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

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2,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,693
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 172
Gots: 227 | 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 arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked upa 550 ml bottle from BevMo in late November for $2.99.

Beer pours black with ruby undertones with a long lasting tan head. Nose upon opening was a blast of English hops with slight roasted coffee and dark fruit. Taste is supremely well balanced with roasted malts, a hint of sweetness from the underlying dark fruit, and a well stated English hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with above average smoothness. Drinkability is very good. This is a deliciious well balanced porter that is a must try of english porter style fans.

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

Another heavy weight bottle...what is it with the Brits and all the glass they use on these things. Blame the labour government or drunken delivery guys.

That's one black lookin' Porter. No foolin' around here. Jet black, rich creamy head, gob's o' lacing.

Rich, rich chocolate/roasted coffee aroma. Hint of dates/figs/other preserved fruit.

Lot's of roasted expresso coffee flavors,mixed with chocolate. Hint of acidity, just like a good coffee blend might have. Mineral water evident midway thropugh, but seems to compement more-so than take away from the experience.

Bold, smooth, full, but all in a nice package. If I was offered this over apres' meal coffee, this wins. Nice!

Photo of cnally
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown/black coloring with the beer. slight head retention.

great smoky, woodsy, ashy smell, full of earthiness and dirt. truly spectacular.

smoke flavor is huge. nutty, walnutty flavor. big time darkness going on with this, but it is balanced and even.

full but not overdone on the feel.

easy for this style. delicious and definately a genre spreader.

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

A: Two fingers of frothy tan head over a black beer that lets the slightest bit of mahogany come through in the light. Not the most head retention I've seen.
S: HUGE malty aroma explodes out of the glass. Simple chocolatey malts.
T: Immediately notice the great balance of malts and hops in this beer. There's a bit of a burnt flavor behind a bitter chocolate malt kick. Ends in a slight tangyness that ends dryly.
M: Good amount of carbonation that mellows out after a few minutes. Medium body and an incredibly smooth/creamy mouthfeel.
D: Easy and pleasant to drink. Unlike many American takes on the style, this porter does not overwhelm the palate with the coffee/toffee malts. It's well balanced and was quite a welcome change of pace. An absolutely magnificent session porter!

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

Continuing on our beer tasting tonight, me and "mothman" split a 4 pack of this beer.

Opaque appearance, holding it up to the light i can see a faint burgundy glow through it. 1.5 finger head, not much lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate.

Tastes as it smells. Chocolaty, malty, delicious.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very mild carbonation tickles my tongue. Even though it is only 5% alcohol, I can sense the alcohol in the beer, not overwhelming though.

Drinkability is decent, 2-3 and that would be about all i could handle for the night. Overall it is smooth, but a very heavy beer.

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

Appearance- Nearly opaque, dark brown with ruby highlights, thick cream-colored head that settles slowly. Nice lacing.

Smell- Cocoa, and roasted malt

Taste- delicious. chocolate, coffee, faint taste of fruit (fig?)

Mouthfeel- thinner than expected, which is ok, given the wonderful taste and also adds to drinkability. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- For a porter, this one stands out as one I could drink all night.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark clear ruby with a fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing goes all the way down the glass.

S - Definate cocoa and fruit notes amongst the dark malt overtone. Some mild coffee in there.

T/M - First impression is that it's a lot lighter than the taste suggests. Doesn't feel thick or chewy, but is very very full flavored. The coffee comes out more in the taste than in the smell. The cocoa and... i want to say a malple syrup flavor accent the smokey malts.

D - Probably my favorite beer so far. Could drink all week, month, year, and never get bored of it.

Photo of Thomajt
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown with a nice tan head that goes down to just a film.

Smell - Been sneezing all day so can't smell too much. Has a nice roasted semi coffe chocolate smell but not too sure.

Taste - Great. Nice and mellow. Not too overpowering, for as dark as it is.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a nice chocolate/coffee taste on the tongue

Drinkability - Very good for such a dark porter. Could drink a whole 6-pack....if I didn't eat dinner.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with brown hues around the edges. Thick, light tan head that stayed long and strong in my imperial pint glass. Lacing can be described as tan clumps formed around the glass. Beautiful.Aroma is mild with chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is not in your face, its just a great balanced porter. Creamy coffee with some chocolate. Mouth is coated with sweetness, and just really creamy without being very heavy bodied. Drinkability is just about as good as it gets. I could sip on this all night. Great example of the porter style that should (and likley does) influence others who make porters.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA for $1.95 on "Beer-Me Tuesday." Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, nearly opaque, this almost-black darling pours with a big, thick head of light brown foam that falls down gracefully and leaves behind nice remnants of itself on the glass.

Roasted coffee and dark chocolate tickles the nose and arouses the senses.

A delicate, smooth, lightly carbonated brew slides over the tongue, carrying with it flavors of toasted biscuit, espresso, roasted coffeebeans, bittersweet dark chocolate, and mellow bitter hops, with a dry, roasty finish that keeps it coming.

Low in alcohol, smooth on the palate, nicely dry, and with a wonderful balance of British modesty and full-on flavor, this makes for a great session beer and a delightful sipper. Porter is, sadly, a fairly rare style, having been taken over largely by its stout brethren, but it's great to see that some great, classic examples such as this one still plough on.

Photo of MaineBirdMan
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that you just want to savor.
Nice chocolate brown coloring.
An aroma of coffee and chocolate.
Nice head.
Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roasted malt.
Settles nicely on the tongue. The hops start to appear at the back of the tongue but slowly fade away.
What a delicious beer! I know there's a lot of hype about Sam Smith beers. But they really do know how to put out some quality stuff.
Very easy to drink. The aroma stays with you on every sip.
Just the right amount of alcohol for me.
My only complaint is that I only bought on bottle.

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

Pours black in the glass with brown and ruby highlights. A thick tan head forms and leaves good lace rings.

Lots of sweet chocolate in the smell. Coffee, caramel, and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety smooth medium body. The sweet chocolate and coffee compliment each other very well.

One of the best porters I've tried. I could drink these all night.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/12/2007 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark park brown/black colored body, with a tannish colored head, huge and lasting. Has a sweet coffee aroma, and some dark chocolate. A thin taste, coffee, and dark chocolate. A slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Light tasting.

Photo of fosterific
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark with sparkles of red and a long lasting head with substantial lacing.
The smell of rich dark chocolate and booze dominate the aroma with some toffee mixed in.
The taste is dry with a sweet nutty finish, warm toffee.
As the beer warms its character increases and becomes really good, I sure did enjoy this special treat.

Photo of fitzy84
3.2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great slick black appearance, slightly oil looking. Light brown colored head with some minor lacing on the sides. A burnt milk chocolate smell was nicely permeating from the drink. If only the taste was equal to the nice aroma: a little watery and light compared to a dense chocolate taste I was hoping. Mouthfeel, perhaps, is the main culprit in the odd taste with its light, watery texture with no real creamy aspect. The carbonation is also a bit off for my palate. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel allows it to be light enough not too much of a brick in the stomach. Overall, surprisingly imbalanced.

Photo of chilly460
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown. Ruby color shows when held up to a light. One finger head reduced to a collar, but remained for the entire beer. Decent lacing.

S - Definite chocolate and dark cherries. Some roasted malt. Not overly powerful, very pleasant.

T - Lots of chocolate, definite cherry tones as well. Mild hoppy finish, very little aftertaste.

M - Very nice carbonation, a bit thinner then expected.

D - Easy drinking with good balance, fine as a cool weather beer or accompaniment to a meal.

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color

smelled of rich chocolate with a hint of coffee

the taste was somewhat odd for me. started out a bit carbonated with a taste of a flavor i cannot identify??
the mouthful was smooth for me. had a taste of figs or dates...not what i expected..

drinkablility is still questionable for me

*note: i did have a 90 Minute IPA before this so I will def review this again when my mouth is clear.

Photo of Kamuimusackie
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now, I'd just like to state that the criteria for the beer (appearance, smell, drinkability, etc.) all matches up quite well. It is an all around good balanced beer. I just don't think it is worthy of an A rating in comparison to some other porters out there. The taddy porter is good, but nothing to write home about. I consider it to be a fairly average porter. The taste is rather absent considering it's a porter.

Photo of lionking
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a one finger head from the bottle into a pint glass. Black color with ruby hue.

Roasted malt smell and taste along with coffee and chocolate (more on the chocolate side than the coffee). Full and creamy mouthfeel.

A very good porter. Drinkability is high. Would definitely seek out again.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really something special. I am a big fan of porter's and this is certainly one of the best. Pours very dark, with very little head. The nose is rather surprising, all the dark malts that one would expect, but also a sour tang that goes delightfully well with the overall presentation. Taste is very mild, exceedingly smooth. Not too much roasted coffee here, but the chocolate is very pronounced towards the aftertaste. Somewhat lighter beer for the mouth than I had envisioned it, but overall the effect is great.

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

This brew pours almost black as night and with a nice tan head of about a finger in height.

Nose is malty, roasty and slightly sweet. Taste is rock solid. Roasted malt flavors are right in your face, but are tempered with a smooth creamy sweetness and a hint of hops.

Body is medium and carbonation is medium to light. Overall this is a really good porter, that is highly drinkable and worth every penny.


Photo of argock
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.50.

A: Extremely dark brown, opaque, with 1-2 finger light brown head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Equal parts milk and bittersweet chocolate with substantial earthy hops aroma

T: Delicious understated chocolate flavors with mildly burnt dark malt and earthy, leafy hops that are subdued but an excellent accent.

M: Medium-bodied with even carbonation and good smoothness. Aftertaste is very short-lived.

D: An excellent porter that is super-smooth with a subdued, classic character.

Photo of megatronstein
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into nonic.

Appearance: Dark. Almost black, with a bit of a ruby color. The head varies each time I have it, because I pour pretty cautiously at the end as the whole bottle barely fits in my 20oz. glass. But it usually has about an inch of head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: The scent of this beer is like a mystery zone. There are some coffee smells, burnt bread, dark chocolate, and a bit of a wine or grape smell, but that's just me.

Taste: Each time I drink it, I try to pick out something different. I think I've been tasting coffee as of recently, but I also taste a bit of chocolate. The hop taste is minimal to me. Other beers of similar style (Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, etc.) have a certain tasting note in them, and I really can't put my finger on it. I still love those beers, I don't particularly enjoy that one note. Taddy Porter lacks this note for me, and really makes it unique and a lot more enjoyable for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and a bit chewy. Not too carbonated, but not flat, either.

Drinkability: I could drink them all night. It's not so heavy that it fills you up after one pint, but it is satisfying for it's style in that it's a formidable dark brew.

As you can tell, I feel pretty good about this beer. In fact, it is my favorite beer.

Photo of optiontwo
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured into nonic

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering black, with subtle ruby hues. Quarter inch off white head and nice lacing for the style.

Smell: Dark chocolate and fruit with smoked malt and some leather. Other scents that make their way through are raisin, cloves, and anise.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, caramel, and toffee take the forefront followed up by coffee and smoked malt. This brew has a nice bitter finish that isn't too prominent. Overall for the taste this is a very nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style, just enough body to leave the taste in your mouth but not so much that you aren't left wanting another sip.

Drinkability: Pretty high unless you don't like to drink multiple flavorful beers in a row.

Overall: I've only had a few English porters but I really enjoy them, this one in particular. The fact that the bitter chocolate and toffee flavors aren't as back seat as they are in American porters appeals to me. Definitely try this porter.

Photo of Fatduck
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love English ales, and this is one Ive had so many times I cant believe I have yet to review it.

Pours a deep black color with a tightly bubbled tan head. Smells like roasted malt with maybe a hint of apple?

Tastes like a malty roast heavy beer with a hint of caramel and maybe some coffee notes. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. This is one eminently drinkable beer. Thanks again Sam Smith.

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