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

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 187 | 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 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.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle, is a dark black you can't see through with a 3 finger creamy tan head on aggressive pour. Aroma is very chocolaty, and the taste initially comes off as a lot of bittersweet chocolate. Halfway into the glass it becomes a little more roasty and acidic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation isn't too high and enough to make it interesting.

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

12/14/06- Purchased at Dart Liquors in Stateline, NV.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a freshness code imprinted on the neck. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Medium black with an auburn hue, Full 3/4 inch and rather creamy looking head. Nice rim remains throughout. Light streaks of lace remain.

Smell- Smoky and sweet at the same time. Very earthy and woody scented. Nice bittersweet chocolate notes.

Taste- Sharp chocolate notes mix and mingle between dark and bittersweet. A tad salty from the smoky rauch-like flavor.

Mouthfeel- Chewy with mid-low carbonation. Lightly mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Good flavor and texture. One of the better traditional porters out there.

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

Pours a clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus tan creamy head which lasts a little while, nice small islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is roasted malts, and toffee. The taste is very nice of malts/toffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew really surprised me, very tasty. Will definitely add this one to my list.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big head, I almost had it fall over the top, but the head was so great that it fell over the edge and stayed! It came back and left a thick little head that didn't go anywhere. The color is black. A slight malty characteristic comes through with a little roastiness, nothing big and noticable. The flavor is very bready, but light. Slight roasted malts and bread, that's all I got. Mouthfeel was nice, wasn't as smooth as I like my porters. I would try this again, but not anytime soon, good experience though.

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

I made this a sam smith's weekend thanks to the brown bottles! 460 reviews as of this posting. I won't pontificate to extremes about how good this beer really is. I will say this is one of my favorites of this style, if not the favorite of the style. Enjoy it if you see one, it's worth trying!

Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with copper hues sporting a one finger tan head, heads doesnt hold all that long

S- chocolate, roasted malts, clean

T- roasted chocolate flavors come in middle and go til finish, yeast and chocolate after. bran & unsweet chocolate in front, nutty, earthy, stale bitterness

M- light/med body, smooth carbonation tickle

D- flavor increases as brew warms, easy drinking, sessionable, recommended, great for someone who is afraid of dark beer.

Photo of pweis909
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The foamy head on this dark porter first greeted me with fruity aromas and a hint of cocoa. As the session with this brew progressed, and the foam faded to a thin creamy with residual lacings on the glass, the fruit was replaced by hop aromas and malt.

The malty flavor is perfect -- deliciously balanced with the hops to give the brew a definitive sweetness without cloying. Roasty notes are lurking in the depths of the sweetness.

The creamy texture satisfies, and despite looking heavy the beer was not filling. A 22 oz bottle was easy drinking. .

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

Dark color, creamy, white head that retains some of the darker hues of the drink. Smells slightly yeasty, kind of a fruity apple aroma smells sweet. Taste is somewhat malty, not overly strong, seems well carbonated a little over carbonated for my liking but does not affect the overall quality, finishes well with a bite that leaves a persistent roasted malt after taste, overall a smooth pleasant combination.

Photo of Poser
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a great, creamy head. Aroma is a grainy coffee. Easy to drink and medium-bodied, a mild coffee taste is the main characteristic. This seems a little less malty than other porters, but it's well-balanced and a top-notch pick for a fine brew. The only downside is its price.

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

This beer is black with a thick cream color head. The smell is sweet, roasted, and coffee like. The taste is malty, roasted, and sweet. The mouthfeel is heavy, just shy of chewy. I think that this is a great example of a porter beer. The smoothness and flavor make it quite drinkable.

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

Black, mahogany highlights. Moderate to nice head, brown and creamy.

Chocolate, raisin, grape, coffee, and light roasted vibe. Mild hop floral aroma and a lightly sweet malt base.

Velvety smooth dense rush of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and dark sugary raisin-like floral fruit. Complex and deep. Sticky sweet malt provides just the right base. Hops provide a nicely balancing and delightful fruit vibe, in a tart and juicy manner. Never too aggressive. Many flavors stitched together. Aftertaste is left with a warm chocolate and coffee essence.

Not over the top. Not really strong. Diverse and pleasant. The flavors all work nicely together, with no noticeable downside. Quite tasty.

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

Bought this one along with a Samuel Smith's nonik to celebrate a scholarship to get my masters in England.

Appearance: Very dark, with some garnet highlights. Huge head, exceptional lacing and retention. A fine looking beer, especially when poured in the appropriate nonik - a friend was inspired to get his camera and take a picture.

Smell: Roasted malt, with coffee and chocolate notes. Some caramel, but I don't pick up on any diacetyl aroma.

Taste: Roast, coffee, slight caramel and smoke. Bitter, but perhaps as much from burnt grain as from hops. Avoids the too-sweet and too-much-caramel traps for the style, dangerously close to the burnt-tasting trap but avoids it deftly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: A well-made porter from Samuel Smith.

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

Pours out a really dark black with 1 finger of tan foam. Lacing is slight.
Aroma is dark chocolate/coffee and cigar.Sweet malt and sugary yeast. Caramel and candy toffee.Slight fruitiness like raisin or plum.
Taste is chocolate coffee then a sweetness of malt washes the tounge. Kind of a whiskey initial flavor then the coffee bean hits you and the malt sweetness takes you to the hop black bitterness.
Mouthfeel is pretty watery here. While this is a good porter, there are porters that leave more flavor on the palate.
I could drink a bunch of these so I will rate it high on the Drinkability Scale.

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

The beer pours opaque black with a full tan head. The foam quickly disapates leaving behind a light cover throughout the the drink. The aroma is more complex than I was expecting. More chocolate and caramel than coffee. I Get a little blueberry as well. The flavor has more coffee, dark malt than the aroma. There's noticable hop bitternes, but not much for aromatic hops. Hips are well balanced with the malt characteristics such that neither is overpowering. The mouthfeel is on the light side, but this isn't a Russian Imperial Stout. Carbonation level is good. This is a good drink. I'm not a porter/stout fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this is better than many other porters I've had.

Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, slightly brownish along bottom. It has a thin, lasting off-white head.

The smell is of earthy toast and lightly roasted coffee.

The taste is of toast, lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. Sweet with a balancing earthy, almost floral, bitterness. Slightly acidic. Long, sweet semi-dry finish.

It's creamy and coating.

This is a classic English porter for sure. Makes for a nice "session".

Photo of dpool
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, almost black with a nice coffee colored head.
S: Subtle hints of chocolate and coffee
T: First impression of black coffee, followed by chocolate and a lingering taste of fermented grapes.
M: Mouthfeel is good, smooth, carbonated, and the alcohol hits the taste buds.
D: I couldn't have but one of these beers, very rich, very strong but good.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head that recedes. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly roasty with light coffee and caramel smells.

Taste is roasty upfront leading into light coffee and toffee flavors. A wonderful blend of flavors that really enhance each other. Only a very light bitterness midway through that disappears as it finishes with a lingering blend of all of the flavors contained within. Superbly crafted and balanced as it's by far the best of it's style.

Medium body, creamy texture, ideal carbonation.

An excellent beer overall and extremely sessionable drinkability. Not many better ways to spend an evening that with a few of these. If you enjoy English porter (or any porter for that matter), make sure you experience this beer.

Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an almost black color, moderate tan head that left little lacing. The smell is of caramel & roasted malts, buttery toffee. The taste is of light toffee, caramel, hint of coffee, a bit sour. Lightly carbonated with a full body nice and smooth. Very good overall though I not a huge fan of the style. I could knock back a few.

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