1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,342 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,342
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 129
Gots: 108 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
View: Beers (27) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,342 | Reviews: 1,220 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a pretty clear dark orange/brown, nice colour, thick tan head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat, sweet and roasty, a bit of chocolate milk, caramel, light coffee, some fruitiness, treacle, some raisin, a touch of biscuit and some light wafer, a bit of apple.

Taste is interesting, pretty roasty, some raisin, caramel, a bit of corn syrup, wafer, chocolate and a bit of coffee roast, lightly fruity, some berry, a bit of roasty bitterness in the finish, some apple and licorice..

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down a bit harsh, but alright. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:02:20 | More by Viggo
Photo of mdaschaf
mdaschaf

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a two finger, creamy head on top, beige in color. Slow dissipation to a thin layer on top and sporadic lacing down the sides.

S: The aroma has some coffee, roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

T: Some cream and a bit of coffee, there is some non-descript dark fruit. There is a little bit of chocolate and vanilla.

M: On the lighter side of medium, a little thin. Would like it to have a bit more bit and a little fuller mouthfeel.

O: A pretty good beer, solid flavor profile. Just wish it was a little thicker and creamier.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:34:19 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour creates a deep dark brown color. A minimal head of beige is erected. Staying power is not good. Slight aroma of cocoa and java and european malts. The flavor is not really on. It's not horrible, but it's just a little bland and perhaps a little light struck. Bland maltiness dominates and is accentuated by a slight sourness and some light roasted tones. This is just not a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 18:06:04 | More by Bighuge
Photo of smakawhat
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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.13/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a sturdy porter, all is well. Aroma comes across like oil and alcohol.

Taste is oil, alcohol, brown ale and water. No hop quality. Like a mead from England. Mouthfeel is like a walnut mixed in with the aforementioned taste. Drinkability is lame, as its about $5 per 500 ml, and its just not enjoyable. Not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 23:06:45 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of DrJay
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
Photo of LXIXME
LXIXME

New Mexico

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium or maybe slightly bigger head slowly settles above a clear dark amber brown to blackish colored beer.

Light aroma of dark chocolates and lighter coffee style malts.

Caramel with dark chocolates with mocha with bits of coffee taste.

This full bodied beer has a slight dryish aftertaste that brings along some of the rich tastes of this porter.

A really good beer, might be a wee bit heavy for most new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:22:28 | More by LXIXME
Photo of Kelp
Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-09-2013 05:01:28 | More by Kelp
Photo of tdm168
tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with 1/2" of brown head that's loose and thin. The nose has some wine-like alcohol esters as well as some faint roasted malt. The taste is roasted malt, faint coffee, and a very slight hint of chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a great porter. Subtleties make this one complex and it's well blended nature make it an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 22:44:41 | More by tdm168
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Nice dark brown color, tints of red/orange. Good head, laced.
Not a strong aroma--roated malt, smoked wood, hops
Tastes about the same; roasted malt, smoke, hops, with some hints of chocolate. Not a fantastic taste, but it will grow on you and want more. Good feel, not too thick, not to light, just the right amount of bitterness/sweetness.
Could pound a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 18:22:19 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of JohnGalt1
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
Photo of glid02
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
Photo of Gusler
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
Photo of Tone
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
Photo of PEIhop
PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-24-2011 20:31:39 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Brad007
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
Photo of billab914
billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-07-2014 23:39:17 | More by billab914
Photo of THECPJ
THECPJ

Delaware

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: toffee, sweet malts,

taste: toffee, malts, coffee, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinking porter due to how smooth it goes down.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 15:53:02 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Derek
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
Photo of dmorgan310
dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-09-2013 06:58:08 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of TurdFurgison
TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle. The beer is brown with a thick fine-celled off-white foam. The smell is roasted malts, maybe a little chocolate, with a clean yeast aroma. The taste is classic porter, roasted malts with a lasting after-taste of chocolate. The body is thin but smooth and lightly carbonated, like a cask ale with extra fizziness. Very tasty, I'm liking everything I try from Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 22:23:49 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19.6%

03-22-2014 21:36:14 | More by afsdan
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-07-2014 20:42:54 | More by harpus
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

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

Perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. Great two finger that is almost perfectly even with the lip of the glass. Creamy, tan, bread dough head amidst dark coffee hues. Good porter aromas hit the nostroil. Plenty of roasted and creamy vanilla like malts. Great passover to the mouth with more developed creaminess. More light brunt malt notes in the back of the throat as well. Very smooth palte. But lets you know you are packing on the calories.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 04:38:55 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of wordemupg
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
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,342 ratings.