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

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2,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,574
Reviews: 1,236
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 147
Gots: 176 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of dfried
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark, some reddish brown at the edges, 2cm tan head forms. Aroma is malty and chocolatey with some dark cherries. The taste is sweet and almost fruity, apple cider and cherries, with a lot of chocolate undertones. Fairly light bodied for a creamy beer, easy to drink.

Verdict: a standard. A good beer, I would never hesitate to drink one in front of me, but you won't find my frige full of them.

dfried, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of Arenbeer
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz into glass

A- Black with dark reddish tones with a very small tan head.

S- Real sweet malty smell to it, not much hops in this one.

T- Delicious coffee, roasted malty flavor to it, but blended perfectly creating a extremely smooth and enjoyable porter. The only thing I'm not to happy about is that it has a pretty dry finish, reccomend a glass of water after you drink one haha

M- The mouth feel of this beer is amazing, it's what makes it for me. So smooth and clean tasting, and goes down like water.

Great Beer, Buy it!!!

Arenbeer, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Taddy Porter pours with a major fizziness; the head is audibly bubbly and lively. Head stays for a while, retaining it's bubbly and rough dignity. Solid black, quite solid and dark, even for a porter. Smells are intense; woodsy roasted malt, a clean metallic odor, sweet oakiness, lots of dark malt complexities. Surprisingly less coffee aromas than expected, however. Flavor is sweeter but still quite malty. Clean tastes of dark malts, some floral hops in the middle, finishes dry, on some bland chocolate and a little tinny. I think the water used at Smith's is adding the metal tastes here, and I don't much care for them. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spot on.

Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed by this "world famous" porter. Good start with great looks and solid porter aromas. I feel this porter is weakened by the added metal characteristics from the well water used in brewing. I didn't hate it, but it definitely put me off a bit.

SamN, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never had a porter before, this one just happened to be an odd bottle in a four pack of Sam Smith EPA, so of course I'm gonna drink the damn thing. Some may even call it fate....

Boy is this puppy dark! Thin head but I think my wife offshot the pour a little. I forgive her....this time. Head didn't hang out too long.

Smell? CHOCOLATE! Coffee too.

Taste? DARK CHOCOLATE! Coffee too. Maybe even reminded of grapes, like wine. Not bad at all even though this isn't my usual style. I wanted to dislike it because it seemed to chocolaty for me but I just couldn't.

It felt thinnner than it looks for sure.

I could easily enjoy one or two but probably not any more than that. I only have the one bottle and I doubt I'll buy more. It was definitely a nice pre-lunch treat.

PatronWizard, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Carpentiere
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Carpentiere, May 02, 2013
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chickenhawk9932, May 01, 2011
Photo of surlytheduff
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -28.2%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of BigGold
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BigGold, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Sipchue
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Cherry licorice and chocolate. Not what I'm used to.

T - Follows the nose, with cherry licorice and chocolate. Some roasted malt. Fairly sweet.

M - Medium light body with average carbonation. A bit light but easy to down.

O - Pretty good beer. I haven't had many English Porters, but if this is one of the best, I'll stick with the American style.

greenmonstah, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of baiser
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque dark brown, with a creamy, fluffy tan head. Smooth, mellow and full of dark, roasty, coffee flavours. Delicious aroma of rich toffee, dark malt and sweetness. Some metallic flavour, but almost not noticeable. Some bitterness from the hops. Finishes dry. Excellent session beer.

baiser, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights under about three inches of light tan head that quickly faded to a thin covering. Lots of sweet chocolate in the nose. Then there are some pretty subtle coffee and cherry scents. Chocolate is the main flavor as well, along with some dried fruit (figs, dates.) There's also coffee as well as the slightest hint of smokiness. Right as you swallow there is a touch of sour that hits all the way to the back of the throat. This is a porter that I'd actually enjoy sessioning.

alkemy, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of n2pux
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

n2pux, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of IceAce
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An agressive pour from bottle to beer-clean Imperial pint glass resulted in a two finger collar of quality tan foam. Hints of excellent lacing as the head begins to slowly dissipate. The brew is jet-black and my mouth was agape upon discovering that this beer is packaged in clear glass!!

Aroma: Very earthy nose with hints of chocolate (brownie mix). The aroma of this beer leaves the taster longing for a visit to the much- -revered English brewery.

Taste: Calling the taste complex is like referring to sex as reproduction. The taste is nutty, grassy, and heavy with malt. The hop notes are muted, yet well-balanced...happy to be singing harmony with the stellar malts.

Mouthfeel: Balance is the key...and this quality porter is balanced. The long finish leaves a delicate sweet coating on the lips and fore-tongue.

Drinkability: I could do this one all day, all night, and all day tomorrow.

Seldom do I rave...I can only hope my ancestors has access to beer this good!!!

IceAce, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of Redwood21
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great look to this beer, dark dark daaark color with a tan head that is rocky and lasts for a really long time beautiful
S: some chocolate maybe some malt, not a whole lot of coffee but some rich earthy aromas for sure.
T: a nice chocolate rich creamy taste. with hints of coffee roasted flavors etc. its a little different than you might expect a porter to be, almost light on the palate. its got an interesting flavor not sure how to describe it but a little more to it than just an average porter.
M?D: this is very good creamy and elicious. this beer is worth a try and is easy to drink its worth a try. its a great porter that seems to have a little something extra.

Redwood21, May 15, 2007
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown with a slight tan head, leaves behind okay lacing.

S: Smells like roasted malts, but with odd sour notes.

T: Bitter dark fruit up front, with a faint taste of chocolate in there. Roasted malts as well. Underwhelming taste, overall.

M: Much thinner than anticipated. Has a decent creaminess to it.

D: With all the hype behind this, I am very disappointed. Glad I only bought a single.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Corson, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of TommyW
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a off-white head that doesn't stick much.

S- Roasted aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and smoke.

T- Slight roasted flavor leads into a dark chocolate flavor with is overtaken by a medium peat smoke flavor that is very pleasing. The smoke fades into a semi-dry finish. Beautifully balanced taste.

M- Medium body with a silky smooth feel.

D- An awesome porter; one of my favorites to-date.

TommyW, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of rypkr
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

rypkr, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of dubmax
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

dubmax, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Jon
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Jon, Sep 11, 2002
5/5  rDev +19.6%

TEAMHOLT, May 27, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
5/5  rDev +19.6%

mcorwin, Nov 15, 2011
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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