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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: 1,274
Hads: 2,855
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 215
Gots: 349 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 jwilli7122
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black in color, with a large puffy tan head and good lacing. smell is burnt malt and chocolate/butterscotch and some alchohol. taste is similar...malty, with some chocolate, butterscotch and brown sugar tastes. There is some bitterness - I assume it comes from black malts, but hops are also distinguishable...but regardless of what causes it, the bitterness is very overshadowed by the malty brown sugar/chocolate flavors. mouthfeel is right... full but not rich. A good beer, although quite expensive.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a clear glass 12 oz. bottle at "The Alchemist and the Barrister" in Princeton, NJ. The appearance was excellent. Dark brown with a tan/offwhite medium head. Nice lacing that clung to the side of the glass in patterns that looked to be made by a spider spinning a web in zero gravity. The smell was good, toasted malt and coffee. But the taste was where this beer really shined. Toasted burnt malts, dark espresso and buttery toffee. Especially the nutty, buttery toffee flavors. Amazing. Very well balanced with the hops. I haven't been this pleasantly surprised in a while. Something about that toffee flavor just got me, I was in love. And I rarely drink Porters. Mouthfeel was great, not too carbonated but very plush and satisfying. Drinkability was excellent as well. If I wasn't driving I would have certainly had a few. This is defiantly going in my fridge next time I make a run.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the clear 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was dark brown, with a foamy tan head. The smell was a dry coffee/hop bitterness. The taste was quite dry, with a coffeeish/hopish taste, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a nice thickness. As for drinkability, could have several of these.

A delicious porter from Sam Smith, especially for those who are fans of the very dry, hoppy finished porters. Quite good, and certainly one that I'd look for again in the future.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle a dark brown with deep purple-red highlights. Formed a nice large bubbled frothy tan head. Long withstanding head left ample lace.

Mixed aromas of cafe mocha, nuts, dark fruit and an earthy vegetable smell.

Taste is of chocolate malt and nuts. Has a dark fruit and bitter hop finish. Tasty...

Creamy medium mouthfeel. A little dry in the finish... so take another sip.

A good beer and an excellent Valentine's gift.

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Photo of stewart124
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with dark red tints and a thick frothy head. There is a bit of lacing. The smell is very sublte but good aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Burnt taste of malts and slight hints of coffee and toffee. Sweet chocolate taste with very smooth very rich taste of roasted malts. The aftertaste is creamy and outstanding. Quite enjoyable. Great blend of malts.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a graham cracker brown color into my glass with a medium head that laced pretty well. Smelled of coffee, carmels and bitter chocolates. Tastes hits the tongue with a bit of malt and alcohol and a fruit surprise at the finish - I say surprise because throughout the duration of this beer I never could nail what fruit or spice I was tasting to get this effect. The body was nice and thick and I'd drink this beer again - especially with a steak and potatos kind of meal.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour creates a deep dark brown color. A minimal head of beige is erected. Staying power is not good. Slight aroma of cocoa and java and european malts. The flavor is not really on. It's not horrible, but it's just a little bland and perhaps a little light struck. Bland maltiness dominates and is accentuated by a slight sourness and some light roasted tones. This is just not a good porter.

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Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque, deep dark brown with a modest tan head. Lacing had a smooth, silky appearance as it left sheets down the glass. Aroma and taste surprised me with a complexity that was somewhat unique. Roasted coffee and chocolate were dominant, with earthiness, smokiness, and black walnut on the nose. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, carbonation just barely adequate. Taste was much like the nose, but with some interesting twists that made for one of the best tasting dark beers I've ever tried. There's definitely a hint of cherries in this, and the twang of those funky English hops. I can't decide if it's licorice or cinamon, or some other bittersweet spice, but there's something here that melds perfectly with the chocolately malts, cherry fruitiness, and buttery walnut to produce an exceptional flavor profile. Just enough bittering hops to balance the many other flavors going on in this fine porter. Finishes smooth, and goes down so fine. High drinkability with the low abv. Finest porter that I've sampled to date.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest shade of brown known to man. The head is just as it should be for the style-not overwhelming,yet always hanging in. A bit more lace would be nice though. Aromatics are of creamy bittersweet chocolate-strong black coffee, and black licorice. The roast is quite dark. Smooth and very creamy in the mouth with a mild fruityness, bitter coffee and more black licorice. The bitter is quite unique and appreciated. This is a tasty porter that I will be sure to pair with fod upon the next visit.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown just shy of black. Small creamy tan head and good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and coffee.
Sweet roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate, prunes and a bit of coffee. Finishes with some fruit and a slightly tart (yeast?) taste that gave it an almost vinuous character.
Medium bodied with a velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Jarod
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Clear bottle.
No freshness date.

This beer poured into the glass a deep dark cocoa brown/black with hints of ruby when held to the light; it was clear and decently carbonated. The head that was produced was thick, and very dense, beige colored and long lasting. The lace that was formed was thick and sheety near the top, slowly broke apart near the bottom of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly simple, which is nice, smells of coffees, chocolate and some rich dark malt. Classic. The tastes that I experienced were of coffee and hints of chocolate in the beginning, then slowly caramel notes came forth, then dark malts, then as it finished more combo of coffee , chocolate, and hints of dark fruits as it ended. The aftertaste was on the dry side, with combined flavors of malt and coffee. The body was medium. This is a classic beer, well represents its style. Creamy, rich, dry, hints of bitter and fruit make this beer worth the try and IMO would get again.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was all excited to get this one home. I like Sam Smith's beer a lot. I expect great things. Pours a deep lack colour with a rich brown/tan head the receeds into a brown lace. the smell is of roasted malts. The taste is rather soft for a porter. Roasted malts with a feel of coffee. Somewhat bittersweet. This is average, as far as i'm concerned. I guess I just got my hopes up too high. But it wasn't bad. I was expecting a pefrect 5.

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Photo of claytri
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Taddy filled the glass a gleaming dark brown to a purplish black, and developed a tan lace. The smell was strong of fired malt and some hints of spices. The taste to me was overpoweringly of well malted grain. The feel was oily with a dry finish. While I would not turn it down if offered, it would be sometime before I return to this one on my own.

I have a real mix of thougts on this beer. It looked exceptional, but the strong tastes of this style aren't what I'm looking for. If I were to drink a porter I'm sure this would be my choice. Many of the similar qualities that make Samuel Smith's Pale Ales delightful are present here. However, I see this being a rare situation.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one comes in SS's trademark clear bottle, a bane of BA's everywhere.

It pours out a beautiful dark brown with hints of ruby. Huge bubbles pop up in the bottle. There is a nice, sticky brown head that leaves a beautiful cascade of lacing.

There are major hints of sweetness on the nose, as well as rich roasty malts and a large profile of SS's classic well water.

The mouthfeel is extra smooth and milky. It almost tastes like a nitro-stout.

The taste is exceptional. It is a smooth and rounded blend of roasty malts, cane sugars, and huge malts. Don't look for a hop prescence here, this is a malty-porterhead's delight.

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

Beer poured to a dark black color with a very thick dark tan head. It is a nice thick brew that gave of aromas of chocolate with a bit of coffee. The head stayed for a good amount of time and had great lacing till the beer was gone! The taste was of chocolate, caramel, coffee with a bit of nuts. Must say that the drink ability on this brew is very high, but more of a winter season brew for me. Over all I gave this brew the high marks it deserved. Feel that the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout is a bit better but this ranks pretty high for me.

Beer was in a great looking clear bottle (normal for Samuel Smith), 550 ML.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drink this at room temperature! I was about to give it about a 2/5, but as it warmed way up, it improved quite a lot.

A very dark porter - black with a tan head that doesn't stick around for long. Smell was not good when cold, but as it warmed it became sublime. Wow - the aroma would fare well against my favorite dark Belgians. Sure, the dark chocolate is there in good balance with roasted coffee beans, but the great parts are the esters and the hops. The dark cherries meld perfectly with the earthy hops. Unfortunately I find the flavor to be a let-down after such an aroma. It is rather bland roasted malts with a slight acidic twinge and butteriness at the end. Not bad, but not anything special. The carbonation feels a little rough on the tongue, and the body is thin. I think I pick up some higher/fusel alcohols. I have a feeling this beer would be devastatingly good on cask, but as far as out of a bottle, it is just above average.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is decent, but a bit on the dark side. It is full of roasted and black malts; a hearty porter. The taste is good. It has an elevated abv. taste with black malt flavor and a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent porter; definately not my favorite. I just can't get into these super black porters.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was very dark brown in color with a medium amout of tan foam and nice lace from start to finish. The smell of roasted malts is what first filled the nose and was very pleasant. The taste was a creamy delight with the flavor of roasted barley malts and a nice balance of simi sweet chocolate on the finish. Overall, this porter was full in body and packed with flavor. Intense, dry tangy character of roasted barley and chocolate.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was instantly one of my favourites. I love this style and this one in particular was no exception. Poured quite dark, somewhere between coffee and old motor oil. Brown head dissolves quickly. Smells almost like it tastes. Smoothness due in part to the lack of carbonation as there is almost none to speak of. Taste is very pronounced coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Quite malty indeed. I detect a bit of nutiness, perhaps an almond like flavour as well. The only reason I gave drinkability 4,0 as oppossed to 4,5 is because this is a bit heavy, and I can easily see where after 3 of these (keep in mind I'm drinking the ,550 litre size) one would certainly have his or her fill of this wonderful brew, at least for a while. Nevertheless, this is marvelous stuff.

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Photo of palma
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown body, almost black with a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Smell was complex but not that great - raisins, almonds, some coffee, some chocolate, and caramel. Smokey and a little wine like aroma. Taste was of coffee, licorice and chocolate. Big coffee aftertaste. Tasted slightly stronger than 5.0 %. Good amount of bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth with light to medium carbonation and a little sticky.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle, it's dark brown with a trace of cherry when held up to the light. The initially fat head fades quickly but never disappears completely. In addition to the expected coffee aromas, it presented a bit of a winey smell that was surprising but not unpleasant. The taste is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of coffee, hints of chocolate, and just a bit of hop bitterness. Drinkability? This is an all-day beer.

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Photo of neil
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I could drink it every night!

Appearance - Black like the night, but with lovely amber tints under light. Thin head on top which quickly vanishes.

Smell - A full dark malty smell with a hoppy tint.

Taste - Full flavoured but not too heavy. The taste is just like the smell, with dark malts coming through but with a herby hop kick.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, but not heavy, light on the tongue with flavor from the biggest to the smallest sip.

Drinkability - I can drink this all night long. Leaves you begging for more, and more, and more! The perfect blend of flavor and kick. Doesn't have any of the bitterness or harshness that many bad porters have.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black in color with a fine, frothing head that went down slowly and left a little lacing.

Smell – The roasted malts are pleasant and play well with the fruits. There’s some nice grapefruit to be had here along with some dark caramel and smoke.

Taste – The fruits come out big at the taste, making this one lighter than expected. The charcoal smoke and lightly-roasted malts show up as well.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally sweet and easy on the mouth. This porter is on the heavy side of medium-bodied and felt extremely good going down.

Drinkability – A session porter if there ever was one.

Update – I rated this beer with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be interesting to re-visit it with an ’04. Here are my thoughts:

Yes, there is some rather large grapefruit at the nose. I didn’t pick up as much sweetness in the taste this time around, but I got some good (albeit light) brown sugar and a twang of rising yeast. It’s definitely a solid medium in the body and was a little too clumsy to be called a “session brew”. I’m adjusting the scores a little bit but I think, ultimately, this is a “sub-4.0” beer that barely avoids my, “would buy again” recommendation.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost dead black,with some deep brown visible when held up to a light. Thick frothy dark beige head with a good lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of spice mix nicely with the yeasts and malt. The taste is very light with coffee and chocolate again. It actually taste alot like a whete beer or lager, where the malts, whetes and a little hops are more present. The malted grains prevail the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it becomes less noticible and as you continue to drink it the substance becomes more evident. The carbonation is perfect.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a very good porter in all respects, and it nears the level of stout-like on occasion. The brewery makes some good beers and some great beers. This one I would classify as good, as I was expecting a bit more from it while I was drinking it.

The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with some faint ruby hints. A cocoa colored foam retains for around 3 to 4 minutes and leaves minimal lacing. The smell starts off with roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol and it eventually mellows out into a very nice cocoa powder smell. The mouthfeel was smooth, but a bit thinner than I expected a porter to have. Had decent carbonation. The flavor was mostly of roasted malts, and there were notes of light chocolate and coffee, some dark fruitiness, and some alcohol. Slightly sweet, but there is a hop bitterness in the finish and some dryness imparted by the roasted flavors and alcohol that isn't overdone and balanced this quite nicely. The dryness continues into aftertaste with some more roasted and cocoa notes, and it ends with some alcoholic warmth.

The flavors in this beer are very good, but I was slightly dissapointed because it wasn't as complex as I expected and was more mellow than I anticipated as well. The flavors could stand to be kicked up a few notches, but other than that this is a good porter, and another good beer from Sam Smith.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.