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

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2,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 161
Gots: 209 | 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 AlephNull
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, strong-coffee brown/black with a little bit of a red hint when held to the light. A light brown, frothy head dissipates before too long. Lacing is thick but falls quickly.

S: Dominated by the choclatey, slightly coffee smelling malts, but there's a bit of sweetness in there too. Maybe cherries.

T: Sweet almost fruity chocolate character with a bit of a coffee flavor.

M: A little bit chalky, but not bad.

D: This is a nice, drinkable beer. Doesn't blow me away, but quite sessionable.

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

Picked up this bottle at liquor store in Wendover NV. Review is from notes take about two weeks ago.

Pours a thick dark coffee color. Fizzy cola colored head settles very quickly. Smells faintly of toasted malt, peat, oak, coffee, maybe even vanilla. Taste is remeniscent of a dark chocolate very high in cacao. Taste lightly roasted Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, mildly astringent, but with just enough sweetness to balance out any undesireables. Drinkability is good, flavor is well balanced. Nice malty profile. I'd definetly drink this again.

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

Serving Type: 1 pt 2.7 fl oz

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that starts w/ a 2 finger head that lingers a little before slowly going away....leaves a slight head once the beer settles

Smell: Smells of roasted coffee, grains, dark chocolate, and hops. A touch of caramel. not overly powering like some other porters nor weak. A nice blend of smells

Taste/Mouthfeel: A mild coffee taste toward the end, light chocolate, and toffee which seems the most powerful of the 3 flavours toward the end of the drink. But throughout the drink you get a very smokey taste. Like a lot of porters there is a slight dry feeling associated while drinking this beer. A very full beer that is enjoyable.

--As the beer warms up the toffee/caramel flavour comes more to the front and is quite enjoyable

Drinkability: A solid porter, not the best one I've had nor the worse. Very good though

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

Mothers milk in my humble opinion. This is the best porter I have tried so far and the one all others will be judged by. A good winter beer, I love the strength of flavor while at the same time being very smooth. Complex coffee/roasted grains/hint of chocolate flavors that change as the beer warms in my glass.

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

Very dark brown to black in color below nice tan head which dissipates rather quickly but leaves some lacing on the surface and on the sides of the glass. Not a powerful aroma. Notes of toasted malt, sweetness, maybe a touch of chocolate. Taste is straightforward dark malts again with a hint of chocolate. Some herbal hops in the finish. Nice bittersweet aftertaste. Extremely well balanced. Tasty. Mouthfeel is medium not overly carbonated. Very drinkable stuff. Really good English style porter.

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

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark mahogany/brown with very little light able to show through. A nice two finger head that fades into a one finger head that sticks around for most of the pint. Only one word in the English languauge can describe the look of this beer: sexy.

Smell: Carmelly, nutty and roasty with a hint of wheat. The smell is clean and invigorating but not overpowering.

Taste: Smokey. This beer has a very strong aftertaste of smoke. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but smoke, smoke, smoke, smoke and a little smoke. Before the smoke, a mild taste of coffee and caramel smoothly hit the pallet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, the caramel and coffee make the feel extra nice.

Drinkability: A little filling, but definitely something I coud have a few of without filling up.

Comments: God bless Samuel Smith. I really liked this beer; it's something very different from the rest of the porters. I will say one thing, I was expecting this porter to have more of a nutty taste, like Fuller's Porter. No worries though, this is a very nice and unique beer.

Photo of templar316
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the finest beers of all the lands the Taddy Porter ranks near the top of the list. The beutiful black color with just a hint of ruby held to the light, The granite nose and finish, with a biscutty maltiness underneth. Roasty, Chocolatey, hints of coffee it's all here. With a deceptively light body. and ever deepening levels of malt, this is everything beer should be.

Photo of maddogruss
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice, solid beer.

A: A pretty dark body with a dark tan head that slows to a nice lacing that holds throughout the beer.

S: A very pleasant, coffee smell that was slightly bitter in nature.

T: A nice, porter-like slightly bitter and mouth-drying taste with a slightly coffee aftertaste that was very nice.

M: A solid, full-bodied beer.

D: This beer was solid all the way around. The bitterness gave it a nice character that complimented the smooth nature of the beer, Definitely a solid beer.

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

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a deep dark brown colour with a dark brown head. Great retention, lots of lace.

Aroma: Chocolatey greatness, a bit of coffee beans, very heavy roasted smells, quite earthy.

Taste: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, some bread in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, good carbonation, pretty drinkable.

Final Statement: A lovely porter, will definately purchase a bottle of this. I like this more than Fullers.

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

Tried a Sam Smith Taddy Porter at my new favorite lunch spot in Sidney, OH: "In Good Taste". They have a wonderful selection of bottled beer (both imported and domestic).

"Taddy" stands for Tadcaster (Samuel Smith's "Old" brewery).

Poured from the 550 ml clear bottle into a pint glass to produce a 1" beige head of tight foam. The beer is ebony in color and quite opaque.

The aroma of this porter is rather subdued, but hints of roasted malt come through. A scent of brown sugar is also apparent.

The taste is quite nice. Quite sweet, with hints of brown sugar, honey, dried fruit and a nice bitter finish that lingers in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy... and, obviously, thinner than a stout but rich none-the-less. Lightly carbonated and produces a good mouth coating and aftertaste. Complimented my "Union Burger" (6oz. angus beef with blue cheese and bacon on a kaiser bun) nicely.

Drinkability: Nothing objectionable to prevent me from having more than one...(except that "In Good Taste" has so many good beers that I must move on and try another....). This is recommended for the Porter style.

Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a milk chocolate colored head from a brown twelve ounce bottle with a foil neck and crown cover. Caramel malt and a hint of chocolate make up the aroma. The flavor is also caramel malt, a bit of chocolate, some raison is also present, and maybe even a hint of coffee. I'd like a thicker mouthfeel. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown, cola-like color with a caramel colored, foamy, three-finger head. It left big rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and caramel.

T - It tasted of tons of caramel. Also, a sweet chocolate taste. It had a very smooth sweetness.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good porter.Great sweet chocolate and caramel flavors.

Photo of biggmike
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with light brown head that stayed throughout. Nice aroma of caramel and black licorice. Softly carbonated. Very tasty, excellent porter. This stuff is fine and I highly recommend it to those of you who like Porters. If you like Porters do yourself a favor and try it.

Photo of theopholis
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
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
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.