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

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Ratings: 2,712
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 177
Gots: 242 | 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 ghostofpaulman
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. I held it up to the light and couldn't even see through to the other side. Nice finger and a half of foamy butterscotch colored head that stuck around for a good while.

S: Maybe my nose was of today, but I wasn't getting a whole lot out of the smell. A bit of subdued chocolate notes, a bit of sugar , kinda like the candi smell of Belgian beers, just not as strong. Only the slightest indication of roasted smells, unlike most of the American porters I've had. Overall very subtle, and not too special.

T: Here's where this beer shines. The taste is not at all like the bitter roasted monster I was expecting. There is no real coffee flavor to speak of. The taste is more along the lines of sweet hot chocolate. There is even a strong marshmallow flavor in there. Also a bit of ,not fig, but fig newton flavor. Very tasty.

M: Thick but not viscous. Also, not as dry as the label would lead you to believe. It's actually pretty refreshing.

O: A damn good beer that surprised me on all fronts. I really like the conception of porters I've gained from American styles, but if this is what a real British portertastes like, than I would love to try more samples of them.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber hue. Almost looks black but held up to the light you can see through it. There is a 1.5 finger off white head with great lacing.

S - Slightly fruity aroma… maybe I’m mistaking lactose for fruity. Vanilla, chocolate, no coffee to speak of. Cherry might be the aroma I’m looking for. Really doesn’t smell like any porter I’ve encountered.

T - Taste is equally as fruity. Cherry, licorice, vanilla are the main flavors. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, all the flavors I would normally expect in a porter are missing. I haven’t had many English porters, so I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be this fruity, but that’s definitely what it has going for it.

M - Medium bodied, which surprises me. For a beer this fruity, I would expect something a little lighter bodied, but I’m fine with it. Finish is sweet and wet with a distinct cherry aftertaste.

O - Overall, I don’t particularly like this beer. It doesn’t scream porter to me, but I could just be used to the American porters. The sweetness just wasn’t what I was looking for. If that’s your scene, this is the beer for you, just not what I wanted.

Photo of IPA35
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is dark brown with a offwhite head.

Dark malts, raisins, dark chocolate, wood (indeed) and a hint of British hops. Not bad!

Sweet malts, dark fruits, mild hops, a hint of choclate and a hint of metal. Nicely balanced and drinkable.

Medium thickness yet creamy, not alot of carbonation.

Overal a good porter.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a nice deep brown colored body. the head was a light tan color that actually have a good amount of retention and lacing for a porter. The smell of the beer had plenty of roasted dark malts aromas and some light earthy hops aromas too. The taste of the beer was a little metallic at first buy faded nicely as the beer warmed up. The flavored of chocolate and sweet malts were dominant in this brew. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy and rich with a good carbonation level. Overall it's a damn good porter.

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

550ml bottle poured into a Samuel Smith nonic.

A: Pours caramel/Coca-Cola brown, but is nearly black & opaque in the glass with ruby highlights showing on the edges. There is a good, big, tight-bubbled tan head that maintains its fluff well after the pour and laces the glass.

S: Toasted dark malt, chalky bitter chocolate, some sweeter yeast & raisins, caramel & toffee, and a faint woodiness.

T: Taste follows the nose, with a good bit of sweetness balancing some good bitter notes. Flavors of chocolate, chocolate malt ice cream, nuttiness, and even some woody coffee notes attack the palette.Some dark fruit notes as well, raisins and dates.

MF: Pretty wet and chalky, good medium body with some lingering bitterness.

O: My first English Porter, it reminds me a lot of a cross between an American Nut Brown and an American Porter; dark malt, chocolate and coffee mixed with more caramel, toffee, wood and nuttiness. Not as much roasted character as I like in dark beers, but overall pretty pleasant.

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a light tint of amber red and lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Hints of dark fruits with some raisin, plum, and dark cherries. Also some hints of nuts and vanilla. Smells sweeter and less coffee driven than most porters I've had so far.

Taste: Like the smell but even more fruit driven. Dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with big hints of dark fruits including raisins, fig, and plums. Also a strong presence of chocolate while the coffee is very subdued. Also picking up some nuts and a little vanilla and brown sugar. Pretty fruity but sweetness is kept in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth and finishes fairly wet.

Overall: A great Porter from Samuel Smith with an interesting mixture of dark malts and fruity flavor.

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

The beer appears black (dark brown at the edges when held to the light) with an inch of thick beige head. As the cap slowly recedes, it leaves a sheet of lacing cascading down the pint glass. The aroma has a strong chocolate presence, with some roasted malt behind. The flavor continues with a tasty chocolate character, with a hint of coffee, and a nice bready, malty finish. A really tasty beverage. I can't believe I haven't had this before. The chocolate component is perhaps a bit heavy, but overall, the flavor is pleasant. Not too sweet. I could throw back a few pints of this. I bet this is fantastic on cask.

Photo of adam42381
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 550ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 3 finger foamy milk chocolate brown head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt and a touch of chocolate up front followed by a touch of coffee in the middle before ending with a decent amount of bitter hops and a touch of burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is light and fairly bitter. I wish the taste were a little stronger and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could drink a couple pints on a cold evening.

Overall: Good beer overall. Another fine offering from Samuel Smith. The only thing holding this one back is that the flavor seems to fade too quickly. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Pours black as night with a creamy head that quickly disappears. Smells of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Tastes pretty much like it smells-- coffee, toffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. A complex beer for sure. Perfect carbonation really makes all the flavors pop in your mouth. The level of carbonation also lends itself to the smoothness of the beer. Medium bodied for a porter

I still like the oatmeal stout better, but that is purely personal preference. This one pulls its weight for sure. They don't call it "The Famous Taddy Porter" for nothing. This is a classic beer for sure and a signature aspect of Sam Smith's lineup.

Photo of Krakistophales
3.16/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.

A: Pours jet black with massive 4 finger tan head

S: Slight roast, coffee, hint of chocolate, a bit of hops and a bigger caramel sweetness, but all pretty muted.

T: Slight roast, touch of coffee and a bit of a hoppy aftertaste, but mostly just a briny sourness and bittersweet taste going on

O: Very average porter. Wouldn't buy again and not SS's best.

Photo of Cawdog
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dense head and with a ruby tinge.

gives off a smell of raspberry, cherries, chocolate.

The flavours linger for a while, with a roasty finish, its very complex mix of the above.

mouthfeel is rather lighter than I was expecting, because of the ABV. It has a certain creamy quality that is fantastic.

A lighter sytle of porter, very good beer!

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

12 oz into snifter.

A: very dark brown body with a bustling coffee hued head. head is tight and has great retention and lacing. so far so good.

S: milky. cookies and cream ice cream. there is also a definitive nuttiness to it. sort of similar to their Nut Brown Ale. maybe a touch of licorice as well as a herbal english hop varietal.

T: a very gentle roast. not astringent or in your face. not burnt either. chocolate. roasted chestnuts perhaps? definitely. once again, licorice seems to gently touch the palate, but not in an overbearing or lasting way. maybe just a touch of vanilla as well.

M: a tingly carbonation is just what the style calls for. medium body.

D: very easy drinking English Brown Porter. just not my favorite style, but still quaffable.

Photo of tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml (bought for 2.99 at Zipp's Liquors!) poured into a Surly pint glass.

Dark brown with garnet highlights and a medium tan head with creamy texture. Good retention and great lacing. The aroma is classic British dark ale: caramel, toast, coconut and toffee; even more than dark malts that should be the highlight of this beer. Decent frutiness.

Taste is heavier on the dark and fruity side of things than, say, toast and coconut. I don't get any coffee but certainly some chocolaty notes are present. The finish is quite sweet, with hints of roast, but not enough to make it too dry. The body is medium and carbonation a little high for the taste profile.

If it indeed is an example of Old World porter, then the American versions are much better on the characteristics this beer boasts to be its highlights viz. roast, dryness etc. On the other hand I am loving the maltiness of this porter. Tough choice, but if I were aching for a porter as I know it, I'd rather grab an Edmund Fitzgerald.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 3/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A - Black with ruby edges. Two fingers of tan head that receded quickly and settled down. Sticky lacing.

S – Big roasty smell. Chocolate, mocha and coffee.

T – Deep roasty flavors just like the smell. Coffee bitterness. Slight chocolate taste but no real sweetness. Brown sugar. Dry at the end.

M – Creamy. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Smooth.

O – Its been said a million times but this is just a great porter. Very drinkable. Great taste. Winner all the way around.

Photo of Grunewald
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours clear ruddy dark brown. The head is beige and leaves rings of lacing.

S - sweets, light caramel, vanilla and fruit rind

T - sweet malt, vanilla and notes of spices

M - medium carbonation, medium body with a wet finish

D - well balanced

Photo of chocosushi
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml->Sam Smith Pint
A ~ Pours black with a thick tan head that rises like a biscuit out of the glass. Exceptional appearance.

S ~ Roasted Malts, Dark Chocolate, Mulch (mild), Nougat

T ~ Classic Burnt Malt Flavors lead the show but there is also Chocolate, Earthy hops, Dead grass, Mulch, weak coffee & a bit of Apricot.

M ~ Carbonation is abundant & it carries the flavors through.
Medium in body.

D ~ This beer sets the standard for Porter, English or otherwise. One of my favorites on a Sunday.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's an old song,: In heaven ain't no beer, so we gotta drink it here!"
Well, I hope thats wrong because this brew is a taste of heaven!
The color is like Black Garnet when held up to the light. This and several others are making me a Porter lover!

Photo of Reaper16
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a nice cola brown with undertones of a deep ruby red at the edges when you hold it to direct light. 1.5 fingers worth of very fine bubbles, colored beige. It has a creamy look on top. This beer looks absolutely great.

The aspect of the aroma that I notice first are the dark fruits. This smells like a stout in terms of dark berry and prune aromas. There's a lightly earthy mushroom aroma along with some older hops that draw out the earthiness. I'd prefer there to be more of an assertive roast component, but I realize that this is an English Porter and not an American one. To that end, this beer hits every mark.

This beer is a reminder of why Porter is one of my top three favorite styles of beer. It's so, so drinkable! A cocoa powder like chalky roast flavor is balances by some umami notes and a splash of prune juice. I want to take big, big gulps of this beer. If I had a growler of this porter I would crush it myself in like an hour. This isn't supremely complex, it's just flat-out good.

It's fairly thin in terms of mouthfeel, but then that's the style. It's appropriate. Overall, this is a textbook English Porter. It's very enjoyable.

Photo of itlnstallion11
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer pours a deep brown with a nice light brown(frappaccino colored) head.

S- the smell of the beer is overwhelmed with milk chocolate and some hints of malts,coffee and maybe some barley.

T- the taste parallels the smell, up front there is a sweet chocolate sensation followed by a roated coffee finish which leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste. There is also some hints of barley and hops but the chocolate is super prevalent on my pallet.

M- this beer has an initial light feel to it only to be followed by a silky smooth texture that remains in the mouth.

O- this has become one of my favorite porters along with Deschute's Black Butte porter, the milk chocolate Cocoa flavor is quite delectable and I will be sure to continue purchasing this beer for the years to come.

Please message me with any recommendations on similar porters/stouts.

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.

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