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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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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 134
Gots: 124 | 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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4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, rich mahogany (almost black) color that produces a minimal head but leaves the cathedral lacing

S: Very sweet nose. Definitely malt-dominant. Molasses (a lot), dark fruits (figs, cherries, dates), and a nice nutty aroma that is all set atop the roasted malt backbone

T: Very similar to the nose; malty, molasses, dark fruit, and a massive roasted flavor. The nutty aroma is not too present within the flavor

MF/D: Very very smooth, low carbonation, medium/thick body...a truly unique porter, very English.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 19:03:27 | More by scottyshades
Photo of jsh420


3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells very sweet carmel malts dark fruit coffee and some funky smell that i pick up in alot of english bitters

taste is also very sweet coffee and carmel malts - tad bit watery but i think this is normal for this style - pretty much a dark english pale

mouthfeel is very light watery smooth

drinkability is good - this is so light you could drink this in the hot summer and want more

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 00:42:56 | More by jsh420
Photo of jjboesen


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

This was the my first beer of 2009. The world famous porter from Ye Olde Samuel Smith Brewery in Yorkshire. The initial pour into my shiny imperial pint glass is thick beige lather that sits .... and begins to sink .... very .... slowly. Let it settle; at which the imbiber is confronted by a black liquid impervious to natural light. The lacing is heavy and the subsequent clingage vast.

The nose can detect sweet notes of bubble gum and banana; the palate, a toasty malt blanket that covers the tongue and, yet, is surprisingly malt. The body is balanced without being cloyingly sweet or bready.

Taddy looks heavy, but is not; it is a mild bodied porter that provides for an elegant quaff before the manor's fireplace or a refreshing bracer following a fox hunt on the moor. So, here's to Catherine and Heathcliff. Who's your Taddy?

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 20:32:26 | More by jjboesen
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a mild head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smells sweet and of caramel, molasses and chocolate.

T - Taste matches the olfactory profile to a T. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso, and roasted malty caramel, but not overly sweet. Alcohol seems absent - it is on the lower end of the ABV range for this style.

M - Medium low carbonation with small bubbles. Smooth and creamy.

D - Very high thanks to the great taste, mouthfeel and low alcohol content. Would make a great session.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 20:26:23 | More by blackc5
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, some vegetal notes, and bready malt. Flavor is predominantly bready malt and some roasted notes, but this really isn't like your typical porter. Weak palate. Meh, I'm not digging this.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 19:39:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was told that this one was well worth it. I'm a big fan of the dark stuff but I was trying to venture over to the lighter side of things for warmer weather. But I could not pass up this one - a calling to my true nature. Here's how things lined out...

A: A vigorous pouring produced a thick tan head that took a while to dissipate - but never fully - leaving a thin layer and lacing throughout the experience. Black/dark brown liquid with slight redness to it prevents light from passing through.

S: Fresh from the fridge this just seemed like a standard but good porter. Letting it warm up to the proper temp opened it up. Of course there is the chocolate/coffee aromas. But there is much more in there. Dark fruits, a little citrus, a touch of smoke, vanilla.

T: This did not let me down. The taste follows the nose and comes off as an outstanding, solid porter.

M: I would have to say this is a medium body. Any heaver and it would come off as a stout. Nothing harsh about this - very easy going down.

D: Very drinkable. A tip of the hat to the Beer Philosopher for pointing this one out. I love it!!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 02:17:40 | More by BobbyBeerman
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near opaque black, with a thick brown head, that gives way to a very thick and appealing lacing

Smell: hints of chocolate, caramel and perhaps a little Bourbon.

Taste: for as dark as this beer is the taste was surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Usually with beers this dark its super intense and better to sit and sip with. Tastes much like the smell. Not as strong of chocolate as an imperial stout (obviously). A really intriguing roasted malt/black malt. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate, something I wasn't expecting, its an overall nice balance of taste and bitterness. Not extremely comples though

Mouthfeel: low on carbonation, very very smooth and easy to drink. Mild bitterness.

Drinkability: I'm not an expert on beers yet, but most of the darker beers I've drank are not something you can drink quickly , there slow sipping beers that demand appreciation. This does too however its very smooth and refreshing and easy to drink. Alcohol content is not very high, so it'd be easy to have a few if price wasn't an issue. Most sammy smiths brews are worth the $4 imho.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 19:27:22 | More by MaxBrews
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml into a pint

A - Pours an almost completely opaque black to very dark amber color. Only a slight amount of light bleeding through the edges. Head formation is vigorous but quickly dissipates to a film. Mocha in color.

S - A combination of chocolate and light hints of caramel. Very much a roasted malt. Some malt sweetness does come through on further "smelling".

T - Starts off with a fairly sweet malt note backed up by just a light hint of chocolate. Bitterness builds mid-stream, but this beer is tilted towards the sweet side. No hops to speak of. Roasted flavors are overall muted. Finishes with a very bittersweet chocolate note that sits on the tongue for quite a while.

M - Moderate body thickness - the body of the beer itself has some thickness driven by a strong sugar backbone. Carbonation adds more body as well is fairly stinging to the palette.

D - Moderate to very easy drinking beer - an english porter with a nice abv for sessioning while the beer itself is not overwhelming to the palette nor is it too filling.

A very solid porter - probably one of those that defined the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:38:51 | More by katan
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual appeal: burnished mahogany, zero translucence, little streaking

Smell: heavy alcohol smell, malt roasted over an open flame smell, not powerful

Flavor: very different roasted malt, thin bitter cut right after swallowing, caramel as it warms

Mouthfeel: pleasant effervescence tickles my tongue, satisfactory creaminess

Drinkability: medium high, might order two

Poured a perfect Imperial pint of 1pt. 2.7 fl oz. Tried this with Italian sausage and mustard, and it went very well with the red meat. English beers, I think, were meant to be drunk at room temperature not blasted cold in the fridge like yank beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:14:45 | More by julian1117
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: A dark black body with ruby highlights and a couple of fingers of tan head. Retention is poor and it quickly recedes to a quarter-inch film on top. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and slight coffee and caramel.

T: Roasted malt and dark chocolate first. Caramel steps in later, suggesting it's going to get sweeter, but then coffee offsets it entirely with a kick toward bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, with low carbonation to give it a smooth and creamy feel.

D: A great porter. I don't remember what it cost me, but if it's under $4 or so, it's a phenomenal value.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 05:04:39 | More by Arbitrator
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a small slowly fading head,Aroma is coffee beans.Taste is chocolate,malts,cream and coffee.Creamy and smooth goes down very nicely.I think porter fans should try at least once.I know this is something I will buy again in the futrue.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:23:13 | More by matty
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another great one from Sam Smith. It's pitch black with a good, creamy head. Chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. Chocolate, molasses, malt comes through at the end, a little figgy, but finishes dry. Carbonation is excellent. I could definitely session this were I so inclined.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 13:44:23 | More by JoshuaJ
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a midnight black with a ruby tint when held to the light, very large dark brown thick head, and some lacing.

smells of chocolate, charcoal, strong roasted coffee, a touch of licorice, roasted malts, some nuts, and molasses.

tastes very smooth and thick, roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee, and a little bit of nuts, ends dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:07:20 | More by froghop
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a tan foamy two finger head which fades to one quarter inch. Has a dark black color which shows ruby highlights when held up to the light.

Smell - Smells of chocolate with molasses and coffee.

Taste - Chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Sweet malt is balanced by some bitterness at the end. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth, medium bodied. Feels lighter than I thought it would.

Drinkability - Extremely Drinkable. One of my favorite Porters. Would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 04:03:33 | More by hardy008
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick beige head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Chocolate, burnt malt, coffee aromas. It has a sweetness to the aroma. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight caramel flavors. The thing that I really like about this beer is that the carbonation kicks in and the mouthfeel becomes creamy and smooth just about the time the chocolate flavors kick and that really enhances the flavor. There is a very faint herbal/floral note to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 00:13:17 | More by Kromes
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, the glass is filled with pale brown foam. After a while, it settles into a ½ finger head, leaving massive amounts of lacing. The clear liquid is pitch-dark.

The smell got some hoppy notes that make me think of an IPA. Some cream and nuts, the roasted notes are milder than expected. Some tart hints.

The body is medium to light, making this beer gulpable, the liquid is creamy. Nutty flavours, some berries (currants), fresh hops but almost no bitterness at all, but a fine malty flavour with a mild note of dark toast. Overall, clean, fresh and very balanced.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is just a little thick.

This is the way I like an English porter. Hurrah!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 19:26:26 | More by bark
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Blackish brown with a tan, 2 finger head. Active fermentation in my Summit sensory glass. good lacing.

S: Brown Sugar, but some burnt/roast flavor. I would describe more, but it really does smell like sticking your nose in a bag of brown sugar while someone burns some coffee in the other room.

T: More brown sugar, but only some. Toffee is present, as is just a general maltiness. No hops present whatsoever. I can see where many other porters try and mimic this one. No alcohol or anything. There is the slightest notion of charred meat on the sides of the tongue.

M: Slick and smooth, not at all heavy. The active carb does not come through at all in the mouth.

D: Easy going, for sure. No shocks, no booze. Not too filling.

In general, I prefer American Porters like Edmund Fitz or SN to this. This reminds me/leans towards more of a Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 21:17:54 | More by mdwalsh
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3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Darkest brown in color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of licorice, smoked malt, and black coffee. Flavor is dark fruity with prune and grape, dark chocolate overtones, light smoke, and roasted malts. A little watery, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 20:02:08 | More by illidurit
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep dark brown/amber color, very clear, tan head that laced very well and dissipated quickly

S=Malty notes of coffee and caramel

T=Coffee, caramel malts, little to no aftertaste

M=very nice, carbonation lingered and was tight in nature

D=very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 02:21:33 | More by jacobseyb
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3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Rich, velvety brown; opaque when held up to the light. Thick, creamy beige head about 2 fingers thick. Little lacing.

S: When I took a first whiff from the bottle, it reminded me of brandy. Faintly sweet notes hint at molasses and dried fruits - raisins and apples (maybe).

T: Very mellow flavors with a bit of molasses-like sweetness up front, followed by a big, roasted nutty flavor. Mid sip I can pick out a buttery flavor which eases into a smoky, charcoal note. Finish dries slightly, but the alcohol is not very prominent in the finish. As I work through the bottle, I'm almost convinced that the nutty, buttery flavor is giving way to meaty notes... it's like I'm drinking a full meal out of bottle, complete with the main course of braised or roasted beef.

M: moderate carbonation makes this porter feel slightly syrupy, but not overly thick.

D: Not very high on the ABV so I could easily handle another pint of this.

I was intrigued to try this beer. I'm a big fan of stouts, and since the porter is really the father of the stout, I can easily see the comparisons in the roasted notes. Not as overpowering as the stouts I prefer drinking, but still a well balanced beer with a unique and enjoyable blend of flavors. Definitely outpaces all other porters I've tried (SA Honey Porter, Left Hand Blackjack Porter).

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 06:58:38 | More by Buschyfor3
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle/ no freshness date

P: The Taddy Porter sits a deep brown with mahogany highlights in the glass. The dark khaki-colored head is kind of creamy and fluffy with good retention.

A: Smells of huge roasted malt, dark fruit, some toffee, caramel, and earth. Lacks some serious power in this department, though.

T: That huge-smelling malt bill is transferred to the palate with a dominant roasted barley flavor. Nice mix of dark fruits and caramel mingle with cocoa and coffee to construct a full-flavored experience. Also some earthy hops underneath to round it out.

M: Medium-bodied with a rather light but smooth and creamy texture that works well.

Notes: I've enjoyed this one for quite awhile, but this is the first time reviewing it. And well, it's not hard to tell why this is considered a classic. I love the way that huge roasted barley taste mixes with the rest of the flavors in this one. Quite tasty, but can't quite keep pace with some of the better porters out there nowadays.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 01:08:17 | More by sweetbrew82
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark with a lingering tan head

S - Smells of delicious honey and sweet malts

T - Has a rich roasted taste that is extraordinarily well balanced. Less harsh than many American porters without losing complexity.

M - very smooth, medium body

D - the low ABV and smoothness gives exceptional drinkability

Samuel Smith's comes through again with a delicious and ridiculously drinkable beer! A must try for any porter fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:41:56 | More by Gish
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with some creamy tan head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving no lacing. The beer is very very dark brown letting only a small amount of light through on the edges.

Smell: Very sweet, roasted malt, dark fruit like plum and grapes, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt, a lot of coffee, some sweet plum flavors, alcohol is tasted, ends with a sweet and slightly bitter molasses flavor.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I hoped, good amount carbonation, leaves a thin syrupy coating in the mouth.

Overall: Really drinkable, good sweet and roasted flavors, no hops noticed at all, the alcohol flavor is present more so than most 5% ABV beers but luckily no alcohol burn. Great English porter!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 05:31:52 | More by natasharai
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Sal's Omega Pizza 2145 South St Philadelphia, PA, which has a great selection of beers and should be in the beer store list.

This is a fantastic English Porter, one of the best I've tasted.

Color: dark black/brown, no light through the glass, with a toffee colored head and a good lace clinging to the glass

Smell: coffee, roasted malt, caramel

Taste: big rich roasted malt, black coffee, molasses, dry finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy and rich, decent body, light carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:14:19 | More by sbe1
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special treat. Pours a black lake pint with a cinnamon, off white thin head. Light lacing dabs the glass surrounding a light aroma of berries and bitter chocolate. The aroma is rather light, making it difficult to decipher notes. The taste is bangin...exactly what I expect from an English Porter. Refreshing roast, tangy zesty blueberry, with a hint of cinnamon. Crisp carbonation with a light body. One of the best sessions I have come across. Something magically historical lies within this pint. One to meditate upon.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:16:51 | More by SeanRedd
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