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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

2,221 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2221
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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A straightforward and undertstated real and earthy porter. Molasses, bit of fig, smooth creamy roast and chocolate bitter but smooth aftertaste. Lingering roast and vanilla aroma and taste of the powders. Some wood smokiness. Thanks Irondjinn for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2004 04:25:09 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee, and some dark fruit and port wine aromas. Taste is mildly tart and is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel/toffee, and some slight dark fruit flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I enjoy the smell more than the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:22:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Ruby-accented mahogany with very little light penetration. The head is large, light chocolate milk in color and semi-stiff. It's pitting like crazy on top and is taking forever to deflate. An above average amount of chunky lace decorates the glass.

The aroma is of roasted malt and cocoa/chocolate and would be better if it was stronger. A very good porter. Dark roasted malty on the palate with flavors of semi-sweet chocolate covered caramels. There's a small splash of coffee in the background and a mild hoppiness, both of which add to the complexity of the flavor profile.

The finish is shorter than I'd like. When a beer is this good, I want it to hang around a bit longer. The body is 'porter medium' at best. Even a slightly bigger body would be of benefit in keeping the wonderful flavor front and center where it belongs. The quaffability quotient is on the high side; I hadn't noticed that the bottle is nearly empty.

The Famous Taddy Porter deserves its fame. It's classic and it's damn good. Attractive appearance, subdued nose, delicious flavor, medium body, highly drinkable. Sounds like a winner to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 17:42:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally managed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here....

A - Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a small tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace. Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had. Wow. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations! Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel. Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:01:02 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark brown in color, nearing black, with an off-white head. Sweet toffee and molasses along with a lot of roasted malt. Perhaps a hint of coffee and licorice, too. The flavor has plenty of roasted malt, but it is not overwhelming. A bit of dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, and maybe some coffee. Just slightly dry on the finish as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:29:10 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black body with the faintest ruby highlights; despite a hard pour, I didn't get much of a head but a ringlet lasted throughout; not much lacing

Smell: Coffee, tobacco, licorice and dark chocolate on the nose, but fainter than I expected

Taste: Starts out brown bready but a bitter/sour flavor takes over in the middle and fades while the sweet chocolate, coffee and tobacco elements resume their promenance; nice dark chocolate aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Judging from the other ratings, I was inclined to mark my scores up a notch but I wouldn't be honest to this bottle if I did that; worth taking another try in the future, I was put off by some of the sour elements in this sample

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 22:50:04 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium dark head with average retention. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt is dominating. Taste is also dominated by some sweet dark chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. Body is average and carbonation is good. Seems to represent the standard for English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 17:49:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

This is what a porter should taste like. Simple, pure, clean, and full of flavor. A solid dose of dark malts and a hint of roasted barley and chocolate in both aroma and flaovr. Mild fermentation sourness adds a complex layer in the same way that milk stouts do. A medium body with flavors more commonly found in heavy beers. Gives a creamy coat to the whole mouth with a deep chocolate layer without becomming thick or sugary sweet. Finishes very clean with a light roasted grain bitterness. Terriffic from sip to finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 16:49:38 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 20:36:18 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: Poured near black with a thin, creamy brown head. Only a light level of carbonation is visible but there is very good head retention.
S: There are sweet malty and nutty aromas in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell with some malty sweetness and nutty flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There's not that much carbonation but the level perfectly fits the style and is just enough.
D: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 20:39:18 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I needed something to take my mind off the crushing, soulless, fleeting and futile nature of existence, if only for a few brief minutes. That would be nice, yes. So, that's where the Samuel Smith "The Famous" Taddy Porter (in a brown bottle) came in.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a creamy, light khaki-colored head. No lacing.

Smell: Subtle aroma of toasted toffee with hints of chocolate, nuts, and a slight smokiness.

Taste: A true medley of malt flavors with each sip - coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, molasses. The finish has a soft, light hoppiness to it, but also carries with it a toasted sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Smooth, but a bit watery on the palate.

Drinkability: For me, it could use just a bit more body, but perhaps the current recipe tested better with focus groups. So what do I know? Still, though, its a worthy English porter and exceedingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 04:37:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black but I did notice some slight red hues thru the glass with a thin off white head.The aroma is not very strong on this beer soome slight sweet rasiny smell to it.The taste however is bursting with complexty of flavors,very roasted flavor with some coffee notes,also a lingering raisiny sweetness in the finish.A real nice flavorful porter,a true classic.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 17:24:11 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

A black robe reveals mahogany highlights at the base; and around the sides when held to the light. Its rocky tan head holds exceptionally well to start; and it maintains a thin, creamy surface covering throughout the pint. The nose displays caramel, fruit and soft buttery diacetyl. The body is medium/light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy and soft in the mouth; and very smooth across the palate. The flavor reflects the nose with mildly sweet caramel; fruit that's a touch winey with red grape, raisins, and berries; milk chocolate; and some rounding buttery diacetyl backed by a solid bitterness. What's not to like? It finishes dry with a residual note of fruity caramel and light butter. Very well done with quite a bit of finesse - light but complex! Absolutely enjoyed best at cellar temperature!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 19:20:19 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

550ml bottle, simple old-school label. One of the cuter non-animal based, non-kitschy names for a beer that is available around here.

This beer pours a very solid deep brown colour, with ever so slight cola edges when held to the light, and three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and creamy tan head, which leaves some patchy, streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of rich, dark baker's chocolate, lightly roasted and grainy caramel malt, a somewhat sour nuttiness, and a hint of dry coffee beans. The taste is powdery bittersweet chocolate straight away, followed closely by a tame caramel/toffee malt, black fruit skins, a mild lactic sourness, stale nutty coffee, wet ash, and mild earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite soft, just a wee frothiness popping in here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a touch of milky creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the chocolate and malt overpowering any sour or hoppy drying pushes.

A pleasantly silky, supple, and tasty winter sipper - let it sit first for a spell if it is straight out of the fridge, though - the flavours seem to open up even more as it warms. Another paragon for the style in question from this brewer - they hit all the right buttons for their homeland's native brews, this much is certain.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 07:15:18 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tan, creamy head. Pitch black. Intenslely aromatic: rich, roasted coffee, butterscotch, toffee. Great hop presence. but light on the palate. Smooth, well-rounded, a porter full of character, that will remain on the top of my list until the end of time. Absolutely perfect. Light enough in alcohol to stand in as a session beer (but too expensive to actually work that way), and with plenty of body and bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 13:35:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty as you would expect with strong flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There are touches of vanilla and chocolate with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter with a good complexity that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 03:51:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours mahogany with a 2.5 fingers sand colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & wet cardboard & rum cake

T: Roasted malt, chocolate & bitter hops. Coffee, hops & more chocolate follows. Finishes dry & a little chalky with a hint of raisin

MF: Slick with good carbonation & okay balance

Didn't really stand out as drinkable, will get another bottle another day, this may be old or light struck

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 07:02:36 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is decent, but a bit on the dark side. It is full of roasted and black malts; a hearty porter. The taste is good. It has an elevated abv. taste with black malt flavor and a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent porter; definately not my favorite. I just can't get into these super black porters.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 02:18:25 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle. Working my way through this brewery. Poured into a goblet. Beer is dark brown to black. Forms a thin broken head of small brown bubbles. Carbonation is low. Lacing is low. Looks OK.

Aroma is mostly sweet, almost molasses. Interesting. Overall its a little weak.

Beer is medium in body, some roast comes up at the end, almost as an after taste, the bitterness lingers, not much carbonation on the palate. Overall the flavors are a little weak. I think its a good beer, a drinkable beer, but I'm generally bored.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 04:09:09 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

With this rating, I have officially rated all 100 beers on the Beers of Fame list.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small off-white head. The aroma has quite of bit of chocolate and brown malt, as well as a hint of mint. The flavor is similar. What comes through the strongest is a slightly smokey chocolate character, with a hint of mint and dark fruit. The beer is very creamy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 03:32:11 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a dark brown, cola-like color with a caramel colored, foamy, three-finger head. It left big rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and caramel.

T - It tasted of tons of caramel. Also, a sweet chocolate taste. It had a very smooth sweetness.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good porter.Great sweet chocolate and caramel flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 01:06:44 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Samuel Smith really shows what British beers can do, at least the ones imported to the U.S. They have some great beers, and here's the next one in the lineup for me.

A: A heavy pour yields a huge 3+ finger head that quickly settles in almost upsidedown waterfall, but not the same as a nitrous. A rich thick creamy head slowly subsides but very slowly, and leaves a lacing as it does. Super dark brown colored beer with just a hint of light coming through.

N: I could smell it quite a bit on the heavy pour. Lots of malts and sweet brown sugar. A heavy nose of roasted malts and dark malts. Added to that are some sweet brown sugar, and hints of molasses and a touch of nuttiness. A slight creamy lactose aroma and hint of chocolate milk. I even think I get a hint of cinnamon. A delicious nose with a really nice lightly sweet malty brown sugar.

T: Rich creamy malts to start. Some lactose with hints of chocolate malt give it a chocolate milk feel. More roasty flavors, with a touch of coffee, a little acidity and bitterness from the roast give it a slight harshness. It's semi sweet, but also a nice bitterness from both the roast and perhaps a touch of hops. Pretty smooth and creamy. A slight touch of nuttiness and cinnamon. Some sweet brown sugar and molasses, but not as much as the nose.

M: Creamy, smooth, and luscious with the medium body but seems a little watery for what I expected, and lower but good for the style carbonation.

F: Semi bitter on the finish with the roasty bitterness. Dries off a little, but it's not too sweet on the finish either. It's more creamy too, with lingering lactose finish. Some of the roasty coffee bean flavor also sticks around on the finish adding to the bitterness. I get a hint of raisin and brown sugar as well late on the finish. The bitterness seems to get a little overwhelming for what it should be at least, or perhaps I'm too in love with how luscious and creamy the oatmeal stout is.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 17:30:14 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger thick, light brown colored head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as it falls back into the brew. The brew is an opaque, deep, dark chocolate brown color that is approaching black. Rich concentrated aromas of malt are readily evident from the get go. A mix of treacle, toffee, toasted grain, sweet chocolate and a rich concentrated malt note that is usually found in much stronger imperial stouts and is often confused with soy-sauce type flavors.

The body of this beer is a bit lighter than I expected from the assertively malty aroma. It is still rich and even a bit creamy though. Notes of concentrated malt intermingle with notes of chocolate, black coffee, toffee, and lots of rich, umami type notes. The umami type flavors almost lend a sort of saltiness to this brew, though not quite. This beer really does drink a lot richer than it's strength would suggest; a mini meal in a bottle, and I can remember back in my early beer drinking days, being shocked by the flavors packed into this brew. Even now the flavors are still quite jarring; still this is a tasty tipple and one I am happy to revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 21:21:48 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This poured out with a nice deep brown colored body. the head was a light tan color that actually have a good amount of retention and lacing for a porter. The smell of the beer had plenty of roasted dark malts aromas and some light earthy hops aromas too. The taste of the beer was a little metallic at first buy faded nicely as the beer warmed up. The flavored of chocolate and sweet malts were dominant in this brew. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy and rich with a good carbonation level. Overall it's a damn good porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 19:21:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours black, slightly brownish along bottom. It has a thin, lasting off-white head.

The smell is of earthy toast and lightly roasted coffee.

The taste is of toast, lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. Sweet with a balancing earthy, almost floral, bitterness. Slightly acidic. Long, sweet semi-dry finish.

It's creamy and coating.

This is a classic English porter for sure. Makes for a nice "session".

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 18:49:38 | More by jwc215
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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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