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

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2,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,625
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 182 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this over at A & J in Brewster, NY

Appearance is dark brown with big off-white head. Taddy Porter smells like roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate; very low-key. It tastes quite nice, with roasted barley, plum, dark chocolate and other flavors coming across. MF is just right for a porter with a proper carbonation level. This classic from Sam Smith drinks well, another very good beer from them.

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

A: Pours a clear but very dark brown color, with considerable red showing in the light. One finger of light brown foamy head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet; the aroma of dried fruit (raisins, other berries, maybe even apricots) is noticeable first, alongside bits of smoke and must.

T: Once again, a light, dried fruit flavor is upfront; hints of must, smoke, and even a little bit of ethanol emerge on the finish. Lingering, slightly bittersweet flavor is pleasant to balance the beer's mostly sweet taste.

M: Very, very smooth; medium-bodied with light carbonation.

D: The smoothness aids drinkability dramatically; an enjoyable beer, and I'll be picking this one up again... expecting I may like it even more the second time around.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this as a bonus in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

500ml bottle. sampled march 7/2011.

pours deep brown with good clarity at the edges. a nice tan head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving a bunch of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. biscuit and lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. touch of dark fruit.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. a lighter roast coffee. lightly toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. cracker. touch of grain. lightly fruity english character, leaning a bit toward dark fruit. bit of alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. light herbal character. a touch woody.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. a good example for the english porter style.

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a pretty clear dark orange/brown, nice colour, thick tan head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat, sweet and roasty, a bit of chocolate milk, caramel, light coffee, some fruitiness, treacle, some raisin, a touch of biscuit and some light wafer, a bit of apple.

Taste is interesting, pretty roasty, some raisin, caramel, a bit of corn syrup, wafer, chocolate and a bit of coffee roast, lightly fruity, some berry, a bit of roasty bitterness in the finish, some apple and licorice..

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down a bit harsh, but alright. Thanks Russ!

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

A black as sin porter with deadly drinkability. The head that rises from the pour stays low, coffee-tan in color, falls into a thin yet creamy dense soft spotty cap atop, replenishing a full cover with a gentle swirl. The absence of lace baffles me, but it shows quite fine nonetheless.

Might sound strange, but the aroma I get from this is that of black candy licorice and dark dense chocolate brownie. And a splash of mellow sour funk? Delicate caramel malt and one of the smoothest roasty scents around - somewhat molasses in tone.

Tenuous molasses edge to that smooth roasted malt character on the tongue. Light-moderate bittersweet. Sour tang and bitter lingers in the finish. The roast emerges more and more as it warms - seems to ride the wave of an almost subliminal biscuit malt base. Paints the boundary of burnt. Sweet coffee flavors wait til you're nearly through to

Damn, you really have to let this sit for a long while to reap its rewards, cherish its charms. At times it's nearly watery, and then it turns around and goes prickly slick. Teasing, dryish. Real good. Nothing to drink a 4-pack, slowly. Take your time.

Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: toffee, sweet malts,

taste: toffee, malts, coffee, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinking porter due to how smooth it goes down.



Photo of MoreThanWine
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head which dissipated to 1/4". Clear dark raw umber color. The smell is divine with ample coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste is a little more subdued than the smell but still has all those same things, plus a little tart zing and a pretty long finish. Not really unique or special but nonetheless a classic example of a good porter.

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

A - a lovely deep shade of brown to almost black, with thick and creamy tan head.

S - Smells of roasted malts, coffee and hints of chocolate.

T - I think the taste is exceptional. I am a big fan of porter's and this is one of the best I have had. Tastes of roasted malts and has a slight bitterness to it from finishing hops. Thick and creamy just like its appearance.

M - The carbonation for my taste is right on. This beer has a nice feel on the tongue with a slight dry finish to it.

D - As I have found with most porter's, one or two of these would be sufficient. It sets pretty heavy, but it's perfect for a desert beer or with a hearty meal.

Overall I was very pleased with this brew as I am with all the Samuel Smith's brews. Definitely will have more of these in the future.

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

Served in a 1 pint bottle.

A: Black, very dark, almost expresso-like in appearance with a great brown head with moderate lacing.

S: It has a strong molasses, malt and coffee aroma with a little bitter chocolate but not much.

T: Molasses and coffee dominate this Beer along with dark malt and a little bitter hops. It has a slight tangy sourness that might not sound good in a review but tastes good when your drinking it. Great full-bodied richness with a creamy texture.

M: A nice malty creamy texture that really complements the Beer. I love the way this feels on the tongue.

D: The ONLY reason I do not give this a 5 on drinkability is that this is a Beer to savor, not to chug down. I would not drink 3 or 4 of these, they are very rich beers. 2 at most.

Notes: I definitely recommend this porter, awesome flavor with a dark creamy feel to it. It lives up to the hype.

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

I truly don't remember the last time I had a Samuel Smith's beer. I will give the brewer credit for being one of the breweries that helped me branch out from the usual crap everyone drinks and allow me to further enjoy beer as it is in all of its different styles. The appeal of Samuel Smith beers is the good variety of styles they offer, the quality of the beers, and of course the great labeling they have. They have fantastic and classic designs. Thanks to my friend Pat I'll be drinking Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. If I recall correctly I didn't enjoy it much the last time I drank it, I'm much more of a stout fan than a porter fan, but this drinking and review will settle the score straight, whatever I think of it. So, now to drink and review The Famous Taddy Porter!

I poured my Taddy Porter into my Samuel Smith glass. A thick and frothy tan head grew over the very dark brown almost black beer that can barely be seen through and has a ruby color when put up to the light. A generous amount of foam remains on the surface.

The nose of the Taddy Porter is strong with dark malt, coffee, and liquorice. Some chocolate adds more roastiness and there is some caramel sweetness too.

There is a bit of bite on the tongue from moderate carbonation at the start that mixes with some sweet caramel-malt sweetness. The body is smooth and creamy with some dark fruits in the middle like raisins and a hint of liquorice bitterness. There is a lot more in the finish where the roastiness comes out with coffee and chocolate. The finish lingers for a long time on the tongue and I'm glad. It is a good taste. The Taddy Porter isn't as bad as I remember. There is a lot of flavor to it but with a medium body that isn't too filling and easy to drink.

However, like most porters I do not find them to be...enough. That is why I have a bias towards stouts. Porters to me are like baby stouts, that is, they aren't mature or what they're meant to be. I'm not taking anything away from the Taddy Porter though. It's a good beer that happens to be in a style that I tend to not find as enjoyable as stouts. I'm sorry!

Photo of EricCioe
1.9/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of six beers at a five person blind porter tasting including: Anchor Porter, Big Sky Bobo's Robust Porter, Deschutes Black Butte, Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy, and Sierra Nevada Porter. All of these are shelf beers in Montana.

I reviewed this over a year ago and loved it. I am inclined to think this bottle has some problems with it. I sure hope so, because it was absolutely awful.

Pours dark brown with highlights through the thin portions of the glass. On the nose there is a lactic sugar note, sickeningly sweet, with a decent fruit note being ruined by diacetyl butter note. In the mouth those flavors are amplified, with the nasty buttery note really taking over. The body is thin and watery, not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a strange sour note here too.

Overall, I couldn't believe what this was when it was unveiled. I had a good experience with this beer a year before. This was a disaster. Hopefully it was just a bad bottle at the blind tasting, but at the price I'm not too eager to buy it again. Very, very disappointing for all five of us.

Photo of alleykatking
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle.

A- Pours a rich dark brown color..pretty much black. Two finger beige colored head shows great retention. Nice ringy and streaky style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time roasted malts in the front of the nose with almost a light hint of nuts. Coffee roast comes through next with chocolate following suit. Darker fruits really don't show up to much along with alcohol which kind of surprised me.

T- Roasted malts in the front end with hints of darker fruit that get overtaken by a charred coffee taste. Middle of the beer is more darker fruit forward which was a nice change of flavor from the front end. Darker chocolate toward the backing of the beer with a smooth roast flavor. Alcohol while there is not medicinal but more of a light liquor feel to it.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts, hints of darker fruits, and light chocolate left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly smooth alcohol, chocolate, darker fruits and hints of roast. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Very well balanced for the style with no off flavors at all to speak of.

D- This beer was a perfect example of the style. Low ABV does make this one very drinkable and I did drink a lot of it. Flavorful but not filling. Sam Smith does make excellent examples of the style and everyone should seek out this widely available brewery.

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

I think straight 4's is appropriate for this brew. It's just good. Not great, not o.k., but GOOD. The color is a nice opaque reddish brown, very dark. The head is voluminous, shoots right up out of the beer making a solid inch of tan foam on top. This settles quickly but leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

The aromas are enticing, chocolate malt, nutty, roasty smells. Very pleasant and malty aromas.

The flavor is GOOD. Wonderful blast of malt up front with a lingering dry finish that leaves a great taste in your mouth for minutes. Almost like eating grain butter. The flavor is loaded with pecan, bitter chocolate, toasted raisin bread, and a tangy sweet grain. There is a nice mineral note too that balances the sweet malt nicely.

The mouthfeel is great. Very silky and smooth, leaves a creamy film that makes you want to keep swallowing with nothing there. Great finish.

Very very drinkable, this one deserves the hype. Glad this came to my area as I've heard about it for so long. Definitely try it if given the opportunity.

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

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally managed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here....

A - Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a small tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace. Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had. Wow. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations! Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel. Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more!

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

Color is pitch black, but with a tinge of burgundy around the edges when held up to light. About a finger's width of a tan head that fades fairly quickly. Not much lacing left on the glass either. Coffee scents are nice but a bit weak. It's the taste where this beer stands out. Starts malty with hints of cocoa and caramel, and finishes with a touch of bitterness, with a wonderful fig aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel as well.Looking forward to another one.

Photo of jar2574
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black and the light that gets through is a ruby red shade. Big cream colored head that dissolves slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Very unique smell. Malts. Something sweet - smells a little like yeast but it's a type I'm not familiar with.

The beer, unfortunately, comes off as a little flat and uninteresting. More like a mild English ale than a porter. This porter doesn't come at you with smokiness or chocolate flavors. And that's fine, but I'm also not getting the "dry, tangy character" mentioned on the bottle. I'm not getting much "character," period. It's just an average tasting beer. The mouthfeel is boring - too watery.

For all that, it's a drinkable beer - inoffensive, easy to drink, looks quite nice on the way down.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a monster tan colored head of 2 inches. Fairly dark brown, ruby red can be seen through the liquid when held to the light.

The beer smells like fresh paint. not really sure how to describe it, i guess it's malt. some toastiness.

Rich toasted malts, caramel and toffee. Some nuttiness in the taste, a little bit of candied sweetness like the center of a tootsie pop with the fruit flavored bits around it. very tasty especially once it has warmed, the flavors really come alive and blend together quite nicely.

The Taddy feels dry in the mouth, fairly high carbonation. medium mouthfeel. very creamy. has a melt in your mouth feel to it.

This beer is extremely drinkable and at 5% it will take quite a few before you're drunk. The great taste makes it easy to consume. Very delicious beer, it's a pleasure to be able to try this one.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color with one finger of fluffy coffee colored head, retention is average.

The scent is of coffee, roasted malt, some notes of chocolate.

The taste is of burnt coffee, roasted malts, notes of vanilla, fruit, some dark chocolate.

Full bodied, smooth and a little chewy, moderate carbonation.

This was a good porter, nice balanced flavor, not easy to drink more than 1 or 2 of these.

Photo of renolayton
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent brew from an excellent brewery. Samuel Smith never lets me down.

It looks amazing in color, tastes fantastic, has exceptional mouthfeel, and maintains a good smell and drinkability.

Not my favorite Samuel Smith, but so, so good.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a British pint glass.

Pours with an amazingly creamy two fingers of head that lasts and lasts, and instead of going away it just gets creamier looking. Body is clear very dark ruby. Looks nearly perfect.

Smells of distant light English hops, stronger but mild slightly robust roasted malts, and inviting creamy malt character.

Soft subtle roasted malts play happily on the tongue throughout this flavor. The drier character lends flavors that resemble the best Irish dry stouts, as I believe this beers soul shares the same origins the previously mentioned ales. However this is set apart in flavor by the classic Samuel Smith diacetyl flavors.

The mouthfeel is so soft I can hardly believe this is neither poured from a tap, draw from a cask, or infused with nitrogen. Such head retention and soft smooth mouthfeel are hard to attain with traditional ingredients and bottling. Leave it to Samuel Smiths to defy expectations. Drinkability is very good.

Conclusion: As is everything else I have tried from this brewery, this beer is wonderful. As English as it can be, it is subtle, satisfying, and so smooth it is unreal. A great example of a traditional British porter.

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

A- Pours dark brown with a creamy tan stays long after the initial pour. Lacing also appearing.

S-Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate. I also get a scent of a whiskey smell on the back end.

T- Well balanced. The coffee and mocha taste balance well with the malts. Nothing is overpowering, it almost seems a little lights initially, but lingers long after drinking.

M- Creamy, well balanced, good stuff.

D- This is probably the most drinkable porter that I have ever had.

Photo of minishfinish
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black liquid with an fairly finely carbonated head, light brown to white, almost like creama on an esspresso.

Smell is hardcore roasted malts. The head is a bot misleading, because you might expect a heavier, meatier beer. You also get more alcohol out of it then you get from the taste.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and silky, existing the palate as quickly as it entered. It leaves clean, no real lingering taste at all.

Flavor is a great roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit milky. This was an extremely light mouth feel, which is amazing with a beer of this flavor. You can drink a lot this before you know it. A fantastic beer that lives right up to it's reputation. Drink this,

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

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Poured from bottle into english pint. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with light brown head that lingers. Aroma of dark fruits, plum, fig, roasted malt, slight coffee / licorice type aroma. Taste is roast and barley, with dark fruits, and some candied apple. I feel like it is hard to characterize this one with normal beer vocabulary. It's an excellent porter, which distinguishes itself from others with a unique, rich, and complex aroma / flavor. Smooth, slightly silky mouth feel.

Photo of basica
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a jet black color with a one-finger thick foamy tan head (4)

S - Strong nose of plums along with a certain phenolic astringency (3.5)

T - Upfront flavors of plums blended with a light sweetness moving towards a malty middle along with some notes of roasted malts (3.5)

M - Light to medium bodied with a watery texture (3.5)

D - Pleasant plum notes and easy drinking but with a slightly unpleasant phenolic astringency and a little watery as well (3.5)

Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Black with brown hues, it poured with a one-finger head that settled to a dark cream thick film with big bubbles and some lacing.
S: Toffee and nuts (pecans and some walnuts) with a slight milk chocolate and a drier cream character.
T: Dry milk chocolate roast, crisp walnut, raisins, a slight cranberry. Slight earthy woody bitterness. Good.
M: Thinner and not very frothy, but with a crisp finish.
D: Good. A couple pints would be fine.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,625 ratings.