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

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2,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,666
Reviews: 1,254
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 162
Gots: 214 | 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 albern
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about as good a traditional porter that you will find in the bottle. It pours a luscious thick and creamy head that is nicely tan and smooth. The beer retains and laces quite well. The smell is deep chocolate, mocha, perhaps some raisin or plum, definitely roasted malts. The taste is very smooth and emininently drinkable. You will experience a strong roasted malt taste throughout but more pronounced in the finish with more of the creamy mocha and chocolate flavors on the front end. This beer is just a pleasure. The mouthfeel is pure cream. The aftertaste is a bit tart, perhaps a bit too roasty, but still reasonably mild. This beer is medium bodied from start to finish, buttery, creamy, and unlike so many poor imitations, not at all watery and thin. This beer is a classic for its style and well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Photo of enki
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out very dark (normal for a porter) into a brandy snifter (note to self: do the dishes). Tiny bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma was of molasses, raisins, dates...

Taste was similar to smell, reminded me somewhat of Guinness, but without the smooth nitrogen charge flavor. The mouthfeel was a little thin for a porter, but fit all right with the flavor of the beer. I could trade back and forth between this and Guinness for a nice dark easy drinking beer.

I read a bit from some posters about an unusual aftertaste. I wonder if this beer is also brewed in a copper kettle? Reminds me of a few beers that way. I found the aftertaste pleasant enough.

Drinkability is better than most porters, but this beer almost tastes more like a stout than a porter.

Photo of Trueant1
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for years and years.

Here goes a review.

Pours dark brown and sits black in the glass. Looks thiner then a stout. Has a nice creamy head. Lacing is great. This just looks good enough to drink!

Smells of pure molassis and candy. Some chocolate and coffie in the background.

Taste is what I would compare any other porters too. Mellow and smooth. The flavors are as it smells. Nothing complex, just creamy goodness in a bottle.

Moutfeel is dry and a bit too thin..wish it was thicker.

Drinkability is great.

Photo of WJVII
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wonderful wife picked me up this tasty treat while shopping. It poured a dark chocolate color with a 1 1/2 in off white head. Minimal lacing with little stay of the head. This brew has a strong coffee and molasses smell with hints of butterscotch. My first taste was nice with think creamy head along with strong flavors of coffee and roasted coco. Minimal carbonation with this heavier bodied brew.

This is a nice beer, I could definitely put a few of these back.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with hints of ruby, a large frothy head that melds to a dense one finger foam.

S: Metallic and bitter chocolate.

T: Smoky, bitter chocolate, and bitter coffee, with a slight metallic hop flavor. Very dark taste to this. This is what I think of when I think about dark English beers.

M: Smooth and creamy with a lingering dark malt and hop bitterness.

D: This beer goes down very easy and I could drink plenty of these with some pub fare. The bitter after taste would hinder a session that didn't include food, but only slightly.

Photo of Overlord
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, some ruby highlights. Big light tan head.

Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy. No real head retention, but a thin crust and some bubbling throughout.

I'm noticing a real trend with Samuel Smith after sampling two of their brews. I'm hoping it doesn't continue. There is a seriously wicked vinegary/salty after-taste to this beer. The taste is delicious butterscotch, some coffee ... even some dark roasted fruits and malt, but it is absolutely destroyed by some component I cannot identify. As a result, a beer that becomes less and less drinkable by the minute.

Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a beautiful and thick two-finger brown head which turns fluffy as it as it slowly fades away leaving a consistent lacing all around. Smells of roasted malts and a hint of sweet candy and cocoa. Tastes of dark chocolate and nuts. Not as full-bodied or thick as I would have expected, but drinkable and fairly tasty, although I do like my porters a little bolder.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1in dense creamy tawny brown head with decent retention over a black brew with golden amber highlights. waves of lace form spiderwebs on the inside of my glass.

S- cocoa butter or a faint chocolate coconut, coffee, well water, aromatic wood, cigar tobacco, meaty mushroom, burnt cookie, vanilla, hazelnut, roasted barley, and some earthy hops way in the back

T- very complex, dark ripe fruit (currant, date, fig, prune) tart roasted malt, cocoa-coffee grounds, dark nuts, oak, cedar, plum, black pepper, and the dude below hit it on the head when he said burnt hot dogs on the grill. i've been tryin for days to describe that flavor to myself and there it is. miraculous. a deep shiraz like aftertaste that matures and mellows into a coffee earthy hops resin fading slowly and gently into the distance.

MF- creamy and full bodied low carbonation creates a crushed velvet feel and coats the palate with mocha coffee residue imparting a dry feeling and the desire for another sip.

D- this has definitely increased my fondness for porters and the like and for a hophead such as myself, the perfect balance that i always find coming from the tadcaster is a welcome in my fridge anytime.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Inky black brew shows the slightest hint of brown in the light. The head is a massively thick and creamy medium brown-tan affair that sticks around forever and leaves giant washes of lace on the sides of the glass. The sheets of lace slowly slide down, leaving a lot of lush arcs behind. This brew just screams quality.

S - Rich toffee, marshmallow, bourbon, and chocolate. This smells like a really high quality chocolate candy from a good confectioner. Coconut and vanilla add a really deep and sweet complexity. I'm reminded of chocolate Easter bunnies and those Symphony brand chocolates. Walnuts, almonds, and a hint of wood. Outstanding.

T - Toasted, roasty, and full of more espresso than chocolate flavors. This tastes like really strong European style coffee....made with a French press. Lots of charcoal and meaty flavors remind me of the black char that is on a hot dog that has been left on the grill too long. I must say that I was expecting more due to the ridiculously good nose, but this isn't bad at all, and I can't fault it for complexity. For some reason, this reminds me of beer brats cooked a little bit past charred on a charcoal grill. Note: This beer improves drastically with warmth. Don't even try to drink it cold! I came back to elevate my taste score after I realized what an hour sitting out at room temp in a snifter does to this beer...it's like decanting a big cab or shiraz, it nees time and warmth.

M - Medium bodied, chalky, and dry. Carbonation is surprisingly lively, I thought that it would be very understated and although the carbonation is very, very fine it's actually pretty prickly. Oddly, this beer feels more dry when it's in my mouth than after I swallow.

D - One of the most complex porters I've ever tried. Ridiculously well built and solidly hopped. This is a shining example of what the art of brewing can be! Sadly, I'm poor and this is not cheap stuff. Anyhow, I think that there are lesser porters out there as far as drinkability.

Photo of ralree
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Deep opaque brown. 2-finger tan head with great retention and wonderful lacing.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel malt make up the bulk of the smell, backed by some mild hops. Quite good. A little too sweet though.

T: Good, but like the smell, a little too sweet. Bittersweet chocolate permeates the flavor, backed slightly by roasted caramel malt and some mild spices. A slight amount of alkalinity in the background. The chocolate bitterness sticks with you long after swallowing.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Non-astringent.

D: Pretty drinkable, but a little rich. I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of these in an evening.

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one NEEDS to warm up!

Into the tulip..

A - Black as night, thick mocha head that slowly fades. Soapy light lacing.

S - Cocoa. Thick aroma of unsweetened chocolate followed by almost a malt vinegar note. I like it.

T - Malt taken over by silt like chocolate, dry finish. Very cool.

M - Good carbonation, good coating.

D - Interesting beer. I like it enough to finish one and try it again another time.

Photo of Gehrig
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best porter I've ever had, this tasty masterpiece from Samuel Smith is a must for porter lovers. It might also be the best beverage that Samuel Smith brews. The head is a light creamy brown, modest but durable, and the body leaves a bubbly lattice work along the mug as it recedes. Taddy Porter is practically black in color. The flavors are subtle but noticeable, with chocolate, a bit of caramel, and a hint of mocha present. Smooth and with just the right amount of carbonation, Taddy Porter is easy on the palate, while accosting the taste buds with a multitude of flavors. It isn't at all difficult to follow one with another, and it also intersperses well with a good brown ale or a fruity, flavorful Belgian style. Close to a masterpiece.

Photo of mdm4584
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at an AJ's in Scottsdale, AZ.

A top notch porter.

A tad watered down leaves an easy drinking brew. Easy to consume a lot of these. Thick, lasting head. Coppery aftertaste. ABV of 5% is surprisingly low.

Light chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts.

Another is a line of great brews.

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and about a finger of light brown head with good retention. Aroma is great, malty, roasty, and slightly chocolaty. Taste is mostly roasty but chocolate, caramel, toffee and biscuits round out the flavor. Almost no bitterness and no hop flavor. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body, moderately-low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. This is a smooth, well-balanced, easy drinking brew. This is a great session beer and one I will certainly be having again.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into an English pint glass

Appearance: Nice creamy, whitish tan head. Dark colored, almost black with brownish, ruby hues.

Smell: Toffee, carmel, rich. Not very hoppy.

Taste: Rich toffee and caramel flavors. Smooth and relaxing w/ a mild coffee aftertaste. Tones of chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety. Not overly heavy, but definitely a full bodied beer. Pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability: If you like darker beers, this is one of the best examples of an easy to drink porter. Not overly robust, but a little sweet and relaxing. In my opinion a great beer for a great winter session beer.

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black color with an ample brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some hints of coffee/chocolate in the nose. Taste starts out simple upfront and then fades to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor at the back of the throat. Has the complexity of a chocolate malt beverage. It's certainly very drinkable and true to the style. Decent.

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

this one comes in a brown bottle?

this guy is a superdark brown. somewhere between the nutbrown and oatmeal. above it sits a khaki head, which sits comfortably and not looking like it's going anywhere. not quite as tightly bubbled as the nut brown

if brown had a smell this would be it. sharp mocha; dry, bitter chocolate. bready

just as with the nut brown the flavor features more hops than the aroma suggests. robust, dry malty flavors. there's a creaminess to it that carries well the small amount of sweetness

Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark Brown, nearly opaque. Some light gets through around the edges, which then shows a nice glowing brown. Nice darkish brown tan head of about 1/2 inch falls in moderate time leaving a nice filmy lace on teh galss. After each sip there is a sheeting of film that slowly falls down the glass.

S-Charcoal, caramel malts, roasted malts, mollases candy. A little fusel alcohol that I did not expect given low ABV.

T-Sweet but overly so. Charcoal and roasted character in the middle. Coofee and chocolate on the finish. None of the expected sour twang of many porters.

M-Smooth smooth smooth. Medium to full body. rolls around on the palette leaving a nice coating feel.

D-Although overall this is very good beer, the drinkability for me ios not that high. It is above average and I will have it again but most likely only one bottle per session when I have it.

Photo of MyGoodness
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a little different than what I was expecting in terms of taste. Before I get to that, let me say it's a great beer but maybe not one most people would go for everytime. It was very dark with creamy coloured head, leaving a nice lace around the glass. The smell is pretty strong and you can definently smell somethng slightly sweet and chocolately, and something that smelled to me like a dark roast coffee. And the mouthfeel! Mighty thick, in a good way. And so smooooth. Velvetly almost. Finally, the taste was rich and strong; the actual coffee taste is somewhat stronger than the smell. It leaves a bit of a bite on your palate that's rather tart and kind of reminded me of raisins. Overall, its a nice one from Sam Smith.

Photo of meechum
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark black with a nice thick tan head and a thick lace that is more like a lingering foam left on the side of the glass

S - Smells of big chocolate and coffee flavors..along with a small nutty smell in there

T - This could be the benchmark with which all porters should be judged..the taste explodes with hop flavor up front and then smooths out perfectly into the deep coffee and chocolate flavor with a slight nutty finish brought home on the slight hop bite at the end

M - The mouthfeel is solid and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation

D - Highly drinkable, extremely sessionable, each sip invites the next..

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

Dark black with brown and red hue. Solid tan head, thick lacing.

Dominant sugary chocolate nose and dark fruits.

Creaammmy full body, with prunes and blackberries, plenty of chocolate, molasses, and hint of lightly roasted coffee. Smooth and sweet finish, carbonation is moderate...wicked tasty.

Incredible porter with tons of flavour. Robust, delicious, and would like to see more often.

Photo of edskirk3
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a porter. Looks excellent in a Samuel Smith pint glass. Great looking head. Sticky, foamy; a dark mocha color. The beer itself is pitch black. And it smells like roasted coffee and chocolate. I think I'm drooling.

Drinking it is also a pleasure. Smooth dark malt flavors with a slight tanginess. Nice and creamy. So simple, yet so enjoyable.

If you want a great cheesesteak, go to Philadelphia. A great corned beef sandwich, New York. And if you're looking for a great glass of porter, look no further than the Old Brewery in Tadcaster.

I will definitely be picking this up again.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass - how appropriate. Pours a very dark brown - nearly black. Minimal head with some lacing. Smells a bit like chocolate and coffee.

Taste is only average. Nothing really jumps out. It's not bad, but I've definitely had better.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Not very alcoholic so one doesn't knock you out. Mouthfeel is very thick.

Overall, a solid brew, but probably not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml from Party Source poured into a pint glass at 50-55. No dating on the bottle.

A: Pours black with a touch of red hues around the edges. Two finder light tan head. Kinda fizzy head at first then calms down to a soft 1/4 inch.

S: Soft scent of roasted malts and coffee beans. The background gives off a prune or date smell.

T/M: Very subtle in the taste department. some roasted malts but not nearly as profound as I expected. coffee notes seem to stand in the background of the plump, ripe fruit. Plume/prune and figs. Overly ripened bananas? Lower body than I had expected, probably caused by a slightly high carbonation. Finish is warming and a tad on the dry side.

D: Tasty(yet subtle), easy on the tongue. I might get this every once in awhile. It's no Ed Fit but it holds it's own. Went great with my pork loin but had no chance versus the garlic mashed potatoes.

Photo of mithrascruor
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a near inky black color. Dark tan head is very dense and foamy... laces the glass well too.

Smell: Has a somewhat sweet aroma of brown sugar, oats, and possibly some figs. Quite a decent complexity for this type of beer. There's also a good deal of coffee in the smell too.

Taste: Has a roasted malt flavor with coffee and a bit of chocolate. It's nice, but not very complex. It's quite solid and good, but just seems to be lacking. Roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with light carbonation. Medium-bodied, though a bit on the heavier side of that range.

Drinkability: Would work nice as a session beer; good alcohol level and doesn't become tiring.

Overall a nice beer in many respects, but it falls down a bit on taste. It just seems to have a very dull flavor. However, it's definitely a quality beer and worth a try.

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