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

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BA SCORE
93
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2,379 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

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mdm4584

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at an AJ's in Scottsdale, AZ.

A top notch porter.

A tad watered down leaves an easy drinking brew. Easy to consume a lot of these. Thick, lasting head. Coppery aftertaste. ABV of 5% is surprisingly low.

Light chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts.

Another is a line of great brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 05:35:50 | More by mdm4584
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

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

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and about a finger of light brown head with good retention. Aroma is great, malty, roasty, and slightly chocolaty. Taste is mostly roasty but chocolate, caramel, toffee and biscuits round out the flavor. Almost no bitterness and no hop flavor. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body, moderately-low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. This is a smooth, well-balanced, easy drinking brew. This is a great session beer and one I will certainly be having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 00:28:44 | More by mnj21655
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

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

Bottle poured into an English pint glass

Appearance: Nice creamy, whitish tan head. Dark colored, almost black with brownish, ruby hues.

Smell: Toffee, carmel, rich. Not very hoppy.

Taste: Rich toffee and caramel flavors. Smooth and relaxing w/ a mild coffee aftertaste. Tones of chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety. Not overly heavy, but definitely a full bodied beer. Pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability: If you like darker beers, this is one of the best examples of an easy to drink porter. Not overly robust, but a little sweet and relaxing. In my opinion a great beer for a great winter session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 02:45:07 | More by brewdoc75
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Brad007

Vermont

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

Pours a thick black color with an ample brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some hints of coffee/chocolate in the nose. Taste starts out simple upfront and then fades to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor at the back of the throat. Has the complexity of a chocolate malt beverage. It's certainly very drinkable and true to the style. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 02:40:56 | More by Brad007
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bruachan

District of Columbia

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

this one comes in a brown bottle?

this guy is a superdark brown. somewhere between the nutbrown and oatmeal. above it sits a khaki head, which sits comfortably and not looking like it's going anywhere. not quite as tightly bubbled as the nut brown

if brown had a smell this would be it. sharp mocha; dry, bitter chocolate. bready

just as with the nut brown the flavor features more hops than the aroma suggests. robust, dry malty flavors. there's a creaminess to it that carries well the small amount of sweetness

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 03:15:50 | More by bruachan
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

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

A-Dark Brown, nearly opaque. Some light gets through around the edges, which then shows a nice glowing brown. Nice darkish brown tan head of about 1/2 inch falls in moderate time leaving a nice filmy lace on teh galss. After each sip there is a sheeting of film that slowly falls down the glass.

S-Charcoal, caramel malts, roasted malts, mollases candy. A little fusel alcohol that I did not expect given low ABV.

T-Sweet but overly so. Charcoal and roasted character in the middle. Coofee and chocolate on the finish. None of the expected sour twang of many porters.

M-Smooth smooth smooth. Medium to full body. rolls around on the palette leaving a nice coating feel.

D-Although overall this is very good beer, the drinkability for me ios not that high. It is above average and I will have it again but most likely only one bottle per session when I have it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 23:47:52 | More by jackorain
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MyGoodness

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a little different than what I was expecting in terms of taste. Before I get to that, let me say it's a great beer but maybe not one most people would go for everytime. It was very dark with creamy coloured head, leaving a nice lace around the glass. The smell is pretty strong and you can definently smell somethng slightly sweet and chocolately, and something that smelled to me like a dark roast coffee. And the mouthfeel! Mighty thick, in a good way. And so smooooth. Velvetly almost. Finally, the taste was rich and strong; the actual coffee taste is somewhat stronger than the smell. It leaves a bit of a bite on your palate that's rather tart and kind of reminded me of raisins. Overall, its a nice one from Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 01:26:28 | More by MyGoodness
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meechum

Georgia

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

A - Pours dark black with a nice thick tan head and a thick lace that is more like a lingering foam left on the side of the glass

S - Smells of big chocolate and coffee flavors..along with a small nutty smell in there

T - This could be the benchmark with which all porters should be judged..the taste explodes with hop flavor up front and then smooths out perfectly into the deep coffee and chocolate flavor with a slight nutty finish brought home on the slight hop bite at the end

M - The mouthfeel is solid and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation

D - Highly drinkable, extremely sessionable, each sip invites the next..

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 21:17:54 | More by meechum
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ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

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

Dark black with brown and red hue. Solid tan head, thick lacing.

Dominant sugary chocolate nose and dark fruits.

Creaammmy full body, with prunes and blackberries, plenty of chocolate, molasses, and hint of lightly roasted coffee. Smooth and sweet finish, carbonation is moderate...wicked tasty.

Incredible porter with tons of flavour. Robust, delicious, and would like to see more often.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 22:23:13 | More by ablaze
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a porter. Looks excellent in a Samuel Smith pint glass. Great looking head. Sticky, foamy; a dark mocha color. The beer itself is pitch black. And it smells like roasted coffee and chocolate. I think I'm drooling.

Drinking it is also a pleasure. Smooth dark malt flavors with a slight tanginess. Nice and creamy. So simple, yet so enjoyable.

If you want a great cheesesteak, go to Philadelphia. A great corned beef sandwich, New York. And if you're looking for a great glass of porter, look no further than the Old Brewery in Tadcaster.

I will definitely be picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:26:48 | More by edskirk3
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass - how appropriate. Pours a very dark brown - nearly black. Minimal head with some lacing. Smells a bit like chocolate and coffee.

Taste is only average. Nothing really jumps out. It's not bad, but I've definitely had better.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Not very alcoholic so one doesn't knock you out. Mouthfeel is very thick.

Overall, a solid brew, but probably not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 23:41:57 | More by jdubjacket
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pwoods

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml from Party Source poured into a pint glass at 50-55. No dating on the bottle.

A: Pours black with a touch of red hues around the edges. Two finder light tan head. Kinda fizzy head at first then calms down to a soft 1/4 inch.

S: Soft scent of roasted malts and coffee beans. The background gives off a prune or date smell.

T/M: Very subtle in the taste department. some roasted malts but not nearly as profound as I expected. coffee notes seem to stand in the background of the plump, ripe fruit. Plume/prune and figs. Overly ripened bananas? Lower body than I had expected, probably caused by a slightly high carbonation. Finish is warming and a tad on the dry side.

D: Tasty(yet subtle), easy on the tongue. I might get this every once in awhile. It's no Ed Fit but it holds it's own. Went great with my pork loin but had no chance versus the garlic mashed potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:42:05 | More by pwoods
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mithrascruor

California

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

550 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a near inky black color. Dark tan head is very dense and foamy... laces the glass well too.

Smell: Has a somewhat sweet aroma of brown sugar, oats, and possibly some figs. Quite a decent complexity for this type of beer. There's also a good deal of coffee in the smell too.

Taste: Has a roasted malt flavor with coffee and a bit of chocolate. It's nice, but not very complex. It's quite solid and good, but just seems to be lacking. Roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with light carbonation. Medium-bodied, though a bit on the heavier side of that range.

Drinkability: Would work nice as a session beer; good alcohol level and doesn't become tiring.

Overall a nice beer in many respects, but it falls down a bit on taste. It just seems to have a very dull flavor. However, it's definitely a quality beer and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 02:21:39 | More by mithrascruor
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very dark brown on the pour and appears black in the glass with a huge, frothy brown-tan head that dies down quickly. The smell is not overwhelming but what is there is enjoyable. Slightly roasted malts and chocolate are about all that is discernable. The taste is also pretty neutral but enjoyable. Very well balanced, slightly malty and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy, velvety, light carbonation. A very very drinkable beer, excellently done but no real wow factor. I guess if you make a beer that is this sessionable and smooth, wow is not an issue.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 00:38:25 | More by gmfessen
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding porter. Smells of toffee, coffee, roasted nuts, and chocolate. Another buttery offering with a nice head and some lacing. Also has a scent of caramel. Taste is great, of bittering hops and coffee. Some nice butterscotch flavoring to it as well. An interesting beer and again, at a lower price I would buy this all the time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 23:21:27 | More by bigdeuce
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Blupoet03

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured dark brown with a light brown head from an English pint bottle. The nose is full of sweet malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate.

The taste is smooth and creamy, sweet on the tongue, with a slightly bitter tail and a drying aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and tingly, smoothing out towards the end.

One of my favorite beers, the Taddy Porter is highly drinkable and gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 01:51:06 | More by Blupoet03
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joeysmokedporter

Maryland

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle into glass.

A: Pours dark, opaque brown/black with tan head that forms lace.

S: Sweet coffee, caramel aroma

T: caramel, coffee flavor followed by a mildly tangy but floral aftertaste. some floral hops but the malt is profiled in this brew. A slight amount of dried fruit rounds out the flavor

M: medium mouthfeel, not syrupy but somewhat heavy in gravity. Not viscous or syrupy.

D: Would pair well with a steak or beef meal with chips. a little heavy but packs full flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 05:28:09 | More by joeysmokedporter
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AlephNull

Delaware

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

A: Pours a deep, strong-coffee brown/black with a little bit of a red hint when held to the light. A light brown, frothy head dissipates before too long. Lacing is thick but falls quickly.

S: Dominated by the choclatey, slightly coffee smelling malts, but there's a bit of sweetness in there too. Maybe cherries.

T: Sweet almost fruity chocolate character with a bit of a coffee flavor.

M: A little bit chalky, but not bad.

D: This is a nice, drinkable beer. Doesn't blow me away, but quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 02:50:44 | More by AlephNull
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at liquor store in Wendover NV. Review is from notes take about two weeks ago.

Pours a thick dark coffee color. Fizzy cola colored head settles very quickly. Smells faintly of toasted malt, peat, oak, coffee, maybe even vanilla. Taste is remeniscent of a dark chocolate very high in cacao. Taste lightly roasted Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, mildly astringent, but with just enough sweetness to balance out any undesireables. Drinkability is good, flavor is well balanced. Nice malty profile. I'd definetly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 19:56:39 | More by BigJTrucker
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livingregret

Washington

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

Serving Type: 1 pt 2.7 fl oz

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that starts w/ a 2 finger head that lingers a little before slowly going away....leaves a slight head once the beer settles

Smell: Smells of roasted coffee, grains, dark chocolate, and hops. A touch of caramel. not overly powering like some other porters nor weak. A nice blend of smells

Taste/Mouthfeel: A mild coffee taste toward the end, light chocolate, and toffee which seems the most powerful of the 3 flavours toward the end of the drink. But throughout the drink you get a very smokey taste. Like a lot of porters there is a slight dry feeling associated while drinking this beer. A very full beer that is enjoyable.

--As the beer warms up the toffee/caramel flavour comes more to the front and is quite enjoyable

Drinkability: A solid porter, not the best one I've had nor the worse. Very good though

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 22:52:32 | More by livingregret
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DAVIDMAGNUM

Maryland

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

Mothers milk in my humble opinion. This is the best porter I have tried so far and the one all others will be judged by. A good winter beer, I love the strength of flavor while at the same time being very smooth. Complex coffee/roasted grains/hint of chocolate flavors that change as the beer warms in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 14:41:15 | More by DAVIDMAGNUM
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

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

Very dark brown to black in color below nice tan head which dissipates rather quickly but leaves some lacing on the surface and on the sides of the glass. Not a powerful aroma. Notes of toasted malt, sweetness, maybe a touch of chocolate. Taste is straightforward dark malts again with a hint of chocolate. Some herbal hops in the finish. Nice bittersweet aftertaste. Extremely well balanced. Tasty. Mouthfeel is medium not overly carbonated. Very drinkable stuff. Really good English style porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 22:42:20 | More by burnstar
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skineg

Florida

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

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark mahogany/brown with very little light able to show through. A nice two finger head that fades into a one finger head that sticks around for most of the pint. Only one word in the English languauge can describe the look of this beer: sexy.

Smell: Carmelly, nutty and roasty with a hint of wheat. The smell is clean and invigorating but not overpowering.

Taste: Smokey. This beer has a very strong aftertaste of smoke. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke and a little smoke. Before the smoke, a mild taste of coffee and caramel smoothly hit the pallet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, the caramel and coffee make the feel extra nice.

Drinkability: A little filling, but definitely something I coud have a few of without filling up.

Comments: God bless Samuel Smith. I really liked this beer; it's something very different from the rest of the porters. I will say one thing, I was expecting this porter to have more of a nutty taste, like Fuller's Porter. No worries though, this is a very nice and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 04:36:27 | More by skineg
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templar316

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the finest beers of all the lands the Taddy Porter ranks near the top of the list. The beutiful black color with just a hint of ruby held to the light, The granite nose and finish, with a biscutty maltiness underneth. Roasty, Chocolatey, hints of coffee it's all here. With a deceptively light body. and ever deepening levels of malt, this is everything beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 02:41:11 | More by templar316
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maddogruss

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice, solid beer.

A: A pretty dark body with a dark tan head that slows to a nice lacing that holds throughout the beer.

S: A very pleasant, coffee smell that was slightly bitter in nature.

T: A nice, porter-like slightly bitter and mouth-drying taste with a slightly coffee aftertaste that was very nice.

M: A solid, full-bodied beer.

D: This beer was solid all the way around. The bitterness gave it a nice character that complimented the smooth nature of the beer, Definitely a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 00:03:21 | More by maddogruss
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