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

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Reviews: 1,259
Hads: 2,787
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 190
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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 TongoRad
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown/ black color with a thick tan head which lingers a bit and then drops to about a quarter inch and stays there.

Amazingly complex aroma, possibly this beer’s best attribute, featuring coffee, licorice, vanilla, butterscotch, plums, figs and more.

Rich flavor with a significant amount of bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering fruit and roasted malt.

A truly exceptional beer. (413 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.44/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml gold foil topped clear bottle sans freshness dating. Pours a very dark ruby-tinged blackness with a voluminous tan head that persists forever and leaves lace sheets on the glass. Aromas are very muted and tough to pick out, even when warmed to near room temperature. Whiffs of chocolate, caramel, vanilla?, and even some smoked dark fruit are noted. Flavor is not a robust as I'd expected. Perhaps I am unfairly judging this style (the first "English Porter" I've sampled), but it just didn't strike me as that tasty. There's the usual suspects of choclate, some cocoa powder, a dash of bittering hops, and some caramel, but nothing astounding. Mouthfeel was on the thinner side as well. Drinkable, but not like other porters I've had. (741 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How can beer like this come from a clear bottle and be great all of the time? This poured a deep brown, almost black with just slight ruby highlights. Nice tan head that left a fair amount of lace. Smells are chocolate, maybe with a slight hint of licorice. Taste is a nice roasty maly, with some buttery flavors. Fairly dry at the end with minimal bitterness. Slights hints of coffee. Medium body, with nearly creamy mouthfeel. This beer is so very easy to drink. What a classic. It had been a while since I had this. It will not be nearly as long before I have it again. (572 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a clear 12 oz bottle and served in a pint glass. This beer is a classic. Gold foil on the top of the bottle and cap with white, red and black colors blending in the front label design.

Jet black color. Looks like decarbonated cola. Mini off-brown color head. The aroma is a combo of dark chocolate, wood, and toffee.

Taste is complex with certain flavors like molasses, espresso, and roasted malt all showing up. Very smooth and tasty. High drinkability level.

As usual for Samuel Smiths, this is one expensive 4 pack. However, this beer is a treat. I shared this with a friend many years ago for the first time and as I grow a greater appeciation for this beer the more I have it. Excellent beer. (725 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black trimmed with scarlet. The head is tan, plush and huge. And it clings something fierce.
The nose is a spot-on liquid version of raisin-adorned, chocolate rum cake. It also showcases traces of butter, burnt figs, and tobacco. Or in other words, it smells quite similar to their Imperial Stout. In still other words, it smells flawless.
Begins with a deluge of earthy maltiness. Leather, dried tobacco leaves, and dirt. Dark fruits ease themselves into place, shown through creeping prunes and black raisins. Buttered dough provides canvas, but not much more. Traces of milky sourness materialize, making this seem "aged" or "old" and how I'd imagine a historically accurate porter would taste. Molasses-coated carobs control the later portions, and segue to some minor vanilla and hazelnut flourishes before being relieved by the entourage of drying, bitter herb hops.
This is enclosed in a medium body that is both glassy smooth and airy enough for limitless consumption.
Easily the sexiest porter to have ever crossed these lips.
What a jewel! (1,057 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, clear, 'victorian pint'

Pours with a dark brown body, light brown tan head, good retention and size, little lacing

Smell, burnt coffee, choclatly esters coming off, slight hint of malt sweetness

Taste, dry and full of dark coffee, slight bitternes and a dark chocolate finish, appley at lower temps

A very good porter, not quite up there with the baltics like sinebyrchoff (398 characters)

Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (from a four pack)

Pours extremely dark red, pitch black looking unless you put it up to a light. Large mocha head with great retention. Not much lace, but a few spots here and there.

Smell is chocolate malts, apple and port. A good mix of flavors there, pretty impressive.

Taste is again sweet chocolate malt with a roasted edge. A little acididity and caramel in there too.

Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is pretty low which I think goes well with a heavy malt beer like this one. Body matches the smell and taste, not too heavy or light.

Other than the price this is one very drinkable beer. Should go well with pork tenderloin and ribeye. (674 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is thick, brownish and very smooth with fine dense bubbles. The body is of a very dark brown, and even black color, totally opaque. I could see myself "in colors" in the glass as I was trying to judge the appearance of the brew.

The smell is very enjoyable: roasted dark malts, nice nuances of chocolate, coffee, and a great nutty aspect. It reminded me a bit of some cereal bread with some bacon bites. Some fruity esters were noticeable at first, but their aroma faded when the bread with bacon bites became more noticeable.

The taste reminded me mostly of some good dark chocolate; some aspects of coffee, and enjoyable sweet hints of fruits. The bacon bites are still present in the taste, and it makes me happy. The bready aspect shows more toasted notes than in the smell, on the edge of burnt. Some aspects reminded me of the Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, and with a very chewy hoppiness lasting in the mouth. A very good beer. (997 characters)

Photo of koolk
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wickedly dark in colour that gives off a nice brown sheen in teh light. Good head that sticks for a minute, with good lacing.

Fantastic nose of dark roasted malts, sweet black fruit, anise and many other spices and dark aroms that build up and wind together in a very very enjoyable way.

Full and thick palate tht is long with a ripper of an aftertaste. Dark roasted flavours on the back palate. A nice grip leads to flavours of roast, toast, chocolate, coffee...you name it, it is here.

A damn good porter and a fantastic beer. (537 characters)

Photo of noclue
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, almost black. Tall, creamy head with decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee aromas.

Taste: Strong roasted malt taste. Fig and molasses flavors compliment the chocolate and coffee very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: at 5%ABV and great taste and texture, this is a very drinkable brew. Very good. (372 characters)

Photo of diablo14
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golly this is one hell of a beer. it has everything going for it. i just cant get enough of this brew. if its not the best porter ive ever drank i cant think of too many that would challenge it.

its look is as black as the ace of spades, insistent tan head, gentle
carbonation. the smell is thick and roasty, with malts, chocolate and toasted almonds. flavor is of like nature, but backed with a rich forest and dried fruit taste that is full, and blended with all other elements is something else! intensely complex! hops come into the picture to balance everything up in fine fashion. crisp, but doesnt take away from the relative viscousity of the brew. and fair dinkum, you could drink this baby alll night long. an absolute pearler.

i dont know what everyone else is drinking these days, but for me right now, this is one of the premier beers in my rotation. sammy smiths only come into my solar system on rare occasions, and while its here, im drinking effusively from that fountain. and the taddy porter is one thats demanded my respect and drinking time. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black/brown with a tan-brown head that begins at about 1" and then settles somewhat. Nice head retention for this beer type. Aroma- roasty malty, and slightly smoky. A little chocolate. Flavor is not as strong as you would think by looking at it. Nice and malty with strong reminders of sweet German black bread. Aroma profiles also follow through into the flavor. Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability is very good. (422 characters)

Photo of DPMomutant
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice big and lasting head on this one. Clings as it lowers and very creamy. Body is black as the night outside.

I get a faint smell of dark coffee, but not much else. A bit of warming picks up a bit of fruit, coffee smell is a bit stronger. It isn't bad, I just expected a bit more.

The taste is kind of light for a porter. Toasty malt in the beginning, the coffee comes in the middle. Is that a dark grape aftertaste? Pretty good though.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but overall this beer goes down good. A bit bitter but not much.

This is a good enough beer for a session, and isn't too strong so I'd say it's decently drinkable. I'll have it now and again even though it isn't my favorite porter. (710 characters)

Photo of WetCoaster
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, very deep nut brown with 1.5 fingers of tan, rocky head. Excellent head retention. Thin, clingy lace. Mild carbonation.

Smell: Wow. Immediate blast of yeasty bread. Moves on to Fuji apple, sherry, cabernet (?!), malt, burnt coffee, cola, baked bread--there's just layer upon layer here. Very complex and unusual; I've never smelled anything quite like it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt hits the tongue first with a nice, albeit somewhat mild combination of smoke and sweetness. Quickly, the flavor is overwhelmed by yeasty batter and hops. Bitterness hits HARD in the finish with a drying, almost chicory flavor. A slightly winey flavor emerges as it warms. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and the carbonation is generally meek, although it can be a bit sharp at times. Go figure.

Drinkability: It's got a lot of flavor, a light body and a fairly low ABV, so it's quite easy to drink. However, the brutally bitter finish is a bit much for me.

This is a well-made and complex porter, but I can't take the bitterness at the end. I "get" this beer, but it's not for me. (1,086 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, tan, noisy, active head collapses doughily. Black beer with garnet highlights. One or two spots of lacing. Toffee molasses in the tangy, sweet, creamy nose and front. Sweet, creamy molasses in the light middle. Finishes dry, sourish with a little coffee and nice bitterness. Coffee aftertaste. This is a nice, light porter. Very good. (339 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-accented mahogany with very little light penetration. The head is large, light chocolate milk in color and semi-stiff. It's pitting like crazy on top and is taking forever to deflate. An above average amount of chunky lace decorates the glass.

The aroma is of roasted malt and cocoa/chocolate and would be better if it was stronger. A very good porter. Dark roasted malty on the palate with flavors of semi-sweet chocolate covered caramels. There's a small splash of coffee in the background and a mild hoppiness, both of which add to the complexity of the flavor profile.

The finish is shorter than I'd like. When a beer is this good, I want it to hang around a bit longer. The body is 'porter medium' at best. Even a slightly bigger body would be of benefit in keeping the wonderful flavor front and center where it belongs. The quaffability quotient is on the high side; I hadn't noticed that the bottle is nearly empty.

The Famous Taddy Porter deserves its fame. It's classic and it's damn good. Attractive appearance, subdued nose, delicious flavor, medium body, highly drinkable. Sounds like a winner to me. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black brew with the standard ruby color when held up to a strong light.

Smell is sweet and very fruity, VERY similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Lots of cherry, plum and black licorice scent.

The flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, with chocolate and coffee. Taste is well rounded for a Porter; this one isn't a dark beer syrup like some others. It also isn't a harsh beer with a burned flavor.

Exceedingly drinkable brew, tasty with no harshness, and a moderate alcohol content. (506 characters)

Photo of Soybomb
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark, a little violet or deep red when held to the light, almost black away from it, forms a nice creamy tan head of about an inch that quickly drops to a ring and very thing top layer

smell: roasted malt and coffee

taste and mouthfee: the roasted malt and chocolate flavors come out first, and drops off to a light coffee after taste, hop flavor is balanced well with the malt, but the malt is the star, medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable

notes: my first porter even though I love stouts, I liked it quite a bit (544 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first porter review, actually the first porter I've tasted.

A: Pours out an extremely dark color, black with some (what appears to me, at least) crimson in there. Initial 1" tan-caramel colored head which dissipated after a few swigs.

S: Dark roasted coffee smell right up front. Some caramel and very light hop smells in the background.

T: Bitter coffee at first taste with enough maltiness to make it a nice experience. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness that isn't too overwhelming.

M: Full and chewy. This is a heavier beer than I'm used to drinking but I could learn to love it. Nice coating feel to it. ETOH and CO2 levels are nicely done.

D&N: A nice intro to the world of Porters. Max @ D's Hot Dogs recommended this one. I'm glad I listened to him. Tasty, complex, and a really nice beer. (817 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out extremely dark, almost black. nice red tint when held to the light. decent off white head, looks tastey. aromas are rich, coffee and toffee, dark malt...dark chocolate, light hopping. nice. smooth in the mouth, has good body, a hefty brew but not overly so. flavors are much like the nose with a def. semi sweet/dark chocolate flavor, some sweeter toffee like notes come in as well. a small but balanced hop bitterness seems to even things out and it finishes with a light coffee aftertaste. pretty damn drinkable, there are better porters out there IMO, but this is still a top notch brew that deserves the respect it seems to get. high five sammy smith. (665 characters)

Photo of Doiv
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby to tan with a big creamy tan head. Aroma is of roasted hops, dark fruits like black cherries, and a little coffee.

Taste is of roasted hops, marmite/vegemite, coffee, honey, and something more leafy, a little like cabbage, that I couldn't quite identify.

Finish is warm with dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, like a good porter should be, and the drinkability is great. (407 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep brown almost black in color. Nice head and a beautiful looking porter
smell: smells of carmel, coffee, and malt make it tempting the nose
taste: wonderful taste of carmel and very easy to drink.
One of the best porters I've had. Lives up to it's reputation (277 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, dark brown with crisp, rich ruby highlights glinting at the edges. A dense three fingers of light tan head bursts upwards and ebbs gradually to a frothy crater. Sticky loops of lacing cling valiantly to the inside of the glass.

The rich aroma of chocolate blankets a roasted malt sweetness. A vinous quality lurks underneath, along with a mellow coffee bitterness. A lighter cocoa note lingers at the finish.

On first sip, a rounded roasted malt sweetness slinks in and soon mingles with chocolate and an earthy dark coffee presence. A grapey sherry character flexes a bit in the middle along with a well-cooked dark caramel note. The finish is populated by an understated lingering hops bitterness.The overall flavor is rich and warm. It's balanced and artfully blended.

Medium bodied, it slides across the palate, slick and a little oily, and leaves a pleasant memory of what it delivered.

Let's face it, it's a legend, and it is damned good. That said, it's not tremendous, but still, as a long-time standard, it is a classic. It has the rich earthy elements you want in a porter, in a nice balance. Strong across the board, it's just what you expect, and drinking another is easy, enjoyable, and very likely. It's maybe not as big as many of its American brethren, but it is faithful to the style and it goes down smooth. It's a trusty beer to turn to when you want to get down to basics. (1,425 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe the clear bottle had encouraged some ill flavors to develop, but I wasn't as impressed by this beer as I had hoped to be. The appearance was wonderful -it was dark with good head retention. It smelled of coffee and chocolate. The flavors began with a nice medley of coffee and chocolate but the long finish passed through some rougher territory - almost whiskey alcohol notes and some buttery flavors. It was a complex porter, but not exactly ideal. (455 characters)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.