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

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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 190 | 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 JohnnyP3
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle with a best before date of March 2011. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark fudge brown with a tan creamy head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Sweet molasses aroma. Roasted malts.

T: This beer pretty much nails on the head how I imagine the prototypical porter to taste and look like. Very enjoyable, rich and flavorful. Has a mellow, even keeled taste to it. Has that dry porter twang down to a science. You get the sweet molasses taste up front that gives way to a dry finish with a roasted malt zing. Also hints of toffy and caramel.

M: Velvety smooth. Carbonated perfectly.

D. I think I'll have another. Enough said. A true "go to" for this style.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-the beer pours a black looking liquid with hues of red on the edges of the beer. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly at 2 full fingers. It lingers for a little bit and leaves no lacing on the glass

S-the nose seems pretty decent, it brings a light smokey malt up front. A caramel base sets in, lots of toffee accompanies. A note of molasses, chocolate, and coffee come in the middle with an underlying dark fruit sweetness at the finish, ripe plum and raisin.

T-Molasses is up front here and taken over by the smoked malts. A light touch of caramel and toffee add another layer towards the back, a hint of chocolate and coffee set in with plum and raisin sweeting up the finish

M-this is quite smooth and has a little creaminess to it. A medium bodied beer that is highly carbonated. It stings a little at the back of the throat from too much carbonation.

D-this is quite good and only improves as it warms. The smokiness mellows and the sweetness enhances. Smooth and velvety on tha palate, definitely a tasty brew.

Photo of chickenm
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a creamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some chocolate and light smoke. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. Medium-thin body with a smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, another great beer from Samuel Smith!

Photo of manahansf
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and light brown color with a light and lacy tan head. A light sweet malt aroma is pushed out of the glass by the visible mild carbonation levels. The drink is light and flows well with the toffee malt flavor. Smooth and refreshing to drink it is well balanced and finishes quick and clean. Great example of an English style and great for the warmer parts of spring and fall.

Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body featuring ruby-red highlights. Up top, two fingers of tan-tinged head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A sweet roasty body with notes of dark fruit and milk chocolate. Perhaps a little lacking in intensity.

Flavor: Roasty and chocolaty malt with dark fruit mildly sour lactose notes. If you go looking, you can find some mild coffee flavors and lightly biter hops. It's simple and balanced, though not plain and shallow. Lactose and roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Smooth all around, this is certainly a quick drinker.

Verdict: Taddy is an easy and straightforward Porter that's great for when you're looking for something that is easy to drink without being boring. Sure, you could argue the intensity could stand to be notched up, but this stands well as it is.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Black/Mahogany with brown/red highlights. Full inch and a half of toasty tan foam. Plenty of lacing and fair retention.

Coffee, cocoa, hints of goldings and fuggles hops. Hints of fruit - I get a little strawberry jam. Butter is present as well.

There's a reason this is a classic. Incredibly complex, dense, and balanced. Plenty of interesting flavors going on - strawberry jam and copper start the beer as it shifts quickly (and cleanly) into coffee and cocoa with hints of butter. Finishes clean with the bright "tinny" flavor of fuggles and goldings. Hard not to like.

Dense, but well carbonated to keep it from feeling heavy. I'd prefer a slightly more velvety texture, but that may happen on tap. So, I'll hope for that to happen.

Great beer. At 5%, it's hard not to say, "I'll have another" more times than one should or could...

Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep mahogany with ruby edges. Large creamy beige head. Good retention and little lacing left.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of tobacco.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate and coffee make up most of the taste. More chocolate than coffee. Also with these is some caramel, butterscotch, and burnt sugar/molasses. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter porter.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy despite being somewhat thin. Would like it to be a bit fuller.

D - Really good smooth and easy to drink. Lovely flavors that are well balanced. Lots of good porter flavors.

Notes: Very nice porter with balanced and nice flavors. Not too bitter and not too sweet. Smooth and nice body, but I would like it to be a bit fuller.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a sturdy porter, all is well. Aroma comes across like oil and alcohol.

Taste is oil, alcohol, brown ale and water. No hop quality. Like a mead from England. Mouthfeel is like a walnut mixed in with the aforementioned taste. Drinkability is lame, as its about $5 per 500 ml, and its just not enjoyable. Not my thing.

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

Poured in samuel smith pint glass

A: Deep deep brown with a tan that is about 3 fingers this one looks tasty.

S: I smell it form a foot away, lots of roasted malts, with hops in the nose as well.

T: so light for how it looks, the taste threw me off I was expecting something bigger, roasty and acidic to start with the hops to round out the beers finish melding perfect with the acidic qualities that are there form the start, this is perfectly balanced.

M: This is so light, the carbonation is good, it leaves a dry roastyness on the pallet. it is refreshing as any other beer I have. balanced out, and just right on point.

D: superior drinkability, I could session these or I could have one and done. This is a fine example of a porter this is done right. oh so good.

Photo of biglite351
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, but you can see light through the middle of the glass. Full long lasting creamy looking foam.

S - malty and full. Inviting and not overpowering.

T - oddly complex but mild. There are a lot of different tastes that move through the flavor palette. Mild after taste, not bitter.

M - tingle right at the front of the tongue early. Mild tingle at the back of the throat in after taste. Possibly a little thin.

D - higher than the sum of its parts. This could easily be the soul beer you have all evening. Would be great during a card game.

Photo of tjd112
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Dark colour, decent tan head, little bit of lacing

Smell - Roasty, malty

Taste - Plums with a whiff of chocolate

Mouthfeel - A bit of a dry finish, kinda thin

Drinkability - Definitely a sessionable beer

Overall - It's a pretty good beer

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

A: Deep dark brown with a slight tan head, leaves behind okay lacing.

S: Smells like roasted malts, but with odd sour notes.

T: Bitter dark fruit up front, with a faint taste of chocolate in there. Roasted malts as well. Underwhelming taste, overall.

M: Much thinner than anticipated. Has a decent creaminess to it.

D: With all the hype behind this, I am very disappointed. Glad I only bought a single.

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

Pours a deep, dark, charred crimson topped by a modest tan head that dies down, but never gives up completely.

The aroma is faint chocolate and toast, maybe a bit of caramel. Nice, but not showy in the least.

The taste is light milk chocolate and roast, malt, with a tinge of underlying coffee bitterness, and a slightly dry, light metallic finish that lingers in the aftertaste. There's a slight raw doughiness to the taste and aroma that shows up only while sipping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation to get the job done but not a speck more.

All in all a solid, workaday porter, and one that I like a lot.

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

A:Pretty much pitch black with a good brownish head that leaves a good laceing.
S:sweet roasted Chocolate coffee with slight caramelyness to it very plesant over all.
T:kind of like it smells with a dark choclate taste up front with the rosted coffee taste comeing in at the end not as great as i was expecting but still very good.
M:Very very smooth and creamy has a very good heavyness to it.
D:This is a very drinkable porter i would buy it agian for sure.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe I have never reviewed this beer before. This is one of the first beers that got me in to craft brewing. I poured this in to a standard English pint glass. Color is chestnut brown, with a tall white head to cap things off. Deep chocolate and dark fruit dominate the smell, with some charcoal thrown in to the mix as well. Taste is full of chocolate, and more dark fruit, It also gets a bit metallic at times, which strangely enough really works for this beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinks as easily as any beer I have ever come across. This beer reminds me of why I first fell in love with traditional English Porters. I think sometimes English Ales get a bad rap for being too mild, but this brew proves that notion wrong. Indeed, this beer could stand up to any American Porter or Baltic Porter easily. Cheers

Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a black body that's clear and dark-brown around the edges when backlit. Nice looking two-finger head of creamy tan foam with average retention and a good amount of delicate lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Simultaneously mild and pungent aroma of chocolate malt, vanilla yogurt, and a touch of sulphur. Interesting, and appropriate for the English porter style - but not quite my cup of tea.

T: Starts out with mild malt sweetness, followed by a pleasantly smooth lactic yogurty sourness (along with plenty of vanilla). Finishes with a bit of roasted malt bitterness. Again, not a style I'm particularly fond of, but this is pretty spot on.

M: Very smooth, fairly thin body with only light carbonation. A little on the weak side.

D: Very smooth, with a good balance of sweetness and sourness. This one definitely goes down easily.

Notes: I was a little put off at first by the yogurt sourness, but after a bit I warmed up to it (both in terms of personal taste and out of respect for the traditional style). It paired especially well with one of my wife's wonderful peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.


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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a mug.

Very dark, unclouded beer. The hues tend towards umber as opposed to ruby or amber. The head is ample and fluffy and medium tan. All of the lacing slides down the glass, so there is none.

Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts mingle with piny hops.

Tastes are likewise dark and piny. There is sweetness and tartness and caramel. Flavors of coffee linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and the finish is just a bit sweet. Carbonation is light.

Drinkability is quite high for a dark beer. I am pleased to enjoy this fine beer once again, and again, and again.

I love Sammy Smith. They are accessible and top notch as a general rule and the Taddy Porter is no exception.


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

I'm in a huge stout/porter phase at the moment and this thing is money.

Black with a tight lingering head and loads of lace. Head honestly hasn't budged for the duration of this delicious pint.

Inviting sweet and smokey aroma, notes of just burnt toast and the coffee aisle of the supermarket.

Malt sweetness up front, dates and prunes. The savoury middle reminds me of crispy roast potatos with gravy. Medium full body, medium low carbonation, scary high drinkability. Halfway through this review, I've poured another just to check.. Yep. It's good.

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

18oz. signature bottle with gold foil over the cap. Served cool into a pint glass.

The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown color with good clarity as it leaves the bottle. The bone white head is creamy and long-lasting.

Aroma is sweet and full of character - lots of chocolate and evidence of barrel aging, oddly.

Flavor is sweet and full of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. There is even some nice coffee on the finish. It has good balance from begining to end with a nice dryness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and lower in carbonation like it should be. Really enjoyable in this category.

Overall a great porter and one that had been overlooked too long. I'm glad I gave it a try.

Photo of Kylito87
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Last beer of 2009 more notes on my drive. Heres We Goes.

Appearance- Brownish black with reddish tones creamy tan head floats on top of with great retention. Very prominent lacing.

Smell- Roasted Malt, Coffee, and slight chocolate.

Taste- This beer is VERY ROASTY! It has almost this smokey / Charcoal oak barrel trait to it. It packs a very roasty punch which really makes the drinker pace themself.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation with a medium to medium high body. It is very smooth and pleasant on the pallete. I like to let the sip stay in mouth to allow the beer to show me it's true nature and this beer does feel good all the way through.

Drinkability- This beer is not the most drinkable porter I have come across. I think that has to do with it's super roasty taste. Don't get me wrong it is a great beer but my tongue tends to tire of intense smokey/roasty traits in beer after 2 or 3 beers.

Overall- One of the most unique tasting beers I have reviewed to date. It is definitly something that you really have to try for yourself to fully appreciate.

Photo of MikeB20
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first BA review, here it goes.

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours super dark nearly opaque with a beautiful ruby color when held in the light. A really nice two finger creamy tan head. The lacing was fairly sparse in the end with most of it toward the top of the glass.

S: I'm getting a nice coffee smell with a touch of roasted malt, I expected a heavier roasted malt scent on the nose.

T: It's starts off ever so slightly sweet and finishes bitter. I'm getting a lot of roasted malt flavor which I love but not a whole lot of anything else, at least not enough to really seperate it from the roasted flavor. Perhaps a touch of coffee.

M: Suprisingly light for a Porter. It has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel but the carbonation is light.

D: Very drinkable, I think it would suprise people who feel Porters and Stouts are too bold and heavy. I really enjoyed this one and I'll certainly be seeking it out again to share with friends.

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

18.7 oz bottle into imperial pint glass:

A: Black opaque body with slight ruby highlights, and the great creamy light coffee head with excellent lacing, and permanent hold.

S: Smokey with some dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and caramel

T: The dark fruit takes on a more predominant role, overshadowing the coffee, but the chocolate remains, which is now a bit milkier, while smoke lingers on the finish.

M: Exceptionally creamy and smooth, with a tiny bit of carbonation, with the twang of dark fruit on the finish giving it a bit of a bite

D: Not my style, but as with all Sam Smith brews, it's of the best I've had of the style. It's surprisingly big for 5%, but an easy session beer.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark, dark brown/black with a soft white mocha head, good retention, a classic pint.

S: Chocolate, tar and sugar plums.

T: Dark bitter chocolate, but no roast as it should be with a porter. Great minerality/hard water characteristics. Handsome notes of dark fruit and licorice are intertwined throughout.

M: Very soft carbonation and easy on the palate as a good session beer should be. Creamy and smooth with lots of subtle nuance.

D: While Fuller's is the star of this style for me, Sam Smith's version is excellent and much more widely available, I can get this anytime at the corner liquor store whenever I want a good and tasty traditional English ale.

Photo of BeerMasterD
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

335 ml brown bottle.
Diggn' the old-school look of the bottle/label. All sammy smith bottles are interesting though.
Poured black with some deep ruby in the light, 2 finger fluffy cream tan head. Looks delicious. I didnt let this brew warm up enough maybe as i wasnt getting nearly anything for aroma other than a faint coffee. Tasted some faint bitter chocolate and malt but the coffee was what really stood out to me with this guy. This was very sweet i thought, balanced and some dark fruit. It was alot lighter than i guess i figured it would be which is usually the case, i could drink motor oil sludge and still think its too light haha. Very drinkable/tastey straight forward porter though and if i was a coffee drinker which im not, id much rather have one of these in the morning with breakfast for sure, and with only a good 5% ABV it certainly wouldnt be a problem.

Photo of TitanTake
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 1 pt bottle.

A - (poured into a small glass for this) dark, slight fizz that went away quickly; very little light comes through

S - deep, sweet charcoal aroma; nutty; warm

T - initially very light, but then a strong charcoal flavor mixed with hops; almost like it was filtered through oak charcoal just before it was bottled

M - very smooth; a little effervescent

D - must drink slowly to appreciate; almost a meal in itself

After my initial review, I started eating something salty while drinking this. It seemed to really enhance the flavors of both. Reminded me of a beer you would drinking in a cabin or lodge on a cold winter night.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,634 ratings.