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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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2,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,377
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 134
Gots: 122 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of enki

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Poured out very dark (normal for a porter) into a brandy snifter (note to self: do the dishes). Tiny bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Aroma was of molasses, raisins, dates...

Taste was similar to smell, reminded me somewhat of Guinness, but without the smooth nitrogen charge flavor. The mouthfeel was a little thin for a porter, but fit all right with the flavor of the beer. I could trade back and forth between this and Guinness for a nice dark easy drinking beer.

I read a bit from some posters about an unusual aftertaste. I wonder if this beer is also brewed in a copper kettle? Reminds me of a few beers that way. I found the aftertaste pleasant enough.

Drinkability is better than most porters, but this beer almost tastes more like a stout than a porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 02:28:34 | More by enki
Photo of grynder33


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

Poured very dark,had a plum raisin chocolate cake type of a roma, nice cocoay first taste, slft little bit of a mocha backtaste, seems more carbonated then other porters I've tried, but it seem that the way it is with all brews from this brewery.No heavy bitter alcohol taste that I find unattractive with other porters. Probaly the best porter I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 16:01:36 | More by grynder33
Photo of Daniell


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: very dark with generous head. Light doesn't permeate except for a tiny malty ruby red at the bottom. 4

S: typical SS yeast. Reminds me of the oatmeal stout. After careful deliberation I actually think the smell/taste is kind of reminiscent of a cardboard box with fermenting apple juice/apple cider splashed on the sides. 4

T: Excellent. Malty toffee/coffee. I really like the sweet toffee and the earthy coffee, which includes a sort of bitter aftertaste like an espresso. The espresso notes linger in the mouth but the bitterness doesn't. 4

M: Excellent. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: I could drink this all night easily (if it wasn't so expensive as an import). Has enough complexity to keep from getting boring, but the 5% makes it readily drinkable. 5

I do think strongly flavoured food will drown out a lot of the flavor of this beer (as I experienced) as perhaps the flavor is a bit subtle, but that's hardly a bad thing; and is to be expected for the style and alcohol content. Make sure you let it warm for a bit before drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 10:21:18 | More by Daniell
Photo of pbrian


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love how that Yorkshire yeast finds its way throught the toasted malt flavor. Very reminscent of a Ringwood-type beer. A slight acidic tang reminds me of a Guinness. In the back of my mind, I wish they would boost the ABV a little to catch up with the rest of the complexties of this brew and round out the mouthfeel. But then it would be like too many other porters out there and not as special.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 08:57:23 | More by pbrian
Photo of cheers2beers


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a dark brown to almost black onyx hue with a toffee colored head. The head grew to be about three fingers high without haveing to coax it at all,leaveing behind a small amount of laceing.

Smell: The aromas are of chocolate and dark fruity malts. Alcohol is also detected in the nose along with some woody scents.

Taste: The taste is superb. Coffee notes with dark semi-sweet chocolates. A nice hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is still present as well as the woody/nutty flavors.

Mouthfeel: Not bad at all, personally I would've liked to seen this one a little thicker mouthfeel. Was medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Leaves a dingy tea-like film on the inside of my mouth after each quaff.

Drinkability: Overall,I enjoyed this beer and will probably purchase it again on occasion but it's not a beer to crave.


Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 20:46:17 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Atlas1


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God, it's been ages since my last Taddy Porter. And, well, that's just too long. I need to drink one of these about every two months just to keep honest. Really, what a great beer.

Pours a dense, dark brown color with a thick and foamy light brown head. Looks a lot like coffee. Some reddish-orange hues shine through when held up to the light. Not so much lace, but the thickness of the head maintains form for a long while even after settling. The nose... ah, the nose. What an olfactory overload of magnificent scents! Lots of dark fruit - dark cherry and plum really stand out; some fig - blended perfectly with spices, chocolate, coffee, and banana. Some light smoky, roasted notes as well. Nutty, but not overwhelmingly so. So even and balanced. This kind of harmony is so hard to attain. And damn, I haven't even tasted a sip yet! The taste is denser. Still fruity, but the nuttiness and coffee flavors take more of a dominant role here. A roasted, woody flavor persists well into the aftertaste, accompanied by a bit of hoppy, coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thinner than I remembered, but quite suitable, even silky.

A highly drinkable, incredibly flavorful, and beautifully scented porter. At 5% ABV it's also a great session beer. If only all sessions were this complex! Complex, yet accessible. I would love to try this on tap one day. In a pub. In England.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 01:58:21 | More by Atlas1
Photo of Finkel


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured out, The Famous Taddy Porter is very dark, purple/brown color. With very little head retention and no obvious carbonation, I got bored looking at it very, very quickly.

The nose of the beer was decent - smokey with prunes and hints of sweet toffee. Nevertheless, the aromas were simple and distinguishable, which is good in my book.

This beer had a creamy, expanding mouthfeel that exploded in my mouth (oh innuendo). Once I got past the mouth feel I was able to calm down and distinguish tastes: bitter hops, a light non-overpowering coffee flavor, and malts. This beer was very warming and was extremely drinkable.

Overall, this beer way overcompensated for its faults with it's taste and mouth feel. I was immediately sad that I only had one of these lying around and will need to go get another one at some point.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 14:24:39 | More by Finkel
Photo of froghop


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a midnight black with a ruby tint when held to the light, very large dark brown thick head, and some lacing.

smells of chocolate, charcoal, strong roasted coffee, a touch of licorice, roasted malts, some nuts, and molasses.

tastes very smooth and thick, roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, touch of coffee, and a little bit of nuts, ends dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 04:07:20 | More by froghop
Photo of acrawf6


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very nice black, slightly tan around edges, tan head foams up, looks good.

Smell. a deep roast smell. dryer and a good bit of coffee smells, coffee with some heavy cream. quite nice.

Taste is dry and a little roasty. In my opinion, the taste doesnt compete with the aroma. A little disappointed. not as complex. But it still is good. slightly metallic. is balance, but not much hop balance.

Mouthfeel. Its good mouthfeel, good carbonation and decent balance. good body for this porter.

Overall a good beer. Very enjoyable, but for the money you could get the same quality taste for cheaper. One i would never turn down, but hard to drop the money on this import.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 02:35:37 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was served into a glass stein.

Appearance- Opaque, black body with a head that got to about two-finger of foam before falling to about a half-finger. The head is the color of a rich mahogany.

Smell- A little toasty bread that also has a slightly sweet tang to it, just past buttery. There is also a slight brandy nature that comes from the sweetness, kind of estery and boozy. The smells are good, subtle, and because of that, kind of hard to really place.

Taste- The malt character is so lightly implemented. Like the brewers were testing how "softly" they could brew it while still imparting the flavor profiles they wanted.

The English bittering hops are easily perceptible by the slight tang on the tongue. That great Sammy Smith hard water flavor really shows itself in the finish as well. Usually, this is an inferred flavor in the after taste, but the subtle nature of this beer really lets it come through.

The malt is still bready and toasty. This porter is not huge on the flavors, but it was not brewed to be. Just nice and clean.

Mouth feel- The hops makes this one slightly dry. Also a nice medium body with a relatively smooth and slick feel.

Overall- This porter is not going to be the mouth-punch Edmund Fitzy or the like is, but it does a great job of just being a chill porter. Sit back and idle the day away with one of these in your glass and five more waiting for you in the cooler. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:34:22 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of stakem


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

Pours a dark brown color with a bubbly tanned head that receeds slowly leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate evident with a strangely similar aura about it just reminding me of other sammy smith products. Also picking up on some light malt sweetness in the nose as well. Taste is just as good. Chocolate immediately evident along the rich smoothness and ever so slightly bitter finish. Very clean, slightly lingering tastes of chocolate and burnt grains. Medium feel with low carb. Overall a solid product that is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 00:53:19 | More by stakem
Photo of cnally


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown/black coloring with the beer. slight head retention.

great smoky, woodsy, ashy smell, full of earthiness and dirt. truly spectacular.

smoke flavor is huge. nutty, walnutty flavor. big time darkness going on with this, but it is balanced and even.

full but not overdone on the feel.

easy for this style. delicious and definately a genre spreader.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 03:56:10 | More by cnally
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger head that is a dark yellow/tan head. Decent retention. Color is a dark carmel brown, nearly black.

Aroma is very roasty. Some very slightly earthy hops and carmel malts. There is some other kind of malts that I can't put my nose on.

Taste is pretty solid. Toasted malt flavor is the obvious. There is almost a tart taste that was weird for a porter. Hint of coffee as well and finally some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel comes off strong and bitter. After a few seconds it smooths out and is creamy. It ends creamy and is well carbonated.

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor. Very solid. The price is a tad high (not intended), but it was worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 03:25:38 | More by mothman
Photo of mrfrancis


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky black with faint ruby highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head.

S: Aromas of molasses, cedar, woodsmoke, and roasted grain are present on the nose. The usual aromas of coffee and dark chocolate that one generally expects of any porter are largely absent here.

T: Notes of molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, cream, cedar, woodsmoke, roasted grain, peat, leather, and earthy, herbal hops are present on the palate. The finish is rich and long with a combination of chocolate, molasses, leather, and earthy hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is not particularly powerful. This one could use a little more fizz in my opinion.

O: This is an excellent English porter. I've yet to find a Samuel Smith beer that disappoints me.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 21:30:53 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of rtepiak


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a very straightforward beer. a quality of earth molasses mostly with a finish of grape. palate is earthy bitter molasses toasty with a finish of fig and grape. very mild sweet sheltered in earth. a lingering mild quality of vanilla like in wine. very soft but not as defined as in a good foreign export. great beer with a nice smokey quality at times... some bitterness that works that way... sometimes smokey... sometimes bitter chocolate... sometimes tobacco. great if you get all three in a good bottle. but respectfully mild.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 00:34:46 | More by rtepiak
Photo of OKCNittany


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" tan head with good retention & lacing. Near black body with red highlights.

S: Roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. It's good, but it could be stronger.

T: Rich and roasty. Dark chocolate. Some caramel, some coffee, and a touch of hops as well. Good balance.

M: Just under medium bodied. Light to medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel. Interesting finish - both buttery and tart.

D: Great porter - sessionable - well deserving of its fine reputation.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 20:45:04 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of AgingWarrior


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black like motor oil with a niche foamy thick reddish brown head. The head holds up throughout the drink and provides plenty of lacing.

Smell is excellent for the style. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses. After sniffing this brew I knew it was going to be great!

Tastes smooth and creamy with no alcohol bite at all. Nice malty coffee taste on the front with a a great finish.

Very drinkable brew, thinner than some Porters, but overall a very nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 13:51:03 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of DrewV

New York

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

Poured from a 550mL bottle out of the beer fridge (45 degrees) into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Dark brownish garnet color with a huge 3-finger light caramel colored, frothy head (very fine bubbles). The head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S: Dark molasses, candied fruits, prunes, figs, anise... typical Samuel Smith aromas. Sweet, but dark overall. No spiciness or alcohol detected.

T: Shockingly different from the aroma! Roasted cocoa, milk coffee, and a heavy dose of chocolate-covered raisins. Light, but full flavor. Delicious. No alcohol to be found. Note that the first sip is the strongest, then each following sip becomes less intense. I wish the flavor would hold its intensity a bit more.

M: Fairly thin for as full of a flavor that this has. Very lightly carbonated which keeps things interesting.

O: A solid porter, not quite my favorite due to the relatively thin substance, but very flavorful and the raisiny-chocolate cocoa aftertaste leaves you wanting more. Addicting stuff for sure, but falls a bit short of the complexity and full flavor of my personal favorite porter, Edmund Fitzgerald.

NOTE: If there were marks for Value, I would be forced to give it a fairly low rating. Reason being, Edmund Fitzgerald is available for $9/6-pack, while Taddy is $10/4-pack. Just not worth the $$ when a superior product is available for less. But if you have no other options, it's a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 23:45:19 | More by DrewV
Photo of blackc5


4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate brown with a mild head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Smells sweet and of caramel, molasses and chocolate.

T - Taste matches the olfactory profile to a T. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso, and roasted malty caramel, but not overly sweet. Alcohol seems absent - it is on the lower end of the ABV range for this style.

M - Medium low carbonation with small bubbles. Smooth and creamy.

D - Very high thanks to the great taste, mouthfeel and low alcohol content. Would make a great session.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 20:26:23 | More by blackc5
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:42:27 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is truly a classic English porter and I've been drinking it for nearly 30 years! Nice to see that it's finally in brown bottles.

A: deep, dark with nice tan head, dissipated but held on for awhile
S: deep, roasted, some sulfury notes
T: deep roasted/burnt malt, sulfurish
M: coats the mouth from roasted grains

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 01:48:03 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of BJ1833


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color with a chocolate brown, two-finger head.

Aroma: Rich aroma full of toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malt with coffee flavor upfront. A caramel flavor is also present with a chocolate finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: A medium body that is well carbonated and very smooth.

Overall: Unlike any porter I've tried and by far the best. Very good, smooth flavor. Already a classic in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 23:00:43 | More by BJ1833
Photo of ryanocerus


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent porter. Heavy malt aroma with small head. Very roasty flavor. It is more stout than other porters that I like, but it is VERY drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2002 14:39:22 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of cjgator3


4.22/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 05:13:03 | More by cjgator3
Photo of loving44


4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beauty up for $3.49 at the local BevMo.

It pours thick and black with a medium/thick off-white head which went from a good two inches thick to half an inch or so in a minute.

Smells of faint chocolate and coffee hit me right away... some sweetness. Very rich smelling, but pretty average.

The taste was far superior to the smell of this brew. very rich thick and smooth with light carbonation that tickles the tongue. This is a porter for sure. Tastes of roasted coffee beans and chocolate with a nice citrus backing. A slight bitterness lingers on the back of my tongue with hints of smoke. Very nice.

This is a very rich and flavorful porter that fairly easy to drink due to the slight but persistent carbonation. I was done after one bottle, but I could see myself having another had I not had this right after a meal. A very nice porter and IMO one of the best!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 22:03:41 | More by loving44
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.