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: 150
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL clear glass bottle poured into tall glass.

The Famous Taddy Porter is a rich, dark brown color with decent head.

Not an overly strong aroma, but malty, sweet, a touch roasty.

This is a tasty beer, with malty sweetness, caramel flavors and a clean finish from just a touch of hops bitterness.

Mouth feel is clean and smooth, medium to thin consistency.

Overall a nice, tasty beer that one could be happy to drink a bunch of with friends.

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

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Appearence: Deep ruby color with an ample tan head. Dissipation of head leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

Aroma: Biscuit with a bit of a sour aroma to it. Methink there's some Bret present during the fermentation. Roasty aromas of coffee balance well the breadiness.

Taste: Complex taste. A nice acidity that goes very well with the roasted coffee malt flavors. Highly fruity aftertaste (tart apple and toffee, especially) that accentuates the tartness and complements the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body light carbonation. Tartness is interesting in the porter.

Drinkability: A good porter (on par with Edmund Fitzgerald--my favorite). Tartness implies a dry character and masks the body a bit. Very drinkable, and could pass as a session porter.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours an almost opaque black color. The head is massive, creamy, and brown. Lacing is thorough and lasts until the beer is finished. The aroma is of chocolate, cream, toffee and has a touch of the famous Samuel Smith's house aroma. The taste, however, is rather bland for a porter. There is some toffee and burnt malt flavors that are nice, but nothing really stands out and makes things interesting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent porter. At 5% ABV it could make for a very sessionable beer if it had something flavor wise to entertain. With that said, I would choose Summit Great Northern Porter, Bell's Porter, or Bully! Porter, all between 4.9% and 5.25% ABV, as my session porter of choice over The Famous Taddy Porter any day of the week.

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

It could be brown. It might be black. All I can say for sure is that it has ruby highlights when held to the light.
This dark sand colored head would look right at home on a rootbeer float.
The smell is chocolate, smoky and toasted.
This is excellent. Loved the creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very mild. The lower ABV makes this a definite session beer.

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

Pours into my new Sam Smith's pint glass from a clear bottle with a gold foil toper and Sammy's typically handsome labelling.

Rich oaky black with some mellow dark brown notes hanging out where the light makes its way through; A foamy, thick head rises up as its bubbles all join together, some getting as large as a dime before bursting, and falls down to a thin layer, leaving behind wispy soapy curls of lace.

Light coffee and chocolate are intermingled with that distinctive Sam Smith scent that I can't quite describe - a kind of woodiness, maybe spicy earthy roots.

A large quantity of vanilla bean is present in the flavor, mingled with some cocoa and slightly grassy, acidic hop finish. A bit of coffee lingers after swallowing.

Fairly light, very smooth on the tongue with very little noticeable carbonation until you agitate it. The finish is relatively crisp, and leaves behind some slight lingering flavors that are more slick than sticky.

The Famous Taddy Porter was one of Sam Smith's beers that I intended to try first - As a matter of fact, it could very well have been one of the first beers that led me into the craft brew world, but I picked up the Oatmeal Stout instead. I've gone through a lot of other beers in their lineup before getting to this one, and it's a tasty English-style porter.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown to almost black onyx hue with a toffee colored head. The head grew to be about three fingers high without haveing to coax it at all,leaveing behind a small amount of laceing.

Smell: The aromas are of chocolate and dark fruity malts. Alcohol is also detected in the nose along with some woody scents.

Taste: The taste is superb. Coffee notes with dark semi-sweet chocolates. A nice hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is still present as well as the woody/nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not bad at all, personally I would've liked to seen this one a little thicker mouthfeel. Was medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Leaves a dingy tea-like film on the inside of my mouth after each quaff.

Drinkability: Overall,I enjoyed this beer and will probably purchase it again on occasion but it's not a beer to crave.


Photo of jslot38
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Old label, clear bottle, 355ml into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body, kahki tan head. The originally volumnous head fades to a 1/2 inch.

Smell: Deep malts, chocolate, toffee, ground walnuts, subtle hints of coffee.

Taste: Malts all the way, toffe, coffee grounds, chocolate, a touch of caramel. Subtle hop oils give way to a biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: Great feel on the tongue, heavy but smooth, low level of carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: Could make a great session porter. Not too filling for a heavy beer, and a low level of alcohol. Went great with Sausalito cookies from Pepperidge Farms.

Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml clear bottle, gold foil on top, Samuel Smith embossed on the shoulder.
Deep dark brown, if you didn't know better it looks like a brown bottle, not clear bottle with brown contents. Brown tinged head that forms a thin cap and leaves thin lace. Lots of smells, faint but there including coffee, cocoa, and some smoke. Full flavored with blend of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some burnt sugar-like taste. Overall, a nice porter-type taste. Sweet taste balanced by a bitter finish. Creamy smooth mouth feel, low carbonation. Expensive, but worth the treat now and again.

Photo of scottoale
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 550ml clear glass bottle, when I popped the cap, part of the lip came off with it...whoops. It pours a dark brown, almost black and when held up to light a burgundy red shimmers through. Nice creamy light brown three-quarters of an inch of head with a decent lacing trailing behind.

Smell is of dark roasted coffee and chocolate, very bitter yet sweet, with a hint of tobacco...smells really tasty.

Tastes 50-50, rich chocolate and coffee, very roasted and toasty, mildly sweet and nutty with a perfect hop bittering finish. This flavor has depth and a long lasting pleasant aftertaste, that just makes you want to have more.

Healthy body and velvety smooth mouthfeel, this is a damn tasty Porter that "is the style", plain and simple.

A pleasure to drink and a great beer to break up the daily, or shall I say weekly style of preferance. Damn solid Porter...cheers!

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with deep garnet highlights and excellent clarity. 3+ fingers of dark-cream colored dense foam will retain very well but leave minimal lacing. Roasted barley and black patent nose, background coffee and fuggles hops. The taste is not as sweet as you would expect, dominant burnt/roasted barley flavor leans the flavor towards the bitter end. The aftertaste is of smoked malt, black patent and drying english hops. The uncommon charred flavor seems off-balance especially for the english version of porter and tastes more like a milk/sweet stout! Fine carbonation in a medium body breaks up the rich burnt taste and the finish is mostly clean. The bitterness fades quickly and there is no residual sweetness so it manages a high drinkability.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Poured with a nice thick head of dark tan color. Aroma was clean with a hint of dark roasted malts. Flavor was rich, thicker than expected in the mouth. Dark chocolate with a fruity sweetness to balance a dark bitterness. The sweetness stays on the tip of your tongue long after the swallow. A mild alcohol in the back of the throat, but not overpowering. The sweetness lingers almost too long. A pleasant porter experience for sure, but I prefer the Meantime London Porter over this one.

Photo of sevineyes
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a clear bottle with a red and black label.

A: Very dark garnet. Poured with a nice tan head.

S: Black cherries. Juicy green melon. Excellent sourness. Fresh peeled shrimp. Like a copper bloodiness.

T: Very big. Begins rather sweet like melons, but with an underlying pepper. Moves to a dry sourness that's not strong, but definitely there. Some kind of roasty smoke that's very subtle. Very huge aftertaste that belies the taste. Lingering bitterness. Has some natural saltiness in the finish.

M: Quenching, but not overly oily. Silky. Smooth.

Overall: Has some of the elements similar to the house style for Sam Smith beers. Some unattainable characteristics in both the smell and taste. Really does have some spicy steak blood elements without too much of the metallic aspects. Very savory.

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

Highs: Appearance, nose, good porter flavor
Lows: None

Pours pitch brown with light brown head that seems to fade quickly. No visible yeast residue, though nose is sweet and yeastie with a hint of honey and another a malty presence. Flavor of malt/sorghum along with toasted chocolate; mouth is quite substantial with a nice tiny bubble texture. There’s a bit of chocolate on the finish, which is also slightly bitter. Drinkability is good.

Overall: A good porter; recommended.

Photo of kevin62
2.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This porter poured out a dark brown/black with a large yet quickly dissappearing tan head.The smell was of coffee as well as in the taste.The body, in my opinion was very light.The taste was a little bland,almost metallic and I guess I was expecting more from this.Maybe I will have to go back to this one in the future and try again.

Photo of taez555
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark opaque black body with a white head.

Nose is simply ambrosial. Very sweet rich milk chocolate, fruits, cold sweet smoke, toasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, pears, apples, burnt malts. Samuel Smith has such a classic smell and this porter just exemplifies that.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. A cold chimney like smokey, wood stove type flavor. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, stale coffee and dark malts. Definitely taste a mild butterscotch in the middle and towards the end. Hop bitterness is present and just enough to give balance.

Why don't I drink this beer more? Simply amazing, one of the most flavorful and drinkable porters out there. I can only imagine what this beer tastes like fresh, or not in a clear bottle, or... dare I say... on cask? Amazing beer.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark color. Big fluffy rocky head with decent retention and a healthy amount of lacing.

Coffee malt and basic porter smell.

Nothing out of the ordinary here. I don't see what all of the fuss is about. I'd trade this one for a local porter anytime.

This certainly doesn't live up to the name... especially since it has "Famous" in it.

Photo of mclanem
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks and smells great first off. really dark black with a brown head looks creamy. the smell is sweet and rich, could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap a little. the taste is great a light roasted malt flavor a bit grainy good though, not to much on the mouthful not to strong but it is smooth over all. good drinkablity on this beer I would like to try more like it.

Photo of acrawf6
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice black, slightly tan around edges, tan head foams up, looks good.

Smell. a deep roast smell. dryer and a good bit of coffee smells, coffee with some heavy cream. quite nice.

Taste is dry and a little roasty. In my opinion, the taste doesnt compete with the aroma. A little disappointed. not as complex. But it still is good. slightly metallic. is balance, but not much hop balance.

Mouthfeel. Its good mouthfeel, good carbonation and decent balance. good body for this porter.

Overall a good beer. Very enjoyable, but for the money you could get the same quality taste for cheaper. One i would never turn down, but hard to drop the money on this import.

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

A - Very dark brown with only slight ruby highlights under a light. Rich creamy tan head that eventually dissipates to quarter inch layer of foam

S - Aroma is sweet toasted malt with berry wine overtones. The aroma is quite distinctive and pleasant. I wish it tasted more like it smells. Aroma is more prominent as the beer warms to the recommended 50-55°F

T - Taste is more acidic than sweet. Some chocolate, plenty of toasted malt. The taste of the beer improves considerably when it warms past 50°F. I notice a bit more sweetness and a banana flavor begins to come through. Banana coffee.

M - Feels thin and is lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel improves as the beer warms, feels less watery.

D - Goes down easy, low alcohol. A person could drink more than a few of these. I was going to consign this to my bottle collection and never return to it but it really does improve as it warms. Do yourself a favor and don’t drink this cold.

Photo of musingmonkey
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an attractive porter - dark brown, with a creamy head, which never threatens to completely depart, but develops into an almost espresso-crema colour and glides across the surface of the beer. Smell is quite fruity, reminiscent of christmas pudding. Not quite as fruity in taste, although the presence is there mingled with some carob, dark treacle and some delicate smoky to almost charcoal notes in the finish.
This was an unusual mixture that had to grow on me after several samplings. Mouthfeel, on the other hand, was superb. A very smooth porter, with a substantial body, and a somewhat drying effect at the back of the palate. Quite drinkable, but more for an occasion of relaxation and sipping than a session drink.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.05/5  rDev -51%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - A dark brow with a monsterous creamy tan head that lingers for a while and leaves thick rings of lacing all down the glass.

S - This has the same elderberry odor that all of the Sam Smith's beers have (barring the WW, which just stank), but it isn't as potent. Faint pine and coffee. These three mesh to create something wierd.

T - Slight coffee with some smokey dark fruit flavors that make for a bizarre and not too pleasant chemical edge. The aftertaste is a strange chemical taste pairs with a coffee flavor. Yuck.

M - Medium viscosity, carbonation is too high, and absurdly drying. I feel so thirsty after each sip.

D - Well, I am going to be able to finish this despite the taste and mouthfeel. That says a lot actually. The parching nature makes sessioning this one difficult at best. The beer is too foul for foods. I think I will seek out the oatmeal stout and leave the "famous" taddy porter to it's notoriety.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in an imperial pint glass from a bottle.

The beer pours a dark almost opaque black with a thick frothy tan head that holds well and laces well the whole way down the glass. The beer smells of faint roasted and chocolate malts. The flavor of the beer is where its strength really lies. The beer mixes roasted nutty malts (which I believe are hazlenuts) with chocolate malts. The beer is not too sweet though because it is balances nicely with some welcome bitterness. There is a fantastic thickness balanced nicely with some great carbonation. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and the best of the Samuel Smith Beers I have had so far.

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

Poured into pint glass.
Nice dark brown color, tints of red/orange. Good head, laced.
Not a strong aroma--roated malt, smoked wood, hops
Tastes about the same; roasted malt, smoke, hops, with some hints of chocolate. Not a fantastic taste, but it will grow on you and want more. Good feel, not too thick, not to light, just the right amount of bitterness/sweetness.
Could pound a few more.

Photo of geexploitation
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Smith's Taddy Porter is a beautiful beer -- a deep dark brown with a red tinge, and an active head. But other aspects of it were a bit disappointing, given Sam Smith's other excellent dark beers (the Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout). It gets points for effort, though...

The nose is interesting, if not overly appealing to me. There are some smoky notes in there -- not so much as your average smoked porter, but a bit. The smoky flavor carries over in the brew itself, but on the palate it adopts more of a smoke-house, smoked meat kind of flavor, which I don't care for personally. A touch of sourness makes this a very complex brew, although it doesn't have the easy drinkability of the stouts.

Photo of Byeast
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very opaque , very nice black color with dark brown to red edges. Head is about an inch and dissipates quickly. Very pleasant roasty smells of chocolate , coffee, and barley. Mmmm! What a porter! Taste is indeed complex and intense. Malty at first , then some choclate and coffee notes , with a tangy- roasty finish. Full bodied mouthfeel that leaves dark fruity and mildly smokey flavors on the tongue. This porter is what a porter should be. I will be drinking many more of these tasty beers from Tadcaster!

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