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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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2,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,523
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 145
Gots: 159 | 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)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jun 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Hopmodium, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

JohnNasso, Jun 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

elkinbrown, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jun 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

reitzbrewing, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

TDintino, Jun 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JSchock7, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
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.

TheCondor, Jun 18, 2012
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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.

dbrauneis, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Danny1217, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Swigit, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

tun, Jun 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

olbubba, Jun 10, 2012
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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.

FondueVoodoo, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

t3hPl4gu3, Jun 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

pin, Jun 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

DouglasWalk, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Zaphog, Jun 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

npendres, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Kam, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

crobinso, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

cfinch2, Jun 01, 2012
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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.

cbutova, Jun 01, 2012
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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