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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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2,220 Ratings

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Ratings: 2220
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of kwill


3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark with a nice brown head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Smell is malty with a bit of a burnt aroma and just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste immediately hits you with the burnt flavor and then finishes with a bit of the coffee taste and some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is not bad, but it has a bit too much carbonation for a beer this dark and it finishes off too dry.

Not a bad beer, but not that good of a beer either. It is worth a try, but not one that I will be drinking regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 20:55:10 | More by kwill
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one damn fine beer! The best thing, is that it's really not that expensive. $3.50 a bottle, and the bottle is pretty good size to it. The color was a beautiful dark color. It reminded me of the nights in rural northwest PA, where my nearest neighbor was a mile away. There was a bit of a head to it, but it died down to a thin laceing. The smell was that of a roasted coffee. The smell was somewhat similar to a coffee, mixede with an alcoholy taste, mixed with a little bit of a choclate taste. I say got for it!!!!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 22:02:28 | More by JISurfer
Photo of jaz


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

Poured black with a thick, off-white, foamy head. A dark, deep red tint was apparent as I held the glass to the light. The foam subsided after a few minutes, lacing the glass nicely along the way. The aroma was the distinct, subtle scent of dark chocolate with a pleasant hint of smoke. The taste was the same; creamy, smooth, slightly smoky with a wonderful mild hop finish. The syrupy thickness and sweet, creamy mouthfeel were a perfect combination for this great beer. Truly a wonderful Porter. Hats off to another great product from Sam Smiths!!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 16:18:19 | More by jaz
Photo of jlervine


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, almost black with a slight tinge of red along the bottom and sides of the glass. Thick creamy head, receding relatively slowly, leaving lace along the sides of the glass. The aroma is almost like a mixture of coffee and dark chocolate, very inviting. It buzzes lightly on the tip and sides of the tongue, finishing dry. I was left salivating for another sip. A very light coffee taste is left behind, but overall very smooth. Doesn't finish too light or too heavy. Certainly a beer to be savored and enjoyed, not to pound back during the game.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 13:39:22 | More by jlervine
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with slight ruby highlights. It forms a light brown, creamy head with good lacing. The aroma is milk chocolatey, roasty, and coffee-like. It has flavors of milk chocolate, with roasted malts and coffee notes. It has excellent mouthfeel. It is silky, creamy, and almost oily/buttery. It is a very smooth, easy drinking beer. I am a big fan of porters, and this one is a very tasty one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2003 09:44:38 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Another home run from Samuel Smith. These are expensive in
B.C. $5.50 a bottle but worth it for a special tasting. The burnt
caramel nose is matched with the black colour and big storm
tossed head. I enjoyed the balanced mid body and the chocolatey
dry finish. This is not a huge porter but rather a well made one that
deserves a good food match.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 12:19:17 | More by canucklehead
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out with a deep tan thick head that falls upon deep dark brownish-red liquid, gently carbonated at that. Nose is the typical Sam Smith aroma, very low level of diacetyl mixed with their strain of yeast fruitiness, a little toffee, a little roasty maltiness...all good! Taste is very distinctive, a mix of roasted malt, light coffee tones, fruitiness followed by a just-there hop bitterness. Finishes up dry and delicious, long and smooth...very satisfying, one of the most distinctive examples of the style. Not a "big" Porter, but one tasty ale!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2003 16:41:26 | More by beerluvr
Photo of texascarl


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = opaque black with mahogony highlights. Thick tan head, low carbonation.

Smell = mocha notes (coffee & chocolate)

Taste = The mocha follows thru from the aroma, roasted malt with a chocolate flavor, a little bit of 'burnt toast/dark roasted coffee' flavor. Hops in balance. Medium creamy mouthfeel.

Great tasting porter, I wish I had a piece of Chocolate cake to go with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 18:23:15 | More by texascarl
Photo of Scooter77


4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking Porter. Pours a dark brown color with a slight ruby hue. A thick and creamy tan head initially presents itself and then fades into a nice lace. Aromas of malt and coffee are detected with a hint of chocolate lingering in the background. Taste is full of roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses, with just the slightest touch of fruitiness. This is a nice medium-bodied creamy porter. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 07:27:14 | More by Scooter77
Photo of WaltTrombone

New York

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this from my local beer distributor, it was the usual 550 ml. clear Samuel Smith bottle.

It poured black, dark reddish-brown when held to the light, with a huge tan head that hung around for a bit, then departed for wispy lace pastures. The aroma reminded me of cola and malt.

The taste started out with a trip to sweet malt land, by way of the well-balanced bitter hops road. We took several side trips to cola, tobacco, sulfur, and leather. As things got warmer, we also visited grape and port wine.
Traffic on the mouthfeel expressway was thin and watery, with light carbonation.

As we finished our trip, the weather was dry and dusty, with a tang of metal.

This was a really great, fun trip, with a complex itinerary, one that I'd travel again...

(I think I've been reading fellow BA Cokes' reviews too much, he's starting to rub off on me! Thanks for the inspiration, Cokes!)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 06:50:55 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of Quaffer


3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a deep red, almost black beer that had a tan, three-finger head. It sunk down slowly, becoming nice and pillowy in the process. A moderate amount of lace was deposited on the side of the glass.

Smell: There were aromas of sweet chocolate, malted milk, coffee, and raisins. There was a light smokiness that hung over the top of all of these. Complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel: This was a very smooth beer with a light carbonation on the tongue, but it was too light bodied. I was expecting something much heavier.

Taste: While I don't think that the taste of this brew was nearly as deep and complex as its aroma, it was still good. There were light chocolate roasted malt flavors upfront that blended well into a hops bitterness. The finish was a combonation of plum, smoke, and a continuation of the hops.

Overall, this beer was okay. I don't think that the flavor of this brew lived up to the expectations caused by its appearance and wonderfully complex aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 19:14:54 | More by Quaffer
Photo of Ahhdball


2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Since I love Porters I was excited to bring this home and enjpy it with my fav cigar. I was dissapointed. I liked the pour and the head was very nice, leaving some lace, but the taste left me empty. It had hardly a mouthfeel to it so I suppose I'm being genorous in my rating, hardly any of the "chewiness" I'm used to in Porters. Would I drink again? If handed to me yes, but to buy it? Nope.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 03:34:55 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was anxious to try to Taddy Porter. It may sound odd but since I visited England in the early 80's and since I learned that my ancestors are from Yorkshire, I really feel an affinity for most things Yorkshire. And so I continued my quest for knowledge.

The Taddy Porter poured a DARK brown, nearly black. No light will penetrate this beer! The head was moderately frothy and only slightly dissipated in the couple of minutes I waited to taste.

The aroma was relatively mild. I could smell the malt, which was a good sign. I was intrigued, which is exactly what I look for when I smell my beer.

Sometimes, I wonder if the sight of a beer in glass creates a bias when I taste. I am not aware of one but I thought I’d taste this beer with my eyes closed. Sure, I’d seen the beer already but hey, I never pass up an opportunity to make a fool of myself.

Upon first taste of the dark liquid, (I assumed it was dark, I had my eyes closed) I noticed a pronounced sweet molasses/malt flavor. The beer was slightly dry with very good carbonation. This helps the drinkability for me as it tickles the tongue. Hey...I love the tongue tickling!

The beer did not weigh heavy, which surprised me, but I was looking for a more overt taste of alcohol. That’s not a criticism, really, because the flavor was good.

Overall, this is a very good porter. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to close their eyes and drift away to Northern England.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 10:50:57 | More by kindestcut
Photo of Reidrover


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought this in the old style1pt.2.7 oz bottle( clear glass) gold foil round neck.
This is a marvelous beer to behold deep dark dark brown almost black with a large smooth off white head which is still clinging on minutes later..great
Scent is very malty ..with a slight coffee smell also.
Taste is surprisingly "thin" but a good bitterness on the back of the tongue..again dark roast black coffee is in there somehow !
Feels just grand in the mouth quite smooth surprisingly/
Altogether one of the most drinkable Porters i have had the pleasure to meet!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 20:43:39 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Bruiser81


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first porter I've tried and I thought it was pretty good. A very dark brown almost black with a great head that lasted through the whole experience. Smell is of coffee and roasted malts. The coffee comes back in the taste with a little bit of chocolate. There is a little bit of fruitiness as well, mostly in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thin for what I was expecting, but it was not bad. The brew was not as filling as I thought it would be but that is a good thing. Overall, a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 16:50:10 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of Riggo


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hard pour brings a beautiful, delicious cocoa-colored head with tiny tightly beaded bubbles and a very creamy texture. Color is opaque dark, dark brown to black with ruby red hints when held to the light. The nose is fruity and roasty with notes of cocoa powder, coffee, kalamata olives, and alcohol. At palate entry, cedary and fruity (almost citrus) hops, followed by roasted malt sweetness and an oakey earthiness. A nice, creamy mouthfeel throughout. The finish is tart and dry. A very smooth and characterful porter from one of the world's great breweries.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 18:55:09 | More by Riggo
Photo of Kunsan90

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I tried my two-year-old bottle first and it was just plain bad, but this fresh bottle is something all together different. Wow!

It poured dark brown/black with a hint of garnet. A light brown head rose and as it receded to a thin layer on top of the liquid, it left behind nice patterns on the glass.

It smelled of roasted malts with a slight air of chocolate. Upon tasting, I met a smooth, almost silky texture, which had a stronger chocolate taste than I expected, although I did like it very much.

It possessed a rich full body and left behind a chocolate aftertaste with a hint of unsweetened coffee.

This definitely a porter I WILL purchase and drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 15:55:11 | More by Kunsan90
Photo of kunzbrew


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a opaque black with a creamy tan head that leaves quick and leaves a very sexy lace behind. The smell of cooffe and chocolate malt fill the nose along with a mild hoppiness. Chocolate and coffee malts touch the palate with great pleasute. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. The hop finish is not over bearing but enough to tickle your fancy.


Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 13:58:11 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of OatmattStout


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poors with a wonderfull thick almost nitro-style stout head that stays and renders nice lacing. Has a sweet and roated nose with hints of ainse. Mouthfeel is velvety and covers toung like a flanel blanket. Flavors are dry and complex with tart dark roasted esspresso and malt balls. It has an earthy body that really fills your mouth with it's robust flavors. Finishes dry with a grapefruity astringent hoppyness that is really well balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 11:58:07 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of Morris729


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is sweet milk chocolate with notes of fresh coffee. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with notes of sweet roasted malts and chocolaty caramel. This is a very nice porter, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 19:11:27 | More by Morris729
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black as coal. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts and finishes with a roasted chocolate/coffee flavor with a slight lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $2.32 for a 12 oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. Really an excellent porter and can be a part of your regular inventory.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 15:54:46 | More by jdhilt
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tan, creamy head. Pitch black. Intenslely aromatic: rich, roasted coffee, butterscotch, toffee. Great hop presence. but light on the palate. Smooth, well-rounded, a porter full of character, that will remain on the top of my list until the end of time. Absolutely perfect. Light enough in alcohol to stand in as a session beer (but too expensive to actually work that way), and with plenty of body and bite.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 13:35:56 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of oelergud


4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid porter, everything I expected, just better.
Appearance is good, a dark ruby that only lets light through at the very edges of the glass and a creamy tan head.
I detected caramel and coffee in the nose
The taste was pretty darn good, sweet and bitter in perfect balance, little to no after taste which makes you drink the beer quickly which is ok considering the relatively low alcohol %. Toward the bottom of my glass I thought I tasted a hint of nut...
This beer pretty much drinks itself, the lack of aftertaste made me reach for it constantly and before I knew it it was gone.

Oelergud - Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 19:03:46 | More by oelergud
Photo of jtw5877


4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An old favorite recently revisited, very dark brown body with a lighter medium head, no skunkiness from the clear bottle. Just alot of roasted malt goodness, the usual chocolate/caramel/coffee tones that I seem to pick out of every non hop dominated beer I ever drink. A good old school porter, to appreciate what's available now, enjoy what I really got into 10 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 17:20:19 | More by jtw5877
Photo of the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So this is what I'm missing......

Deep black in colour, with some brown around the edges. Head is creamy and tan-coloured. Taste is incredibly smooth and perfect. Some coffee notes, some chocolate. To gauge the flavour of this beer take the arc from Guinness to Murphy's (smoother and more drinkable) and then somewhere out and the end of this arc, far beyond any stout, is this. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel, restrained finish.

I could drink this all night, except for one thing: I only have (had) one bottle. It's gone now, and I can't get this anywhere near me. Ah well.... thanks for the teaser, nerofiddled.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 08:51:03 | More by the42ndtourist
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,220 ratings.