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

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Reviews: 1,261
Hads: 2,800
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 197
Gots: 317 | 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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Reviews: 1,261 | Hads: 2,800
Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is the deepest ruby you can get before it becomes opaque, the head is Herculean in size with a spumescent texture, the color a beauteous light tan and after decomposition a thick and chunky sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains and sweet malt dominate the nose, crisp and fresh with a malt laden and sweet start, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, Crisply acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, with the aftertaste quite dry and a bit tart, one of my all time favorites, and one I consume with much gusto on a regular basis. (597 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with an almost purple haze....ha ha purple haze, well anyway it also has a tan brown moccha color to the massive sized head leaving definite clear rings of lacing to it. Aroma: Slight fruity approach mixture of hops in there to balance out the semi smoked deep roasted malts that provide chocolate and some coffe tones very nice. Taste: Definitely an acquired bitterness with a pleasant array of rolling sharp sweet tones blended with the coffe and chocolae available along with a sharp ale yeast driven fruitiness. Mouthfeel: A tad thin haha... get it...but really it;s a bit light for my tases just doesn't deliver the texture and body I am searching for in a porter. Drinkability: Don't worry this is one of the most drinkable representations of any porter I have sipped upon sometimes the price may keep you from partaking but that's Merchant du Vin's fault not ol' Sam Smith's right? (916 characters)

Photo of elmocoso
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, black with a beige head on pour, on finger thick. It is soon gone, leaving a collar, clinging and a lace like veil across the top o the liquid. Ruby highlights when held up to a strong afternoon light.

A strange sweetness in the nose. raisins and liquer. Plum?

The taste is a strange puckerness. Very malty with a strange hoppy roundness.

There is a sourness in both nose and taste. Kind of strange but kind of intreaguing.

Overall a good beer. I wonder if it is fresh. I would like to try another bottle. (525 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't just pour black, it's a beautiful ebony. There is zero light getting through this one. It's like a black hole. Nice inch high tan head. Smells sweet and nutty.

Taste is complex. Dry up front and sweet going down. Hints of smoked almonds and maple syrup. Very thick and full-bodied. Great looking beer and tastes nearly as good. The darkest, thickest porter I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. (418 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the type of brew that could make me a porter fan...The beautiful chocolate appearance is topped with a creamy head with excellent lacing. Smell hints of coffee and smoke, but light enough to be inviting. Taste was smooth with a slight acid, coffee twinge. Very easy to drink...a damn nice brew. (302 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The great looking beer is almost completely opaque, only when held to the light is there a slight hint of ruby color. A thick, creamy tan head tops her off, leaving a nice lace trail in its wake. The scent coming out is a nice chocolate one. Taste wise, this is a creamy smooth porter, with chocolate and coffee dominating the scene. This is a pretty sweet drink, worth your 3-4 bucks a bottle. (394 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola colour with a fairly nice tight head.. Redolant with the smell of malt with a little smoky spice to it. Lovely malty dark brown sugar flavours with enough hops to balance it out it out. light enough in ABV to be a session beer. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated but not overly offensive. Overall drinkability is high due to the lovely flavour and low ABV. Another winner from Sammy Smith. (403 characters)

Photo of freed
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on word that it was exceptionally tasty, which it was. Waited until steak and stout night came around, and cracked it open. Poured nicely with a surprisingly tight and well formed head for a bottle. The just nearly black liquid looked somewhat clear, though there was no alteration in color as I drank, or held it to different light. Aroma was almost nil, just a slight smoked peat smell. Taste followed up on the smokey note with a mouth full of darkened and dry malts. A nice rich flavor that would beat single malt any day. The beer had a nice dry feel to it, so it followed up dinner quite nicely. Certainly a great beer. (640 characters)

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

Deep black/brown colour, with a thick and creamy beige head on top. It looks very appetizing.

Sweet, chocolatey, fruity nose with lots of roasty malt. Some coffee.

Flavours of coffee, chocolate, some caramel sweetness, some black-malt acidity, Not much hop flavour, but adequate hop bitterness to bring it all home. I guess this is one of the definitive porters, and it shows.

In the mouth it's smooth and creamy. I could drink a lot of this, without a doubt. (468 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml. bottle

Splendid porter.

It pours a deep black with a thick frothy tan head. Very good lacing. The scents were a disappointment. Very weak coffee and sweet chocolate. Some burnt offeringings and a hint of grass. Also a very mild licorice scent. The scents just do not come out well. There is a watery quality that masks the smells.

Nice bold flavors. Strong coffee and a nice butterscotch sweetness are the most dominant flavors. Some cocoa. There is a mild fruit flavor in the after taste. There is a slightly burnt toastiness but it is a weak flavor among the rest.

It drinks very well. It has a crispness at first and a smooth finish. Medium body. Not thick. A nice porter that takes its time to completely reveal itself.
Enjoy. (750 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pretty much straight black with some minor ruby highlights around the edge of my glass. Nice size frothy tan head. Aroma is strong of english hops, almost a bit like tea, and caramel malt. This is a pretty tasty beer, although it's hard to put my finger on any one flavor. There is definitely a burnt roastyness. The hops kind of balance this out so it's not too heavy in taste. There is also a very slight plum taste in there, really all sorts of very delicate fruits. The kicker for me is the finish, which is smooth & buttery like most sammy smith ales. Good carbonation, but it kind of detracts from what would be a velvety mouthfeel. For a beer so meaty this is very drinkable. Can't go wrong with sammy smith (721 characters)

Photo of Elemental
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz clear bottle

Appearance - nice and dark with a medium amount of head.

Smell - sweet yet hoppy smell, you can just smell the creaminess of the beer

Taste - Thick and creamy. Nicely hopped to complement the darkness and body of the beer.

I would say that the only disappointment of this beer is that it comes in a clear bottle but somehow doesn't have the skunky taste that clear and green bottles give beer. However they do it, keep on doing it cause this is a wonderful beer. (509 characters)

Photo of kevinl6
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the smoothness and quality of the Sam Smith brews! This one, if you are familiar with Sam Smith brews, is about what you'd expect. A fairly black appearance with a thin, creamy head. A slight aroma of chocolate, roasty, and malty for the smell. It has a very flavorful taste with primarily chocolate undertones. This one is very smooth and creamy on the palate. As far as drinkability goes, I want another! Great porter. (427 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks how a porter should. Color is right in between a dark stout and a brown ale. Tan head sits atop the beer and doesn't budge. Aroma is weak and doesn't let the beer truly show itself. This beer has so many flavors that I had trouble picking up on all of them. I noticed a prune sweetness up front. Espresso comes in slightly but then backs out. Chocolate takes control shows itself in a powerful way. Hops and an acidic quality are there just before the finish. The finish is of roasted nuts and espresso and lingers for awhile. Quite a treat! (547 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, nearly opaque cherry-red and brown body. Thin tan head evaporates soon.

Aroma is sweet, fresh, and full of good cheer. High and bright in the nose, nice and plummy.

Mouthfeel is chewy and brisk, sour on the edges, dry and foamy.

Aftertaste is bitter and hoppy. Surprisingly long finish. Tongue tingles for many seconds after the swallow. Difficult to taste the sweetness the aroma would seem to predict. Very refreshing. (436 characters)

Photo of vitesse
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

another amazing beer from sam smith. i definitely recommend this if you want to familiarize yourself with porters. this is the orginal. super super super complex rich taste. very chocolate and cofee-like without burning the tongue off with acidity. nice balance. the only "problem" is drinkability, but one bottle is pure bliss anyway. (335 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black but I did notice some slight red hues thru the glass with a thin off white head.The aroma is not very strong on this beer soome slight sweet rasiny smell to it.The taste however is bursting with complexty of flavors,very roasted flavor with some coffee notes,also a lingering raisiny sweetness in the finish.A real nice flavorful porter,a true classic. (371 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a tan head with large sized bubbles. There was good lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer and the nose was that of alcohol.I am not a fan of beer that has an overpowering, strong coffee taste to it and this beer however was to my liking because it did not have an overpowering coffee taste to it in my opinion.This beer went down smooth and easy. (372 characters)

Photo of TheDM
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew has an aroma of alcohol in it. When poured, it yielded a very energetic light brown head of large bubbles that formed a very nice lacing as it receded down the side of my glass with a dark ruby brown almost opaque body. It looks delicious as I anticipate my first taste. I am not disappointed. Initially it had a very smooth taste then the roasted malt coffee finish hits. Not a strong coffee taste mind you but there none-the-less. Still it was very smooth and much to my liking. (490 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality brew from one of the great breweries in the world. Not quite in the class of the Fuller's porter, but right up there with any of the others. Pours a huge, foamy head, with good retention and some lace. Smooth, cherry like flavor. Relatively thin body, good drinkability. Very little bitterness. Excellent with food. A pleasure to drink any time I've had it, as is the case with all of Samuel Smith's beers (and I've yet to be skunked). (451 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This monster pours like a stout, chugging into the glass, a deep mahogany, with a huge foamy soapy combo for a head, lacing incredible throughout. Burnt coffee and chocolate on the nose. Sweet caramel and some chocolate notes up front, very rich and medium to full bodied. Deep roasted malts and coffee beans noted in the body, some light acidity and bitterness come full circle. Flavorful, rich and complex, superb evening drink. What a great beverage, well done by the S.S. team, this is one top-notch porter! (511 characters)

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

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep black, with a large frothy chocolate head that slowly receded to a fine ring, losts of sticky lace on the glass. Aroma reminds me of Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry. Taste is of roasted malt, and again of the Sherry, with some smokey hints. Very good balance of flavor, creamy mouthfeel, and good carbonation. I had this one other time and didn't think much of it. But as I have sampled other beers, and have taught my palate what good beer is, this porter is one I can really enjoy! (509 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep and opaque mahogany brown color with a large caramel-colored cloud top head, which exhibits superb retention. Sheets of fine carbonation slowly rise to the surface. The lacing coats the glass walls in thick and all but unbroken sheets.

Aroma: Rich aroma of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, caramel, molasses, and alcohol

Taste: Begins with coffee, bitter cocoa, and dark malt. Towards the middle of the taste, strong dark fruit notes appear. Finishes with mildly bitter hops, toasted malt, and a note of sweet alcohol.

Mouth feel: Lavishly rich, full, and creamy, a consistency similar to that of whole milk, simply excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A beer so superb that it is difficult to justify with mere words, it is quite worthy of its relatively high price. Surely one of the finest porters and finest beers in the world. I would note that this beer is probably best enjoyed in cooler weather that normally found in Texas during the month of June. (978 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a dubious, jack-of-many-flavours the porter style has been over the ages, yet Samuel Smith nails an exemplar right on the head. A thick creamy head at that.

A deep black hue, I was only able to pick up a nimbus of rich red oak near the bottom, and wafer thin on the sides when I held it up to the window. Like a blanket in a bottle waiting to hug you from the inside. There is a fantastic deep aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a slight hint of chocolate found in the nose. The roast malt flavour is robust with a slight coffee bitterness followed by a sweet aftertaste. A very creamy mouthfeel, it's heavy but not overly thick. Like baby bear's porridge--just right. Plus it left a big frothy lace all the way down the glass, as to not be forgotten once all was said and done.

It's only spring now, but I long for those cold northern winter nights so a couple bottles of this can keep me warm and satisfied. (922 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a decent porter from Sam Smiths. It poured a dark brown, almost black, colour with a nice brown head. The aromas were of chocolate and coffee and the taste was more of the same. There were some hops present in the flavor of this porter as well. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, spirtzy and soda-like for a porter but the drinkability was very high, none-the-less!
Cheers!
-F (382 characters)

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