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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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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 180
Gots: 244 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of bigrzman
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out near black in color with a foamy brown head and a opaque blackness that is mesmerizing. It has an aroma of roasted malts, chocalate, and medicinal hops. Very nice. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, grassy grains, and medicinal hops. Mouthfeel is thick and coating and wetting. Overall this is a gorgeous beer and a best in class porter.

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

This porter has it all. "The Famous" Taddy Porter is right. This beer is creamy, smooth, tastey and down right delicious. Compared to other porters the biggest difference in this one is the mouthfeel - at times this can be a little ambiguous with beer but when this fills your mouth you will appreciate this category. The smell and taste are the perfect Goldilocks - 3 bears blend of just right. Not too much, not enough - just right.

Photo of AlexanderSelby
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great, deep brown color with gorgeous ruby edges. Head is creamy, .25 of an inch thin, and long lasting. Smell is my only negative on this brew. It seems slightly skunky which masks any sort of roasty sweetness that lies underneath. I was surprised at the flavor of this beer at first. I expected a typical English nutty flavor, but there are many other layers that excite the palate beyond that. The most outstanding would be the "tang." I pulled that word from the bottle, and no matter how much I like to speak for myself and put it in my own words, that seems to hit the nail on the head for this one particularly predominant flavor. The sweetness is much brighter than more nutty or muddy examples of this style. Almost reminds me of a German dark larger...almost... But behind all of it, there is that roasted malt flavor, bringing out a touch of coffee and nut that is to be expected.

This is a great beer and feels brighter and lighter on the tongue than the color suggests; however, the dark brew yummy flavors are still hidden in there, so you are not "skimped"of flavor. A wonderful beer and I will absolutely go for it again.

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

appearance - Poured into a goblet, porter is at about 45 degrees fahrenheit. Beautiful creamy tan head, about a half inch high with larger c02 bubbles that lingers. Very nice lacing. Color is deep brown almost black all but around the rim of the glass. Impressive!

smell - Aroma is very pleasant. Dark cocoa, dark sweet fruits, roasted malts, and somewhat yeasty.

taste - Cocoa with dark fruit prominent flavors. What a nice combination. Sweetness subsides to wonderful roasted malts and cocoa finish. Very well crafted and balanced I say. Finish is not dry or bitter, but smooth. Hops are pretty well hidden. Roasted malt and cocoa linger in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy. A nice amount of c02 for my liking. Not to much but just right. Somewhat chewy but yet has the thinner properties at the same time, which allows you to fully taste the ingredients, unmasked. I like the balance here.

overall - I was blown away by this porter. It is my first brew from Samuel Smith and I am a believer, looking forward to their oatmeal stout. I will definitely pick up more of these. I paid $4 for this 550ml bottle and to me that is a steal. Truly an amazing porter. World class. I might get another tonight!

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, nice creamy 1 inch head, some lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, barley, mild hops and yeast. Some chocolate and dark fruits. Smoked spices, and some sugars.

Taste - Creamy, malty, and very smooth, the world class taddy porter. Incrediblly tasty yet balanced and smooth. Everything is perfectly balanced, you get a hint of every flavor. Theres a nice cocoa flavor that adds some bold sweetness but nothing overboard. A mild bitterness from the yeast and hops finishes this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Coats mouth with many flavors. its thick but smooth so you dont have to worry about mouth getting ruined from hops and malts. Tounge is left slighty bitter but there is a flavor of cocoa also present.

Overall - Fantastic. All you could want in a beer. Flavor, balance, low alcohol and seems to be avaible most places. Easy a top 5 porter on the planet.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a classic very dark brown colour with an off white head that retains well.

S - Nice aromas of malts and yeast and a little dark fruit.

T - Nice maltiness to it that has a nice balanced sweetness. Plenty going on with toffee, and caramel.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Hard to beat this porter as it offers a lot

Photo of alexkeil
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, slightly ruby with an off white head, didn't last long but more than likely it was the way my glass was cleaned. Sweat, almost yeasty aroma. Tangy in the flavor, a nice balance of sweet, bitter, and slight roasty notes in the middle, finishes dry with hints of chocolate. One of the better aftertastes you'll have drinking beer, stays in the mouth like sweet coffee.

Photo of Guden
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark brown with a slight ruby highlight in the light. A short but stable tan head which leaves some thick patches of lacing on the walls.

S- Lots going on here. Dark malty and roasty notes with some sweet caramel and dense dark chocolate and just a hint of earthiness. Pretty much perfect.

T- A lot like the nose but with some noticeable differences. The chocolate and sweet malts are there but more coffee flavor shines through, with just a slight hit of bitter on the end. A complex and enjoyable flavor all around.

M- Great, medium body with little carbonation it feels just right on the palette like a great cup of coffee.

D- Very high, even with all the roastiness this is one that you can enjoy from start to finish any time of the day. Just a really good example of what a porter should be.

Photo of Brewbro000
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a small one finger light khaki head that recedes to a fine layer of tiny bubbles and a solid ring around the entire glass that holds for the majority of the beer. Very dark brown in color but when held to very bright light you can see hints of deep red around the edges.
S: Very smooth, rounded aroma of caramel malts like smelling freshly made bread but in beer form. With each consecutive whiff i smell something new and almost a small hint of dark fruityness. As it warms even more of these aromas become apparent in the glass.
T: Very crisp malt backbone of sweet malts hits you up front in a very mild mannered way, just what i expected from an English style Porter. Residual sweetness is minimal but it by no means finishes dry.
M/D: The texture is so well rounded in this beer that it's hard do recognize any sort of bite in the finish. Each sip goes down smooth and carbonation is perfect to allow the flavors to show through and not come off too rough.

Photo of rosszimm36
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. Distinct chocolate-roasty aroma that's curiously strong for a malt heavy, lightly hopped beer. You can even smell the acidic porter bite to come.

Smooth creamy mouth-feel with flavors of malt and chocolate with a tinge of smokiness. Also has hint of roastiness but no burnt/coffee like flavors. Incredibly smooth, sweet, and easy drinking. Medium acidic bite typical of porters.

Photo of Ommy
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith pours a dark, unclouded liquid not unlike a good cola. The brew develops a quick and frothy head which fades slightly but then sticks. The lacing caused by this fading is a light caramel cream which makes the mouth water.

Upon smelling, a wave of roasted coffee gently passes the nostrils which whets the appetite rather than offend. A light smell of hops compliments the roasted smells.

With the first taste it is clear this is a beer that is made for enjoying slowly over conversation with friends, family, and even strangers. The rush of the roasted malt is nicely balanced with the hops, and at the end a sweetness arrives to linger.

I feel this would be a great thirst quencher while eating a hearty roast.

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

Appearance: Black with reddish tones, large creamy light brown head, good lacing.

Smell: Sweetness and roasted malts, hints of chocolate

Taste: More sweetness and roasted malts. I taste some anise in there. Hints of bitterness and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, velvety smooth.

Drinkability: Great session beer. I could drink more than just the 550ml bottle I got, and I seriously think this could become a regular in my rotation.

Overall, excellent. Quite a satisfying porter. A top beer in my book, and another excellent beer from Samuel Smith.

Photo of Anthony1
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby brown with a tan brown mocha color to the massive sized head leaving definite clear rings of lacing to it. Slight fruity approach mixture of hops in there to balance out the semi smoked deep roasted malts that provide chocolate and some coffee tones very nice.Definitely an acquired bitterness with a pleasant array of rolling sharp sweet tones blended with the coffee and chocolate available along with a sharp ale yeast driven fruitiness. a bit thin and needs some texture

Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this over at A & J in Brewster, NY

Appearance is dark brown with big off-white head. Taddy Porter smells like roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate; very low-key. It tastes quite nice, with roasted barley, plum, dark chocolate and other flavors coming across. MF is just right for a porter with a proper carbonation level. This classic from Sam Smith drinks well, another very good beer from them.

Photo of AwYeh
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but very dark brown color, with considerable red showing in the light. One finger of light brown foamy head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet; the aroma of dried fruit (raisins, other berries, maybe even apricots) is noticeable first, alongside bits of smoke and must.

T: Once again, a light, dried fruit flavor is upfront; hints of must, smoke, and even a little bit of ethanol emerge on the finish. Lingering, slightly bittersweet flavor is pleasant to balance the beer's mostly sweet taste.

M: Very, very smooth; medium-bodied with light carbonation.

D: The smoothness aids drinkability dramatically; an enjoyable beer, and I'll be picking this one up again... expecting I may like it even more the second time around.

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

got this as a bonus in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

500ml bottle. sampled march 7/2011.

pours deep brown with good clarity at the edges. a nice tan head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving a bunch of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. biscuit and lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. touch of dark fruit.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. a lighter roast coffee. lightly toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. cracker. touch of grain. lightly fruity english character, leaning a bit toward dark fruit. bit of alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. light herbal character. a touch woody.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. a good example for the english porter style.

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a pretty clear dark orange/brown, nice colour, thick tan head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat, sweet and roasty, a bit of chocolate milk, caramel, light coffee, some fruitiness, treacle, some raisin, a touch of biscuit and some light wafer, a bit of apple.

Taste is interesting, pretty roasty, some raisin, caramel, a bit of corn syrup, wafer, chocolate and a bit of coffee roast, lightly fruity, some berry, a bit of roasty bitterness in the finish, some apple and licorice..

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down a bit harsh, but alright. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black as sin porter with deadly drinkability. The head that rises from the pour stays low, coffee-tan in color, falls into a thin yet creamy dense soft spotty cap atop, replenishing a full cover with a gentle swirl. The absence of lace baffles me, but it shows quite fine nonetheless.

Might sound strange, but the aroma I get from this is that of black candy licorice and dark dense chocolate brownie. And a splash of mellow sour funk? Delicate caramel malt and one of the smoothest roasty scents around - somewhat molasses in tone.

Tenuous molasses edge to that smooth roasted malt character on the tongue. Light-moderate bittersweet. Sour tang and bitter lingers in the finish. The roast emerges more and more as it warms - seems to ride the wave of an almost subliminal biscuit malt base. Paints the boundary of burnt. Sweet coffee flavors wait til you're nearly through to

Damn, you really have to let this sit for a long while to reap its rewards, cherish its charms. At times it's nearly watery, and then it turns around and goes prickly slick. Teasing, dryish. Real good. Nothing to drink a 4-pack, slowly. Take your time.

Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: toffee, sweet malts,

taste: toffee, malts, coffee, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinking porter due to how smooth it goes down.



Photo of MoreThanWine
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head which dissipated to 1/4". Clear dark raw umber color. The smell is divine with ample coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste is a little more subdued than the smell but still has all those same things, plus a little tart zing and a pretty long finish. Not really unique or special but nonetheless a classic example of a good porter.

Photo of chrisdenny
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - a lovely deep shade of brown to almost black, with thick and creamy tan head.

S - Smells of roasted malts, coffee and hints of chocolate.

T - I think the taste is exceptional. I am a big fan of porter's and this is one of the best I have had. Tastes of roasted malts and has a slight bitterness to it from finishing hops. Thick and creamy just like its appearance.

M - The carbonation for my taste is right on. This beer has a nice feel on the tongue with a slight dry finish to it.

D - As I have found with most porter's, one or two of these would be sufficient. It sets pretty heavy, but it's perfect for a desert beer or with a hearty meal.

Overall I was very pleased with this brew as I am with all the Samuel Smith's brews. Definitely will have more of these in the future.

Photo of SacredBeverage
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1 pint bottle.

A: Black, very dark, almost expresso-like in appearance with a great brown head with moderate lacing.

S: It has a strong molasses, malt and coffee aroma with a little bitter chocolate but not much.

T: Molasses and coffee dominate this Beer along with dark malt and a little bitter hops. It has a slight tangy sourness that might not sound good in a review but tastes good when your drinking it. Great full-bodied richness with a creamy texture.

M: A nice malty creamy texture that really complements the Beer. I love the way this feels on the tongue.

D: The ONLY reason I do not give this a 5 on drinkability is that this is a Beer to savor, not to chug down. I would not drink 3 or 4 of these, they are very rich beers. 2 at most.

Notes: I definitely recommend this porter, awesome flavor with a dark creamy feel to it. It lives up to the hype.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I truly don't remember the last time I had a Samuel Smith's beer. I will give the brewer credit for being one of the breweries that helped me branch out from the usual crap everyone drinks and allow me to further enjoy beer as it is in all of its different styles. The appeal of Samuel Smith beers is the good variety of styles they offer, the quality of the beers, and of course the great labeling they have. They have fantastic and classic designs. Thanks to my friend Pat I'll be drinking Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. If I recall correctly I didn't enjoy it much the last time I drank it, I'm much more of a stout fan than a porter fan, but this drinking and review will settle the score straight, whatever I think of it. So, now to drink and review The Famous Taddy Porter!

I poured my Taddy Porter into my Samuel Smith glass. A thick and frothy tan head grew over the very dark brown almost black beer that can barely be seen through and has a ruby color when put up to the light. A generous amount of foam remains on the surface.

The nose of the Taddy Porter is strong with dark malt, coffee, and liquorice. Some chocolate adds more roastiness and there is some caramel sweetness too.

There is a bit of bite on the tongue from moderate carbonation at the start that mixes with some sweet caramel-malt sweetness. The body is smooth and creamy with some dark fruits in the middle like raisins and a hint of liquorice bitterness. There is a lot more in the finish where the roastiness comes out with coffee and chocolate. The finish lingers for a long time on the tongue and I'm glad. It is a good taste. The Taddy Porter isn't as bad as I remember. There is a lot of flavor to it but with a medium body that isn't too filling and easy to drink.

However, like most porters I do not find them to be...enough. That is why I have a bias towards stouts. Porters to me are like baby stouts, that is, they aren't mature or what they're meant to be. I'm not taking anything away from the Taddy Porter though. It's a good beer that happens to be in a style that I tend to not find as enjoyable as stouts. I'm sorry!

Photo of EricCioe
1.94/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of six beers at a five person blind porter tasting including: Anchor Porter, Big Sky Bobo's Robust Porter, Deschutes Black Butte, Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy, and Sierra Nevada Porter. All of these are shelf beers in Montana.

I reviewed this over a year ago and loved it. I am inclined to think this bottle has some problems with it. I sure hope so, because it was absolutely awful.

Pours dark brown with highlights through the thin portions of the glass. On the nose there is a lactic sugar note, sickeningly sweet, with a decent fruit note being ruined by diacetyl butter note. In the mouth those flavors are amplified, with the nasty buttery note really taking over. The body is thin and watery, not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a strange sour note here too.

Overall, I couldn't believe what this was when it was unveiled. I had a good experience with this beer a year before. This was a disaster. Hopefully it was just a bad bottle at the blind tasting, but at the price I'm not too eager to buy it again. Very, very disappointing for all five of us.

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

Poured from bottle.

A- Pours a rich dark brown color..pretty much black. Two finger beige colored head shows great retention. Nice ringy and streaky style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time roasted malts in the front of the nose with almost a light hint of nuts. Coffee roast comes through next with chocolate following suit. Darker fruits really don't show up to much along with alcohol which kind of surprised me.

T- Roasted malts in the front end with hints of darker fruit that get overtaken by a charred coffee taste. Middle of the beer is more darker fruit forward which was a nice change of flavor from the front end. Darker chocolate toward the backing of the beer with a smooth roast flavor. Alcohol while there is not medicinal but more of a light liquor feel to it.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts, hints of darker fruits, and light chocolate left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly smooth alcohol, chocolate, darker fruits and hints of roast. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Very well balanced for the style with no off flavors at all to speak of.

D- This beer was a perfect example of the style. Low ABV does make this one very drinkable and I did drink a lot of it. Flavorful but not filling. Sam Smith does make excellent examples of the style and everyone should seek out this widely available brewery.

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