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

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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Reviews: 1,268
Hads: 2,828
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 208
Gots: 330 | 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 yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The usual 500ml brown bottle, this one was poured into a half pint glass (I asked for a half pint glass) in the lovely ‘Citte of Yorke’, a Sam Smith’s historic pub in Holborn, London. I think this is their most expensive beer, still cheap though when compared to the prices in non-Sam Smith’s London pubs for a similar drink.

Black bodied beer and poured how I did into a half pint glass (three times), it produces a huge tan coloured head that lasts and lasts.

Imagine your nose is surrounded by a peat bog smothered in dark chocolate, hazel nuts and mashed toffee apples and you’ve got the smell.

Now imagine adding some caramel and taking away some of the sweeter elements from the aromas and you’ve got the taste.

Smooth, almost creamy in texture, this slides down the throat far to easily, luckily it leaves a rich film of the aforementioned flavours on your teeth. This leads you into thinking it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but you can’t tell because you’ve already taken another great swig of the beer; and so it goes on until you are spent and there is no more. A great beer and so, so easy to drink.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost black with a few dark brown notes, one finger tan head, lots of traces.
Smell of burnt malts, coffee and cocoa powder, sea salt, hint of smoke, bit of dry dark fruit and spices. A bit unusual for a porter, but certainly a Samuel Smith brew.
Incredibly rich taste of dark chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt sugar and dark roasted malts, very robust. Hints of nuts, licorice, cinnamon, some sweet toffee and plum jam. Dusty cocoa powder and woody notes (with faint vanilla). Gets a little more complex in the finish, a pinch of salt enhancing the roast and pinpointing the subtle sweet dark fruit. Not much hops in the finish.
Smooth body, a bit creamy, chewy, as "round" as the taste. Aftertaste is nice, summing up the rich malts (there's also a bit of dark fruit lingering, cool)
Might be the best thing i've had from Sam Smith so far, a porter to remember.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods, North Central Phoenix. 12oz bottle into a hotel room tumbler at room temperature, classy.

Pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy head of a dusty offwhite foam. Great voluminous retention and some decent lace, even for the serving vessel. Nose has some cocoa, some Sam Smith hard water/metallic notes, a creamy sweetness with even a hint of tartness. Taste has some copper, some dark fruit notes and a bit of milk chocolate and again, a shade of some tartness. Mouthfeel is medium light, with a bit of roast in the finish. Low carbonation. A nice porter, but I can't seem to get past these copper notes - it's like sucking on a penny. I've experienced this to differing degrees in Sam Smith beers, but this one (or at least this bottle) seems to have it in substantial amounts.

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Two inch mocha head over a dark brown beer. Head retention is nice and a little lacing is left behind.

S- Tart(?) cocoa smell.

T- Slight chocolate with some "tang" (thanks woody), dark fruits.

M- Creamy at first then a carbonation bite at the end of each taste.

D/O- I believe this to be my first porter love back in the day and it's been awhile since I've had one but it still holds it's own as one of the best in the style. Unexpectedly low abv for as much flavor as it packs.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7 oz bottle picked up Tuesday at the Coop for $3.50 ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Beautiful 2" tan head... rings of lace.. deep brown reveals crystal clarity when held to a light with deep ruby highlites.

Milk Chocolate and cold coffee with hints of yeasty fruitiness in the nose... caramel reveals more as it warms.

Flavor is mild roastiness ... with pronounced chocolate throughout. Pretty rich ... toasty .. maltiness masks indentifiable hop flavors... very mild but present spicy finish.

Perfect body and very drinkable.

It's been at least a few years since I've had a Taddy Porter and damn glad I picked another up.... This brew could easily be a session or a sipper depending on my mood.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Midnight black brown with cranberry highlights. Khaki, mixed bubble head with great lace and retention.

S - Sweet bready malt, gingerbread, and cocoa with caramel edges. Touch of mineral.

T - Great malt character. Caramel, toast, medium roast grains, light char, and a hint of cream.

M - Smooth, medium body. Low carbonation

O - Nice balance and flavor integration.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oatmeal, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of syrup, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, hint of syrup, and hint of alcohol. Overall, very sweet aroma, good blend in the body, and decent feel.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the classic English porter. I’ve been drinking this beer for years but only now getting around to reviewing it.

Appearance is pitch-perfect; totally opaque black color, with a big tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lot of clingy lace on the glass.

Nose is also pretty much perfect, with tons of roasted malt upfront; noticeable bitterness, and subtle coffee undertones. Faintly sweet and chocolaty.

The taste has all the aspects of the nose without being too big; it’s easy to drink and pairs well with food. Roast, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Very lightly sweet and figgy.

Moderately creamy but with a body that’s on the thinner side, medium carbonation, very sessionable. Not as profound and complex as some of the contemporary porters but still an exemplar of the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a pint glass; I'm looking forward to reviewing this beer.

Appearance: very dark amber with a very thick head on pouring which subsided quickly. Quite appetizing.

Smell: roasted malts with some caramel sweetness. Not overpowering, but not so subtle that it can't be appreciated.

Taste: very nice flavor; there is a subtle coffee flavor and the hops seem almost floral. It is nicely bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel: a nice medium body overall, it seems a little more substantial than the average porter. Very satisfying.

Drinkability: it's a little thick to swill pint after pint of it, but a few of these in a long session would be quite nice.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark opaque chocolate color with a creamy light tan head.

S: big, rich chocolate nose, some roasted aroma and smokiness topped off with fresh coffee and a light dried fruitiness.

T: For flavor there was rich cocoa beans, dark rich chocolate and some dried cherries. Overall a porter that was rich, robust, and perfect per style, enjoyable to drink as well ease.

M: The mouthful was very smooth for a porter with a nice roastedness and coffee flavor coming through upon warming with some milkiness.

D: Well rounded balanced with full flavors makes this a stand out and a joy to consume.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell has som e choco;ate, roasted malts. Taste is the same, roasted malts with chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black, with only a slight ruby tinge. Plenty of off-white/tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Mocha, raisins, a little port.

T: Well balanced. Dark chocolate, caramel, bready malt, with a little cherry. A hint of sourness (<1% sour factor?), mainly in the aftertaste. Probably similar to the classic porters from over a century ago (when they were a blend that included an older brew that presumably had some lactic sourness from the barrel aging). Although it's not entirely to my liking, I can certainly appreciate its depth of flavour.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation. Slightly acidic and syrupy.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark chestnut, nearly opaque. Creamy, light tan head. Very chocolatey aroma, roasted coffee and toffee as well. Roasted malts are the dominant flavour, but there's a bit of hop presence along with some acidity. Dried fruit shows up at the midpoint and carries through to the end, where bitterness becomes more apparent as well. Creamy, smooth texture due in part to medium body and light carbonation. Also a bit buttery on the palate. Overall, a great porter. I didn't realize that this was the target I was shooting for in brewing my own porter all these years!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$3.70

This pours from 550ML bottle a very nice amber with a large head of foam that *also* just won't quit. And yeah, there's plenty of lacing there to give this Nutbrown Ale very good marks for appearance.

The smell has a sweetish nose to it. I'm getting notes of sweet malt and some fruit.

The taste has a big sweet malt profile up front and some nuttiness in the background. A few more sips in and I get some chocolate flavour and some hop zest that balances out the sweetness very nicely. Man, this is heck of a drinker and at 5%abv, this is one fine session brew. Oh, now I'm getting a touch of molasses and more of the lemon zest. Wow. This is another Samuel Smith offering that I could drink all night long. Well done! Highly recommended!!

Bottom line: Samuel Smiths certainly can crank out the fine brews. No wonder they are my favourite brewery from the UK!

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.