Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan colored head. Some spotty lacing develops.
Smell: hints of chocolates and roasted malt sweetness.
Taste: nice roasted malt profile with some softer chocolates, hints of strong coffee, and some caramel. Mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied, but it is a bit thinner than other porters. Aftertaste is brief.
Drinkability: nice session porter. Easy to quaff and a nice beer that I pick up every now and again.
02-01-2008 12:22:59 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev -4.3%
12/14/06- Purchased at Dart Liquors in Stateline, NV.
Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a freshness code imprinted on the neck. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.
Appearance- Medium black with an auburn hue, Full 3/4 inch and rather creamy looking head. Nice rim remains throughout. Light streaks of lace remain.
Smell- Smoky and sweet at the same time. Very earthy and woody scented. Nice bittersweet chocolate notes.
Taste- Sharp chocolate notes mix and mingle between dark and bittersweet. A tad salty from the smoky rauch-like flavor.
Mouthfeel- Chewy with mid-low carbonation. Lightly mouthcoating.
Drinkability- Good flavor and texture. One of the better traditional porters out there.
03-11-2007 18:43:54 | More by GClarkage
3.58/5 rDev -14.4%
Serving type: bottle.
Pours a very dark brown color with ruby edges and a two finger foamy tan head. Aroma of oatmeal, roasted malts and hops. Lots of oatmeal and roasted malt up front, followed by chocolate, toffee and nut. Dry slightly bitter finish.
11-28-2008 06:52:49 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -13.2%
550 mL gold foil topped bottle.
Mostly opaque, but clear dark brown color with rub highlights with a thick, creamy light tan head that has little retention or lacing. Aroma is sweet and creamy, prominently features milk chocolate, cocoa, roast malt notes but overall mild. Medium bodied with smooth, light carbonation and a slightly bitter, cloying aftertaste that ends quickly and is slightly watery. Flavor is pleasant, balance of chocolate/malt sweetness and mild dark fruit bitterness, but overall the slightly thin mouthfeel and short finish detracts from the fullness of the flavor. I don't know, I hoped for more from this, not a bad porter but not exceptional like anticipated.
11-13-2009 01:22:36 | More by yourefragile
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
I am continuing to drink my way through the Samuel Smith's oeuvre, thanks to a recent inspiration in one of the forums. Just in case anyone wondered what I was doing ...
From the bottle: "A very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted malt, yeast and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'. The type of beer first brewed in the early 18th century; gained its name from being drunk by porters in the fish, meat and other produce markets."; Captioning a picture: "Adding whole dried hops to the wort in the boiling copper."
My pour created just better than a finger of light-brown head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby/garnet/mahogany highlights. Nose was chocolaty with a slight underlying tang. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a smoky chocolatiness to it on the tongue. Finish was quite smoky, charcoal-like in its intensity, very dry. Wow! This is probably the exemplary beer for its style, but I had forgotten its intensity as compared to a lot of the American versions. I would definitely drink it again, but not on a hot summer's day after weeding the backyard.
06-23-2011 16:28:19 | More by woodychandler
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a lovely burnished brown-black, with hints of ruby through the body. Head is a great crust of oatmeal-coloured bubbles, which leaves some wonderful curtains of lacing down the glass. Looks really lovely.
Sweet, dark and rich, like a chocolate mud cake. But to save it from being sickly, it has a very pleasant light smoke, anise and a baked bread character, which makes the palate seem more mature, more subtle, and more well rounded. Extremely good.
Creamy on the palate, again with a truly lovely semi-sweet chocolate and grain flavour, which melds with hints of vanilla and currants, before being cleansed with a very pleasant dry dusty character, absolutely lovely. Mouthfeel is full around the edges, as though framing the sweet, mellow and thoroughly enjoyable flavours.
An absolutely delightful beer. Almost without question the best porter I've ever sampled. It now sets the bar for all others, although I'd be more than happy to just drink this one from now on.
09-11-2009 12:14:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
Has a bottle with my bison at Craft in Victory Park, Dallas. Served in a wide pilsner glass. Appears, in the lower light, pitch black with a tan head.
Man, what a beer. Rich chocolate with toffee and a bit of mocha java around the edges. The aroma is full of the same candy and cocoa flavors and the aftertaste has a hint of herbal hops to it. This is easily the best English porter, maybe just porter, I've had. Damn.
09-09-2008 15:18:12 | More by tempest
3.6/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured very, very dark brown, not much light passed though. It had a small tan head and smelled a little of perhaps coffee? chocolate? perhaps a mix of the two. Taste was malty, coffee and a bit chocolatey but not as good as I expected from Sam Smiths as their other beers are GREAT. This was onlt good at best. You want a real Porter..go for Rogues Mocha Porter
01-04-2008 04:35:29 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (England)
4.6/5 rDev +10%
BB July 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: nearly black in colour, showing some dark mahogany glows when placed against light; the huge rocky khaki foam retains the thickness well, settling only reluctantly to a 0.5cm blanket throughout the drink.
S: compared with my previous notes, the aroma this time is predominantly fruity, featuring lots of jammy dark fruits, black date flesh, black prunes, raisins, burned nuttiness, treacle, even thick soy sauce, a tinge of moulded cheese, and a assertive sour edge more like an old ale could give... as the heavier fruity tinge softens, a rich oat-biscuity aroma sneaks through... overall the aroma is just phenomenal and beautifully complex for an English Porter! For a bottled Porter, now I really don't know which one is my favourite, Fuller's London Porter or this...
T: cobweb? (... don't know why this springs to mind, maybe it's the mould and stuff...) then roasted nuts, the bitter edge of treacle, a touch of moulded cheese, soothingly-textured roasted malts, bitter dark chocolates and bitter licorice roots roam freely on the palate alongside very mixed dark fruitiness... the flavour is so well-integrated and somewhat clean(!) that I can't tell where the roast-maltiness ends and the fruitiness starts. The lingering moderate-level bitterness of hops, burned nuts and black malt together lend a superb length in the slightly dry aftertaste.
M&D: utterly smooth, even rounded, greatly helped by microscopic fizziness that sustains throughout the drink. If I am to choose one bottled-version English Porter as a session beer that gives me all the flavour with a healthy balance, pleasure of quaffing, yet also from time to time a little something that I would pause to have a good sniff of... this is the one.
Tasting Date: 31/08/05
BB date: Jan. 06.
4 A: in a goblet it pours a deeply dark brown to nearly black colour; the tan head quickly settles to a thin layer with good retention.
4.5 S: deeply chocolatey, roasted nutty and toffeeish with a very good depth, supported by an intense, aromatic dark-fruit aroma and a tinge of leather, licorice, even blue-cheese(!), and some lively coffeeish note. Overall, the nose is settled, complex yet also aromatic~~
4.5 T: a roasted-barley and dark malty flavour prevails upfront--very smooth palate, with nuttiness, dark chocolate's rich flavour at the back along with a hint of savoury flavour and very mild hoppyness. In the aftertaste the profound nutty flavour lingers only too well, but is balanced with a medium-bitterness and leads to a slightly dryish finish.
4.5 M&4.5 D: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth, even rounded, but has a refreshing texture, thanks to the tiny yet invisible bubbles in the black nectar; medium-bodied, with full flavour yet staying low-profile, this is a balanced porter with some excellent yet subtle characteristics. It takes time to explore this beer fully. Excellent beer.
10-30-2008 20:16:38 | More by wl0307
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
A classic of the style. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy, tan head that fades to a ring. Smells roasty and winey with notes of chocolate and dark sherry. Tastes beautifully balanced between the firm malt, roastiness, slightly bready flavor in the background, and a touch of graininess. Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice to revisit an old favorite.
01-05-2008 17:07:35 | More by Georgiabeer
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly tanned head that receeds slowly leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate evident with a strangely similar aura about it just reminding me of other sammy smith products. Also picking up on some light malt sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is just as good. Chocolate immediately evident along the rich smoothness and ever so slightly bitter finish. Very clean, slightly lingering tastes of chocolate and burnt grains. Medium feel with low carb. Overall a solid product that is very enjoyable.
10-09-2009 00:53:19 | More by stakem
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
Large clear bottle, no freshness dating noted. Pours a very dark shade of brown, minimal light getting thru, head is tan and quickly turns to a film. Moderate lacing left behind on the glass. Nice smokey nose, smooth bodied classic porter. Notes of burnt malt, minerals, slate, vanilla.More smoke and burnt raisins. Yummy and refreshing, fine stuff. Worth getting to know
04-07-2005 23:13:48 | More by Billolick
4.18/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours an opaque dark brown to black in color with some hints of brown and garnet red when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Light aromas of roasted malts, sweet malts, and nuttiness.
T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts, nuttiness, and a light amount of caramel malt sweetness upfront. The finish has a light presence of bitterness but it does not linger.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: Extremely easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable. This is one of the first British beers that I ever tried, early in my craft beer drinking experience and I fell in love with it. Well, I have to say this really stood the test of time because I still think it is pretty amazing.
06-15-2012 21:07:06 | More by dbrauneis
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
(Served in an imperial pint glass)
A- This beer has a dark black opaque body with a thick cinnamon tan head that last and last. A nice carbonation of tiny bubbles sticks to the sides of the glass.
S- During the pour the smell of dark roasted malt and some earthy, coffee notes came through. There are some soft notes of fresh cigar tobacco and a hint of tar.
T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with good complexity. Not as complex as the smell but very nice. Notes of lighter toasted malts are in the background with a light sourness that finishes the beer. There is some earthiness in the taste as it warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. It is a bit watery in the finish.
D- Very nice complexity with good flavors. The complexity of the malt really comes through in the smell and it would be nice to see all of the complexity make it to the taste.
05-17-2006 22:12:01 | More by rhoadsrage
3.68/5 rDev -12%
Pours with a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black as coal. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts and finishes with a roasted chocolate/coffee flavor with a slight lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $2.32 for a 12 oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. Really an excellent porter and can be a part of your regular inventory.
01-11-2003 15:54:46 | More by jdhilt
4.53/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a clear black brew with the standard ruby color when held up to a strong light.
Smell is sweet and very fruity, VERY similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Lots of cherry, plum and black licorice scent.
The flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, with chocolate and coffee. Taste is well rounded for a Porter; this one isn't a dark beer syrup like some others. It also isn't a harsh beer with a burned flavor.
Exceedingly drinkable brew, tasty with no harshness, and a moderate alcohol content.
05-14-2004 02:28:41 | More by Zorro
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
There's something mysterious about these Sam Smith's bottles. Is it the design of the bottle? The label? It's actually the size (which could qualify as the former as well), giving you a few extra sips versus the standard 500 ml bottles. Time to give it a ride:
I'm already liking this as I pour it into a pint glass. As black as a stout with an attractive whipped head. Mocha and chocolate in the aroma, quite sweet. A little roasted character too. Okay now, first sip...mmm. Delightful. Not too heavy and not too light. Flavors are soft, some roasted flavor and baking chocolate, a little smokiness on the side. It's somewhat sweet too. Very pleasant indeed.
01-27-2008 05:45:55 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.
Pours a 2 finger head that is a dark yellow/tan head. Decent retention. Color is a dark carmel brown, nearly black.
Aroma is very roasty. Some very slightly earthy hops and carmel malts. There is some other kind of malts that I can't put my nose on.
Taste is pretty solid. Toasted malt flavor is the obvious. There is almost a tart taste that was weird for a porter. Hint of coffee as well and finally some dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel comes off strong and bitter. After a few seconds it smooths out and is creamy. It ends creamy and is well carbonated.
Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor. Very solid. The price is a tad high (not intended), but it was worth it.
03-17-2009 03:25:38 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus tan creamy head which lasts a little while, nice small islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is roasted malts, and toffee. The taste is very nice of malts/toffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew really surprised me, very tasty. Will definitely add this one to my list.
03-11-2007 00:17:02 | More by Wasatch
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 4/13/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, molasses, brown bread, raisin, light roasted malt, earth, and light herbal hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; fairly light on strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, light nuttiness, earth, and herbal hops. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of nicely robust flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English porter. Very nice robustness and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.
02-02-2013 07:16:52 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
The beer appears black (dark brown at the edges when held to the light) with an inch of thick beige head. As the cap slowly recedes, it leaves a sheet of lacing cascading down the pint glass. The aroma has a strong chocolate presence, with some roasted malt behind. The flavor continues with a tasty chocolate character, with a hint of coffee, and a nice bready, malty finish. A really tasty beverage. I can't believe I haven't had this before. The chocolate component is perhaps a bit heavy, but overall, the flavor is pleasant. Not too sweet. I could throw back a few pints of this. I bet this is fantastic on cask.
09-07-2011 00:34:37 | More by Huhzubendah
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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