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

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Ratings: 2,712
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 177
Gots: 242 | 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 horshack7
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark as night color with a frothy creamy light caramel color head that sticks around decently. The simple sight of this porter is down right incredible for porter lovers.

Aroma: Burnt hop notes that hit hard along with the sweetness from the dark roasted malts. It has this wonderful aroma of cognac.

Taste: A silky mouthfeel that graces the taste buds ever so gently. Such remarkable espresso notes and the sweetness from the malts balances the flavor out so nicely with the slightest hints of bitterness from the dark roasted hops.

Notes: This is such a perfect porter. It has got to be the best porter I have ever had. The balance between the malts and the hops is heavenly. Do I dare give this art work all fives oh yes come hell or high water this gets fives across the board.Cheers

Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very dark brown color with ruby edges and a two finger foamy tan head. Aroma of oatmeal, roasted malts and hops. Lots of oatmeal and roasted malt up front, followed by chocolate, toffee and nut. Dry slightly bitter finish.

Photo of popery
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A simple, excellent porter with a delightfully sudsy feel. This beer pours a very dark ruby with a big sudsy head that sticks around and coats the glass well. The smell is sweet with sugary malt and doesn't reach the same fullness found in the taste. The taste is restrained but complex. There is nice hop bitterness around the edges of a healthy malt backbone. There is a good deal of the earthy, musty flavor that marks porters, but it doesn't hit you over the head with it. The feel is almost exactly what I want out of a porter; suds build at the slightest movements. It is an immensely drinkable beer and I can certainly imagine spending a long evening drinking glasses of it in an English pub. I've been avoiding this beer for a little while as I'm not the biggest fan of porters or Sam Smith's beers, but the Taddy Porter has me changing my tune for the better.

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

550mL bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance - Opaque, very dark brown, near black, with a finger of creamy tan head.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of coffee.

Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, a nutty malt flavor, molasses, a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a silky texture.

Drinkability - Low alcohol and great flavor make this a great candidate for sessioning. I'd love to sip on a few of these at home while watching a hockey game on TV.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle served in an English (20oz) pint glass.

L - deep brown color with a creamy tan head that left nice globs of lacing behind.

S - roasted malt and molases sweet aroma.

T - sweet molases, toffee and fig flavors all make up for a delghtful tasting brew.

F - smooth and creamy all the way through.

D - extremely easy to drink and delicious to boot.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 18.7 oz bottle into a SA lager pint glass.

Brew poured an ink black, much darker than I expected. A big butterscotch colored head formed, about two fingers, and hung around for some time, eventually settling in a thin head oil spill. This brew is really sticky, leaving suddy spots all around the glass. Nose is of a dark caramel, with smokey whiffs of roasted nuts.

Impressive flavor palate for such a low ABV. Roasted malts give off hints of coffee, millk chocolate, and a smokey caramel. Aside from the creamy texture, you also notice some nice viscosity throughout the sip. A funky finish keeps you curious to taste more.

I really enjoyed this, as I paired it with a steak dinner, and then snacked on some dark chocolate covered nuts. Really went well with each, and presented it's own excitement on its own. Most impressive is the flavor and complexity you pull from this low ABV. I am not a huge stout/porter fan, but this has me grinning. Two thumbs up.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Black beer, mostly opaque, topped with a nice brown head, approximately 1 cm after a minute or so. This layer retained well. Some faint deepest-ruby highlights when held to a light.

S-Strong aromas of coffee and chocolatey maltiness. Heavy roastred malt, as well.

T-Rich roasted malt, faint coffee, dominated by strong chocolate flavors. Some esters watching over the beginning of the taste. These all fade into a coffee flavor with a clean bitterness above. Some sweet malts appear as the beer warms.

M-Low/medium carbonation. Medium body. Feels very silky and smooth through my mouth.

D-Great drinkability. Extremely enjoyable. What a beer, with a very full flavor, yet relatively easy to drink.

Photo of velkyal
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a wonderful deep ruby colour, bordering on black, and the head was a frothy dark tan. The nose was really interesting as the first thing that hit me was soy sauce, which brought to mind the Pardubick√Ĺ Porter, however there were also light coffee hints and eventually something which brought to mind the kelp beds on the beaches back at home, which I am assuming was from the seaweed finings used in production. The pre-dominant flavour though was of caramelised bananas, one of my favourite desserts, as well as dark chocolate and a light coffee taste.

Photo of morimech
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large tan head that has great retention that eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

I was really surprised by the aroma. I must have gotten a very fresh bottle. The English hop aroma is just amazing. Floral and herbal hops meld perfectly with the roasted malt.

The flavors consist of roasted malt, chocolate, with a herbal and earthy finish. Bitterness is low overall from both the malt and hops.

The body is not the biggest out there but it is still very good. Carbonation is low, just enough.

Probably the perfect English Porter. I left some room for others as I have not had many of the style. Just proves that a beer does not have to have huge hops and high ABV to be excellant.

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

Poured from a bottle into a beer glass

A - dark brown, almost black color that produced a brown head that lasted 3/4 of the way and left a nice lace all the way down the glass

S - Dark chocolate with hints of spice

T - Mix of chocolate and bitter taste that is completely in balance, satisfying all the way down

M - smooth, creamy brew that pleases the buds and hangs around for a while after (and thats not a bad thing)

D - A great porter that can be enjoyed again and again, never disappointing

Photo of tugdriver7
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always on the lookout for a great porter, this one came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Deep brown to black in the glass with a decent bit of foam on top. Rich roasted malt in the nose and the same in the initial taste, but the lighter body, subtle carbonation, and a hint of bitter hops balance the brew beautifully and make it extremely drinkable. Well worth seeking out. Just a quality porter. Period.

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

Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter pours dark with a two finger light brown head. It has a malty roasted aroma with hints of chocolate. This beer sure does have a nice mouthfell. Very smooth to me. It starts malty and sweet and finishes with a roasted chocolate and coffee flavor. Carbonation is right for the style. Seems to be very widely available across the fruited plain. The only negative for me is the somewhat high price tag.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a dark motor oil color. Very dense and thick. Head is that of a burnt caramel color with a spotty lacing on my glass.

S- roasted malts and hints of chocolate. figs and raisins as well.

T- raisin and cocoa come to the forefront. It feels like i am eating the sunmaid raisins with a powdered cocoa. Unique and quite delicious. Some light malts and espresso on the back end.

M- Creamy and thick. Very smooth though however. a burst of cocoa and espresso remains on the palate.

D- It didnt take much to put this porter down. I have to say it is one of the best porters i have had. Very great!

Photo of Japerrault
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Beer poured with a thick tan head which dissipated fairly quickly.
C: The color is very dark, almost black, with just a tad of ruby showing through on the edges.
A: Aroma showed me a raisiny-cocoa, and some reminance of black licorice. No notice of hopps were apparent.
T: Medium carbonation, Tartness upfront, followed by chocolate and raisins; bitterness, and dark chocolate lingering in the aftertaste. Hops flavor really had to be searched for, nearly undetectable.
M: Mouthfeel was creamy and medium-full. It allowed the flavors to hang on the tongue for a good while.
Overall this is a great beer. Nice complex malt flavors.

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

A- Dark but a little brown light coming through in the light. nice thick tan fluffy head.

S - sweet malty figs and dark candy fruit

T - A lot like it smells the candy fruits really come through and blend well with the chocolate and slight smoky flavors also present. Delicious, my friends at the table all liked it a lot even though they each claim not to like dark "heavy" beers.

M and D - smooth and soft and just perfect. I have to slow myself down, and enjoy every extra minute. Carbonation is fantastic, tiny bubbles help make it one easy to drink brew. this is the beer that brings me to the Sam Smith pubs!

Photo of stawn
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 18.2oz bottle into a pint glass.
Out cascades a THICK, black as night body with about a fingers worth of mocha colored head.
Smells of dark strong roast and alcohol.
First taste is silky and chocolately goodness!
Another whiff and my nose thinks its a Hershey bar melted into a fresh pot of delicious coffee. Slight bitterness hits the tongue first, quickly followed by a smokey wood flavor. I am left with bits of coco danging in my mouth. Hints of raisins sprint across the tongue. What a complex brew!
This beer departs your pallet as quickly as it got there, leaving only a relish of smoked chocolate in your mouth.
I will definitely get this one again!

Photo of wl0307
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB July 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: nearly black in colour, showing some dark mahogany glows when placed against light; the huge rocky khaki foam retains the thickness well, settling only reluctantly to a 0.5cm blanket throughout the drink.
S: compared with my previous notes, the aroma this time is predominantly fruity, featuring lots of jammy dark fruits, black date flesh, black prunes, raisins, burned nuttiness, treacle, even thick soy sauce, a tinge of moulded cheese, and a assertive sour edge more like an old ale could give... as the heavier fruity tinge softens, a rich oat-biscuity aroma sneaks through... overall the aroma is just phenomenal and beautifully complex for an English Porter! For a bottled Porter, now I really don't know which one is my favourite, Fuller's London Porter or this...
T: cobweb? (... don't know why this springs to mind, maybe it's the mould and stuff...) then roasted nuts, the bitter edge of treacle, a touch of moulded cheese, soothingly-textured roasted malts, bitter dark chocolates and bitter licorice roots roam freely on the palate alongside very mixed dark fruitiness... the flavour is so well-integrated and somewhat clean(!) that I can't tell where the roast-maltiness ends and the fruitiness starts. The lingering moderate-level bitterness of hops, burned nuts and black malt together lend a superb length in the slightly dry aftertaste.
M&D: utterly smooth, even rounded, greatly helped by microscopic fizziness that sustains throughout the drink. If I am to choose one bottled-version English Porter as a session beer that gives me all the flavour with a healthy balance, pleasure of quaffing, yet also from time to time a little something that I would pause to have a good sniff of... this is the one.

Tasting Date: 31/08/05
BB date: Jan. 06.
4 A: in a goblet it pours a deeply dark brown to nearly black colour; the tan head quickly settles to a thin layer with good retention.
4.5 S: deeply chocolatey, roasted nutty and toffeeish with a very good depth, supported by an intense, aromatic dark-fruit aroma and a tinge of leather, licorice, even blue-cheese(!), and some lively coffeeish note. Overall, the nose is settled, complex yet also aromatic~~
4.5 T: a roasted-barley and dark malty flavour prevails upfront--very smooth palate, with nuttiness, dark chocolate's rich flavour at the back along with a hint of savoury flavour and very mild hoppyness. In the aftertaste the profound nutty flavour lingers only too well, but is balanced with a medium-bitterness and leads to a slightly dryish finish.
4.5 M&4.5 D: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth, even rounded, but has a refreshing texture, thanks to the tiny yet invisible bubbles in the black nectar; medium-bodied, with full flavour yet staying low-profile, this is a balanced porter with some excellent yet subtle characteristics. It takes time to explore this beer fully. Excellent beer.

Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a two finger tan head.

The smell is bright. Sweet fruit- cherry, roasted malt, and coffee.

The taste is not mellow. Almost sharp taste of roasted malts. Sweet fruit is in the finish.

Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel is classic.

Very drinkable beer that is great.

Photo of sliverX
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can see why this ones got famous in the name, if you wanted to have an ideal porter this would be it. Perfect taste exactly what a porter should be, poored a nice deep brown, small head with little lacing, hints of chocolate and coffee.
Was very easy drinking another that didn't dwell in my glass very long, will look for this again.
Was surprised that the beer was in a clear bottle as from looking at it the beer made the bottle look like the standard brown bottle. The foil was a pain to try and peel off ended up resorting to just using the bottle opener through it.

Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, almost black, reddish brown, it has a very large, creamy tan head that shrinks very slowly and leaves nice, even lace.

The aroma is chocolate, toast with hints of nut and spices, and an old earthy-leaf quality.

The taste is mostly prunes, black pepper, red wine, with a hint of dark toast at first and soon chocolate and roasted grain and toast become stronger, esp. as it warms. The body is fairly light but it's lively and zesty. This is a good, solid, porter with lasting flavour and coimplexity.

Photo of stageseven
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours an extremely dark brown, almost black in appearance. There is a small tan head, with little lacing on the glass.

It's aroma is that of roast coffee, with hints of berries. It's a very attractive looking and smelling drink.

The taste is dominated by coffee flavors, but there is a somewhat muted sweet malt flavor as well. The finish is bitter, with a roast coffee bean aftertaste.

The mouth feel is rich and creamy, with light carbonation. This beer is very similar in taste and feel to Guinness, but it has a much more balanced bitterness.

This is a very drinkable beer. Even though it's not a thirst-quencher, it is very flavorful, incredibly well balanced, and just tastes great.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Are the folks at Sam Smith's just incapable of making a sub-par beer, because this shit is delicious.

It pours jet black with a nice beige head that sticks around for a while. Pretty decent lacing too.

The smell is of roasted chocolate malts and in that regard, some bittersweet chocolate. There's a nice hint of sourness on the nose too.

The taste is big on bittersweet chocolate to boot. This stuff finishes dry, which I definitely like. Quality flavor here.

You're looking at a medium mouthfeel with a somewhat prickly carbonation. I'm not used to this in a porter, but it's a nice change of pace, so I dig it.

Overall, this is yet another badass English brew from the lovely people at the ol' Tadcaster brewery. I'm beginning to think that they're infallible, in fact.

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

Got this at the Bierkonig in Amsterdam

Bottle into a pint glass

APPEARANCE: Black with a one finger tan head. Bubbles pop in the head, but it settles slowly into a thick film, which shows good persistency. Some lacing as well. Little to no carbonation evident.

SMELL: Roasted smoky malt on the nose, including some dark fruit and a little licorice as well. Strong enough to say something.

TASTE: Definite dark fruits and licorice in the taste, much more noticeable than in the scent, and a good dose of cacao. Roasted malt as well, but fruits and licorice are more prevalent. The mild aftertaste is slightly sweet with cocoa again.

PALATE: Thick and full on the palate with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. No bite and feels great for the style.

OVERALL: This is a very nice porter, one of the best I've had. Great nose and taste, as well as an excellent feel and finish. Golden. Very drinkable. Will re-visit this one for sure.

Photo of sgoodship
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The darkest brown - almost black. Poured a nice puffy coffee cream two finger head. As the drink progressed the head was wafer thin with some spotting on the glass. Fine looking porter.

S: Coffee, bitter chocolate, butterscotch and a little hop sourness. Good hearty smell.

T: It is smoother than you imagine it could possibly be. Bold but very well balanced. For me, the start was more of the caramel, the middle moved through a more burnt/roasted malt into the coffee and the finish was the bitter chocolate and the intense but just perfect hop bitterness. Lovely progression.

M: Full/medium body. Smooth and creamy. Small amount of carbonation to liven things up. Slips down very easily.

D: What's not to like? I love porter and this is a darned good porter. I loved it before I reviewed it, I am loving it as I am reviewing it and I will love it again. Nuff said.

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle purchased at Gomer's in Lee's Summit into a dimpled mug.
A - Black in color, nearly opaque, with frothy tan head.
S - Aroma of roasted malt with chocolate and dried fruit.
T - Tastes like it smells. Full on roasted malt with notes of chocolate, dried prunes and coffee. Delicious!
M - Full mouthfeel with a long,tasty finish.
D - This is one the best tasting porters around. Like all the other Samuel Smith's brews, an excellent example of the style. Compared to a lot of the other small brewery beers, Samuels Smith's is also an excellent value.

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