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

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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2,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 127
Gots: 108 | 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 Thomajt


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

Appearance - Very dark brown with a nice tan head that goes down to just a film.

Smell - Been sneezing all day so can't smell too much. Has a nice roasted semi coffe chocolate smell but not too sure.

Taste - Great. Nice and mellow. Not too overpowering, for as dark as it is.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a nice chocolate/coffee taste on the tongue

Drinkability - Very good for such a dark porter. Could drink a whole 6-pack....if I didn't eat dinner.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:29:03 | More by Thomajt
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with brown hues around the edges. Thick, light tan head that stayed long and strong in my imperial pint glass. Lacing can be described as tan clumps formed around the glass. Beautiful.Aroma is mild with chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is not in your face, its just a great balanced porter. Creamy coffee with some chocolate. Mouth is coated with sweetness, and just really creamy without being very heavy bodied. Drinkability is just about as good as it gets. I could sip on this all night. Great example of the porter style that should (and likley does) influence others who make porters.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:59:00 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

Served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA for $1.95 on "Beer-Me Tuesday." Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, nearly opaque, this almost-black darling pours with a big, thick head of light brown foam that falls down gracefully and leaves behind nice remnants of itself on the glass.

Roasted coffee and dark chocolate tickles the nose and arouses the senses.

A delicate, smooth, lightly carbonated brew slides over the tongue, carrying with it flavors of toasted biscuit, espresso, roasted coffeebeans, bittersweet dark chocolate, and mellow bitter hops, with a dry, roasty finish that keeps it coming.

Low in alcohol, smooth on the palate, nicely dry, and with a wonderful balance of British modesty and full-on flavor, this makes for a great session beer and a delightful sipper. Porter is, sadly, a fairly rare style, having been taken over largely by its stout brethren, but it's great to see that some great, classic examples such as this one still plough on.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:03:33 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of MaineBirdMan


4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that you just want to savor.
Nice chocolate brown coloring.
An aroma of coffee and chocolate.
Nice head.
Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roasted malt.
Settles nicely on the tongue. The hops start to appear at the back of the tongue but slowly fade away.
What a delicious beer! I know there's a lot of hype about Sam Smith beers. But they really do know how to put out some quality stuff.
Very easy to drink. The aroma stays with you on every sip.
Just the right amount of alcohol for me.
My only complaint is that I only bought on bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 01:33:33 | More by MaineBirdMan
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black in the glass with brown and ruby highlights. A thick tan head forms and leaves good lace rings.

Lots of sweet chocolate in the smell. Coffee, caramel, and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety smooth medium body. The sweet chocolate and coffee compliment each other very well.

One of the best porters I've tried. I could drink these all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 00:07:23 | More by RodBurg
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3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/12/2007 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark park brown/black colored body, with a tannish colored head, huge and lasting. Has a sweet coffee aroma, and some dark chocolate. A thin taste, coffee, and dark chocolate. A slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Light tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:52:33 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of fosterific


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

Poured a very dark with sparkles of red and a long lasting head with substantial lacing.
The smell of rich dark chocolate and booze dominate the aroma with some toffee mixed in.
The taste is dry with a sweet nutty finish, warm toffee.
As the beer warms its character increases and becomes really good, I sure did enjoy this special treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 18:40:13 | More by fosterific
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3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great slick black appearance, slightly oil looking. Light brown colored head with some minor lacing on the sides. A burnt milk chocolate smell was nicely permeating from the drink. If only the taste was equal to the nice aroma: a little watery and light compared to a dense chocolate taste I was hoping. Mouthfeel, perhaps, is the main culprit in the odd taste with its light, watery texture with no real creamy aspect. The carbonation is also a bit off for my palate. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel allows it to be light enough not too much of a brick in the stomach. Overall, surprisingly imbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 02:48:39 | More by fitzy84
Photo of chilly460


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

A - Poured a very dark brown. Ruby color shows when held up to a light. One finger head reduced to a collar, but remained for the entire beer. Decent lacing.

S - Definite chocolate and dark cherries. Some roasted malt. Not overly powerful, very pleasant.

T - Lots of chocolate, definite cherry tones as well. Mild hoppy finish, very little aftertaste.

M - Very nice carbonation, a bit thinner then expected.

D - Easy drinking with good balance, fine as a cool weather beer or accompaniment to a meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 00:12:09 | More by chilly460
Photo of aval89


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

Poured a dark brown color

smelled of rich chocolate with a hint of coffee

the taste was somewhat odd for me. started out a bit carbonated with a taste of a flavor i cannot identify??
the mouthful was smooth for me. had a taste of figs or dates...not what i expected..

drinkablility is still questionable for me

*note: i did have a 90 Minute IPA before this so I will def review this again when my mouth is clear.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 07:28:57 | More by aval89
Photo of Kamuimusackie


3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, I'd just like to state that the criteria for the beer (appearance, smell, drinkability, etc.) all matches up quite well. It is an all around good balanced beer. I just don't think it is worthy of an A rating in comparison to some other porters out there. The taddy porter is good, but nothing to write home about. I consider it to be a fairly average porter. The taste is rather absent considering it's a porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 07:06:40 | More by Kamuimusackie
Photo of lionking


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

Poured a one finger head from the bottle into a pint glass. Black color with ruby hue.

Roasted malt smell and taste along with coffee and chocolate (more on the chocolate side than the coffee). Full and creamy mouthfeel.

A very good porter. Drinkability is high. Would definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 01:32:50 | More by lionking
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


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

This beer is really something special. I am a big fan of porter's and this is certainly one of the best. Pours very dark, with very little head. The nose is rather surprising, all the dark malts that one would expect, but also a sour tang that goes delightfully well with the overall presentation. Taste is very mild, exceedingly smooth. Not too much roasted coffee here, but the chocolate is very pronounced towards the aftertaste. Somewhat lighter beer for the mouth than I had envisioned it, but overall the effect is great.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 01:08:29 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of SickBrew


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

This brew pours almost black as night and with a nice tan head of about a finger in height.

Nose is malty, roasty and slightly sweet. Taste is rock solid. Roasted malt flavors are right in your face, but are tempered with a smooth creamy sweetness and a hint of hops.

Body is medium and carbonation is medium to light. Overall this is a really good porter, that is highly drinkable and worth every penny.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 01:56:50 | More by SickBrew
Photo of argock


4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.50.

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, with 1-2 finger light brown head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Equal parts milk and bittersweet chocolate with substantial earthy hops aroma

T: Delicious understated chocolate flavors with mildly burnt dark malt and earthy, leafy hops that are subdued but an excellent accent.

M: Medium-bodied with even carbonation and good smoothness. Aftertaste is very short-lived.

D: An excellent porter that is super-smooth with a subdued, classic character.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:08:53 | More by argock
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4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into nonic.

Appearance: Dark. Almost black, with a bit of a ruby color. The head varies each time I have it, because I pour pretty cautiously at the end as the whole bottle barely fits in my 20oz. glass. But it usually has about an inch of head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: The scent of this beer is like a mystery zone. There are some coffee smells, burnt bread, dark chocolate, and a bit of a wine or grape smell, but that's just me.

Taste: Each time I drink it, I try to pick out something different. I think I've been tasting coffee as of recently, but I also taste a bit of chocolate. The hop taste is minimal to me. Other beers of similar style (Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, etc.) have a certain tasting note in them, and I really can't put my finger on it. I still love those beers, I don't particularly enjoy that one note. Taddy Porter lacks this note for me, and really makes it unique and a lot more enjoyable for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit chewy. Not too carbonated, but not flat, either.

Drinkability: I could drink them all night. It's not so heavy that it fills you up after one pint, but it is satisfying for it's style in that it's a formidable dark brew.

As you can tell, I feel pretty good about this beer. In fact, it is my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:13:20 | More by megatronstein
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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into nonic

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering black, with subtle ruby hues. Quarter inch off white head and nice lacing for the style.

Smell: Dark chocolate and fruit with smoked malt and some leather. Other scents that make their way through are raisin, cloves, and anise.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, caramel, and toffee take the forefront followed up by coffee and smoked malt. This brew has a nice bitter finish that isn't too prominent. Overall for the taste this is a very nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style, just enough body to leave the taste in your mouth but not so much that you aren't left wanting another sip.

Drinkability: Pretty high unless you don't like to drink multiple flavorful beers in a row.

Overall: I've only had a few English porters but I really enjoy them, this one in particular. The fact that the bitter chocolate and toffee flavors aren't as back seat as they are in American porters appeals to me. Definitely try this porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 08:19:33 | More by optiontwo
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love English ales, and this is one Ive had so many times I cant believe I have yet to review it.

Pours a deep black color with a tightly bubbled tan head. Smells like roasted malt with maybe a hint of apple?

Tastes like a malty roast heavy beer with a hint of caramel and maybe some coffee notes. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. This is one eminently drinkable beer. Thanks again Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 02:11:44 | More by Fatduck
Photo of BWH3


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

A: Clear, dark brown with ruby hues. Nearly opaque. 2 finger tan head with good retention.
S/T: Chocolate and roast grains dominate the nose. The caramel and toffee flavors are very subdued. Some coffee can be detected. The malts are not harsh or acidic. Hops bitterness is mild and barely off set the malt palate. Hops have a mineral quality and not the floral and fruit flavors found in the IPA and brown ale. Ultimately a dry finish.
M: Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Good retention. A bit thinner than anticipated given appearance and aroma.
D: Rich and highly drinkable. Drier than expected and more roasted than expected, but ultimately a fantastic beer and deserving of the title Famous. I will have to drink the stout to get a baring on how this fits in the spectrum between nut brown and the stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 21:50:39 | More by BWH3
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deeep black with a tan foamy head that disappeared soon. Minimal lacing, if any.

Smells faintly of french roast coffee, including the acidic sour coffee notes. Real interesting.

Dynamite deep roast coffee and some dark chocolate notes. A little burnt toast element keeps this balanced, and let's not forget a little bite of sweetness in there somewhere.

Decent medium-bodied brew with a fairly pleasant aftertaste. Lingers just long enough, and no off notes. Carbonation makes this one fairly clean, or as clean as a porter can be. Well structured here.

Overall, I love this beer for a great fit in moderation or for a session. Goes good with or without food. Just great porter. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 20:45:39 | More by OtherShoe2
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep brown to black, with a finger of head that recedes to a thick cap. Spots to light sheets of lacing form.

S - The smokey, acrid smell of intensely roasted malt, with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, and a hint of raisins/molasses. The acridness has a sour character that strangely reminds me of red wine vinegar. A little floral hoppiness.

T - Smokey, heavily roasted malt, dark-roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate dominate. That slight, juicy sourness that was in the nose is also present. A moderately hoppy finish and citrusy twang lingers.

M - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation level. Smooth and pleasant overall.

D - This brew has a lot of character, and there's definitely a nice balance between the roasted malt, bitter coffee/chocolate, and hops. This is a very solid, sessionable porter, and a great benchmark for other attempts at the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 07:03:34 | More by association330
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby tinted brown with a creamy mocha colored head that clings to the walls of my pint glass. Smells lightly of hops with a well rounded roasted sweet malts. Hint of coffee and chocolate as well.

Soft lightly carbonated mouthfeel that fits the beer and is reminiscent of many other Samuel Smith beers. Very well balanced between three main flavors: grassy hops, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. Straightforward and delicious example of an English Porter. Great introduction to the style for the less experienced beer drinker and a solid staple for the seasoned veteran.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 18:44:02 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of baos


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

500ml into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice brown body with a light brown head bout 3 fingers high.

S: Roasty-maltiness with a some smokey hints.

T: Malt and malt. you think its gonna go sweet but it goes to a brown gravy mushroom darkness with a bit metallic but not too bad. ends nice and dry. maybe a bit of canned mushrooms in there too as it warms.

M: medium

D: We used to buy cases of the big bottles. this is a very drinkable beer. seems a bit metallic tonight but my taster may be off a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:36:49 | More by baos
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black. Plenty of tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, and molases.

Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected, coffee, molases, brown sugar, dark malts.

Nice full mouthfeel, can almost chew the brew.

Excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 10:04:16 | More by donteatpoop
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New Jersey

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

550 ml bottle poured into mug.

Poured a nice deep mahogany body, with amber hues around the edge. A large, creamy tan colored head left great lacing and slowly reduced to a fine cap.

Aroma of molasses, sugared coffee. Chocolate covered raisins as well, mixed with cream. Very malty, smells very sweet.

Taste is of molasses dipped raisins with a slight hint of dark, bitter chocolate. Upon sipping, the creamy sweetness is quickly following by a nice, sharp bitterness making it very well-rounded. Toffee, molasses, raisins start it off with a black coffee taste upon the finish. So good.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick. Medium-full bodied. Only downfall is that it's somewhat watery... but it kind of fits well. Bittersweet is a perfect term to sum up this brew. Transition of sweet, roasted malts to bitterness is fantastic. Finish is slightly bitter, not too much lingering.

Very drinkable, but also very filling. Clean, very crisp. No problem finishing this bottle. Overall, an exceptional porter. Slightly second, in my opinion, only to Entire Butt.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:45:38 | More by TMB0424
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.