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

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

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Reviews: 1,267
Hads: 2,826
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 206
Gots: 330 | FT: 2
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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 martyl1000
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always feel funny about reviewing a low-alcohol beer whose flavor comes so muted, one has to wonder if you're truly identifying features of the flavor palate or imagining them. But in this case, I'm totally pleased to be spending time with a brew that's been enjoyed by all sorts of beer drinkers and manufactured with the same yeast for over 300 years. Check out the photo of the stone fermenter "squares": http://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/

I'm totally glad this is an XL bottle, as I could drink this for hours. The pleasure comes in large part from the creamy mouthfeel. It's interesting: am I able to enjoy this so much b/c I'm stepping back from my beer geek identity, or is it the reverse--am I channeling the spirit of the cicerones of yore? I can't stand the cult of Guinness--perhaps the most overrated, weak-tea "dark" beer of all time. In stark contrast to Guinness, the Famous Taddy Porter really brings it.

From a 550 ml bottle into a tulip, it's a gorgeous black liquid, with a luxurious, gradient-brown head.

The aroma is all dark bread, with a bit of molasses, an allusion to coffee, and a slice of lemon.

I'm squinting a bit, as I strain to pick out the flavors in the mouth. It's admittedly a struggle, but there's real complexity. I'm thinking several fruits, with blueberry, among them! Rye bread, sort of greasy, like pizza crust. Mildly roasty malt, a yeasty tartness, and a hint of diacetyl dairy.

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Photo of Zach136
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Totally opaque, light tan, one finger head. Good lacing.

S - Light roast, dark cocoa and hints of dark fruit.

T - Moderate dark coffee notes, plethora of earthy tones in the background.

M - Light and airy as a porter should be.

O - The prototypical English Porter. Nothing mind blowing but always a treat.

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Photo of chogm54
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle, best before date March 2014. Long time coming!!!

a - black, semi opaque, pours a thin off white head that thins to a lacing real quickly.

s - subtle, mocha coffee, mixed with caramel and roasted malts. Hint of dried fruits (raisins)

t - malt, slightly sweet, coffee and roasted malt dry aftertaste - very well balanced.

M - medium body, creamy slightly oily texture, high carbonation for this style. goes down smooth, more refreshing than other porters.

O - what a fantastic session porter! goes down smooth, with the classic coffee and roasted malt porter flavours. the roasted flavours are kept in check, and the slightly higher than normal carbonation makes this beer more refreshing than anticipated. I wish I could get this on tap - A very good reason to visit Yorkshire I think!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost black with a few dark brown notes, one finger tan head, lots of traces.
Smell of burnt malts, coffee and cocoa powder, sea salt, hint of smoke, bit of dry dark fruit and spices. A bit unusual for a porter, but certainly a Samuel Smith brew.
Incredibly rich taste of dark chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt sugar and dark roasted malts, very robust. Hints of nuts, licorice, cinnamon, some sweet toffee and plum jam. Dusty cocoa powder and woody notes (with faint vanilla). Gets a little more complex in the finish, a pinch of salt enhancing the roast and pinpointing the subtle sweet dark fruit. Not much hops in the finish.
Smooth body, a bit creamy, chewy, as "round" as the taste. Aftertaste is nice, summing up the rich malts (there's also a bit of dark fruit lingering, cool)
Might be the best thing i've had from Sam Smith so far, a porter to remember.

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Photo of LovenHoppiness
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

550ml Bottle to Tulip Pokal Glass.

Appearance- Deep dark brown color with frothy soapy thick "jamocha" head!

Just a bueatiful scent that makes my mouth water ever time.
Cacao roasted malt with a hint of salt and fig notes that blend perfectly bitter hops that just pop at the end of a long sniff! (AWW Famous indeed.)
Enough foreplay. Mouth feel, from tip to the back of my tongue is complex with light to medium carbonation that makes a smooth smooth intoxcatiy sliky brew!

This porter is one my favorites, Hands Down.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

550 mL bottle served at cellar temperature; no packaging date. I haven't seen this stuff in Ontario in many years, so this bottle was picked up at a shop in Port Huron.

Pours a deep, blackish-brown colour with some burgundy highlights. Two fingers of frothy, light beige-coloured head erupts at the surface, receding slowly over the next three or four minutes. A lumpy cap/collar and some rings of lacing remain - a very aesthetically-pleasing porter. The aroma is fairly roasty, with dark malts and molasses mingling alongside chocolate, prunes and a touch of black licorice.

The flavour profile falls along the same lines - quite roasted, almost burnt dark malts, countered by dark chocolate, treacle and raisins. Almost has a lactic-like sourness to it. Some light coffee roast with vanilla then leads into the finish, which offers up light char and leafy hop bitterness. Vaguely smoky, somehow... Medium in body, with rather light carbonation that gives this porter a smooth, somewhat silky mouthfeel. A bit flat/lifeless, but this is my only real complaint - otherwise, this is a delicious session porter.

Final Grade: 4.00, just eking out an A-. I've been searching a long time for a bottle of The Famous Taddy Porter, and finally my persistence has been rewarded. This is a remarkably well-made beer, and although it lacks the unusual flavours or intensity of many American porter interpretations, there's always going to be room for the classics in my fridge. I still like Fuller's LP more, but this is a good replacement that no stout/porter fan should neglect to try.

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Photo of DKRowden
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into point glass. It has a black appearance with low to no transparency and a small tan head. It has a hoppy and roasted malt smell. It has a very roasted taste with a medium maltiness. It has a creamy mouth feel with a wet finish. Overall it's a nice porter with a good roasted character.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 18.7 ounce Victorian bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, creamy tan head with tiny bubbles, beautiful lacing even all around the glass, dark, nice head retention despite some shrinkage.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt smell up front, not overpowering, fruity smell on the back, cherry like aroma, not a heavy aroma like a stout a bit lighter.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, some bitterness, not much, fruity dark cherry flavor on the back, great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Of the Sam Smith's beers I have tried this appears to me the most impressive, they have smooth creamy feel, some carbonation, their beers flow smoothly through the palate.

Overall: Awesome porter, very drinkable, 5%, not as bitter or roasted as some American porters but the balance is great, world class English porter.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter

Ol' school

Poured into 10oz snifter

A: Awesome and inviting. Very dark for a low abv porter. Not quite black but dark as far as porters go.

S: Roasted malts, figs, cherries as well as other dark fruits.

T: Taste is very flavorful for a porter. This is not my favorite style but Taddy bings it's A game for sure. To me most porters are watery. Taddy is not.

M: Medium-sized feel. Somewhat creamy

O: A very common offering that never disappoints.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice lacing and black-brown color.

S - Delicious aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate.

T - Bitter coffee, subtle spiciness rather than sweetness in taste.

M - Dry finish that goes well withe spicy taste. Nice.

O - A superb porter that deserves the title of "famous." Always a winner.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass as garage (60F) temperature.

A - Pours a very deep black with a while foamy head that retreated to random clinging and lacing.

S - Coffee and chocolate with malt as the beer warms. Maybe even a hint of vanilla.

T - A sweet combination of coffee and chocolate.

M - Rather thick for this type of beer but it works. The carbonation level is medium. Very smooth feel all the way down.

O - This is a very decent English Porter. This would really go well with the Shepard's Pie that my wife loves to make.

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Photo of MECove
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with lots of lacing and froth. A promising allure in aroma, sweet, smooth but not heavy, a bite in the aftertaste. Easy to drink quickly.

"A very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted malt, yeast, and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares.' The type of beer first brewed in the early 18th century; gained its name from being drunk by porters in the fish, meat, and other produce markets."

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Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with a creamy brown head.

S: Roasty malt, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate in the nose.

T: Very smooth roasty malty flavor with dark chocolate and dark roast coffee.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

O: Delicious, though it has been years since I last had this. Perhaps a bit overrated, but definitely recommended.

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Photo of Mojo
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - beautiful black pour with an initial one finger head fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and pretty decent lacing.

S - rich chocolate nose, really a treat for the olfactory.

T - This is a milder porter than many of its American cousins. Very sweet and malty with a small roasted nut flavor and a very clean finish.

M - virtually no aftertaste. A little thin as porters go but plenty of carbonation.

O - if there is a better English Porter, I want to drink it.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taddy Porter – Porter (5%) - Samuel Smith's Brewing Co. (England)

App: Very dark pour, practically black with a big, two finger dark tan head. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a steady half finger ring with high sparse lacing.

Smell: Dry, chocolatey roastiness dominates with no mentionable hop aroma. Bouquet is medium-low, clean and pleasant. Some deep caramel notes high in the nose as the brew begins to warm. Slightest hints of phenols. Hints of dark bread such as Pumpernickel.

Taste: Deceptively sweet in the foretaste, blooming to a deep and complicated malt profile with aggressive notes of roasted grain, chocolate, and just a hint of coffee. Slight creaminess really compliments the somewhat bitter and acrid taste of the roasted barley. Finishes very dry with only the slightest hops bite and a lingering bitterness that is low on the palate like espresso. The best porter I've ever had.

Mouth: Very smooth mouthfeel counterbalanced by the slight dryness created from the roasted grains. Carbonation is medium-low and very creamy.

Home tasting, 550ml bottle into Snifter glass. 1/27/14

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn fine beer. Haven't had this one in a while and thought it was time when I came across it today. Poured in a Duvel tulip... Black as night... Aroma makes me think of an iron fist in velvet glove... Aftertaste lingers after initial sip-- in a good way...

Yeah, for me, this is pretty much the gold standard for porters. I'm sure there's plenty out there I haven't tried, but until then, I'm sticking with this. Cheers!

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Photo of LampertLand
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith Old Brewery Tadcaster 'The Famous Taddy Porter' @ 5.0% , served from a lot of 500 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a pure brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small tan/off white head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint

S-bitter baker's chocolate

T-good English porter , with hints of cherries in the middle and bitter baker chocolate on the swallow

MF-decent/good carbonation , almost full body , a bitterness lingers on the palate

Ov-good beer , real good English porter , treat yourself

prost LampertLand

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a small sample glass (splitting with family). In this glass, it's dark ruby when held up to a light with a decent tan head.

Smells roasty, nutty with a little spice. Tastes mildly malty sweet up front, followed up with some smoky roast. Finishes with mild sweetness and a touch of hop spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy drinking. Light carbonation.

Overall a delicious, easy drinking, sessionable beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from the 18.7 ounce bottle into a sampler on Christmas Day. A moderate pour produces a one inch creamy tan head which dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some attractive lacing. The beer is a very deep brown with moderate carbonation. The color can only be discerned under a strong light, as the beer almost looks black in normal light.

I get a faint peaty aroma in the nose along with some dark fruit. The flavor is also slightly peaty, at least initially, but is dominated by semi-sweet malt flavors, including dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and a little caramel. The mouthfeel is creamy and tingly, with light lingering bittersweetness on the tongue. Nice burpy malty aftertastes. The flavors are relatively subdued compared to an American porter, but there is plenty of complexity to enjoy.

This seems like a fine example of an English porter, though my experience is rather limited. It's definitely a good beer to celebrate a festive occasion with.

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Photo of janubio
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle, pours, a black colour with a big head and there's always a ring and lace. Smell of chocolate, coffee, caramel, liquorice and some burnt wood. Creamy palate, so not full, taste is the same as smell, burnt notes more accentuated, but all is there: chocolate, coffee, caramel, and liquorice. Bitterswwet finish.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 550mL bottle at Total Wine a few weeks ago. No freshness date. Poured into Murphy's Red glass. Three fingers of tan head erupts. Very dark amber when held up to light. Otherwise, seems dark brown or borderline black. Smells decadent. Plum, fig, dark cherries licorice, treacle, burnt sugars, soft roast. Earthy, woody hop aroma. Classic fruity English yeast.

Tastes roast with chocolate & toffee. Caramel some faint fruit character. Adequately hopped as bitterness follows in at the end of the upfront sweet fruity flavors. Amazingly drinkable. Medium bodied by perceptively heavier. Seems like it has the classic hard water profile.

An absolutely great beer. Classic example of an English Porter. Would love to try this fresh or on cask someday. Put it on the bucket list.

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Photo of watermelon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

18.7 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pitch black body with creamy cappuccino 4 finger head. Tons of lacing.

S: Chocolate malt in the nose as well as carmel and toffee, dark fruit makes an appearance as well.

T: Dark chocolate with the bitterness of coffee.

M: Creamy texture, goes down easy with medium carbonation. I wish it was thicker.

O: Excellent example of the style. I would absolutely buy again. If it had a thicker body and few extra ABV points it would be a world class brew.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear bistre body with auburn highlights capped by a thin layer of khaki cream. Light lacing; good retention.

Gentle aroma of toffee, coffee and cream, and toast along with a subdued earthy/grassy note from hops. Very inviting.

Fruit flavors from the yeast are joined by an array of malt notes from the biscuity base flavors to the more complex heavily kilned elements. A slight tartness is detected throughout and marries well with the tea-like elements from the roast malt. Finish becomes more complex as it unfurls as the malt flavors become increasingly differentiated (toffee, toast, scones with a touch of jam and butter, etc.). Fairly dry but very well balanced.

Silky mouth-feel gives a sense of body despite this being an otherwise relatively light ale.

Expertly crafted from pure ingredients using a unique fermentation style gives this ale a special character that while subtle is not found in other examples of the style. Would love to try this on cask someday. Rated to style, it would be difficult to surpass (though I might prefer Meantime's London Porter over all).

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a thick three finger caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor of roasted malts with coffee notes. Hints of earthy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits and condiments.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Nice Porter, flavorful but not heavy. Very flexible, it could be a session beer or for slow drinking.

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Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter yields a coffee-colored body that refuses to let through any light, even when held up to a bright lamp. The brew's cappuccino head is tall and craggily, but it falls faster than expected. Once flattened, however, it does leave behind an appealingly sticky ring of foam.

The nose of this bottle isn't particularly appealing. Strong metallic smells dominate; roasted aromas don't come through.

Fortunately, the taste doesn't follow at all. Metallic flavors don't emerge until the tail of the back end, and even then are minimal. Unsweetened cocoa and a hint of ground French roast coffee mingle with very mild thyme-like flavors and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full without being glutinous. In fact, the feel is light enough to lend support the brew's light herbal notes.

The taste of this beer has convinced me that Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a masterful rendition of the style. The metallic nose leads me to suspect that there was something wrong with my bottle. I'll pick up another soon and re-review.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,267 ratings.