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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of thetachibro
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

poured from a 12oz bottle into my samuel smith nonic pint glass. A dark caramel brown with a small 1in head that dissolves rather quickly a little too fast for my liking. you immediatley smell the malt along with some mild hops and after that a little bit of a fruit kick. very pleasing. the taste at first is somewhat sweet with just a little bit of bitterness from the hops. a very nice smooth mouthfeel and a high drinkability because of the low alcohol content.

thetachibro, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

550 ML Clear bottle with a minimalist label. No Freshness dating.

The beer pours a Dark Brown with a massive chiffon like head. The lacing is thick and clingy.

The nose is of sugared plums, roasted grains and raisins.

My first impression was of nice roasted almost burnt malts. The beer is a bit smoky with some bakers chocolate undertones. A bit of alcohol and an almost nutty flavor emerges later. A beer to be savored and one to be served at the proper temperature.

Silky smooth mouth with low levels of carbonation. Easy drinking and very enjoyable beer here!

Redrover, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of masikon
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a true black, you may be able to coax i ruby hint out of it in the light but you'd have to try hard. beefy tan head which fades leaving light lacing . smell is the only real downpoint here as it has some light coffee notes but nothing that really wets the palate. however, this beer is for drinking and what a wonderful drinking beer it is. silky chocalate milk feel with just a tiny bit of zesty sparkle as you swallow which compliments the smoothness perfectly. Mouthfeel is thick and wholesome, for a heavy beer this sure goes down fast. A benchmark with which to judge other porters.

masikon, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%

A: Dark black, with only a slight ruby tinge. Plenty of off-white/tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Mocha, raisins, a little port.

T: Well balanced. Dark chocolate, caramel, bready malt, with a little cherry. A hint of sourness (<1% sour factor?), mainly in the aftertaste. Probably similar to the classic porters from over a century ago (when they were a blend that included an older brew that presumably had some lactic sourness from the barrel aging). Although it's not entirely to my liking, I can certainly appreciate its depth of flavour.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation. Slightly acidic and syrupy.

D: Quite good.

Derek, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of BigRedN
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Pours from the 550 ml bottle into my pint glass black. When held directly in front of a light bulb a single point of dark ruby red is seen. Big, thick, brown head, at least 1-1/2 inches. Fell inward on itself to form a solid covering. The lacing was weak keeping this from a 5.

Smell: Malty, roasted malt. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hint of raisin, and plum.

Taste: Primary is the roasted malt. Flavors similar to the scent, with a nice bitter touch on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy. Not overly thick and syrupy. Medium to full bodied, carbonation was low but seemed to really fit this beer.

Drinkability: First real cold night here in a long while (about 16 degrees F with a wind chill in the single digits), this beer just seems perfect for the weather. This is an easy to drink beer, not over-the-top with blow you away hops (but is a bit to the malty side). Would I want another? You bet. Could I drink these all night? Probably not, just too filling, but then again being responsible and drinking in moderation is part of Beer Advocacy is it not? Respect Beer, especially this beer, highly recommended must try.

BigRedN, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of loving44
4.22/5  rDev +1%

I picked this beauty up for $3.49 at the local BevMo.

It pours thick and black with a medium/thick off-white head which went from a good two inches thick to half an inch or so in a minute.

Smells of faint chocolate and coffee hit me right away... some sweetness. Very rich smelling, but pretty average.

The taste was far superior to the smell of this brew. very rich thick and smooth with light carbonation that tickles the tongue. This is a porter for sure. Tastes of roasted coffee beans and chocolate with a nice citrus backing. A slight bitterness lingers on the back of my tongue with hints of smoke. Very nice.

This is a very rich and flavorful porter that fairly easy to drink due to the slight but persistent carbonation. I was done after one bottle, but I could see myself having another had I not had this right after a meal. A very nice porter and IMO one of the best!

loving44, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -4.3%

2012-03-17 Review:
Well, it took over six years to try this beer again. What the hell happened to the time?

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No freshness date on bottle (SE23K1 stamped, though)
Poured into a standard US pint glass

I remember giving this not the greatest review before, due mostly to a plastic taste I experienced. Clearly, I had a bad bottle then, because this is a superb English-style porter, full of character, roast, and tang.

Pours a fairly huge head, can probably make it as large as you like, and it's tan in color, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, and really lingers forever. Minutes into my beer, the head is still at 1.5cm and does not show signs of decreasing. Where it has faded, it leaves some strong lacing. Body is an opaque dark brown with amber brown highlights, very smooth looking, and some small bubbles of carbonation can be seen along the sides of the glass.

Smells include malt sweetness, a bit of roasted character, caramel, and mild vanilla. Scent is not super strong, somewhat subdued and reserved. Not bad at all, but would've liked this to be a bit more upfront.

Word dump: sweet, modest roasted malt, mild milk chocolate, lightly tangy acidity/sourness. Taste opens with sweetness, caramel/toasted malts, and milk chocolate flavors, followed by roasted barley featuring prominently in palate, also bringing in some tangy, slightly acidic flavor. Fades out with mild roasted barley, some sweetness, and some potting soil flavors. Aftertaste is light, of roasted malt with a bit of sweetness and residual tang.

The beer is medium-bodied across the palate and is ultra-silky-smooth while it's being sampled. Carbonation is present, just in tiny bubbles that lightly foam up and effortlessly wash across the palate. Finish is rather dry.

2005-11-04 Review:
A: Light brown, three finger head that slowly reduces to a thin film over the beer. The color is a solid black-brown that allows no light to pass through it, a void of roasted malt. Lots of lacing left on the sides of the glass after a swig is taken.

S: The smell of this porter is the most pleasant and inviting attribute it has to offer. The first scents are of something metallic and roasted malt, with stale coffee, raisins, figs appearing in the nose as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied, not terribly thick, but not watery either. Carbonation is minimal, but this does not seem to allow the flavors of the beer to be any more accentuated or powerful. The lingering mouthfeel is dry.

T: The taste immediately comes across as slightly bitter and plastic-y. Dominant tastes of roasted coffee/malt while the plastic taste lingers on. The aftertaste slightly hoppy.

D: The odd plastic taste is off-putting and while the smell is fantastic, the taste and mouthfeel are little more than average. This is a brew I might be interested in re-visiting sometime, but until then it won't be a staple.

falloutsnow, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +12%

God damn it!! Does Sam Smith make an average beer? I've yet to cross that brew to date and this one floors me.

Perfect appearance that would invite even the trained expert into this brew. solid one finger head that laces all the way down with a dark brown to black body.

Nutty, chocolate, mollases, bit of dark candy make up the smell.

Tasted everything you would expect. Malt profile is second to none. Just enough twang to keep it interesting but mostly a mellow mix of nuts, and dark chocolate. hops sweep out the finish and leaves the palate refreshed (porter refreshing? yep!) for another drink. Brilliant.

Has a nice bitterness that makes this beer awesome on the palate and highly drinkable. Once again Sam smith proves why they are a top 5 brewery in my opinion.

DogFood11, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from the traditional Sammy Smith bottle - at least for me - pint and change clear bottle. I poured it into the trust Baldwin-Wallace College standard pint glass.

The beer poured a very dark brown with a little more than a finger of tan head that left fine lacing down the glass. The beer's aroma had hints of coffee, chocalate and some fruitiness as well. The flavor was off the charts, and a true treat. Taddy Porter's flavor fit it's ominous, dark color, with plenty of roasted malt flavor along some chocalate. The beer finished a smokey, caramel flavor that road through the end of each sip. This is a medium bodied brew that is super drinkable, if only a little cheaper of available in greater quantites - at least here in my area. A true treat, and I imagine something of a classic.

edmundfitzoil, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a very small, creamy, light tan head. Smells of very deep, rich, roasted chocolate malt, oatmeal cookie, light coffee, earthy, grassy and lightly herbal with a little cherry and oak. Dear god this tastes good! Huge toasted malts giving a hefty wallop of bittersweet chocolate, followed then by toffee, oak and molasses. It really turns sweet as it heads toward the finish. The finish is quite long, and while the big malt flavor linger to the end they’re accompanied by a light citrus bitterness that add balance, crispness and closure. This porter is full-bodied and slightly watery with very low carbonation. Wow, was this a great beer. Forget the desert, just give me a bottle of this after dinner. Sure this beer is a bit pricey, but I’ll be getting a bottle of this from time to time for sure.

ski271, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of tom444
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Pours out almost perfectly black, with a huge creamy dark tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Extremely malty, plenty of chocolate and coffee, a few fruity notes, and just a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Loads of malt, fairly strong coffee flavor, a bit of smokiness. Some nice hop flavors, and a few fruity notes on the finish. A great malty aftertaste that leaves your tongue begging for more.

A truly amazing porter, definitely a beer to be savored.

tom444, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Opaque... absolutely zero light gets through this beer... awesome look. !/4" head dissipates quickly with nice lacing.

Smell is chocolately with sherry notes. Somehwhat hoppy. Whiffs include alchohol, maple, vanilla and anise.

Flavor is very good with sherry, bourbon, plum, dried fig, and raisin.

Very nice on the palate.

A very, very good beer!

Fugazme, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
4.85/5  rDev +16%

Beautiful tan head on a clean black body. Foam has fuzzy texture from the side. Syrup red on the bottom if you look at it right.

When the foam disappears, what is left is a nice caramel colored fog.

Aroma is bitter chocolate, coffee beans, raisins, and some molasses makes an appearance as well.

Hot damn, this one is amazing. A spicy hit of dark creamy chocolate with some coffee pushing it forward. The mouthfeel of this Porter is second to none. Straight up silk, I tell you. Aftertaste is burnt and pleasant.

Drinkability is huge. I'm buying 2 or 3 at a time from now on.

grindcore666, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

A pretty darn good porter. Black pour with lacey tan head, yeah! A rich, chocolaty malt aroma. The taste takes a person somewhat aback, same tastes as the aroma, but finishes with a pop of sour ale – kinda reminiscent of a sour mash bourbon.

Full bodied and rich throughout, it’s a darn same its on the expensive side – it would make a good session brew if better priced.

Vancer, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black body with the faintest ruby highlights; despite a hard pour, I didn't get much of a head but a ringlet lasted throughout; not much lacing

Smell: Coffee, tobacco, licorice and dark chocolate on the nose, but fainter than I expected

Taste: Starts out brown bready but a bitter/sour flavor takes over in the middle and fades while the sweet chocolate, coffee and tobacco elements resume their promenance; nice dark chocolate aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Judging from the other ratings, I was inclined to mark my scores up a notch but I wouldn't be honest to this bottle if I did that; worth taking another try in the future, I was put off by some of the sour elements in this sample

brentk56, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
2.33/5  rDev -44.3%

Appearance: Pours a dark, coffee black with a fizzy, cola head that sticks around a little and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Smells like acidic, burnt coffee. That's about all I can pick up.

Taste: Follows the smell, but there is also quite a bit of tanginess and bitter cocoa. It actually has some cheese flavors at the end that are slightly bothersome.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: The smell and taste are slightly offensive, maybe I just got a bad bottle of this brew. Those would be the main factors keeping from finishing a bottle, let alone hitting up another one.

This was a disappointing brew. I am hoping I just got a bad one. I have heard a lot of good things about Sammy Smith's so I guess I was expecting something more.

jamesdergen, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Medium bodied, dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head which hangs around nicely and leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is dark roast malt, caramel, nuts, dark chocolate and coffee.

Rich roasted malt flavor, slightly burnt caramel, licorice and chocolate, a hint of fruity sweetness with a dry finish. A lot of flavor with aroma to match.

Maybe not for everybody, but for those who like a rich malt flavor, this is definitely recommended.

whynot44, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of nickss
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a medium-sized beige colored head.

Smells of caramel, with strong overtones of alcohol... for some reason I am always able to pick out a Sammy Smith just by the odor... there's something distinct about it. The scent is also refreshing.... minty almost.

Strong caramel, chocolate and alcohol flavors in this one... almost cognac-esque when it hits the tongue.... very nice.

Feels thick in the mouth, not to the point of being chewy, but still thick enough to offer a certain substance that I feel all porters should possess.

The alcohol flavors are a bit too strong for me to have too many of these. Nevertheless, I find the beer to be very enjoyable... just in moderation.

nickss, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of kkipple
3.05/5  rDev -27%

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tall glass. Color was a deep, burnt caramel brown with a half inch foamy head. Nearly opaque. Very pretty.

Smelled of malt and hops, with maybe a touch of grape scent. I must admit I have trouble picking out diverse smells, but the overall aroma was good.

Taste: sweet at first, reminded me of sugared coffee, malt, and molasses. Moist and slightly bitter, but with an unpleasant sour aftertaste. Consistency was thin. Quite filling, much like a stout.

This is the first English porter I've tried, and I can't say I was terribly impressed. The bottle may have been off a bit, as there was a decidedly sour aftertaste that may not be typical. All in all not a terrible beer; I wouldn't decline it if free, but can find better brews for $3. I would like to try it on tap to see if the sour flavor remains or if I simply had bad luck.

kkipple, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of fretlessman71
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Samuel Smith beers always make me cringe when I see the clear bottles on the shelf – they seem like they’d do such a good job at brewing, but I have had more than my fair share of skunked SS brews in the past. Still, Taddy gets very good reviews; let’s see if the darker brew is less susceptible to the light and other elements.

APPEARANCE: (This is the first review where I could rate the appearance without popping the cap, but I’ll resist…) Black, with only the faintest hint of mahogany coming through. SERIOUS head action with really good staying power. Almost no lacing.

AROMA: Gentle mix of black and chocolate malt, with a generous dash of bottlecap. Seems like there’s a little oxidation here; whether it’s due to the light, age, or handling will remain a mystery. Certainly not much of the telltale “skunk” scent, but then the hops are very low in the first place. Getting a touch of diacetyl as well.

FLAVOR: The aspect of SS beers that seems to be their common bond is the yeast, and its effects are noticeable here – somehow, even though it’s been years, my taste buds are quietly saying, “Oh, yeah – I remember this”. It’s sort of a gentle metallic flavor that helps to impart a very dry finish. Roasted malt flavor is sorta weak, actually, but very smooth. And, in the words of Austin Powers, it’s “a bit nutty.”

MOUTHFEEL: Average weight, high carbonation, move along folks, nothing to see here.

DRINKABILITY: At 5% ABV it’s pretty close to session status, but I think I’d prefer other porters to drink more than one of.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Boy, I hope I get the chance to taste this fresh one day – I think I’d have a much higher opinion of it. As it is, I’m disappointed.

fretlessman71, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Pours a rich dark brown with only about a fourth inch head of loose bubbles after an aggressive pour. The head didn't retain all that well, and ended up being a ring around the top of the glass within a minute or so. I would certainly have liked to have had a more aggressive head.

Aroma: Lots of nutty malts and some chocolate are the first thing you notice in the aroma. It has a "dry" earthy aroma that you don't get with too many beers that I frequently notice with the SamSmith's stuff...perhaps it has to do with the stone fermenters.

Taste: The nutty malts rule the flavor also. I still get the chocolate in the flavor, so the flavor tracks the aroma pretty closely. There is also a noticeable caramel presence here also that I didn't really notice in the aroma. The beer is balanced toward the malt the entire time. It starts out pretty sweet, and then fades to a slightly bittersweet finish. I can tell that there are some hops in here, but I think that the roast contributes as much to the bitterness as they do. The mouthfeel is practically nonexistent, and leaves you with a heavier impression than this beer does normally.

Opinion: I really like this beer, and it stands out among the rest. There is a much smoother and richer flavor here as compared to just about any other Porter. The British malts do a lot for this style, and the processes at Sam Smiths make this a really smooth and almost creamy tasting beer. I would definitely recommend it.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -6%

Nice dark, dark brown with a large thick, creamy, tan head that slowly recedes to a sticky topping and lacing. Smell is of bitter chocolate, caramel - sticky, bready - hints of mocha and sweet dough. Taste is creamy, rich, and smooth - roasted malts are present. Mouthfeel is thin yet far from watery.

A nice porter. No suprises but a solid porter for sure.

wedge, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Presentation: bottle, 12 fl.oz, clear, custom, "Samuel Smith" pressed twice around neck, "bottled at yorkshire`s oldest brewery est. 1758" pressed around bottom, gold foiled neck, black and red on yellow label, no fresness date.

Appearance: "very" black, no light can get thru, large head of long lasting cream-colored foam.

Smell: some coffee, hint of chocolate

Taste: medium body, creamy medium mouthfeel. Molasses, coffee, minor fruity flavor (?)

Notes: Sole US distributor - Merchant du Vin

BeerBeing, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours black/deep garnet with tan creamy, thick head. The head looked almost like a toasted english muffin. Smells complex with real dark chocolate and columbian coffee, with hints of cream. The beer has layers of taste. Creamy instead of sweet, thick with roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate, with some coffee. Nice and smooth with many levels of flavor. Good carbonation. At the finish there is some prune and similar fruit tastes.

Overall a very solid porter. Really good and I want some more.

tastybeer, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. I love me an American Porter, let's see how they match up across the pond.

Pours a dark garnet red, almost opaque but light can pass through. Nice tan head that disappears after a few minutes leaving nary a coating. Smell is subdued, malty, a little fruity maybe. Taste is also less robust than I would have imagined - malty up front, not so much in the roasted coffee or dark chocolate I would expect from a "porter", more on the milky sweet side, and finishing with apple skins and cider. Not much of a hop presence, but enough to balance and prevent it from being too sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, if not a little on the thin side, but drinkability is way up there - definitely session material. Didn't blow me away, but an interesting take on the porter style, and solid all around.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 03, 2005
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,470 ratings.