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

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Reviews: 1,261
Hads: 2,801
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 199
Gots: 318 | FT: 2
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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 RonaldWilsonReagan
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour looked like a nice dark stout should. The smell of dark chocolate. Taste was metallic, not extremely pleasant at all. I purchased 3 Sam Smith varieties and all three have been underwhelming. Either they were out of date and shouldn’t have been distributed or this brewery is tremendously overhyped. (309 characters)

Photo of LvilleIPA
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Sammy bottle with the gold leaf wrapping.

Appearance - deep, deep brown, nearly black. A nice white/tan head at the top.

Smell - coffee and chocolate are definites. Also some burnt malts show up.

Taste - very, very smooth. Definitely one of the smoothest, medium bodied porters I've ever had. Some great coffee and malt tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but does creat a nice feeling on the palate. A tad light as far as porter's generally go, but the coffee/malt taste lingers long enough to not be a drawback.

Drinkability - TONS. So easy to drink, and at only 5% abv, you can hang out and drink this one all night long.

I absolutely recommend this classic to anyone who's a fan of porters. It's also light enough to recommend to anyone who is trying their first one of this style. Definitely one of my "all time favorite classics" though. (863 characters)

Photo of danny013
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint glass, topped up as needed. A nice hard pour reveals a dark body with rich ruby hues along the bottom of the pint. A thick, light brown head sits atop the beer that sticks throughout the pint and leaves some light lacing. Delicious looking ale.

Smell is rich and complex. Light fruity esters up front mixed with a pleasing malt sweetness. Soft chocolate aromas come through with some biscuit and toasted malts mixed in. Faint alcohol, but you really have to try and find it. No hops to pick out. Overall, very nice.

Taste is dominated by sweet chocolately malts as the beer hits the palate, some bread/biscuit flavors come through with a gentle/strange...sourness that isn't offensive and adds a bit of character to the beer, quite nice really. Flavors round out and the roasted grains and coffee flavors come through, balancing out the rich sweetness. Finish is light, leaves a faint grainy bitterness on the tongue with a excellent earthy hop flavor to savor until the next quaff.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation. Maybe a little less carbonation would make the beer a bit smoother and more creamy? Still, very delicious.

Overall, a very delicious porter from one of the older breweries in England. A well balanced ale that leaves you waiting for another sip, or another bottle! A few of these could definitly be had and enjoyed in a session. Also most Sam Smith beers can usually be found in most decent beer stores and all their offerings are excellent. Don't be afraid to grab a couple! (1,595 characters)

Photo of tehawful
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Famous Taddy Porter pours black with a creamy tan head. A really enticing looking porter. Roasted malt, coffe and chocolate are all present in the smell.

The first sip is very smooth. The rich roasted malt is predominant but a sweet dark chocolate taste lingers in the background. Undertone of molasses is also present. Finishes bitter with a bit of smokiness. Very smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

A really enjoyable porter with enough character to stand out. The Taddy Porter manages to offer a great interesting taste without being overly-complicated. There is a nice down to earth feel about this porter. Definitely something I will come back to, and probably my new standard for porters. (709 characters)

Photo of Brewbro000
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a small one finger light khaki head that recedes to a fine layer of tiny bubbles and a solid ring around the entire glass that holds for the majority of the beer. Very dark brown in color but when held to very bright light you can see hints of deep red around the edges.
S: Very smooth, rounded aroma of caramel malts like smelling freshly made bread but in beer form. With each consecutive whiff i smell something new and almost a small hint of dark fruityness. As it warms even more of these aromas become apparent in the glass.
T: Very crisp malt backbone of sweet malts hits you up front in a very mild mannered way, just what i expected from an English style Porter. Residual sweetness is minimal but it by no means finishes dry.
M/D: The texture is so well rounded in this beer that it's hard do recognize any sort of bite in the finish. Each sip goes down smooth and carbonation is perfect to allow the flavors to show through and not come off too rough. (972 characters)

Photo of irisier
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black body with red hue through the light. Frothy tan head that subsides to a somewhat sticky lace.

Smell: Smooth coffee and some bitter chocolate.

Taste: Dark malts at the outset with bitter coffee flavors and some roasted astringency. Sweetness isn't very strong and dry bitterness from a combination of roasted malt and hops wraps up this brew.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with some medium carbonation.

Notes: A good example of an English Porter. This brew is a bit more astringent/sour than other dark beers, so if you don't like astringency in a beer, than this might not be the brew for you. Personally though, I love it. (693 characters)

Photo of GeoJ
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It would be totally redundant to add anything to all of the great reviews, other than to say they are all on-the-money.

Absolutely wonderful, delicious brew that has easily become my personal benchmark for the style.

One of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've ever had.
Thank you, reviewers, for guiding me to this world-class beer! (380 characters)

Photo of smokinyodas
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only take five beers to Valhalla, Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter would be one of them.

Out pours a dark clean brown porter with a smooth creamy head. There is a fantastic aroma that comes from the West Yorkshire Square Yeast. The taste of roasted malts is one to savor as it gives way to mellow hints of coffee and chocolate. A semi-sweet nutty molasses or butterscotch note lingers in the middle until the dry fruity esters take over at the end.

A Beer, A beer, My Kingdom for a Beer, now If only I could afford to buy this Taddy Porter in Kegs. In conclusion, this is a perfectly blended Porter, one that is generous in both the iconic beauty of beer flavors while yet never being overbalanced in harmonious perfection. Clearly the legacy of Samuel Smith continues till this day and in my opinion stands out as a uniquely proud king of beers without equal. (880 characters)

Photo of kevinl6
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the smoothness and quality of the Sam Smith brews! This one, if you are familiar with Sam Smith brews, is about what you'd expect. A fairly black appearance with a thin, creamy head. A slight aroma of chocolate, roasty, and malty for the smell. It has a very flavorful taste with primarily chocolate undertones. This one is very smooth and creamy on the palate. As far as drinkability goes, I want another! Great porter. (427 characters)

Photo of CVC
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in an 18.7 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin light tan, creamy, one-finger head. Leaves little lacing. The smells very mild at first, but seemed to come out later on--dark chocolate and roasted malts, mainly. Tastes of roasted malts, and some coffee. A pretty thick mouthfeel, and also very drinkable.

A good porter all around. I think it goes well with just about any meal, and is very refreshing. (445 characters)

Photo of helloloser12345
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 550ml clear bottle. Gold foil around the neck and cap.

Pour: Tan foamy head with great retention and good lacing.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: I had expected quite an over powering aroma, but the aromas were subtle and well balanced (also very hard to pick out). Dried fruits (mainly sultanas), lightly roasted malts, chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee.

Flavour: Beautiful full flavours of roasted malts. Dark bitter chocolate and strong coffee after tones. Creamy mouth feel but slightly too much carbonation.

Overall: A truly magnificent and drinkable porter. Yet again the Samuel Smith brewery has impressed me. The dark appearance of this porter makes you think that it will be a challenge to drink more than a couple but it is quite light and goes down very easy, due to the excellent balance of flavours. (866 characters)

Photo of stageseven
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours an extremely dark brown, almost black in appearance. There is a small tan head, with little lacing on the glass.

It's aroma is that of roast coffee, with hints of berries. It's a very attractive looking and smelling drink.

The taste is dominated by coffee flavors, but there is a somewhat muted sweet malt flavor as well. The finish is bitter, with a roast coffee bean aftertaste.

The mouth feel is rich and creamy, with light carbonation. This beer is very similar in taste and feel to Guinness, but it has a much more balanced bitterness.

This is a very drinkable beer. Even though it's not a thirst-quencher, it is very flavorful, incredibly well balanced, and just tastes great. (697 characters)

Photo of sliv
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that helped me determine that my favorite style of beer is porter. I discovered the joy of Taddy when I was young and learning about beer, drinking far too many at a time, in Kenmore Square in the early 90’s. After all this time, I keep coming back to Samuel Smith’s, and this offering in particular.

Appearance:
It pours with an average sized head that subsides to light, sturdy foam quickly. The head clings to the glass very well. It is dark, dark brown color, with a touch of red when backlit. Although very dark, the beer has no cloudiness in evidence.

Smell:
There is an initial intense sweet smell followed by a smoky malt odor. It seemed like strong caramels with hints of chocolate.

Taste:
The first sip washed away my expectations of the heavy sweetness suggested by the aroma, leaving a medium smokiness with strong chocolate and malt flavors. There were hints of sweetness around the edges, making it not too bitter, which so many porters seem to forget. After the first few sips, the taste settled in to a medium coffee and chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is mild and malty, with a typical slight bitterness at the back of my tongue.

Mouth feel:
Taddy drinks very smooth, and not so creamy. It had a medium, firm texture, but was relatively light bodied, compared to some porters. It had a good amount of carbonation, but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability:
I poured this beer with notebook at the ready to study what is one of my favorites. Understandably, I consider it to be very drinkable, but was almost surprised that my glass was nearly empty before I had finished making notes. So it was a given that I poured the second one. I would consider this a good beer to drink all night, not too heavy, with just enough body to slow you down to enjoy it. (1,810 characters)

Photo of jaz
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured black with a thick, off-white, foamy head. A dark, deep red tint was apparent as I held the glass to the light. The foam subsided after a few minutes, lacing the glass nicely along the way. The aroma was the distinct, subtle scent of dark chocolate with a pleasant hint of smoke. The taste was the same; creamy, smooth, slightly smoky with a wonderful mild hop finish. The syrupy thickness and sweet, creamy mouthfeel were a perfect combination for this great beer. Truly a wonderful Porter. Hats off to another great product from Sam Smiths!! (550 characters)

Photo of Kunsan90
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I tried my two-year-old bottle first and it was just plain bad, but this fresh bottle is something all together different. Wow!

It poured dark brown/black with a hint of garnet. A light brown head rose and as it receded to a thin layer on top of the liquid, it left behind nice patterns on the glass.

It smelled of roasted malts with a slight air of chocolate. Upon tasting, I met a smooth, almost silky texture, which had a stronger chocolate taste than I expected, although I did like it very much.

It possessed a rich full body and left behind a chocolate aftertaste with a hint of unsweetened coffee.

This definitely a porter I WILL purchase and drink again. (682 characters)

Photo of GeoffW
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In lieu of giving a review that probably won't coincide with the majority of porter fans here, I'll just stick with my basic impressions of this beer.

First of all, this isn't my style of choice. I heard it was good and it's the first of this style of beer that I've ever had. Normally I go for anything Belgian, this was a bit of an adventure for me.

It poured black, and I mean really bloody black. Not much of a head, but it stuck around for awhile and there were some nice lace rings in the glass as I steadily knocked this bad boy down.

Taste and smell were a little foreign to me, maybe I bought some stuff that was pasturized or stored incorrectly, exposed to light, etc, whatever. It smelled and tasted good, but I really wasn't that big of a fan. I'll let other beer dudes talk about the various flavors and whatnot that came through with the beer.

Mouthfeel was again a little strange, I don't know how to quite describe it. The beer wasn't something that I immediately wanted to gulp down because of some overly bad quality, but I still had the urge to get the stuff out of my mouth and off my palate.

Drinkability was ok. I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it either. Not something I would go buy again.

Overall, the competence and talent of the brewers is apparent in this beer but it just wasn't for me. It was obviously well thought out and well made, I guess I'm just not a fan of this type of beer. Oh well. (1,442 characters)

Photo of isitsavage
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown or black, two fingers of nice billowy brownish tan head that faded to a bubbly sheet across the top. Lots of bubbles and carbonation, resembles a cola. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

Smell is metallic, a bit woody, slightly sweet and chocolatey, brown sugar, malt and lightly roasted nuts. Perhaps some dark fruit notes, fig.

Taste is also a bit metallic as well. Roasted nuts and chocolate make up the bulk of it, more light fruity sweetness and brown sugar. Taste is subdued and maybe a little flat. Bitterness is very light at the tail end.

Medium mouthfeel, coats nicely but doesn't linger too long, very smooth. Despite it's appearance there is little carbonation felt.

Low ABV, smooth drinkability, and wide availability makes this extremely session-able and a nice go to beer for the colder months. Perhaps a bit pricey at $11 for a 4 pack. (904 characters)

Photo of tfp4268
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical near-black with a light tan frothy head that lingers for a long time.

Smell...WOW! This is an amazing aroma! Chocolate, cotton candy, brown sugar, raisins. Too much to get a handle on without sitting around sniffing this beer for an hour or so.

Taste...Sweet malt, weak coffee, malty finish, not a lot of hops. not a very complex flavor, disappointing compared to the wonderfully complex smell. As it warms, it stays the same.

Mouthfeel is smooth enough.

This is a very drinkable porter. Unfortunately, it is very drinkable because it kinda lacks flavor. (580 characters)

Photo of jhp40219
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about Taddy Porter that hasn't already been said? This is pretty much the top of the line as far as porters go.

A - Pours black with a lovely tan two-finger head. Held up to the light, it appears more of a dark auburn brown. Lots of lacing as you drink.

S - Dark chocolate, cocoa, fresh roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Unsweetened chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, hints of coffee, cream, and sweet dark fruitiness in the background. A complete porter taste explosion! Seriously, I know of no other porter that has this much flavor.

M - Creamy but not too thick. Light carbonation.

O - Pretty much the perfect dark beer. I am really holding myself back from giving this all 5's, as I am not quite sure how they'd improve it. This is the top of the line as far as craft beer goes. (832 characters)

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I found myself craving this one after a series of mediocre beers at GOTV. Let's try this one in the 100 degree heat!

Here it pours it looks like engine oil going into my glass. Real Viscous! Nice off white head very thin, but clinging on the way down.

Wow, it smells like crazy caramel corn and butter? Real strange. But there is some floral hops in there too. And toffee.

Amazing taste! This one is super balanced and fun. Even thirst quenching in a weird way. This one is very drinkable and complex at the same time.

Real pure silk and velvet mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one great beer and definitely would have again and again! (643 characters)

Photo of tom444
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out almost perfectly black, with a huge creamy dark tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Extremely malty, plenty of chocolate and coffee, a few fruity notes, and just a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Loads of malt, fairly strong coffee flavor, a bit of smokiness. Some nice hop flavors, and a few fruity notes on the finish. A great malty aftertaste that leaves your tongue begging for more.

A truly amazing porter, definitely a beer to be savored. (491 characters)

Photo of MyGoodness
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a little different than what I was expecting in terms of taste. Before I get to that, let me say it's a great beer but maybe not one most people would go for everytime. It was very dark with creamy coloured head, leaving a nice lace around the glass. The smell is pretty strong and you can definently smell somethng slightly sweet and chocolately, and something that smelled to me like a dark roast coffee. And the mouthfeel! Mighty thick, in a good way. And so smooooth. Velvetly almost. Finally, the taste was rich and strong; the actual coffee taste is somewhat stronger than the smell. It leaves a bit of a bite on your palate that's rather tart and kind of reminded me of raisins. Overall, its a nice one from Sam Smith. (739 characters)

Photo of MaineBirdMan
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that you just want to savor.
Nice chocolate brown coloring.
An aroma of coffee and chocolate.
Nice head.
Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roasted malt.
Settles nicely on the tongue. The hops start to appear at the back of the tongue but slowly fade away.
What a delicious beer! I know there's a lot of hype about Sam Smith beers. But they really do know how to put out some quality stuff.
Very easy to drink. The aroma stays with you on every sip.
Just the right amount of alcohol for me.
My only complaint is that I only bought on bottle. (572 characters)

Photo of julian1117
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual appeal: burnished mahogany, zero translucence, little streaking

Smell: heavy alcohol smell, malt roasted over an open flame smell, not powerful

Flavor: very different roasted malt, thin bitter cut right after swallowing, caramel as it warms

Mouthfeel: pleasant effervescence tickles my tongue, satisfactory creaminess

Drinkability: medium high, might order two

Poured a perfect Imperial pint of 1pt. 2.7 fl oz. Tried this with Italian sausage and mustard, and it went very well with the red meat. English beers, I think, were meant to be drunk at room temperature not blasted cold in the fridge like yank beers. (623 characters)

Photo of Petrislav
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours super dark brown with a cookie dough colored froth head.

S: Heavy roasted malt - very dark

T: Immediate roasted malt, then a creaminess fades into chocolate/caramel and hops

M: Light bodied and leaves the pallet clean (255 characters)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.