Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head. The color yields some reddish tints when held to the light. The lacing is impressive. The nose is of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. The taste is more of the roasted goodness and a bit of hazelnut lurks beneath. There are also hints of dark chocolate, but they are very subdued. The mouthfeel is smooth, albeit a tad (no pun intended) bit thin for my preference. Drinkability is good, as this is a pretty easy-drinking porter. A choice offering from Sammy Smith.
09-11-2002 18:44:19 | More by Jon
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
A: It's a very dark brown color, appearing black with a thumb width of tan head. Decent lacing lacing.
S: Immediately I get a metallic scent. I pick up chocolate and caramel scents. The metallic scent starts to fade when the bottle is opened longer (or I just notice it less).
T: I can taste lightly roasted grains, and what tastes like coffee flavored cocoa...it's not strong enough to taste like either one individually, but tastes like a flavor you'd get out of a coffee truffle or something similar. The flavor is very sweet, and doesn't have bitterness at all.
M: The mouthfeel is about medium, but it has a light airy feel about it.
O: Overall it's a nice sweet beer without being syrupy or heavy. It would work great as a dinner beer where you don't want to have a strong overpowering flavor. It would also work well with a dessert. I would drink it again, but it's not the best porter.
12-30-2011 21:08:52 | More by teromous
3.93/5 rDev -6%
poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a real nice dark chocolate color with a nice head to it.
Well balanced, but seeming a bit shy in the aroma department. Good aromas of coffee, malts and chocolate. Wasn't all too giving though.
Full bodied with a really nice smooth and complete feel. Good depth with flavors of coffee and chocolate with a really nice roasted malt finish.
This was consumed at room temperature. The aromas were the only real let down, but this is a quality english porter.
05-15-2012 15:53:11 | More by KDawg
4.22/5 rDev +1%
Ah, the first Saturday of the English Premier League season called for a proper pint while watching my Norwich City squad in the top flight.
Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint.
Beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Beer smells of inviting dark chocolate and coffee beans. The roasted barley stands out as well. The taste is about as quintessential porter...the roasted barley stars again. Deep, delicious flavor.
The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess. The carbonation is light and adds to the drinkability.
Overall, a great traditional British porter. Paired well with Saturday morning football.
08-15-2011 00:14:27 | More by pburland23
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
Pours black with some slight reddish highlights around the edges. Has a coffee colored head with real good retention.
Smells of cherries, malt, and coffee.
Taste dark cherries up front followed by bitter coffee. Finishes dry with rum/raisen notes.
05-01-2011 01:03:21 | More by Chickenhawk9932
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a British Pint glass, served at 62f.
Black as coal which only shows the dimmest ruby at the bottom when held to a bright light, topped with a rich mocha head that leaves nice lacing.
aroma of toasted caramel malt, some earthy hops and a touch of Diacetyl.
Mouthfeel is like mousse, light and effortless.
Taste: a thin roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with a lactic tour twang, a touch of prunes with a little bit of earthy hops.
A good tasting beer with many layers of flavor, but that flavor may be just a little too subtle. Not as as sturdy or robust as Fuller's London Porter this is nevertheless an excellent beer. The lack of the smokiness of this beer, which Fuller's has makes this a lighter and easier to drink but perhaps slightly less memorable British Porter. Still, this is a fine beer and quite enjoyable.
10-29-2011 21:42:16 | More by fx20736
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
3.23/5 rDev -22.7%
Poured an opaque, black color with a cream colored head that was both frothy and sticky. A bit of lacing was left behind in my pint glass. The texture appears thick with a somewhat murky presence that is enticing. Aromas of plums, dates, alcohol, roasted sugar, and old raisins seemed to come out. The taste was dominated by malt & fruit derived sweetness. Smoked and burnt wood flavors add depth to the beer, but also seem out-of-place in that they don't work with the other flavors. A bitter finish is quite enjoyable. An interesting brew with unique flavors and a nice texture, but not all of the elements I look for in a good porter are there.
05-04-2006 12:44:47 | More by jaluria
4.83/5 rDev +15.6%
There's an old song,: In heaven ain't no beer, so we gotta drink it here!"
Well, I hope thats wrong because this brew is a taste of heaven!
The color is like Black Garnet when held up to the light. This and several others are making me a Porter lover!
08-21-2011 16:43:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
4.88/5 rDev +16.7%
Oh joy of joys, one of my favorite porters of all time. Samuel Smith hasn't let me down yet. Enjoyed barely chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a rich, midnight chocolate brown. Smelled of fresh baker's chocolate with a hint of berries and bread dough. Taste was smooth and complex, rich and layered. Coffee, chocolate, hints of biscuit, and a kiss of fruit. Good times and cheers!
04-23-2008 19:25:34 | More by Portertime
4.22/5 rDev +1%
A: Very dark brown with some dark cherry highlights when held to light. A solid, creamy tan head that slowly descends to a creamy cap and leaves light lacing.
S: Chocolate and coffee malts, some diacetyl butterscotch notes, and faint fig notes, as well. A solid aroma, but it could be a bit stronger.
T&M: Smooth chocolate and coffee malts accentuated with caramel flavors and some of that diacetyl buttery flavor is present throughout, as well. A damn smooth and tasty porter. It's medium bodied with a lightly creamy and smooth feel that makes it go down very easily. Stronger body would help to facilitate the flavor development, but that's really my only issue with the beer.
D: I put this one down rather quickly. It's probably as sessionable of a porter as you'll ever find because of it's smooth feel, wonderful taste, and lower ABV. 5.
05-20-2008 03:22:20 | More by BamaBeerBuff
4.21/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Nice lacing and black-brown color.
S - Delicious aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate.
T - Bitter coffee, subtle spiciness rather than sweetness in taste.
M - Dry finish that goes well withe spicy taste. Nice.
O - A superb porter that deserves the title of "famous." Always a winner.
03-28-2014 22:42:27 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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