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

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2,589 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,589
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of baos
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.

baos, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
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.

donteatpoop, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
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.

TMB0424, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of skrib09
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.

skrib09, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
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.

Vengeance526, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of redjameskidd
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.

redjameskidd, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of pd360
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.

pd360, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Nibbley
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.

Nibbley, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of dananabanana
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.

dananabanana, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
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.

davexisxrabid, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of darklordlager
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.

darklordlager, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of TKempe
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.

TKempe, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
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)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of MillySox
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.

MillySox, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of bmwats
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.

bmwats, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
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.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bomber of Taddy Porter at a grocery store. Poured into a pint tumbler.

Pours a dark garnet color with red hues when held to the light. Bubbly tan head, is not particularly sticky and produces virtually no lacing.

Smell has a sweet slightly acerbic note to it, like a rum candy, or a liquor flavored toffee. Not bad but not really what I expected.

The taste has a roasted bitter flavor, coffee and also that slightly sweet acerbic note in the aroma. I can't get past the notion of rum, or perhaps dates or figs with a burnt character.

Mouthfeel is good, full-bodied and smooth, not thick or cloying.

Average drinkability I'm afraid. I'd probably go for a number of American porters over this one.

RJLarse, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, with a bit of roasted barley. It tasted like subtle roasted barley and chocolate malts, with a bit of vanilla coffee and oak. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mildly sweet aftertaste. Overall this beer had a nice, clean flavor that was subtle but tasty. It was fuller bodied that I would typically expect from a porter (more like a stout), but it was really easy to drink. This is a beer I could enjoy over and over, although it's quite filling.

Pencible, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing a porter tasting tonight, English up against American. Representing the English is Sam Smith's Taddy porter, reping the good ol' U.S. of A. is none other than San Fran's Anchor Porter. Up first, Sam Smith

Very dark, very clear, ruby brown and topped with two fingers of soft and bubbly beige head, that might not sound like an appealing description and that's because it's not. Head is a cap and there is little in the way of lacing.

A bit winey/vinous like Sam Smith's brown ale, the difference this time being the sweet scent of silky sweet chocolate and toffee, this sweetness is balanced by a mix of ground coffee beans and mixed nuts. Understated and appetizing.

Smooth as silk as it hits the tongue, carbonation more akin to a cask ale than from a carbonated bottle and as a result only works to enhance the feel of this beer. Flavor is mild as to be expected and is a mixture of sweet dark fruits (raisins and dates), bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. More fruity and slightly nutty than the possibly distracting chocolate and coffee. Maybe not sour enough to be truly authentic tasting english porter but the mixture of roastiness and creaminess makes me not care too much now well certain guidelines are followed.

Very impressed, one of the better bottles of beer I've sampled in a number of weeks. Nice, understated and complex flavor profile coupled with a smooth, yet lively, mouthfeel makes for one impressive beer.

Now a quick hop over the pond for the American version.

Haven't had this one in quite a while, remembered it being excellent back then, let's see how it is now.

Pours a bit darker than the Sam Smith but not by much, dark ruby, but really more a clear dark brown. The biggest difference between the two is the head. Thicker and lusher head on this guy, which I am guessing is on account of the increased levels of hops in the American version of a porter than the English version. Still, you don't hear me complaining about how this beer looks.

Aroma is a bit blander than I remember from my past experience and quieter than the English version in pretty much every aspect. Sweet, roasted chocolate maltiness, toffee, slight breadiness, really just meh.

So far this beer has taken me by surprise. It is really quite understated, similar to the Sam Smith though a bit less vinous. Carbonation is a bit higher as well as bitterness. But the malt sweetness and chocolate and toffee sweetness remains, less fruity, a bit more nutty, and a longer, tobacoo-like finish, but not much, just seems a bit lacking, at least compared to the Sam.

Drinkablility is a bit above average. This beer has a number of things to offer, decent complexity, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and wrapped up in a nice looking package. But again, the taste of this beer seems a bit lacking from what I remember, it seemed snappier, had a bit more of a biting mouthfeel and toastier in flavor.

Looks like the the English win this bout of the porters. But I would give Anchor porter another shot, maybe this bottle I have here is a bit old, but I can't tell.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is deep, deep brown almost black with a thick tan head. Aromas of toasted malt, nuts, barley, coffee, chocolate and molasses. The taste is toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, slate, earth, barley, hops, and a smooth subtle chocolate coffee finish. this a good and very well made beer that is easy to drink.

colts9016, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
August 10, 2008

Very, very good brew. Pours black, motor oil style, smells of toasted coffee. Dark, toasted flavor, super creamy palate. A meal of a beer. Great winter brew, will definitely revisit this in the colder months, warms the belly very nicely.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle. The beer is brown with a thick fine-celled off-white foam. The smell is roasted malts, maybe a little chocolate, with a clean yeast aroma. The taste is classic porter, roasted malts with a lasting after-taste of chocolate. The body is thin but smooth and lightly carbonated, like a cask ale with extra fizziness. Very tasty, I'm liking everything I try from Samuel Smith's.

TurdFurgison, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of BladeRunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Some lacing as the head fades away. Very nice looking beer.

There is this unique aroma that you only get from Samuel Smith's beers. Dark fruits, and a smokey fried bacon aroma. It is a hard aroma to really pin down, but is so unique.

Strong smoke and slight peaty flavors dominate this beer. Chocolate flavors are masked by the smoke and a little dark fruits add to the complexity.

Medium body with perfect carbonation.

A very hearty beer that I would not recommend during a hot summer day. This is one to enjoy late fall and all of winter.

BladeRunner, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of DoctorDog
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Victorian Pint bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark as night black/opaque. Massive creamy, tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- A fairly robust molasses roastiness. Chocolate emerges as it warms.

T- Some slightly sweet molasses flavors upfront, followed by fairly mild coffee-esque bitters and roastiness at the finish. Some hints of chocolate, as well as sweet bread flavors. Absolutely delicious.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Somewhat creamy and very smooth.

D- Superb. Moderately low ABV + delicious flavors and smooth drinking = a great drinking brew. It's hard to set this one down to jot my notes, which is always a great sign.

Future outlook: Superb in all areas. Repeat business an absolute certainty.

DoctorDog, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a big tan head. Good lacing and head retention. The head slowly drops to an 1/8th inch of foam but it never completely disappears.

Smell: Beautiful mellow roasty aroma.

Taste: Faint chocolate and coffee to it. I think I can best describe this beer as a dessert in a glass.

BierFan, Dec 05, 2008
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,589 ratings.