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

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2,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,693
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 172
Gots: 229 | FT: 0
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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 pburland23
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the first Saturday of the English Premier League season called for a proper pint while watching my Norwich City squad in the top flight.

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint.

Beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Beer smells of inviting dark chocolate and coffee beans. The roasted barley stands out as well. The taste is about as quintessential porter...the roasted barley stars again. Deep, delicious flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess. The carbonation is light and adds to the drinkability.

Overall, a great traditional British porter. Paired well with Saturday morning football.

Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a classic porter in memory of my friends dog Porter who passed away this weekend. RIP!

Pours a very deep brown color, with a nice large white head.

Aromas are chocolate like, nutty, with some mineral like hops.

Taste is clean, nutty and with some malty chocolate. There is some light creamy sweetness and soft roasted malt flavors in the background. Finish has a nice crispness and mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, soft and smooth.

Overall, this is a very good English Porter, tasty, yet very easy to drink.

Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger tan head, black body, little lacing.

Aromas of toffee, caramel. A little chocolate/coffee.

Taste of roast malts, some ashtray, caramel. Moderate bitterness creeps in but always balanced. Dry finish puts me off a bit. Better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is quite light at 5%. Prefer heavier, but let's remember the ABV.

Overall, very good.

Photo of leansean88
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while watching a bizarre '80s movie. I heard a lot of good things about this beer in general. Unfortunately, it was not quite as good as I expected. Don't get me wrong, it was still good. I guess my expectations were too high.

The biggest letdown really was the mouthfeel. I really expect something amazing from Samuel Smith's when it comes to easing the pallet, and this beer just didn't deliver. Carbonation just killed the feeling. But for all I've said, still a good beer and worthy of a taste.

Photo of scottfrie
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with three fingers of fluffy dark tan head that took forever to fade into thick film that left a few streaks of thick lacing down the glass.
S: Not exceptionally smelly but what is there is nutty and roasted. I get a few notes of sweet malt as well.
T: Follows the nose with a light roasted, nutty, and woody flavor. There is a brown sugar-like sweetness to it, and unfortunately a bit of strange metallic taste. The finish has notes of molasses, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and reminds me of dark fruits.
M: Airy, frothy carbonation that puffs up on my palate before quickly tapering off in the finish. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is pillowy soft and smooth but, a touch thin.
O: A straightforward porter. Easy to drink with any occasion. Goes down smooth but it’s not earth shattering.

Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer from a glass mug...

The beer is a very dark brown, not quite opaque, The head is tan, tall and foamy. It smells of maple syrup, caramel and roasted with a slight tang. The beer is big on roasted malt and it's very metallic and tangy, there is also a hint of coffee and molasses. It's medium bodied with some stinging carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a great porter with a nice tang to it.

Photo of DerekP
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm staring at a 550 ml bottle that I bought at my local mammoth grocery store for $3.99 out the door. The neck is wrapped in fancy gold foil. The bottle is fancy as well with the brewery name embossed above the stomach, say the chest of the bottle. It's been 20 minutes. This beer is calling me...

Almost pitch black with translucent mahogany-brown shades near the bottom. A cola-beige head sits atop, fluffy and incredible. Smells of deeply rich malts, dark chocolate, prunes, figs, burnt brown sugar, moist raw cane sugar, and butter (baby). LATE ADDITION UPDATE: as it warms, a friendly boozy note.

Taste is so approachable it makes me want to ask every bartender in town to serve this on-tap. Who am I kidding? Back to reality (and oh my am I enjoying it)...bittering hops afloat a hefty dark malt bill. Creamy, but more than enough hops to shake things up; I'd say the ideal amount.

The body is medium to heavy or somewhere between an early Roy Jones, Jr. and a Larry Holmes in his prime (my pops will like that one, that is if he reads this blog).

I'm relishing the fact that I've still got another 8 ozs or so left to enjoy. I need time alone with this one. Cheers!

Notes: this one is reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout, and that is certainly a good thing.

Photo of AdamBear
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice thick tan head and some lacing

S-just dark malts but as the beer warms, a good scent of belgian milk chocolates start to come through. its a quality but faint scent.

T-comes in with a good taste of really dark roasted malts. tastes like burnt chocolate almost. it slowly transitions in to a good matching after-taste along with some bitterness and even more burnt character. there are even some sugars in there that remind me of belgian beers. its a fairly complex porter that seems to change with every sip.

M-good medium creamy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-one of the few beers that continues to get better as you drink it. if i were to suggest one thing, it'd be to drink this warmer than colder. it is a smooth a great drinking porter, much more easy to drink than some of the more flavorful porters. my 12 ounce bottle disappeared rather quickly and i was sad when it was gone.

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

Poured from Large bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, coffee black color. A nice 2 finger ivory head that stays puffy and laces nicely.

S: Nice roasted smells. Malt, coffee, coco, chocolate. Some sweeter fruit smells and caramel/toffee.

T: This one has it all. The roasted barley, chocolate, coffee hit first. The taste then mellows to a sweeter tone with caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor finishes with a nice dry bitter-sweetness.

M - Perfect carbonation for a porter. Mouth coating is great. Creamy throughout and has a nice finish.

O - I'm surprised I took so long to pick this one up. On the scale of porters this one is on the top of the spectrum.

Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I found myself craving this one after a series of mediocre beers at GOTV. Let's try this one in the 100 degree heat!

Here it pours it looks like engine oil going into my glass. Real Viscous! Nice off white head very thin, but clinging on the way down.

Wow, it smells like crazy caramel corn and butter? Real strange. But there is some floral hops in there too. And toffee.

Amazing taste! This one is super balanced and fun. Even thirst quenching in a weird way. This one is very drinkable and complex at the same time.

Real pure silk and velvet mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one great beer and definitely would have again and again!

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

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - MAY 28, 2008

Pours dark brown, pretty much opaque, with a nice thick tan head. This beer has a lovely roasted barley aroma with hints of alcohol, chocolate and coffee. This is a pretty full bodied beer with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. It has a lovely roasted character with definite notes of malts, chocolate, some coffee and very subtle hops in the background. The beer finishes with bitter roasted cocoa. Pretty drinkable for being such a heavy beer, one of my favorite porters.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep, dark brown with auburn tones in the light. It's got half-inch head and lacing throughout. The aroma is of chocolate with roasted malt and hints of coffee and toast. The flavor is very complex and balanced, beginning with dark chocolate followed by cocoa powder and coffee with milk chocolate and some slight molasses notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and full. Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter is an excellent beer, Smooth, complex, balanced, and drinkable. A perfect example of the style. Highly recommended!

Photo of VtBeerRun
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was around average slightly above. Nothing really stuck out with this beer. It had some nice creamy tastes to it, but as the beer went on that some what faded. I believe the attempt was to do a light porter, which was pretty good but nothing that really caught my attention. It wasn't a bad beer. If some one handed me a free one I would definitely drink it, but there isn't anything that made me come away wanting more.

Photo of jhp40219
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about Taddy Porter that hasn't already been said? This is pretty much the top of the line as far as porters go.

A - Pours black with a lovely tan two-finger head. Held up to the light, it appears more of a dark auburn brown. Lots of lacing as you drink.

S - Dark chocolate, cocoa, fresh roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Unsweetened chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, hints of coffee, cream, and sweet dark fruitiness in the background. A complete porter taste explosion! Seriously, I know of no other porter that has this much flavor.

M - Creamy but not too thick. Light carbonation.

O - Pretty much the perfect dark beer. I am really holding myself back from giving this all 5's, as I am not quite sure how they'd improve it. This is the top of the line as far as craft beer goes.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with a tiny bit of light shining through. Head is light tan and retains quite well. Lacing is sticky and holds well.

S: Very malt-forward aroma. Chocolate and some coffee, with dried fruit undertones. Hops are not present in the smell.

T: Sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors up front, with some dark fruit character in the background. Prune and raisin give way to a slightly floral, clean hop finish.

Notes: Overall, one of the more complex English porters. This stuff is awesome. Full-bodied, yet incredibly drinkable in a session setting. I've had this beer numerous times, and every time I have it, I sense more and more. It just goes to show how world-class the brews that Sam Smith has to offer. A benchmark beer for this style.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, I see bottles of Samuel Smith’s at literally every liquor store I go to. But this time, I saw one that I couldn’t pass up: Taddy Porter. Just seeing “Tadcaster” on the label would probably amuse me enough to buy it, let alone the reputation this beer has surrounding it. So I grabbed a big bottle (surprisingly only $4.29) and eagerly cracked this one open with dinner. Here goes:

A: Very dark. Not black, but deep, deep brown – like roasted coffee beans. There’s a bit of light shining through, doing two things. One: letting some red hues through; and two: giving an important indication that this is thick, but not as thick as a stout. A head of creamy light tan emanates from the dark body, leaving the slightest amount of lacing as it retreats back out of view. Classic look.

S: At first, it reminds me mildly of a dopplebock – dark fruits abound. Then the porter elements kick in: mocha, dark cocoa, and a splendid earthiness. It hits a hint of floral hops at the back, but that’s quickly overshadowed by more syrupy sweets in the end. Like Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, it has a very timid nose. What’s there is good, though.

T: Again, mild. Bready on the front end, which provides a steady background for some sweet chocolate and juicy fruits. Lemony acids and a tart hops character come through soon after, providing a smooth transition to the finishing tastes that some late malts bring. They arrive with a rather subdued roast taste and some nutty/brown sugar sweets. Thus, the aftertaste is warm and clean.

M: Pretty average for a 5% porter. Decent carbonation on a relatively thin to medium body. Not spectacular, but not super-heavy, either. It could go well as a dinner beer, because it wouldn’t exactly fill you up or disturb your meal in any way.

O: Well-balanced, but not huge in the palate; there are some breweries that could learn a thing or two from old Sammy Smith. I don’t always want an extreme, flavor-fisting, palate-raping meltdown of 10%+ ABV when I’m drinking a dark beer. Sometimes I just want a solid, flavorful beer with a palate so versatile that I can drink it casually. And that’s exactly what Taddy Porter’s all about.

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell has som e choco;ate, roasted malts. Taste is the same, roasted malts with chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Photo of zrab11
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark brown with a 1 finger offwhite head

S-Has a creamy chocolte smell up front, also picking up on some roasted malts and maybe also some woody aroma

T- Has a nice creamy chocolate beggining then comes the roasted malts and finish's with a dry coffee character.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Overall i like this brew, It was very creamy and smooth but still had great balance and great flavors coming out. It might have felt alittle thin at times even with the creamyness comin through. Would get this again for sure

Photo of kevo237
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Beer is pitch black with a dark brown head. Looks very creamy and chocolate-y. Smelled of smoke and roasted nuts.

Taste was creamy as expected and a slight bitterness on the finish. Very sweet and coffee like. As it warmed the bitterness ramped up slightly, but didn't become anything bad. This beer tasted good cold and slightly warmed. Mouthfeel was heavy and carbonation was good. This beer tasted just as it looked; creamy and sweet. Good beer, but I probably won't revisit it.

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

601st Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
550 ml

App- Amazing in my clear mug. Dark roasted brown with some lighter highlights. A two finger khaki/tan head that just falls as you drink. No lace on this one.

Smell- Roasted malts with a grainy, bitter chocolate and slight hoppy nose.

Taste- Its a well crafted classic beer. Very balanced, smooth and flavorful. The roasted bitter hits first with the softness from the yeast and in the end that hop kick finishes it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated with that duality of bitter chocolate and hops.

Drink- To think I never had this, to me was a crime against beer. This should be on a list for noob beer drinkers. Introduces layering to the palate and just very well done. I'd have this again for sure.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance o this beer is the best part. It pours a dark brown to almos black color with a huge fluffy tan to light brown head. The smell is sweet and chocolatey. The tasted follows through with a slightly sweet almost cola like aspect. There is no hop flavor present in the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Overall not at all what I was expecting but good none the less.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into an Ommegang goblet.

A: Creamy, but brief, head. The beer is dark brown and opaque in the light, if slightly susceptible.

S: Chocolatey and promising. Creamy, vanilla-sweet, and almost oaky/bourbon-y. Nice.

T: Great porter. Predominantly sweet, with a perfectly roasted character running throughout. The aftertaste is almost drying, with a coffee character.

M: A bit flat. To be fair, I may have left this one sitting too long, but as it stands, the creaminess would benefit from a carbonation that simply isn't present.

O: Recommended! Would drink again; very drinkable. A sweetish porter, but one of the greats.

Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Two inch mocha head over a dark brown beer. Head retention is nice and a little lacing is left behind.

S- Tart(?) cocoa smell.

T- Slight chocolate with some "tang" (thanks woody), dark fruits.

M- Creamy at first then a carbonation bite at the end of each taste.

D/O- I believe this to be my first porter love back in the day and it's been awhile since I've had one but it still holds it's own as one of the best in the style. Unexpectedly low abv for as much flavor as it packs.

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am continuing to drink my way through the Samuel Smith's oeuvre, thanks to a recent inspiration in one of the forums. Just in case anyone wondered what I was doing ...

From the bottle: "A very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted malt, yeast and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares'. The type of beer first brewed in the early 18th century; gained its name from being drunk by porters in the fish, meat and other produce markets."; Captioning a picture: "Adding whole dried hops to the wort in the boiling copper."

My pour created just better than a finger of light-brown head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby/garnet/mahogany highlights. Nose was chocolaty with a slight underlying tang. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a smoky chocolatiness to it on the tongue. Finish was quite smoky, charcoal-like in its intensity, very dry. Wow! This is probably the exemplary beer for its style, but I had forgotten its intensity as compared to a lot of the American versions. I would definitely drink it again, but not on a hot summer's day after weeding the backyard.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, brown on the edges, and is somewhat translucent. There is a chunky tan froth atop the brew initially, which recedes to an encircling wisp in short order. The nose is roasty and nutty with faint hints of smoke and soy sauce. There is also a plum-like dark fruitiness. The flavor delivers on the advertising of the aroma; hints of smoke are subtle yet especially impactful. Fruity notes are more subdued, nutty impressions are stronger and toastier, and there is a hint of alcohol on the finish which adds to the robust character. The feel is silky and creamy, and just what I like from the style. Overall this is a very nice brew, and a solid example of the style. Given the brewer, I'd expect nothing less.

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