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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,377 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 134
Gots: 122 | 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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koolk

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wickedly dark in colour that gives off a nice brown sheen in teh light. Good head that sticks for a minute, with good lacing.

Fantastic nose of dark roasted malts, sweet black fruit, anise and many other spices and dark aroms that build up and wind together in a very very enjoyable way.

Full and thick palate tht is long with a ripper of an aftertaste. Dark roasted flavours on the back palate. A nice grip leads to flavours of roast, toast, chocolate, coffee...you name it, it is here.

A damn good porter and a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 06:31:56 | More by koolk
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noclue

Michigan

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

Appearance: Very dark, almost black. Tall, creamy head with decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee aromas.

Taste: Strong roasted malt taste. Fig and molasses flavors compliment the chocolate and coffee very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: at 5%ABV and great taste and texture, this is a very drinkable brew. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 01:08:21 | More by noclue
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diablo14

Australia

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

golly this is one hell of a beer. it has everything going for it. i just cant get enough of this brew. if its not the best porter ive ever drank i cant think of too many that would challenge it.

its look is as black as the ace of spades, insistent tan head, gentle
carbonation. the smell is thick and roasty, with malts, chocolate and toasted almonds. flavor is of like nature, but backed with a rich forest and dried fruit taste that is full, and blended with all other elements is something else! intensely complex! hops come into the picture to balance everything up in fine fashion. crisp, but doesnt take away from the relative viscousity of the brew. and fair dinkum, you could drink this baby alll night long. an absolute pearler.

i dont know what everyone else is drinking these days, but for me right now, this is one of the premier beers in my rotation. sammy smiths only come into my solar system on rare occasions, and while its here, im drinking effusively from that fountain. and the taddy porter is one thats demanded my respect and drinking time.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 15:29:44 | More by diablo14
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Dukeofearl

California

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

Pours a jet black/brown with a tan-brown head that begins at about 1" and then settles somewhat. Nice head retention for this beer type. Aroma- roasty malty, and slightly smoky. A little chocolate. Flavor is not as strong as you would think by looking at it. Nice and malty with strong reminders of sweet German black bread. Aroma profiles also follow through into the flavor. Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 14:50:13 | More by Dukeofearl
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DPMomutant

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice big and lasting head on this one. Clings as it lowers and very creamy. Body is black as the night outside.

I get a faint smell of dark coffee, but not much else. A bit of warming picks up a bit of fruit, coffee smell is a bit stronger. It isn't bad, I just expected a bit more.

The taste is kind of light for a porter. Toasty malt in the beginning, the coffee comes in the middle. Is that a dark grape aftertaste? Pretty good though.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin but overall this beer goes down good. A bit bitter but not much.

This is a good enough beer for a session, and isn't too strong so I'd say it's decently drinkable. I'll have it now and again even though it isn't my favorite porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 07:21:48 | More by DPMomutant
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WetCoaster

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, very deep nut brown with 1.5 fingers of tan, rocky head. Excellent head retention. Thin, clingy lace. Mild carbonation.

Smell: Wow. Immediate blast of yeasty bread. Moves on to Fuji apple, sherry, cabernet (?!), malt, burnt coffee, cola, baked bread--there's just layer upon layer here. Very complex and unusual; I've never smelled anything quite like it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt hits the tongue first with a nice, albeit somewhat mild combination of smoke and sweetness. Quickly, the flavor is overwhelmed by yeasty batter and hops. Bitterness hits HARD in the finish with a drying, almost chicory flavor. A slightly winey flavor emerges as it warms. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and the carbonation is generally meek, although it can be a bit sharp at times. Go figure.

Drinkability: It's got a lot of flavor, a light body and a fairly low ABV, so it's quite easy to drink. However, the brutally bitter finish is a bit much for me.

This is a well-made and complex porter, but I can't take the bitterness at the end. I "get" this beer, but it's not for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 04:33:14 | More by WetCoaster
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kbub6f

New York

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

Big, tan, noisy, active head collapses doughily. Black beer with garnet highlights. One or two spots of lacing. Toffee molasses in the tangy, sweet, creamy nose and front. Sweet, creamy molasses in the light middle. Finishes dry, sourish with a little coffee and nice bitterness. Coffee aftertaste. This is a nice, light porter. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 15:10:38 | More by kbub6f
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Ruby-accented mahogany with very little light penetration. The head is large, light chocolate milk in color and semi-stiff. It's pitting like crazy on top and is taking forever to deflate. An above average amount of chunky lace decorates the glass.

The aroma is of roasted malt and cocoa/chocolate and would be better if it was stronger. A very good porter. Dark roasted malty on the palate with flavors of semi-sweet chocolate covered caramels. There's a small splash of coffee in the background and a mild hoppiness, both of which add to the complexity of the flavor profile.

The finish is shorter than I'd like. When a beer is this good, I want it to hang around a bit longer. The body is 'porter medium' at best. Even a slightly bigger body would be of benefit in keeping the wonderful flavor front and center where it belongs. The quaffability quotient is on the high side; I hadn't noticed that the bottle is nearly empty.

The Famous Taddy Porter deserves its fame. It's classic and it's damn good. Attractive appearance, subdued nose, delicious flavor, medium body, highly drinkable. Sounds like a winner to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 17:42:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Zorro

California

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black brew with the standard ruby color when held up to a strong light.

Smell is sweet and very fruity, VERY similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Lots of cherry, plum and black licorice scent.

The flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, with chocolate and coffee. Taste is well rounded for a Porter; this one isn't a dark beer syrup like some others. It also isn't a harsh beer with a burned flavor.

Exceedingly drinkable brew, tasty with no harshness, and a moderate alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 02:28:41 | More by Zorro
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Soybomb

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very dark, a little violet or deep red when held to the light, almost black away from it, forms a nice creamy tan head of about an inch that quickly drops to a ring and very thing top layer

smell: roasted malt and coffee

taste and mouthfee: the roasted malt and chocolate flavors come out first, and drops off to a light coffee after taste, hop flavor is balanced well with the malt, but the malt is the star, medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable

notes: my first porter even though I love stouts, I liked it quite a bit

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 02:22:19 | More by Soybomb
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

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

My first porter review, actually the first porter I've tasted.

A: Pours out an extremely dark color, black with some (what appears to me, at least) crimson in there. Initial 1" tan-caramel colored head which dissipated after a few swigs.

S: Dark roasted coffee smell right up front. Some caramel and very light hop smells in the background.

T: Bitter coffee at first taste with enough maltiness to make it a nice experience. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness that isn't too overwhelming.

M: Full and chewy. This is a heavier beer than I'm used to drinking but I could learn to love it. Nice coating feel to it. ETOH and CO2 levels are nicely done.

D&N: A nice intro to the world of Porters. Max @ D's Hot Dogs recommended this one. I'm glad I listened to him. Tasty, complex, and a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 16:56:51 | More by JackTheRipper
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DESTRO

Nevada

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

pours out extremely dark, almost black. nice red tint when held to the light. decent off white head, looks tastey. aromas are rich, coffee and toffee, dark malt...dark chocolate, light hopping. nice. smooth in the mouth, has good body, a hefty brew but not overly so. flavors are much like the nose with a def. semi sweet/dark chocolate flavor, some sweeter toffee like notes come in as well. a small but balanced hop bitterness seems to even things out and it finishes with a light coffee aftertaste. pretty damn drinkable, there are better porters out there IMO, but this is still a top notch brew that deserves the respect it seems to get. high five sammy smith.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 06:59:07 | More by DESTRO
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Doiv

United Kingdom (England)

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

Pours a very dark ruby to tan with a big creamy tan head. Aroma is of roasted hops, dark fruits like black cherries, and a little coffee.

Taste is of roasted hops, marmite/vegemite, coffee, honey, and something more leafy, a little like cabbage, that I couldn't quite identify.

Finish is warm with dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, like a good porter should be, and the drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 11:49:55 | More by Doiv
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mattcrill

Ohio

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

appearance: deep brown almost black in color. Nice head and a beautiful looking porter
smell: smells of carmel, coffee, and malt make it tempting the nose
taste: wonderful taste of carmel and very easy to drink.
One of the best porters I've had. Lives up to it's reputation

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 16:59:22 | More by mattcrill
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a deep, dark brown with crisp, rich ruby highlights glinting at the edges. A dense three fingers of light tan head bursts upwards and ebbs gradually to a frothy crater. Sticky loops of lacing cling valiantly to the inside of the glass.

The rich aroma of chocolate blankets a roasted malt sweetness. A vinous quality lurks underneath, along with a mellow coffee bitterness. A lighter cocoa note lingers at the finish.

On first sip, a rounded roasted malt sweetness slinks in and soon mingles with chocolate and an earthy dark coffee presence. A grapey sherry character flexes a bit in the middle along with a well-cooked dark caramel note. The finish is populated by an understated lingering hops bitterness.The overall flavor is rich and warm. It's balanced and artfully blended.

Medium bodied, it slides across the palate, slick and a little oily, and leaves a pleasant memory of what it delivered.

Let's face it, it's a legend, and it is damned good. That said, it's not tremendous, but still, as a long-time standard, it is a classic. It has the rich earthy elements you want in a porter, in a nice balance. Strong across the board, it's just what you expect, and drinking another is easy, enjoyable, and very likely. It's maybe not as big as many of its American brethren, but it is faithful to the style and it goes down smooth. It's a trusty beer to turn to when you want to get down to basics.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 15:13:50 | More by Foxman
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AllThingsNinja

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe the clear bottle had encouraged some ill flavors to develop, but I wasn't as impressed by this beer as I had hoped to be. The appearance was wonderful -it was dark with good head retention. It smelled of coffee and chocolate. The flavors began with a nice medley of coffee and chocolate but the long finish passed through some rougher territory - almost whiskey alcohol notes and some buttery flavors. It was a complex porter, but not exactly ideal.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 21:47:47 | More by AllThingsNinja
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

hmmm...not impressed by 1st 3 impression. I may need more time to get used to this beer, but, after sampling things like winter warmer, and (personal fav) oatmeal stour, this was, quite frankly a big let down.

It pours a nice deep brown color, with a thick creamy tan head. Smells sweet and it has hints of licorice.

When I think porter, I think a rich, chocolately taste. I think a nice deep immersionin it, to boot. This was an odd licorice/chocolate mix, that didn't come out quite right.

Eh, I would say go for the oatmeal stout, but, you should at least try this, for the sake of trying it

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 04:22:29 | More by PSUDREW
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

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

Was looking forward to cracking one of these open all the way home from work. Clear bottle appears to be brown, pours dark chocolate brown, no light getting through, but rosy at the bottom. Odor is very pleasant and warm with a wine-like aroma. Head was minimal on my first bottle poured; faint hints of lace speckle the glass.

Taste is mildly chocolate with an aftertaste of coffee. Very smooth and very drinkable. Excellent beer and definitely one of my personal favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 00:02:18 | More by abcsofbeer
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IceAce

California

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

Appearance: An agressive pour from bottle to beer-clean Imperial pint glass resulted in a two finger collar of quality tan foam. Hints of excellent lacing as the head begins to slowly dissipate. The brew is jet-black and my mouth was agape upon discovering that this beer is packaged in clear glass!!

Aroma: Very earthy nose with hints of chocolate (brownie mix). The aroma of this beer leaves the taster longing for a visit to the much- -revered English brewery.

Taste: Calling the taste complex is like referring to sex as reproduction. The taste is nutty, grassy, and heavy with malt. The hop notes are muted, yet well-balanced...happy to be singing harmony with the stellar malts.

Mouthfeel: Balance is the key...and this quality porter is balanced. The long finish leaves a delicate sweet coating on the lips and fore-tongue.

Drinkability: I could do this one all day, all night, and all day tomorrow.


Seldom do I rave...I can only hope my ancestors has access to beer this good!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 06:41:17 | More by IceAce
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Naerhu

Japan

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear bottle, gold foil, no head, jet black body.
Charred malt and chocolate aroma.
Charred malt and chocolate flavor, also vanilla.
India ink silkyness, this is the real magic of this brew. It is so creamy and silky it is almost erotic.

Despite this beers mildness, something reminded me of Stone Imperial Stout. Not intensity, but in livelyness. Maybe it was the type of hops (not amount) or perhaps just that both of these beers sing to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 00:11:07 | More by Naerhu
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babyhobbes

Ohio

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

Poured a deep dark brown almost black with a big tan head. Smells of caramel, chocolate and spicy. (maybe clove?) The smell is great. There are caramel and slight spice taste and small sweetness to this brew. The mouthfeel is much ligther than anticipated and quite unlike its heavy scent. This is a very smooth beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 23:48:03 | More by babyhobbes
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necoadam

Connecticut

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

The Taddy Porter. I love the appearance on this beer. Pours out a very dark brown, close to black as it can get with a hint of ruby shade on the bottom of the glass. Smell consisted of malts, caramel, some plums mixed in as well. Taste consisted of some coffee and some roasted flavors. Some of that caramel and plum comes into play as well. It's balanced so well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, goes down very nicely. Only gripe is that it's some damn expensive, but you get what you pay for (most of the time).

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 01:13:34 | More by necoadam
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BierManVA

Virginia

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

Very deep and dark but not at all syrupy as one might assume. The aroma is burnt and sour. Extremely smooth accross the palate and a nice charcoal flavor to boot. Aftertaste is strong and slightly alcoholic.

Quite delicious but not a session bier.

John

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 00:43:49 | More by BierManVA
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Skidz

Wisconsin

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

Pours out a fair brown that sits nearly black with a bit of crimson shining through on the sides. A light brown head sits atop this nice looking beer, big lacings on the sides, lots of character.

Smells of sweets and fruits; chocolate, vanilla, a tad of cinnamon, apple sauce like tones and raisins. Maltiness is present as well along with some bits of roasted grains. A very strong nose on this one, very impressive.

Tastes initially sweet; chocolates blended with a bit of coffee flavors bring an initial bitterness to your pallate. Moves gradually into apples blended with some more bitterness from cinnamon-like flavors, then to dark, carmelized sugars that ease you into a subtle bitterness that is actually quite smooth and desireable. This is a nice, sweet and fruity porter that has loads of character, and keeps you thirsty for more. It's no wonder why this is one of the greats.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth, but packs quite a carbonated punch. The carbonation didn't get in the way too much, as it seemed to come out more when swallowing, but it did contrast well against the slightly smooth body this beer had.

It's just so easy to drink. The rasins in the nose blend very well with the overall flow of this beer. One of my favorite porters now, but it is much different from my other favorites, as the particularly fruity nose and taste set it apart from the others. I want to eat a steak and drink this at the same time....

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 05:04:01 | More by Skidz
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

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

Dark mollasses brown and black, with a great deal of thick, reddish brown head and stringy sticky lacing. The aroma is very rich, with many nuances. It is somewhat similar to Samuel Smith's other beer Oatmeal Stout, both in aroma and taste: the difference is that Oatmeal Stout is much sweeter. Coffee, chocolate, subtle fruits, vanilla, cream, raisins, and even slight spicy notes greet the nose. The aroma even carries some smells more common in fruit brandies . The smell, to me, is the outstanding characteristic of this beer. The taste is balanced well, sweet yet dry. Initially it has a crisp sweet syrup flavour, but gives way to a coffee-like dryness in the finish; and the middle is where you taste the medium alcohol presence. There seems to be a slight oak taste on the front of the tongue; yes, definite wood flavours slowly reveal themselves upon subsequent sips. I sense a strong graininess on the palate, almost as if there are coffee grains in the beer, and it adds delightfully to the character of the brew. The taste lingers on the mouth for quite some while, which makes this a highly drinkable and sociable beer: relax after dinner with one, slowly sipping and savouring. As a classic, this is not meant to be consumed rapidly.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 06:13:57 | More by Cwrw
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.