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

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2,476 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,476
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 148 | 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 AmberMan22
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an imperial pint-sized bottle.

A: Pitch black, just the faintest of garnet highlights, full creamy tan head.

S: Malty, Roasty, Sweet (chocolate), maybe the faintest tang of espresso. Whatever it is, it's perfect.

T: The taste is like heaven as well. It tastes just like it smells and has a delectable roasted malt aftertaste.

M &D: Perfectly creamy and smooth, carbonation is slightly subdued.

If you want to drink a porter, get a Sam Smith Famous Taddy. Wow.

AmberMan22, Saturday at 03:51 AM
Photo of mempath
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

nice dark dark with some lacing and a decent head that settles into a ring hugging the sides...

...but what an outstanding smell! hot melted dark chocolate with...raisins? grapes? muscadine? wow.

taste is a slightly more subtle version of the nose with the grapiness receding and the chocolate hovering with a backbite of coffee. and what you expect in a great porter. smokiness.

smoothness of this is counterpunched nicely by the carbonation that slightly follows some sort of syntax of perfection...

...which makes this nearly perfect. i'm going through a SSmith obsession lately. i've yet to be disappointed. this is another favorite to add to my growing list.


mempath, Wednesday at 11:10 PM
Photo of spartanfan
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550mL bottle

A: Pours a light brown/red color with a sizable fluffy, tan head that has good sticking power.

S: Aromas are of chocolate, coffee, and sweet roasted malts. A faint bitter hoppyness is apparent with the finish. As the beer warms it gets even better.

T: Taste is at first of roasted malts, with nice coffe and more coco tastes coming in later.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the carbonation level was a bit higher than I was expecting. A very smooth beer with a good flavor.

D: This beer is not too strong in flavor or odor, but it has a good complex flavor that is easy to drink and very enjoyable.

spartanfan, Sunday at 01:23 AM
Photo of rootbeerman
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into sam adams perfect pint

A: pours very dark brown, with one and a half finger brown head, that falls to a thin layer.
S: dark roasted malt, coffee, kind of bready
T: dark malt, chocolate and coffee, sweet molasseses
M: thick, not like an imperial but good
D: simple good porter, so simple to drink

rootbeerman, Friday at 10:08 AM
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Deep and dark in color with a big two-inch head of tan foam
Aroma-chocolate and coffee notes
Taste-Chocolate, coffee, figs-subtle hop/tobacco bite throughout, with a bit of a mineral bitter finish.
Overall, a classic, tasty porter that is easily sesssionable. A classic example of the style.

hosehead83, Sunday at 05:57 PM
Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle, simple old-school label. One of the cuter non-animal based, non-kitschy names for a beer that is available around here.

This beer pours a very solid deep brown colour, with ever so slight cola edges when held to the light, and three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and creamy tan head, which leaves some patchy, streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of rich, dark baker's chocolate, lightly roasted and grainy caramel malt, a somewhat sour nuttiness, and a hint of dry coffee beans. The taste is powdery bittersweet chocolate straight away, followed closely by a tame caramel/toffee malt, black fruit skins, a mild lactic sourness, stale nutty coffee, wet ash, and mild earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite soft, just a wee frothiness popping in here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a touch of milky creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the chocolate and malt overpowering any sour or hoppy drying pushes.

A pleasantly silky, supple, and tasty winter sipper - let it sit first for a spell if it is straight out of the fridge, though - the flavours seem to open up even more as it warms. Another paragon for the style in question from this brewer - they hit all the right buttons for their homeland's native brews, this much is certain.

biboergosum, Sunday at 07:15 AM
Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a nonic glass from a 550 ml. Victorian Pint bottle after given about 15 minutes to warm up from refrigerator temperature. Pours a deep rich brown/black with mahogany highlights and offers up an inch of creamy tan foam. Shows good retention, holding a surface cap, and lots of artsy lacing.

Lightly roasted barley dominates the nose, with light chocolate notes, some charred sugar and a touch of sweet berry. A touch of hops come out after a bit of time to open up. Interesting fruity yeast notes that appear in many Sam Smith brews are rather welcome.

Chocolate malt carries to the taste, which is rather creamy in nature. Some dried moderately sweet fruit on the swallow and then a lingering breadiness concludes, at times offering a bit of burnt malt in the background. Holds up well to some warming, becoming thinner in body as the carbonation lessens and showing more subtleties in flavor. A bit smokey and dry on the finish as it warms yet still followed by a flash of silky fruit notes on the close. Decent flavor though a bit restrained in complexity perhaps, yet with no negatives to report. I've yet to be disappointed by this brewery, solid beers all.

Code: SF2311 of unknown meaning.

HalfFull, Sunday at 12:34 AM
Photo of NicholasSchell
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour looks like coffee, with nice tan head leaving light lacing. Very dark brown, too dark to see carbonation except at the very top.

S- Sweet prune and coffee. Very nice malt scent. Cocoa fights to come through.

T- Pleasant prune taste, dark cocoa in there too... not too sweet, just right.

M- Good carbonation, only slightly syrupy, medium-medium to medium-heavy.

D- Very sessionable... very much so.

Note- Aftertaste is coffee-like, but not the unpleasant taste from after drinking actual coffee. Similar to cocoa coated coffee beans.

NicholasSchell, Thursday at 12:08 AM
Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had out of a bottle at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- As you'd expect it's quite dark...brownish. Excellent foamy tan head that leaves so lacing.
S- Slight port-wine scent to it.
T- It's very tart, very dry. The port-wine taste is slight. No hopes that I can tell. Quality, but not my style.

Amalak, Wednesday at 04:17 PM
Photo of Lerxst
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with a billowy cloud of a mocha colored head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S-Roasted malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Smells very good.

T-Delicious roasted malts and chocolate hit me right off. A bit of molasses and figs. This is great.

M-Medium body, but creamy smooth with light carbonation.

D-A truly great session beer that I never get tired of. I think its the best Sammy Smith has to offer.

If you like porters, this is a must try.

Lerxst, Monday at 12:26 AM
Photo of pants678
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Taddy Porter pours a deep brown, close to black with a brown two finger head that recedes to a single quickly. The foam sits atop well through the pint.

Smell is distinctly coffee and darker chocolates, a hint of cinnamon tucked away.

Hits the front of the tongue with a sharp note of nuts that gives way to a smooth chocolate that covers the tongue. The coffee isn't exactly distinguishable, mixed in well enough. The blend, a lean toward mocha is more prominent in the middle. There's a more than subtle underpinning of figs, slight prune perhaps, complimented by nutmeg and a hop touch. I may prefer Baltics.

I dare say this porter might be over carbonated, I'm into a heavier porter really. Certainly drinkable, though.

pants678, Sunday at 08:39 AM
Photo of BeerSquid
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Spectacular Beer! This embodies EVERYTHING a Porter should be! Its well constructed flavour leaves the mouth watering, craving more to the very last drop, and desiring more there after. It warms the bones and the soul. Perfect for a cold winter night.

A- Beautiful rich, bold pour of smooth blackened liquid, complete topped with creamy ivory coloured head.

S- Robust notes of chocolate and malt.

T- Exceptional taste! the chocolate in the smell is intensified and there are indications of a roasted possible nutty feel to it.

M- Dry, yet creamy. Light carbonation, and extremely smooth. Full body that rests gently on the palate before the swallow.

D- Amazing! Well worth the price. This is all around one of the best beers I have ever had the privilege to encounter. I would gladly get it again and would recommend it to anyone who considers themselves a true beer lover.


BeerSquid, Saturday at 02:57 AM
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time trying an English Porter, here goes nothing

Serving type - 550ml bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Thick black color, with a nice, thick, and creamy tan/light sepia head. Leaves a thick, creamy lacing when it settles.

Smell - Smell is of roasted malts and chocolate notes. Maybe a bit of caramel in there too.

Taste - Very smooth. A nice, roasty malt forefront with chocolate notes coming through most, and slight coffee character. Little hop bitterness, just enough there to balance this beer perfectly. The main difference I notice between this and the American Porters I've had is less intense roasted flavor and hopping.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, and creamy, but still sessionable. A nice drinking porter for sure.

Drinkability - This is an excellent session porter, so it gets high points for this style.

Overall - A delicious porter that is definitely worth giving a shot if you see this one around.

Flightoficarus, Tuesday at 08:58 AM
Photo of CHL
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan head over an encouragingly dark beer. It has one of the finest smells from a porter: dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, smokiness, and dark malts.

Licking some of the head, it actually tastes like smoke. I've never tasted anything like it, and tasting the body of the reveals expected chocolate and malt, with much more smokiness than I would have expected. Other reviewers don't report this very much, but I'm not so fond of the smoke element of the taste.

Fabulously creamy though, and quite drinkable at 5%.

CHL, Friday at 04:33 AM
Photo of Stigs
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - yields an xbox huge khaki head, tight and frothy...lacing like crazy. the beer is a deep deep dark brown/mahogany.

S - dark but sweet roasted malts and not much beyond that. only faint bits of coffee and nuttyness...has that distinctive Samuel Smith smell to it.

T - very sweet right away, then some coffee and hop-like bitterness jumps in. almost a metallic twang near the end. again, that same Samuel Smith taste, which unfortunately i'm not that in to.

M - hugely sticky mouthfeel - puts little sweaters on your teeth. nicely carbonated and not too heavy...actually a tad thin.

D - light with a nice flavor profile. decent representation of one of my least favorite styles.

Stigs, Friday at 04:15 AM
Photo of adamette
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 355 ml dark brown bottle with gold foil wrapped cap purchased at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor as a single for $2.25 a few days ago into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Mark on neck of bottle: SB23I1 but I am not sure what that means.

A 2 inch light brown creamy head over dark body but in front of direct light there is a strong mahogany color that shows through. Curtain like lacing left on the inside of the glass at first...that later dissipated to a standard type of lacing. Good look and rather classic for the style. 4.0

S Medium to dark roast malt and some dark fruit smells. 4.0

T Nice nutty dark roast malt with only trace hops. Much like Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, this beer is helped a lot by an authentic nutty taste that really helps to soften and round out the more harsh tastes that it would otherwise have. Really nice porter. 4.5

M Moderate with some creaminess and the dark roast malt is certainly there but again the nutty tastes round out and soften the feel. 4.0

D Good, especially for the style which features beers that are not always that drinkable. 4.0

Notes: Now I know what all of the fuss is about. This is a good porter.

adamette, Thursday at 05:20 AM
Photo of advill88
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a slight brownish tinge and a very thick and creamy off white head.

Smell has strong notes of chocolate and coffee, with a sweetness present in the background.

Taste is a swirl of sweet malty coffee and chocolate with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and thick, with the most deliciously beautiful creaminess present.

I could seriously drink this beer all night long, it is that good. Probably the best porter I've had so far...it puts a lot of others to shame.

advill88, Tuesday at 01:05 AM
Photo of slk22
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black-brown color with a tan/cream colored head leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is yeast, roasted malt, and chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Very pleasant. Taste begins with a nice mellow roasted malt, sweet, and then a bit tangy in the middle with a dark chocolate finish. Body is medium and smooth. Overall, another solid offering from Samuel Smith's of which I could easily have several.

slk22, Saturday at 02:36 AM
Photo of dpodratsky3
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Totally opaque deep brown/black, big head that settles to one finger, the color of cookie dough ice cream and the texture of cappuccino froth or real whipped cream, no real lace

S: Heavily roasted malt, but not burn or charred, chocolatey notes from the roast, sweetness is there too, a slight roasted smelling bitterness also

T: Easy on the palate, sweetish malt turns to good, rich roast, then hops enter at the end and add slight bitterness which brings out some more roasted malt flavor

M: Good and full because of the lower carbonation, but not overly heavy

D: I could sit at a pub and drink this all night long, quintessential english session beer

dpodratsky3, Thursday at 03:14 AM
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Semi-vigorous pour leads to a 1 finger semi-coarse light coffee colored head with decent retention. Brew is black/dark amber and almost opaque. Lacing is patchy with good cling.

S: Nose is strong chocolate, slight hint of roasted coffee, and a bit of dark fruit. Alcohol is also quite apparent. Aroma is overall very rich and please and not at all watered down.

T: Opens sour/tart roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt. Coffee develops more towards the middle and sweetens with brown sugar and milk chocolate and maybe a hint of purple grapes. End is more roasty tartness. Finish is near non-existent. Very clean.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, with a quick, watery, and clean finish. What is left is a bit filmy and oily though with the light body, not overly so.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. This is comparable to their oatmeal stout with the same body but with more of a chocolatiness that I prefer.

SpeedwayJim, Wednesday at 12:55 AM
Photo of TLove
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has the mouthfeel of a smoked cherry. As a matter of fact, the smell and taste are almost exactly like a smoked cherry. This is one of the fruitiest porters I have ever had. This obviously would not have worked in an American-style porter, but in an English one, this works quite well.

Complex, with sweet notes of molasses and smoked Hungarian oak. Peat-laden and a bit thin, but has a slight hint of hops. Goes remarkably well with my dinner of beef and kidney bean chili.

All in all, a bit one-sided. Consistent, though, and pretty damn good.

TLove, Tuesday at 01:40 AM
Photo of quinnsi
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great dark chocolate brown color with a big, lumpy, puffy head of dark tan foam

Smel: Nice malty roast with plenty of chocolate aromas as well as a faint crispness.

Taste: At first I am struck by how smooth the beer is. Good roasty chocolate flavors and nice hop bite in the background, coupled with lively carbonation all balance this brew out extraordinarily well.

Mouth & Drinkability: Greay creamy fell in the mouth. This porter very drinkable.

Overall, this one of the finest porters I've ever had, second only perhaps to New Glarus' Olde English.

quinnsi, Monday at 04:17 AM
Photo of JTahoe
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep brown, nearly black. Dark ruby red glows through when held to light. Pours with big slightly surging tan head settling to a dense one and a half fingers then slowly thinning as glass drains, but never less than 1/8" layer. Some chunky lacing.

S - Faint, toasted malts and hints of chocolate.

T - Full and rich with nearly smokey toasted malts, light note of baking chocolate and a modicum of caramel, fruit, and iron, with just a hint of coffee in the background.

M - Fairly light mouth feel, though overall medium body with a low amount of tiny sparkling carbonation. Pleasing dry bitterness.

D - A great drinking modern English porter. Sessionable to be sure.

JTahoe, Saturday at 02:59 AM
Photo of rdub
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the gold foil topped bottle to my favorite snifter. Black appearance with a nice two finger tan head. Malty toasty smell and coffee roasted flavor. I liked reading a previous poster say campfire which is the word I was looking for. In a good way. Mouthfeel was medium. Light carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking.

rdub, Thursday at 02:45 AM
Photo of jbowers56
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark brown colour. fairly large head which settles in to a thin layer that lasts throughout.

smell is fairly malty. I get chocolate and coffee. No suprises there.

Sweet butterscotchish malt flavour cuts through the usual porter coffee like flavour. A little bit of acidity lifts the pallate after the initial taste.

Perhaps a bit thinner in the mouth than I had expected with slightly more carbonation. Good though. Very smooth despite the carbonation.

Drinkability is hard to fault. Like many english beers I could put away far too many of these without really worrying about it.

jbowers56, Wednesday at 08:42 AM
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,476 ratings.