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

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2,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 1,225
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 142
Gots: 139 | 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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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

A-Pitch black with a billowy cloud of a mocha colored head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S-Roasted malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Smells very good.

T-Delicious roasted malts and chocolate hit me right off. A bit of molasses and figs. This is great.

M-Medium body, but creamy smooth with light carbonation.

D-A truly great session beer that I never get tired of. I think its the best Sammy Smith has to offer.

If you like porters, this is a must try.

12-21-2009 00:26:00 | More by Lerxst
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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

550 ml with gold foil on cap poured into the SN tumbler.

The Taddy Porter pours a deep ebony color with a tan creamy head that sits atop. The nose is sweet malts up front with a coffee finish. Smell is not overpowering but solid. The palate is extremely smooth with toffee, coffee, and a bitter maltiness that rounds out the quaff. The flavor profile differs in bitterness/sweetness with every sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. This is a very drinkable porter in my opinion. The alcohol content is not too much while the taste is a great sample of this style.

01-26-2010 05:00:16 | More by abrand
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-02-2012 23:04:16 | More by dragomni
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Totally opaque deep brown/black, big head that settles to one finger, the color of cookie dough ice cream and the texture of cappuccino froth or real whipped cream, no real lace

S: Heavily roasted malt, but not burn or charred, chocolatey notes from the roast, sweetness is there too, a slight roasted smelling bitterness also

T: Easy on the palate, sweetish malt turns to good, rich roast, then hops enter at the end and add slight bitterness which brings out some more roasted malt flavor

M: Good and full because of the lower carbonation, but not overly heavy

D: I could sit at a pub and drink this all night long, quintessential english session beer

11-26-2009 03:14:41 | More by dpodratsky3
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

Big, frothy head that stays quite well. Very chocolatey appearance. Coffee and chocolate aromas in the nose, kind of a sweet smell. Very creamy mouthfeel, excellent taste which has a bit of coffee and chocolate, very sweet, a bit fruity. Only a slight amount of bitterness. Dark sweetness in the finish. This has an excellent taste and mouthfeel. Excellent and well rounded porter that I would find refreshing at any time.

08-31-2002 15:35:56 | More by hyuga
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

Tried a Sam Smith Taddy Porter at my new favorite lunch spot in Sidney, OH: "In Good Taste". They have a wonderful selection of bottled beer (both imported and domestic).

"Taddy" stands for Tadcaster (Samuel Smith's "Old" brewery).

Poured from the 550 ml clear bottle into a pint glass to produce a 1" beige head of tight foam. The beer is ebony in color and quite opaque.

The aroma of this porter is rather subdued, but hints of roasted malt come through. A scent of brown sugar is also apparent.

The taste is quite nice. Quite sweet, with hints of brown sugar, honey, dried fruit and a nice bitter finish that lingers in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy... and, obviously, thinner than a stout but rich none-the-less. Lightly carbonated and produces a good mouth coating and aftertaste. Complimented my "Union Burger" (6oz. angus beef with blue cheese and bacon on a kaiser bun) nicely.

Drinkability: Nothing objectionable to prevent me from having more than one...(except that "In Good Taste" has so many good beers that I must move on and try another....). This is recommended for the Porter style.

08-10-2007 01:44:18 | More by TheBierBand
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-05-2014 20:45:29 | More by Dougwillhike
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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

01-12-2013 02:23:49 | More by jmw4437
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

07-11-2014 17:21:28 | More by JLeet
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours black/deep brown with a light colored coffee head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of sweet caramel, nuttiness, a bit of dark fruit, nice for the style. Flavor follows. Good nuttiness to start to go along with a milky caramel sweetness. Hints of creamy coco before a dark fruit finish with a light touch of crisp hops as well. Top notch in the style. Smooth and dry mouthfeel.

03-05-2012 04:14:58 | More by uustal
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with ruby hues, looking a lot like cola (only thicker). The pour produced a thick tan head and a good amount of lacing that clung to the glass.

S - Malty with the aroma of ripe fruit (raisins) and nuts. Slight hints of chocolate and alcohol also detected.

T - Lots roasted malts with a little smokiness. Slightly sweet up front (reminded a little of raisinetts and goobers mixed together). Finished with a slightly bitter hop bite.

MF&D - Creamy medium bodied English Porter. Rich and delicious. Highly recommended.

06-10-2008 13:11:26 | More by nasty15108
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-28-2012 17:40:25 | More by DioS
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New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%

Taddy Porter is nearly opaque and the darkest oily brown color. A layer of tan sits on top and clings beautifully to the glass as well. The most incredible smells fill my nostrils as a breathe in the intoxicating aroma. Toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, and light biscuit notes are present. The nose on this literally resembles a fine dessert. For the flavor, that toffee aspect dominates, but yet again with Samuel Smith's, we get a fantastic level of complexity for a low ABV beer. I can pick up some bittersweet hops, dark fruits, and smokiness along with the flavors previously detected in the aroma. The mouth feel is light to medium, and the finish is dry and pleasant. Another timeless classic... the perfect porter!

05-01-2013 03:11:53 | More by Neorebel
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4.68/5  rDev +12%

550mL bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance - Opaque, very dark brown, near black, with a finger of creamy tan head.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of coffee.

Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, a nutty malt flavor, molasses, a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a silky texture.

Drinkability - Low alcohol and great flavor make this a great candidate for sessioning. I'd love to sip on a few of these at home while watching a hockey game on TV.

11-25-2008 04:35:36 | More by trbergman
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

06-05-2013 23:50:01 | More by CasanovaCummins
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and ample lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts with a slight hop presence.

T-Rich, creamy malt and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet and slightly hoppy.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is about as sessionable as a porter can be. This is quite good, and one of my favorite Samuel Smith's beers.

09-26-2010 21:43:11 | More by velosuds
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-20-2013 00:55:20 | More by hotsudge
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

I was all excited to get this one home. I like Sam Smith's beer a lot. I expect great things. Pours a deep lack colour with a rich brown/tan head the receeds into a brown lace. the smell is of roasted malts. The taste is rather soft for a porter. Roasted malts with a feel of coffee. Somewhat bittersweet. This is average, as far as i'm concerned. I guess I just got my hopes up too high. But it wasn't bad. I was expecting a pefrect 5.

02-04-2004 02:18:45 | More by CBFanWish
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3.18/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours dark black and the light that gets through is a ruby red shade. Big cream colored head that dissolves slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Very unique smell. Malts. Something sweet - smells a little like yeast but it's a type I'm not familiar with.

The beer, unfortunately, comes off as a little flat and uninteresting. More like a mild English ale than a porter. This porter doesn't come at you with smokiness or chocolate flavors. And that's fine, but I'm also not getting the "dry, tangy character" mentioned on the bottle. I'm not getting much "character," period. It's just an average tasting beer. The mouthfeel is boring - too watery.

For all that, it's a drinkable beer - inoffensive, easy to drink, looks quite nice on the way down.

02-19-2011 23:06:40 | More by jar2574
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

A: Deep opaque brown. 2-finger tan head with great retention and wonderful lacing.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel malt make up the bulk of the smell, backed by some mild hops. Quite good. A little too sweet though.

T: Good, but like the smell, a little too sweet. Bittersweet chocolate permeates the flavor, backed slightly by roasted caramel malt and some mild spices. A slight amount of alkalinity in the background. The chocolate bitterness sticks with you long after swallowing.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Non-astringent.

D: Pretty drinkable, but a little rich. I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of these in an evening.

11-21-2007 01:44:34 | More by ralree
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

A great brew. It's been years since I've had this until now, and lately when I've needed a porter I've reached for Ithaca Gorges, but I was feelin' this (thank you wegmans in penfield for having the craft your own pack section). It's just what you want a porter to be. I feel like everyone has said what needs to be said about it, just throwing in my two cents. One of Sammy Smith's best, and a quintessential porter.

01-01-2011 17:58:23 | More by josefnewsong
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +6%

Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter.

Appearance: Ruby brown with a creamy off-white head.

Smell: Mostly mellow coffee notes. There's also chocolate, however it is not very pronounced.

Taste: Coffee notes are understated but impressive. Most "coffee" porters don't reach this level of fresh coffee taste. There's carob twang and backgroud of mellow roasted malts. The middle was all about a light caramel, while the finish exhibited a fig fruitiness.

Creamy smooth with a medium body and mid to low carbonation.

It retains its complexity but doesn't push into sensory extremes. The quintessential porter.

04-18-2010 01:34:36 | More by BeerNemesis
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-22-2012 01:01:46 | More by reitzbrewing
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark, opaque reddish-brown. A light tan head starts out a full two fingers thick and exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Subtle and soft aroma of buttery diacytel, faint roasted grains, and a hint of green hops.

Taste: A bit stiff with a fair amount of caramel and buttery diacytel. The slightly bitter, roasted grain flavor is in the background and it adds an acidic undercurrent as well as a small amount of harshness. There's a touch of green hops, but they're restrained and mellow. A bit of alcohol on the tail end. Thin, lingering roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a sharp, dry mouthfeel that's a bit prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style. Due to the somewhat harsh, bitter undercurrent, I don't think I could drink it all night. However, it is a classic that never fails to please. This was probably the freshest bottle I've ever had of it...

05-04-2003 13:11:05 | More by MJR
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

nice dark dark with some lacing and a decent head that settles into a ring hugging the sides...

...but what an outstanding smell! hot melted dark chocolate with...raisins? grapes? muscadine? wow.

taste is a slightly more subtle version of the nose with the grapiness receding and the chocolate hovering with a backbite of coffee. and what you expect in a great porter. smokiness.

smoothness of this is counterpunched nicely by the carbonation that slightly follows some sort of syntax of perfection...

...which makes this nearly perfect. i'm going through a SSmith obsession lately. i've yet to be disappointed. this is another favorite to add to my growing list.


01-13-2010 23:10:23 | More by mempath
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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