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

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2,661 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 161
Gots: 209 | 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 TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -28.2%

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

Expections were high for this brew, from reading some of the other reviews that I had read. I had both the D.Carnegie & Co. and the Entire Butt porters' in the last couple of weeks, and I enjoyed those two much more. Anyway...Pours a nice black color, the aroma is sort of flat, almost like cold bacon. Nice tiny head that sticks around. The taste is slightly tiny hints of expresso and chocolate. Maybe I enjoy a sweeter porter....
It ends with a nice long finish. Like I said though...not bad at all, but there are plenty of other options open.

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

A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a thick 3/4" rocky tan head. Decent head retention and impressive lacing. The body was a completely opaque dark brown, which obscured the presence of any carbonation that would normally be observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Coffee and toffee aromas dominate the nose. No detectable noble hops. Simple and elegant... sign of good things to come?

T- Good things indeed. Sweet candy and roasted malts are up front on the palate, followed by the anticipated toffee flavor in the middle. Coffee-like flavors are present in the finish, along with a faint trace of roasty bitterness. Damn tasty. I'm tempted to give this a '5' in the flavor department...

M- A nice medium-large body. Moderately under-attenuated, with some nice creaminess added to the mouthfeel by the abundant soft carbonation. A pleasantly full body for a porter.

D- Goes down super smooth, and packed with fantastic aroma and flavor for such a low ABV beer. The only thing that keep this from being a regular session beer in my fridge is the price!

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 jonathaniler
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Supergenious
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Appearance: Pours from the 550 ml bottle into my pint glass black. When held directly in front of a light bulb a single point of dark ruby red is seen. Big, thick, brown head, at least 1-1/2 inches. Fell inward on itself to form a solid covering. The lacing was weak keeping this from a 5.

Smell: Malty, roasted malt. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hint of raisin, and plum.

Taste: Primary is the roasted malt. Flavors similar to the scent, with a nice bitter touch on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy. Not overly thick and syrupy. Medium to full bodied, carbonation was low but seemed to really fit this beer.

Drinkability: First real cold night here in a long while (about 16 degrees F with a wind chill in the single digits), this beer just seems perfect for the weather. This is an easy to drink beer, not over-the-top with blow you away hops (but is a bit to the malty side). Would I want another? You bet. Could I drink these all night? Probably not, just too filling, but then again being responsible and drinking in moderation is part of Beer Advocacy is it not? Respect Beer, especially this beer, highly recommended must try.

Photo of BBM
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice black color, with ruby red highlights and a nice, creamy tan head. The aroma is of roasted nuts, coffee, and molassess.

The taste is extraordinary. There is a certain burnt grain taste up front, accompanied by coffee, chocolate, and a syrupy sweet malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bitterness to the finish for balance. This brew is smooth, rich, and complex. Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy. It is incredibly drinkable. This is by far my favorite Porter I've tried, and another outstanding beer from Sam Smith.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A - Black with ruby edges. Two fingers of tan head that receded quickly and settled down. Sticky lacing.

S – Big roasty smell. Chocolate, mocha and coffee.

T – Deep roasty flavors just like the smell. Coffee bitterness. Slight chocolate taste but no real sweetness. Brown sugar. Dry at the end.

M – Creamy. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Smooth.

O – Its been said a million times but this is just a great porter. Very drinkable. Great taste. Winner all the way around.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jmtpi
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of addiwilliams
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of slowdaddy
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Stunner97
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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,

Photo of kobeer
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby tinted brown with a creamy mocha colored head that clings to the walls of my pint glass. Smells lightly of hops with a well rounded roasted sweet malts. Hint of coffee and chocolate as well.

Soft lightly carbonated mouthfeel that fits the beer and is reminiscent of many other Samuel Smith beers. Very well balanced between three main flavors: grassy hops, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. Straightforward and delicious example of an English Porter. Great introduction to the style for the less experienced beer drinker and a solid staple for the seasoned veteran.

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

500ml into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice brown body with a light brown head bout 3 fingers high.

S: Roasty-maltiness with a some smokey hints.

T: Malt and malt. you think its gonna go sweet but it goes to a brown gravy mushroom darkness with a bit metallic but not too bad. ends nice and dry. maybe a bit of canned mushrooms in there too as it warms.

M: medium

D: We used to buy cases of the big bottles. this is a very drinkable beer. seems a bit metallic tonight but my taster may be off a bit.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Black with brown hues, it poured with a one-finger head that settled to a dark cream thick film with big bubbles and some lacing.
S: Toffee and nuts (pecans and some walnuts) with a slight milk chocolate and a drier cream character.
T: Dry milk chocolate roast, crisp walnut, raisins, a slight cranberry. Slight earthy woody bitterness. Good.
M: Thinner and not very frothy, but with a crisp finish.
D: Good. A couple pints would be fine.

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

pours dark brown with some red highlights and a two finger tan head than lingers. has some of the most interesting lacing i have ever noted in a beer - reminds me of spotting animals in cloud formations as a kid.

nose of molasses, dark chocolate, raisin. gives you a good lead in to the taste.

flavors of chocolate and roasted malts with dark fruity overtones and molasses, followed by faint bitterness in the finish. this one is rich, fairly complex and well balanced, but i'd like just a bit more bitterness.

mouthfeel is amazing. soft, smooth and creamy with just the right amount of co2. feels like a cozy warm bed on a chilly fall night.

quite enjoyable and very, very drinkable. definitely in the top three for the style imo. if you've ever wanted to know what a porter should taste like, this would be a good place to start.

Photo of Beefytits4
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of tugdriver7
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always on the lookout for a great porter, this one came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Deep brown to black in the glass with a decent bit of foam on top. Rich roasted malt in the nose and the same in the initial taste, but the lighter body, subtle carbonation, and a hint of bitter hops balance the brew beautifully and make it extremely drinkable. Well worth seeking out. Just a quality porter. Period.

Photo of Greasy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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