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

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2,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 150
Gots: 187 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured perfect with almost 2 fingers of head and stood for quite a long time. Plenty of carbonation can be seen and this beer produced some of the best lacing I've seen in a porter. Very malty aroma with hints of toffee and molasses. Astrigent flavor that is strong with an unexpected strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but favorable since beer had strong aftertaste. I expected much more from the taste after taking in the aromas and witnessing this beer dance.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with only slight ruby highlights under a light. Rich creamy tan head that eventually dissipates to quarter inch layer of foam

S - Aroma is sweet toasted malt with berry wine overtones. The aroma is quite distinctive and pleasant. I wish it tasted more like it smells. Aroma is more prominent as the beer warms to the recommended 50-55°F

T - Taste is more acidic than sweet. Some chocolate, plenty of toasted malt. The taste of the beer improves considerably when it warms past 50°F. I notice a bit more sweetness and a banana flavor begins to come through. Banana coffee.

M - Feels thin and is lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel improves as the beer warms, feels less watery.

D - Goes down easy, low alcohol. A person could drink more than a few of these. I was going to consign this to my bottle collection and never return to it but it really does improve as it warms. Do yourself a favor and don’t drink this cold.

Photo of EinWeizenbitte
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Japple
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of HipHopinHooligan13
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Scooter77
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking Porter. Pours a dark brown color with a slight ruby hue. A thick and creamy tan head initially presents itself and then fades into a nice lace. Aromas of malt and coffee are detected with a hint of chocolate lingering in the background. Taste is full of roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses, with just the slightest touch of fruitiness. This is a nice medium-bodied creamy porter. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Photo of Wonka
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml
ALC. 5.0% VOL.
No dates

I love the classic presentation.

Appearance – one heck of a great looking porter; really dark on the inside with a dark purple edge; smooth, 3-finger light brown head at pour; lace is respectable

Smell – plum, sugary raisin, a more bitter chocolate than in the taste; light molasses; doesn’t explode but it certainly makes the mouth water

Taste – bit roasty; dark chocolate; light plum; light notes of dark chocolate and hops pair for a slightly acidic/tinny close and aftertaste; the lingering acidity pulls down the overall experience

Mouthfeel – pleasant, moderate and lush but not overwhelming carbonation; slight/moderate crispy twang for most of the ride; bit dry to close; overall the feel is great for a porter, but at times the crispness midway and late acidity bring it down

Drinkability – it’s the faults of the beer that urge drinking; the aftertaste issues are erased with less time to ponder deficiencies; if I was afforded a less tainted break, I’d slam down a 5

I have had some relative bombs from Samuel Smith, but this is one afforded the label a parachute.

Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Riggo
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hard pour brings a beautiful, delicious cocoa-colored head with tiny tightly beaded bubbles and a very creamy texture. Color is opaque dark, dark brown to black with ruby red hints when held to the light. The nose is fruity and roasty with notes of cocoa powder, coffee, kalamata olives, and alcohol. At palate entry, cedary and fruity (almost citrus) hops, followed by roasted malt sweetness and an oakey earthiness. A nice, creamy mouthfeel throughout. The finish is tart and dry. A very smooth and characterful porter from one of the world's great breweries.

Photo of jlervine
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, almost black with a slight tinge of red along the bottom and sides of the glass. Thick creamy head, receding relatively slowly, leaving lace along the sides of the glass. The aroma is almost like a mixture of coffee and dark chocolate, very inviting. It buzzes lightly on the tip and sides of the tongue, finishing dry. I was left salivating for another sip. A very light coffee taste is left behind, but overall very smooth. Doesn't finish too light or too heavy. Certainly a beer to be savored and enjoyed, not to pound back during the game.

Photo of MrStark
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is deep dark brown, almost black that allows a tiny amount of light through topped with a fluffy tan colored two finger head that slowly recedes into a small cap.

Smell is of roasted malts and coffee with a toasted quality to it. There is also a vague hint of bakers chocolate in there as well.

Taste is just like the aroma, with nice flavors of coffee and roasted malt upfront. As it warms a bit more of sweetness comes as well as the small hint of chocolate. It finishes with a mild and pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with a light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Its easy drinking and fairly flavorful making it a good choice for a session porter. Its a nice example of the style and I would certainly have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: just good, not really amazing. Head doesn't appear, just a lacing forms around the top.

Smell: Toffee and cream, as well as dark malts. Pleasant, but not really amazing.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, toffee and coffee. Up front the dark malts are present followed by sweet coffee and a dryness at the end. Good for the style, but not perfect.

Drinkability: Drinkable, not a session beer but drinkable. Might be a good beer to just have by itself at a pub with friends instead of with food.

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dabarton
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ApplePi
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Rckmo10
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Beerislivingproof
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of FCRICH
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of OldeSchool
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Elemental
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz clear bottle

Appearance - nice and dark with a medium amount of head.

Smell - sweet yet hoppy smell, you can just smell the creaminess of the beer

Taste - Thick and creamy. Nicely hopped to complement the darkness and body of the beer.

I would say that the only disappointment of this beer is that it comes in a clear bottle but somehow doesn't have the skunky taste that clear and green bottles give beer. However they do it, keep on doing it cause this is a wonderful beer.

Photo of templar316
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the finest beers of all the lands the Taddy Porter ranks near the top of the list. The beutiful black color with just a hint of ruby held to the light, The granite nose and finish, with a biscutty maltiness underneth. Roasty, Chocolatey, hints of coffee it's all here. With a deceptively light body. and ever deepening levels of malt, this is everything beer should be.

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