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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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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expections were high for this brew, from reading some of the other reviews that I had read. I had both the D.Carnegie & Co. and the Entire Butt porters' in the last couple of weeks, and I enjoyed those two much more. Anyway...Pours a nice black color, the aroma is sort of flat, almost like cold bacon. Nice tiny head that sticks around. The taste is slightly tiny hints of expresso and chocolate. Maybe I enjoy a sweeter porter....
It ends with a nice long finish. Like I said though...not bad at all, but there are plenty of other options open.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2002 05:58:45 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of ADR


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

Pours like a champ, pillowy, cottony 1 1/2 inch head. Deep brown and opaque. Softy sweet aroma. Mildly caramel and slight mocha impression with a touch of interesting astringency. Hops not assertive. Starts full, surprisingly lighter-bodied at the back of the mouth. Swallow is satisfying. Affirms my love of Porters.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 08:02:56 | More by ADR
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a nice porter, not too thick, buttery caramel charactereistics, slightly roasty charactereistcs aswell, good, without being exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 23:57:45 | More by rastaman
Photo of aracauna


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

I'd really like to be able to try this on draught so I could compare it with Anchor Porter. As bottled beers go, it's incredible. As porters go, it's what's I expect.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 11:22:10 | More by aracauna
Photo of pbrian


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love how that Yorkshire yeast finds its way throught the toasted malt flavor. Very reminscent of a Ringwood-type beer. A slight acidic tang reminds me of a Guinness. In the back of my mind, I wish they would boost the ABV a little to catch up with the rest of the complexties of this brew and round out the mouthfeel. But then it would be like too many other porters out there and not as special.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 08:57:23 | More by pbrian
Photo of marc77


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark deep red hue is perceptible, but only when held up to a light. Thick, persistent off - white head. Very mild roasted notes in the aroma with just a hint a toffee and chocolate. Medium bodied with a very smooth and balanced chocolate malt flavor with a touch of yeasty fruitiness in the finish. This is a very drinkable, flavorful, and well balanced porter. Just a notch below Fullers London Porter, one of my very favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2002 21:38:44 | More by marc77
Photo of Thrasher


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark as the ace of spades. Clean aroma, warm coffee scent. A bit thin in the mouth, but a varied, complex taste. Great interplay between hops and malts, keeps the brew buttery and nourishing. Cozy, lingering burnt flavor that keeps you going back for more. Sam Smith brews never have tons of character, but they are always solid and delicious, this one no exception. Why the clear bottles, though?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2002 21:36:00 | More by Thrasher
Photo of ThreePistols


4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost black in color. Lightly carbonated with a thin tan head. On the nose it is sweet, with plenty of malt and some hops. Sophisticated and balanced flavor. The malt is firm on the palate. Light caramel notes, thick roasted malt flavor, followed by a rich coffee bitterness. I detected a faint taste of grapes and plums. Finish is slightly chocolately, leading to a long, bitter, malty, coffee aftertaste. I found this beer to be slightly flat and dangerously close to being thin. It may have been the batch I purchased. Time will tell. An excellent choice with seafood. A must try. Enjoy. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2002 11:22:31 | More by ThreePistols
Photo of bk3nj

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great porter.. smooth and velvety, chocolaty.. tasting this beer is definitely an experience to savor. Perhaps a tiny bit too sweet; definitely one to drink sparingly (but do be sure to have one..)

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2001 01:34:12 | More by bk3nj
Photo of Jason


4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Smell: Hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Creamy smooth mouth feel from a medium body with mid to low carbonation. Full rich palate of coffee, carob and a mild acidic twang from the roasted malts. Bit of butterscotch in the middle which lingers into the finish with an underlying fig like fruity flavour.

Notes: Textured and well structured ... a top shelf porter and worth the $$$. A classic porter worldwide, one of best in the Sam Smith brand.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2001 02:17:56 | More by Jason
Photo of Brent


3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know this is considered one of the touchstones against which other porters are judged, and maybe that is why it seems to fall short of my expectations. Very nice, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2001 09:58:46 | More by Brent
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