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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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2,373 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 134
Gots: 120 | 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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SickBrew

Washington

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

This brew pours almost black as night and with a nice tan head of about a finger in height.

Nose is malty, roasty and slightly sweet. Taste is rock solid. Roasted malt flavors are right in your face, but are tempered with a smooth creamy sweetness and a hint of hops.

Body is medium and carbonation is medium to light. Overall this is a really good porter, that is highly drinkable and worth every penny.

cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 01:56:50 | More by SickBrew
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.50.

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, with 1-2 finger light brown head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Equal parts milk and bittersweet chocolate with substantial earthy hops aroma

T: Delicious understated chocolate flavors with mildly burnt dark malt and earthy, leafy hops that are subdued but an excellent accent.

M: Medium-bodied with even carbonation and good smoothness. Aftertaste is very short-lived.

D: An excellent porter that is super-smooth with a subdued, classic character.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:08:53 | More by argock
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megatronstein

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into nonic.

Appearance: Dark. Almost black, with a bit of a ruby color. The head varies each time I have it, because I pour pretty cautiously at the end as the whole bottle barely fits in my 20oz. glass. But it usually has about an inch of head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: The scent of this beer is like a mystery zone. There are some coffee smells, burnt bread, dark chocolate, and a bit of a wine or grape smell, but that's just me.

Taste: Each time I drink it, I try to pick out something different. I think I've been tasting coffee as of recently, but I also taste a bit of chocolate. The hop taste is minimal to me. Other beers of similar style (Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, etc.) have a certain tasting note in them, and I really can't put my finger on it. I still love those beers, I don't particularly enjoy that one note. Taddy Porter lacks this note for me, and really makes it unique and a lot more enjoyable for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit chewy. Not too carbonated, but not flat, either.

Drinkability: I could drink them all night. It's not so heavy that it fills you up after one pint, but it is satisfying for it's style in that it's a formidable dark brew.

As you can tell, I feel pretty good about this beer. In fact, it is my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:13:20 | More by megatronstein
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optiontwo

Minnesota

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

12 oz. poured into nonic

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering black, with subtle ruby hues. Quarter inch off white head and nice lacing for the style.

Smell: Dark chocolate and fruit with smoked malt and some leather. Other scents that make their way through are raisin, cloves, and anise.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, caramel, and toffee take the forefront followed up by coffee and smoked malt. This brew has a nice bitter finish that isn't too prominent. Overall for the taste this is a very nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style, just enough body to leave the taste in your mouth but not so much that you aren't left wanting another sip.

Drinkability: Pretty high unless you don't like to drink multiple flavorful beers in a row.

Overall: I've only had a few English porters but I really enjoy them, this one in particular. The fact that the bitter chocolate and toffee flavors aren't as back seat as they are in American porters appeals to me. Definitely try this porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 08:19:33 | More by optiontwo
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Fatduck

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love English ales, and this is one Ive had so many times I cant believe I have yet to review it.

Pours a deep black color with a tightly bubbled tan head. Smells like roasted malt with maybe a hint of apple?

Tastes like a malty roast heavy beer with a hint of caramel and maybe some coffee notes. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. This is one eminently drinkable beer. Thanks again Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 02:11:44 | More by Fatduck
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

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

A: Clear, dark brown with ruby hues. Nearly opaque. 2 finger tan head with good retention.
S/T: Chocolate and roast grains dominate the nose. The caramel and toffee flavors are very subdued. Some coffee can be detected. The malts are not harsh or acidic. Hops bitterness is mild and barely off set the malt palate. Hops have a mineral quality and not the floral and fruit flavors found in the IPA and brown ale. Ultimately a dry finish.
M: Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Good retention. A bit thinner than anticipated given appearance and aroma.
D: Rich and highly drinkable. Drier than expected and more roasted than expected, but ultimately a fantastic beer and deserving of the title Famous. I will have to drink the stout to get a baring on how this fits in the spectrum between nut brown and the stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 21:50:39 | More by BWH3
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours deeep black with a tan foamy head that disappeared soon. Minimal lacing, if any.

Smells faintly of french roast coffee, including the acidic sour coffee notes. Real interesting.

Dynamite deep roast coffee and some dark chocolate notes. A little burnt toast element keeps this balanced, and let's not forget a little bite of sweetness in there somewhere.

Decent medium-bodied brew with a fairly pleasant aftertaste. Lingers just long enough, and no off notes. Carbonation makes this one fairly clean, or as clean as a porter can be. Well structured here.

Overall, I love this beer for a great fit in moderation or for a session. Goes good with or without food. Just great porter. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 20:45:39 | More by OtherShoe2
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association330

Michigan

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

A - Pours deep brown to black, with a finger of head that recedes to a thick cap. Spots to light sheets of lacing form.

S - The smokey, acrid smell of intensely roasted malt, with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, and a hint of raisins/molasses. The acridness has a sour character that strangely reminds me of red wine vinegar. A little floral hoppiness.

T - Smokey, heavily roasted malt, dark-roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate dominate. That slight, juicy sourness that was in the nose is also present. A moderately hoppy finish and citrusy twang lingers.

M - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation level. Smooth and pleasant overall.

D - This brew has a lot of character, and there's definitely a nice balance between the roasted malt, bitter coffee/chocolate, and hops. This is a very solid, sessionable porter, and a great benchmark for other attempts at the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 07:03:34 | More by association330
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Jmamay22

New York

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

The beer pours a ruby tinted brown with a creamy mocha colored head that clings to the walls of my pint glass. Smells lightly of hops with a well rounded roasted sweet malts. Hint of coffee and chocolate as well.

Soft lightly carbonated mouthfeel that fits the beer and is reminiscent of many other Samuel Smith beers. Very well balanced between three main flavors: grassy hops, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. Straightforward and delicious example of an English Porter. Great introduction to the style for the less experienced beer drinker and a solid staple for the seasoned veteran.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 18:44:02 | More by Jmamay22
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baos

Indiana

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

500ml into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice brown body with a light brown head bout 3 fingers high.

S: Roasty-maltiness with a some smokey hints.

T: Malt and malt. you think its gonna go sweet but it goes to a brown gravy mushroom darkness with a bit metallic but not too bad. ends nice and dry. maybe a bit of canned mushrooms in there too as it warms.

M: medium

D: We used to buy cases of the big bottles. this is a very drinkable beer. seems a bit metallic tonight but my taster may be off a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:36:49 | More by baos
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black. Plenty of tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, and molases.

Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected, coffee, molases, brown sugar, dark malts.

Nice full mouthfeel, can almost chew the brew.

Excellent porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 10:04:16 | More by donteatpoop
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TMB0424

New Jersey

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

550 ml bottle poured into mug.

Poured a nice deep mahogany body, with amber hues around the edge. A large, creamy tan colored head left great lacing and slowly reduced to a fine cap.

Aroma of molasses, sugared coffee. Chocolate covered raisins as well, mixed with cream. Very malty, smells very sweet.

Taste is of molasses dipped raisins with a slight hint of dark, bitter chocolate. Upon sipping, the creamy sweetness is quickly following by a nice, sharp bitterness making it very well-rounded. Toffee, molasses, raisins start it off with a black coffee taste upon the finish. So good.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick. Medium-full bodied. Only downfall is that it's somewhat watery... but it kind of fits well. Bittersweet is a perfect term to sum up this brew. Transition of sweet, roasted malts to bitterness is fantastic. Finish is slightly bitter, not too much lingering.

Very drinkable, but also very filling. Clean, very crisp. No problem finishing this bottle. Overall, an exceptional porter. Slightly second, in my opinion, only to Entire Butt.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:45:38 | More by TMB0424
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skrib09

Missouri

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, borderline black pour. tan head... dense.

smells chocolatey.

i bet if this brew was put on a nitro tap or in a nitro can it would parallel young's double chocolate. lots of chocolate sweetness. plenty of cream in the sweetness of the roasty malts. fairly well balanced though.

a bit carbonated on the mouth.

good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:41:21 | More by skrib09
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark ruby color, almost entirely opaque, with a thick 2 1/2 finger tan head that soon shrinks to 1 finger and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells of molasses and semi-sweet milk chocolate with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Overall, a very rich aroma that leads me to believe the taste may be a bit on the sweet side.

Taste of caramel and toffee with hints of chocolate, maybe some fig in the background. Some hops are evident and seem to balance out the initial sweetness for the most part.

The body seems a bit lighter than I would have expected. Still this is a very smooth beer. Obviously a low ABV and the presence of alcohol isn't really detected, making this an easy beer to drink and I wouldn't mind having another. I wouldn't go so far as to call this a session beer but it does make for a nice after dinner treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:53:52 | More by Vengeance526
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redjameskidd

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good beer overall but not the most drinkable porter, to me. I think it's just a little sweet for my taste. I like brown porter, but this one seems to me like one I would never be able to drink more than one of. In general, seems like an excellent after-dinner or dessert beer. Has a lactose-like flavor (in my mind) that seems like a milk stout. Looks beautiful in the glass and is an English classic, no doubt.

As the previous poster noted, a little too rich for me to drink regularly, but excellent from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 05:14:43 | More by redjameskidd
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pd360

Maine

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

I am rating this beer lower than many others here, I found it to be almost too rich, as another reviewer noted maybe it is more suitable for desert?

Pours dark, dark, almost black with a small head. The taste is sweet with lots of molasses. While I would not turn this down if someone offered it to me, it would not be my first pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:41:34 | More by pd360
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Nibbley

Georgia

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

Wow...this is a great Porter!
Pour a almost pitch black with a medium head that disappears very quickly.
Aroma is of dark figs and raisins.
The taste is very complex, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and ripe figs.
It has a tight dry mouthfeel, with small carbonation.
Probably the best Porter going. Two thumbs way up.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:29:03 | More by Nibbley
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dananabanana

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, lighter brown when held up to the light. Foam is light brown. Two-finger head, recedes to a single finger layer that sticks around. Lacing is very strong.

S: Very sweet. More like a milk stout than a porter. Malt and cream. Rich, dessert-like.

T: First sip is sweet, with some nice bitterness. Well-balanced. Slight hops in the back of the throat. Cream, vanilla. A hint of coffee. Again, very rich. Roasted caramel. My only problem is that the finish is very slightly watery.

M: Smooth, yet crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Great as a dessert. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 00:38:08 | More by dananabanana
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davexisxrabid

California

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

Nice dark brown porter, almost black with a thick tan one finger head that fizzled down after the first few gulps. Excellent lacing.

Definite alcohol smell wafting around the aroma of roasted malts, cofee, toast, and a hint of fruity hops.

Burnt toast flavor, coffee bitterness; medium-bodied but not too thick rich flavor.

Good cling to the palate, nice medium porter that is not too thick and chewy, and not overly watery either. No heavy aftertaste.

Very drinkable due to the smooth flavor and rich malty flavors inherent in a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 19:06:13 | More by davexisxrabid
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fantastic dark brown/black, with a bit of light brown on the edges when held up to the light. A great 1.5" dark cream coloured head forms, and recedes slighty after a minute or two.

Smell is of sweet malt, some acidic smells, a bit of yeast. Faint hops are evident.

Taste is SMOOTH. ohh, so smooth. Sweet up front with some cocoa and coffee, gracefully shifting towards a slightly acidic bite.

Mouthfeel- velvety, sliding right over the tongue, leaving a chocolatey coating with each sip.

Drinkability- I could sip this until my stomach is full...perhaps a couple, or alternating with something else. Very filling.

Great brew, worthy of it's 'famous' status.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 19:12:24 | More by darklordlager
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TKempe

Netherlands

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

Very dark, black almost, with a great beige head and plenty of lace.

Smells sweet like chocolate and pudding, roasted too with a slight sharp accent. A fruity/sour, apple- or wine-like note freshes up the nose.

The taste starts of a bit sour and refreshing and moves towards a big roasty phase and a fantastic bitter-sweet finish. Subtle fruity notes sparkle up this more 'serious' side of the brew.

Body is about medium and a mouthfeel that is fairly smooth, but also going towards thin or watery -- perfectly satisfying anyway you put it. Carbonation is strong and stingy.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 21:25:15 | More by TKempe
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yesyouam

New York

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

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a black ale with red overtones. The head is huge and fluffy, has excellent retention and leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet-- a bit like burnt toffee. It is pretty full bodied and soft on the tongue. The flavor is strong, well balanced and complex. There are notes of toffee, leather, roasted malt and peat. It is very English and tastes like a dimly lit pub. It's an excellent porter that I would never confuse with any other.
(rated Jun 12, 2008)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:53:50 | More by yesyouam
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MillySox

Illinois

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

This beer is in a league of its own. While porters and stouts are normally not my thing, the Famous Taddy porter easily makes my top five.

The appearance does not distinguish itself from the others. The aroma alerts the drinker that this brew has something a little different. A slightly sweet and fresh scent. The taste is unrivaled. Smooth and slightly creamy. A complex mix of slight chocolate, slight coffee, slight bitterness, which lingers for a few seconds. As the taste slowly fades the glass comes back to the mouth as if it were a natural reflex.

I have seen it classified as a Northern English Brown Ale and it has changed my perception of the style.

Unfortunately since my initial review I have had this beer in a four pack of 12oz bottles and it had less flavor. Possibly due to age.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 02:12:12 | More by MillySox
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bmwats

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint.

A: Very dark brown. As a matter of fact, completely opaque. Very little carbonation produces virtually no head. What it does have settles very quickly. Thin layer of bubbles on surface, and off-white ring around edge. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: Grainy malt. Licorice and hit of chocolate, and an indistinguishable vegetable smell that I can't pin down.

T: Hops and chocolate. A little bitter and a little sweet.

M: Starts with bittersweet, then malt takes over and hangs around throughout experience. Feels heavy and thick in the mouth.

D: Very solid drinkability. Good clean flavor. Easy drink

Robust, good strong straight-forward flavor. No strong alcohol to overwhelm. Complex aroma, nice atmosphere. A good quaff to sit around and sip. Or power through and get another, whatever does it for ya'; as this one drinks easily enough to have another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:51:24 | More by bmwats
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magictrokini

California

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

I think Sam Smith is an underachiever. Every beer of his that I come across comes close to greatness, but always falls short. Fortunately, this beer fals out of their normal paradigm. Very dark pour, with a ring of bubbles. Smoky with slight coffee and caramel malt aroma that is carried through in the flavor. Subdued, on the verge of weakness. A great example of a classic porter that avoids spilling into the stout category.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:18:10 | More by magictrokini
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.