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

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2,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,663
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 163
Gots: 211 | 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 PapaEugene
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky. De Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen managed to get their hands on some Sam Smith classics. I chose the Taddy Porter just to stay away from their Barley Wine and Imperial Stout for once.

A: Black but saw some dark ruby shining once it came close to the candle. One finger thick light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, slight caramel, chocolate and some red fruits.

T: GREAT. Dark roasted malts, notes of cacoa and a bit of coffee. Some citrus and woody bitterness in the aftertaste. All in a great balance and natural occurence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation and a nice silky mouthfeel.

D: Another great natural Samuel Smith. Great taste without adding chocolate or coffee... with Sam Smith they come naturally and in perfect balance.

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head bout a incha nd a half thick. Good lacing around the glass when swirled.

Faint hint of coffee and a little chocolate to the nose.

Coffe and chocolate to the taste very suddle. Some bread qualities as well, also the alcohol is present.

Medium body thought it would be thicker considering how classic Sam Smith is.

Could really enjoy a couple of these in a sitting but sadly had to move on.

Photo of Mayhem976
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- When I went to pour this I was surprised how thin the body was, I usually tend to shy away from porters that are not thick and robust. With that said, the body was thin but black and had a good head with almost zero lacing.

B- I pick up a slight trace of malts and coffee.

T- Very surprised, upon pouring I wasn't expecting much. As the porter hits your palette you get that familiar English thin watery taste/body and that's when it happens, you get hit with an impressive amount of coffee and chocolate notes. I would have never guessed they could pack so much punch.

M- Thin and watery.

D- Very high on the drinkability scale! Delicious, practical, and for under 3 dollars a bomber, I'll be buying this again for sure!

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

Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly tanned head that receeds slowly leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate evident with a strangely similar aura about it just reminding me of other sammy smith products. Also picking up on some light malt sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is just as good. Chocolate immediately evident along the rich smoothness and ever so slightly bitter finish. Very clean, slightly lingering tastes of chocolate and burnt grains. Medium feel with low carb. Overall a solid product that is very enjoyable.

Photo of three1six
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a tan 2 finger head. Nice lacing on the sides.

S - Faint chocolate and a bit of a bready smell with a hint of coffee.

T - Light coffee and a slight taste of chocolate. Slightly bitter with a hint of alcohol, but not overpowering in any way.

M - Had a Medium Bodied mouth feel too it. Would have liked it a little thicker, but still good nonetheless.

D - Could definitely put down a few of these at a time. Kinda pissed that I only got one....for now

Photo of jt31914
2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 1/2 fingers head - very dark brown; no carbonation rising.

S: Faint chocolate and alcohol smell.

T: Strong alcohol; no dark malt taste and not really robust in any way - this beer really tastes just like every other Samuel Smith beer to me, which is why it's not my favorite. I wish the brewery would do something different because this tastes just like the nut brown to me.

M: Light, airy and foamy.

D: Average.

This beer didn't taste bad, it just didn't really taste like a porter to me - it tasted like every sam smith beer - faint alcohol and a few other faint flavors on the side. I am disappointed.

Photo of Mavajo
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass - didn't have a pint glass on hand.

This was my first porter, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Poured a dark brown color with a light brown head. Head fades quickly.

The nose wasn't revealing much. Maybe it was me. I caught slight hints of chocolate/coffee. Wasn't overly impressed. The taste reflected the smell, but it was a bit easier to pick up on - again, chocolate taste here. No real bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light - I don't think you could categorize it as much more than medium bodied. Fair amount of carbonation, but it wasn't offensive or distracting. To be honest, it almost felt a bit watery to me.

All in all, I've reviewed this beer as I experienced it. From reading the other reviews, mine seems to differ a bit and I wonder if there wasn't some other variable at play. Maybe I'll give it another shot in the future, but for now, this is as I experienced it. All in all a fairly solid beer, but not really thrilled in the least.

Photo of moebeer385
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A fantastic beer that makes me wish I had bought more. Poured and drank from a standard beer mug.

A- Great pour, thick tan head with decent lacing on the glass. almost completely opaque with a slight maroon glow through it.

S- Rich and dark, Can almost imagine a charred oak barrel aging away.

T- As good as it smells and looks. Oak aged flavors give way to a hint of chocolate and roasted barley, yet end on a fairly light note.

M- Not as thick as I had expected with the pour. Definitely was not lacking in carbonation though, maybe a little too much.

D- Seemed the more I drank of this one the more I wished it was a bottomless glass. Sam Smith got it right with this one.

Photo of Finkel
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured out, The Famous Taddy Porter is very dark, purple/brown color. With very little head retention and no obvious carbonation, I got bored looking at it very, very quickly.

The nose of the beer was decent - smokey with prunes and hints of sweet toffee. Nevertheless, the aromas were simple and distinguishable, which is good in my book.

This beer had a creamy, expanding mouthfeel that exploded in my mouth (oh innuendo). Once I got past the mouth feel I was able to calm down and distinguish tastes: bitter hops, a light non-overpowering coffee flavor, and malts. This beer was very warming and was extremely drinkable.

Overall, this beer way overcompensated for its faults with it's taste and mouth feel. I was immediately sad that I only had one of these lying around and will need to go get another one at some point.

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

Appearance: Black body, tan head, the perfect looking porter. No visible carbonation.

Aroma: Roasted malts, liquorish, earth brown malts, and light coffee. There are sweet undertonesof toffee, and chocolate. Lots of rich iron-like aroma.

Taste: Dark slightly bitter malts at the top, providing espresso, smokey peat, and cocoa flavours. It has really whiskey-like qualities with an oaky taste, and peat - really had the feel of something that has been barrel aged. The finish is balanced and bitter, giving impressions of bitter dark chocolate, and smokey coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and as heavy as they come. Silky smooth feel.

Drinkability: Like everything else that Samuel smith's produce, this is truly magnificent, a really classic porter, they way they are meant to be.

Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark almost balck with a hint of a rosy red color. This head pours tall and tan with great retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is of dark fruits first like prunes and some slight chocolate and roasted barley underneath along with fruity esthers melding with all other things.

T- The flavor is much the smae with a soft earhty hoppiness blending well with the fruity easther, chocolate, dark fruits and a very soft bitterness to boot.

M-A creamy, almost syrupy medium mouthfeel and at the very very end, it turns dry! So very nice.

Photo of Onenote81
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this while watching my Packers take it to the Bears. Poured into my pint glass. Pours a deep thick black with a good-sized tan head on top. Decent retention, and it leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass for good measure. Scents of chocolate powder and roasted malts waft out, but they are weaker than expected. Not very bold at all.

The mouth is extremely creamy and smooth. This is like silk going down. Very pleasant. Decent chocolate flavors mix with a subtle sweet creaminess that make this a very drinkable dark brew. Some roasted nuttiness finishes this one out. I really like this, and I could drink a few at a time. Well done.

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

Pours a lovely burnished brown-black, with hints of ruby through the body. Head is a great crust of oatmeal-coloured bubbles, which leaves some wonderful curtains of lacing down the glass. Looks really lovely.

Sweet, dark and rich, like a chocolate mud cake. But to save it from being sickly, it has a very pleasant light smoke, anise and a baked bread character, which makes the palate seem more mature, more subtle, and more well rounded. Extremely good.

Creamy on the palate, again with a truly lovely semi-sweet chocolate and grain flavour, which melds with hints of vanilla and currants, before being cleansed with a very pleasant dry dusty character, absolutely lovely. Mouthfeel is full around the edges, as though framing the sweet, mellow and thoroughly enjoyable flavours.

An absolutely delightful beer. Almost without question the best porter I've ever sampled. It now sets the bar for all others, although I'd be more than happy to just drink this one from now on.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown, black with ruby highlights and 2 fingers of creamy brown head.

S - Chocolate, nutty, hints of fruit, burnt toast and sweet caramel.

T - Nutty, light smoke, slightly bitter, sweet caramel, burnt toast, figs, slightly woody.

M - Light to medium and creamy. Very smooth.

D - Much better at warmer temperatures. Very tasty.

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

Poured out of a 550 ml (1 Pint., 2.7 oz) bottle. The label is very attractive--brown, white and red. The Samuel Smith Brewery was founded in 1758, so the bottle says. I used an oversized weizen glass.

Sight: Poured with many a gurgle into the glass. Looked chocolate brown as I poured. Thick two-inch creamy tan head. Beer is very dark brown with slight red tinges. Lacing held up but was spotty.

Smell: Chocolate, fruit (cranberries?), then coffee, and finally caramel. Let this beer warm a bit once out of the fridge. Your nose and mouth will thank you.

Taste: Not so dry like a stout, but with a slight and wonderful dry finish with rush of chocolate and coffee. I detect a very nice caramel undertone. These flavors never overpower and the overall taste is unlike anything I've ever had, porter or otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, this beer is down-right sexy! Not a heavy beer, I'd call it medium-bodied.

Drinkability: At 5%, there is no alcohol "burn" and the beer is so well balanced that I could have another. Sitting here, though, I am rather full and still have 1/4 of the beer remaining. For me, one is great enough.

Photo of Lars3
3.57/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured a 550mL bottle into a 20oz nonic pint glass.

There was very little head to the beer, although I'm going to attribute that to my cautious pour. I wasn't sure if the beer would fit the glass. It did, barely.

The smell was the best part. It was burnt, nutty, malty and myriad other scents I couldn't pin down.

The mouth-feel let me down. I felt the beer to be too light and watery. Although this lighter body is probably was keeps it a porter and not a stout.

I'll drink more of this someday. It won't be my goto porter, but it will be considered when my Black Boss isn't available.

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

A near perfect porter, possibly perfect.

Pours jet black wuth creamy head filled with off-white/tan foam. Foam sticks to the side.

Smell is a deep roasted malt, hints of coffee.

Taste is incredibly smooth and creamy with beautiful notes of coffee and chocolare interspersed throughout. There is a subtle roasted taste throughout that never crosses into tasting burnt.

Chewy and flavorful in the mouthfeel, holding up extremely well.

Very drinkable for a porter. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: dark hazelnut brown, little head as it dances in the pint glass, thick and creamy.

Smell: bitter/dark chocolate with smokey, toasted nut, woodsy, hint of creme.

Taste: Nutty, faint smoke and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Outstanding beer for the cool autumn and bitter cold winters in Chicago. The flavors are complex and obvious without being over the top. Highly recommend it to my friends.

Photo of cavedave
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque brown, crowned by a shaving cream thick, one finger, dark beige head that lasts, finally settling into a thick cap. No lace.

Smell is a pungent aroma of deep toasty notes, bread pudding, caramel, yeast, a subtle herbosity, tinged with even subtler dark fruit and bitter, wrapped in a ghostly bouquet of alcohol. Magnificent.

The taste is an immediate rush of burnt caramel, herbs, subtle floral notes, a sweetness that leads into a brilliant finish of just sweet enough earth and bitter. Every sip gets better as it warms, the flavors shine and reveal a balance that is heavenly. There are under-flavors my palate is unable to name, but they wrap the taste into a flavor that is marvelous.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, light on the tongue despite this, and the carbonation is perfect to showcase the flavors. No cloying aftertaste, excellent clear out.

Drinkability is probably the least excellent point of this beer, only because it is like drinking a meal, it is a filling brew, and it isn't the beer to turn to for instant refreshment on a hot day (yes, I realize it is a porter) . Definitely a sipper for a cool evening in fall.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a phenomenal example of the Porter style. Not a stout in a dress. This has the roasted flavors, but they are muted compared to a robust/American porter.

Nice tan head. But bonus points for having good and long-lasting lacing.

The aroma is better than the tasted. Chocolate malt. Roast, coffee, with some sourness of some sort. All that is in the taste, but it is muted. Maybe a slightly higher score if I had more discreet points.

Really creamy mouthfeel.

All around just a great porter.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. (355 ml) bottle. There is no easily-found freshness date, but an alphanumeric code is found on the front of the bottle.

The pour is an almost opaque dark brown with an inch and a half of creamy tan head. Retention is decent, and lacing is nice.

Roasted coffee dominates the nose, but there are sweet toffee undertones. The taste is again dominated by the coffee, but the toffee flavour is more substantial than it is when smelling. A mild bitterness is present throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. The medium body adds to the drinkability since it slides down easier than it could. I can't imagine it being hard to drink the four-pack in one session.

It's not perfect, but it almost feels like it since it can be found almost everywhere.

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

This beer pours a dark black cherry colour with some ruby highlights and leaves a nice frothy two finger cappicino laced head with decent lacing down the glass,it has aromas of woody,coffee laced cherries and a subtle coffee aroma in the background,it has an above average mouthfeel which starts off with a medium body yet finishes very light like water that fills the palette with tastes of blackberries and cherries laced in coffee liqueor,this is definately an excellent example of the style and because of the light finish drinkability is high.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours oxblood black with an off white head that leaves lace windows. Amazingly deep nose: french roast coffee, hazelnut, Christmas pudding, forest floor, black strap molasses, BBQ smoke. Sarsaparilla, Kahlua and blackcurrant, sudden bursts of bubble gum, hit of creme caramel and sweet leaf in the middle, bit of bark on the finish. Light bodied and fizzy for a porter.

Drinkable in the "compulsively flavorful" sense, not the "easy-sipping" sense.

As usual, Sam Smith sets the bar. The standard for the style.

Photo of dreamgazer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a classic gold-foiled top with its old English feel, Samuel Smith's "Famous" Taddy Porter endures as a smooth yet robust dark session brew. Served in a tall glass from a ~19oz classic bottle, purchased from Green's in Atlanta.

When poured, it streams into the glass with quite a fizz. It's very dark brown in color, showcasing some rouge when held to the light. The scent mainly consists of a roasted coffee-like punch, along with very slight butterscotch sweetness underneath that makes it appealing. As it reaches the top of the glass and begins to settle, a soft mocha-colored head begins to form measuring close to three-quarters of an inch high. It doesn't stick around though, quickly settling into the glass with practically no lacing.

Sam Smith's porter isn't quite as thick as it looks when sipped, containing a more lightly carbonated texture than it implies by its head. It feels rather pleasant to the taste, expanding a bit as it lingers. The thinness shouldn't be taken as a negative, since there's still plenty of foaminess from the lips to the back of the mouth. It's just a bit airy compared to other dense porters, which is a pleasant surprise.

Though a bit thinner in texture in texture, the Taddy Porter certainly carries a flavorful punch. It's not unpredictable, as it carries a very familiar nutty, roasted punch that's sublime to swallow. But it also has a bit of a sweet, caramel-style touch to the rear, counterbalancing the lightly nut-centered alcohol punch in the mouth with velvetiness. After each taste, the roasted nuttiness lingers long after each taste, staying tasty yet jaunty enough to enjoy throughout the evening.

Removing the wrap from the lid on one of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porters ensures a pleasant, classic night of roasted English dark ale. Tasty and robust with its slightly smoky, light nutty flavor, it's an easily irresistible porter out there that almost begs the drinker to swallow more.

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

Tried and true, this porter continues to stand as one of the best out there.
I poured a 550 ml bottle into a big Spaten mug and the frothy mocha head sat nicely on top of a beer that I could absolutely not see through. The lacing wasn't great, but the head didn't fizzle out.
Nice chocolate notes in the smell and flavor. I didn't get a lot of coffee, but the roasted chocolate was very tasty.
It sat a little heavy in my stomach, but beside that, I can't knock this one.
Good porter.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,663 ratings.