look and feel; taste is pretty much the blueprint for the style; enjoyable, tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:47:19 | More by jpro
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Jetulio

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... black beer with head colour beige of more than 2 fingers
Aroma... roasted and smoked malt, caramel. Fresh malty aroma
Taste... liquorices flavour in mouth with sugar cane and caramel notes and smoked malt , but not too much sweetness
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice porter, hops are present in a light style. Balanced in mouth even with a strong presence of liquorices and caramel

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 17:15:54 | More by Jetulio
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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,219 ratings.