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

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2,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,584
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 147
Gots: 177 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of quasimoto
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - it pours a dark inpenatrable brown, and has a nice fluffy offwhite head.

S - Starts off with aroams of chocolate, more so mocha, roasted coffee, maybe some molasses. There is a background of oxidation, but other than that, it is fantastic.

T - Starts off flat and sharp but as it warms it turns into a nice mixture of chocolate and the roasted malt character. It finishes witha a roasted note.

M - Slight carbination bite, that turns nice and smooth as it ends.

D - One of the best porters out there.

quasimoto, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550mL clear bottle into a mug. TADDY PORTER!

Dark brown, almost black as a stout, with some ruby edges. Thick light brown head that rises after your finish pouring, almost as if you are fast forwarding a taping of a bread being baked. Has a "pillowy" look as it settles. Clingy lacing along the gass, with only a few open spots.

Bitter coffee like malt scents with some sweet molasses and vanilla close behind it, along with some light chocolate scents which enhance as they warm.

Heavy black coffee malts paired with low carbonation in a medium body. Bitter and slightly acidic taste, but still finishes smooth with the dark malts lingering in the mouth. Some smokey flavors stand out on the sides of the tongue. Sweet sugary flavors emerge as the beer warms.

I'm going to move this one to the top of my porter list. I love the feel and taste of this beer. Pricey but worth it.

BeerSox, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of tfp4268
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours typical near-black with a light tan frothy head that lingers for a long time.

Smell...WOW! This is an amazing aroma! Chocolate, cotton candy, brown sugar, raisins. Too much to get a handle on without sitting around sniffing this beer for an hour or so.

Taste...Sweet malt, weak coffee, malty finish, not a lot of hops. not a very complex flavor, disappointing compared to the wonderfully complex smell. As it warms, it stays the same.

Mouthfeel is smooth enough.

This is a very drinkable porter. Unfortunately, it is very drinkable because it kinda lacks flavor.

tfp4268, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
2.95/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: very dark, almost black with a nice rich foamy, mocha colored head. Nice lacing and color overall

Smell: Smell was...yikes...not very good smell. I think this bottle sat on the shelf for a while. A bit skunky! I could detect a strong coffee smell with a touch of malts in their somewhere

Taste: was not as bad as the smell! Did have a very genuine coffee flavor along with roasted malts as stated above. Has a slight bitter after taste that makes for a nice finish. Coffee flavor...yes a burnt chocolate coffee flavor is the taste along with a slight earthy flavor

Mouthfeel: fairly smooth and soft, goes down pertty easy

Overall a bit offensive! I will probably give this another try sometime....maybe. Dont know if it was just the bottle or me?

Magpie14, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of wanker
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I found the taste and mouthfeel a bit thin. There was a bit of skunk in the taste as well. Weak head. Perhaps I was spoiled by the Young's Oatmeal Stout I had consumed the prior day, because this porter was inferior in every respect to the Young's.

That said, this is certainly not a bad beer. Better than many. But nothing I'd go out of my way for.

wanker, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 550ml clear bottle with no freshness date. Pours a black color with ruby hues when held to light and a mocha colored, two finger head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is very strong of roasted malt. There is also a strong presence of smoke along with some dark chocolate.

Taste of those roasted malts with some dark chocolate present as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty drinkable.

hckyfn9999, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. Great two finger that is almost perfectly even with the lip of the glass. Creamy, tan, bread dough head amidst dark coffee hues. Good porter aromas hit the nostroil. Plenty of roasted and creamy vanilla like malts. Great passover to the mouth with more developed creaminess. More light brunt malt notes in the back of the throat as well. Very smooth palte. But lets you know you are packing on the calories.

scruffwhor, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Decent head, good dark brown color.

Smell: Carob, caramel smoothness which would be great on a fall night outside.

Taste: chocolate, carob, sorta like brownies, slight, SLIGHT grapefruitiness

Mouthfeel: It seems like one of the thinner porters I've had. It's definitely thinner than something like Sierra Nevada Porter. It's medium thin I'd say. When you first swig it there's a big chunkiness to it.

Drinkability: Easily could drink this stuff all night. Friggen good.

CaskofFlyingDog, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

550ml glass bottle with the usual good-looking Samuel Smith's design & labeling. No freshness date.

Pours dark brown with red edges. A few fingers of very creamy medium-brown head. Very good lace retention. Deep toasted bread, nut, and chocolate malt aromas. Flavor conforms with the smell. Chewy chocolate malts up front with some bread dough, butterscotch, and nutty flavors in the center. Excellent drying burnt toast finish. Superb medium body with just the right balance of cream and carbonation.

dgallina, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a 2.5 fingers sand colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & wet cardboard & rum cake

T: Roasted malt, chocolate & bitter hops. Coffee, hops & more chocolate follows. Finishes dry & a little chalky with a hint of raisin

MF: Slick with good carbonation & okay balance

Didn't really stand out as drinkable, will get another bottle another day, this may be old or light struck

russpowell, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of ColForbin
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My bottle of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is 550ml with gold foil on the top. And it is clear, as are all of the Samuel Smith bottles. Pours a beautiful deep brown with a thick tan head with good retention and lacing. Unfortunately, the first thing I smell upon opening the bottle is skunkiness, like every other bottle of Sam Smith's I've ever had. By letting it sit for a while, I can get some roasted caramel flavors and some hops but I can't totally get the skunkiness out of my nose. Taste is roasted and nutty with some coffee and chocolate notes as well, and if I could keep the skunkiness out of my nose would be spectacular. Finish is smokey and dry. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Would be very drinkable if ever bottle that I ever purchased wasn't skunked. It's a great porter, but unless they switch to brown bottles or I can get it straight out of the case, I won't be buying it very often.

ColForbin, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of jhollick
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle

Smell is sweet of chocolate, molasses, fig, and sweet malts. There is a slightly tart smell present as well. This is definitely a Samuel Smith beer. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but very creamy and smooth. The smoothness remains after you swallow, coating the tongue.

Taste is sweet, with the flavors mirroring the smells. Some smoky flavor and some dryness from the hops comes through in the aftertaste. There is also a hint of a sour towards the end. I can't place it, but it somehow fits the beer. As it warms a bit, more sweet flavors reveal themselve, and a bit of nuttiness comes out. This is one tasty and complex beer. I'm glad I have 18+ oz. of enjoyment in this one.

Overall, this is basically what I expected coming into it. That's not to say it is mundane or anything like that. Samuel Smith just has a certain feel to the beers, and this fits in, while differentiating itself from its other styles. It is an easy drinking porter, and one to be savored. Price is my only limiting factor, but even at a high price, I'll still buy. Its that good.

jhollick, Sep 22, 2006
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
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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