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

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Ratings: 2,547
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 146
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Patches826, Apr 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter

A - Poured a beautiful deep dark brown, looks black as night from afar. Incredible lacing and head retention. Some of the stickiest lacing clings, ive seen in a while

S - Picking up light fruity esters, chocolate, and coffee.

T - Taste starts off silky smooth. Almost a cideresque mouthfeel to it. Dark fruit notes including figs, raisins, plums, grapes, and sour apples. Some rich dark chocolate, but not as much as the nose had suggested. Strong roasted coffee notes, similar to esperesso. Malt prescense upfront, notes of butterscotch midway through, which fades to a bitter fruit infused strong roasted aftertaste that lasts a good amount of time. Excellent. Mid-bodied. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as it could be, a bit light on the palate. Chewy to an extent. Still maintains it's creamy fullfilling richness though. Finishes extremely dry. Drinkability is excellent.

An outstanding Porter.

HoustonTX, Aug 09, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

DrIPA, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality brew from one of the great breweries in the world. Not quite in the class of the Fuller's porter, but right up there with any of the others. Pours a huge, foamy head, with good retention and some lace. Smooth, cherry like flavor. Relatively thin body, good drinkability. Very little bitterness. Excellent with food. A pleasure to drink any time I've had it, as is the case with all of Samuel Smith's beers (and I've yet to be skunked).

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 05, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

DrewShalvoy, May 08, 2013
Photo of zerk
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, with a tan head... eventually settled to a lace that clung to the glass. Aroma and flavor of roast coffee and a little bit of smoke. Very smooth, low carbonation, and a medium mouthfeel. This is a pretty good offering from Old Brewery Tadcaster.

zerk, Sep 08, 2002
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Clear bottle.
No freshness date.

This beer poured into the glass a deep dark cocoa brown/black with hints of ruby when held to the light; it was clear and decently carbonated. The head that was produced was thick, and very dense, beige colored and long lasting. The lace that was formed was thick and sheety near the top, slowly broke apart near the bottom of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly simple, which is nice, smells of coffees, chocolate and some rich dark malt. Classic. The tastes that I experienced were of coffee and hints of chocolate in the beginning, then slowly caramel notes came forth, then dark malts, then as it finished more combo of coffee , chocolate, and hints of dark fruits as it ended. The aftertaste was on the dry side, with combined flavors of malt and coffee. The body was medium. This is a classic beer, well represents its style. Creamy, rich, dry, hints of bitter and fruit make this beer worth the try and IMO would get again.

Jarod, Feb 06, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

John_Beeryman, Jul 21, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours black with a one and a half finger creamy tan colored head that recedes leaving bits of residual lacing.

S. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, creamy sweetness, and a bit of vanilla.

T. Lots of roasted chocolate up front with that same creamy sweetness and some roasted bitterness on the tail. Ends dry.

M. Medium body with creamy carbonation.

D. I expected this to be a bit sweeter than it is. Creamy sweetness rather than caramel notes that I expected. My wife's pick to pair with a seafood dinner for her birthday.

BeerAndBourbon, Apr 26, 2011
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Beer-A-Lot, Mar 28, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a very good porter in all respects, and it nears the level of stout-like on occasion. The brewery makes some good beers and some great beers. This one I would classify as good, as I was expecting a bit more from it while I was drinking it.

The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with some faint ruby hints. A cocoa colored foam retains for around 3 to 4 minutes and leaves minimal lacing. The smell starts off with roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol and it eventually mellows out into a very nice cocoa powder smell. The mouthfeel was smooth, but a bit thinner than I expected a porter to have. Had decent carbonation. The flavor was mostly of roasted malts, and there were notes of light chocolate and coffee, some dark fruitiness, and some alcohol. Slightly sweet, but there is a hop bitterness in the finish and some dryness imparted by the roasted flavors and alcohol that isn't overdone and balanced this quite nicely. The dryness continues into aftertaste with some more roasted and cocoa notes, and it ends with some alcoholic warmth.

The flavors in this beer are very good, but I was slightly dissapointed because it wasn't as complex as I expected and was more mellow than I anticipated as well. The flavors could stand to be kicked up a few notches, but other than that this is a good porter, and another good beer from Sam Smith.

Beastdog75, Dec 30, 2003
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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle, pours, a black colour with a big head and there's always a ring and lace. Smell of chocolate, coffee, caramel, liquorice and some burnt wood. Creamy palate, so not full, taste is the same as smell, burnt notes more accentuated, but all is there: chocolate, coffee, caramel, and liquorice. Bitterswwet finish.

janubio, Dec 16, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a British pint glass.

Pours with an amazingly creamy two fingers of head that lasts and lasts, and instead of going away it just gets creamier looking. Body is clear very dark ruby. Looks nearly perfect.

Smells of distant light English hops, stronger but mild slightly robust roasted malts, and inviting creamy malt character.

Soft subtle roasted malts play happily on the tongue throughout this flavor. The drier character lends flavors that resemble the best Irish dry stouts, as I believe this beers soul shares the same origins the previously mentioned ales. However this is set apart in flavor by the classic Samuel Smith diacetyl flavors.

The mouthfeel is so soft I can hardly believe this is neither poured from a tap, draw from a cask, or infused with nitrogen. Such head retention and soft smooth mouthfeel are hard to attain with traditional ingredients and bottling. Leave it to Samuel Smiths to defy expectations. Drinkability is very good.

Conclusion: As is everything else I have tried from this brewery, this beer is wonderful. As English as it can be, it is subtle, satisfying, and so smooth it is unreal. A great example of a traditional British porter.

allforbetterbeer, Feb 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

AMCPhD, Aug 11, 2014
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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.

BeanBone, Mar 08, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby brown with a fluffy brown head and nice lace. Coffee and chocalote aromas with some licorice. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, toffee and a roasted flavor. Even smoother after warming a little and not too heavy. Delicious and very easy to drink. A must try...A+

Lupe, Sep 04, 2002
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a over sized pint glass.

A: Very dark, nearly black in appearance. Thick, billowing head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, faint chocolate and faint coffee.

T: Mildly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, mildly malted hellaciously well balanced.

M: Medium, creamy and smooth as silk.

D: Well, this is absolutely drinkable by nearly everyone who likes beer. May very well be the best porter I have had to date...

ujsplace, Oct 18, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a massive mocha head. This is almost visually perfect.

Smells of heavy roasts and light figs. Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee with a little light fruit to balance.

Tastes of roasted malty goodness. Coffee and chocolate lead with a little grape sweetness to balance. Bitter finish in the form of black coffee.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied as you would expect. more creaminess would be a plus.

This is a greatly drinkable brew. Lots of stuff going on, yet not overwhelming in any sense.

RomaniIteDomum, Jul 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

TubaManJack, Dec 28, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

teromous, Dec 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

SammyJaxxxx, Oct 13, 2014
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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.

biglite351, Feb 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. A classic that 1st introduced me to this wonderful style, finally reviewed officially.
Pours pitch black into a dimple mug with good quarter inch mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a lacing around the glass.
Smells of roasted malts, subtle hints of licorice, dark semi-sweet cocoa, maybe a bit of coffee.
Taste/Mouthfeel; nice rich malty flavor upfront that's not thick at all, with a nice subtle blending of the aforementioned licorice and semi-sweet but no coffee, before giving way to a smokey clean finish.
Overall, a standard of an english porter. Full, yet easy drinking, finishes clean and nicely balanced. Well done.

Blueribbon666, Feb 19, 2012
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 2,547 ratings.