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

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Ratings: 2,491
Reviews: 1,229
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 151 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with some slight reddish tints, and a 2 finger beige head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S- Smoky and nutty, but not a lot to it.

T- I get some molasses in the back of my throat, along with some nice carbonation and nuttiness. Very nice.

M- Very light, and the carbonation comes through very nicely. Just like the Nut Brown Ale, it kinda tastes like a thicker Coke...enjoyable

D- Its a nice beer. Not much of a porter fan, but its a good solid beer for drinking on a beautiful evening. Its real easy to drink as well

bigfnjoe, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown with some red highlights and a two finger tan head than lingers. has some of the most interesting lacing i have ever noted in a beer - reminds me of spotting animals in cloud formations as a kid.

nose of molasses, dark chocolate, raisin. gives you a good lead in to the taste.

flavors of chocolate and roasted malts with dark fruity overtones and molasses, followed by faint bitterness in the finish. this one is rich, fairly complex and well balanced, but i'd like just a bit more bitterness.

mouthfeel is amazing. soft, smooth and creamy with just the right amount of co2. feels like a cozy warm bed on a chilly fall night.

quite enjoyable and very, very drinkable. definitely in the top three for the style imo. if you've ever wanted to know what a porter should taste like, this would be a good place to start.

divineaudio, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of ilovebeer87
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just grabbed this because I am a big porter fan and wanted a beer to drink after work.

Pours nice. Thick tan head. Dark brown with reddish tint. Mild smell. Mild taste.

Not a bad beer but not one of my favorites. I prefer stronger tasting porters but if your not a big dark beer drinker this is a good option to ease into it.

ilovebeer87, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown with a tinge of brown when held to light. Produced a 2-finger tan head, retention was decent and left some splashy lacing.

S - Sharp & bright pair with toffee & coffee aromas, mildly sweet with cocoa/milk chocolate notes.

T - Simple coffee & chocolate flavors upfront & throughout, rich, robust, and dry. Finishes with more chocolate/coffee combo that's only mildly sweet tasting.

M - Very crisp and lite-medium bodied, there's a creamy quality to it as well, very good.

D - Approaching the Stout style to me, because of it's rich flavor profile, simple but well made, and I love the prices of Samuel Smith's brews. Just a solid example in my opinion, nothing outstanding, but extremely delicious. Worth trying, and I'd buy it again for sure. Cheers!

PintOHops, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of RedSpecial1
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out a thick black leaving a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The main smell is of roasted malt with almost a faint sweetness as the main smell fades. This beer has a strong roasted malt flavor, but with surprisingly little bitterness leaving you with an almost creamy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. While this beer is thick, it doesn't feel too heavy. This could definitely be a session beer for me.

RedSpecial1, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Cs1987
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, 2 fingers of beige head with very good retention.

Smell - Very chocolatey, strong.

Taste - What separates this from most porters is the strength of the sweet creamy flavour backing up the roasted malt. Not much hops, but they would be out of place in a beer with such a great malt character.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, like the taste.

Drinkability - I want another one.

Overall - Samuel Smiths are truly the masters of dark English style ales.

Cs1987, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - 4.5/5.0 - Toasted almond, foamy head. The beer itself looks thick, black and rich.

Smell - 3.5/5.0 - Lots of malt with some coffee and smoke, but not terribly strong.

Taste - 4.5/5.0 - Rich flavor - the smoky malt is the highlight. There's some sweetness at the end of each taste, which balances out the coffee and smoke. A great example of a porter.

Feel - 4.5/5.0 - Smooth, some creaminess to the feel. The aftertaste is sweet and is only around enough to notice, then off it goes. It's not nearly as thick as it looks, but that's ok - I enjoyed the "lighter" body.

Drinkability - 5.0/5.0 - A great beer, definitely one that can go down quick and smooth. At 5% ABV, wouldn't get you in trouble either.

taxguyjase, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle with a best before date of March 2011. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark fudge brown with a tan creamy head. Outstanding lacing.

S: Sweet molasses aroma. Roasted malts.

T: This beer pretty much nails on the head how I imagine the prototypical porter to taste and look like. Very enjoyable, rich and flavorful. Has a mellow, even keeled taste to it. Has that dry porter twang down to a science. You get the sweet molasses taste up front that gives way to a dry finish with a roasted malt zing. Also hints of toffy and caramel.

M: Velvety smooth. Carbonated perfectly.

D. I think I'll have another. Enough said. A true "go to" for this style.

JohnnyP3, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-the beer pours a black looking liquid with hues of red on the edges of the beer. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly at 2 full fingers. It lingers for a little bit and leaves no lacing on the glass

S-the nose seems pretty decent, it brings a light smokey malt up front. A caramel base sets in, lots of toffee accompanies. A note of molasses, chocolate, and coffee come in the middle with an underlying dark fruit sweetness at the finish, ripe plum and raisin.

T-Molasses is up front here and taken over by the smoked malts. A light touch of caramel and toffee add another layer towards the back, a hint of chocolate and coffee set in with plum and raisin sweeting up the finish

M-this is quite smooth and has a little creaminess to it. A medium bodied beer that is highly carbonated. It stings a little at the back of the throat from too much carbonation.

D-this is quite good and only improves as it warms. The smokiness mellows and the sweetness enhances. Smooth and velvety on tha palate, definitely a tasty brew.

cpetrone84, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of chickenm
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a creamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some chocolate and light smoke. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. Medium-thin body with a smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, another great beer from Samuel Smith!

chickenm, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of manahansf
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and light brown color with a light and lacy tan head. A light sweet malt aroma is pushed out of the glass by the visible mild carbonation levels. The drink is light and flows well with the toffee malt flavor. Smooth and refreshing to drink it is well balanced and finishes quick and clean. Great example of an English style and great for the warmer parts of spring and fall.

manahansf, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body featuring ruby-red highlights. Up top, two fingers of tan-tinged head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A sweet roasty body with notes of dark fruit and milk chocolate. Perhaps a little lacking in intensity.

Flavor: Roasty and chocolaty malt with dark fruit mildly sour lactose notes. If you go looking, you can find some mild coffee flavors and lightly biter hops. It's simple and balanced, though not plain and shallow. Lactose and roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Smooth all around, this is certainly a quick drinker.

Verdict: Taddy is an easy and straightforward Porter that's great for when you're looking for something that is easy to drink without being boring. Sure, you could argue the intensity could stand to be notched up, but this stands well as it is.

BeanBone, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Black/Mahogany with brown/red highlights. Full inch and a half of toasty tan foam. Plenty of lacing and fair retention.

Coffee, cocoa, hints of goldings and fuggles hops. Hints of fruit - I get a little strawberry jam. Butter is present as well.

There's a reason this is a classic. Incredibly complex, dense, and balanced. Plenty of interesting flavors going on - strawberry jam and copper start the beer as it shifts quickly (and cleanly) into coffee and cocoa with hints of butter. Finishes clean with the bright "tinny" flavor of fuggles and goldings. Hard not to like.

Dense, but well carbonated to keep it from feeling heavy. I'd prefer a slightly more velvety texture, but that may happen on tap. So, I'll hope for that to happen.

Great beer. At 5%, it's hard not to say, "I'll have another" more times than one should or could...

BillyBoysPie, Mar 05, 2010
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
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,491 ratings.