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

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Ratings: 2,478
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 149 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of FreshHawk
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep mahogany with ruby edges. Large creamy beige head. Good retention and little lacing left.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a hint of tobacco.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate and coffee make up most of the taste. More chocolate than coffee. Also with these is some caramel, butterscotch, and burnt sugar/molasses. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter porter.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy despite being somewhat thin. Would like it to be a bit fuller.

D - Really good smooth and easy to drink. Lovely flavors that are well balanced. Lots of good porter flavors.

Notes: Very nice porter with balanced and nice flavors. Not too bitter and not too sweet. Smooth and nice body, but I would like it to be a bit fuller.

FreshHawk, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.13/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a sturdy porter, all is well. Aroma comes across like oil and alcohol.

Taste is oil, alcohol, brown ale and water. No hop quality. Like a mead from England. Mouthfeel is like a walnut mixed in with the aforementioned taste. Drinkability is lame, as its about $5 per 500 ml, and its just not enjoyable. Not my thing.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured in samuel smith pint glass

A: Deep deep brown with a tan that is about 3 fingers this one looks tasty.

S: I smell it form a foot away, lots of roasted malts, with hops in the nose as well.

T: so light for how it looks, the taste threw me off I was expecting something bigger, roasty and acidic to start with the hops to round out the beers finish melding perfect with the acidic qualities that are there form the start, this is perfectly balanced.

M: This is so light, the carbonation is good, it leaves a dry roastyness on the pallet. it is refreshing as any other beer I have. balanced out, and just right on point.

D: superior drinkability, I could session these or I could have one and done. This is a fine example of a porter this is done right. oh so good.

fastsrt, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, but you can see light through the middle of the glass. Full long lasting creamy looking foam.

S - malty and full. Inviting and not overpowering.

T - oddly complex but mild. There are a lot of different tastes that move through the flavor palette. Mild after taste, not bitter.

M - tingle right at the front of the tongue early. Mild tingle at the back of the throat in after taste. Possibly a little thin.

D - higher than the sum of its parts. This could easily be the soul beer you have all evening. Would be great during a card game.

biglite351, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of tjd112
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Dark colour, decent tan head, little bit of lacing

Smell - Roasty, malty

Taste - Plums with a whiff of chocolate

Mouthfeel - A bit of a dry finish, kinda thin

Drinkability - Definitely a sessionable beer

Overall - It's a pretty good beer

tjd112, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown with a slight tan head, leaves behind okay lacing.

S: Smells like roasted malts, but with odd sour notes.

T: Bitter dark fruit up front, with a faint taste of chocolate in there. Roasted malts as well. Underwhelming taste, overall.

M: Much thinner than anticipated. Has a decent creaminess to it.

D: With all the hype behind this, I am very disappointed. Glad I only bought a single.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, charred crimson topped by a modest tan head that dies down, but never gives up completely.

The aroma is faint chocolate and toast, maybe a bit of caramel. Nice, but not showy in the least.

The taste is light milk chocolate and roast, malt, with a tinge of underlying coffee bitterness, and a slightly dry, light metallic finish that lingers in the aftertaste. There's a slight raw doughiness to the taste and aroma that shows up only while sipping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation to get the job done but not a speck more.

All in all a solid, workaday porter, and one that I like a lot.

MeisterBurger, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of yuenglings
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pretty much pitch black with a good brownish head that leaves a good laceing.
S:sweet roasted Chocolate coffee with slight caramelyness to it very plesant over all.
T:kind of like it smells with a dark choclate taste up front with the rosted coffee taste comeing in at the end not as great as i was expecting but still very good.
M:Very very smooth and creamy has a very good heavyness to it.
D:This is a very drinkable porter i would buy it agian for sure.

yuenglings, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe I have never reviewed this beer before. This is one of the first beers that got me in to craft brewing. I poured this in to a standard English pint glass. Color is chestnut brown, with a tall white head to cap things off. Deep chocolate and dark fruit dominate the smell, with some charcoal thrown in to the mix as well. Taste is full of chocolate, and more dark fruit, It also gets a bit metallic at times, which strangely enough really works for this beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinks as easily as any beer I have ever come across. This beer reminds me of why I first fell in love with traditional English Porters. I think sometimes English Ales get a bad rap for being too mild, but this brew proves that notion wrong. Indeed, this beer could stand up to any American Porter or Baltic Porter easily. Cheers

jamie2dope, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a black body that's clear and dark-brown around the edges when backlit. Nice looking two-finger head of creamy tan foam with average retention and a good amount of delicate lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Simultaneously mild and pungent aroma of chocolate malt, vanilla yogurt, and a touch of sulphur. Interesting, and appropriate for the English porter style - but not quite my cup of tea.

T: Starts out with mild malt sweetness, followed by a pleasantly smooth lactic yogurty sourness (along with plenty of vanilla). Finishes with a bit of roasted malt bitterness. Again, not a style I'm particularly fond of, but this is pretty spot on.

M: Very smooth, fairly thin body with only light carbonation. A little on the weak side.

D: Very smooth, with a good balance of sweetness and sourness. This one definitely goes down easily.

Notes: I was a little put off at first by the yogurt sourness, but after a bit I warmed up to it (both in terms of personal taste and out of respect for the traditional style). It paired especially well with one of my wife's wonderful peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.


woosterbill, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a mug.

Very dark, unclouded beer. The hues tend towards umber as opposed to ruby or amber. The head is ample and fluffy and medium tan. All of the lacing slides down the glass, so there is none.

Smells of coffee and dark roasted malts mingle with piny hops.

Tastes are likewise dark and piny. There is sweetness and tartness and caramel. Flavors of coffee linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and the finish is just a bit sweet. Carbonation is light.

Drinkability is quite high for a dark beer. I am pleased to enjoy this fine beer once again, and again, and again.

I love Sammy Smith. They are accessible and top notch as a general rule and the Taddy Porter is no exception.


meeekyh, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in a huge stout/porter phase at the moment and this thing is money.

Black with a tight lingering head and loads of lace. Head honestly hasn't budged for the duration of this delicious pint.

Inviting sweet and smokey aroma, notes of just burnt toast and the coffee aisle of the supermarket.

Malt sweetness up front, dates and prunes. The savoury middle reminds me of crispy roast potatos with gravy. Medium full body, medium low carbonation, scary high drinkability. Halfway through this review, I've poured another just to check.. Yep. It's good.

Trizzle, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

18oz. signature bottle with gold foil over the cap. Served cool into a pint glass.

The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown color with good clarity as it leaves the bottle. The bone white head is creamy and long-lasting.

Aroma is sweet and full of character - lots of chocolate and evidence of barrel aging, oddly.

Flavor is sweet and full of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. There is even some nice coffee on the finish. It has good balance from begining to end with a nice dryness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and lower in carbonation like it should be. Really enjoyable in this category.

Overall a great porter and one that had been overlooked too long. I'm glad I gave it a try.

GilGarp, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Kylito87
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Last beer of 2009 more notes on my drive. Heres We Goes.

Appearance- Brownish black with reddish tones creamy tan head floats on top of with great retention. Very prominent lacing.

Smell- Roasted Malt, Coffee, and slight chocolate.

Taste- This beer is VERY ROASTY! It has almost this smokey / Charcoal oak barrel trait to it. It packs a very roasty punch which really makes the drinker pace themself.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation with a medium to medium high body. It is very smooth and pleasant on the pallete. I like to let the sip stay in mouth to allow the beer to show me it's true nature and this beer does feel good all the way through.

Drinkability- This beer is not the most drinkable porter I have come across. I think that has to do with it's super roasty taste. Don't get me wrong it is a great beer but my tongue tends to tire of intense smokey/roasty traits in beer after 2 or 3 beers.

Overall- One of the most unique tasting beers I have reviewed to date. It is definitly something that you really have to try for yourself to fully appreciate.

Kylito87, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of MikeB20
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first BA review, here it goes.

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours super dark nearly opaque with a beautiful ruby color when held in the light. A really nice two finger creamy tan head. The lacing was fairly sparse in the end with most of it toward the top of the glass.

S: I'm getting a nice coffee smell with a touch of roasted malt, I expected a heavier roasted malt scent on the nose.

T: It's starts off ever so slightly sweet and finishes bitter. I'm getting a lot of roasted malt flavor which I love but not a whole lot of anything else, at least not enough to really seperate it from the roasted flavor. Perhaps a touch of coffee.

M: Suprisingly light for a Porter. It has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel but the carbonation is light.

D: Very drinkable, I think it would suprise people who feel Porters and Stouts are too bold and heavy. I really enjoyed this one and I'll certainly be seeking it out again to share with friends.

MikeB20, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of dudecandle
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle into imperial pint glass:

A: Black opaque body with slight ruby highlights, and the great creamy light coffee head with excellent lacing, and permanent hold.

S: Smokey with some dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and caramel

T: The dark fruit takes on a more predominant role, overshadowing the coffee, but the chocolate remains, which is now a bit milkier, while smoke lingers on the finish.

M: Exceptionally creamy and smooth, with a tiny bit of carbonation, with the twang of dark fruit on the finish giving it a bit of a bite

D: Not my style, but as with all Sam Smith brews, it's of the best I've had of the style. It's surprisingly big for 5%, but an easy session beer.

dudecandle, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark, dark brown/black with a soft white mocha head, good retention, a classic pint.

S: Chocolate, tar and sugar plums.

T: Dark bitter chocolate, but no roast as it should be with a porter. Great minerality/hard water characteristics. Handsome notes of dark fruit and licorice are intertwined throughout.

M: Very soft carbonation and easy on the palate as a good session beer should be. Creamy and smooth with lots of subtle nuance.

D: While Fuller's is the star of this style for me, Sam Smith's version is excellent and much more widely available, I can get this anytime at the corner liquor store whenever I want a good and tasty traditional English ale.

Halcyondays, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BeerMasterD
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

335 ml brown bottle.
Diggn' the old-school look of the bottle/label. All sammy smith bottles are interesting though.
Poured black with some deep ruby in the light, 2 finger fluffy cream tan head. Looks delicious. I didnt let this brew warm up enough maybe as i wasnt getting nearly anything for aroma other than a faint coffee. Tasted some faint bitter chocolate and malt but the coffee was what really stood out to me with this guy. This was very sweet i thought, balanced and some dark fruit. It was alot lighter than i guess i figured it would be which is usually the case, i could drink motor oil sludge and still think its too light haha. Very drinkable/tastey straight forward porter though and if i was a coffee drinker which im not, id much rather have one of these in the morning with breakfast for sure, and with only a good 5% ABV it certainly wouldnt be a problem.

BeerMasterD, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of TitanTake
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 1 pt bottle.

A - (poured into a small glass for this) dark, slight fizz that went away quickly; very little light comes through

S - deep, sweet charcoal aroma; nutty; warm

T - initially very light, but then a strong charcoal flavor mixed with hops; almost like it was filtered through oak charcoal just before it was bottled

M - very smooth; a little effervescent

D - must drink slowly to appreciate; almost a meal in itself

After my initial review, I started eating something salty while drinking this. It seemed to really enhance the flavors of both. Reminded me of a beer you would drinking in a cabin or lodge on a cold winter night.

TitanTake, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz into glass

A- Black with dark reddish tones with a very small tan head.

S- Real sweet malty smell to it, not much hops in this one.

T- Delicious coffee, roasted malty flavor to it, but blended perfectly creating a extremely smooth and enjoyable porter. The only thing I'm not to happy about is that it has a pretty dry finish, reccomend a glass of water after you drink one haha

M- The mouth feel of this beer is amazing, it's what makes it for me. So smooth and clean tasting, and goes down like water.

Great Beer, Buy it!!!

Arenbeer, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of abrand
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml with gold foil on cap poured into the SN tumbler.

The Taddy Porter pours a deep ebony color with a tan creamy head that sits atop. The nose is sweet malts up front with a coffee finish. Smell is not overpowering but solid. The palate is extremely smooth with toffee, coffee, and a bitter maltiness that rounds out the quaff. The flavor profile differs in bitterness/sweetness with every sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. This is a very drinkable porter in my opinion. The alcohol content is not too much while the taste is a great sample of this style.

abrand, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of JohnL9013
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a bottle of this at a local bar. At $4.50 for a 12 oz, I had high expectations but this beer did not disappoint.

A: Jet black with a moderate foamy and dark head. It looks like any other stout or porter.

S: I can still smell this stuff an hour after finishing it, which is a good sign. The smell is moderate...honestly, I think this is the only part of this beer that could be improved...not that the quality of the smell is lacking, but the quantity is lacking. I was sticking my nose in the beer constantly while tasting it to get the aroma.

T: The taste is hands-down perfectly balanced. I've had some really excellent porters that went just slightly overboard on the sweetness but this beer has all the roasty deliciousness without the excessive sweetness. It has a syrupy element to it from all the malt bouncing around, and a very healthy amount of bitterness, which I can appreciate. Overall, I can't say there were any highlights in this beer from how well blended it is but I can say that I wish it was just a tad stronger in flavor.

M: Wow, they nailed the mouthfeel on this. Low carbonation means this beer can take up residence in your mouth for quite a few seconds and you'll enjoy it nonetheless. A pleasure to drink.

D: This beer disappeared in no time. The most drinkable stout or porter I have ever had, period.

I'm going to look into picking up some of this stuff in the future and investigating this style more thoroughly.

JohnL9013, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour from the bottle yielded a thick 3/4" rocky tan head. Decent head retention and impressive lacing. The body was a completely opaque dark brown, which obscured the presence of any carbonation that would normally be observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Coffee and toffee aromas dominate the nose. No detectable noble hops. Simple and elegant... sign of good things to come?

T- Good things indeed. Sweet candy and roasted malts are up front on the palate, followed by the anticipated toffee flavor in the middle. Coffee-like flavors are present in the finish, along with a faint trace of roasty bitterness. Damn tasty. I'm tempted to give this a '5' in the flavor department...

M- A nice medium-large body. Moderately under-attenuated, with some nice creaminess added to the mouthfeel by the abundant soft carbonation. A pleasantly full body for a porter.

D- Goes down super smooth, and packed with fantastic aroma and flavor for such a low ABV beer. The only thing that keep this from being a regular session beer in my fridge is the price!

jgasparine, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of shohog
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clarity, very dark ruby red when held up to a bright light. Poured into pint glass with a decent 2 finger head which did not linger very long.

The smell was very similar to Guinness Extra Stout. Earthy, with faint hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is similar to Guiness Extra stout. A bitter chocolate to expresso coffee flavors. Tastes of the roasted malts is detected.
A very drinkable beer that is not at all heavy.
I could drink 5-6 of these porters which is a big plus for me. Some porters and stouts are too heavy or too high abv for me to drink this much.

Another outstanding Samuel Smith beer!

shohog, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle (no date) poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Huge tan head that settled down to a 1/16" thin film across the top of the glass the whole way down. Plenty of persistent lacing. Very dark that lets little light through but if you hold it up to the light you can make out some cola brown color (hints of ruby) at the edges of the glass.

Smell: Molasses with some fruity alcohol notes at the end. Also some roasted malts and burnt sugar which gets much more notable as it warms up to room temp.

Taste: When I first drank it, you get a cocoa flavor, but that quickly goes away as the beer warms all the way up to room temp and I tasted toasted/roasted malt, caramel, molasses with a mild coffee bitter finish at the end.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation on the tongue and goes down thicker than water. Really does have a "sticky" sensation to it at the end as it coats the whole mouth afterwards.

Drinkability: I think now that I've had this standard of a English porter I prefer American porters, but, this one goes perfectly with a meal and I could easily see myself having another one if it was available. But I don't see this as an all the time great beer, for me it's a nice treat with a hearty meal. I will say though that I've learned from this beer that it has to warm all the way up to really properly enjoy it. No wonder the Brits like their beer warm, at least this one is best that way.

damndirtyape, Jan 22, 2010
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,478 ratings.