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

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92
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Reviews: 1,261
Hads: 2,801
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 198
Gots: 318 | 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 bobsy
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I simply adore the old school label on this beer. Enjoyed in a plastic glass in a basic student resident. This is luxury! Classic black appearance with a ruby hue, and a thick tan head that provides generous sheets of lacing. The aroma has cocoa, caramel and figs. Great malty flavours at play, with a cocoa smoothness playing off a slight coffee bitterness, and a lot of depth similar to raisins. Fairly medium bodied and chewy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Huge drinkability. Highly recommended. (503 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4.72/5  rDev +14%
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. . (556 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Does a porter get better than this? Pitch black in color with a fluffy brown head that goes away quickly but not before releasing tremendous amounts of bread, chocolate and molasses, even a little butter. The taste is so very smooth and mellow but is probably the most complex thing I've ever had. It would take several sessions to sort out all the flavors, but there's a malty spine of roasted Things that is incredibly attractive. It's rather filling; I had half the bottle one evening, sealed the remainder with a vacu-vin and finished it the next night. The difference in taste was pronounced: the chocolate was even more present, and the roasty taste was so much more developed. (683 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a very small, creamy, light tan head. Smells of very deep, rich, roasted chocolate malt, oatmeal cookie, light coffee, earthy, grassy and lightly herbal with a little cherry and oak. Dear god this tastes good! Huge toasted malts giving a hefty wallop of bittersweet chocolate, followed then by toffee, oak and molasses. It really turns sweet as it heads toward the finish. The finish is quite long, and while the big malt flavor linger to the end they’re accompanied by a light citrus bitterness that add balance, crispness and closure. This porter is full-bodied and slightly watery with very low carbonation. Wow, was this a great beer. Forget the desert, just give me a bottle of this after dinner. Sure this beer is a bit pricey, but I’ll be getting a bottle of this from time to time for sure. (837 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tan, creamy head. Pitch black. Intenslely aromatic: rich, roasted coffee, butterscotch, toffee. Great hop presence. but light on the palate. Smooth, well-rounded, a porter full of character, that will remain on the top of my list until the end of time. Absolutely perfect. Light enough in alcohol to stand in as a session beer (but too expensive to actually work that way), and with plenty of body and bite. (407 characters)

Photo of jtslay
4.72/5  rDev +14%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taddy Porter is nearly opaque and the darkest oily brown color. A layer of tan sits on top and clings beautifully to the glass as well. The most incredible smells fill my nostrils as a breathe in the intoxicating aroma. Toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, and light biscuit notes are present. The nose on this literally resembles a fine dessert. For the flavor, that toffee aspect dominates, but yet again with Samuel Smith's, we get a fantastic level of complexity for a low ABV beer. I can pick up some bittersweet hops, dark fruits, and smokiness along with the flavors previously detected in the aroma. The mouth feel is light to medium, and the finish is dry and pleasant. Another timeless classic... the perfect porter! (758 characters)

Photo of BamaWorKs
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
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! (772 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle to a pint glass.

A: pitch black with two fingers of thick kaki foam. Moderate lace on the glass as the head fades.

S: lots of coffee with some malts and smoke in the back ground.

T: follows the smell well with coffee and toffee flavors and a hint of malts.

M: medium to heavy with lasting flavor. Easy drinking.

O: everything that was said about this beer was right. Worth the wait and satisfying till the last sip. Try it! (447 characters)

Photo of sgoodship
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The darkest brown - almost black. Poured a nice puffy coffee cream two finger head. As the drink progressed the head was wafer thin with some spotting on the glass. Fine looking porter.

S: Coffee, bitter chocolate, butterscotch and a little hop sourness. Good hearty smell.

T: It is smoother than you imagine it could possibly be. Bold but very well balanced. For me, the start was more of the caramel, the middle moved through a more burnt/roasted malt into the coffee and the finish was the bitter chocolate and the intense but just perfect hop bitterness. Lovely progression.

M: Full/medium body. Smooth and creamy. Small amount of carbonation to liven things up. Slips down very easily.

D: What's not to like? I love porter and this is a darned good porter. I loved it before I reviewed it, I am loving it as I am reviewing it and I will love it again. Nuff said. (874 characters)

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another great one from Sam Smith. It's pitch black with a good, creamy head. Chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. Chocolate, molasses, malt comes through at the end, a little figgy, but finishes dry. Carbonation is excellent. I could definitely session this were I so inclined. (322 characters)

Photo of daythree16
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brown 12 oz. bottle with gold foil on the top poured into a pint glass. Appearance is nearly black with a tan head that leaves pretty good lace as it fades fairly rapidly.

Smells incredible! Caramel, coffee, roasted malt, a little nuttiness, and just a hint of maple there in the background. Tastes chiefly of roasted malt with some coffee that lends itself to the somewhat bitter finish.

The body is a little light, but it's not too thin. Drinkability is very high. (469 characters)

Photo of bk3nj
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great porter.. smooth and velvety, chocolaty.. tasting this beer is definitely an experience to savor. Perhaps a tiny bit too sweet; definitely one to drink sparingly (but do be sure to have one..) (205 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque black with some nice maroon highlights. Nice fizzy tan head that reduces quikley.

Large aroma of roasted chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Full bodied, sweet roasted caramel and chocolate taste with a tanginess. Great dry toasted finish like black coffee. Leaves a smokey aftertaste on the palate.

Great porter delicious and balanced, very drinkable.

Cheers! (390 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Victorian Pint bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark as night black/opaque. Massive creamy, tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- A fairly robust molasses roastiness. Chocolate emerges as it warms.

T- Some slightly sweet molasses flavors upfront, followed by fairly mild coffee-esque bitters and roastiness at the finish. Some hints of chocolate, as well as sweet bread flavors. Absolutely delicious.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Somewhat creamy and very smooth.

D- Superb. Moderately low ABV + delicious flavors and smooth drinking = a great drinking brew. It's hard to set this one down to jot my notes, which is always a great sign.

Future outlook: Superb in all areas. Repeat business an absolute certainty. (755 characters)

Photo of TitanTake
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a 1 pt bottle.

A - (poured into a small glass for this) dark, slight fizz that went away quickly; very little light comes through

S - deep, sweet charcoal aroma; nutty; warm

T - initially very light, but then a strong charcoal flavor mixed with hops; almost like it was filtered through oak charcoal just before it was bottled

M - very smooth; a little effervescent

D - must drink slowly to appreciate; almost a meal in itself

After my initial review, I started eating something salty while drinking this. It seemed to really enhance the flavors of both. Reminded me of a beer you would drinking in a cabin or lodge on a cold winter night. (662 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown (almost black) with a tall creamy brown head. The head actually hangs around for a while, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. The nose is filled with aromas of dark roasted malt and chocolate. I picked up a hint of toffee in the smell as well. The taste absolutely follows the nose. The dark roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee flavors blend well and coat the mouth. I have to say I catch some coffee notes as well. It's not too sweet, so it's just right to make this balanced. The body is medium with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The finish is pretty clean and smooth. The drinkability is very high. This is a most excellent beer. (700 characters)

Photo of jhp40219
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about Taddy Porter that hasn't already been said? This is pretty much the top of the line as far as porters go.

A - Pours black with a lovely tan two-finger head. Held up to the light, it appears more of a dark auburn brown. Lots of lacing as you drink.

S - Dark chocolate, cocoa, fresh roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Unsweetened chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, hints of coffee, cream, and sweet dark fruitiness in the background. A complete porter taste explosion! Seriously, I know of no other porter that has this much flavor.

M - Creamy but not too thick. Light carbonation.

O - Pretty much the perfect dark beer. I am really holding myself back from giving this all 5's, as I am not quite sure how they'd improve it. This is the top of the line as far as craft beer goes. (832 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%

Wow, really loved this one a lot. The color is dark brown with a khaki colored head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell was very decadent with hints of chocolate, sweet cream, and walnuts. The taste was just as tasty with chocolate and coffee being front and center and a little bit of smoke which evened everything out. Was very impressed and will definitely try again. (374 characters)

Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew. It's been years since I've had this until now, and lately when I've needed a porter I've reached for Ithaca Gorges, but I was feelin' this (thank you wegmans in penfield for having the craft your own pack section). It's just what you want a porter to be. I feel like everyone has said what needs to be said about it, just throwing in my two cents. One of Sammy Smith's best, and a quintessential porter. (417 characters)

Photo of Nesued
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml clear bottle that has gold foil on top.

Appearance: Dark Black/Brown in color. A well-formed head that is fluffy in body. lacing present after the first few pulls. The head degrades to a small presence for the remainder of the time it sits in the glass.

Smell: Not much to speak of. A hint of chocolate perhaps.

Taste: A bit of a bite but not much overall. I do taste a bit of a fig or fruity presence as mentioned by other reviewers. Very creamy smooth with the low carbonation adding a bit, but not much. Coffee, perhaps, chocolate more so. A bit of a smokey finish.

Mouthfeel - Dense feel that warmly fills your mouth. Very heavy, but smooth, feel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable!! I'm not finished with this one yet due to the fact that I only bought one and I want to savor the taste! This is an outstanding porter. (879 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch Black with a slight, tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring. Smoky aroma, like a camp fire gone cold. Full bodied, heavier than most porters. Burnt malt, strong coffee, not very complex but distinctive. This is probably as close to a stout as you can get and still be considered a porter. Excellent. (320 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God damn it!! Does Sam Smith make an average beer? I've yet to cross that brew to date and this one floors me.

Perfect appearance that would invite even the trained expert into this brew. solid one finger head that laces all the way down with a dark brown to black body.

Nutty, chocolate, mollases, bit of dark candy make up the smell.

Tasted everything you would expect. Malt profile is second to none. Just enough twang to keep it interesting but mostly a mellow mix of nuts, and dark chocolate. hops sweep out the finish and leaves the palate refreshed (porter refreshing? yep!) for another drink. Brilliant.

Has a nice bitterness that makes this beer awesome on the palate and highly drinkable. Once again Sam smith proves why they are a top 5 brewery in my opinion. (782 characters)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.