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

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Reviews: 1,259
Hads: 2,784
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 190
Gots: 299 | 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 GuinnessSmurf
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a graham cracker brown color into my glass with a medium head that laced pretty well. Smelled of coffee, carmels and bitter chocolates. Tastes hits the tongue with a bit of malt and alcohol and a fruit surprise at the finish - I say surprise because throughout the duration of this beer I never could nail what fruit or spice I was tasting to get this effect. The body was nice and thick and I'd drink this beer again - especially with a steak and potatos kind of meal. (476 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque, deep dark brown with a modest tan head. Lacing had a smooth, silky appearance as it left sheets down the glass. Aroma and taste surprised me with a complexity that was somewhat unique. Roasted coffee and chocolate were dominant, with earthiness, smokiness, and black walnut on the nose. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, carbonation just barely adequate. Taste was much like the nose, but with some interesting twists that made for one of the best tasting dark beers I've ever tried. There's definitely a hint of cherries in this, and the twang of those funky English hops. I can't decide if it's licorice or cinamon, or some other bittersweet spice, but there's something here that melds perfectly with the chocolately malts, cherry fruitiness, and buttery walnut to produce an exceptional flavor profile. Just enough bittering hops to balance the many other flavors going on in this fine porter. Finishes smooth, and goes down so fine. High drinkability with the low abv. Finest porter that I've sampled to date. (1,030 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest shade of brown known to man. The head is just as it should be for the style-not overwhelming,yet always hanging in. A bit more lace would be nice though. Aromatics are of creamy bittersweet chocolate-strong black coffee, and black licorice. The roast is quite dark. Smooth and very creamy in the mouth with a mild fruityness, bitter coffee and more black licorice. The bitter is quite unique and appreciated. This is a tasty porter that I will be sure to pair with fod upon the next visit. (507 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown just shy of black. Small creamy tan head and good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and coffee.
Sweet roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate, prunes and a bit of coffee. Finishes with some fruit and a slightly tart (yeast?) taste that gave it an almost vinuous character.
Medium bodied with a velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. (402 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Clear bottle.
No freshness date.

This beer poured into the glass a deep dark cocoa brown/black with hints of ruby when held to the light; it was clear and decently carbonated. The head that was produced was thick, and very dense, beige colored and long lasting. The lace that was formed was thick and sheety near the top, slowly broke apart near the bottom of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly simple, which is nice, smells of coffees, chocolate and some rich dark malt. Classic. The tastes that I experienced were of coffee and hints of chocolate in the beginning, then slowly caramel notes came forth, then dark malts, then as it finished more combo of coffee , chocolate, and hints of dark fruits as it ended. The aftertaste was on the dry side, with combined flavors of malt and coffee. The body was medium. This is a classic beer, well represents its style. Creamy, rich, dry, hints of bitter and fruit make this beer worth the try and IMO would get again. (997 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was all excited to get this one home. I like Sam Smith's beer a lot. I expect great things. Pours a deep lack colour with a rich brown/tan head the receeds into a brown lace. the smell is of roasted malts. The taste is rather soft for a porter. Roasted malts with a feel of coffee. Somewhat bittersweet. This is average, as far as i'm concerned. I guess I just got my hopes up too high. But it wasn't bad. I was expecting a pefrect 5. (436 characters)

Photo of claytri
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Taddy filled the glass a gleaming dark brown to a purplish black, and developed a tan lace. The smell was strong of fired malt and some hints of spices. The taste to me was overpoweringly of well malted grain. The feel was oily with a dry finish. While I would not turn it down if offered, it would be sometime before I return to this one on my own.

I have a real mix of thougts on this beer. It looked exceptional, but the strong tastes of this style aren't what I'm looking for. If I were to drink a porter I'm sure this would be my choice. Many of the similar qualities that make Samuel Smith's Pale Ales delightful are present here. However, I see this being a rare situation. (685 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one comes in SS's trademark clear bottle, a bane of BA's everywhere.

It pours out a beautiful dark brown with hints of ruby. Huge bubbles pop up in the bottle. There is a nice, sticky brown head that leaves a beautiful cascade of lacing.

There are major hints of sweetness on the nose, as well as rich roasty malts and a large profile of SS's classic well water.

The mouthfeel is extra smooth and milky. It almost tastes like a nitro-stout.

The taste is exceptional. It is a smooth and rounded blend of roasty malts, cane sugars, and huge malts. Don't look for a hop prescence here, this is a malty-porterhead's delight. (640 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured to a dark black color with a very thick dark tan head. It is a nice thick brew that gave of aromas of chocolate with a bit of coffee. The head stayed for a good amount of time and had great lacing till the beer was gone! The taste was of chocolate, caramel, coffee with a bit of nuts. Must say that the drink ability on this brew is very high, but more of a winter season brew for me. Over all I gave this brew the high marks it deserved. Feel that the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout is a bit better but this ranks pretty high for me.

Beer was in a great looking clear bottle (normal for Samuel Smith), 550 ML. (623 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drink this at room temperature! I was about to give it about a 2/5, but as it warmed way up, it improved quite a lot.

A very dark porter - black with a tan head that doesn't stick around for long. Smell was not good when cold, but as it warmed it became sublime. Wow - the aroma would fare well against my favorite dark Belgians. Sure, the dark chocolate is there in good balance with roasted coffee beans, but the great parts are the esters and the hops. The dark cherries meld perfectly with the earthy hops. Unfortunately I find the flavor to be a let-down after such an aroma. It is rather bland roasted malts with a slight acidic twinge and butteriness at the end. Not bad, but not anything special. The carbonation feels a little rough on the tongue, and the body is thin. I think I pick up some higher/fusel alcohols. I have a feeling this beer would be devastatingly good on cask, but as far as out of a bottle, it is just above average. (948 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is decent, but a bit on the dark side. It is full of roasted and black malts; a hearty porter. The taste is good. It has an elevated abv. taste with black malt flavor and a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent porter; definately not my favorite. I just can't get into these super black porters. (431 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was very dark brown in color with a medium amout of tan foam and nice lace from start to finish. The smell of roasted malts is what first filled the nose and was very pleasant. The taste was a creamy delight with the flavor of roasted barley malts and a nice balance of simi sweet chocolate on the finish. Overall, this porter was full in body and packed with flavor. Intense, dry tangy character of roasted barley and chocolate. (445 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was instantly one of my favourites. I love this style and this one in particular was no exception. Poured quite dark, somewhere between coffee and old motor oil. Brown head dissolves quickly. Smells almost like it tastes. Smoothness due in part to the lack of carbonation as there is almost none to speak of. Taste is very pronounced coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Quite malty indeed. I detect a bit of nutiness, perhaps an almond like flavour as well. The only reason I gave drinkability 4,0 as oppossed to 4,5 is because this is a bit heavy, and I can easily see where after 3 of these (keep in mind I'm drinking the ,550 litre size) one would certainly have his or her fill of this wonderful brew, at least for a while. Nevertheless, this is marvelous stuff. (771 characters)

Photo of palma
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown body, almost black with a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Smell was complex but not that great - raisins, almonds, some coffee, some chocolate, and caramel. Smokey and a little wine like aroma. Taste was of coffee, licorice and chocolate. Big coffee aftertaste. Tasted slightly stronger than 5.0 %. Good amount of bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth with light to medium carbonation and a little sticky. (445 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle, it's dark brown with a trace of cherry when held up to the light. The initially fat head fades quickly but never disappears completely. In addition to the expected coffee aromas, it presented a bit of a winey smell that was surprising but not unpleasant. The taste is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of coffee, hints of chocolate, and just a bit of hop bitterness. Drinkability? This is an all-day beer. (433 characters)

Photo of neil
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I could drink it every night!

Appearance - Black like the night, but with lovely amber tints under light. Thin head on top which quickly vanishes.

Smell - A full dark malty smell with a hoppy tint.

Taste - Full flavoured but not too heavy. The taste is just like the smell, with dark malts coming through but with a herby hop kick.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, but not heavy, light on the tongue with flavor from the biggest to the smallest sip.

Drinkability - I can drink this all night long. Leaves you begging for more, and more, and more! The perfect blend of flavor and kick. Doesn't have any of the bitterness or harshness that many bad porters have. (686 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black in color with a fine, frothing head that went down slowly and left a little lacing.

Smell – The roasted malts are pleasant and play well with the fruits. There’s some nice grapefruit to be had here along with some dark caramel and smoke.

Taste – The fruits come out big at the taste, making this one lighter than expected. The charcoal smoke and lightly-roasted malts show up as well.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally sweet and easy on the mouth. This porter is on the heavy side of medium-bodied and felt extremely good going down.

Drinkability – A session porter if there ever was one.

Update – I rated this beer with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be interesting to re-visit it with an ’04. Here are my thoughts:

Yes, there is some rather large grapefruit at the nose. I didn’t pick up as much sweetness in the taste this time around, but I got some good (albeit light) brown sugar and a twang of rising yeast. It’s definitely a solid medium in the body and was a little too clumsy to be called a “session brew”. I’m adjusting the scores a little bit but I think, ultimately, this is a “sub-4.0” beer that barely avoids my, “would buy again” recommendation. (1,211 characters)

Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost dead black,with some deep brown visible when held up to a light. Thick frothy dark beige head with a good lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of spice mix nicely with the yeasts and malt. The taste is very light with coffee and chocolate again. It actually taste alot like a whete beer or lager, where the malts, whetes and a little hops are more present. The malted grains prevail the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it becomes less noticible and as you continue to drink it the substance becomes more evident. The carbonation is perfect. (567 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a very good porter in all respects, and it nears the level of stout-like on occasion. The brewery makes some good beers and some great beers. This one I would classify as good, as I was expecting a bit more from it while I was drinking it.

The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with some faint ruby hints. A cocoa colored foam retains for around 3 to 4 minutes and leaves minimal lacing. The smell starts off with roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol and it eventually mellows out into a very nice cocoa powder smell. The mouthfeel was smooth, but a bit thinner than I expected a porter to have. Had decent carbonation. The flavor was mostly of roasted malts, and there were notes of light chocolate and coffee, some dark fruitiness, and some alcohol. Slightly sweet, but there is a hop bitterness in the finish and some dryness imparted by the roasted flavors and alcohol that isn't overdone and balanced this quite nicely. The dryness continues into aftertaste with some more roasted and cocoa notes, and it ends with some alcoholic warmth.

The flavors in this beer are very good, but I was slightly dissapointed because it wasn't as complex as I expected and was more mellow than I anticipated as well. The flavors could stand to be kicked up a few notches, but other than that this is a good porter, and another good beer from Sam Smith. (1,412 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, with large bubbly mocha colored head.
Chocolate aroma with coffee and roasted malt.
Chocolate comes through strong into the taste, with dark fruit, a little caramel and roasted malts.
Very smooth, nicely balanced, on the light side of medium, very creamy, and extremely drinkable, another winner from Samuel Smith. (329 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the appearance--a deep, beckoning ebony just clear enough to show tints of blood red hue topped off by a lacy, sticky light chocolate head. The aroma is a combination: first, of a garden in early fall, after the harvest, when the dirt has been uprooted, mixed with burning maples in the air. The taste is smooth, smooth, smooth, and there's a balanced floral/coffee/chocolate maltiness. This ale has a silky mouthfeel, which is just a tad (pardon the pun) thin. I could drink this all night, but I have only one bottle, and it is, after all, a week night. (562 characters)

Photo of SigEp
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porter is such a vast category that knocking this on it's stylistic merits would seem kinda wrong. I guess I just don't like that buterscotchy-caramelly-sweetish flavor that all the sam smiths I've tasted have had---this one escpecially. Pours dark dark brown and goes down very smoothly.
I am not a big fan of this one. It does seem, however, and thankfully, that SS imperial stout actually benefits from this quality. There they stepped up the hops to accomodate there thick sweet beers. (492 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential modern day Porter, pitch black, with a great head. Faint chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Easy drinking, smooth with a mellow rawness, creamy to the mouth, dry with faint molasses. Slight twang roasted character and some fig. At 5.0 percent alcohol by volume, this makes for a hell of a session beer. But, slap some eggs (sunny side up), pork & beans, black pudding, fried tomato slices, butter simmered button-mushrooms, toast and HP brown sauce together and it makes for a great hangover breakfast. Oh yeah.

I love this beer. (551 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Smith’s Taddy Porter poured the darkest brown – could it be black? – I’ve seen with some deep ruby edging. A large, firm three-finger mocha colored head sprouted and slowly shrank down but never fully evaporated. The head also left some nice patchy lacing in its wake.
The smell was sweet, of caramel and molasses, with some balancing notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The taste was a delicious mirror of the smell. Taddy Porter had a lush blend of dark malt which imparted an earthiness, molasses and coffee, and a sweetness of dark chocolate and caramel, similar to some Swiss candies my brother living in Switzerland sent me. The finish had a moderate hops bite mixed with some dark fruit tastes. The feel was lighter than anticipated, yet rich and creamy.
This is a great offering from Samual Smith’s. Taddy Porter has a great balance and wonderful drinkability that makes this one of the top porters I’ve had. Worth every penny and worth having at the ready in my fridge. (997 characters)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.