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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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2,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 146 | 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 sevineyes
3.93/5  rDev -6%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of mclanem
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer looks and smells great first off. really dark black with a brown head looks creamy. the smell is sweet and rich, could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap a little. the taste is great a light roasted malt flavor a bit grainy good though, not to much on the mouthful not to strong but it is smooth over all. good drinkablity on this beer I would like to try more like it.

mclanem, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours out a very nice black, slightly tan around edges, tan head foams up, looks good.

Smell. a deep roast smell. dryer and a good bit of coffee smells, coffee with some heavy cream. quite nice.

Taste is dry and a little roasty. In my opinion, the taste doesnt compete with the aroma. A little disappointed. not as complex. But it still is good. slightly metallic. is balance, but not much hop balance.

Mouthfeel. Its good mouthfeel, good carbonation and decent balance. good body for this porter.

Overall a good beer. Very enjoyable, but for the money you could get the same quality taste for cheaper. One i would never turn down, but hard to drop the money on this import.

acrawf6, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Very dark brown with only slight ruby highlights under a light. Rich creamy tan head that eventually dissipates to quarter inch layer of foam

S - Aroma is sweet toasted malt with berry wine overtones. The aroma is quite distinctive and pleasant. I wish it tasted more like it smells. Aroma is more prominent as the beer warms to the recommended 50-55°F

T - Taste is more acidic than sweet. Some chocolate, plenty of toasted malt. The taste of the beer improves considerably when it warms past 50°F. I notice a bit more sweetness and a banana flavor begins to come through. Banana coffee.

M - Feels thin and is lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel improves as the beer warms, feels less watery.

D - Goes down easy, low alcohol. A person could drink more than a few of these. I was going to consign this to my bottle collection and never return to it but it really does improve as it warms. Do yourself a favor and don’t drink this cold.

CDBeerDisappear, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of musingmonkey
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

musingmonkey, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.05/5  rDev -51%

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.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

MSchae1017, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

geexploitation, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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!

Byeast, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev -6%

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.

jmz62565, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Mitchel
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

Mitchel, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +1%

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.

daliandragon, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.38/5  rDev -43.1%

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.

klewis, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

BEERchitect, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

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.


SteveO1231, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of LarryV
4.22/5  rDev +1%

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.

LarryV, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

tavernjef, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Matthew
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

Matthew, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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 !!

mdagnew, Dec 12, 2005
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.