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

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2,469 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 146 | 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 IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

A deep dark amber with cranberry red notes to it when you hold it up to the light.
Nice tan head of 2 fingers that leaves very heavy mapping on the glass as you drain it.

Aromas are dark coffee, bitter chocolate, and nuts. All of them very subdued.

Taste is the above but with a smokey quality to it that hangs around into the aftertaste.

Mouth is left clean and dry.

IntriqKen, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of berserker256
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

Quite black with a nice creamy head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, some smoke and sweetness. Delicious taste that tastes just as it smells and the texture is perfect. Nice and creamy with light carbonation and just perferct. This is the best beer I've had in a while.

berserker256, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Kallessin
4.85/5  rDev +16%

Pours a very thick tan creamy head. Very dark with slight reddish tint when held up to a light.

Smells of chocolate with dark fruit (figs?).

It has a dark roasted chocolate flavor with a slight dark fruit flavor (figs, cherry), that gives it a slight acidic flavor. The roasted malt really comes through in the aftertaste.

A very smooth creamy mouthfeel, but not thick - a little thinner than I would like. A little bit of carbonation. A slightly dry finish.

This beer is excellent and I would highly recommend it. I order this beer every time I'm anywhere that serves it.

Kallessin, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

This was my gateway beer, the one that opened up my eyes about 15 years ago and showed me that there are beers out there that are full of flavor and body to be savored.

Served in a stange. Pours a brownish black with a full inch high of oatmeal colored lumpy and frothy foam that lingers long and slowly settles leaving chunky fingers of lace reaching upwards.

Aroma of cocoa and dark roasty malt, some cherry and wood notes. Flavor is initially oaky, with some smoke and cocoa rolling in and out with coffee and dark chocolate, charred wood, plum, raisin and cherry tartness.

Mouthfeel is full, but has a moderate body and finishes tannic and powdery, dry and crisp. Small bubbly tingle flourishes in the finish. This is a great beer that brings back fond memories. Tasty and highly drinkable.

far333, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ROMER79
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a thick brown/black with a nice tan head. The froth of the head clings to the glass all the way down. Very smooth beer with all sorts of different flavors coming through. Chocolates,figs,coffee,and berries are just to name a few. It is low on carbonation and very filling. Refreshing and crisp on the palate, leaves it begging for more. Very easy do drink and if you get hooked you can drink it all night.

ROMER79, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

A: Pours a black color with some deep brown around the edges. A nice head forms and sticks around. This leaves some pretty good lace down the glass. A very good looking porter.
S: Some malt, chocolete. Pretty thin though, not all that impressed here.
T: Lots of sweet malt with some nice chocolate and coffee flavors. A nice wood/earthy taste that I think works well here.
M/D: Kind of thin and watery for my tastes. Drinkibility is good though. Smooth and easy going.

A good quafable porter that is recommended.

champ103, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

dark cola color, lots and lots of off-white head which fades slowly. good lacing.

hints of coffee and dark chocolate, but foundation of the aroma is more of a savory soy or even worcestershire sauce. trace of roasted malt.

taste is also similarly savory, with some notes of malt sweetness and ever so slight hint of acidity. a mild hop and burnt malt bitterness throughout, moderately dry finish.

thinner than i expected, but still pretty smooth. moderate carbonation, perahps a little more than i'd like, but nothing that detracts significantly.

very sessionable.

tai4ji2x, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

poured from a bottle I picked up from the martin's in south bend, IN.

A - a nice looking porter a dark chocolate brown color with a reddish hue to it as well. Had a nice head to it as well that stuck around and had a nice chocolate cream color to it. looks just like a porter should look.

S - smell is a dark roasted chocolate with a bit of chocolate mixed in there as well. A rather fragrant porter as well. Also reminds me a bit of the smell of a container of beef jerky.

T - taste has a surprising amount of hops in my opinion. Also has a nice roasty cocoas taste to it as well. A bit of chocolate mixed in as well but not as much as I thought there would be. There is a lot of roasty and smoky flavors in there as well. Actually think that it reminds me a bit of the taste of a steak or other red met roasted over some wood chips. This woody aspect goes along with the roasted flavors of this beer.

MF- a rather thick beer in the mouth almost a bit chewy in a way reminds me of beef jerky. This goes along with the roasty aspect of the taste that I get in the part above. There is also a good bit of carbonation in there which is more that I would actually expect for a porter.

D - overall a good porter that I would rink for but nothing that really blows you away. a good beer from Sam smith but not one that I would go out of my way for. I like it but you have to definitely be a fan of the roasty aspect of a beer to enjoy this one. Also you to enjoy the thick mouthfeel to really enjoy this beer. Overall a good porter that nearly exemplifies the style without doing anything crazy to the style. This is an English porter and what it should be.

jeonseh, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Dark ruby brown color. Impressive beige head with some lasting power--rocky remnants.

Caramel, cocoa smells. For some reason, it reminds me of a Christmas egg nog.

Strong cocoa and burnt toast flavors. Low hop that is present in the swallow and aftertaste. Thin body for the flavor/aroma profile, but accurate for the style. In short, this is a big porter in taste. Lots of mocha.

This may be one of my favorite porters. Lots of flavor in this beer.

smcolw, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of haz77
2.7/5  rDev -35.4%

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head.

S - Molasses, smoke, peat, bit of chocolate, glue. Smell is quite muted.

T - Molasses up front, with chocolate flavour moving in towards the middle and even further forward at the end. Plasticky, phenolic flavour run the the drinks entirety and isn't particularly pleasant. Finish is quite clean with hints of tobacco, bonfire smoke and peat.

M - Light to medium body and overly biting carbonation.

D - Below par, with some elements that detract from the overall enjoyment.

haz77, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan colored head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hints of chocolates and roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: nice roasted malt profile with some softer chocolates, hints of strong coffee, and some caramel. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied, but it is a bit thinner than other porters. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: nice session porter. Easy to quaff and a nice beer that I pick up every now and again.

Gavage, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Phocion
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Clear, foil-topped Imperial pint-sized bottle poured into a Samuel Smith's nonic. Pours nearly jet black with just a hint of red when held to the light. Massive light-brown frothy head which takes its time to fade away. Minimal lacing, but the head is still holding strong.

It looks like a porter, and it smells like a porter. Dark roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate and a hint of caramel. Light touch of buttery diacetyl. Very pleasant, though a bit stronger would be nice. Still, I guess the English stereotypically pride themselves on subtlety, and this is an amazing example.

Flavor is warm roasted chocolate. Hints of dark fruits and that touch of diacetyl from the nose. Just a tiny splash of hoppiness to round things out.

Velvety soft mouthfeel. Rich and creamy and a medium-heavy body. This is the first Taddy Porter I've had since I started reviewing and even after hundreds of other beers it's still as amazing as I remember. A legendary beer from a legendary brewery and for damned good reason.

Phocion, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

There's something mysterious about these Sam Smith's bottles. Is it the design of the bottle? The label? It's actually the size (which could qualify as the former as well), giving you a few extra sips versus the standard 500 ml bottles. Time to give it a ride:

I'm already liking this as I pour it into a pint glass. As black as a stout with an attractive whipped head. Mocha and chocolate in the aroma, quite sweet. A little roasted character too. Okay now, first sip...mmm. Delightful. Not too heavy and not too light. Flavors are soft, some roasted flavor and baking chocolate, a little smokiness on the side. It's somewhat sweet too. Very pleasant indeed.

DoubleJ, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

a - almost completely opaque with a reddish brown hue. One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quick to a ring.

s - roasted, sweet

t - A good amount of smoke flavor. A lot more sweetness then I expected. Slightly bitter finish to help balance.

m - little bit of carbonation, medium heaviness

d - a decent porter for me, but a little more sweet then I would have liked.

thirtysixbelow, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of brandoneast
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours deep auburn with large bubbles in the tan head and leaves no ring or lacing inside the pint glass. Aroma presents chocolate and little coffee with subtle hints of dark cherries and sugared raisins. A roasted flavor of chewy chocolate nougat, nuts, and coffee again. These flavors help accentuate the medium body and soft mouthfeel that balance the finish of bitter hops and dense malt. Famous Taddy is a very enjoyable and flavorsome benchmark porter from a brewery rich in English tradition and history.

brandoneast, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%

Bottle serving, naturally. Poured Cola-black with beige head that settled down into a ring, leaving hardly any lacing. Aroma was classic porter in the nose, coffee, malt, and alcohol esters. Taste is well balanced, not as in-your-face as many of the more aggressive porters out there. Finish is a bit dry, not at all creamy or milky. ABV is mild, so you can drink in a session or, like I'm doing right now, with Branson's Baked Beans and some crusty brown bread and a good stilton for lunch. Makes me want to revisit the Anchor Porter for comparison.

2013 Update: Slight adjustment upwards by .25 points. This beer has stood the test of time, still awesome.

watchnerd, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Gorgeous opaque black color with a shiny redness when held up to the light. Thick head cascades beautifully. Head eventually leaves sticky lacing.

Smells chocolaty, almost creamy, with sweetened coffee.

Chocolate and roasted coffee dominates with notes of cherry. Just a kiss of hop bitterness.

Creamy and full-bodied with very smooth carbonation. Like a milkshake. Absolutely wonderful.

This is a perfect beer for a slow night by the fire. Excellent.

tmitch75, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured dark brown with some redness through it. Head was light tan, and quickly left. My biggest knock on this beer is the look after it settles. I really looks like a glass of Pepsi, or Coke if that's your thing. But that's it... Everything else is exceptional.

The smell is mostly coffee and dark chocolate. Very little bitterness.

The taste starts with the same roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Again, very little bitterness and oh so smooth. Finishes with some dark fruit and raisin flavors.

Feel was smooth, and the carbonation seemed good. No bitter aftertaste, just some of the same great flavors from before.

This beer far exceeded my expectations.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of atrus138
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

Well looky here. Looks like someone swapped one of my oatmeal stouts for a Taddy Porter.

Pours a very dark brown, though not quite opaque. About a finger and a half khaki-colored head. Moderate lacing. The smell is very faint. Chocolate, mostly, but also a hop presence. Taste is also on the light side. Flavors are dark and woody. Some fruity notes. Mouthfeel was way thin with adequate carbonation. The low ABV makes this very drinkable for a porter.

I was fairly disappointed with this. It wasn't bad, just not as robust as I had hoped after immensely enjoying both Samuel Smith's Oatmeal and Imperial stouts. I'm glad I had it, but I would take the Oatmeal Stout over this any day.

atrus138, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Darklight
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

I was very excited to drink this beer and I was not disappointed from the moment I poured the 12oz. bottle into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. This was a perfect glass to show off the thick tan head which was about 2 inches deep. The body of the beer was dark brown but not quite black.

The aromas coming from this beer got me even more excited to drink this beer. There was a very strong vanilla extract smell present to go along with the chocolate aromas. It almost smelled like a Black and White milkshake. I probably let the beer sit for 5 minutes before I took a drink because I didn't want to stop breathing in the aromas.

But I eventually took my first taste and again it did not disappoint. The vanilla was still present but the chocolate was more prominant this time and it had a hint of molasses. The finish was creamy to the mouth and very quaffable. I could drink this stuff all day and hopefully one day I have the pleasure to do so.

I recommend this beer to anyone who likes porters. It is one of the best I have tried if not the best. I mean all you need to do is look at the reviews and scores of this beer to realize that it is a great one.

Darklight, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.43/5  rDev +6%

550 ml brown bottle poured into a tall Hobgoblin shaker pint. Tall frothy tan head that does not want to go anywhere. At the half way point, there still is a good 1/4 inch cap. Large chunks of lace stick to the glass. Color is a deep dark brown that is almost black. When held to the light, there is the faintest point of light the gets through.

Smell is a mild coffee aroma. I think the thick head may be trapping some of the aroma. Taste is mildly chocolate mixed with a large amount of coffee. Very smooth and relaxed, yet still quite bold.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a mild carbonation. Leaves a bit of stickiness on the lips. Very sessionable. A most excellent porter indeed!

bort11, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

A classic of the style. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy, tan head that fades to a ring. Smells roasty and winey with notes of chocolate and dark sherry. Tastes beautifully balanced between the firm malt, roastiness, slightly bready flavor in the background, and a touch of graininess. Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice to revisit an old favorite.

Georgiabeer, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

Poured very, very dark brown, not much light passed though. It had a small tan head and smelled a little of perhaps coffee? chocolate? perhaps a mix of the two. Taste was malty, coffee and a bit chocolatey but not as good as I expected from Sam Smiths as their other beers are GREAT. This was onlt good at best. You want a real Porter..go for Rogues Mocha Porter

barleywinefiend, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of sgraham4
4.43/5  rDev +6%

I certainly agree with many when i say this is probably one of the best porters i have tasted. It pours stunningly black with a tan head that makes for a perfect picture. It smells a little chocolaty and nutty, as well as a little scent of coffee. Its taste is creamy and smooth, ending with a little chocolate on the tongue as well as a mild nut after-taste. A very complex tasting beer. This is absolutly a traditional porter, a must for any porter lover.

sgraham4, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%

This is probably the best porter I've yet sampled... Samuel Smith is probably one of my favorite breweries, and this beer clearly justifies my strong liking of the company... pours a pitch-black, opaque color with a decent tan head... smell is of burnt chocolate and espresso... taste is full of cocoa, dark coffee, chocolate, and slight malts... an excellent porter, goes down smooth with no hints of bitterness... semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor lingers on the palate and is very sweet and satisfying... would go great with anything sweet, especially chocolate... very crisp, clear flavor... awesome sample... definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Jan 03, 2008
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,469 ratings.