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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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2,635 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,635
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 191 | 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 mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, foamy, tanned head and much lacing. Aroma is of bready malt and herbal hops. Medium, smooth body. Taste is sweet toasted malt in the beginning followed by dark chocolate, some dry fruit and some acidity. Long coffee finish. This brew tastes more like American Brown.

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

I poured this 550 ml bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: clear, dark mahogany color, long-lasting, thick, tan head, thick cap, gorgeous lacing.

S: brown sugar, dates, coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, hint of smokiness.

T: dark fruit, honey and molasses up front, quickly followed by strong coffee note, then the chocolate makes a pass, and the finish is smokey, chalky, and kissed with grassy/floral hops.

M: medium-bodied, milk-like, nice bite of hops and carbonation on the tongue, the carbonation is moderate.

D: a delicious, middle of the road dark beer. The 5% ABV is a pleasant change of pace from the flood of Imperial dark beers that have overtaken the marketplace.

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful black with thick creamy tan head, nice retention, and creamy, foamy walls of lace.

S- Dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted malts, plums, cherries, coffee

T- Follows the nose, the dark fruits are in the front but not dominate just subtle. Nice notes of chocolate followed by roasted coffee.

M- Thick and full bodied, creamy

D- Very well balanced and flavorful. Very easy to drink.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. In the aroma, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes. In the taste, sweet roasted malt and chocolate and coffee hints, a bit watery though. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. Nice roast, but a bit thin, although still good for and English Porter.

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

Zillion reviews for this beer. What else can I say? It's truly an exceptional brew. Magnificent lacing throughout the session. Very well balanced roasted malts, chocolate. The epitome of an English Porter, at least in my limited experience. Does Sam Smith make a bad beer?

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a crystal mug the beer appears a very dark black cherry red with a beige head. Good lacing, very inviting.
The smell hints roasted malt and fruit.
The taste starts with roasted malt, hints of coffee, mingled with some fruit like dried plum or prune. This sweetness of course is kept in check with a very balanced bitterness of mild hops and dark chocolate. Very smooth and creamy like all beers from this great brewery. Very , very drinkable!! This brewery has become my favorite, every beer you pick up from them tastes great.

Photo of Shrews629
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very deep brown and deep ruby mixed. Appears very clear when held to the light. Wine red highlights all around the edges and at the bottom. Tan colored head with nice thickness and lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt mixed with some sweetness of dark fruit. Plum or maybe even a dark roasted cherry aroma. Dark chocolate comes waffling followed by a nice creamy note. Coffee is hidden in the background. Delightful and inviting aromas.

Taste - The coffee flavor is really only present in the aftertaste, which allow the dark fruit and chocolate to stand out. The taste is sweet and unpresumptuous with only rudiments of bitterness. A bit more sweet than most of the Porters I have tried thus far.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that is perfectly smooth. The palate is left wanting another sip. Begins slightly watery, but finishes dry. A tad creamy and very easy going down.

Drinkability - This is a very, very good Porter. I don't think I like this as well as the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is still way, way above average and worth a taste if at all possible. I am definitely looking forward to picking this up again. It is so easily drinkable it would be hard not to like it. Haven't had a Samuel Smith's yet that I didn't like.

Photo of bens0n
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an extremely dark brown, not 100% opaque but pretty close to it. There is a nice amount of creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but there is still a tiny bit of lacing left behind in the glass after sips.

There is a surprisingly sweet smell that comes out of this initially, but it is soon followed by a mild chocolaty smell and an ever so slight dark fruit aroma.

Flavor wise up front it almost has a watery quality to it but quickly turns into somewhat of a sweet and roasty chocolate flavor which is followed by a bitter after-taste.

This beer has a little bit more carbonation than I really prefer but is a solid porter that is very drinkable.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a mug

A: pours a deep black color with a nice head of creamy brownish head that quickly dissipates. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass

S: nice sweet smelling brew with nice hints of dark chocolate and possibly raspberries

T: great tasting porter, doesn't have the underlying coffee taste that other porters have, very sweet taste with dark chocolate hints

D/M: incredibly smooth drinking brew aided by the sweetness, nice carbonation tingle, nice smooth finish and slight lingering maltiness

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

A: Ultra dark brown, nearly black. large white head with lots of lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and alcohol fill the nose. Sweet dark chocolate malts are strong in the aroma. There are very slight notes of dark fruit in the background.

T: Flat and creamy chocolate taste with heavy notes of roasted coffee beans. bittersweet upfront. Nothing very special about this brew in my opinion. Bitter wine-like aftertaste.

M: Creamy and pretty rich. Low carbonation and a medium body.

D: Easy drinker. Nothing spectacular about this one, there are way better porters out there.

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

Pours a dark, muddy brown color with great cap of khaki brown head, great retention and lacing. Scent is earthy, notes of bakers chocolate, pumpernickle bread, dark roasted nuts, day old coffee. Taste is wonderfully smooth and combines the components of scent into a very good beer. Fuller side of medium bodied, a touch over carbonated. Ingredients are plain and simple, no flavors stand out but a good beer all around that shows craftsmanship is important.

Photo of 1MiltonWaddams
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a bottle of Taddys Porter on a cold, dry evening after a big dinner. This porter presents as well as any bottled beer I've experienced. An easy two inch, full tan/cream colored head formed after pouring into the glass and persisted for a few minutes. The aroma was fleeting, with wafts of toffee and caramel. Great, full bodied flavor I expect from a porter and makes for an easy drink as the robust flavor quickly leaves the senses, making the drinker wanting sip after sip. A creamy thick mouthfeel rounds out this porter as one of my favorite to date. Try one!

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to rate this one, I just wanted to drink it. Wonderful pour resulting in a rich brown head of three inches. Took better than three minutes for the head to clam down, when it did it left an amazing lace the clings all the way up the rim. The color is a 39 on the SRM beer color chart. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, caramel, molasses, butter, and spice rum. Lots of body in my mouth, like heavy cream, smooth and rich. This is a great beer, it has become one of my favorites. I little pricey, but worth it.

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from the 550ml bottle

A-Dark brown almost black, tan head and little lacing.

S-I was not impressed here; wasn't bad just kind of boring.

T-A hint of chocolate, very malty, a hint of something nutty. This is nice.

MF-Thicker than other porters that I've tried, and I like it.

D-I feel that I could easily drink multiple of these, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two. I could see me starting out a cold night of pubbing with this, though.

Overall, this is the best porter that I've had so far, but that's a relatively small list at this point. This makes me look forward to the next porter that I can get my hands on.

Photo of Duttonic
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10/21/10. Picked up a bottle at the Spec's that just took over Dicorte's in Waco.

A- Brownish/black, 2 1/2 fingers of light brown head, non-transparent.

S- Roasted malt, light coffee aromas, pecan/hazelnut maybe?

T/M- Faintly metallic, light/medium body, roasty, complex.

D- Excellent drinkability. This is the porter to which I judge all others. It is what I think of as the benchmark for the style. Excellent flavor and body.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a big bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Huge creamy 3-finger head with beautiful lacing that's rather fickle about hanging around too long. Almost coal black with red highlights.

Aroma is of roasted malts, dark, sweet fruits and a light hoppiness. The taste is dominated by the roasted malts with smokiness and a long lasting bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. It's very drinkable, a good sessionable beer.

One of my all time favorites. You can't go wrong with Taddy Porter anytime of day or night. The standard for an English porter in my opinion.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: just good, not really amazing. Head doesn't appear, just a lacing forms around the top.

Smell: Toffee and cream, as well as dark malts. Pleasant, but not really amazing.

Taste: Dark malts, chocolate, toffee and coffee. Up front the dark malts are present followed by sweet coffee and a dryness at the end. Good for the style, but not perfect.

Drinkability: Drinkable, not a session beer but drinkable. Might be a good beer to just have by itself at a pub with friends instead of with food.

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

OK, apparently it deleted the picture...whatevs...

Super dark brown, with a nice, princely crown of creamy, tannish foam. Leaves excellent lacing. Light to medium carbonation...Like the Oatmeal stout, this has a nose dominated by roasted malt. Some sweetness and some tanginess mixed in there...Nice fig and caramel notes also. The flavor profile is similar, again, to the stout: tangy right upfront, and carries a boatload of chocolate malt along with it. The body of this is slightly lesser than the stout, making this more of an "appetizer" to the stout's "entree". Some very sweet notes carry throughout this, and an almost lactose-like mouthfeel leads me to believe some lactose might have been added. Super well-balanced as the finish drops off the malt and picks up some hops for the last furlong or so. Always well-priced, so this is certainly worth picking up.

What I like most: The wonderful aroma profile.

What I like least: not much mars this brew, mayhaps the lactose-like feel or the more stout-like aspects.

Verdict: Delicious and worth always having around.

Photo of SamN
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Taddy Porter pours with a major fizziness; the head is audibly bubbly and lively. Head stays for a while, retaining it's bubbly and rough dignity. Solid black, quite solid and dark, even for a porter. Smells are intense; woodsy roasted malt, a clean metallic odor, sweet oakiness, lots of dark malt complexities. Surprisingly less coffee aromas than expected, however. Flavor is sweeter but still quite malty. Clean tastes of dark malts, some floral hops in the middle, finishes dry, on some bland chocolate and a little tinny. I think the water used at Smith's is adding the metal tastes here, and I don't much care for them. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spot on.

Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed by this "world famous" porter. Good start with great looks and solid porter aromas. I feel this porter is weakened by the added metal characteristics from the well water used in brewing. I didn't hate it, but it definitely put me off a bit.

Photo of jmbranum
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The finest porter I recall ever drinking.

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into a pint glass. Forms a big tan head on a brownish, almost black liquid.

Aroma is laden with chocolate and roasted malt and caramel.

Flavor is complex and dense. Roasted grain. Chocolate. A tinge of winey-sourness somewhere in there. A little bit of bitter hops. Fairly dry yet rich. Maybe some espresso. Extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel is prickly with a little bit of creaminess and a slight velvety texture.

Extremely drinkable. Strong flavored yet fairly low in alcohol (5.0%)

Wish I bought more than one of these. Will be drinking it more in the future.

Photo of tehawful
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Famous Taddy Porter pours black with a creamy tan head. A really enticing looking porter. Roasted malt, coffe and chocolate are all present in the smell.

The first sip is very smooth. The rich roasted malt is predominant but a sweet dark chocolate taste lingers in the background. Undertone of molasses is also present. Finishes bitter with a bit of smokiness. Very smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

A really enjoyable porter with enough character to stand out. The Taddy Porter manages to offer a great interesting taste without being overly-complicated. There is a nice down to earth feel about this porter. Definitely something I will come back to, and probably my new standard for porters.

Photo of therachinator
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this porter from the bottle into a glass. About a quarter inch bubbly head which quickly faded into thin lacing throughout. The actual porter is very dark in color, when held up to light only eludes to slight tints of brown.

The smell is good but not overpowering, it doesn't really give anything away as far as flavor.

For a porter the taste is somewhat tangy. There is a smokiness present as well as a certain hint of roasted barley.

As far as mouthfeel, this is thin for a porter, and very lively. It jumps off your tongue.

This mouthfeel as well as flavor gives this porter an unusual drinkability for its style.

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

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter has a very dark red colour. It has a good head initially and maintains decent lacing. The smell is of roasty malt and coffee. This beer has a very malty flavour with a little hops in there for balance. It has a delicious malty aftertaste. This beer has a foamy 'big' feel to it and is extremely drinkable.

Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with red lighting along the bottom. Fairly tight head with good retention, eventually fading to a shallow cap. Spot-on look for a porter where I come from.

Nose is decently strong, but emerges a little bit with warming. Initially very clean and struggling to get through the head. Malty, with a good dose of chocolate and caramel.

Darkly roasted malt, but far from bitter. Caramel dancing around in there, along with a splash of cola and an inch of coffee. The hops take over the finish with an herbal bite. Mineral notes, fairly tangy, and a nice sweetness of English yeast.

Body is medium, with high drinkability. Complexity is minimal, but it's a pretty great porter. A little thinner than I think I remembered, but one of the better English breweries at it again. Seek it out (I'm shocked never to have reviewed Taddy - it was a go-to when I didn't have access to a great fridge).

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

poured from the 18.7 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: root beer , cola dark brings up a nice thick and rocky head of more than 2 fingers. nice.really superior lacing

S: sweet - choco- coffee.

T : just what the nose predicts. a bit shy of the follow - up though.

M: not as thick as I might have expected but GOOD, and the abv is well hidden

D: slosh em down!

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