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

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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 177
Gots: 244 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of ZOXXO
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle poured into a tulip glass as my standard pint glasses were loaned out.

A - Poured a very dark but not quite black color with a nice thick foamy tan head. The head dissipates in short order. A splotchy lacing hangs in or several minutes.

S - Chocolate malt with a faint smokey odor.

T - Smoke, coffee, roasted malt and a subtle raison/date flavor.

M - Medium in body and carbonation.

D - Bit bold for quaffing but not too heavy to enjoy more than a single pour.

I found this a more enjoyable brew than Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout. Will definitely be comparing and contrasting this to some future Porters.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost brown. Not quite opaque as there are some reddish hues from the light shining through. Head retention is very good.

S - Nice aroma here. Notes of chocolate, nuts, toffee, caramel, and honey blend beautifully.

T - Straightforward taste with a bit of complexity too. Some nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Caramel, toffee, and raisin notes combine for the sweetness. Chocolate, coffee, and hops bring the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but this does help the drinkability. Low carbonation level is spot on for an English ale. Slightly chewy.

D - I could drink these all day, even on a 90 degree day. Flavorful and extremely drinkable. The classic modern brown porter lives up to the hype. For anyone confused over the difference between a stout and a porter I suggest you take a sip of the Tadcaster.

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

consumed 02-11-2009, 355ml bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a dark near black color with thick tan head. almost non-transparent except for the amber color that is visible on the sides of the glass.

smell: dark fruits, dark coffee, cocoa & black licorice.

taste: starts out with roasted malts, coffee, than the dark fruits (raisins, figs, plum). almost picked up some brown sugar notes.

mouthfeel: smooth/creamy with ideal carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinker if you like English porters.

Photo of Loot
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-it pours a very dark brown...reddish tint in the right light..looks good! A finger or so of tan, light brown head...quickly disappears...

s- I could gather very little from the ol' sniffer...seem to be a dark, roasted malt scent. Subtle. Also a muted sweetness. Hops almost non existent. Not much here for me.

t- as with most porters, a dark, roasted malt flavor, but very subdued. It's very mellow. Smooth and easy drinking. A bit of an after taste. Can't put my finger on it. Leaves a chalky flavor on the tongue, very subtle...but lingering.

m- feels, silky and smooth.

d- surprisingly drinkable...lighter than it looks...a couple down no problem!

all in all, a good execution. Like most sam smiths, I think they are steeped in tradition and it comes through...good beer, just nothing to make me go wow.

Photo of bohemiandonut
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing I'm just not a fan of the "style," but compared to Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout this is just way off. Flavor and aroma are minimal- rather fruity with some 'porter-y' malts but overall a strange salty, apple-y taste. How many nouns can I adjectify by adding an additional syllable? About as many as there are "porters" superiour (note the U) to this one. If it were cheaper it might make a decent session.

Photo of Sudsy89
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18.7oz. bottle, chilled

This is a very good porter, not as sweet as I expected but still balanced and smooth. Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy head, very little carbonation. Has a nice coffee, chocolate malt aroma, flavors aren't too bitter for my taste. As with many porters I've found the aroma and taste improves as it warms up a bit, you don't get it when it's too cold. This is very "drinkable", it has a modest ABV and doesn't seem too filling, a couple pints are nice!

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 550ml bottle poured hard into a perfect pint, barely a finger of bubbly foamy head that disappears so quickly leaving nothing, no lace, no bubbles - i'm thinking this isn't normal given the other reviews. dark brown opaque coloring with hints of brown on the edges. little to no carbonation, my cap must not have been sealed properly, womp womp womp.

s- still smells good, some roasted malt, some milky sweetness, vanilla, maybe some toffee.

t- still tastes on, albeit a bit flat, carbonation wise, but i can't fault that in the review. nice roasted malts, light coffee, toffee, a kiss of smoke, vanilla, nice and bready.

m- medium bodied, slick.

d- given i didn't have a bottle where the carbonation was off, i think the drinkability here would be great. it's a tasty beer, just wish it wasn't as flat as ten day old stale coke. off to buy a fresh bottle..

Photo of bsp77
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with very foamy tan head and some impressive lacing.

Smell: Caramel, light roasted malts, some light tea and floral hop notes.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate and light roasted malts, with minor coffee and English hop accents. Subdued but complex and very tasty.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body that is extremely smooth for so low abv, very nice drying finish.

Drinkability: Excellent Brown Porter that shows how good a beer can be while still being low in alcohol and fairly restrained.

Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rich nose....an abundance of malt and chocolate. Very powerful.

Taste is full and thick in the mouth. Carbonation is low. A lot of dark chocolately goodness...a bit sweet...some plum-like tastes present. Unlike some other beers in style, I wouldn't say the malts are overpoweringly roasted...pretty smooth, actually. Hop character is nearly non-existant. Finish is smooth and even, sweet chocolate malts in abundance.

Definitely a great porter. What I like is that it doesn't punch you in the mouth with roasted malts...and that it's so smooth. I'm a fan.

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

550ml bottle poured into imperial pint.
Poured a near black with an ruby outline when held to the light. Nice two finger tan head that stuck around. Nose was appetizing with a strong roasted character with subtle chocolate and cherry notes. Palate is a dry, sweet and roasted melody. Quite delicious. Not as sweet as the alot of porters and I love it. Mouthfeel is a bit more fluid than I'd expect but still has a good presence. Awesome porter that is nearly flawless.

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

This brew seems dryer than other porters that I've had. I'm not sure if it's indicative to the style, but it kinda threw me off.

It poured a VERY black substance with just a hint of brown showing at the edges of my perfect pour glass with significant carbonation making two fingers of tan head. The aroma had definite caramel and some cocoa with maybe a tad of liquorish. Taste wise it seemed just a smidgen sour, or maybe just a bit dry. It finished with a sweetness I wish was more present in the flavor. It's nice, but I know several porters that appeal to me better.

Photo of 2DaMtns
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers I have tried. I am new to the craft scene, but have tried probably 20-30 porters and stouts and this one is up there with the best, if not the best, so far. I think I will look a long time before I top this one. Anyway....

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a brandy glass. It creates a nice light tan head, but it doesn't last long. The aroma is hard to describe, but I like how some have called it earthy. The taste is fantastic, just what I have been looking for in a porter. Some chocolate and charred flavors come through well. It's simple and complex at the same time, if that makes any sense. The mouthfeel is good. In addition to taste, drinkability is where this beer really shines. I think I could throw back a six pack of this in no time, if I didn't want to enjoy it for some reason.

This beer makes me want to go in the woods, build a fire, cook a nice meal, and sit and eat and drink. I really like this one.

Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a very straightforward beer. a quality of earth molasses mostly with a finish of grape. palate is earthy bitter molasses toasty with a finish of fig and grape. very mild sweet sheltered in earth. a lingering mild quality of vanilla like in wine. very soft but not as defined as in a good foreign export. great beer with a nice smokey quality at times... some bitterness that works that way... sometimes smokey... sometimes bitter chocolate... sometimes tobacco. great if you get all three in a good bottle. but respectfully mild.

Photo of therica
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= licorice-brown, nearly opaque, modest tan head with lacing throughout.

S= fire! Plentiful roasted malts to the point of some campfire reminders. Hints of dark fruits with resulting light liquor notes.

T= fantastic, lots of smoke and I can nearly taste the ashes from roasted and re-roasted barley malts. Better than a smoked-beer. Adequate carbonation. Slight caramel, beautiful blends of dark fruits and slight liquor.

M= smoky barley malts and I love it, although some people might find it annoying as it lasts for some time on the tongue. Addictive.

D= if you like the first whiff or the first sip you'll want to drink it in quantities.

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

Pours black with a massive mocha head. This is almost visually perfect.

Smells of heavy roasts and light figs. Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee with a little light fruit to balance.

Tastes of roasted malty goodness. Coffee and chocolate lead with a little grape sweetness to balance. Bitter finish in the form of black coffee.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied as you would expect. more creaminess would be a plus.

This is a greatly drinkable brew. Lots of stuff going on, yet not overwhelming in any sense.

Photo of ballz50401
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a big fluffy light brown head that doesn't want to drop down into the glass. There is also lots of carbonation with this one. Lots of roasted malts in the smell. Very roasty taste too, dark chocolate with some dark roasted coffee beans. Very nice creamy mouthfeel that starts off chewy and finishes with a crisp bitterness from the roasted malts. A very lovely porter that is wonderful to drink.

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

Poured from 18.7oz bottle into 20oz Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a large, creamy brownish head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a little bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted coffee aroma backed up by slight herbal hints.

Taste: Begins sweet and sugary, finishing with more milky sweetness and a roasted coffee flavor. Slight hop hints in the finish make this a very well-rounded beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth finish that sticks.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter and one that I would strongly recommend to any beer drinker. Possibly the best porter I've had- I could drink this every day.

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

An excellent porter. It pours black into the glass with a good roasted malt aroma with faint hops. The taste is smooth and velvety. Based on Alton Brown's recent Good Eats episode on porterhouse steaks, I figured I try out the pairing--it worked perfectly. The mouthfeel is also impressive: the fine bubbles and foam taste like nitro. And, while porters can be on the heavy side, this was exceptionally drinkable (the 5% ABV helps).

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch tan head with moderate lacing. The appearance is opaque dark brown with clear reddish brown highlights. The aroma is of richly dark roasted malts. The taste is of darkly roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate, rich and slightly sweet. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is an excellent, delicious porter.

Photo of mcdevster
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into samuel smith tulip pint glass... nice dark opaque body hints of red along the sides.. tan head..
the smell is the first thing that really impresses.. sweet! dark fruit, honey, maybe caramel..
taste - nearly perfect the fruitiness comes through - choclate finnish.. slight metalic taste at the end (could it be the well water?) but complex and satisfying..
mouthfeel and drinkability - typical samuel smith just perfect.. light and heavy at the same time..
this is a beer to judge other beers by!

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

pours very dark brown with a short but creamy and well-lasting dark tan head. Aroma is pleasant if not overwhelmingly strong. Light cocoa, light roast/toast. There is a light diacetyl that comes across as butterscotch. The fruit is typical Sam Smith - quite bold and always welcome.
Flavor is one of the best of the brown porter style. Fruits, cocoa, little bit of roasty bitterness. Finishes closer to dry than I expected, and with the creamy body and soft carbonation and balance everywhere it is nearly the epitome of the style and ridiculously drinkable.

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

Poured into a white wine glass during the intermission of Flyer/Hawks Game 6. I need a drink just to settle the nerves. "The Famous Taddy Porter," sets my expectations high with its self-righteous name. Let's see if it can live up to them...

The pour yields a creamy head that is off-white to light brown in color. It foams to a height of 1 cm on top of a dark mahogany body accentuated by garnet hues when held up to the light. Lacing is thick and gobs all over the sides of my glass.

The aroma is potent, and very appealing. Chocolate malts accentuated by a light roasted character with some undertones of nutty Munich malt. The taste is similar, but brings in a bit more cocoa powder and some java notes. There is also a slight hop contribution that gives it a somewhat grassy feel.

The body is light to medium, and very easy to drink. The finish is creamy, and the finish lingers, filled with coffee and cocoa. Drinkability is insanely good. The texture and the consistency lend themselves to an easy drinking porter that certainly lives up to my high expectations. Sam Smith backs up its talk with a great brew.

Photo of jhammel01
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, black. Little bit of maroon as light trys to pass through...

The aroma is nice and balanced with dark roasted malt and some slight notes of caramel and hops.

At 1st taste the carbonation tingles your tounge with the roasted malt oakiness. Balanced with slight bittering hops, caramel, dark chocolates. Sweet toffee too.
Finishes on the smokier side with some bitter finishing hops. You'll also notice that the body is pretty heavy. Almost creamy.

Its been a while since I've had an English Porter...Very good!

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

Pours to a clear very dark brown -ruby black color and thick tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and maple. Flavor is roasty malt, coffee, sweet malt and some balancing hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is on the low side. Overall, an exceptionally well made and technically accurate Porter as you would expect.

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

Bottle purchased at Bella's Baker City OR by buddy's better half for Friday afternoon bottle share.

Dark brown opaque body, 1 finger light tan head with a bit of uneven rockiness. The nose is chocolate balanced by oak notes, the chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms up. The taste is pretty complex, a bit of coffee, hints of chocolate with good oak character, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is fairly full not too sticky with good effervescence. Drinkability is very high, this is one smooth beer. While perhaps not as robust as other American Porters, this is one damn fine beer.

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