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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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2,340 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,340
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 128
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)
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - chocolate, coffee, mild fruity something

Appearance - dark brown with ruby highlights, clear, moderate head

Taste - starts with chocolate/coffee roastiness, moves to butterscotch/caramel with something fruity fig/raisin in the finish

Mouthfeel - creamy but with a bit of prickly carbonation.

Overall - best brown porter I’ve had.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:00:21 | More by bwyu
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Very dark, can only see a little light through my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Good looking head is 2-2.5 fingers. Head reminds me of a stout- bubbles moving from top to bottom.
Smell: Nice somewhat sweet fruit smell.
Taste: For me this is the type of Porter I like, not too smoky, roasting or toasting. The bottle tells about their Yorkshire Square method of brweing at the brewery. This is a more constrained taste that probably an American version of a porter.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy, smooth, not a lot of carbonation.
Overall: A benchmark porter, one that is very drinkable. I can only drink one beer of the very smoky ones, but this I could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:55:38 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-20-2012 04:41:19 | More by BJasny
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-20-2012 02:07:26 | More by shagal
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-19-2012 22:31:18 | More by kew
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-19-2012 03:37:32 | More by PrimScrewhead
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights around the edges. The head is extremely thick, long lasting. Huge bubbles and pitting. The lacing is fantastic, sticks the whole way.
Scent is of chocolate, coffee, prune, roasted malt- a tad bit weaker than I would like.
Taste is phenomenal! Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, a bit of molasses, prunes and fig.
Bitter, then sweet, dry, then short lasting sweetness. A bit lighter and shorter lasting flavor than I would love to have.
Overall fantastic. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 22:12:48 | More by tbern007
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-18-2012 07:45:12 | More by gtermi
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-17-2012 21:53:05 | More by KAF
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-17-2012 18:07:11 | More by JDLucas2000
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-17-2012 15:52:05 | More by strongaf
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New York

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

550ml bottle poured into a 16oz tumbler

A: Deep, deep ruby red that starts with a one-finger head that settles to a nice thin cap.

S: Dark fruit (raisins and figs) and an almost metallic quality. A touch of bubble gum.

T: Starts slow....a bit shy. Doesn’t really “bring it” right away. The metallic property and the raisin/fig from the nose is noticeable early. Most of the American-style porter flavors that I'm accustomed to appear in the finish. A modicum of roast and hop bitterness at the end.

M: My god...supremely drinkable. I finished half the bottle without any thought. You can tell that the unique properties of the water are a huge portion of what this beer is all about. Funny that the back of the bottle emphasized the addition of whole hops, because they take a backseat to the water and malt.

O: I’ve never had the pleasure of “grabbing a quick pint” at a pub in the UK, but I can imagine that this must be a fairly respectable representation. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:11:16 | More by mjtiernan
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-17-2012 00:09:47 | More by Sparger
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-16-2012 21:13:16 | More by rbreaker
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-16-2012 06:35:01 | More by Sarunas7
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-15-2012 22:20:34 | More by bpackertx
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New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-15-2012 15:58:17 | More by whartontallboy
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Fuller's London Porter.

A: Dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Dark fruit and spice. Roasted aromas like coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Caramel malt and toast. Mild fruit flavors.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.Smooth.

O: This was the more fruity of the two porters. Both are excellent, but I liked Fuller's just a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 04:53:54 | More by SolipsismalCat
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-13-2012 05:52:03 | More by hippityhophead24
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-13-2012 04:04:59 | More by cosm
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-13-2012 03:36:44 | More by dhabersetzer
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-12-2012 10:28:25 | More by topopardo
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4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in a tulip. Fresh bottle, I assume.

Thin (finger) head, dark, nice lacing. Solid head/carbonation retention around the glass edge the entire time.

Smells like a porter, with a bit of coffee. The taste is wonderful. What got me is the metallic zing that really makes my mouth water and pucker. I'm a sour nut, and while this isn't sour at all, that metallic-ness brings out that similar mouth watering sensation that sours have. Real nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 08:58:14 | More by stealth
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour got me a finger and a half of light mocha colored head, which was very fizzy and active. This took a couple minutes to die down over the almost black body. A bit of lacing noticed. Nice looking beer.

Roasted malt is a delicious smelling beast in this! Coffee and chocolate both come in to top it off, and boy does this smell good.

Again, roasted malt in this bad boy is good. This is partnered up with coffee and a hint of dark fruit which imparts an almost sour note in the middle. Ending is nice dark chocolate.

Medium bodied, the medium carbonation on this keeps it light and almost stings the tongue. The beer is creamy goodness.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:02:34 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-11-2012 21:16:18 | More by cirtap
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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