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

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2,522 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 145
Gots: 158 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of TechMyst
1.55/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

CONTAINER TYPE: Bottle (pasteurized)
FRESH: SD27B1 (in question)
PURCHASED @: Binny’s McHenry
COST: $3.49 9-15-06
HEAD: light brown; large creamy; mostly diminishing
LACE: fair
REFLECTED- black muddy
TRANSMITTED- black, slight red tint (very opaque)
AROMA: slightly hopped, smoke and burnt brown sugar
PALATE: dry texture/flat carbonation
TASTE: harsh dark bread, carmel cookie, roasted grain, toasted/burnt nuts
START- acidic, bitter
MIDDLE-acetic and sour
FINISH- long chalky harsh astringent bitterness
COMMENTS: may have been over exp. date (I hope) Otherwise this is not a good brew, I apprecieate stouts/porters but this was too much like coffee brewed through an unclean maker. I served it in cool and in a becker, which I would think to be proper

TechMyst, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown (almost black) with a thick, creamy head the shade of almond butter. What comes out at me from the aroma first off is cookie dough made with a ton of real vanilla extract, not that McCormick shit. This isn't some vanilla that I would pick up from an oak aged beer either, this is full blown. Following that, I pick up the smell of dark chocolate that has had some trace amounts of ground espresso thrown in. Fainter hints of fruity ale esters and bready malts are present, as well as that signature Sam Smith character. Some smoke hits my palate first off, intermingled with mild chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors. I pick up some diacetyl as well as some fresh tobacco. Some bready, nutty malts as well as the Sam Smith yeast strain, or whatever it is that gives it that unmistakable quality. Finishes with faint floral noble hops and a slight lactic acid bite. Mouthfeel is pretty silky and of moderate body. Great sipper.

A taddy birthday indeed.

goochpunch, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of JustinOSU99
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Large brown head on a very dark delicious looking body.
S: Very sweet smelling with hints of honey, caramel, coffee, mocha and yeast.
T: Lacks some of the intricacy that I have had in other excellent porters, but definitely has a good flavor. I notice the mocha and coffee flavors really coming out the strongest.
M: Sits heavy on the palate but also very smooth.
D: It's a decent porter that I could sit and have a few of, but nothing to rave about.

JustinOSU99, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at a local bar with some appetizers. Too bad the bar only uses plastic cups, but it is a college town. Anyway, the bottle was an 18oz and the cup was at least a quality clear plastic one.

Appearance: Poured dark brown with a medium, brown head. Maybe about one finger's worth initially, and this fell to just a thin layer.

Smell: Smells dark and malty, with a hint of bitterness.

Taste: Good malty backbone with a decent level of bitterness. This beer has a strange, not unpleasant, flavor that I cannot place? Maybe it is the sourness they talk about in some porters? Not sure, but it was present through the whole beer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty low level of carbonation, which I guess I would expect for an English ale.

Drinkability: Nice, low ABV, easy drinking beer.

beveritt, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Nesued
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml clear bottle that has gold foil on top.

Appearance: Dark Black/Brown in color. A well-formed head that is fluffy in body. lacing present after the first few pulls. The head degrades to a small presence for the remainder of the time it sits in the glass.

Smell: Not much to speak of. A hint of chocolate perhaps.

Taste: A bit of a bite but not much overall. I do taste a bit of a fig or fruity presence as mentioned by other reviewers. Very creamy smooth with the low carbonation adding a bit, but not much. Coffee, perhaps, chocolate more so. A bit of a smokey finish.

Mouthfeel - Dense feel that warmly fills your mouth. Very heavy, but smooth, feel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable!! I'm not finished with this one yet due to the fact that I only bought one and I want to savor the taste! This is an outstanding porter.

Nesued, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not enjoyable at first when it's cold, but very enjoyable once it warms a bit, then not so enjoyable when it hits close to room temp. What I'm saying is drink it fast when it hits that middle coolness. There's a certain salty unpleasantness when it's really cold or too warm.

A - Dark almost black body with a nice large tan head.
S - Not really much scent-wise, just slight roastiness.
T - Roasty light chocolate, subtle licorice, slight alcohol. Bit too salty when it's too cold or too warm as mentioned above.
M - Fairly big mouthfeel for a porter.
D - Super drinkable at the right temp. Not palatable when ice cold or warm.

JayTheFinn, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a tan head.

Smell: nuts toffee & caramel sunk into a dark roasted malt body.

Taste: A spectacular display of rich bittersweet chocolate, roasty malts and loads of toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: It is well rounded and crisp around the edges, but full and creamy.

Drinkability: This is and excellent easy drinking (sessionable) standard porter.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of davidshamoon
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoy this beer with some dark chocolate!

Very nice dark, almost opaque color. Poured with a fine head.

Take a snoot, and the sour "old ale" aroma comes through most of all. This is also a major flavor, rounded out with lingering burnt and coffee-like tastes.

I enjoyed it most paired with a few bites of dark chocolate.

davidshamoon, Aug 22, 2006
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 1" mocha colored head. Retains well at a little less than 1/4". Light lacing. The Taddy Porter is just about the darkest brown there is before being black. Hint of a ruby colored tint around the edges.

S - Creamy coffee. Roasted malt. Molasses. Amaretto, almond like aroma. Vanilla - a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet malt with a roasted maltiness that explodes in the finish. Burnt toffee. Raisin. Mellow coffee in aftertaste. Finish lingers.

M - Creamy and somewhere directly between medium and full bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Definitely a classic. One of the benchmarks for English Porter. Excellent drinkability.

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

poured from a 1 pint 2.75 oz bottle, great head retention that leaves very nice lace on the glass.

Appearance: almost black, very dark brown, off white head.

Smell: Hints of choclate, carmel and roasted coffee, the way a good porter should taste, in my opinion.

Taste: Hints of the smells, but with also some darker fruit tastes to it, nice malt taste along with a coffee taste that lingers

Mouthfeel; Very smooth, just the right amount of carbonation for a porter, finishes smooth with a slight hint of biiter.

Drinkability: Very high for me, i wish i had another bottle or two, this will be a great porter to share with my friend when he comes back from new york this fall.

LordHarris, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter

A - Poured a beautiful deep dark brown, looks black as night from afar. Incredible lacing and head retention. Some of the stickiest lacing clings, ive seen in a while

S - Picking up light fruity esters, chocolate, and coffee.

T - Taste starts off silky smooth. Almost a cideresque mouthfeel to it. Dark fruit notes including figs, raisins, plums, grapes, and sour apples. Some rich dark chocolate, but not as much as the nose had suggested. Strong roasted coffee notes, similar to esperesso. Malt prescense upfront, notes of butterscotch midway through, which fades to a bitter fruit infused strong roasted aftertaste that lasts a good amount of time. Excellent. Mid-bodied. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as it could be, a bit light on the palate. Chewy to an extent. Still maintains it's creamy fullfilling richness though. Finishes extremely dry. Drinkability is excellent.

An outstanding Porter.

HoustonTX, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Gold Foil top bottle.

Appearance- Between brown and black, average-sized head for the style. Head is off-white and nearly tan.

Smell- Very sweet and yet also bitter. At times it smells like a nice sweet wort with dark malts. Coffee, chocolate, fudge, cappucino, mocha. Excellent.

Taste- Chocolate fudge, butterscotch, coffee. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Tingles on the tip of the tongue but is creamy otherwise. On the thick side of a medium body.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable as the coffee flavors are not too dark, and it doesn't sit too heavy. Complex flavors keep it interesting.

lpayette, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears Extremely dark brown, very near black with red hues in direct sunlight. 2" thick mocha colored head, foamy and thick, dissipated slowly.

Smells of carmel (sweet malt) Oak and hops. Very strong nose.

Tastes of a nice rich smokey, malted oats with a dry bitter hop finish.

Feels rich and smooth, mildly active, medium body.

A very substantial brew, Thick, yet smooth so it goes down really easy, low ABV %.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle at the British Beer Company. They just opened in my area last week, so I'm assuming the beer should be very fresh! Years ago, Taddy porter was the first non-American macro beer that I ever tried. As a neophyte, I drank it straight from the bottle but still enjoyed it immensely. I had no idea what kind of journey my palate was about to embark on!

Poured a dark black with a small tan head. The dark liquid is noticeably viscous compared to some bigger bodied porters.

Aroma is buttery toffee, coffee, chocolate and a hint of nuts and vanilla.

The flavor matches well with the aroma. Toffee, coffee, chocolate and vanilla all very well balanced. No one flavor is more apparent than the others, creating a very smooth, balanced beer.

The body is a little light for a porter, while the carbonation lends to a nice creamy consistency. I think it's the lighter body, mixed with they highly balanced flavors that makes this beer so drinkable.

This is one of the widely available staples that everyone should at least try.

Estarrio, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger thick, light brown colored head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as it falls back into the brew. The brew is an opaque, deep, dark chocolate brown color that is approaching black. Rich concentrated aromas of malt are readily evident from the get go. A mix of treacle, toffee, toasted grain, sweet chocolate and a rich concentrated malt note that is usually found in much stronger imperial stouts and is often confused with soy-sauce type flavors.

The body of this beer is a bit lighter than I expected from the assertively malty aroma. It is still rich and even a bit creamy though. Notes of concentrated malt intermingle with notes of chocolate, black coffee, toffee, and lots of rich, umami type notes. The umami type flavors almost lend a sort of saltiness to this brew, though not quite. This beer really does drink a lot richer than it's strength would suggest; a mini meal in a bottle, and I can remember back in my early beer drinking days, being shocked by the flavors packed into this brew. Even now the flavors are still quite jarring; still this is a tasty tipple and one I am happy to revisit again.

Gueuzedude, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer for the first time at La Cav Du Vin last night. I was w/ a bunch of friends and we were celebrating my friend's 22nd birthday. We all bought him beers. We both had a bottle of this particular beer last night. This beer pours a dark brown with a tan head that didn't stick around for long and left some decent lacing. Aromas of coco, some coffe, and some hints of fruit are evident. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate and coffee. The 2 are very well balanced. The taste of fruit and of alcohol are also present. This beer has a nice warming effect and you start to feel it after taking a few sips. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation and is very easy to drink.


neenerzig, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown, with loads of ruby around the edges, and a three finger medium tan head that leasts well and leaves copious lacing. Smell is intense, fruity and sweet, with grapes and plum mixing nicely with toffee notes, and a touch of roasted bitterness as well. Taste is heavy on the coffee, but the fruit still comes through, as does a caramel and chocolate note in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and undercarbonated, but has good body, and drinkability is quite good. Very good, all things considered, but can't match Fuller's in my books.

Mandrake, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black - it only looks dark brown at the bottom of the glass when you hold it to the light. Has a beautiful, tan, foamy head that lingered all the way down the glass.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste and mouthfeel: Surprisingly mild. Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the dominant flavors here. The hop bitterness is definitely dominated by the malt, but the beer is not overly sweet. Smoky finish. This beer tastes better as it warms. Mouthfeel is very smooth, the carbonation is light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Modest ABV makes it very drinkable, although it is rather filling.

Notes: I think the Fuller's London Porter is more assertive, but this is still a tasty porter. Definitely let this beer warm, the flavors come thorugh a lot better.

bklynbeerbaron, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of hbh739
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with a creamy tan head. I was surprised by how dark it was. I thought the bottle was dark but it was clear. Very dark beer.

The smell was of dark roasted malts, hops, and alcohol. It was very appealing.

The taste is of malts, chocolate, and I think a hint of coffee. It gets better and more complex with every taste.

I really enjoyed this beer and will purchase it again althought it is a little on the pricey side. But it is a good treat.

hbh739, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of supercolter
2.53/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is near black, with a one finger head. Lacing is oily but not very apparent
Smell is complex but not that great. I smell coffee, licorice, and chocolate malt. Later in the beer, some alcohol came through. The taste is very similar, except the alcohol comes through much more quickly.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. Its pretty light but still carbonated.
Drinkability is not very good.

supercolter, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 355ml bottle, poured a pitch black color with a very dark tan, two finger head.
Smells like roasted dark malts with a faint hint of chocolate.
This beer has a medium mouthfeel with loads of roasted malt flavors with more carbonation then I would expect for a porter. Not a bad porter, but I don't agree with the price.

MrHolland, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Liquids
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is pitch black, yes that's the beer, the bottle is clear. Small and scummy, almond colored head. Smells sooo good, english characteristics of course, sweet and malty, grassy hops. Inviting. Tastes mild actually, good flavor, lightly roasted, sweet and caramelly to match, not at all harsh, with a lingering finish that is hop and malt balanced. Yet just slightly stale and not quite fresh tasting for some reason. It may in fact have been on the shelves a while. Mouthfeel is where this is lacking. Carbonation seems very artificial and a seperate part here like a soda, not in quantity but quality of its feel on the tounge, and it is also watery, which may be a factor. Overall this beer is the reason why I gave porters a chance and look foward to a good porter more than any other style. If it were priced better, I'd drink one a day. I'll stick with anchor for special drinking or something lighter for refreshment (which this in fact acomplishes well, surprisingly) but this is an excellent beer.

Liquids, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with gold foil cap.

Pours very dark with a big pillowy brown head. Nice cascade effect if poured down the center.

Aroma is noticable right away. Sweet dark maltyness of chocolate and carmel with hints of nut.

Mouthfeel has a kind of crisp tangyness to it with a dry finish.

Nutty toasted malt taste with a hint of roasted malt, sweetness of some dark fruit and a somewhat bitter finish. Nice grainy flavor all around.

Normally I would not characterize a porter as crisp but this one comes fairly close. Extremely drinkable with a very well rounded flavor. Surprisingly refreshing.

kgotcher, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh the famous Tadcaster Porter poured into an imperial pint glass from the 12 oz bottle.

A- pitch black with a nice off white/ cream color head with some lacing

S- strong smell of malt, lots and lots of malt

T- good some malts with a hint of bitter hops

M- lighter bodied than I first expected, almost like a swartzbeir. Moderate to light carbination

D- easy drinking for the style a soild offering, can't wait to compare it to Fullers

mcarroll10177, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally get the time to review this one. This brew pours a pitch black color while the burly, chocolate colored suds retain quite well.

Smell is classic porter with roasted barley notes with some sweet undertones.

This beer has a medium full mouthfeel that completely envelops the palate, but not so much as to affect drinkability. Roasted barley melds with hops to create a distinctive element of zest. Finishes with a dry, prickly bath of carbonation which is almost completely clean. One of my favorite porters from one of my favorite breweries.

sinistermadman, Jul 03, 2006
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.