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

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2,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,663
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 163
Gots: 211 | 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 LordHarris
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of lpayette
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
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 %.

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

Large bottle at the British Beer Company. They just opened in my area last week, so I'm assuming the beer should be very fresh! Years ago, Taddy porter was the first non-American macro beer that I ever tried. As a neophyte, I drank it straight from the bottle but still enjoyed it immensely. I had no idea what kind of journey my palate was about to embark on!

Poured a dark black with a small tan head. The dark liquid is noticeably viscous compared to some bigger bodied porters.

Aroma is buttery toffee, coffee, chocolate and a hint of nuts and vanilla.

The flavor matches well with the aroma. Toffee, coffee, chocolate and vanilla all very well balanced. No one flavor is more apparent than the others, creating a very smooth, balanced beer.

The body is a little light for a porter, while the carbonation lends to a nice creamy consistency. I think it's the lighter body, mixed with they highly balanced flavors that makes this beer so drinkable.

This is one of the widely available staples that everyone should at least try.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger thick, light brown colored head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as it falls back into the brew. The brew is an opaque, deep, dark chocolate brown color that is approaching black. Rich concentrated aromas of malt are readily evident from the get go. A mix of treacle, toffee, toasted grain, sweet chocolate and a rich concentrated malt note that is usually found in much stronger imperial stouts and is often confused with soy-sauce type flavors.

The body of this beer is a bit lighter than I expected from the assertively malty aroma. It is still rich and even a bit creamy though. Notes of concentrated malt intermingle with notes of chocolate, black coffee, toffee, and lots of rich, umami type notes. The umami type flavors almost lend a sort of saltiness to this brew, though not quite. This beer really does drink a lot richer than it's strength would suggest; a mini meal in a bottle, and I can remember back in my early beer drinking days, being shocked by the flavors packed into this brew. Even now the flavors are still quite jarring; still this is a tasty tipple and one I am happy to revisit again.

Photo of neenerzig
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer for the first time at La Cav Du Vin last night. I was w/ a bunch of friends and we were celebrating my friend's 22nd birthday. We all bought him beers. We both had a bottle of this particular beer last night. This beer pours a dark brown with a tan head that didn't stick around for long and left some decent lacing. Aromas of coco, some coffe, and some hints of fruit are evident. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate and coffee. The 2 are very well balanced. The taste of fruit and of alcohol are also present. This beer has a nice warming effect and you start to feel it after taking a few sips. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation and is very easy to drink.


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

Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown, with loads of ruby around the edges, and a three finger medium tan head that leasts well and leaves copious lacing. Smell is intense, fruity and sweet, with grapes and plum mixing nicely with toffee notes, and a touch of roasted bitterness as well. Taste is heavy on the coffee, but the fruit still comes through, as does a caramel and chocolate note in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit flat and undercarbonated, but has good body, and drinkability is quite good. Very good, all things considered, but can't match Fuller's in my books.

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black - it only looks dark brown at the bottom of the glass when you hold it to the light. Has a beautiful, tan, foamy head that lingered all the way down the glass.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste and mouthfeel: Surprisingly mild. Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the dominant flavors here. The hop bitterness is definitely dominated by the malt, but the beer is not overly sweet. Smoky finish. This beer tastes better as it warms. Mouthfeel is very smooth, the carbonation is light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Modest ABV makes it very drinkable, although it is rather filling.

Notes: I think the Fuller's London Porter is more assertive, but this is still a tasty porter. Definitely let this beer warm, the flavors come thorugh a lot better.

Photo of hbh739
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with a creamy tan head. I was surprised by how dark it was. I thought the bottle was dark but it was clear. Very dark beer.

The smell was of dark roasted malts, hops, and alcohol. It was very appealing.

The taste is of malts, chocolate, and I think a hint of coffee. It gets better and more complex with every taste.

I really enjoyed this beer and will purchase it again althought it is a little on the pricey side. But it is a good treat.

Photo of supercolter
2.6/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is near black, with a one finger head. Lacing is oily but not very apparent
Smell is complex but not that great. I smell coffee, licorice, and chocolate malt. Later in the beer, some alcohol came through. The taste is very similar, except the alcohol comes through much more quickly.
Mouthfeel is pretty good. Its pretty light but still carbonated.
Drinkability is not very good.

Photo of MrHolland
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 355ml bottle, poured a pitch black color with a very dark tan, two finger head.
Smells like roasted dark malts with a faint hint of chocolate.
This beer has a medium mouthfeel with loads of roasted malt flavors with more carbonation then I would expect for a porter. Not a bad porter, but I don't agree with the price.

Photo of Liquids
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is pitch black, yes that's the beer, the bottle is clear. Small and scummy, almond colored head. Smells sooo good, english characteristics of course, sweet and malty, grassy hops. Inviting. Tastes mild actually, good flavor, lightly roasted, sweet and caramelly to match, not at all harsh, with a lingering finish that is hop and malt balanced. Yet just slightly stale and not quite fresh tasting for some reason. It may in fact have been on the shelves a while. Mouthfeel is where this is lacking. Carbonation seems very artificial and a seperate part here like a soda, not in quantity but quality of its feel on the tounge, and it is also watery, which may be a factor. Overall this beer is the reason why I gave porters a chance and look foward to a good porter more than any other style. If it were priced better, I'd drink one a day. I'll stick with anchor for special drinking or something lighter for refreshment (which this in fact acomplishes well, surprisingly) but this is an excellent beer.

Photo of kgotcher
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with gold foil cap.

Pours very dark with a big pillowy brown head. Nice cascade effect if poured down the center.

Aroma is noticable right away. Sweet dark maltyness of chocolate and carmel with hints of nut.

Mouthfeel has a kind of crisp tangyness to it with a dry finish.

Nutty toasted malt taste with a hint of roasted malt, sweetness of some dark fruit and a somewhat bitter finish. Nice grainy flavor all around.

Normally I would not characterize a porter as crisp but this one comes fairly close. Extremely drinkable with a very well rounded flavor. Surprisingly refreshing.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh the famous Tadcaster Porter poured into an imperial pint glass from the 12 oz bottle.

A- pitch black with a nice off white/ cream color head with some lacing

S- strong smell of malt, lots and lots of malt

T- good some malts with a hint of bitter hops

M- lighter bodied than I first expected, almost like a swartzbeir. Moderate to light carbination

D- easy drinking for the style a soild offering, can't wait to compare it to Fullers

Photo of sinistermadman
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally get the time to review this one. This brew pours a pitch black color while the burly, chocolate colored suds retain quite well.

Smell is classic porter with roasted barley notes with some sweet undertones.

This beer has a medium full mouthfeel that completely envelops the palate, but not so much as to affect drinkability. Roasted barley melds with hops to create a distinctive element of zest. Finishes with a dry, prickly bath of carbonation which is almost completely clean. One of my favorite porters from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Good creamy head and dark rich appearance, as you expect from a Porter. Aroma and flavor is chocolate and toffee, but subtly so. As good as this looked and tasted, I was disappointed in the mediocre finish, which was watery and slightly metallic, or I would have rated this higher.

Photo of BDTyre
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ranks right up there with Fuller's London Porter. Amazing black-brown body with a light cream head that starts off thin but for some reason expands quite quickly. Dense and creamy.

Chocolate, roasted malt smell. Traces of coffee. Slighty buttery scent, not unlike their oatmeal stout. Tastes of rich chocolate, dark roast coffee with a buttery toffee taste. Buttery notes ask for attention: rich on the diactyl, very much like their oatmeal stout.

Lovely body: thick, but not lacking in carbonation. Very drinkable, esp. for desert or after dinner.

Photo of ernie
4.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe the only flaw of this wonderful brew is the label with small lettering.

Otherwise flawless, with noble dark appearance, tough creamy head, heavenly roasted-smoky amell and rich taste. So rich is its taste and so delicious that it's no way to describe it. This porter caresses your mouth, with no exaggeration. Finish is complex and aftertaste extremely delicate.

A King among Porters. Perfect!

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

found a bottle at Andersonville liquors in Chicago

Dark brown hue with a moderate fizzy white head that diminished quickly.

Moderate scent of toasted malts, molasses, light doughy yeasty aroma

A very nice taste with roasted nuts and malts, a dry smoked nuts taste with a hint of mapley goodness

A very good english Porter. Drinkable and quite tasty

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

Poured a clear black/deep ruby red color with a thick tan head that lasted and lasted. Rich roasted aroma with plenty of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Hops were also apparent in the background. Body was medium-to-full. Mellow yet assertive, flavorful, and perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was smooth and quite nice, and the drinkability was considerably above average.

An all-around wonderful beer. What else can be said?

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

Pours a rich black with ruby highlights color. Huge tan head that holds strong at one inch with thick lacing on the glass. The smell is pronounced and very pleasant. Mostly malty but a hint of bitter chocolate as well. The taste is primarily malt with some bitterness. Very enjoyable taste with no "chalky" aftertaste or any other unpleasant flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thin (I may be comparing this to the Outmeal Stout which has an incredibly rich mouthfeel) but not watery. I enjoyed this beer and would consider it a good session beer or something to savor on my deck (where I had this one).

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

Poured from a bottle to a Sam Smith tulip glass. The head is a real nice dark tan it fades very slowly to a thick lace. The color of the liquid is dark almost black with a garnet high light. Very nice.

Smell is of licorice and chocolate. Also a faint fresh flowery smell.

Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is why we drink Porter and Stout. Very nice, very satisfying, no bones about it, classic porter, soft bite and almost no alcohol after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, average carbonation, slight bite.

Drinkability is very high. This is a smooth unoffending classic porter.

Cheers Mates! MK

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger tan colored head. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate and butterscotch. Taste is of roasted malts and butterscotch with notes of coffee rounding it out. Overall this is a great porter and another great brew from this brewery.

Photo of BamaWorKs
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Keeping in mind that I rate these beers only in comparison with other beers of their type.

With that being said, this beer poured beautifully into my mug from the classic "pint and change" bottle that Samuel Smith typically uses, maintains about a finger of frother head throughout, creates great rings down the class... the aromas were fairly complex, with hints of different types of nuts and at points, chocolate and coffee. But the taste is where this porter shines. By far one of the best porters I've had, this really combines all the different facets of a porter to make one of the best porters around. Surprisingly carbonated with a GREAT drinkability (in comparision with other porters), if you're a big fan of the Porter, this is the beer for you. Very tasty!

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,663 ratings.