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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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2,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 133
Gots: 112 | 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 musingmonkey


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an attractive porter - dark brown, with a creamy head, which never threatens to completely depart, but develops into an almost espresso-crema colour and glides across the surface of the beer. Smell is quite fruity, reminiscent of christmas pudding. Not quite as fruity in taste, although the presence is there mingled with some carob, dark treacle and some delicate smoky to almost charcoal notes in the finish.
This was an unusual mixture that had to grow on me after several samplings. Mouthfeel, on the other hand, was superb. A very smooth porter, with a substantial body, and a somewhat drying effect at the back of the palate. Quite drinkable, but more for an occasion of relaxation and sipping than a session drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 15:10:22 | More by musingmonkey
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -51%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - A dark brow with a monsterous creamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves thick rings of lacing all down the glass.

S - This has the same elderberry odor that all of the Sam Smith's beers have (barring the WW, which just stank), but it isn't as potent. Faint pine and coffee. These three mesh to create something wierd.

T - Slight coffee with some smokey dark fruit flavors that make for a bizarre and not too pleasant chemical edge. The aftertaste is a strange chemical taste pairs with a coffee flavor. Yuck.

M - Medium viscosity, carbonation is too high, and absurdly drying. I feel so thirsty after each sip.

D - Well, I am going to be able to finish this despite the taste and mouthfeel. That says a lot actually. The parching nature makes sessioning this one difficult at best. The beer is too foul for foods. I think I will seek out the oatmeal stout and leave the "famous" taddy porter to it's notoriety.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 04:49:53 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of MSchae1017


4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in an imperial pint glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a dark almost opaque black with a thick frothy tan head that holds well and laces well the whole way down the glass. The beer smells of faint roasted and chocolate malts. The flavor of the beer is where its strength really lies. The beer mixes roasted nutty malts (which I believe are hazlenuts) with chocolate malts. The beer is not too sweet though because it is balances nicely with some welcome bitterness. There is a fantastic thickness balanced nicely with some great carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and the best of the Samuel Smith Beers I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 02:32:10 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of Mebuzzard


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

Poured into pint glass.
Nice dark brown color, tints of red/orange. Good head, laced.
Not a strong aroma--roated malt, smoked wood, hops
Tastes about the same; roasted malt, smoke, hops, with some hints of chocolate. Not a fantastic taste, but it will grow on you and want more. Good feel, not too thick, not to light, just the right amount of bitterness/sweetness.
Could pound a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 18:22:19 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of geexploitation


3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Smith's Taddy Porter is a beautiful beer -- a deep dark brown with a red tinge, and an active head. But other aspects of it were a bit disappointing, given Sam Smith's other excellent dark beers (the Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout). It gets points for effort, though...

The nose is interesting, if not overly appealing to me. There are some smoky notes in there -- not so much as your average smoked porter, but a bit. The smoky flavor carries over in the brew itself, but on the palate it adopts more of a smoke-house, smoked meat kind of flavor, which I don't care for personally. A touch of sourness makes this a very complex brew, although it doesn't have the easy drinkability of the stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 02:12:26 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Byeast


4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very opaque , very nice black color with dark brown to red edges. Head is about an inch and dissipates quickly. Very pleasant roasty smells of chocolate , coffee, and barley. Mmmm! What a porter! Taste is indeed complex and intense. Malty at first , then some choclate and coffee notes , with a tangy- roasty finish. Full bodied mouthfeel that leaves dark fruity and mildly smokey flavors on the tongue. This porter is what a porter should be. I will be drinking many more of these tasty beers from Tadcaster!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 23:30:32 | More by Byeast
Photo of jmz62565


3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a jet black with a small tan head that dissapears quickly.The smell has faint hints of coffee,but it is pretty weak.The taste is a rich creamy mouthful.There are coffee and chocolate flavors in this beer.The m/f is heavy with a well balanced flavor.The mixture of flavors and the rich creamyness make this a real treat.This is one porter not to miss.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 22:47:24 | More by jmz62565
Photo of Mitchel


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

Mmmm…..Taddy Porter. It pours a sinister ruby, black. The head looks great; it is thick, frothy, and light brown in color. Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of caramel and has good lacing.

This wonderful beer tastes just like it should. First off the bat, it tastes creamy and smooth. It has a mellow roasted taste with a trace of molasses. It finishes with an allusion of figs and a very subtle hint of alcohol (which is odd, considering that the abv is about 5%). Smooth and mellow. The carbonation is just right.

Slightly expensive, but worth every penny. I really like this one allot. Sam Smith has hit a homerun again!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 04:24:26 | More by Mitchel
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This attractive porter features a color just shy of black and foamy brown head. The nose is subdued, with only faint roast malt and nuttiness.
Taste is complex and sensory, with outstanding coffee tones against a thick chocolate malt body. Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded.
This is one of the best porters I've ever had. It's well balanced but also thick and filling. Porter isn't for everyone but this should appeal to the vast majority of porter drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 04:45:13 | More by daliandragon
Photo of klewis


2.38/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured nearly pitch black with a noisy fizz. A small head quickly bubbled up and subsided.

S: Smell is kind of weak with aromas of port and chocolate.

T: Taste is weak too. There's not much flavor, just some tartness and a slightly oxidized taste.

M: Fizzy and a little watery, although it sticks to the mouth a little bit.

D: Nothing about this beer was very appealing to me. It's very drinkable in the sense that you could chug a bunch of these quickly, but that's not usually how I prefer to drink my beverages.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 03:39:30 | More by klewis
Photo of BEERchitect


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

This is what a porter should taste like. Simple, pure, clean, and full of flavor. A solid dose of dark malts and a hint of roasted barley and chocolate in both aroma and flaovr. Mild fermentation sourness adds a complex layer in the same way that milk stouts do. A medium body with flavors more commonly found in heavy beers. Gives a creamy coat to the whole mouth with a deep chocolate layer without becomming thick or sugary sweet. Finishes very clean with a light roasted grain bitterness. Terriffic from sip to finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 16:49:38 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of SteveO1231


4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque black with some nice maroon highlights. Nice fizzy tan head that reduces quikley.

Large aroma of roasted chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Full bodied, sweet roasted caramel and chocolate taste with a tanginess. Great dry toasted finish like black coffee. Leaves a smokey aftertaste on the palate.

Great porter delicious and balanced, very drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 22:29:50 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of LarryV


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head on this one, however it does exhibit lacing similar to a finely carbonated Belgian Ale. Smell of toasted barley with coffee overtones, a hint of licorice. Taste is smooth with a bit of smokiness from the barley and lots of chocolate and coffee notes. Moderate mouthfeel with a taste that lingers on the palate. Deep reddish brown hue. Quite nice on a cold winters eve, and a nice alternative to an American style porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 00:34:44 | More by LarryV
Photo of tavernjef


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt brown pour settling nearly black in the glass with a sliver of the brown at the bottom. Medium sized cap of lightly frothy cappichinno colored foam sits atop briefly before fading to a whispy skim and bubbly tight collar. No real lacing aspects to it though, loosely spotty and light.

Aroma is mild and well toned in a milky chocolate reminiscent of tootsie rolls. There's a tender sweet fruityness underneath as is a small roasted espresso hint.

Taste is light and fluffy with a semi sweet milk chocolate. Fairly light on the buds, empty in the middle, light chocolate returns with a milky residue and fluffy-like graham cracker dryness. Not much to it, quite mild and light.

Feel is light sided with a medium start then drifting quickly from there into a slimming emptyness. Finishes with a bit of a pick up which helps.

Drinks down just fine, not much to it really, but is clean and seemingly well made, just a good tad on the empty side.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 03:25:12 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Matthew


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle almost black. Nice big thick tannish head with great retention.
Big licorice aromas with a little touch of chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste is nice and smooth, there is a bit of a sweet chocolate flavor but I find a smokiness and the roasted malt flavor are the most prevalant.
Moutfeel is nice and creamy and almost silky due to the light amount of carbonation.
This is a very easy to drink beer. This is a good go to old faithful porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 02:32:46 | More by Matthew
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color porter with a medium dark head with average retention. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt is dominating. Taste is also dominated by some sweet dark chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. Body is average and carbonation is good. Seems to represent the standard for English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 17:49:16 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured almost completely black - only the slightest hint of red/brown when held up to the light... Creamy tan head faded to a nice layer...

Aroma - Dark chocolate, roast malts, coffee, nutty, brown sugar...

Taste – Caramel, light smokey notes, roast malts, bitter dark chocolate, strong dark coffee, light dark fruits...

Feel - Smooth and creamy, full bodied. Medium carbonation...

Overall - An exceptional porter, one of my favourites. Highly recommended !!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 15:47:48 | More by mdagnew
Photo of thetachibro

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into my samuel smith nonic pint glass. A dark caramel brown with a small 1in head that dissolves rather quickly a little too fast for my liking. you immediatley smell the malt along with some mild hops and after that a little bit of a fruit kick. very pleasing. the taste at first is somewhat sweet with just a little bit of bitterness from the hops. a very nice smooth mouthfeel and a high drinkability because of the low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 01:33:47 | More by thetachibro
Photo of Redrover


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

550 ML Clear bottle with a minimalist label. No Freshness dating.

The beer pours a Dark Brown with a massive chiffon like head. The lacing is thick and clingy.

The nose is of sugared plums, roasted grains and raisins.

My first impression was of nice roasted almost burnt malts. The beer is a bit smoky with some bakers chocolate undertones. A bit of alcohol and an almost nutty flavor emerges later. A beer to be savored and one to be served at the proper temperature.

Silky smooth mouth with low levels of carbonation. Easy drinking and very enjoyable beer here!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 00:44:25 | More by Redrover
Photo of masikon


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

Pours a true black, you may be able to coax i ruby hint out of it in the light but you'd have to try hard. beefy tan head which fades leaving light lacing . smell is the only real downpoint here as it has some light coffee notes but nothing that really wets the palate. however, this beer is for drinking and what a wonderful drinking beer it is. silky chocalate milk feel with just a tiny bit of zesty sparkle as you swallow which compliments the smoothness perfectly. Mouthfeel is thick and wholesome, for a heavy beer this sure goes down fast. A benchmark with which to judge other porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 01:45:50 | More by masikon
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Dark black, with only a slight ruby tinge. Plenty of off-white/tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Mocha, raisins, a little port.

T: Well balanced. Dark chocolate, caramel, bready malt, with a little cherry. A hint of sourness (<1% sour factor?), mainly in the aftertaste. Probably similar to the classic porters from over a century ago (when they were a blend that included an older brew that presumably had some lactic sourness from the barrel aging). Although it's not entirely to my liking, I can certainly appreciate its depth of flavour.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation. Slightly acidic and syrupy.

D: Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 00:00:17 | More by Derek
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours from the 550 ml bottle into my pint glass black. When held directly in front of a light bulb a single point of dark ruby red is seen. Big, thick, brown head, at least 1-1/2 inches. Fell inward on itself to form a solid covering. The lacing was weak keeping this from a 5.

Smell: Malty, roasted malt. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hint of raisin, and plum.

Taste: Primary is the roasted malt. Flavors similar to the scent, with a nice bitter touch on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy. Not overly thick and syrupy. Medium to full bodied, carbonation was low but seemed to really fit this beer.

Drinkability: First real cold night here in a long while (about 16 degrees F with a wind chill in the single digits), this beer just seems perfect for the weather. This is an easy to drink beer, not over-the-top with blow you away hops (but is a bit to the malty side). Would I want another? You bet. Could I drink these all night? Probably not, just too filling, but then again being responsible and drinking in moderation is part of Beer Advocacy is it not? Respect Beer, especially this beer, highly recommended must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 04:31:21 | More by BigRedN
Photo of loving44


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beauty up for $3.49 at the local BevMo.

It pours thick and black with a medium/thick off-white head which went from a good two inches thick to half an inch or so in a minute.

Smells of faint chocolate and coffee hit me right away... some sweetness. Very rich smelling, but pretty average.

The taste was far superior to the smell of this brew. very rich thick and smooth with light carbonation that tickles the tongue. This is a porter for sure. Tastes of roasted coffee beans and chocolate with a nice citrus backing. A slight bitterness lingers on the back of my tongue with hints of smoke. Very nice.

This is a very rich and flavorful porter that fairly easy to drink due to the slight but persistent carbonation. I was done after one bottle, but I could see myself having another had I not had this right after a meal. A very nice porter and IMO one of the best!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 22:03:41 | More by loving44
Photo of falloutsnow


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

2012-03-17 Review:
Well, it took over six years to try this beer again. What the hell happened to the time?

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No freshness date on bottle (SE23K1 stamped, though)
Poured into a standard US pint glass

I remember giving this not the greatest review before, due mostly to a plastic taste I experienced. Clearly, I had a bad bottle then, because this is a superb English-style porter, full of character, roast, and tang.

Pours a fairly huge head, can probably make it as large as you like, and it's tan in color, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, and really lingers forever. Minutes into my beer, the head is still at 1.5cm and does not show signs of decreasing. Where it has faded, it leaves some strong lacing. Body is an opaque dark brown with amber brown highlights, very smooth looking, and some small bubbles of carbonation can be seen along the sides of the glass.

Smells include malt sweetness, a bit of roasted character, caramel, and mild vanilla. Scent is not super strong, somewhat subdued and reserved. Not bad at all, but would've liked this to be a bit more upfront.

Word dump: sweet, modest roasted malt, mild milk chocolate, lightly tangy acidity/sourness. Taste opens with sweetness, caramel/toasted malts, and milk chocolate flavors, followed by roasted barley featuring prominently in palate, also bringing in some tangy, slightly acidic flavor. Fades out with mild roasted barley, some sweetness, and some potting soil flavors. Aftertaste is light, of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness and residual tang.

The beer is medium-bodied across the palate and is ultra-silky-smooth while it's being sampled. Carbonation is present, just in tiny bubbles that lightly foam up and effortlessly wash across the palate. Finish is rather dry.

2005-11-04 Review:
A: Light brown, three finger head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the beer. The color is a solid black-brown that allows no light to pass through it, a void of roasted malt. Lots of lacing left on the sides of the glass after a swig is taken.

S: The smell of this porter is the most pleasant and inviting attribute it has to offer. The first scents are of something metallic and roasted malt, with stale coffee, raisins, figs appearing in the nose as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied, not terribly thick, but not watery either. Carbonation is minimal, but this does not seem to allow the flavors of the beer to be any more accentuated or powerful. The lingering mouthfeel is dry.

T: The taste immediately comes across as slightly bitter and plastic-y. Dominant tastes of roasted coffee/malt while the plastic taste lingers on. The aftertaste slightly hoppy.

D: The odd plastic taste is off-putting and while the smell is fantastic, the taste and mouthfeel are little more than average. This is a brew I might be interested in re-visiting sometime, but until then it won't be a staple.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 04:35:50 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of DogFood11


4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God damn it!! Does Sam Smith make an average beer? I've yet to cross that brew to date and this one floors me.

Perfect appearance that would invite even the trained expert into this brew. solid one finger head that laces all the way down with a dark brown to black body.

Nutty, chocolate, mollases, bit of dark candy make up the smell.

Tasted everything you would expect. Malt profile is second to none. Just enough twang to keep it interesting but mostly a mellow mix of nuts, and dark chocolate. hops sweep out the finish and leaves the palate refreshed (porter refreshing? yep!) for another drink. Brilliant.

Has a nice bitterness that makes this beer awesome on the palate and highly drinkable. Once again Sam smith proves why they are a top 5 brewery in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 03:41:35 | More by DogFood11
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.