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

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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2,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 135
Gots: 115 | 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 andebrice


3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark color, creamy, white head that retains some of the darker hues of the drink. Smells slightly yeasty, kind of a fruity apple aroma smells sweet. Taste is somewhat malty, not overly strong, seems well carbonated a little over carbonated for my liking but does not affect the overall quality, finishes well with a bite that leaves a persistent roasted malt after taste, overall a smooth pleasant combination.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 03:28:34 | More by andebrice
Photo of Poser


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

Pours dark with a great, creamy head. Aroma is a grainy coffee. Easy to drink and medium-bodied, a mild coffee taste is the main characteristic. This seems a little less malty than other porters, but it's well-balanced and a top-notch pick for a fine brew. The only downside is its price.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 02:37:12 | More by Poser
Photo of barefootbrewer


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

This beer is black with a thick cream color head. The smell is sweet, roasted, and coffee like. The taste is malty, roasted, and sweet. The mouthfeel is heavy, just shy of chewy. I think that this is a great example of a porter beer. The smoothness and flavor make it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 01:10:14 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

Black, mahogany highlights. Moderate to nice head, brown and creamy.

Chocolate, raisin, grape, coffee, and light roasted vibe. Mild hop floral aroma and a lightly sweet malt base.

Velvety smooth dense rush of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and dark sugary raisin-like floral fruit. Complex and deep. Sticky sweet malt provides just the right base. Hops provide a nicely balancing and delightful fruit vibe, in a tart and juicy manner. Never too aggressive. Many flavors stitched together. Aftertaste is left with a warm chocolate and coffee essence.

Not over the top. Not really strong. Diverse and pleasant. The flavors all work nicely together, with no noticeable downside. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 06:09:43 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of hunteraw


3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one along with a Samuel Smith's nonik to celebrate a scholarship to get my masters in England.

Appearance: Very dark, with some garnet highlights. Huge head, exceptional lacing and retention. A fine looking beer, especially when poured in the appropriate nonik - a friend was inspired to get his camera and take a picture.

Smell: Roasted malt, with coffee and chocolate notes. Some caramel, but I don't pick up on any diacetyl aroma.

Taste: Roast, coffee, slight caramel and smoke. Bitter, but perhaps as much from burnt grain as from hops. Avoids the too-sweet and too-much-caramel traps for the style, dangerously close to the burnt-tasting trap but avoids it deftly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: A well-made porter from Samuel Smith.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 23:24:26 | More by hunteraw
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really dark black with 1 finger of tan foam. Lacing is slight.
Aroma is dark chocolate/coffee and cigar.Sweet malt and sugary yeast. Caramel and candy toffee.Slight fruitiness like raisin or plum.
Taste is chocolate coffee then a sweetness of malt washes the tounge. Kind of a whiskey initial flavor then the coffee bean hits you and the malt sweetness takes you to the hop black bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pretty watery here. While this is a good porter, there are porters that leave more flavor on the palate.
I could drink a bunch of these so I will rate it high on the Drinkability Scale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 08:41:30 | More by peabody
Photo of beakerboy


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

The beer pours opaque black with a full tan head. The foam quickly disapates leaving behind a light cover throughout the the drink. The aroma is more complex than I was expecting. More chocolate and caramel than coffee. I Get a little blueberry as well. The flavor has more coffee, dark malt than the aroma. There's noticable hop bitternes, but not much for aromatic hops. Hips are well balanced with the malt characteristics such that neither is overpowering. The mouthfeel is on the light side, but this isn't a Russian Imperial Stout. Carbonation level is good. This is a good drink. I'm not a porter/stout fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this is better than many other porters I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 01:41:32 | More by beakerboy
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, slightly brownish along bottom. It has a thin, lasting off-white head.

The smell is of earthy toast and lightly roasted coffee.

The taste is of toast, lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. Sweet with a balancing earthy, almost floral, bitterness. Slightly acidic. Long, sweet semi-dry finish.

It's creamy and coating.

This is a classic English porter for sure. Makes for a nice "session".

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 18:49:38 | More by jwc215
Photo of dpool


4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, almost black with a nice coffee colored head.
S: Subtle hints of chocolate and coffee
T: First impression of black coffee, followed by chocolate and a lingering taste of fermented grapes.
M: Mouthfeel is good, smooth, carbonated, and the alcohol hits the taste buds.
D: I couldn't have but one of these beers, very rich, very strong but good.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 06:27:38 | More by dpool
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head that recedes. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly roasty with light coffee and caramel smells.

Taste is roasty upfront leading into light coffee and toffee flavors. A wonderful blend of flavors that really enhance each other. Only a very light bitterness midway through that disappears as it finishes with a lingering blend of all of the flavors contained within. Superbly crafted and balanced as it's by far the best of it's style.

Medium body, creamy texture, ideal carbonation.

An excellent beer overall and extremely sessionable drinkability. Not many better ways to spend an evening that with a few of these. If you enjoy English porter (or any porter for that matter), make sure you experience this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 22:43:34 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost black color, moderate tan head that left little lacing. The smell is of caramel & roasted malts, buttery toffee. The taste is of light toffee, caramel, hint of coffee, a bit sour. Lightly carbonated with a full body nice and smooth. Very good overall though I not a huge fan of the style. I could knock back a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 02:35:12 | More by Gmann
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice black color, with ruby red highlights and a nice, creamy tan head. The aroma is of roasted nuts, coffee, and molassess.

The taste is extraordinary. There is a certain burnt grain taste up front, accompanied by coffee, chocolate, and a syrupy sweet malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bitterness to the finish for balance. This brew is smooth, rich, and complex. Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy. It is incredibly drinkable. This is by far my favorite Porter I've tried, and another outstanding beer from Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 14:43:48 | More by BBM
Photo of rarevos

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Half a finger of light brown head. Head has good staying power.

S: Cocoa, bitter espresso, and an almost sour-like fruit aroma. Raisin sweetness.

T: Roasted grain flavor with some dark, rich coffee and some dark, bitter chocolate. Hint of licorice and caramel. Has a bit of a metallic, mineral component as well. From hard water, maybe? Whatever the source, it actually doesn't taste all that out of place here. Finish is lightly bitter and has a cocoa powder and a mild burnt flavor in the tail.

M: Smooth, silky. Not smooth and full like an oatmeal stout, but silky, as if the carbonation has been smoothed over.

D: This is just wonderful. My new best friend. Seriously. Tad (as I call him) and I sat down to talk about how Arsenal fans are SO much more annoying than Tottenham Hotspur fans, and how Martin Amis' essay on Robert Bly is tremendously funny, and we laughed far into the night.

But seriously, good porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 02:30:09 | More by rarevos
Photo of zuggy9


3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The porter pours a nice deep coffee brown, with a light beige head that thins quite quickly. It offers up a rather heady almost earthy dense smell. The taste is a bit coffee and cocoa flavored initially, but with a light sweetness following. It finishes clean, with sharpness more expected with a higher ABV. The mouthfeel is rather thick and almost bready. A bit heavy to drink, unless you favor stouts, but decent and filling. A good choice for to accompany a hearty meal or with strong cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 02:06:35 | More by zuggy9
Photo of CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black in normal light, deep red with a back light. The head is a clay brown that quickly settles. Strong, raw hop aroma, coffee and chocolate. A slight hint of skunkiness when first poured, may be just that bottle. Deep chocolate and coffee flavor up front, malt sweetness in the middle, and a light, cleansing bite at the end. Some fruity esters come out after I get used to the initial flavors. Mouthfeel is full and chewey. Drinkability is nice for a beer with this much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 00:06:55 | More by CH3CH2OH
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this porter pours a very dark bornw, but it doesnt seem truly black, with a thick foamy 2 finger espresso colored head, too dark to note carbonation

S - a mellow sweetness hits the nose first, with a vanill/toffee like characteristic, both are well blended into the quality hop and malt profiles, oh, and at the end of the whiff, some slight coffee hints as well

T - wow, this is amazing, what a great porter, the sweetness is there and poignant but not overpowering, very mellow and masterfully blended into the hop/malt beery goodness what an amazing flavor, the vanill/toffee flavor is so warming and smooth, what a great wintry beer, even the girlfriend enjoyed (not just tolerated it) which speaks volumes

M&D - what can i say, a masterfully crafted porter, smooth, sweet, slightly bitter, all in one, easily the best porter of this relatively unexplored style (by me) i have ever had

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 17:31:31 | More by sinstaineddemon
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New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Sammy bottle with the gold leaf wrapping.

Appearance - deep, deep brown, nearly black. A nice white/tan head at the top.

Smell - coffee and chocolate are definites. Also some burnt malts show up.

Taste - very, very smooth. Definitely one of the smoothest, medium bodied porters I've ever had. Some great coffee and malt tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but does creat a nice feeling on the palate. A tad light as far as porter's generally go, but the coffee/malt taste lingers long enough to not be a drawback.

Drinkability - TONS. So easy to drink, and at only 5% abv, you can hang out and drink this one all night long.

I absolutely recommend this classic to anyone who's a fan of porters. It's also light enough to recommend to anyone who is trying their first one of this style. Definitely one of my "all time favorite classics" though.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 03:44:27 | More by LvilleIPA
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear pint sized bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass

A - Deep black colored beer with some ruby red tints where the light comes through. Tan head is fairly small, but has some staying power.

S - Chocolate and coffee mixed with some caremel/butterscotch notes.

T - Taste is of cocoa with some serious butterscotch/candy like notes in there. The coffee flavor comes through as well. A great tasting porter overall.

M - A very nice body to the brew. A tiny bit more full body would really round this out a little more.

D - A great sipper that has the flavor of a "Big Beer" with sessionability at 5% abv. Really no flaws drinkabilitywise

M -

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 00:45:45 | More by EStreet20
Photo of fank2788


3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear 355ml bottle into a glass. The beer is dark black with a bit of a ruby tint when held to the light. The head is dirty white with ok retenetion and some lacing. The smell is malty to me maybe slightly week I'm also getting maybe some hops or skunkiness. Taste is just like the smell mellow flavors blended well but again I feel that age or light may have gotten to this one it seems like it is missing something. Mouthfeel is perfect for a porter smooth and with a good level of carbonation. This is a sessionable beer well it would be if the price was a bit better per four pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 23:15:07 | More by fank2788
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3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent porter. I am unsure of the freshness, however. Looks beautiful in the glass. It shows a near black with only the slightest hint of amber when held up to the light. The head is perfect. Nice and thick, very retentive. Lacing is good, could be better, but no big whoop.

The smell is primarily of caramel malt with a hint of black patent. Fairly sweet with a slight soy sauce flavor. The taste follows along fairly well, but the soy is more pronounced, along with a very light sourness. Not out of style, but it could stand to use some more chocolate malt to help take the edge off of the caramel sweetness and soy sauce without adding too much roast. Also, I am assuming that is probably isn't the freshest sample, as it came from one of my friends who works at a restaurant who gave it to me in exchange for a ride home in the rain.

Fairly thin. A little more residual sweetness than I would care for in the style, but other than that it isn't bad. Far from the best english porter I've had, but far from the worst as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 09:04:44 | More by neonbrown82
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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruit. It tastes the same way to me, but in addition to the initial malty sweetness, there's a bitter coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's a bit creamy and smooth. The drinkability is good, but not great. Overall it's a good beer, but I've had better porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 02:02:30 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of dfried


3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark, some reddish brown at the edges, 2cm tan head forms. Aroma is malty and chocolatey with some dark cherries. The taste is sweet and almost fruity, apple cider and cherries, with a lot of chocolate undertones. Fairly light bodied for a creamy beer, easy to drink.

Verdict: a standard. A good beer, I would never hesitate to drink one in front of me, but you won't find my frige full of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 15:30:18 | More by dfried
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a top notch porter worth the poney indeed. has a nice head. Thickness fades fairly quickly, but not that quickly. However, some head remains for quite some time.

Smell of chocolate malts. Other scents are faint.

Taste of chocolate malts with nice hop balance as not too be too overbearing on the malt profile.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not too thick. Crispness is fairly nice.

This is one sessionable porter. For the lovers of chocolate malts. This is one to drink as the weather starts to cool down in the pre winte rmonths.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 01:35:21 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of kernalklink


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The SS Taddy porter poured dark black with a great foamy head and lacing. light aromas of roasted malt and tangy fruit were present and the taste was amazing- a pleasant refreshing dark chocolate coffee malt, light but flavorful. The backend was made up of dried fruits and a slight bitterness. Great body and cool on the tongue. An extremely sessionable porter and very well balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 20:36:02 | More by kernalklink
Photo of tgbljb


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

Poured a deep reedish-brown color with massive tannish head. Minmal lacing.
Smell is dark fruity(raisins, plums) with somewhat of a wine or sherry character also present.
Taste is more fruitiness, being swett enough to be enjoyable without going too far.
Finishes with more sweetness, but also has a firm dry bitterness at the end.
Great drinkabilty. Nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 00:16:02 | More by tgbljb
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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