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

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2,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,547
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 146
Gots: 167 | 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 bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruit. It tastes the same way to me, but in addition to the initial malty sweetness, there's a bitter coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's a bit creamy and smooth. The drinkability is good, but not great. Overall it's a good beer, but I've had better porters.

bluejacket74, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark, some reddish brown at the edges, 2cm tan head forms. Aroma is malty and chocolatey with some dark cherries. The taste is sweet and almost fruity, apple cider and cherries, with a lot of chocolate undertones. Fairly light bodied for a creamy beer, easy to drink.

Verdict: a standard. A good beer, I would never hesitate to drink one in front of me, but you won't find my frige full of them.

dfried, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a top notch porter worth the poney indeed. has a nice head. Thickness fades fairly quickly, but not that quickly. However, some head remains for quite some time.

Smell of chocolate malts. Other scents are faint.

Taste of chocolate malts with nice hop balance as not too be too overbearing on the malt profile.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not too thick. Crispness is fairly nice.

This is one sessionable porter. For the lovers of chocolate malts. This is one to drink as the weather starts to cool down in the pre winte rmonths.

jasonjlewis, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The SS Taddy porter poured dark black with a great foamy head and lacing. light aromas of roasted malt and tangy fruit were present and the taste was amazing- a pleasant refreshing dark chocolate coffee malt, light but flavorful. The backend was made up of dried fruits and a slight bitterness. Great body and cool on the tongue. An extremely sessionable porter and very well balanced brew.

kernalklink, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reedish-brown color with massive tannish head. Minmal lacing.
Smell is dark fruity(raisins, plums) with somewhat of a wine or sherry character also present.
Taste is more fruitiness, being swett enough to be enjoyable without going too far.
Finishes with more sweetness, but also has a firm dry bitterness at the end.
Great drinkabilty. Nice session beer.

tgbljb, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. undated, clear bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Body was an opaque brown black color. The head was three fingers of tan froth, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell was understated. Grainy, maltiness. Chocolate undertones. Slightly medicinal and faintly ashy.

Taste was a nice blend of light, zesty hoppiness and sweet grainy toastiness. Dry tartness kept me wanting another swallow.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Body was thin to medium. A classic beer.

Cresant, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: great, pitch black beer with a dark brown, very fluffy and silky, creamy head.

Smell: also has a very good smell, potent, combining burnt sugar, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: great taste as well, roasted malts, coffee, toast and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel, the head is specially creamy.

Drinkability: very easy to drink on a winter night.

My favorite porter.

brdc, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with a delightfully creamy head that lasts till the end.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee aroma with a very clean smell.

Taste: Very rich palate, with a taste of chocolate and even coffee. It also had a roasted taste to it much like the oatmeal stout.

Mouth-Feel: Very creamy and smooth

Drink-ability: One of the best porters out there. I really enjoyed this brew and highly recommend it.

mnesporov, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Fuller's nonic (why didn't I use my Sam Smith glass !?) raises a shallow sub one-finger head that falls quickly to surface lacing and then to a glass ring. The head's hue is a light tan. The beer is black initially, but clearly a deep ruby when backlit. The nose is roasted, but also has a special earthy smell. There's also some intense caramel and light fruitiness floating about. The taste is bitter-sweet, nutty, and roasted, with only the barest hints of coffee floating about. Ok, some chocolate too, but I didn't notice at first. The earthiness here is probably from some very nice hopping. A bit of acid too, and some butteriness. The mouth is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is pretty high but fine and tingly. A very nice porter.

mjc410, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Neehan
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near-black with a small head, but what is there is thick and foamy with a coffee-like appearance. The smell is delicious with coffee, chocolate, and smoky malts coming through. The smoked flavor is even stronger in the taste. More roasted malts come through in the aftertaste. Very nice. The mouthfeel is mild and syrupy with a nice balance. This may be the most drinkable porter I have had. A great choice for the winter or anytime for that matter.

Neehan, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of jsimon816
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading an article in the NY Times on the comeback of Porter's, it was the right time of the season to make my return as well. Pouring into a glass a nice head with tight bubbles appeared. The smell was a rich smokey aroma which was very inviting. The first taste was smooth with a full flavored mouthfeel. It finished with the smokey,coffee aftertaste. The drinkablility was well rounded and made for relaxation after a long day.

jsimon816, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Winter
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The arrival of cooler Autumn weather has put me in a porter mood, so I decided to pick up one of the best available. The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown/near black in color with mahogany high lights. A thick tan head, rocky at first, then settles to a creamy top. It never goes away during consumption. Complex aroma of fig, caramel, chocolate, coffee and cocoa. It made we want to stick my nose in the pint and take it all in time-and-time again. That taste is just as satisfying. Things start of with a prune and roasted malt taste. Sweet caramel and roasted coffee flavor follow. Dark chocolate is detected near the back. The finish is long and dry with a burnt raisin flavor to it.

This is a very good porter. A sipper to be savored and enjoyed. An hour had passed and I was still enjoying the same long-lasting pint.

Winter, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz foil-topped bottle.

A- Dark dark brown with a tan head. Head is about 2 fingers to start, settles to one finger, and takes a little while to settle down all of the way.

S- Sweet caramel, dark chocolate, malty, with a touch of sour.

T- Smooth, nutty, burnt, chocolate, earthy/smokey towards the end. Almost reminds me of their nut brown but much more bold and burnt.

M- Milky, thick, silky-smooth, a tiny bit dry at the end.

D- This beer is awesome. Great session beer if you have money to spend.

Rudgers73, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - it pours a dark inpenatrable brown, and has a nice fluffy offwhite head.

S - Starts off with aroams of chocolate, more so mocha, roasted coffee, maybe some molasses. There is a background of oxidation, but other than that, it is fantastic.

T - Starts off flat and sharp but as it warms it turns into a nice mixture of chocolate and the roasted malt character. It finishes witha a roasted note.

M - Slight carbination bite, that turns nice and smooth as it ends.

D - One of the best porters out there.

quasimoto, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550mL clear bottle into a mug. TADDY PORTER!

Dark brown, almost black as a stout, with some ruby edges. Thick light brown head that rises after your finish pouring, almost as if you are fast forwarding a taping of a bread being baked. Has a "pillowy" look as it settles. Clingy lacing along the gass, with only a few open spots.

Bitter coffee like malt scents with some sweet molasses and vanilla close behind it, along with some light chocolate scents which enhance as they warm.

Heavy black coffee malts paired with low carbonation in a medium body. Bitter and slightly acidic taste, but still finishes smooth with the dark malts lingering in the mouth. Some smokey flavors stand out on the sides of the tongue. Sweet sugary flavors emerge as the beer warms.

I'm going to move this one to the top of my porter list. I love the feel and taste of this beer. Pricey but worth it.

BeerSox, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of tfp4268
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical near-black with a light tan frothy head that lingers for a long time.

Smell...WOW! This is an amazing aroma! Chocolate, cotton candy, brown sugar, raisins. Too much to get a handle on without sitting around sniffing this beer for an hour or so.

Taste...Sweet malt, weak coffee, malty finish, not a lot of hops. not a very complex flavor, disappointing compared to the wonderfully complex smell. As it warms, it stays the same.

Mouthfeel is smooth enough.

This is a very drinkable porter. Unfortunately, it is very drinkable because it kinda lacks flavor.

tfp4268, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: very dark, almost black with a nice rich foamy, mocha colored head. Nice lacing and color overall

Smell: Smell was...yikes...not very good smell. I think this bottle sat on the shelf for a while. A bit skunky! I could detect a strong coffee smell with a touch of malts in their somewhere

Taste: was not as bad as the smell! Did have a very genuine coffee flavor along with roasted malts as stated above. Has a slight bitter after taste that makes for a nice finish. Coffee flavor...yes a burnt chocolate coffee flavor is the taste along with a slight earthy flavor

Mouthfeel: fairly smooth and soft, goes down pertty easy

Overall a bit offensive! I will probably give this another try sometime....maybe. Dont know if it was just the bottle or me?

Magpie14, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of wanker
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I found the taste and mouthfeel a bit thin. There was a bit of skunk in the taste as well. Weak head. Perhaps I was spoiled by the Young's Oatmeal Stout I had consumed the prior day, because this porter was inferior in every respect to the Young's.

That said, this is certainly not a bad beer. Better than many. But nothing I'd go out of my way for.

wanker, Oct 10, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 550ml clear bottle with no freshness date. Pours a black color with ruby hues when held to light and a mocha colored, two finger head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is very strong of roasted malt. There is also a strong presence of smoke along with some dark chocolate.

Taste of those roasted malts with some dark chocolate present as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty drinkable.

hckyfn9999, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. Great two finger that is almost perfectly even with the lip of the glass. Creamy, tan, bread dough head amidst dark coffee hues. Good porter aromas hit the nostroil. Plenty of roasted and creamy vanilla like malts. Great passover to the mouth with more developed creaminess. More light brunt malt notes in the back of the throat as well. Very smooth palte. But lets you know you are packing on the calories.

scruffwhor, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Decent head, good dark brown color.

Smell: Carob, caramel smoothness which would be great on a fall night outside.

Taste: chocolate, carob, sorta like brownies, slight, SLIGHT grapefruitiness

Mouthfeel: It seems like one of the thinner porters I've had. It's definitely thinner than something like Sierra Nevada Porter. It's medium thin I'd say. When you first swig it there's a big chunkiness to it.

Drinkability: Easily could drink this stuff all night. Friggen good.

CaskofFlyingDog, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

550ml glass bottle with the usual good-looking Samuel Smith's design & labeling. No freshness date.

Pours dark brown with red edges. A few fingers of very creamy medium-brown head. Very good lace retention. Deep toasted bread, nut, and chocolate malt aromas. Flavor conforms with the smell. Chewy chocolate malts up front with some bread dough, butterscotch, and nutty flavors in the center. Excellent drying burnt toast finish. Superb medium body with just the right balance of cream and carbonation.

dgallina, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a 2.5 fingers sand colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & wet cardboard & rum cake

T: Roasted malt, chocolate & bitter hops. Coffee, hops & more chocolate follows. Finishes dry & a little chalky with a hint of raisin

MF: Slick with good carbonation & okay balance

Didn't really stand out as drinkable, will get another bottle another day, this may be old or light struck

russpowell, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of ColForbin
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My bottle of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is 550ml with gold foil on the top. And it is clear, as are all of the Samuel Smith bottles. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a thick tan head with good retention and lacing. Unfortunately, the first thing I smell upon opening the bottle is skunkiness, like every other bottle of Sam Smith's I've ever had. By letting it sit for a while, I can get some roasted caramel flavors and some hops but I can't totally get the skunkiness out of my nose. Taste is roasted and nutty with some coffee and chocolate notes as well, and if I could keep the skunkiness out of my nose would be spectacular. Finish is smokey and dry. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Would be very drinkable if ever bottle that I ever purchased wasn't skunked. It's a great porter, but unless they switch to brown bottles or I can get it straight out of the case, I won't be buying it very often.

ColForbin, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of jhollick
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle

Smell is sweet of chocolate, molasses, fig, and sweet malts. There is a slightly tart smell present as well. This is definitely a Samuel Smith beer. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but very creamy and smooth. The smoothness remains after you swallow, coating the tongue.

Taste is sweet, with the flavors mirroring the smells. Some smoky flavor and some dryness from the hops comes through in the aftertaste. There is also a hint of a sour towards the end. I can't place it, but it somehow fits the beer. As it warms a bit, more sweet flavors reveal themselve, and a bit of nuttiness comes out. This is one tasty and complex beer. I'm glad I have 18+ oz. of enjoyment in this one.

Overall, this is basically what I expected coming into it. That's not to say it is mundane or anything like that. Samuel Smith just has a certain feel to the beers, and this fits in, while differentiating itself from its other styles. It is an easy drinking porter, and one to be savored. Price is my only limiting factor, but even at a high price, I'll still buy. Its that good.

jhollick, Sep 22, 2006
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 2,547 ratings.