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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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Reviews: 1,265
Hads: 2,823
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 203
Gots: 327 | FT: 2
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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 tviz33
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550 mL bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours pretty darn black with some red around the edges. A nice big off-white head comes about two inches up on the pour.

S- Sweet caramel, chocolate, and some coffee. Just great.

T- Wonderfully roasty and malty. Just enough hops balances it perfectly. A subtle sweetness starts it off and the finish is anything but abrupt. Molasses, dark chocolate, and roasty malts. This is one solid representation of the style.

M- Medium feel, creamy, tingly. Nice.

O- I expected a good beer when I picked it up, and I may have gotten a great one. The price is right on this one at just over $3, and they're really easy to find. I think I'll be buying more soon.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a big 550ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - As close to black as beer gets. Tan, foamy head that never entirely goes away. Minimal lace.

Smell - Sweet. Roasted coffee beans. Carmel. Very nice.

Taste - Semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee. Carmel. Angostura bitters. Almost smooth/a bit tart. Big, complex, and delicious!

Mouth - Big. Alive. Slightly oily. The carbonation makes it presence known. Wow!

Overall - What a beer! There's a lot going on here. This is what all other Porters hope to taste like when they grow up.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a nicely burnt sienna brown color. Produced a lovely cap of tan froth. Good retention too.

(S)- A nicely rich combo of mildly roasted bread and raisin. It actually reminds me of raisin bread toast (minus the butter).

(T)- Deeper elements of raisin, prune, and molasses present that what was in the smell. Finishes slightly dry and with some subtle toasted nuts.

(M)- A classic mouthfeel for a porter. A bit lighter in body than most of our american interpretations of this style, but it makes it smoother and easier on the palate.

(O)- Its really a classic. Porter lovers need to have this at least once.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is truly a classic English porter and I've been drinking it for nearly 30 years! Nice to see that it's finally in brown bottles.

A: deep, dark with nice tan head, dissipated but held on for awhile
S: deep, roasted, some sulfury notes
T: deep roasted/burnt malt, sulfurish
M: coats the mouth from roasted grains

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only take five beers to Valhalla, Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter would be one of them.

Out pours a dark clean brown porter with a smooth creamy head. There is a fantastic aroma that comes from the West Yorkshire Square Yeast. The taste of roasted malts is one to savor as it gives way to mellow hints of coffee and chocolate. A semi-sweet nutty molasses or butterscotch note lingers in the middle until the dry fruity esters take over at the end.

A Beer, A beer, My Kingdom for a Beer, now If only I could afford to buy this Taddy Porter in Kegs. In conclusion, this is a perfectly blended Porter, one that is generous in both the iconic beauty of beer flavors while yet never being overbalanced in harmonious perfection. Clearly the legacy of Samuel Smith continues till this day and in my opinion stands out as a uniquely proud king of beers without equal.

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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention that leaves a nice lacing
S-faint coffee and chocolate
T-More of the same with the flavors melting together and leaving a nice coffee flavor on the palate
M-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-such a solid beer. could drink this every day.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taddy Porter is nearly opaque and the darkest oily brown color. A layer of tan sits on top and clings beautifully to the glass as well. The most incredible smells fill my nostrils as a breathe in the intoxicating aroma. Toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, and light biscuit notes are present. The nose on this literally resembles a fine dessert. For the flavor, that toffee aspect dominates, but yet again with Samuel Smith's, we get a fantastic level of complexity for a low ABV beer. I can pick up some bittersweet hops, dark fruits, and smokiness along with the flavors previously detected in the aroma. The mouth feel is light to medium, and the finish is dry and pleasant. Another timeless classic... the perfect porter!

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Photo of IrishKevin
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. Deep dark brown in color with a decent tan head.
Aroma of chocolate was noticeable right away, also some coffee in there too.

Medium bodied with a nice malt and milk chocolate taste. Can also get some nice roasted coffee flavors.

Really loved this beer! I need to taste more Porters for comparison, but it was very complex and well balanced. Maybe poured it too cold, but as it warmed the flavors opened up.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trying first time, reviewed live

Poured a menacing, pitch black, no light getting through this roasted monster. Decent head of light-brown foam that rose to almost 2 fingers and settled back at about half.

Smells like a promising porter. Nice roasty notes, a touch of some coffee, a hint of smoke, all wrapped up in that delicious, somewhat dry, porter smell. I don't know the best way to describe it, but most traditional english porter have a distinctive smell that seems to set them way apart from stouts. And this one has it in spades.

Nice. There's a biscuit quality that seems fairly unique to this beer, as well as something almost meaty. There's a faint hint of bitterness underneath the dry flavor, and it comes through in a complex, balanced way. Not many porters have shown this level of complexity while retaining such a simple approach. Very delicious, you can tell this one is traditional.

Mouth is medium for the style, with a thin carbonation that gives this beer a crisp, refreshing feel.
I was very pleased with this beer, it's acclaimed for a reason. Nice and complex, layered with roast and darkness while rounding out with touches of floral bitters. Delicious and satisfying, and generally easy enough to locate.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, almost black. Two, almost three inches, of bounding tan foam. Looks great in that Samuel Smith nonic pint.

Malty and salty. Minerally and with notes of cocoa. Nice hearty roast is evident.

Bitter cocoa, mineral salt, tobacco leaf, wheat germ, sage, and roasted barley. Great porter profile.

Smooth, but hearty, with a load of fine bubbles at play. Simple-bodied and extremely drinkable.

An amazing beer every time. Keep 'em comin'!

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No dates to be found on the bottle, poured into nonic pint

A: Deep, barely transparent mahogany with a fine, tan 1.5 finger head. Slight patchy lacing.

S: Caramel and coffee malts with earthy English hop undertones. Dark chocolate and slight hint of dried figs.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with dark roasted espresso beans. Sweet, faint, caramel and dried figs and raisins. Barely anything in the way of hops. Slight bitterness from the roasted malts lingers in the finish with a tiny hint of honey as well. Excellent.

M: Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Low to moderate carbonation. Sweet, warm, boozy sensations follow.

O: An outstanding English porter; Sam Smith’s doesn’t disappoint. This beer is fairly easy to find, which is a plus, because I could drink this all the time. Drink this proper English beer out of a proper English pint glass and enjoy!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of RppIII
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer was poured from a 355mL bottle into a snifter after sitting at room temperature for 30 minutes. No freshness date or battling date was visible.

Appearance: The beer pours a black with a slightly translucent quality to it. The tan head quickly recedes to a mere pittance of its former glory, or lack there of, but it’s exactly what one would expect of this style. Impressive refined carbonation and a tan, chocolaty ring of head around the glass make this beer look malty and appetizing.

Smell: Simple, beautiful aroma. The Marris Otter that is immediately present reminds me of a recent brew day of a similar style of beer, the smell of grain wafting through the house, clinging to every nook and cranny for days! Bitter chocolate nibs, a slight coffee essence, and maybe some caramel malt make a presence.

Taste: This beer gets progressively better, starting with spot-on style, staying with that theme as it works its way to the impressive flavor. Really well balanced malted grains that add a bit of an acidic bite, and bitter coffee/chocolate nib flavor.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful full mouth carbonation, smooth, creamy and moderately chewy. It quickly dries your mouth out so another drink almost immediately is necessary.

Drinkability: Awesome session beer. At 5% and with such a great, simple flavor and aroma, it’s a no brainer. This is the quintessential template for this style and Samuel Smith couldn’t have done a better job.

March 4, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug

Appearance- Pours a three-finger khaki head; the body is just about pitch black.

Smells- Notes of malt, bread, and maybe some slight molasses and coffee as well.

Taste- Has a nice black coffee sort of flavor at the forefront. Rather bitter with dark grainy notes. Nice and malty.

Mouthfeel- Slick and smooth; low carbonation.

Overall- A great beer with a deep, roasted complexity.

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Photo of BWED
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml poured into an imperial pint.

A- Deep brown, with a thick tan two-finger head, nice and lumpy. Stays thick and globs of lacing are strung around the rim. Reminiscent of the Nut Brown's head. Again, Samuel Smith knows how to create a head.

S- Roasted malt, sweet caramel, with just a slight hint of a hop balance.

T- Malty caramel, and a dash of cocoa. Slight metallic flavor in the finish. There is a hop balance present, but it does a good job to stay in the background.

M- Creamy and quite thick, yet the 5% makes this a smooth drinker.

O- Delicious, drinkable, and full of flavor. Simple. No frills. Just good.

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Photo of scratch69
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Chocolate, raisins, coffee and a hint of alcohol.

Taste- A nice blend of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors with notes of raisins and molasses.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, slightly creamy, and very smooth. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall- A great tasting porter, the flavors are well blended and not too aggressive. One of the best porters that I have tried.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml (1 pint, 2.7 fl oz.) bottle, with no bottled on date present. Expectations are slightly above average, as I've grown fond of nearly every beer I've had from Samuel Smith's thus far. Uncapped and poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark almost black color with the tiniest ruby dot showing through where I am able to discern some bubbles flowing to the top. Nice cap of creamy tan head floating on top. Some nice wispy lacing clinging to the sides. Second pour yielded me a nice two fingers of the same creamy tan head with decent retention.

S - Coffee. Some dark fruit smell like raisins. Slight hint of booze. Definitely some molasses / brown sugar type smell going on.

T - Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied feel. Roasted coffee beans. Some dark fruit / raisin taste and some light nutty flavors. Follows in the wake of the nose very well. A touch of sweetness on the finish.

M - Very dry finish, albeit smooth, crisp, and clean. Nicely balanced, and nicely bodied beer for sure. Like others have said before, it is somewhat on the sweeter side than a lot of porters.

Overall, it is definitely not my favorite Samuel Smith's brew, but it is well-crafted, to be sure. I think I would probably prefer the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale to this one though, but that's just my personal preference. It just didn't impress me as much as some of their other beers have. Still, it is definitely a beer worth checking out, with a modest 5.0% abv and reasonably priced at only $3.99 around Chicago land.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter ---3.5/5

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. An absolutely beautiful looking porter. Blasically black with a 1" tan head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S- Mostly coffee and roated malts. A touch of unsweetened chocolate.

T- Rich coffee and tons of roasted flavor. So much roasted flavor that it comes just to the edge of acidic astringency without going over. This creates some decent bitterness. Tobacco leaf, some raison. Not much hop to speak of an none expected. Very traditional style here.

M- Fairly creamy, mid body. Quite smooth and drinkable. Good carbonation. Mild dryness.

O- Terrific porter. One of my favorites. Quntisential for the style.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The super dark appearance, with a light brown, retained neck is absolutely gorgeous. Makes me feel like I am in England. The aroma is dominated by tones of coffee and toast, and the taste also brings a background bread-like character. The medium, sly body is very well balanced with the hopness. At the end, a sensation of expresso and slight hopness among the teeth is very pleasing - just like the whole experience with this beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 4/13/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, molasses, brown bread, raisin, light roasted malt, earth, and light herbal hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; fairly light on strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, light nuttiness, earth, and herbal hops. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of nicely robust flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English porter. Very nice robustness and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a decent head at pour. Little lacing. Aroma is smoked with the presence of pepper. Good flavor - definitely heavier, dark malts. Faint dark chocolate. Starts with a pleasant smoky flavor, then finishes with a slight chocolate but oddly also slightly sour flavor.

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Photo of beerme626
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Big Cat Liquors in Lexington, poured into a porter/stout glass (oversized drinking glass)

A: Opaque near-black brown. Nice dark tan head, with decent lacing. Looks nice.
S: I, who can smell next to nothing, love the smell of this beer. It has a rich, chocolately nose with hints of easy malt. Lovely. Exquisite.
T: Thick, rich porter taste, though sweeter than some.
M: A little flat on the tongue, but still full and fantastic
O: An excellent beer. Wowza.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that hits you about a Samuel Smith beer is the attractive regal presentation of the bottle. Next I noticed the gargantuan of aromas flowing up from the Taddy. Coffees, chocolates and some heavy sweets like molasses, licorice or old bittersweet candies rising from the very dark brown to black beer with a nice head. This brew has probably one of the strongest aroma that I ever encountered in the beer world outside of a ridiculous extreme beer idea. .

The texture is what I describe as -- porter like. This is not a thick rich stout. Instead, Taddy is more like a thinned stout or thickened ale. What a Porter probably should be? Maybe it is a little thin for me.

The taste is strong, bold, and rich. A good balance of sweet malts against bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. The bold flavors risked a too gritty result. But don't despair. Alas, we have a wonderful balance of flavors here. That molasses aroma leaves a very similar after taste. Now I know why this Taddy is famous.

Drink this bold English Taddy Porter to one of the best bold English+ bands ever. Play some Barry Guy and his London Jazz Composer Orchestra Theoria cd! Straight ahead no stops.


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Photo of arfenhouse
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A:Close to black amber with tan head. Nice big head with average lacing.

S: I'm getting dark fruit here. Ripened vinous grape with some raisin. Fruit is backed by a bitter chocolate.

T: Dark grape comes in first, a touch of banana. In the middle there's some typical malt sweetness. Finishes with a very slight bitterness of roasted grains.

M: Slight thickness and low carbonation. Has a creamy feel and is very wet.

O: A good porter that is worthwhile. Wasn't blown away as I thought I would be but I found a decent porter that is well priced. Try it if you could get it for cheap.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.