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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

2,224 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2224
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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StevieW

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. clear bottle.
Midnight black color. Rich creamy thick beige head. Bubbly and full. Head settled slowly and laced the glass nicely. Smell was a rich, deep roasted bitterness. Subtle roasted chocolate malt sweetness. Taste had a slightly sweet, molasses syrupy undertone, but dominated by a rich roasted bitter full flavor. Roasted bitter taste is right on, and very appealing. Highly carbonated, bubbly feel, doesn't distract. Medium to full bodied, rich, but still drinkable. Flavors don't fade or thin, but become fuller as the beer warms.
Classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 18:23:56 | More by StevieW
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TexIndy

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-review on 12-30-07: I've left my original review at the bottom. My tastes have definitely changed over the years. Poured from a 550 ml bottle into a pint glass. It was black in color with not much carb and no lacing. Had a decent brownish head that settled into a broken collar. The aroma was coffee, roasted and chocolate malts. Was kinda weak actually. The taste followed the aroma. Good malt flavor and now I actually enjoy the coffee so marks are up now. Mouthfeel was a bit watery. Overall, a good beer and recommended. I tend to love the American Porters and just like the English Porters. So 5 years later it has a better review but still won't be a big player in the rotation (Rare buy)

****Original review from 11-24-2002
Served from a 550ml bottle. Poured nicely with a rich head on a almost black colored beer. Smell had a hint of coffee which probably hurt my review as a cannot stand coffee. The taste was OK but again hurt by the coffee taste. For me, a good porter to be enjoyed every so often but won't be taking up shelf space in my fridge. (App 4, Smell 3, Taste 2.5, Mfeel 4, Drink 2.5

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 12:13:11 | More by TexIndy
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks black with red highlights in the core when held up to a light. Foamy dense tan head really billows up when poured. Some bubbly lace on the glass. Smell is roasted malt and chocolate with earthy hops, overall the nose is pretty restrained.

Taste is exceedingly smooth with a lightly roasted/toasted malty taste, like the nose, hints of chocolate, coffee and slate. Probably the brewing method (slate lined boxes thing they do) or real hard water contributes to mineral or flinty quality I find in all Sam Smiths wonderful beers. It works especially well with the Taddy Porter as I felt this "hardness" of the water balanced the roasted malt quality really well. It cut through it like a knife and made the porter very smooth and nicely drinkable. The finish was rich and clean with some dryness and earth. Great silky mouthfeel, is one of the best characteristics of this porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 10:46:02 | More by bmills1608
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell fresh hop bitterness with a touch of caramel in the nose. Very carbonated. Deep dark red opeque color with a thick beige head. Roast malt (burnt) taste with layers of caramel sweetness and notes of expresso. The mouth is lighter than you would expect from the look, but still leaves a nice coat on the tongue. A solid porter in every way!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 10:38:40 | More by frank4sail
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a confirmed “Cask-Man”, prejudice and simple ignorance prevented me from drinking beer from the Boutielle, as the French would say, for many a year. But a “dry” handpump, and no draft Old Brewery Bitter at a Sam’s bar in Manchester one Saturday afternoon, and I selected this bottled offering from behind the bar because of its strikingly authentic, and distinctive looking label (how shallow?? - well I was young!). However, it changed my drinking habits that day. It was good then, and I think it tastes even better today.
A very dark, near black beer. Poured with little carbonation from the 12 fl.oz (clear glass?!) bottle into my Imperial Pint Mug. It looked a bit lonely only occupying half of the available volumetric capacity, but it formed a nice tightly compacted deep brown head. Smell was reticent to appear at first, for the beer was a little too chilled for the style (my mistake again!). As it warmed though, the deep roast volatile coffee aromas readily evaporated to form a rich nose. A sweetish introduction leads to a bitter middle, with deep roasted malts that linger on the tongue for some time, and contribute to a long revelling wood-smoky finish. Some chocolate malt sweetness in the finish gives this beer great balance and a luxury feel. That is to say that it lets your taste buds know full well that you are being spoiled by a very high quality brew. Astonishingly drinkable for the style, always the sign of a good beer for me. A really Classic Porter, and quite rightly “Famous”.
I just wish they would put it in Brown Bottles for the USA Export market, and Casks for the UK one. This beer would be fantastic from the Cask on Handpump. Oh well, perhaps one day.....

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 20:08:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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putnam

Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally tasted on 10/16/02. Rated:
4.5...5.0...5.0...5.0...5.0, or 4.9 total.
Here were my notes then:
Pitch black with a nice mocha brown-colored head to be reckoned with. Beautiful sweet, dark-roasted coffee and tropical wood fragrances on the nose. Some baked chocolate cookies, blueberries, banana liqueur and marshmallows appear distant but recur on the palate. Flavors of cocoa, drip-brewed French roast and tangy, fresh, whole goat’s milk perch brilliantly on a smooth, medium-bodied frame. A lingering, charred bitterness, and the image is complete. Another substantial, fine, understated and classy brew from the Old Brewery Tadcaster.
And another refuge from an ocean of pushy beer styles.

Tasted blind among five peers again on 8/4/03:
"The aromas are of whole milk, cocoa...very pretty. Flavors and texture of whipped cream, cocoa powdered marischino cherries... dry, velvety. Delicate, balanced finish, no bitterness. A suggestion of hearth. This beer is too much. Too alluring. Too epic. Too sultry. It lavishes my palate with serenely smooth texture but does not taste sweet. It demonstrates cocoa, hazelnut and cigar flavors but does not taste bitter."

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 12:19:55 | More by putnam
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though not my personal favorite, this porter definitely has its merits. Pouring a deep dark brown with a prominent creamy tan head, this brew possesses the trademark Samuel Smith's aroma with just a hint of dark malts. The smooth medium-plus body supports a malty flavor with a noticeable smoky chocolate overtone. The grassy hop finish is a nice contrast to the smoky dark malts. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2002 20:01:05 | More by beernut7
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Mick

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent. Espresso/brown color with a light brown/tan colored head that thinly veils the glass as the beer goes along. A coffee porter classic. Roasted flavors and coffee/chocolate beginnings give it a character that is distinctively Samuel Smiths. A quenching drinkability. I really enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 10:13:50 | More by Mick
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium tan head quickly settles on this beer. Color is a very dark brown to black. Smell is all about roasted malts. It's a very complex, nutty, roasted aroma. Medium sweetness is nicely balanced with lingering, deep, roasted bitterness. Full and creamy mouthfeel. This is a wonderful porter. It's exactly what the style brings to mind.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 17:48:37 | More by Suds
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Jon

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head. The color yields some reddish tints when held to the light. The lacing is impressive. The nose is of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. The taste is more of the roasted goodness and a bit of hazelnut lurks beneath. There are also hints of dark chocolate, but they are very subdued. The mouthfeel is smooth, albeit a tad (no pun intended) bit thin for my preference. Drinkability is good, as this is a pretty easy-drinking porter. A choice offering from Sammy Smith.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 18:44:19 | More by Jon
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My initial impression was not favorable, but this got considerably better the warmer it got. Black color and hearty flavor, this is a sipping beer to be sure. Carbonation seemed to be heavy for this style. I'll stick to their Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 09:44:24 | More by Dogbrick
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zerk

California

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, with a tan head... eventually settled to a lace that clung to the glass. Aroma and flavor of roast coffee and a little bit of smoke. Very smooth, low carbonation, and a medium mouthfeel. This is a pretty good offering from Old Brewery Tadcaster.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 09:27:21 | More by zerk
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Lupe

New York

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a fluffy brown head and nice lace. Coffee and chocalote aromas with some licorice. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, toffee and a roasted flavor. Even smoother after warming a little and not too heavy. Delicious and very easy to drink. A must try...A+

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2002 19:20:55 | More by Lupe
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stcules

Italy

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

Smell: sour black cherry in syrup, licorice, liquor. Wood of sherry.
Taste: a lot of licorice, oily.
Body and mouthfeel: Full and round.
Finish: toasted hazelnut, very persistent.
I think this is a perfect beer to accompany with smoked cold cuts (sudtiroler speck).
Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 11:18:20 | More by stcules
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big, frothy head that stays quite well. Very chocolatey appearance. Coffee and chocolate aromas in the nose, kind of a sweet smell. Very creamy mouthfeel, excellent taste which has a bit of coffee and chocolate, very sweet, a bit fruity. Only a slight amount of bitterness. Dark sweetness in the finish. This has an excellent taste and mouthfeel. Excellent and well rounded porter that I would find refreshing at any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 15:35:56 | More by hyuga
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burst of expresso when popping the cap. Brown-black body with ruby highlights. Big fluffy light brown head which settles down into an inch, then halk inch. Some lacing, in bottle and glass. Licorice, coffee, chocolate in nose and taste, less licorice in taste. Creamy mouthfeel with touch of fizziness. Full bodied. Wonderful porter. Good late night beer. Another gem from Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2002 20:53:58 | More by RonfromJersey
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer gets your attention right away with a wonderful bouquet of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon… and it lasts for the whole consumption!

A super smooth Porter, rich maltiness… more complex than I thought it would be. The flavor remains from start to finish.

Mild case of “taste buildup” on your tongue as you drink it.

This Porter is too smooth for being so dark. Very enjoyable. I can’t wait until I drink my next Taddy, and I hope it is tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2002 20:52:58 | More by bditty187
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ryanocerus

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent porter. Heavy malt aroma with small head. Very roasty flavor. It is more stout than other porters that I like, but it is VERY drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 14:39:22 | More by ryanocerus
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark creamy smooth. a slight hint of coffee. this beer was fantastic. it was an absolute delite to drink. it doesn't beat out the oatmeal stout, but then again that may be impossible

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2002 08:02:34 | More by ElGuapo
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Wildman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has a nice dark color and a good head like most of Samuel Smiths. The aroma is good and the taste has elements of chocolate and coffee. A good beer, but I would agree with others that you should get the Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 16:14:28 | More by Wildman
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Sigmund

Norway

2.23/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The saltiness in the finish / aftertaste ruins the pleasure of drinking this beer. I may like salty food with a beer, not salt IN the beer itself!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2002 08:36:01 | More by Sigmund
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty porter. Very dark, finishes dry, and has a slight taste of coffee. Please try the Oatmeal Stout though...I can't stress that enough. This offering from Sam Smith though is very good, and worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 13:33:11 | More by IrishRedRock
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stoutman

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites, it’s a deep brownish black color with a faint glimmer of red light shinning through. Immensely aromatic with layers of roast malt, fruit, licorice, and minty herbs. Medium bodied, dry, roasty, and rich in character with a hint of sweetness and a lingering malt dryness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 17:43:33 | More by stoutman
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep cola color, with very little head. a butterscotch and sweetened chocolate nose. barely perceptible hop aroma. taste is full of chocolate malts, a smooth buttery mouthfeel....a slight bitter coffeeish finish. some hop bite on the tounge in the very end. an absolute delicious treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2002 16:04:53 | More by budgood1
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Porter to ever drink. If this is a good benchmark, I like Porter beers. This beer has a very dark color with a very thin head. It is a very smooth, very drinkable beer that has a coffee-like taste. Perfect amount of hop bitterness and nice mouthfeel. I would recommend this beer. Think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2002 16:47:33 | More by BeerAngel
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.