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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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Ratings: 2219
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:
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee, and some dark fruit and port wine aromas. Taste is mildly tart and is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel/toffee, and some slight dark fruit flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I enjoy the smell more than the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:22:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, rich brown with mahogany running throughout. Deep garnet. Head is creamy, thing, and light tan. Drops to a thin, wispy cap in almost no time. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Loaded with chocolate malts. Notes of milk chocolate and dark chocolate bars. Rich and creamy. Some minerality, as would be expected with the epic level Britishness. Sweet caramel malts. Bready. Some coffee loaded with cream. Sweet and malty. Tiny dusting of citrus. Well roasted.

Taste: Mild chocolate. Some caramel sweetness. Bread crust and fresh-baked bread. Slight mineral touch. Fresh coffee. A little grassy. Roasted malts are a nice touch. Slight toasty edge through the middle. Touch of darker sugar, almost pushes molasses.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, so creamy. Smooth with a moderate carbonation and a medium body that masquerades as full.

Overall: Easily one of the best in the style. It's not the most complex or intense, but it's highly drinkable with a ton of flavor. So creamy.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 20:16:18 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in my Samuel Smith pint glass. Pitch black, no brown around the edges, simply a black hole. The head is extremely thick, off-brown in color, and lasts forever. When it finally falls, it leaves a beautiful sandy blonde lace on the glass.

Has quite a few noticeable scents present. A variety of malts, some chocolate and coffee, smoke, charcoal and tobacco. As it warms, it smells like chocolate cake.

It's really a pleasant taste, full of most items your nose picks up. Malt forward with several different kinds. A bit of chocolate, roasted coffee, and only a hint of hop presence in the finish.

Complex and deep, and as good as it gets. Slightly sweet early on. Creamy smoothness personified in the middle. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a bit of looseness that tempers the different flavors and feelings.

Probably the pinnacle for the style. I prefer a bit more sweetness like in American porters, but this is as good as an English porter gets. I'd like more alcohol, but this is close to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:49:03 | More by RickS95
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 21:59:42 | More by vfgccp
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark reddy/black in colour with a deep biege two fingered head that retains and laces fairly well. Impressive start.

S - Chocolate, coffee with vanilla and a hint of dark fruits

T - Sweet roasted malts with chocolate , coffee and I get a little candy or toffee, fruit with the vanilla at the finish.

M - Medium bodied to light to medium carbonation and fairly creamy

O - Very impressed with this beer. A very well balanced porter that is smooth and goes down well. Slightly lacks in body to be right up there with the best but great nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 04:48:44 | More by PolarBear3
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North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in color with a nice mahogany colored head that last until the glass is empty and leaves sticky lace draped on the sides. Smells like bakers chocolate with vanilla. Very dry and roasted in flavor with hints of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and vanilla. Bitter acidic taste in the middle. Again reminds me of bakers chocolate. The flavors are subtle but blend real well for perfect balance. The dry finish and mouthfeel is what makes this beer stand out above other outstanding porters. Excellent session porter and I don't really see how you could do better.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 01:53:05 | More by wcudwight
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Rhode Island

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

Consumed 7/3/12

Appearance: Nearly black, dark brown in appearance - pours with a small, yet creamy off-white head - leaves some spots and some lingering wisps of lacing

Smell: Dark malts with coffee, toffee, and some nuts - decidedly British, with some hard water and English hops - a slightly musty, slightly vegetal, tangy, slightly sour weirdness to it - some sweetness as well

Taste: More interesting than the nose - lightly roasted coffee, toffee, and dark chocolate - some unexpected fruits, like berries and raisins - English water and yeast - some slightly sour notes in the background, which work pretty well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, nicely smooth

Overall: Very good, but not exceptional

Samuel Smith beers are consistently excellent. Or so I thought. This is not as good as I remember. It's a good English Porter, but it's really not remarkable in any way. I would probably have rated this higher if my expectations were lower.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 05:54:06 | More by angrybabboon
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: very solid 550mL embossed brown bottle. A very old-school label - quite a nice package.

Appearance: very dark brown tending to black, red hues all around the edges of the glass. A very thick tan head about one-and-a-half fingers deep with fantastic retention. Everything going for it.

Aroma: again, good solid porter staples. Heavy fruits, heavy chalky, chocolate and earthy nut malts. It is, however, a bit faint.

Taste: the dark fruits and chocolate / earthy malts come through here. Well rounded.

Aftertaste: finishes with some spices and pepper qualities.

Mouth feel: low-to-moderate body, with limited carbonation. The carbonation is fine, but it could do with a more substantial body.

Overall: A very nice and well put together porter. The only thing I think would improve it is a bit more body. The price is pretty high, but so is the quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 04:06:04 | More by SmashPants
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With this rating, I have officially rated all 100 beers on the Beers of Fame list.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small off-white head. The aroma has quite of bit of chocolate and brown malt, as well as a hint of mint. The flavor is similar. What comes through the strongest is a slightly smokey chocolate character, with a hint of mint and dark fruit. The beer is very creamy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 03:32:11 | More by Mora2000
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having heard so much of the hype surrounding Samuel Smith’s Old Taddy, and being a huge fan of porters, I knew I had to try this one. Readily available at pretty much any liquor store for a decent price, I was excited to bring this one home and crack it open today, as a Father’s Day gift to myself. Side poured with above average vigor into a Beck’s mug.

Appearance – Just as I would expect, it pours motor oil black with a nice pillowy, two finger tan head that retains for a decent amount of time. A little lacing is observed, carbonation action is unobservable.

Smell – Roasted malts dominate the nose, much more so than in American porters, with side notes of dark fruits and chocolate, rounded out with nuttiness. Complex but not as aggressive as I would expect, the nose on this is a little more subdued, kind of like everything British.

Taste – Very close to the nose. The dark fruits are more upfront, but the roasted malts and some nuttiness are certainly the prime movers on the palate. The alcohol content is moderate and is not noticeable anyway. Malts dominate the taste of this porter.

Mouthfeel – Finishes smooth, creamy, and pretty thick, with a finishing kick of a little cocoa. Probably the best part about the beer.

Overall – This is an outstanding beer, one that I would absolutely buy, drink again, and recommend. That being said, I will still take a Deschutes Black Butte Porter over this one for price, availability, and quality. This is an excellent brew, but I think I like the American porters style a little better.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:33:11 | More by TheCondor
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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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British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Deep black coffee with 2 fingers of a tan fine foamy head.

S: The smell is fairly mild without an overwhelming scent component it lead the taster to wonder, this could be either a possible trait or a negative. First scents of dried dark fruits, raisins, prunes and then hints of dark chocolate, the combo makes me think of chocolate covered raisins. Mild profile reveals strong coffee, and dark molasses, forward toasted scent and finishes slightly dry.

T: A wave of dark dried fruits hits the palate first, followed by toasted malts and then hints of pepper. The finish is rather dry and bitter somewhat akin to bakers coco powder.

M: Thinner than Samuel Smith oatmeal stout, with a very mild tingle of carbonation.

O: Nice night cap to drink with dried fruit and crackers. easy to drink and straight forward flavours that are simple and well defined.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 06:46:07 | More by FondueVoodoo
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a two finger light brown head. Bubbly texture to the cap but it has great retention. Nice patches of lace all around the glass.

S- Nutty and roast malt mostly for me although it seems to have a weaker aroma than most porters.

T- Compared to the nose, a lot is added in the flavor. A nice balance of roast malt, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, nutty malts and bread. Has a bit of a chocolate raisin feel. Slightly tart, maybe the "tangy character" they speak of.

MF- Not as rich as American Porters but I see that trend in the English counterpart. Foamy consistency with silky smooth moderate carbonation.

Since it isn't super rich like some Stouts/American Porters it drinks very nicely. Good balance of flavor and a nice overall porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:27:08 | More by cbutova
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #165
Served On: 05/18/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was one from Westview Liquors - Frederick.

Look: The brew had a black color with tinges of ruby red along the edges. Very little transparency. Head was a tan coating of foam.

Smell: The nose offered sweet notes of dark fruit and some roasted baking cocoa. Also some soft notes of toffee mixed with a little alcohol.

Taste: Upfront was a semi sweet dark chocolate with a quick coffee bitterness balanced with a lactose quality. The middle and finish was fairly clean with the bitterness and roasted malts fading into a fairly clean aftertaste. Mouth feel was rather light, but still fell with the style. As the brew warmed, the palate opened and the coffee and chocolate notes seemed to cancel out what little bitterness was present.

I definitely think this beer falls inline with the other quality offerings from Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 16:27:56 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle and from Whole Foods in DC for $5.99. What a great porter. No aftertaste. Hints of coco, coffee, and burnt vanilla. It's also listed at stores for $2! It was thinner in body than expected and I liked that. I didn't feel like I was getting full. On rate beer it's listed as a 98 and 99. 5% etoh. I would consider this a good starter porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 18:47:00 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (35.5 cl.) purchased from "Le souffleur de bières", tasted in 2012.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted and liquorice aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : smoked and roasty flavors, with a dry bitter finish.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style English Porter.
To drink at cellar t° (13 °C).

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 17:25:55 | More by thierrynantes
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a real nice dark chocolate color with a nice head to it.

Well balanced, but seeming a bit shy in the aroma department. Good aromas of coffee, malts and chocolate. Wasn't all too giving though.

Full bodied with a really nice smooth and complete feel. Good depth with flavors of coffee and chocolate with a really nice roasted malt finish.

This was consumed at room temperature. The aromas were the only real let down, but this is a quality english porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 15:53:11 | More by KDawg
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4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled April 2012 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown color, with tan head. Nice appearance in a pint glass.

Smell: Some coffee aromas, with hints of toasted/burnt aromas. Smell is not over-powering.

Taste: Medium-bodied porter with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for a porter, but very smooth.

Overall: This is my favorite porter, and the standard I compare all other porters to.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 19:43:33 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12fl.oz./355ml bottle purchased at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA
Served in a Samuel Smith pint glass

The beer poured an opaque brown/black and was topped by an enormous, tight and creamy, ecru colored head. Thick drippy rings of lacing coated the glass. Outstanding overall appearance.

The nose was balanced and pleasant. Semi-sweet with notes of treacle and caramel malts. Powdered cocoa was noticeable. Some dark chocolate as well. Slightly roasty, smoky and dry.

The flavor profile was spot-on for an English porter. Caramel and roasted malts came through on the front end. Hint of vanilla. Nutty in the center with cold, black coffee notes. The finish was incredibly dry, bitter and smoky. Very more-ish. A charred wood flavor lingered on my palate for what seemed to be an eternity.

The mouthfeel was also very British in nature. Somewhat thin and watery with a very fine and mild effervescence. Had I not known, I would have sworn that this beer was served from a cask.

Even through this beer nails the style category, I personally was not a huge fan of it. The overwhelmingly dry, bitter, roastiness was simply too much to handle, and the thin body left something to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 03:04:37 | More by Damian
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a stout 2-fingers worth of dark khaki head. Decent retention, with a 1/4 finger still left mid glass. Arching lace all around.

Nose is strong with chocolate and lighter with roast malt. The two aromas mix very well.

The taste is truly outstanding. Chocolate malt again, with light roast notes. Just the right amount of bitters in the finish. Light tea flavor with hints of tannin.

Feel is solid. Creamy, without being heavy. Could easily throw down several of these.

Overall, very tough to beat.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 01:48:46 | More by beer2day
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is about as dark as it gets. Incredibly dark brownish black. Tan fluffy head with nice lacing and a really frothy top. Looks good to me!

S: I get some chocolate and a slight roasted malt aroma. It's also somewhat clean. I also get some scotch ale/caramel aromas. Smells great.

T: Really rich chocolate with a nice roasted coffee finish. Some fruitiness (dark) comes through from the malt. Some more rich caramel too. Slightly roasted.

M: Wow, what a mouthfeel! Really, really smooth and creamy mouth makes this incredibly easy to drink.

O: Every bit deserving as one of the best English Porters out there. Only slightly edged out by Fuller's (which I'll be having next!)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 05:36:44 | More by tony223366
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark leathery brown liquid with a bit of light coming through at the edges. The light brown head is creamy and thin with nice retention.

S- Sweet cocoa powder, fruit, a bit of a pm English/ butter aspect, and mineral water (?). Very unique but at the same time retraining a lot of the characteristics I like about the brewery's beers.

T- Fruit, cocoa, caramel, almonds, and a bit of coffee. Complex and tasty in all the right ways. Very nice.

M- A light but creamy body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- A delicious and interesting porter. The gold standard for he style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:00:10 | More by david131
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, not quite black and not quite opaque. Head that looks the the head of a dry stout, very fine bubbles.
Toffee and caramel in the smell with a slight bit of toastiness.
Very smooth like a light coffee in the taste. Just a hint of coffee bitterness.
Smooth as silk. What a great beer. It gets better as it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 22:41:05 | More by confer
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice, thick head that retains well, then fades to lumpiness. The color is dark brown to black.

S- light, sweet scents of malts and alcohol. Nicely balanced.

T- Roasted flavor that hits you before it touches your lips. Only taste hops in the final finish. Otherwise, it seems like the roasted-ness will just go on at that rate forever.

M- Medium to medium-light body. Smooth, consistent carbonation that's a little past balanced for me. Still good.

O- This is a beer that I'd definitely return to. It doesn't go overboard in any way and is consistent throughout. Nice example of an English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 04:24:55 | More by ManLikeBeer
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle dated SJ24K1 into nonic pint.

The beer is slighty transparent revealing some amber highlights. Light brown fluffy head.

Slight coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit aroma.

Coffee and dark fruits flavors. The bottle references a “tangy character” which I would agree with. A little roasty.

Smooth and creamy with low amount of carbonation. It just glides down. Drying.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 04:40:20 | More by MattSweatshirt
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,219 ratings.