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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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2,521 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 158 | 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 auxiliary
2.55/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

appearance - Dark brown color with a small tan head and some lace left on the glass.

smell - Cofee, raisins, and alcohol.

taste - Has a smoked taste that is followed byt a winte tast, like a red wine category.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Didn't taste like a porter to me, was more like a wine, I didn't finish the beer, i did share it with others and we were not a fan.

auxiliary, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Deep brown, almost black, with a nice three finger tan head that recedes slowly and leaves a little bit of lace.

S - To me, it smelled a bit like irish cream: coffee, chocolate, and maybe a tiny hint of alcohol. A pretty inviting nose for sure.

T&M - Coffee, a hint of roasted malts, and carbonation start off the flavor. Finishes with hints of coffee and chocolate. Almost no bitterness. Low carbonation, which is good, as the flavors aren't that bold - the low carbonation allows them to stand out. The low carb also allows the creamy, smooth mouthfeel to be on display - really love the mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Only knock is that the flavors are a tad weak, but it's definitely a crisp and refreshing porter.

D - The crisp flavor profile and low abv make for a very sessionable porter. Definitely gonna pick some more of this up

AmishT, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I simply adore the old school label on this beer. Enjoyed in a plastic glass in a basic student resident. This is luxury! Classic black appearance with a ruby hue, and a thick tan head that provides generous sheets of lacing. The aroma has cocoa, caramel and figs. Great malty flavours at play, with a cocoa smoothness playing off a slight coffee bitterness, and a lot of depth similar to raisins. Fairly medium bodied and chewy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Huge drinkability. Highly recommended.

bobsy, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with ruby hues, looking a lot like cola (only thicker). The pour produced a thick tan head and a good amount of lacing that clung to the glass.

S - Malty with the aroma of ripe fruit (raisins) and nuts. Slight hints of chocolate and alcohol also detected.

T - Lots roasted malts with a little smokiness. Slightly sweet up front (reminded a little of raisinetts and goobers mixed together). Finished with a slightly bitter hop bite.

MF&D - Creamy medium bodied English Porter. Rich and delicious. Highly recommended.

nasty15108, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of JonathanL7890
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Youngs Beer glass.
Good Rocky Light brown head. About 1 inch high.
Black, almost opaque appearance.
Aroma: Brit Hops, raisin, chocolate, a little vanilla
Taste: raisins, roasted malt, chocolate, a slight hop bitterness.

Drinkability: one of the few porters/stouts I crave when it's in the high 90's in Texas.

Mouthfeel, silky very nice for a low abv porter

An incredible brew. One of the best porters I've had.

JonathanL7890, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of josiahschlender
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really don't have anything but positive things to say about the Sam Smith beers I've tried. Taddy Porter is one of the best of its style, you can't go wrong with one of these.

A great, classy looking bottle with gold foil. Poured into a pint glass, color is very dark brown with a little bit of light seeping through the edges. Tan head is creamy and frothy, but doesn't stick around long.

Smell is pretty minimal at first. I should have let this warm up longer, because it really picks up after sitting room temps for 30 minutes or more. Faint roasty malts give way to robust coffee and molasses when warmer.

Do yourself a favor and let this porter warm up some before enjoying it. Flavors definitely increase quite a bit once warmer. Very smooth, pleasing dark roasted malts dominate, with a little acidic coffee and molasses sweetness. Nicely balanced and smooth, mouthfeel could be a bit more full and flavors be a bit stronger.

But, this is a porter and not a stout. I think it really sets the bar for the style, not going overboard and pretending to be a stout, while still being a force to be reckoned with. Drinkability is way high, the only limiting factor is that it's kind of expensive. Worth the try, highly recommended.

josiahschlender, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass....

A: A near black color, when held up to the light has some red/amber hints. A two finger tan head with ample lacing.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, rich chocolate, with some nuts, caramel and fruit.

T: Roasted coffee, chocolate, prunes or raisins, with some nutty hints.

M: Lots of creamy flavor left on the tongue and mouth. Light carbonation.

D: Reminds me of a good after dinner beer, very sweet, not too filling, lower ABV makes me want to drink several in one sitting.

IronCitySteve, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light black/amber color with apparent carbonation. bubbly head.

smell is milky malts with hints of chocolate

the taste pairs well with smell, a flat malt and carbonated milky taste.

Mouthfeel is a thin finish with lots of flavor, the malts in this are great. Good drinkability due to it's thinness and carbonation. Simular to a dry stout.

I had higher expectations. Maybe a bad batch?

Yesac, May 31, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night (standard for a Porter), but what sets this apart is the lush and rich creamy light brown foam head which pours thick, dissipates, but never disappears... Arguably the most beautiful head I've ever seen on a beer...

S - Toasted almonds... Choclate... Coffee... Malt... Warm Milk... A faint hint of Tart Fruit (cherries & raspberries)... A very nice complex, but not overwhelming blend... Very appealing... Between the Appearance and Smell, I can't wait to taste...

T - The taste is good but a little underwhelming for my expectations... Malt and Coffee... Bitter on the back end... I expected stronger...

M - Excellent... Rich, Full Bodied, Lush, and Creamy... Perfect for a Porter...

D - Mammoth Drinkability... Highly enjoyable... A beer to be savored and enjoyed, not rushed... A very relaxing brew...

philbe311, May 29, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black like motor oil with a niche foamy thick reddish brown head. The head holds up throughout the drink and provides plenty of lacing.

Smell is excellent for the style. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses. After sniffing this brew I knew it was going to be great!

Tastes smooth and creamy with no alcohol bite at all. Nice malty coffee taste on the front with a a great finish.

Very drinkable brew, thinner than some Porters, but overall a very nice drink.

AgingWarrior, May 26, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with some dark cherry highlights when held to light. A solid, creamy tan head that slowly descends to a creamy cap and leaves light lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee malts, some diacetyl butterscotch notes, and faint fig notes, as well. A solid aroma, but it could be a bit stronger.

T&M: Smooth chocolate and coffee malts accentuated with caramel flavors and some of that diacetyl buttery flavor is present throughout, as well. A damn smooth and tasty porter. It's medium bodied with a lightly creamy and smooth feel that makes it go down very easily. Stronger body would help to facilitate the flavor development, but that's really my only issue with the beer.

D: I put this one down rather quickly. It's probably as sessionable of a porter as you'll ever find because of it's smooth feel, wonderful taste, and lower ABV. 5.

BamaBeerBuff, May 20, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a seidel yields a deep brown body with a finger of tan rocky head that retains at a sheet and leaves some lacing.

Smells roasty and sweet. Slight notes of chocolate, molasses, honey, and medium-roast coffee with cream.

Tastes roasty and sweet; dark caramel, roasted barley, slight coffee and chocolate with a tannic tinge of roasted walnuts. Dusty dry cocoa in the finish.

Smooth, fullish in body and succulently quaffable. Taddy is "Famous" for a reason.

cvstrickland, May 20, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with red highlights. The creamy brown head is frothy but didn't stick around for a minute.

Smell: Kinda smells like a Dark chocolate covered banana. There are hints of cherry and dried dark fruits. The malt flavor is strong. Musty and smokey.

Taste: Roasted maltiness and sweetness hit you up front. Hints of coffee and chocolate. There is a fruity flavor reminiscent of dried fruits such as figs or cherries.

Feel/Drinkability: Creamy and smooth feel with light tinglyness from the carbonation. A complex and drinkable porter. Not my favorite style, but with that being said it still rocks. Not quite as hoppy as i would have prefered BUT its one of the better porters ive had to date.

kbnooshay, May 20, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic English porter. A dark brown color with a nice tan head. Very roasty malt structure with chocolate and coffee. The flavor profile is also quite roasty. Some mild hops and bitter molasses balance out sweet chocolates. The body is crisp and dry. A good drinker.

rye726, May 19, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black. Thick brown head with moderate retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Smells of roasted coffee beans.

T - Stronger chocolate taste with a hint of coffee. Excellent tasting porter.

M/D - Very thin feel but also very smooth. Very drinkable porter.

ckeegan04, May 11, 2008
Photo of Beefeater57
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark reddish-brown. Great light-tan, foamy head.

The smell I got was a toasty smell, with some coffee and a hint of chocolate.

The taste I got off the bat was its dry finish. Tangy, almost acidic. Very dry, coffee flavors - didn't get the chocolate in the taste. I can detect the hops, but they are mild.

Mouthfeel was really good, perfect carbonation and again, very dry.

Good, drinkable porter. The dry, tangy aftertaste isn't that pleasant after a while, but it is a smooth brew that is a great example of an english porter.

Beefeater57, May 03, 2008
Photo of blackjack000
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As expected. A dark beer, a few shades fair of black, sitting in the very dark brown area of the beer spectrum, with brownish-maroon highlights in the light. A medium head of tan.

Smell: Mmm...what a great, full-bodied smell. Chewy caramel and dark chocolate, fresh coffee beans, honey suckle, black liquorice in a candy shop, and anise seeds. There almost seems to be a behind-the-scenes sour garbage smell in there. It's strangely interesting. As horrible as that sounds, I don't know how else to describe it. I wish there was a pleasant way to describe it, because it isn't negative. Yup, there it is again. A sour tone that is somehow not bad.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A malty, coffee taste is the most obvious to come forward. A layered taste is evident. It almost seems as though part of the flavor is an intended stale layer underneath the maltiness. A straight-faced coffee aftertaste follows. The malty creaminess is present throughout. Wow, I was intending to finish this review quickly so I could just sit here and enjoy the last of it. The taste is so interesting that I only have about three centimeters left in the glass. I can't stop taking sips. After the original sip, I felt that the smell overpowered the actual flavor. However, the taste seems to develop as the beer progresses, and it is very hard to pinpoint. Different elements become apparent, and in different amounts. What an interesting porter.

Drinkability: This is a definitely fun porter to drink. Every sip keeps me redefining what I decided upon after the last sip. The smell and taste seem to contradict each other at times, and keep me thinking. Twelve ounces seemed to evaporate in a crazy amount of time. I would have enjoyed having maybe three of these right now, in order to really get some time with this one. For some reason, it seems hard to put my finger on the experience, but it is definitely enjoyable and repeatable.

blackjack000, May 03, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown, opaque in the glass for all practical purposes. Short creamy brown head that shrinks quikly but lingers for quite a while.

S - Very rich and dark. Bready, malted, very full with roasted tones to it.

T - Very much like it smells. This is a very well balanced porter and very dark. The 550 mL bottle is a small meal unto itself. The roasted tones enrich the flavor incredibly well.

M - Smooth with medium carbonation. Very appropriate.

D - Very drinkable, if only is was a little less expensive.

akogrady, May 02, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two finger, light brown head with reasonable retention and lace. Black body with tan highlights.

S - Mild, malty aroma with some chocolate and a dark, bready note.

T - There is a weak, roasty flavor up front with lots of dark chocolate. Bready caramel malt flavors in the middle. Coffee notes and some bitterness fade into the finish.

M - Moderately thick body with slightly low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Nice malty character with pleasing chocolate and caramel notes. Easily drinkable.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chocolatey black with a huge rocky head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is very English, whatever that really means. Slight hop presence, but obviously malt driven. Chocolate and fresh bread.

Taste is much like the nose. Some hints of bittersweet chocolate surrounded by a tart fruit like bite. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall, a highly drinkable porter with no real flaws. Highly recommended.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has always puzzled me why Sam Smith's puts some of their best beers in clear bottles... I mean, you can see the color, which is cool looking, but is it worth the risk of skunking? Hmmm.... anyway.

The Beer pours a deep deep dark brown, 'rich' is the only word I can use to describe the color, a rich, earthy natural looking color to the brew.. some highlights. It looks like you could paint with it, very thick.

The aroma is caramel, big bold caramel with a tangy finish to the nose,

The taste is great.... big bold caramel comes right off, lightly balanced with a tinge of bitter coffee-chocolate flavors, finishing with a crisp tangy almost- apple-like flavor. Its so well balanced, it seems over-simplified, but that really is the beauty of Sam Smith.... beautiful simplicity... very very drinkable, much lighter than it looks... a classic beer for any situation.

PBBC, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Ecliptica
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Samuel Smith's first commercially brewed beer, so I figured I'd go back to the antiquity of the style and see how it stacked up to some of the other ones that have tried to improve upon its recipe. Picked it up quite cheaply during my last beer run (surprised that it's as expensive in other places as people have mentioned here) and decided to give it a shot.

Poured the brew from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It pours an almost opaque light-black (is that even possible?) that shows a bit ruby when held to the light. I had no discernible head which to speak of and almost zero lacing on the glass.

I let the beer sit for a few minutes while I took in the strong smell of chocolate and roasted malts (and to let it warm; I had kept it almost frozen in the refrigerator). There's not much else to the smell as the chocolate was overpowering, which isn't a bad thing at all.

I was surprised as to how simple the taste seemed when compared to all the other reviews I've read. I tasted the caramel, the roasted malt, the coffee, and the chocolate, but there seemed to be no real strong complexity to the brew. The bitter coffee aftertaste was splendid and it even appeared to have a bit of molasses feel to it. There's certainly a "rich" taste to it, but not nearly to the extent that one would believe by reading through the highest rated reviews. I was still impressed, and still above average on the taste, however.

Mouthfeel was excellent; a little thinner than expected, but super smooth for a porter with very little bitterness to it. It's quite drinkable given the low ABV (5.0%) and for the price (at least what I got it for, I believe $2.35 or so a bottle), certainly worth keeping for that hot, summer day.
I hate mentioning other beers in reviews, but I would not be drinking this over my Sinebrychoff Porter. It just tastes too simple and thin and I think that really detracts from the richness and complexity that the brew should be exhibiting.

Ecliptica, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God, it's been ages since my last Taddy Porter. And, well, that's just too long. I need to drink one of these about every two months just to keep honest. Really, what a great beer.

Pours a dense, dark brown color with a thick and foamy light brown head. Looks a lot like coffee. Some reddish-orange hues shine through when held up to the light. Not so much lace, but the thickness of the head maintains form for a long while even after settling. The nose... ah, the nose. What an olfactory overload of magnificent scents! Lots of dark fruit - dark cherry and plum really stand out; some fig - blended perfectly with spices, chocolate, coffee, and banana. Some light smoky, roasted notes as well. Nutty, but not overwhelmingly so. So even and balanced. This kind of harmony is so hard to attain. And damn, I haven't even tasted a sip yet! The taste is denser. Still fruity, but the nuttiness and coffee flavors take more of a dominant role here. A roasted, woody flavor persists well into the aftertaste, accompanied by a bit of hoppy, coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thinner than I remembered, but quite suitable, even silky.

A highly drinkable, incredibly flavorful, and beautifully scented porter. At 5% ABV it's also a great session beer. If only all sessions were this complex! Complex, yet accessible. I would love to try this on tap one day. In a pub. In England.

Atlas1, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh joy of joys, one of my favorite porters of all time. Samuel Smith hasn't let me down yet. Enjoyed barely chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a rich, midnight chocolate brown. Smelled of fresh baker's chocolate with a hint of berries and bread dough. Taste was smooth and complex, rich and layered. Coffee, chocolate, hints of biscuit, and a kiss of fruit. Good times and cheers!

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque. Thick tan head that settles to a cap with some lacing.

S - One thing specifically comes to mind; chocolate covered raspberries. Some coffee and chocolate hiding in the background.

T - In the forefront I get a strong sour-ish fruit flavor, like underripe grapes, some green apple, and again with the raspberries. Fairly sweet malt follows, with no real hops and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol does tend to shine through more as the beer warms.

M - Slick and smooth, perfect level of carbonation.

D - I could probably put back quite a few of these if not for the price. Easy to down, good flavor, and not the biting bitterness that steers me away from a lot of otherwise good beers.

I'm no expert when it comes to porter, but this is the best I've had hands down. I can actually differentiate this from a stout, a distinction I have trouble with regarding other porters.

PatrickJR, Apr 23, 2008
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,521 ratings.