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

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2,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 1,229
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 151 | 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 cjgator3
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger tan colored head. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate and butterscotch. Taste is of roasted malts and butterscotch with notes of coffee rounding it out. Overall this is a great porter and another great brew from this brewery.

cjgator3, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of BamaWorKs
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Keeping in mind that I rate these beers only in comparison with other beers of their type.

With that being said, this beer poured beautifully into my mug from the classic "pint and change" bottle that Samuel Smith typically uses, maintains about a finger of frother head throughout, creates great rings down the class... the aromas were fairly complex, with hints of different types of nuts and at points, chocolate and coffee. But the taste is where this porter shines. By far one of the best porters I've had, this really combines all the different facets of a porter to make one of the best porters around. Surprisingly carbonated with a GREAT drinkability (in comparision with other porters), if you're a big fan of the Porter, this is the beer for you. Very tasty!

BamaWorKs, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of jdmorgan
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter poured a dark brown with a small, quickly dissipating head. The smell had dark roasted malt aromas as well as a slight coffee scent. The taste was full of roasted malt flavor with a medium hop profile and bitterness. The taste was complex with a number of other flavors present, although I couldn't put my finger on them. The mouthfeel was medium/thick with a medium/low carbonation. The felt like I could drink these on a regular basis as I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is an excellent porter and I highly recommend it.

jdmorgan, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown with just faint red hues creeping through. Small, short-lived head, tan in color, but it leaves nice rings on the glass.

Faint whisps of coffee and dark malt. A little espresso too. Could use more in this department.

Taste leans toward chocolate and coffee (espresso again). Some light hints of dark berries too. Again, weaker than expected. Not bad, but not particularly remarkable either.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, a little creamy even. Medium carbonation keeps it from being too heavy. Gets a little slick and bitter at the back of the throat after a few sips, but it stays fairly well balanced.

Not the experience I was hoping for, this being "The Famous Taddy Porter" and all, but far from undrinkable/unenjoyable.

skillerified, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown with a quickly fading head.

Smell: Smelled a little chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors give way to chocolate, not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium to thin in body.

Drinkability: Above average, could be a good session beer.

Not as bitter as most American porters but not as rich and flavorful as Fuller's porter. An above-average porter that would be a good session beer.

Mdog, May 21, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black opaque body with a thick cinnamon tan head that last and last. A nice carbonation of tiny bubbles sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- During the pour the smell of dark roasted malt and some earthy, coffee notes came through. There are some soft notes of fresh cigar tobacco and a hint of tar.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with good complexity. Not as complex as the smell but very nice. Notes of lighter toasted malts are in the background with a light sourness that finishes the beer. There is some earthiness in the taste as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. It is a bit watery in the finish.

D- Very nice complexity with good flavors. The complexity of the malt really comes through in the smell and it would be nice to see all of the complexity make it to the taste.

rhoadsrage, May 17, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, with a brown head. The head fades fast, leaving average laces.

This beer has a sweet caramel malt aroma. Roasted malts make a strong presence. This beer has a slight coffee aroma, but only ever so slight. A slight hop presence is detectable.

This beer has a mild malty flavor. It is sweet. It has a subtle coffee flavor. A slight hop flavor is present. It also has a slight vanila flavor to it.

This beer is medium bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a caramel like aftertaste. This beer is creamy. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would be a great session beer. It is not too harsh flavor wise. Also, it is relatively low in alcohol. I could drink a few of these.

OStrungT, May 15, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque, black color with a cream colored head that was both frothy and sticky. A bit of lacing was left behind in my pint glass. The texture appears thick with a somewhat murky presence that is enticing. Aromas of plums, dates, alcohol, roasted sugar, and old raisins seemed to come out. The taste was dominated by malt & fruit derived sweetness. Smoked and burnt wood flavors add depth to the beer, but also seem out-of-place in that they don't work with the other flavors. A bitter finish is quite enjoyable. An interesting brew with unique flavors and a nice texture, but not all of the elements I look for in a good porter are there.

jaluria, May 04, 2006
Photo of cproioi
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice black body witha tan head that stood 2 1/2 fingers high. The head quickly disipated to 1/2 finger and left nice lacing.

S: Not a very strong aroma but did have subtle hints of roasted dark malts.

T: Very sweet. Little if any hops bite to it. Had a slight coffee after taste. However, the flavor that stood out to me the most was of apples. This beer to me tastes like apples.

M: To me this beer was pretty thin for a porter. However, with that being said it also is very crisp feeling which is nice.

D: Very drinkable. I would suggest this brew to anyone who wants to start exploring the world of porters. It's sweetier then their American counter-parts.

cproioi, May 02, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL clear glass bottle poured into tall glass.

The Famous Taddy Porter is a rich, dark brown color with decent head.

Not an overly strong aroma, but malty, sweet, a touch roasty.

This is a tasty beer, with malty sweetness, caramel flavors and a clean finish from just a touch of hops bitterness.

Mouth feel is clean and smooth, medium to thin consistency.

Overall a nice, tasty beer that one could be happy to drink a bunch of with friends.

AaronHomoya, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of PartyHatjo
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Appearence: Deep ruby color with an ample tan head. Dissipation of head leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

Aroma: Biscuit with a bit of a sour aroma to it. Methink there's some Bret present during the fermentation. Roasty aromas of coffee balance well the breadiness.

Taste: Complex taste. A nice acidity that goes very well with the roasted coffee malt flavors. Highly fruity aftertaste (tart apple and toffee, especially) that accentuates the tartness and complements the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body light carbonation. Tartness is interesting in the porter.

Drinkability: A good porter (on par with Edmund Fitzgerald--my favorite). Tartness implies a dry character and masks the body a bit. Very drinkable, and could pass as a session porter.

PartyHatjo, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours an almost opaque black color. The head is massive, creamy, and brown. Lacing is thorough and lasts until the beer is finished. The aroma is of chocolate, cream, toffee and has a touch of the famous Samuel Smith's house aroma. The taste, however, is rather bland for a porter. There is some toffee and burnt malt flavors that are nice, but nothing really stands out and makes things interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter. At 5% ABV it could make for a very sessionable beer if it had something flavor wise to entertain. With that said, I would choose Summit Great Northern Porter, Bell's Porter, or Bully! Porter, all between 4.9% and 5.25% ABV, as my session porter of choice over The Famous Taddy Porter any day of the week.

KarlHungus, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It could be brown. It might be black. All I can say for sure is that it has ruby highlights when held to the light.
This dark sand colored head would look right at home on a rootbeer float.
The smell is chocolate, smoky and toasted.
This is excellent. Loved the creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very mild. The lower ABV makes this a definite session beer.

EvilKeith, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my new Sam Smith's pint glass from a clear bottle with a gold foil toper and Sammy's typically handsome labelling.

Rich oaky black with some mellow dark brown notes hanging out where the light makes its way through; A foamy, thick head rises up as its bubbles all join together, some getting as large as a dime before bursting, and falls down to a thin layer, leaving behind wispy soapy curls of lace.

Light coffee and chocolate are intermingled with that distinctive Sam Smith scent that I can't quite describe - a kind of woodiness, maybe spicy earthy roots.

A large quantity of vanilla bean is present in the flavor, mingled with some cocoa and slightly grassy, acidic hop finish. A bit of coffee lingers after swallowing.

Fairly light, very smooth on the tongue with very little noticeable carbonation until you agitate it. The finish is relatively crisp, and leaves behind some slight lingering flavors that are more slick than sticky.

The Famous Taddy Porter was one of Sam Smith's beers that I intended to try first - As a matter of fact, it could very well have been one of the first beers that led me into the craft brew world, but I picked up the Oatmeal Stout instead. I've gone through a lot of other beers in their lineup before getting to this one, and it's a tasty English-style porter.

Tupperwolf, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown to almost black onyx hue with a toffee colored head. The head grew to be about three fingers high without haveing to coax it at all,leaveing behind a small amount of laceing.

Smell: The aromas are of chocolate and dark fruity malts. Alcohol is also detected in the nose along with some woody scents.

Taste: The taste is superb. Coffee notes with dark semi-sweet chocolates. A nice hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is still present as well as the woody/nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not bad at all, personally I would've liked to seen this one a little thicker mouthfeel. Was medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Leaves a dingy tea-like film on the inside of my mouth after each quaff.

Drinkability: Overall,I enjoyed this beer and will probably purchase it again on occasion but it's not a beer to crave.


cheers2beers, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of jslot38
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Old label, clear bottle, 355ml into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body, kahki tan head. The originally volumnous head fades to a 1/2 inch.

Smell: Deep malts, chocolate, toffee, ground walnuts, subtle hints of coffee.

Taste: Malts all the way, toffe, coffee grounds, chocolate, a touch of caramel. Subtle hop oils give way to a biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: Great feel on the tongue, heavy but smooth, low level of carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: Could make a great session porter. Not too filling for a heavy beer, and a low level of alcohol. Went great with Sausalito cookies from Pepperidge Farms.

jslot38, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle, gold foil on top, Samuel Smith embossed on the shoulder.
Deep dark brown, if you didn't know better it looks like a brown bottle, not clear bottle with brown contents. Brown tinged head that forms a thin cap and leaves thin lace. Lots of smells, faint but there including coffee, cocoa, and some smoke. Full flavored with blend of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some burnt sugar-like taste. Overall, a nice porter-type taste. Sweet taste balanced by a bitter finish. Creamy smooth mouth feel, low carbonation. Expensive, but worth the treat now and again.

BigBry, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 550ml clear glass bottle, when I popped the cap, part of the lip came off with it...whoops. It pours a dark brown, almost black and when held up to light a burgundy red shimmers through. Nice creamy light brown three-quarters of an inch of head with a decent lacing trailing behind.

Smell is of dark roasted coffee and chocolate, very bitter yet sweet, with a hint of tobacco...smells really tasty.

Tastes 50-50, rich chocolate and coffee, very roasted and toasty, mildly sweet and nutty with a perfect hop bittering finish. This flavor has depth and a long lasting pleasant aftertaste, that just makes you want to have more.

Healthy body and velvety smooth mouthfeel, this is a damn tasty Porter that "is the style", plain and simple.

A pleasure to drink and a great beer to break up the daily, or shall I say weekly style of preferance. Damn solid Porter...cheers!

scottoale, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep garnet highlights and excellent clarity. 3+ fingers of dark-cream colored dense foam will retain very well but leave minimal lacing. Roasted barley and black patent nose, background coffee and fuggles hops. The taste is not as sweet as you would expect, dominant burnt/roasted barley flavor leans the flavor towards the bitter end. The aftertaste is of smoked malt, black patent and drying english hops. The uncommon charred flavor seems off-balance especially for the english version of porter and tastes more like a milk/sweet stout! Fine carbonation in a medium body breaks up the rich burnt taste and the finish is mostly clean. The bitterness fades quickly and there is no residual sweetness so it manages a high drinkability.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of gdogalishus
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Poured with a nice thick head of dark tan color. Aroma was clean with a hint of dark roasted malts. Flavor was rich, thicker than expected in the mouth. Dark chocolate with a fruity sweetness to balance a dark bitterness. The sweetness stays on the tip of your tongue long after the swallow. A mild alcohol in the back of the throat, but not overpowering. The sweetness lingers almost too long. A pleasant porter experience for sure, but I prefer the Meantime London Porter over this one.

gdogalishus, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of sevineyes
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear bottle with a red and black label.

A: Very dark garnet. Poured with a nice tan head.

S: Black cherries. Juicy green melon. Excellent sourness. Fresh peeled shrimp. Like a copper bloodiness.

T: Very big. Begins rather sweet like melons, but with an underlying pepper. Moves to a dry sourness that's not strong, but definitely there. Some kind of roasty smoke that's very subtle. Very huge aftertaste that belies the taste. Lingering bitterness. Has some natural saltiness in the finish.

M: Quenching, but not overly oily. Silky. Smooth.

Overall: Has some of the elements similar to the house style for Sam Smith beers. Some unattainable characteristics in both the smell and taste. Really does have some spicy steak blood elements without too much of the metallic aspects. Very savory.

sevineyes, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Appearance, nose, good porter flavor
Lows: None

Pours pitch brown with light brown head that seems to fade quickly. No visible yeast residue, though nose is sweet and yeastie with a hint of honey and another a malty presence. Flavor of malt/sorghum along with toasted chocolate; mouth is quite substantial with a nice tiny bubble texture. There?s a bit of chocolate on the finish, which is also slightly bitter. Drinkability is good.

Overall: A good porter; recommended.

jettjon, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of kevin62
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This porter poured out a dark brown/black with a large yet quickly dissappearing tan head.The smell was of coffee as well as in the taste.The body, in my opinion was very light.The taste was a little bland,almost metallic and I guess I was expecting more from this.Maybe I will have to go back to this one in the future and try again.

kevin62, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of taez555
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark opaque black body with a white head.

Nose is simply ambrosial. Very sweet rich milk chocolate, fruits, cold sweet smoke, toasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, pears, apples, burnt malts. Samuel Smith has such a classic smell and this porter just exemplifies that.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. A cold chimney like smokey, wood stove type flavor. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, stale coffee and dark malts. Definitely taste a mild butterscotch in the middle and towards the end. Hop bitterness is present and just enough to give balance.

Why don't I drink this beer more? Simply amazing, one of the most flavorful and drinkable porters out there. I can only imagine what this beer tastes like fresh, or not in a clear bottle, or... dare I say... on cask? Amazing beer.

taez555, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark color. Big fluffy rocky head with decent retention and a healthy amount of lacing.

Coffee malt and basic porter smell.

Nothing out of the ordinary here. I don't see what all of the fuss is about. I'd trade this one for a local porter anytime.

This certainly doesn't live up to the name... especially since it has "Famous" in it.

timtheenchanta, Mar 07, 2006
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,490 ratings.