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

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2,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 161
Gots: 209 | 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 tyanow
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is good reason why many compare all porters to this one. It is a classic that has held up and stayed above the pack forever.

Dark auburn with nice thick head.

Aromas of chocolate and caramel further mellow the roasted grain bouquet.

Rich roasted malt flavors that are best complemented by a bit of fruitiness and caramel.

Creamy good body (I wouldn't say full body but close) that tantalizes every part of my mouth and finishes strong with slight spiciness and dark fruit finish.

At 5% and a taste that gets better as it warms, one might be tempted to drink these all day long.

This beer is not quite in a class by itself, but it is at the very very top of the Porter class.

btw - I have found that the bigger bottles (fatty Taddy as they are known) is the way to go with this beer. Unlike some of the other Sam Smith products (i.e Winter Welcome and Nut Brown Ale etc) this one you don't want too cold, and the bigger bottle means it has more time to open up and come down to near room temperature. And of course you get more of the magical brew too.

Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with ruby red highlights when backlit and a float-like, two inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually recedes into a solid quarter inch cap; no lacing on this one. Nose suggests chocolate malt, dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors are considerably more subdued. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied with a mild, consistent background carbonation; a little too light-bodied and carbonated for my general liking. Easy drinking and flavorful - a nice session porter.

Photo of Newmerator
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i got a .5 liter bottle from the local spot

Pours a deep brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Rich creamy, chocolate, coffee. a brilliant porter over all. not too little carbonation (like some porters i have had). It's effing delicious. this is god damned delicious.


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

Drank from a Budvar Glass, maybe a little to cold.

A - Love the Sam Smith bottles, nice old school look. Pours a beautiful two finger tanned head, great carbonation, lace has medium hangtime around the glass. Pitch black at first appearance, with ruby tinges when held up against the light.

S - I'm getting molasses, dark fruits, dates, plums, raisins, brandy, marmite, roasted malts, this is a great complex nose.

T - Big roasted malts from the first taste. I get vegemite, burnt wood, molasses flavours that last for a second or two then a slight taste of coffee and chocolate. Hops are not present, but the bitterness is quite well balanced.

M - Smooth, oily, with a reasonably crisp finish.

D - Extremely drinkable, this is my type of porter, I could tip down quite a few of these.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

This brew pours a dark chocolate with thick heavy tan head that lessons as you drink. Some lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate(roasted).

The brew has a smooth mouthfeel, very creamy. The brew tastes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts - somewhat sweet. Very tasty.

This brew is very drinkable and a top example of the style - may be the best porter I have tried. Excellent.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up an opaque black with a thin tan head

S - Hard aroma to describe. A bit fruity, but no discernible hops. A bit plum like, hints of apple. Hard to pin down.

T - Sweet malt, a bit of creaminess buct no roast. Smooth and soft. Almost nothing in the finish, except a bit of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, silky and creamy.

D - Very drinkable beer, with nothing to overwhelm the palate.

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

Appearance - 4.5
Pours a moussy finger of beige to tan head over a body of solid black, brown around the edges. Left a little lace on its way down.

Smell - 4.0
A tempting aroma that proves sweeter than the taste. Aromas of chocolate syrup, milky coffee and caramel.

Taste - 4.5
A dry, roasty, toasty, malty porter than becomes richer as it warms. Flavours of burnt (but only slightly astringent) toast, dark chocolate and a little coffee. Caramel also comes through with warming, as does a fig-like fruitiness. Bitterness is mostly from the roasted malt, and is somewhat tangy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Quite smooth and full bodied. Carbonation seems OTT at first, but smooths out with warmth and becomes quite creamy.

Drinkability - 4.5
A good winter's drink, although may be a little too big for some.

Bloody good. I could drink several of these on a cold winters night. Be sure to let it warm to about 13 degrees, as it is nowhere near as nice when cold. A benchmark English porter.

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

A: Pours a deep, rich mahogany (almost black) color that produces a minimal head but leaves the cathedral lacing

S: Very sweet nose. Definitely malt-dominant. Molasses (a lot), dark fruits (figs, cherries, dates), and a nice nutty aroma that is all set atop the roasted malt backbone

T: Very similar to the nose; malty, molasses, dark fruit, and a massive roasted flavor. The nutty aroma is not too present within the flavor

MF/D: Very very smooth, low carbonation, medium/thick body...a truly unique porter, very English.

Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells very sweet carmel malts dark fruit coffee and some funky smell that i pick up in alot of english bitters

taste is also very sweet coffee and carmel malts - tad bit watery but i think this is normal for this style - pretty much a dark english pale

mouthfeel is very light watery smooth

drinkability is good - this is so light you could drink this in the hot summer and want more

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

This was the my first beer of 2009. The world famous porter from Ye Olde Samuel Smith Brewery in Yorkshire. The initial pour into my shiny imperial pint glass is thick beige lather that sits .... and begins to sink .... very .... slowly. Let it settle; at which the imbiber is confronted by a black liquid impervious to natural light. The lacing is heavy and the subsequent clingage vast.

The nose can detect sweet notes of bubble gum and banana; the palate, a toasty malt blanket that covers the tongue and, yet, is surprisingly malt. The body is balanced without being cloyingly sweet or bready.

Taddy looks heavy, but is not; it is a mild bodied porter that provides for an elegant quaff before the manor's fireplace or a refreshing bracer following a fox hunt on the moor. So, here's to Catherine and Heathcliff. Who's your Taddy?

Photo of blackc5
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a mild head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smells sweet and of caramel, molasses and chocolate.

T - Taste matches the olfactory profile to a T. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso, and roasted malty caramel, but not overly sweet. Alcohol seems absent - it is on the lower end of the ABV range for this style.

M - Medium low carbonation with small bubbles. Smooth and creamy.

D - Very high thanks to the great taste, mouthfeel and low alcohol content. Would make a great session.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, some vegetal notes, and bready malt. Flavor is predominantly bready malt and some roasted notes, but this really isn't like your typical porter. Weak palate. Meh, I'm not digging this.

Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was told that this one was well worth it. I'm a big fan of the dark stuff but I was trying to venture over to the lighter side of things for warmer weather. But I could not pass up this one - a calling to my true nature. Here's how things lined out...

A: A vigorous pouring produced a thick tan head that took a while to dissipate - but never fully - leaving a thin layer and lacing throughout the experience. Black/dark brown liquid with slight redness to it prevents light from passing through.

S: Fresh from the fridge this just seemed like a standard but good porter. Letting it warm up to the proper temp opened it up. Of course there is the chocolate/coffee aromas. But there is much more in there. Dark fruits, a little citrus, a touch of smoke, vanilla.

T: This did not let me down. The taste follows the nose and comes off as an outstanding, solid porter.

M: I would have to say this is a medium body. Any heaver and it would come off as a stout. Nothing harsh about this - very easy going down.

D: Very drinkable. A tip of the hat to the Beer Philosopher for pointing this one out. I love it!!

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

Appearance: Pours a near opaque black, with a thick brown head, that gives way to a very thick and appealing lacing

Smell: hints of chocolate, caramel and perhaps a little Bourbon.

Taste: for as dark as this beer is the taste was surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Usually with beers this dark its super intense and better to sit and sip with. Tastes much like the smell. Not as strong of chocolate as an imperial stout (obviously). A really intriguing roasted malt/black malt. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate, something I wasn't expecting, its an overall nice balance of taste and bitterness. Not extremely comples though

Mouthfeel: low on carbonation, very very smooth and easy to drink. Mild bitterness.

Drinkability: I'm not an expert on beers yet, but most of the darker beers I've drank are not something you can drink quickly , there slow sipping beers that demand appreciation. This does too however its very smooth and refreshing and easy to drink. Alcohol content is not very high, so it'd be easy to have a few if price wasn't an issue. Most sammy smiths brews are worth the $4 imho.

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

550 ml into a pint

A - Pours an almost completely opaque black to very dark amber color. Only a slight amount of light bleeding through the edges. Head formation is vigorous but quickly dissipates to a film. Mocha in color.

S - A combination of chocolate and light hints of caramel. Very much a roasted malt. Some malt sweetness does come through on further "smelling".

T - Starts off with a fairly sweet malt note backed up by just a light hint of chocolate. Bitterness builds mid-stream, but this beer is tilted towards the sweet side. No hops to speak of. Roasted flavors are overall muted. Finishes with a very bittersweet chocolate note that sits on the tongue for quite a while.

M - Moderate body thickness - the body of the beer itself has some thickness driven by a strong sugar backbone. Carbonation adds more body as well is fairly stinging to the palette.

D - Moderate to very easy drinking beer - an english porter with a nice abv for sessioning while the beer itself is not overwhelming to the palette nor is it too filling.

A very solid porter - probably one of those that defined the style.

Photo of julian1117
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual appeal: burnished mahogany, zero translucence, little streaking

Smell: heavy alcohol smell, malt roasted over an open flame smell, not powerful

Flavor: very different roasted malt, thin bitter cut right after swallowing, caramel as it warms

Mouthfeel: pleasant effervescence tickles my tongue, satisfactory creaminess

Drinkability: medium high, might order two

Poured a perfect Imperial pint of 1pt. 2.7 fl oz. Tried this with Italian sausage and mustard, and it went very well with the red meat. English beers, I think, were meant to be drunk at room temperature not blasted cold in the fridge like yank beers.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: A dark black body with ruby highlights and a couple of fingers of tan head. Retention is poor and it quickly recedes to a quarter-inch film on top. No lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and slight coffee and caramel.

T: Roasted malt and dark chocolate first. Caramel steps in later, suggesting it's going to get sweeter, but then coffee offsets it entirely with a kick toward bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied, with low carbonation to give it a smooth and creamy feel.

D: A great porter. I don't remember what it cost me, but if it's under $4 or so, it's a phenomenal value.

Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a small slowly fading head,Aroma is coffee beans.Taste is chocolate,malts,cream and coffee.Creamy and smooth goes down very nicely.I think porter fans should try at least once.I know this is something I will buy again in the futrue.

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another great one from Sam Smith. It's pitch black with a good, creamy head. Chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. Chocolate, molasses, malt comes through at the end, a little figgy, but finishes dry. Carbonation is excellent. I could definitely session this were I so inclined.

Photo of froghop
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a midnight black with a ruby tint when held to the light, very large dark brown thick head, and some lacing.

smells of chocolate, charcoal, strong roasted coffee, a touch of licorice, roasted malts, some nuts, and molasses.

tastes very smooth and thick, roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee, and a little bit of nuts, ends dry and bitter.

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a tan foamy two finger head which fades to one quarter inch. Has a dark black color which shows ruby highlights when held up to the light.

Smell - Smells of chocolate with molasses and coffee.

Taste - Chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Sweet malt is balanced by some bitterness at the end. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth, medium bodied. Feels lighter than I thought it would.

Drinkability - Extremely Drinkable. One of my favorite Porters. Would make a nice session beer.

Photo of Kromes
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick beige head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Chocolate, burnt malt, coffee aromas. It has a sweetness to the aroma. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight caramel flavors. The thing that I really like about this beer is that the carbonation kicks in and the mouthfeel becomes creamy and smooth just about the time the chocolate flavors kick and that really enhances the flavor. There is a very faint herbal/floral note to it.

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

When poured, the glass is filled with pale brown foam. After a while, it settles into a ½ finger head, leaving massive amounts of lacing. The clear liquid is pitch-dark.

The smell got some hoppy notes that make me think of an IPA. Some cream and nuts, the roasted notes are milder than expected. Some tart hints.

The body is medium to light, making this beer gulpable, the liquid is creamy. Nutty flavours, some berries (currants), fresh hops but almost no bitterness at all, but a fine malty flavour with a mild note of dark toast. Overall, clean, fresh and very balanced.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is just a little thick.

This is the way I like an English porter. Hurrah!

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

A: Blackish brown with a tan, 2 finger head. Active fermentation in my Summit sensory glass. good lacing.

S: Brown Sugar, but some burnt/roast flavor. I would describe more, but it really does smell like sticking your nose in a bag of brown sugar while someone burns some coffee in the other room.

T: More brown sugar, but only some. Toffee is present, as is just a general maltiness. No hops present whatsoever. I can see where many other porters try and mimic this one. No alcohol or anything. There is the slightest notion of charred meat on the sides of the tongue.

M: Slick and smooth, not at all heavy. The active carb does not come through at all in the mouth.

D: Easy going, for sure. No shocks, no booze. Not too filling.

In general, I prefer American Porters like Edmund Fitz or SN to this. This reminds me/leans towards more of a Stout.

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

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Darkest brown in color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of licorice, smoked malt, and black coffee. Flavor is dark fruity with prune and grape, dark chocolate overtones, light smoke, and roasted malts. A little watery, easy to drink.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.