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

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2,624 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,624
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 182 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of theopholis
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark brown/black body. When held up to the light, looks like a very dark cherry cough syrup. The head is a fluffy light tan affair with a lot of staying power and some lacing.

Aroma - Lots of sweetness, and I don't mean malt sweetness either. Strong roasted coffee notes, and some chocolate. Smells a little sweet for a porter, but I usually drink American porters.

Taste - Nice. Stong roasted flavor with a sweetness in the middle. Some chocolate flavors, not as sweet as I expected. Nice acidic burn to.

Mouthfeel - For a porter, I'd say the body is a bit light, and the carbonation a bit high. Overall, pretty good though..

Drinkability - Pretty good. There are much better, but much worse porters out there.

Photo of botham
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint poured into an imperial stout glass. pours a very deep ruby red (practically black), with a generous head that takes a minute to settle out, then remains for a few minutes longer. wonderful looking brew!

toasted malts are the first aroma detected in this most complex of overall aromas. a base of biscuit and yeast aromas is present, with a sweet fruity aroma as well. overall a very well balanced aroma of complex nature.

tastes very sweet upfront, with notes of roasted malt and bread-like yeast. no hops to speak of here. the overall taste is less complex than the aroma, but does a good job of remaining in balance. a touch less sweetness would make this one hard to beat.

mouthfeel is rather thin for the taste and smell. the beer is medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. on the way down, the liquid is very smooth.

drinkability is good due to the lighter body for the style. this one is less filling than most porters, but goes down extremely smooth.

Photo of kguyty
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, a thick head arises that is tan in color. The head does not dissipate fully, and sticks to the sides of the glass. The porter is a nice dark brown color with a reddish hue when held to the light. Smell is of chocolate and roasted nuts. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with a little carbonation, but not so little that it feels watery. This has got to be one of the best porters that I have had. A nice chocolate/roasted nut/smoky flavor. The flavor is surprising at the start, but continues to be pleasant throughout. This beer is a little heavy, so I don't think I could drink it in any situation, but one thing can be said... the Samuel Smith Brewing Co. knows what they are doing.

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

Appearance - Very dark brown with a fluffy light tan head, lacing hugged the glass well.

Smell - Chocolate, fresh hops, pleasant aroma.

Taste - Light on the palate, nice chocolate flavors, not so bold as I expected.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, creamy.

Drinkability - Soft and easy. Goes down well, will gladly have another when available.

Photo of vanrassel
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass from a 550 mL bottle dark brown, with ruby highlights and an attractive tan head. The aroma was mostly light malts and yeast, with some roasted malt qualities and a metallic twang.

The metallic flavour carried over into the taste, but not overly so. Lightly roasted and chocolate malt flavours mixed well with mild coffee bitterness and a hint of black licorice. Lightly carbonated but medium-bodied — not watery at all.

Photo of Slatetank
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Nonic at 45 degrees
A - Deep Chocolate brown with a cream colored head that exhibits excellent retention and lace in a smooth coat all around the glass' sides.

S - Smooth candy and anise aromas with an herbal hint. Strong tinges of smoke and coffee with a light toasted marshmallow note. the woody peat smoke aroma really draws you in.

M - A tingling buzz of carbonation followed by roasty nutty and creamy smooth full body with a dry finish.

T - This is a beautiful beer-Malty and smooth, but bold and smoky simultaneously with a nutty dry quality. Creamy smoothness and spicy vanilla with a dash of bourbon like woodiness are apparent in later sips. A mild strength, but deeply flavored porter.

D - Traditional porter taste that sets the bar high with a complexity and drinkability that can hardly be touched. As the beer warms the fruity English ale character comes out and smokiness nestles under the great porter sweetness. An all around great ale.

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

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$3.70

This pours from 550ML bottle a very nice amber with a large head of foam that *also* just won't quit. And yeah, there's plenty of lacing there to give this Nutbrown Ale very good marks for appearance.

The smell has a sweetish nose to it. I'm getting notes of sweet malt and some fruit.

The taste has a big sweet malt profile up front and some nuttiness in the background. A few more sips in and I get some chocolate flavour and some hop zest that balances out the sweetness very nicely. Man, this is heck of a drinker and at 5%abv, this is one fine session brew. Oh, now I'm getting a touch of molasses and more of the lemon zest. Wow. This is another Samuel Smith offering that I could drink all night long. Well done! Highly recommended!!

Bottom line: Samuel Smiths certainly can crank out the fine brews. No wonder they are my favourite brewery from the UK!

Photo of boelker62
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a three finger head into a fluted glass after a hard pour. Light brown, frothy head diminishes mostly, but does leave some lacing on the ay down.

S - aroma is of deeply roasted malts, molassess and maybe a bit of chicory. Then there is that distinctive Sam Smith aroma that pervades all their beers that I have sampled. Can't quite name it, but it is signature.

T - initial flavor is roasted sweetness, then transfers to lightly bitter note, then a super long, mildly acidic finish, which is almost estery, but you know is not alcoholic due to the ABV.

M - the esters in it, however, make it a crisp, biting mouthfeel that changes how it affects your palate throughout the sample. Make sure you roll this one around to get the full effect.

D - due to the crispness, and the moderate dryness to this, I think it is a great session beer.

Overall, I think this is the best on style of the SS's I have had, and also is my favorite.

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

Appearance – Opaque and a deep brown. Tan bubbly head arises and a little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell – Roasted malt is prevalent with a touch of sourness. Some sweet malt is there too with coffee and some barley.

Taste – Starts off coffee flavored and moves on to a barley taste. Roasted malts and bitter hops are there as well.

Mouthfeel – Low carbonation and a nice full body make for a nice feel.

Drinkability – Great. A nice Porter that is tasty and reliable as any.

Photo of Redwood21
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great look to this beer, dark dark daaark color with a tan head that is rocky and lasts for a really long time beautiful
S: some chocolate maybe some malt, not a whole lot of coffee but some rich earthy aromas for sure.
T: a nice chocolate rich creamy taste. with hints of coffee roasted flavors etc. its a little different than you might expect a porter to be, almost light on the palate. its got an interesting flavor not sure how to describe it but a little more to it than just an average porter.
M?D: this is very good creamy and elicious. this beer is worth a try and is easy to drink its worth a try. its a great porter that seems to have a little something extra.

Photo of Maerzen
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 18.7 oz bottle into a glass.

Appearance - Nice dark brown with cream-colored head.
Smell - Nutty aroma with hints of spice
Taste and Mouthfeel - Not as heavy as it looks. Actually a nice, light feel in the mouth. Nice combination of malt in the front and hops in the back.
Drinkability - Quite good and enjoyable. Would definitely get this again.

Photo of soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18.7 oz bottle into a mug. Appearance is dark brown with some occasional lighter brown hints along the edges of the mug. A nice one finger tan heard, with no real lacing. Nose is very mild, light roasted malt hints. Taste is solid; smooth and oddly clean for a porter. Light lemon, some toasted malt. Just a very mild hint of hops in the end. Feel is medium bodied, pretty good. Overall, a tasty porter, if nothing too noticeable or strong.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice near-opaque deep brown, a nice tan head fades to a lasting, even cap.

Smell is everything you want from a porter, all roasted grain, caramel, chocolate, a little honey sweetness. Roasty notes up front, with a strong almost tartness in the middle and finish. Quite dry throughout; almost a buttery/milkfatty flavor in there - diacetyl? Some nut, some bitter hop, and those caramel notes from the aroma are just detectable. Low carbonation, but pleasant in the mouth.

Got some bite to it - this is not a dessert porter, but much to be respected. Don't drink this one cold at all - needs warmth to show its character, otherwise the bitter/tart notes take over.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a fluffy tan head.

Smell is of roasted chocolate.

Taste is initially roasty with a hint of chocolate and molasses.

The texture is thinner than I had expected. Carbonation was nice, but I use a bit more body.

Overall a very drinkable brew. I could drink a few of these easy. As I said before this is definitely on the lighter side and could use a bit more complexity. Another great offering from Samuel Smith...they have yet to disappoint.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Like another review I had read, I originally thought this was in a brown bottle.

I was so wrong.

The appearance gets a 5 just because of that. And the smell was not strong, but really kinda hershey kiss. Taste was amazing, This is one of my new favorite brews. Mouthfeel I wish was a bit thicker but that isnt a problem. Im not going to blame the testing groups.

The drinkablilty was just astounding.

Too bad its 10 clams for a 4 pack of it here, Until I find a place that sells the big bottles, Im just gonna have to wait.


Photo of mwearl
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color with no light through glass. Medium head but not lasting long and with no noticeable lacing. Smell is a little sweet, then smoky chocolate. Taste is also smoky with a hint of chocolate or coffee. Not very complex as expected for a Porter but it may add to its drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium but a little acidic on the perimeter of the tongue. Overall a good beer.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a great looking beer, so dark and the head is big and beautiful and sticks around with some lacing.

dark smell, toasty. chocolate.

Such a full taste, so complex. flavors like chocolate, toast, bacon, charcoal, spices are present. It is also bitter as well. This porter is nicley balanced!

It goes down easy, it is not heavy, light to medium body. carbonation is definatly there but not over powering.

All though this is extremely deliscious I would say that more than two would be hard to drink. The intense and dark flavors make this more of a slow sipper!

Photo of bosco7
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Dark brown color with a red highlights, offwhite head that lasts. Aromas include roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee. This beer tastes great, full of rich complexities. Chocolate, dark roasted coffee, toasted malt, toffee, mild twangy finish. Light-medium silky bodied with light carbonation. Extremely drinkable. It's a shame that people won't try a beer because they don't like "heavy dark beers" this is a perfect example of an extremely drinkable beer that happens to be dark in color.

A must buy.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is very dark reddish amber with a thick creamy head that sticks around. Smell of roasted malts and dark chocolates. Taste again of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium thats smooth and creamy making it easy to swallows. So far it's been hard for Samuel Smith to dissapoint me, it's a very well balanced porter and great one to try for anybody shy of darker beers.

Photo of jtslay
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very very dark with amber highlights. ample head that stuck around.
S - smooth rich chocolate roasted aroma.
T - very very smooth rich creamy toasty flavor. it is a mouthful of complex flavor.
M - very rich in my opinion. aftertaste isn't too bitter.
D - makes good company with the nut brown ale and the oatmeal stout.

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

Note: My palate might have been spoiled by the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale I consumed prior to this porter.

A: Dark almost black color.

S: Sweet aged smell. Some might think it smells like soy sauce. Also hints of chocolate are present.

T: Complex flavors with hints reminiscent of oats, butter, and chocolate.

M: The carbonation is smooth on the tongue and allows the flavor to run across the tongue.

D: It's smooth and sweet finish makes this beer easy to drink for a long time.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I needed something to take my mind off the crushing, soulless, fleeting and futile nature of existence, if only for a few brief minutes. That would be nice, yes. So, that's where the Samuel Smith "The Famous" Taddy Porter (in a brown bottle) came in.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a creamy, light khaki-colored head. No lacing.

Smell: Subtle aroma of toasted toffee with hints of chocolate, nuts, and a slight smokiness.

Taste: A true medley of malt flavors with each sip - coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, molasses. The finish has a soft, light hoppiness to it, but also carries with it a toasted sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Smooth, but a bit watery on the palate.

Drinkability: For me, it could use just a bit more body, but perhaps the current recipe tested better with focus groups. So what do I know? Still, though, its a worthy English porter and exceedingly drinkable.

Photo of Ricochet
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought the bottle was black, until I poured it out. What a suprise. Poured with some mild carbonation that settled into a thick yellowish head. Absolute best porter I have ever seen.

European pub draft smell, that full, grainy,slightly winey very malty smell. It was okay. Mouth was all brownie, very chewy with a real thick chocolate aftertaste and only mild creaminess. Very good on the back end.

Where to start on flavor? Complex fig, coffee, chocolate, brownie, mostly noted by that burnt malt and brownie aftertaste. There is a lot to love with this one.

It gets only a good for drinkability, but it's not it's fault. I wish this was fresh from the tap. Still very good, better as it warms. It is a tasty beverage.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rich deep brown, almost black - which I like in a porter. Aroma is intriguing - with one sniff I get hints of chocolate, with the next, roast coffee. Flavor is not as rich as I expected, but it is typical of a good porter with strong hoppy overtones, smoky undertones, and a soupcon of coffee. This is a beer to be sipped and savored, not chugged.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a deep black with a solid head that held fairly well.

The aroma is what you what expect from a good porter. Cofee and chocolate in the nose.

However, upon tasting the beer, it has a predominately roasty character like what you would expect in a stout. The taste was still very good, I just expect my porters to be a bit maltier.

The mouthfeel was slightly oily and yet light.

I will have another. I could drink several of these.

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