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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 berserker256
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite black with a nice creamy head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, some smoke and sweetness. Delicious taste that tastes just as it smells and the texture is perfect. Nice and creamy with light carbonation and just perferct. This is the best beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of RickS95
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in my Samuel Smith pint glass. Pitch black, no brown around the edges, simply a black hole. The head is extremely thick, off-brown in color, and lasts forever. When it finally falls, it leaves a beautiful sandy blonde lace on the glass.

Has quite a few noticeable scents present. A variety of malts, some chocolate and coffee, smoke, charcoal and tobacco. As it warms, it smells like chocolate cake.

It's really a pleasant taste, full of most items your nose picks up. Malt forward with several different kinds. A bit of chocolate, roasted coffee, and only a hint of hop presence in the finish.

Complex and deep, and as good as it gets. Slightly sweet early on. Creamy smoothness personified in the middle. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a bit of looseness that tempers the different flavors and feelings.

Probably the pinnacle for the style. I prefer a bit more sweetness like in American porters, but this is as good as an English porter gets. I'd like more alcohol, but this is close to perfection.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep brown, nearly black. Dark ruby red glows through when held to light. Pours with big slightly surging tan head settling to a dense one and a half fingers then slowly thinning as glass drains, but never less than 1/8" layer. Some chunky lacing.

S - Faint, toasted malts and hints of chocolate.

T - Full and rich with nearly smokey toasted malts, light note of baking chocolate and a modicum of caramel, fruit, and iron, with just a hint of coffee in the background.

M - Fairly light mouth feel, though overall medium body with a low amount of tiny sparkling carbonation. Pleasing dry bitterness.

D - A great drinking modern English porter. Sessionable to be sure.

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Photo of Blupoet03
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured dark brown with a light brown head from an English pint bottle. The nose is full of sweet malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate.

The taste is smooth and creamy, sweet on the tongue, with a slightly bitter tail and a drying aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and tingly, smoothing out towards the end.

One of my favorite beers, the Taddy Porter is highly drinkable and gets better as it warms.

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Photo of morimech
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large tan head that has great retention that eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

I was really surprised by the aroma. I must have gotten a very fresh bottle. The English hop aroma is just amazing. Floral and herbal hops meld perfectly with the roasted malt.

The flavors consist of roasted malt, chocolate, with a herbal and earthy finish. Bitterness is low overall from both the malt and hops.

The body is not the biggest out there but it is still very good. Carbonation is low, just enough.

Probably the perfect English Porter. I left some room for others as I have not had many of the style. Just proves that a beer does not have to have huge hops and high ABV to be excellant.

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Photo of bum732
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Rich breadiness with some coffee roastiness. Slight herbal hoppiness.

L: Black with a light tan, creamy head with great lacing. Solid retention.

T: Rich bready malt up front followed by a medium sharp bitterness before yielding to some coffee soft roastiness. Finishes with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Fairly dry finish, some chocolate as it warms.

M: Medium carbonation, medium-full rich creamy body with a sharp but pleasant bite.

Just an amazing beer and really the prototype for English porters. Wish i could get this fresh, but pretty solid as is.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour got me a finger and a half of light mocha colored head, which was very fizzy and active. This took a couple minutes to die down over the almost black body. A bit of lacing noticed. Nice looking beer.

Roasted malt is a delicious smelling beast in this! Coffee and chocolate both come in to top it off, and boy does this smell good.

Again, roasted malt in this bad boy is good. This is partnered up with coffee and a hint of dark fruit which imparts an almost sour note in the middle. Ending is nice dark chocolate.

Medium bodied, the medium carbonation on this keeps it light and almost stings the tongue. The beer is creamy goodness.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Sammy bottle with the gold leaf wrapping.

Appearance - deep, deep brown, nearly black. A nice white/tan head at the top.

Smell - coffee and chocolate are definites. Also some burnt malts show up.

Taste - very, very smooth. Definitely one of the smoothest, medium bodied porters I've ever had. Some great coffee and malt tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but does creat a nice feeling on the palate. A tad light as far as porter's generally go, but the coffee/malt taste lingers long enough to not be a drawback.

Drinkability - TONS. So easy to drink, and at only 5% abv, you can hang out and drink this one all night long.

I absolutely recommend this classic to anyone who's a fan of porters. It's also light enough to recommend to anyone who is trying their first one of this style. Definitely one of my "all time favorite classics" though.

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Photo of mcdevster
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into samuel smith tulip pint glass... nice dark opaque body hints of red along the sides.. tan head..
the smell is the first thing that really impresses.. sweet! dark fruit, honey, maybe caramel..
taste - nearly perfect the fruitiness comes through - choclate finnish.. slight metalic taste at the end (could it be the well water?) but complex and satisfying..
mouthfeel and drinkability - typical samuel smith just perfect.. light and heavy at the same time..
this is a beer to judge other beers by!

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is very dark reddish amber with a thick creamy head that sticks around. Smell of roasted malts and dark chocolates. Taste again of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium thats smooth and creamy making it easy to swallows. So far it's been hard for Samuel Smith to dissapoint me, it's a very well balanced porter and great one to try for anybody shy of darker beers.

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

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby edging and a thick latte colored head that creates heavy lacing.

Aromas of chocolate malts, coffee and fresh leather (in a good way...).

Taste has a tangy dark fruit (plums, raisins, figs) and roasted coffee body, ending with a lasting chocolate finish. Very well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is med-full, smooth and creamy. Tiny carbonation bubbles are active on every sip. Leaves a nice coating, not too sticky or syrupy.

Really enjoyed this one, will be keeping a few as my stock porter.

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Photo of hyuga
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big, frothy head that stays quite well. Very chocolatey appearance. Coffee and chocolate aromas in the nose, kind of a sweet smell. Very creamy mouthfeel, excellent taste which has a bit of coffee and chocolate, very sweet, a bit fruity. Only a slight amount of bitterness. Dark sweetness in the finish. This has an excellent taste and mouthfeel. Excellent and well rounded porter that I would find refreshing at any time.

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

There is good reason why many compare all porters to this one. It is a classic that has held up and stayed above the pack forever.

Dark auburn with nice thick head.

Aromas of chocolate and caramel further mellow the roasted grain bouquet.

Rich roasted malt flavors that are best complemented by a bit of fruitiness and caramel.

Creamy good body (I wouldn't say full body but close) that tantalizes every part of my mouth and finishes strong with slight spiciness and dark fruit finish.

At 5% and a taste that gets better as it warms, one might be tempted to drink these all day long.

This beer is not quite in a class by itself, but it is at the very very top of the Porter class.

btw - I have found that the bigger bottles (fatty Taddy as they are known) is the way to go with this beer. Unlike some of the other Sam Smith products (i.e Winter Welcome and Nut Brown Ale etc) this one you don't want too cold, and the bigger bottle means it has more time to open up and come down to near room temperature. And of course you get more of the magical brew too.

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

A: Deep mahogany red-brown, with 3 fingers of frothy, khaki head that lasts ages and leaves a heavy lacing on the walls.

S: Molasses. Acrid, toasted grain. Prune.

T: Sweet, toasty malt in the beginning, that yields to a tart, fruity flavor in the middle (I can't quite identify the flavor), creaminess late, and bitter hops with floral notes in the finish.

M: So smooth! Good carbonation, with a little dryness at the end.

O: Probably the best porter I've ever tasted. No, I take that back -- DEFINITELY the best porter I've ever tasted! I already knew Samuel Smith knew how to make good beer, and this just proves it further.

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

A - Pours a dark clear ruby with a fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing goes all the way down the glass.

S - Definate cocoa and fruit notes amongst the dark malt overtone. Some mild coffee in there.

T/M - First impression is that it's a lot lighter than the taste suggests. Doesn't feel thick or chewy, but is very very full flavored. The coffee comes out more in the taste than in the smell. The cocoa and... i want to say a malple syrup flavor accent the smokey malts.

D - Probably my favorite beer so far. Could drink all week, month, year, and never get bored of it.

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

550 mL bottle, I've had around, as much as I can possibly get it.

I love this beer, that's true. One of my favorite beers that I don't have to travel too far for.

It sits very dark brown, almost black in a pub glass, with a thin tan head that dissipates probably before I finish half of the beer. This one is definitely drinkable, I could drink 3-4 bottles of this in a night easily, and enjoy each one to the last drop. Neither the malt or the hops profile is overpowering, but both are in perfect balance. You can taste a faint coffee/dark chocolate bitterness in the beer, but also an almost hidden sweetness of caramel behind it, and it's not starch or thick, which makes it easier to taste. You can't taste much bitterness, but you get a bit of sharpness from the hops immediately with some smoky hopiness underneath.
I can't exactly pick out what the star of this brew is, and the flavors certainly aren't muddled, but I could drink this for hours and never get bored of it. I'd drink this every day of my life, and I can because it's available just a block from my house.

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Photo of RppIII
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer was poured from a 355mL bottle into a snifter after sitting at room temperature for 30 minutes. No freshness date or battling date was visible.

Appearance: The beer pours a black with a slightly translucent quality to it. The tan head quickly recedes to a mere pittance of its former glory, or lack there of, but it’s exactly what one would expect of this style. Impressive refined carbonation and a tan, chocolaty ring of head around the glass make this beer look malty and appetizing.

Smell: Simple, beautiful aroma. The Marris Otter that is immediately present reminds me of a recent brew day of a similar style of beer, the smell of grain wafting through the house, clinging to every nook and cranny for days! Bitter chocolate nibs, a slight coffee essence, and maybe some caramel malt make a presence.

Taste: This beer gets progressively better, starting with spot-on style, staying with that theme as it works its way to the impressive flavor. Really well balanced malted grains that add a bit of an acidic bite, and bitter coffee/chocolate nib flavor.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful full mouth carbonation, smooth, creamy and moderately chewy. It quickly dries your mouth out so another drink almost immediately is necessary.

Drinkability: Awesome session beer. At 5% and with such a great, simple flavor and aroma, it’s a no brainer. This is the quintessential template for this style and Samuel Smith couldn’t have done a better job.

March 4, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl

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

Poured from the traditional Sammy Smith bottle - at least for me - pint and change clear bottle. I poured it into the trust Baldwin-Wallace College standard pint glass.

The beer poured a very dark brown with a little more than a finger of tan head that left fine lacing down the glass. The beer's aroma had hints of coffee, chocalate and some fruitiness as well. The flavor was off the charts, and a true treat. Taddy Porter's flavor fit it's ominous, dark color, with plenty of roasted malt flavor along some chocalate. The beer finished a smokey, caramel flavor that road through the end of each sip. This is a medium bodied brew that is super drinkable, if only a little cheaper of available in greater quantites - at least here in my area. A true treat, and I imagine something of a classic.

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Photo of advill88
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a slight brownish tinge and a very thick and creamy off white head.

Smell has strong notes of chocolate and coffee, with a sweetness present in the background.

Taste is a swirl of sweet malty coffee and chocolate with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and thick, with the most deliciously beautiful creaminess present.

I could seriously drink this beer all night long, it is that good. Probably the best porter I've had so far...it puts a lot of others to shame.

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

Wow. As black as tar in the mug revealing a deeeep ruby hue if held up to sunlight. Frothy, hearty, reddish-brown head of medium size bubbles that forms an impressive clingy cap after it settles a bit. Relatively light aroma of chocolate and dates. Complex on the palette; coffee, dark chocolate, bread, and toasted malts. Surprisingly light body for a beer so dark but this is a good thing. Nice mouthfeel and super smooth. The coffee finish just goes on and on. Impressive.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick brown/black with a nice tan head. The froth of the head clings to the glass all the way down. Very smooth beer with all sorts of different flavors coming through. Chocolates,figs,coffee,and berries are just to name a few. It is low on carbonation and very filling. Refreshing and crisp on the palate, leaves it begging for more. Very easy do drink and if you get hooked you can drink it all night.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma with light spices and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate flavors abundant. Extremely smooth.
An excellent porter. Highly recommend to all.

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

I was anxious to try to Taddy Porter. It may sound odd but since I visited England in the early 80's and since I learned that my ancestors are from Yorkshire, I really feel an affinity for most things Yorkshire. And so I continued my quest for knowledge.

The Taddy Porter poured a DARK brown, nearly black. No light will penetrate this beer! The head was moderately frothy and only slightly dissipated in the couple of minutes I waited to taste.

The aroma was relatively mild. I could smell the malt, which was a good sign. I was intrigued, which is exactly what I look for when I smell my beer.

Sometimes, I wonder if the sight of a beer in glass creates a bias when I taste. I am not aware of one but I thought I’d taste this beer with my eyes closed. Sure, I’d seen the beer already but hey, I never pass up an opportunity to make a fool of myself.

Upon first taste of the dark liquid, (I assumed it was dark, I had my eyes closed) I noticed a pronounced sweet molasses/malt flavor. The beer was slightly dry with very good carbonation. This helps the drinkability for me as it tickles the tongue. Hey...I love the tongue tickling!

The beer did not weigh heavy, which surprised me, but I was looking for a more overt taste of alcohol. That’s not a criticism, really, because the flavor was good.

Overall, this is a very good porter. I would recommend it to anyone wishing to close their eyes and drift away to Northern England.

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