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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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2,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 1,225
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 142
Gots: 139 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of sjclay00


2.83/5  rDev -32.3%

I don't see the big deal about this porter.
A- Did have a nice dark color with just under a finger head
S- Smells of malt small hints of chocolate maybe coffe
T- Wasn't to impressed with the taste. Tasted very tarty.
M- The finish was very tarty
D- Not to impressed with the drinkability. Have had better porters. Could not get over the tartness. Would not buy again.

04-09-2009 02:14:04 | More by sjclay00
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +16%

Appearance- dark black with nice white foam head, moderate carbonation can be seen along the side of the glass, head slowly nicely fade to a lacing

Smell- Sweet roasted malts, caramel and molasses tones, very sweet smells all jumping out at you, really really makes you anticipate your first sip, cant say enough on nose of this one,

Taste- Decent carbonation, coffee espresso notes, very slight sweetness, but slight bitter finish balances out the sweet malts, really nice long finish, light yet extremely full in flavor and body at the same time, good beer and great flavor ! even better then i remembered

Mouthfeel- soft light and creamy, full bodied, very decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability- So drinkable, probably the best session beer of the porter style I have had (at least right up there), great flavor great complexity, and so drinkable, one I will be visiting again much much more often, this was one of the first better beers I had tried way back when and I appreciate now even so much more then I did, just a great great beer,

04-02-2009 21:41:02 | More by Stunner97
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

Opaque black with a large mud brown head. Several sticky lace rings and solid foam retention. Looks like something I'd want to drink.

Smells of dark coffee, chocolate, light char and carmelized brown sugar.

Gentle roast malts to a sour char taste. Has that English tea-like ick to it. Husky chocolate aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a light carbonated tickle.

Overall, pretty eh.

03-30-2009 21:29:17 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of MrIncognito


4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. Deep brown, almost black body with no signs of carbonation beneath a two-finger tan, sticky head that holds for quite a bit. Very nice lacing.

S - Not as aromatic as hoped. Really burried my nose in this to catch smell. Dark roasted malts that emit coffee and chocolate flavors.

T&M - Incredibly smooth and refreshing with low carbonation. Just a little bit thin in the body. First taste is espresso beans followed immediately by a nice dark chocolate flavor that adds just a bit of bitterness. Slight molasses undertones, especially as the beer warms.

D - Very easy-drinking and tasty. Could drink this all night and would go very well with some chocolate cake or mocha cheesecake.

03-30-2009 15:57:58 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.83/5  rDev +15.6%

A- Complex dark brown with a ruby toned body and a tan head with a tint of green. Big bubbles on top and a ring of lace

S- Subdued roasted flavors and a slightly sweet chocolate aroma

T- Wow. Give it up for the greatest roasted flavor I have ever tasted in a beer. Sweet on the tongue with some bitter to prevent it from being cloying. Roasted, grainy, sweet and complex all in one sip.

M- Good, thick/creamy/silky feeling

D- Session Porter?

03-27-2009 22:46:29 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of everetends


4.18/5  rDev 0%

Had a bottle of this last night at Effina's Tuscan Grille. They are trying to have a bar atmosphere one day a week, and they have actually been boning up on their beer selection. They were having some trouble selling some Samuel Smith's offerings and I was shocked to realize that I have yet to review this one. Served up in a nonic pint glass (only glassware they have there at all, I guess it could be worse).

A: When poured it appeared to a black in color, but closer inspection with a touch of light added shows you that this beer has a dark brown body with some nice ruby/rusty highlights. The head is a nice and solid finger of tan head. The head as some tightness and some weight to it, leaving behind some chunky foam on the glass. This beer looks like what I expect when someone pours and sets a porter in front of me. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of some nicely roasted malts that has nice sweetness to it, but it keeps from being a too sugared sweet aroma that a lot of porters are guilty of. Just a touch of cocoa and coffee floating around in here. Finally there is a bit of bitter hops residing in the back of the aroma. All of the aromas are a bit muted, but they are the scents you want from a porter.

T: I had forgotten how good this beer was. That roasted malt is just damned tasty. Has a solid roast to it with just a touch smoke and bitterness to it, but it stays sweet. Chocolate and coffee are a more on the dark side with a good amount of bitterness rather than too much sweet. Slight caramel comes in with just a bit of added sweet pop. The hops as well have some bitterness to add to the party. With that said, the beer does have that bitterness but the sweetness does balance pretty well. It keeps the flavors in check and do not cloy the palate.

M: This a silky smooth medium in body, probably close to full bodied. Has a decent carbonation crispness to it, but this beer remains creamy and soft. ABV is not even a factor at all in here. This beer finishes dry, but nothing extreme. The dryness just keeps it from being heavy and keeps you drinking. The aftertaste is combo of malts and slight bitter hops.

D: This is a fantastic porter and I don't think Sammy Smiths can do any wrong. This porter is just amazingly sessionable. It has those really nice porter flavors but does not sit as heavy as some American porters. This beer shows that you can have that porter flavor and goodness without a huge ABV and over the top sweetness or hopping. This beer is meant to be sessioned and enjoyed and everyone should do just that. God stuff.

03-27-2009 19:57:39 | More by everetends
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

Almost black in body with creamy cinnamon head that leaves lacing. A sweet aroma of chocolate cream, some hops, and sugar. A tranquil array of flavors are present but none seem to want to take the lead: slight roast, slight bitter chocolate notes, cola qualities, slight hops at the finish, some burnt grain. A cola like mouthfeel that is a little fizzy. Not quite my bag, baby but still a pretty good brew. For fans of English ales, this is one to look out for.

03-27-2009 01:08:03 | More by JRed
Photo of zythus


4.88/5  rDev +16.7%

550 ml bottle pours dark molasses brown into a pint sized pub glass, making a thick espresso like milky head that dissipates reluctantly, leaving snow-flake like lacing. Smell is sweet cedar mixed with Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste is rich buttery pancakes and cocoa. Mouthfeel reinforces (or creates) pancake sensation. Bubbles exist only to remind you that you are drinking beer. Drinks smooth and wonderful.

03-22-2009 00:26:46 | More by zythus
Photo of JonMich13

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

A = Dark brown with slight amber edges. One finger dark tan head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S = Relatively simple smells of roasted malts and hints of coffee.

T = Rich roasted malts dominate throughout. Hints of coffee. A subtle sweetness lies in the back. A bit of tartness or acidity reveals toward the finish and lingers. Very tasty.

M = A little thin. Appropriate carbonation. Just wish it were a little thicker on the palate.

D = Highly drinkable porter. Low abv and pleasant taste make this the ideal session porter.

03-17-2009 16:22:33 | More by JonMich13
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger head that is a dark yellow/tan head. Decent retention. Color is a dark carmel brown, nearly black.

Aroma is very roasty. Some very slightly earthy hops and carmel malts. There is some other kind of malts that I can't put my nose on.

Taste is pretty solid. Toasted malt flavor is the obvious. There is almost a tart taste that was weird for a porter. Hint of coffee as well and finally some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel comes off strong and bitter. After a few seconds it smooths out and is creamy. It ends creamy and is well carbonated.

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor. Very solid. The price is a tad high (not intended), but it was worth it.

03-17-2009 03:25:38 | More by mothman
Photo of Morey


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured out of the bottle and into my Samuel Smith's pint glass, this beer is nearly pitch black. However, if held up to the light you can see a slight reddish tint to it. Has a nice bubbly tan head that hangs around nicely.

Smells of coffee and roasted malts with a hint of a smokey fragrance.

Taste is silky smooth. This beer goes down very easy.

Mouthfeel is silky, yet it has a somewhat thin body.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've moved away from dark beers over the past year, but I must say, this was a nice change of pace. Among the best porters that I've tried.

03-13-2009 22:50:48 | More by Morey
Photo of arizcards


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Picked upa 550 ml bottle from BevMo in late November for $2.99.

Beer pours black with ruby undertones with a long lasting tan head. Nose upon opening was a blast of English hops with slight roasted coffee and dark fruit. Taste is supremely well balanced with roasted malts, a hint of sweetness from the underlying dark fruit, and a well stated English hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with above average smoothness. Drinkability is very good. This is a deliciious well balanced porter that is a must try of english porter style fans.

03-12-2009 22:08:11 | More by arizcards
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

Another heavy weight bottle...what is it with the Brits and all the glass they use on these things. Blame the labour government or drunken delivery guys.

That's one black lookin' Porter. No foolin' around here. Jet black, rich creamy head, gob's o' lacing.

Rich, rich chocolate/roasted coffee aroma. Hint of dates/figs/other preserved fruit.

Lot's of roasted expresso coffee flavors,mixed with chocolate. Hint of acidity, just like a good coffee blend might have. Mineral water evident midway thropugh, but seems to compement more-so than take away from the experience.

Bold, smooth, full, but all in a nice package. If I was offered this over apres' meal coffee, this wins. Nice!

03-11-2009 00:05:43 | More by Shadman
Photo of cnally


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

dark brown/black coloring with the beer. slight head retention.

great smoky, woodsy, ashy smell, full of earthiness and dirt. truly spectacular.

smoke flavor is huge. nutty, walnutty flavor. big time darkness going on with this, but it is balanced and even.

full but not overdone on the feel.

easy for this style. delicious and definately a genre spreader.

03-08-2009 03:56:10 | More by cnally
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Two fingers of frothy tan head over a black beer that lets the slightest bit of mahogany come through in the light. Not the most head retention I've seen.
S: HUGE malty aroma explodes out of the glass. Simple chocolatey malts.
T: Immediately notice the great balance of malts and hops in this beer. There's a bit of a burnt flavor behind a bitter chocolate malt kick. Ends in a slight tangyness that ends dryly.
M: Good amount of carbonation that mellows out after a few minutes. Medium body and an incredibly smooth/creamy mouthfeel.
D: Easy and pleasant to drink. Unlike many American takes on the style, this porter does not overwhelm the palate with the coffee/toffee malts. It's well balanced and was quite a welcome change of pace. An absolutely magnificent session porter!

03-06-2009 03:26:01 | More by washburnkid
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3.93/5  rDev -6%

Continuing on our beer tasting tonight, me and "mothman" split a 4 pack of this beer.

Opaque appearance, holding it up to the light i can see a faint burgundy glow through it. 1.5 finger head, not much lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate.

Tastes as it smells. Chocolaty, malty, delicious.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very mild carbonation tickles my tongue. Even though it is only 5% alcohol, I can sense the alcohol in the beer, not overwhelming though.

Drinkability is decent, 2-3 and that would be about all i could handle for the night. Overall it is smooth, but a very heavy beer.

03-01-2009 07:38:05 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

Appearance- Nearly opaque, dark brown with ruby highlights, thick cream-colored head that settles slowly. Nice lacing.

Smell- Cocoa, and roasted malt

Taste- delicious. chocolate, coffee, faint taste of fruit (fig?)

Mouthfeel- thinner than expected, which is ok, given the wonderful taste and also adds to drinkability. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- For a porter, this one stands out as one I could drink all night.

02-24-2009 02:51:59 | More by endincolorado
Photo of MunchkinDrinker


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Pours a dark clear ruby with a fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing goes all the way down the glass.

S - Definate cocoa and fruit notes amongst the dark malt overtone. Some mild coffee in there.

T/M - First impression is that it's a lot lighter than the taste suggests. Doesn't feel thick or chewy, but is very very full flavored. The coffee comes out more in the taste than in the smell. The cocoa and... i want to say a malple syrup flavor accent the smokey malts.

D - Probably my favorite beer so far. Could drink all week, month, year, and never get bored of it.

02-20-2009 04:29:03 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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4.43/5  rDev +6%

Appearance - Very dark brown with a nice tan head that goes down to just a film.

Smell - Been sneezing all day so can't smell too much. Has a nice roasted semi coffe chocolate smell but not too sure.

Taste - Great. Nice and mellow. Not too overpowering, for as dark as it is.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a nice chocolate/coffee taste on the tongue

Drinkability - Very good for such a dark porter. Could drink a whole 6-pack....if I didn't eat dinner.

02-19-2009 04:29:03 | More by Thomajt
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.53/5  rDev +8.4%

Pitch black with brown hues around the edges. Thick, light tan head that stayed long and strong in my imperial pint glass. Lacing can be described as tan clumps formed around the glass. Beautiful.Aroma is mild with chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is not in your face, its just a great balanced porter. Creamy coffee with some chocolate. Mouth is coated with sweetness, and just really creamy without being very heavy bodied. Drinkability is just about as good as it gets. I could sip on this all night. Great example of the porter style that should (and likley does) influence others who make porters.

02-18-2009 04:59:00 | More by jeffthecheff
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

Served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA for $1.95 on "Beer-Me Tuesday." Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, nearly opaque, this almost-black darling pours with a big, thick head of light brown foam that falls down gracefully and leaves behind nice remnants of itself on the glass.

Roasted coffee and dark chocolate tickles the nose and arouses the senses.

A delicate, smooth, lightly carbonated brew slides over the tongue, carrying with it flavors of toasted biscuit, espresso, roasted coffeebeans, bittersweet dark chocolate, and mellow bitter hops, with a dry, roasty finish that keeps it coming.

Low in alcohol, smooth on the palate, nicely dry, and with a wonderful balance of British modesty and full-on flavor, this makes for a great session beer and a delightful sipper. Porter is, sadly, a fairly rare style, having been taken over largely by its stout brethren, but it's great to see that some great, classic examples such as this one still plough on.

02-18-2009 03:03:33 | More by superdedooperboy
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4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

This is one of those beers that you just want to savor.
Nice chocolate brown coloring.
An aroma of coffee and chocolate.
Nice head.
Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roasted malt.
Settles nicely on the tongue. The hops start to appear at the back of the tongue but slowly fade away.
What a delicious beer! I know there's a lot of hype about Sam Smith beers. But they really do know how to put out some quality stuff.
Very easy to drink. The aroma stays with you on every sip.
Just the right amount of alcohol for me.
My only complaint is that I only bought on bottle.

02-17-2009 01:33:33 | More by MaineBirdMan
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours black in the glass with brown and ruby highlights. A thick tan head forms and leaves good lace rings.

Lots of sweet chocolate in the smell. Coffee, caramel, and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety smooth medium body. The sweet chocolate and coffee compliment each other very well.

One of the best porters I've tried. I could drink these all night.

02-16-2009 00:07:23 | More by RodBurg
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3.33/5  rDev -20.3%

Reviewed 7/12/2007 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark park brown/black colored body, with a tannish colored head, huge and lasting. Has a sweet coffee aroma, and some dark chocolate. A thin taste, coffee, and dark chocolate. A slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Light tasting.

02-15-2009 21:52:33 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured a very dark with sparkles of red and a long lasting head with substantial lacing.
The smell of rich dark chocolate and booze dominate the aroma with some toffee mixed in.
The taste is dry with a sweet nutty finish, warm toffee.
As the beer warms its character increases and becomes really good, I sure did enjoy this special treat.

02-14-2009 18:40:13 | More by fosterific
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.