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

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2,577 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,577
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 147
Gots: 176 | 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 fdrich29
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml gold-foiled bottle purchased at Ayotte's Stateline Smokin' Joes in Hudson, New Hampshire.

"Bottled at Yorkshire's Oldesty Brewery est. 1758" scribed into the bottle of this brown-glassed bottle.

Poured a deep, dark brown, with a gorgeous creamy tan head that slowly condensed and lingered gracefully upon the roof of this porter. Absolutely beautiful.

Malt and chocolate aroma entice the nose. Irresistable.

Chocolate-malty goodness galore. Smooth roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth and comforting.

Drinkability is amazing. I could drink this all day long, and wish I could.

fdrich29, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a very dark brown, almost black with an inch of dense tan coloured head that slowly falls away.
S - Some light chocolate notes & some dark fruit hints.
T - Taste is also a nice mixture of chocolate and dark fruit notes but a slight roasty touch is present too.
M - Medium bodied with a low carbonation. Goes down smoothly with a slightly sweet lingering finish.
D - I'd been wanting to try this for ages having read a lot about it. I'm glad I finally got around to it.
I've been meaning to try making chocolate mousse for a while and their serving suggestion of pairing this has given me inspiration.

brendan13, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Diggnation
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass.

The beer has a dark almost black appearance with a nice head that settled leaving a touch of lacing on the glass.

I am quite excited at this point to get the first sip. The beer delivers a roasty chocolaty smell that is not over powering - a hint of what is to come.

The taste is a winner, exactly as the aroma advertises. A very complex chocolaty taste that is, in my views, spot on and well balanced. The after taste is subtle and leaves me wanting the next sip.

I would love to try this beer at a pub that had it on draft. In the meantime, I will be purchasing more of the Taddy Porter when the mood strikes. It is mid-July at the time of this review and I think my enjoyment of this beer will only increase as the Fall and Winter months set in.

Diggnation, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Garzan72
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Even though I am not even close to being a real beer advocate yet, I would have to say this is the best beer I have tried so far. Tasted great, smelled great, and felt great. I have drinkin this a few more times since I treid it and I always get the same impression.

Garzan72, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taddy Porter pours a very dark brow-almost black with hints of ruby when held to the light. A big, light brown head lasts forever, while leaving little lacing behind. Nice bold roasted aromas show up on the nose, with hints of coffee and caramel.

The flavor is also nice and bold, with sweet malt flavors showing up on the front, with roasted coffee on the back. The finish is quick with just a hint of lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and full.

Of the three Samuel Smith beers I've tried so far, this is by far the best. I highly recommend it.

Spidey13, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty as you would expect with strong flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There are touches of vanilla and chocolate with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter with a good complexity that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 26, 2008
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
Photo of akogrady
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
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
94 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.