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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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2,624 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,624
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 182 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of 1MiltonWaddams
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a bottle of Taddys Porter on a cold, dry evening after a big dinner. This porter presents as well as any bottled beer I've experienced. An easy two inch, full tan/cream colored head formed after pouring into the glass and persisted for a few minutes. The aroma was fleeting, with wafts of toffee and caramel. Great, full bodied flavor I expect from a porter and makes for an easy drink as the robust flavor quickly leaves the senses, making the drinker wanting sip after sip. A creamy thick mouthfeel rounds out this porter as one of my favorite to date. Try one!

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to rate this one, I just wanted to drink it. Wonderful pour resulting in a rich brown head of three inches. Took better than three minutes for the head to clam down, when it did it left an amazing lace the clings all the way up the rim. The color is a 39 on the SRM beer color chart. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, caramel, molasses, butter, and spice rum. Lots of body in my mouth, like heavy cream, smooth and rich. This is a great beer, it has become one of my favorites. I little pricey, but worth it.

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from the 550ml bottle

A-Dark brown almost black, tan head and little lacing.

S-I was not impressed here; wasn't bad just kind of boring.

T-A hint of chocolate, very malty, a hint of something nutty. This is nice.

MF-Thicker than other porters that I've tried, and I like it.

D-I feel that I could easily drink multiple of these, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two. I could see me starting out a cold night of pubbing with this, though.

Overall, this is the best porter that I've had so far, but that's a relatively small list at this point. This makes me look forward to the next porter that I can get my hands on.

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

From notes 10/21/10. Picked up a bottle at the Spec's that just took over Dicorte's in Waco.

A- Brownish/black, 2 1/2 fingers of light brown head, non-transparent.

S- Roasted malt, light coffee aromas, pecan/hazelnut maybe?

T/M- Faintly metallic, light/medium body, roasty, complex.

D- Excellent drinkability. This is the porter to which I judge all others. It is what I think of as the benchmark for the style. Excellent flavor and body.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Huge creamy 3-finger head with beautiful lacing that's rather fickle about hanging around too long. Almost coal black with red highlights.

Aroma is of roasted malts, dark, sweet fruits and a light hoppiness. The taste is dominated by the roasted malts with smokiness and a long lasting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. It's very drinkable, a good sessionable beer.

One of my all time favorites. You can't go wrong with Taddy Porter anytime of day or night. The standard for an English porter in my opinion.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: just good, not really amazing. Head doesn't appear, just a lacing forms around the top.

Smell: Toffee and cream, as well as dark malts. Pleasant, but not really amazing.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, toffee and coffee. Up front the dark malts are present followed by sweet coffee and a dryness at the end. Good for the style, but not perfect.

Drinkability: Drinkable, not a session beer but drinkable. Might be a good beer to just have by itself at a pub with friends instead of with food.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, apparently it deleted the picture...whatevs...

Super dark brown, with a nice, princely crown of creamy, tannish foam. Leaves excellent lacing. Light to medium carbonation...Like the Oatmeal stout, this has a nose dominated by roasted malt. Some sweetness and some tanginess mixed in there...Nice fig and caramel notes also. The flavor profile is similar, again, to the stout: tangy right upfront, and carries a boatload of chocolate malt along with it. The body of this is slightly lesser than the stout, making this more of an "appetizer" to the stout's "entree". Some very sweet notes carry throughout this, and an almost lactose-like mouthfeel leads me to believe some lactose might have been added. Super well-balanced as the finish drops off the malt and picks up some hops for the last furlong or so. Always well-priced, so this is certainly worth picking up.

What I like most: The wonderful aroma profile.

What I like least: not much mars this brew, mayhaps the lactose-like feel or the more stout-like aspects.

Verdict: Delicious and worth always having around.

Photo of SamN
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Taddy Porter pours with a major fizziness; the head is audibly bubbly and lively. Head stays for a while, retaining it's bubbly and rough dignity. Solid black, quite solid and dark, even for a porter. Smells are intense; woodsy roasted malt, a clean metallic odor, sweet oakiness, lots of dark malt complexities. Surprisingly less coffee aromas than expected, however. Flavor is sweeter but still quite malty. Clean tastes of dark malts, some floral hops in the middle, finishes dry, on some bland chocolate and a little tinny. I think the water used at Smith's is adding the metal tastes here, and I don't much care for them. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spot on.

Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed by this "world famous" porter. Good start with great looks and solid porter aromas. I feel this porter is weakened by the added metal characteristics from the well water used in brewing. I didn't hate it, but it definitely put me off a bit.

Photo of jmbranum
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The finest porter I recall ever drinking.

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a pint glass. Forms a big tan head on a brownish, almost black liquid.

Aroma is laden with chocolate and roasted malt and caramel.

Flavor is complex and dense. Roasted grain. Chocolate. A tinge of winey-sourness somewhere in there. A little bit of bitter hops. Fairly dry yet rich. Maybe some espresso. Extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel is prickly with a little bit of creaminess and a slight velvety texture.

Extremely drinkable. Strong flavored yet fairly low in alcohol (5.0%)

Wish I bought more than one of these. Will be drinking it more in the future.

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

The Famous Taddy Porter pours black with a creamy tan head. A really enticing looking porter. Roasted malt, coffe and chocolate are all present in the smell.

The first sip is very smooth. The rich roasted malt is predominant but a sweet dark chocolate taste lingers in the background. Undertone of molasses is also present. Finishes bitter with a bit of smokiness. Very smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

A really enjoyable porter with enough character to stand out. The Taddy Porter manages to offer a great interesting taste without being overly-complicated. There is a nice down to earth feel about this porter. Definitely something I will come back to, and probably my new standard for porters.

Photo of therachinator
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this porter from the bottle into a glass. About a quarter inch bubbly head which quickly faded into thin lacing throughout. The actual porter is very dark in color, when held up to light only eludes to slight tints of brown.

The smell is good but not overpowering, it doesn't really give anything away as far as flavor.

For a porter the taste is somewhat tangy. There is a smokiness present as well as a certain hint of roasted barley.

As far as mouthfeel, this is thin for a porter, and very lively. It jumps off your tongue.

This mouthfeel as well as flavor gives this porter an unusual drinkability for its style.

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

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter has a very dark red colour. It has a good head initially and maintains decent lacing. The smell is of roasty malt and coffee. This beer has a very malty flavour with a little hops in there for balance. It has a delicious malty aftertaste. This beer has a foamy 'big' feel to it and is extremely drinkable.

Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with red lighting along the bottom. Fairly tight head with good retention, eventually fading to a shallow cap. Spot-on look for a porter where I come from.

Nose is decently strong, but emerges a little bit with warming. Initially very clean and struggling to get through the head. Malty, with a good dose of chocolate and caramel.

Darkly roasted malt, but far from bitter. Caramel dancing around in there, along with a splash of cola and an inch of coffee. The hops take over the finish with an herbal bite. Mineral notes, fairly tangy, and a nice sweetness of English yeast.

Body is medium, with high drinkability. Complexity is minimal, but it's a pretty great porter. A little thinner than I think I remembered, but one of the better English breweries at it again. Seek it out (I'm shocked never to have reviewed Taddy - it was a go-to when I didn't have access to a great fridge).

Photo of burnerfinger
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the 18.7 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: root beer , cola dark brings up a nice thick and rocky head of more than 2 fingers. nice.really superior lacing

S: sweet - choco- coffee.

T : just what the nose predicts. a bit shy of the follow - up though.

M: not as thick as I might have expected but GOOD, and the abv is well hidden

D: slosh em down!

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

appearance; dark brown, nearly black with a thick, creamy, tan head. Leaves some lacing but more slick than sticky.

smell; mostly malty molasses.

taste; lactic milk chocolate in the aftertaste with a coffee bitterness is most noticable. A little bit of rum quality sweetness from start to finish.

mouthfeel; thick and creamy but then turns loose and smooth as it is swallowed. Some soft carbonation hangs in the backround.

drinkability; pretty smooth and easy to drink. Could be a little less heavy in the stomach though.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown, almost black color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a nice roasted smell to it backed by hints of coffee and baking chocolate.

Taste: Bitter hops up front develop into a sweet malty taste backed by roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a little dark fruit. Leaves a pleasant, roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and delicious.

Drinkability: Certainly one of the best porters in the business. Easy to drink and a great representative of the style.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a bit of an off white head. Not much lacing to be found. Nose is overloaded with toffee and has some roasted malt, coffee, and light chocolate in the background. The taste really brings the toffee and caramel forward without regard to the better roasted characteristics that are in the background. Medium body with good carbonation. Not the best balance of flavors.

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

The FAMOUS Taddy Porter pours a deep brown, nearly black color that has some dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer pushes up a finger point-five of some creamy, vanilla-colored head that hangs around for a while before dropping into a nice foam cap on top of the beer. Some clingy, thick lacing hangs onto the edge of the glass as you drink.

Taddy has a nice nose on it, too. Some dark malts come out up front, followed by some chocolate, coffee, and a bit of roastiness. The only downside is it needs just a bit more assertiveness.

The flavor is good as well. A smooth, malty-chocolate mix up front that exudes a sweet and roasty character, all followed by a bit of dark fruit and maybe a bit of caramel? Nice, complex flavor, all held together by some the smooth mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy on top of a body that's a little over medium with some moderate carbonation. Good stuff, maybe give it to me a little thicker?

All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this beer, as I am with most of Sammy Smith's beers. Another beer that exudes quality from a brewery that has been solid since the olden days. Drinkability is high on this bad boy. Getchu some if ya see it around.

Photo of irishevans
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown/black with deep ruby red highlights when held up to the lamp. head pours 2 fingers thick then quickly drops to 1/3 a finger, then eventually a film with a strong ring around the edges of the glass. lace seems to like to slide into the top of the liquid rather than cling to the glass

N- Coffee and Caramel right away, then some molasses for sure and maybe a hint of some maple syrup. smells like it's a malt bomb.

T- Follows the nose. starts off with the molasses and a nice bitterness seemingly form coffee and a faint somkeyness. the caramel comes about on the finish which is nice and crisp, a bit dry also.

M- Nice standard viscosity for the style, and a mellow carbonation/ starts off creamy and ends on a nice crisp and dry note.

D- review the above statements. wonderful beer.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark brown porter which is quite nearly opaquee in color but shows rubby hightlites when held up to any nearby light sourse thats emitting light presently. A deep tan head that is dense and fades slowly to a thick ring around the edge of the beer. A sutle trace of wisp foam lingers at center.
Intense malty aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle and is naturally more pronounced in the glass.
A complex taste with many differnt flavors coming through.
Sweet toffee malt is up front with a nice roasted malt flavor brings up the rear. Hints of black coffee and espresso come through with some sutle cocoa too.
This is a smooth and lighter bodied beer with great flavor.
I gave this a 5 drinkability-wise because it simply is a great drinking beer. You couldn't really ask for a better porter.
Drink well my friends

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

Poured a vivid black into a tulip with two fingers of slow receding light tan head. Roasty and slightly sweet aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

Moderate carbonation and a very creamy, light mouthfeel. Roasty character becomes even more pronounced with lots of coffee, biscuit, and a slight caramel sweetness. Slightly bitter finish with hints of hops and smoke. Dark fruit character emerges as the beer warms.

Wonderful mouthfeel, balanced flavors, and very easy-drinking.

Photo of yankiac
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black with a ruby hue. The head is about an inch and it maintains its lacing throughout the drink

S - Heavenly. Subtle notes of chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - Well balanced roasted flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present.

M - Full and creamy

D - Shockingly very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

Notes: This is an exceptional brew. Sheer ecstasy for the palate.

Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz or so, enjoyed at a beer tasting with Samuel Smith, the son of the current head of the brewery @ the Winking Lizard. Consumed in a branded English half-pint glass.

The beer poured a black color with brown hints and some nice, milky head. Nice lacing as well, and, when I hold this to the light, I notice some slight red highlights. A nice looking English Porter.

The aroma is great, just a touch muted when put up against the best of the style. Still, many great notes of roasted malt are present, giving caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit hints. A touch of hops for good measure.

Taddy Porter ha s mild chocolate and slight coffee in the taste from the roasted malt, but the star of the taste is some smooth caramelized malt. Medium bitterness follows, and the beer gives some impressions of sweet toffee and maybe a touch of cream.

The finish is a touch short and sweet, along with some mild lingering roast. Besides that, the beer is perfect in terms of mouthfeel. Creamy with perfect mild carbonation, the medium body feels great and keeps me wanting more. This was a great pairing with a lobster bisque and Samuel really enjoyed sharing his affinity for this beer. The young man will be leading the company soon, and he's ready to embrace their heritage starting with his love for Taddy Porter.

Photo of olmatty
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque. Low, tightly beaded, tan head.

Smell- Lightly sweet with a hint of molasses.

Taste- Smooth chocolatey, molasses, and caramel. Hint of coffee. Lightly sweet with a moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light to moderate carbonation. Lots of sticky body.

Drinkability- Tastes much more complex as it warms to room temperature. Smooth with a hearty flavor. A nice porter that will be an excellent three season beer.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany colour, clear in the body and letting some light through. Head is nicely beige, quite dense and creamy with trails of pleasant lace that clings like my ex-girlfriend. Looks like a nice dark ale.

Smell is quite malty and spicey. Fair amount of dark booziness with a tart dark berry note, hints of vanilla pods and lots of banana. Some mild licorice notes on there as well. Nice banana bready notes with sweet caramel as well, pretty nice.

Taste is a bit plain. Sweet on the front with mild caramel notes that then gets watery and slightly dark with a very slight roasty character. Yeah, really rather thin on the palate overall, some of that banana coming through clearly on the back, but it would be nicer if matched with more spice or more roasty bitterness. Very English, but that kind of becomes synonymous with bland in my book, unfortunately.

Very drinkable, though - let's not forget that the milder something is the more one can just chug it down.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,624 ratings.