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

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

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BA SCORE
93
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2,221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2221
Reviews: 1211
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%


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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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 00:30:58 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque black that's ruby around the edges. The head is a big and frothy three-fingers of tan foam that dissipates into a medium-sized layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a bit.

Smells good. A big hit of dark fruit that mellows out and lets the bready malt aroma take over as the beer warms.

Tastes great. Slight dark fruit and big bready malt flavors up front at first, then as it warms chocolate and butterscotch make an appearance as the fruitiness recedes. There's a slight bitterness at the end to go along with the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is great. It's very smooth, almost like from a nitro-tap. The carbonation is very grainy and it's got a good thickness.

Drinkability is great. This is a very nice session beer. There's not much else I can say that I haven't said already.

Overall this is definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 03:24:15 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:34:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is the deepest ruby you can get before it becomes opaque, the head is Herculean in size with a spumescent texture, the color a beauteous light tan and after decomposition a thick and chunky sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains and sweet malt dominate the nose, crisp and fresh with a malt laden and sweet start, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, Crisply acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, with the aftertaste quite dry and a bit tart, one of my all time favorites, and one I consume with much gusto on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 23:39:19 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Nonic at 45 degrees
A - Deep Chocolate brown with a cream colored head that exhibits excellent retention and lace in a smooth coat all around the glass' sides.

S - Smooth candy and anise aromas with an herbal hint. Strong tinges of smoke and coffee with a light toasted marshmallow note. the woody peat smoke aroma really draws you in.

M - A tingling buzz of carbonation followed by roasty nutty and creamy smooth full body with a dry finish.

T - This is a beautiful beer-Malty and smooth, but bold and smoky simultaneously with a nutty dry quality. Creamy smoothness and spicy vanilla with a dash of bourbon like woodiness are apparent in later sips. A mild strength, but deeply flavored porter.

D - Traditional porter taste that sets the bar high with a complexity and drinkability that can hardly be touched. As the beer warms the fruity English ale character comes out and smokiness nestles under the great porter sweetness. An all around great ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 04:51:31 | More by Slatetank
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 08:42:41 | More by JohnGalt1
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Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black color with an ample brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some hints of coffee/chocolate in the nose. Taste starts out simple upfront and then fades to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor at the back of the throat. Has the complexity of a chocolate malt beverage. It's certainly very drinkable and true to the style. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 02:40:56 | More by Brad007
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 17:07:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice solid foamy three finger head off the pour that is a very light brown. Body looks classic dark walnut black with red hues. Very nice looking but the head doesn't seem to have much staying power, but is at least there. No lacing at all.

The nose on this is malty medicinal a little, perhaps sour and yeast. But there's something very roasty as well. It's very odd, it's a mix between a very good smell, and something off and odd.

Taste though is a dramatic improvement. Malt and light bodied roast with banana. Refreshing feeling of grain chew on the swallow, but brings some Marzen quality with the classic good porter roast. Complex, varied, very unique I would say and distinct, nothing like I've had before in this style.

Overall still impressive, but I think there's a few others I prefer than this. But this could do anytime for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 20:43:16 | More by smakawhat
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 03:25:38 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 07:16:52 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:07:06 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 00:00:17 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

550ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A dark cola, clear enough too see lots of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of light beige head that has great retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S raisins and chocolate with a hint off coffee and a slight fruity aspect I can't quite place

T what I smell but with less chocolate more dried fruit and some molasses

M silky upon entry and the bubbles cream it up a bit before it hits you stomach and the flavors linger

D great session brew and ever so close to a few 4.5's so I can't help but drop one here

a solid classic brew that everybody should drink every now and then, not my favorite from this brewer but a great porter nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:31:01 | More by wordemupg
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Tone

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 16:43:13 | More by Tone
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

My initial impression was not favorable, but this got considerably better the warmer it got. Black color and hearty flavor, this is a sipping beer to be sure. Carbonation seemed to be heavy for this style. I'll stick to their Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 09:44:24 | More by Dogbrick
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. In the aroma, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes. In the taste, sweet roasted malt and chocolate and coffee hints, a bit watery though. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. Nice roast, but a bit thin, although still good for and English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:24:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt brown pour settling nearly black in the glass with a sliver of the brown at the bottom. Medium sized cap of lightly frothy cappichinno colored foam sits atop briefly before fading to a whispy skim and bubbly tight collar. No real lacing aspects to it though, loosely spotty and light.

Aroma is mild and well toned in a milky chocolate reminiscent of tootsie rolls. There's a tender sweet fruityness underneath as is a small roasted espresso hint.

Taste is light and fluffy with a semi sweet milk chocolate. Fairly light on the buds, empty in the middle, light chocolate returns with a milky residue and fluffy-like graham cracker dryness. Not much to it, quite mild and light.

Feel is light sided with a medium start then drifting quickly from there into a slimming emptyness. Finishes with a bit of a pick up which helps.

Drinks down just fine, not much to it really, but is clean and seemingly well made, just a good tad on the empty side.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 03:25:12 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rich deep brown, almost black - which I like in a porter. Aroma is intriguing - with one sniff I get hints of chocolate, with the next, roast coffee. Flavor is not as rich as I expected, but it is typical of a good porter with strong hoppy overtones, smoky undertones, and a soupcon of coffee. This is a beer to be sipped and savored, not chugged.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 00:27:04 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This beer had a deep, dark brown hue and texture so thick you can't see through it. There was a decent head and good lacing.

This had a subtle smell, like most of Samuel Smith's beers. Malt, coffee and something I couldn't put my finger on.

Tasted of malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe some fruit. Complex, but didn't beat you over the head with it.

Nicely done carbonation and a dry finish made for a good, solid mouthfeel.

If you're into porters, this is a good beer to get. I only drink them but so often, but this is a good one. It has a nice taste and isn't overly heavy.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 15:58:11 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 00:54:15 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance: Dark opaque brown with a thick tan head that retains very nicely.

Smell: Dark chocolate, blackberry, mild acidity, charcoal. Subtle but complex.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and bitter with berry and toffee flavors. Undertones of burnt grain and black coffee with slight acidity coming through beneath it all. Light-bodied and dry with a vinous quality in the finish.

Notes: Impressive complexity coming from such an unimposing beer. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:15:31 | More by largadeer
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stcules

Italy

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: sour black cherry in syrup, licorice, liquor. Wood of sherry.
Taste: a lot of licorice, oily.
Body and mouthfeel: Full and round.
Finish: toasted hazelnut, very persistent.
I think this is a perfect beer to accompany with smoked cold cuts (sudtiroler speck).
Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 11:18:20 | More by stcules
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours a very dark brown color with an impressive 4-finger cap of creamy tan foam. Retention is excellent and lacing is slightly below average. Good looking brewski here.

Fruity, chalky and sweet-ish roasted malts on the nose. Dark berries come to mind as well as some mild unsweetened chocolate.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips and strawberries coated with old-school eraser dust are the main flavors I am getting. A twinge of tartness here and a hint of sourness over there give it a pretty authentic British Porter feel. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel, it keeps you wanting another sip each and every time. There is enough roasty malt to give a mild coffee flavor to the beer. Sweetness is kept pretty low on the beer and has a pretty dry finish that whispers 'yea, there are some hops in here'. At first sniff I did not think I would like this beer, but the sum of the parts is greater than...ugh...something or other - just drink the damn beer, it's pretty freaking tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 03:45:09 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
No date or info listed on the bottle.

A - Crystal clear and light oak during the pour, it becomes more of a burgundy brown in the pint. A crown of three-fingers of foam rests gently on top and lowers slowly. It's just missing lace.

S - Dusty cocoa and flaky dirt give the aroma a classic English nose with lots of chocolate malt, a little hint of being burnt, with bready characteristics and mild hops.

T - Very dusty and dry, this English porter has nuances of bread toasted just a bit too long and bitter-sweet chocolate. Flavorful and rich!

M - A creamy and smooth entry leads to a soft feel on the palette and a mellow, not distracting dry finish. Medium-bodied and delightful.

O - Taddy packs a wallop of flavor without the necessity of pesky heavy alcohol our American versions have. Highly drinkable, it's a session porter if there ever was one. God bless the English brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 12:14:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.