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

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Ratings: 2,379
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 134
Gots: 124 | 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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Photo of akogrady


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown, opaque in the glass for all practical purposes. Short creamy brown head that shrinks quikly but lingers for quite a while.

S - Very rich and dark. Bready, malted, very full with roasted tones to it.

T - Very much like it smells. This is a very well balanced porter and very dark. The 550 mL bottle is a small meal unto itself. The roasted tones enrich the flavor incredibly well.

M - Smooth with medium carbonation. Very appropriate.

D - Very drinkable, if only is was a little less expensive.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:47:56 | More by akogrady
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Two finger, light brown head with reasonable retention and lace. Black body with tan highlights.

S - Mild, malty aroma with some chocolate and a dark, bready note.

T - There is a weak, roasty flavor up front with lots of dark chocolate. Bready caramel malt flavors in the middle. Coffee notes and some bitterness fade into the finish.

M - Moderately thick body with slightly low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Nice malty character with pleasing chocolate and caramel notes. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 05:57:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of bluegrassbrew


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chocolatey black with a huge rocky head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is very English, whatever that really means. Slight hop presence, but obviously malt driven. Chocolate and fresh bread.

Taste is much like the nose. Some hints of bittersweet chocolate surrounded by a tart fruit like bite. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall, a highly drinkable porter with no real flaws. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 02:23:06 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of PBBC

New York

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

It has always puzzled me why Sam Smith's puts some of their best beers in clear bottles... I mean, you can see the color, which is cool looking, but is it worth the risk of skunking? Hmmm.... anyway.

The Beer pours a deep deep dark brown, 'rich' is the only word I can use to describe the color, a rich, earthy natural looking color to the brew.. some highlights. It looks like you could paint with it, very thick.

The aroma is caramel, big bold caramel with a tangy finish to the nose,

The taste is great.... big bold caramel comes right off, lightly balanced with a tinge of bitter coffee-chocolate flavors, finishing with a crisp tangy almost- apple-like flavor. Its so well balanced, it seems over-simplified, but that really is the beauty of Sam Smith.... beautiful simplicity... very very drinkable, much lighter than it looks... a classic beer for any situation.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 14:48:20 | More by PBBC
Photo of Ecliptica


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Samuel Smith's first commercially brewed beer, so I figured I'd go back to the antiquity of the style and see how it stacked up to some of the other ones that have tried to improve upon its recipe. Picked it up quite cheaply during my last beer run (surprised that it's as expensive in other places as people have mentioned here) and decided to give it a shot.

Poured the brew from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It pours an almost opaque light-black (is that even possible?) that shows a bit ruby when held to the light. I had no discernible head which to speak of and almost zero lacing on the glass.

I let the beer sit for a few minutes while I took in the strong smell of chocolate and roasted malts (and to let it warm; I had kept it almost frozen in the refrigerator). There's not much else to the smell as the chocolate was overpowering, which isn't a bad thing at all.

I was surprised as to how simple the taste seemed when compared to all the other reviews I've read. I tasted the caramel, the roasted malt, the coffee, and the chocolate, but there seemed to be no real strong complexity to the brew. The bitter coffee aftertaste was splendid and it even appeared to have a bit of molasses feel to it. There's certainly a "rich" taste to it, but not nearly to the extent that one would believe by reading through the highest rated reviews. I was still impressed, and still above average on the taste, however.

Mouthfeel was excellent; a little thinner than expected, but super smooth for a porter with very little bitterness to it. It's quite drinkable given the low ABV (5.0%) and for the price (at least what I got it for, I believe $2.35 or so a bottle), certainly worth keeping for that hot, summer day.
I hate mentioning other beers in reviews, but I would not be drinking this over my Sinebrychoff Porter. It just tastes too simple and thin and I think that really detracts from the richness and complexity that the brew should be exhibiting.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 19:00:46 | More by Ecliptica
Photo of Atlas1


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

God, it's been ages since my last Taddy Porter. And, well, that's just too long. I need to drink one of these about every two months just to keep honest. Really, what a great beer.

Pours a dense, dark brown color with a thick and foamy light brown head. Looks a lot like coffee. Some reddish-orange hues shine through when held up to the light. Not so much lace, but the thickness of the head maintains form for a long while even after settling. The nose... ah, the nose. What an olfactory overload of magnificent scents! Lots of dark fruit - dark cherry and plum really stand out; some fig - blended perfectly with spices, chocolate, coffee, and banana. Some light smoky, roasted notes as well. Nutty, but not overwhelmingly so. So even and balanced. This kind of harmony is so hard to attain. And damn, I haven't even tasted a sip yet! The taste is denser. Still fruity, but the nuttiness and coffee flavors take more of a dominant role here. A roasted, woody flavor persists well into the aftertaste, accompanied by a bit of hoppy, coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thinner than I remembered, but quite suitable, even silky.

A highly drinkable, incredibly flavorful, and beautifully scented porter. At 5% ABV it's also a great session beer. If only all sessions were this complex! Complex, yet accessible. I would love to try this on tap one day. In a pub. In England.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 01:58:21 | More by Atlas1
Photo of Portertime


4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh joy of joys, one of my favorite porters of all time. Samuel Smith hasn't let me down yet. Enjoyed barely chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a rich, midnight chocolate brown. Smelled of fresh baker's chocolate with a hint of berries and bread dough. Taste was smooth and complex, rich and layered. Coffee, chocolate, hints of biscuit, and a kiss of fruit. Good times and cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 19:25:34 | More by Portertime
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Poured 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque. Thick tan head that settles to a cap with some lacing.

S - One thing specifically comes to mind; chocolate covered raspberries. Some coffee and chocolate hiding in the background.

T - In the forefront I get a strong sour-ish fruit flavor, like underripe grapes, some green apple, and again with the raspberries. Fairly sweet malt follows, with no real hops and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol does tend to shine through more as the beer warms.

M - Slick and smooth, perfect level of carbonation.

D - I could probably put back quite a few of these if not for the price. Easy to down, good flavor, and not the biting bitterness that steers me away from a lot of otherwise good beers.

I'm no expert when it comes to porter, but this is the best I've had hands down. I can actually differentiate this from a stout, a distinction I have trouble with regarding other porters.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 06:00:01 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Dark opaque brown with a thick tan head that retains very nicely.

Smell: Dark chocolate, blackberry, mild acidity, charcoal. Subtle but complex.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and bitter with berry and toffee flavors. Undertones of burnt grain and black coffee with slight acidity coming through beneath it all. Light-bodied and dry with a vinous quality in the finish.

Notes: Impressive complexity coming from such an unimposing beer. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:15:31 | More by largadeer
Photo of Godot


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

Its like meeting an old friend. When I was in college I drank Taddy Porter at least once a week, generally as a reward to get me through a paper. Now several years later I realized I haven't had one in a long time, and as I pour it I wonder what took me so long. It is just a few shades shy of black, giving a slight ruby color around the edge when held to the light. The head is a pillowy tan that slowly drops down, but never less then a quarter inch that leaves some nice lacing. It is truly a beautiful brew. The smell is of chocolatey malts and coffee. The taste is exceptional. Roasted coffee and slightly bitter chocolate with a slight bite I assume is from the roasted malt. It has a satisfyingly rich mouthfeel without being heavy at all. You could drink this one all night and not feel full. This is one of those beers that to me sets the tone of a style. Whenever I drink english style porter, I measure it against this yardstick.

Note: Last a drank a Sammy Smith's it came in a clear glass bottle, this one is brown. I don't know when they changed but I am glad they did.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 22:32:02 | More by Godot
Photo of rkinsella


4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed pub glass.

Appearance - Near pitch, slight brown/red hue. Beautiful tan colored head, fluffy and thick. Great lacing the whole way down.

Smell - Fruit cake, dark plum, ginger, brown sugar, maple syrup, baked bread, chocolate, coffee...pretty much a symphony!

Taste - Bold, brilliant! Hearty mocha/carmel sweetness held in check with touches of tangy dried fruit and bitter sweet chocolate. Fine roasted coffee bitterness on finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation, good weight, smoothed out like single malt scotch.

Drinkability- I could drink this beer everyday from fall till spring. Could also be a dessert beer. But it's not overly heavy. Leaves you looking forward to another soon.

Has become one of my top three beers of all time!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 17:26:01 | More by rkinsella
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The beer looks black at first glance, but when held to light there is some clear brown shining through the bottom of the glass. Head grew to over 3 fingers, was light tan, and had excellent retention.

Smell: Thick smell of molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and roasted coffee. Excellent malty complexity throughou the aroma, which lingers for a while in the nose.

Taste: Introduction is slightly watery, but the beer is full of flavor. Nice, big malty profile that is primarily roasted coffee, but also has a nice creamy chocolate flavor. Finish is nice and smooth with a lingering black coffee note.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 22:50:16 | More by BucBasil
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black beer with ruby/amber highlights. Clear but only visible if a 500 watt bulb was behind it. Beige brown head that stays throughout the duration of the beer. Looks like its made up of tiny bubbles giving the head a creamy look.

Smell is of burnt or roasted malts and dark fruits. Very nice and smooth but it could be a little more potent.

Taste is sweet and creamy. A buttery flavor and mouthfeel but behind a deep roasted malt flavor. This beer is sweet but kind of milky sweet, not overpowering and very refreshing.

A damn fine beer. The diacetyl, buttery mouthfeel and taste compliments the porter flavors very well. Its smooth, refreshing and flows easily down the throat. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 22:29:09 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of naterock


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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
A: Dark, almost completely opaque but with deep red hues.
S: Very malty smell, with a hint of alcohol, suggests that this porter does not mess around when it comes to naming itself "famous"
T: Malty, with dark roasted barley, a strong woody flavor (oak, maybe cherry wood) and a hint of dark chocolate.
M: light carbonation, very smooth for such a bitter taste. IT lingers for a while towards the tip of the tongue where the oaky flavor develops.
D: This is one of the best porters I've ever had. By far the best English Porter import. I've never been able to drink more than a few porters and I'm glad because I start to lose the distinction of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 18:11:46 | More by naterock
Photo of orangemoustache


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

Found this at the Brewhaus Springfield,IL

A-deep and dark brown with some cherry highlights when held to the light,a super thick rootbeer float looking head leaves behind tons of sticky lacing

S-dark chocolate,roasted caramel malts are borderline nutty,some major aromas of premium bold coffee

T-I feel like I just packed my mouth full of chocolate covered coffee beans and rasinetts,this Porter has a lot of character and is near perfectly balanced with sweet fruity malts and earthy hops in abundance

M-medium body and low carbonation,creamy and soft

D-this is a stand alone porter that deserves to be revisited in short order

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 01:41:59 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of giblet


4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. this is one of the best porters that i have had. pours black in the glass. decent head. smells of smoked chocolate. excellent rich taste of chocolate and caramel. rich but not overly so, smooth and refreshing. therefore by name easier to drink than a stout.

very much recommended!

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 20:38:49 | More by giblet
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An old favorite revisited...black body with brown creamy quarter-inch head that leaves a flawless lacing...roasted coffee, rich toffee, smooth and smoky accents... creamy palate--unbelievably smooth and milky...the texture is as firm as it is lacey...mellow and natural, almost perfect in its proficiency....the reason I fell in love with beer tasting, selecting from the beer menu at Russell's in Bloomsburg nearly ten years ago....for those Strat fans out there, like finding a SUPREME defensive rating...if you only drink light lagers and the occasional green bottle, start (and end) with this one from the dark side...

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 03:20:14 | More by dacrza1
Photo of erosier


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

This beer pours a nice dark red-brown with a short and thin off-white head that fades to a ring around the top of the beer. It laces the glass pretty well all the way down the glass. It smells of very faint chocolate and coffee and roasted malts. The taste is really good as well. It tastes of the same as the nose with some hoppy bitterness in the middle of it that rounds it off very well. It tastes of sweet roasted malt, some chocolate, then some hoppy bitter taste, and then finally a caramel flavor that is really nice. The mouthfeel is very smooth and clean which makes for a very drinkable porter. Definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 15:18:02 | More by erosier
Photo of jmalex


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

Ugh, I'm a few days off of a nasty cold and I think I've finally got my sense of smell back. I have high hopes for this one.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Samuel Smith nonic pint a dark brown with crimson highlights. A light tan head forms on top and is modestly small in size. It drops quickly to an average collar and large bubbly patch.

SMELL: Nice strong aromas of bready caramels and roasty chocolates (does that make sense?) Some light feusels and esters round out the aroma profile.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and roasted grain dominate in this one. The middling caramel sweetness from the nose is absent in the taste, except maybe slightly on the finish. A subtle smokiness comes through as well. Most of the taste, however, is from the more bitter kilned malts. I must say though, that it's quite evident that this beer is exactly what it set out to be. Not a single detectable flaw.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a carbonation level that seems average though a bit lower wouldn't hurt.

DRINKABILITY: Very good drinkability is essentially inherent in English ales, and this is no different. 5% ABV is nothing too hard to handle, and I can imagine having another one of these.

Overall, this is definitely another winner from ol' Tadcaster. I recommend trying one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 03:20:04 | More by jmalex
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This beer had a deep, dark brown hue and texture so thick you can't see through it. There was a decent head and good lacing.

This had a subtle smell, like most of Samuel Smith's beers. Malt, coffee and something I couldn't put my finger on.

Tasted of malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe some fruit. Complex, but didn't beat you over the head with it.

Nicely done carbonation and a dry finish made for a good, solid mouthfeel.

If you're into porters, this is a good beer to get. I only drink them but so often, but this is a good one. It has a nice taste and isn't overly heavy.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 15:58:11 | More by avalon07
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with thin red edges. Nice thick tan head with small and large bubbles. Retention is less than stellar, but decent. Nice sheet lacing that reduces to a stringy sticky film.

Aroma is awesome. Sweet roasted chocolate malt & coffee.

Taste is sweet up front, which dissolves into a momentary hop bitterness, then more sweet caramel that lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is creamy with light carbonation. Medium body.

Overall a deliciously drinkable porter, definitely on the sweet side, but pretty well balanced. Just like I like 'em. If you haven't tried it, do yourself a favor. It's pricey, but worth the cash.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 23:50:35 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of monkeybeer


3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours extreme dark brown/black with a good frothy tan head and good lacing

S- Smokey roasted malt, with a sweet hint of chocolate, and dried fruit.

T/M- Taste is much like the smell, only more intense especially in the dried fruit...

D- Porter is not my favorite but they are starting too grown on me. This was a good beer and very drinkable. I do not know if I would drink it with a meal, but before one as an appetizer or after as dessert would be great. I might get it again. The taste was a bit off fro me so I might choose another porter before this one, but I would not pass this one up if it was offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 02:03:13 | More by monkeybeer
Photo of OKCNittany


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" tan head with good retention & lacing. Near black body with red highlights.

S: Roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. It's good, but it could be stronger.

T: Rich and roasty. Dark chocolate. Some caramel, some coffee, and a touch of hops as well. Good balance.

M: Just under medium bodied. Light to medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel. Interesting finish - both buttery and tart.

D: Great porter - sessionable - well deserving of its fine reputation.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 20:45:04 | More by OKCNittany
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

550ml bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A- 1 finger of mocha head which fades to a crown, sitting atop a jet black body, minimal lacing.

S- Smokey, roasted malts, raisins and prunes, a faint creamy yoghurtyness.

T- Smokey in the beginning, lots of roasted malts, balances out well in the finish with a nice nuttiness with a little cream.

M- Medium carbonation, a touch watery.

D- As porters go this is nice, complex peaty smokey flavours balances well with a faint nuttiness in the finish. It reminds me of guiness when i first start drinking beer, a shock to the system with roasted bitterness in a session beer.

Just not a fan of the porter style though, i prefer a higher abv sipper such as an RIS when it comes to a complex smokey brew. I prefer the SS imperial stout and oatmeal stout(oatmeal stout for the lesser bitterness and increased nuttiness)

P.S paired this with a grilled frikadellen on a crusty roll, meat was a nice combo with the smokey roasted bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 13:38:33 | More by seanyfo
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with rocky mocha head. Some lacing.

Smell is is faint chocolate , not much else.

Nice malty flavor profile. Getting alot of dark bitter coffee flavors. Roasted malts do a nice job of keeping this from becoming sweet.

Light mouthfeel , good carbonation.

This is a nice session beer , packed with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 23:29:39 | More by shroompod
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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