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

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2,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,663
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 163
Gots: 211 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of beertastegood
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very similar to some of the well-known stouts out there, such as Young's Double Chocolate and Mackeson's. It has a bit more astringent flavor, however, and really assaults your taste buds. If you are into strong dark beers this one is worth a shot. I find it a nice balance between a dry irish stout and a sweet milk stout.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Bella's Baker City OR by buddy's better half for Friday afternoon bottle share.

Dark brown opaque body, 1 finger light tan head with a bit of uneven rockiness. The nose is chocolate balanced by oak notes, the chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms up. The taste is pretty complex, a bit of coffee, hints of chocolate with good oak character, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is fairly full not too sticky with good effervescence. Drinkability is very high, this is one smooth beer. While perhaps not as robust as other American Porters, this is one damn fine beer.

Photo of bsp77
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with very foamy tan head and some impressive lacing.

Smell: Caramel, light roasted malts, some light tea and floral hop notes.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate and light roasted malts, with minor coffee and English hop accents. Subdued but complex and very tasty.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body that is extremely smooth for so low abv, very nice drying finish.

Drinkability: Excellent Brown Porter that shows how good a beer can be while still being low in alcohol and fairly restrained.

Photo of brandoneast
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep auburn with large bubbles in the tan head and leaves no ring or lacing inside the pint glass. Aroma presents chocolate and little coffee with subtle hints of dark cherries and sugared raisins. A roasted flavor of chewy chocolate nougat, nuts, and coffee again. These flavors help accentuate the medium body and soft mouthfeel that balance the finish of bitter hops and dense malt. Famous Taddy is a very enjoyable and flavorsome benchmark porter from a brewery rich in English tradition and history.

Photo of MJR
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark, opaque reddish-brown. A light tan head starts out a full two fingers thick and exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Subtle and soft aroma of buttery diacytel, faint roasted grains, and a hint of green hops.

Taste: A bit stiff with a fair amount of caramel and buttery diacytel. The slightly bitter, roasted grain flavor is in the background and it adds an acidic undercurrent as well as a small amount of harshness. There's a touch of green hops, but they're restrained and mellow. A bit of alcohol on the tail end. Thin, lingering roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a sharp, dry mouthfeel that's a bit prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style. Due to the somewhat harsh, bitter undercurrent, I don't think I could drink it all night. However, it is a classic that never fails to please. This was probably the freshest bottle I've ever had of it...

Photo of granger10
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a mug. At long last I am trying this classic. Dark chalky brown, near-black, with a moderate amount of rich creamy tan head rather like sponge toffee. Rich nose of semi-sweet chocolate, freshly turned soil, brown sugar, treacle, and a faint whiff of red berries perhaps. Complex but not overbearing aroma notably in its earthy features. Palate is similarly earthy and vaguely sour, like cacao mixed with fruity molasses. Caramel develops on both nose and palate over the course of a few sips. Little in the way of caustic or rough bitterness despite the earthiness, which I'm thinking is hop-derived in part. Some cola-like brown spice. Smooth creamy mouth feel and moderate to thick bodied, with more of that odd chalky sourness in the semi-dry finish. Lingering caramel and raisin sweetness. Diacetyl from those those open square fermenters. Some of the written descriptions of this beer I've encountered may overstate this brew's "smoky sour" character but certainly this feature is present. I also get considerable sweetness of both dark and fruity varieties. Classic brew indeed and somehow light and mellow enough to enjoy in reasonable quantity.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a great looking beer, so dark and the head is big and beautiful and sticks around with some lacing.

dark smell, toasty. chocolate.

Such a full taste, so complex. flavors like chocolate, toast, bacon, charcoal, spices are present. It is also bitter as well. This porter is nicley balanced!

It goes down easy, it is not heavy, light to medium body. carbonation is definatly there but not over powering.

All though this is extremely deliscious I would say that more than two would be hard to drink. The intense and dark flavors make this more of a slow sipper!

Photo of babyhobbes
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown almost black with a big tan head. Smells of caramel, chocolate and spicy. (maybe clove?) The smell is great. There are caramel and slight spice taste and small sweetness to this brew. The mouthfeel is much ligther than anticipated and quite unlike its heavy scent. This is a very smooth beer and very drinkable.

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a champ, pillowy, cottony 1 1/2 inch head. Deep brown and opaque. Softy sweet aroma. Mildly caramel and slight mocha impression with a touch of interesting astringency. Hops not assertive. Starts full, surprisingly lighter-bodied at the back of the mouth. Swallow is satisfying. Affirms my love of Porters.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black opaque body with a thick cinnamon tan head that last and last. A nice carbonation of tiny bubbles sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- During the pour the smell of dark roasted malt and some earthy, coffee notes came through. There are some soft notes of fresh cigar tobacco and a hint of tar.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with good complexity. Not as complex as the smell but very nice. Notes of lighter toasted malts are in the background with a light sourness that finishes the beer. There is some earthiness in the taste as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. It is a bit watery in the finish.

D- Very nice complexity with good flavors. The complexity of the malt really comes through in the smell and it would be nice to see all of the complexity make it to the taste.

Photo of soper2000
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this. The Sam's (Smith and Adams) were basically my introduction to the world of craft brews. I first had the Taddy on my 21st birthday and have revisited it several times since. Well onto the review. Pours a super deep brown chocolatey color with a small off white head that has good retention. Heavy notes of nut, chocolate, and coffee blend excellently. Taste is super roasty. Chocolate followed by a slight roasted malt bitterness. Pleasant. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would've liked but overall this is a great beer and a cornerstone of my growing appreciation for beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straightforward and undertstated real and earthy porter. Molasses, bit of fig, smooth creamy roast and chocolate bitter but smooth aftertaste. Lingering roast and vanilla aroma and taste of the powders. Some wood smokiness. Thanks Irondjinn for the sample.

Photo of Stickydates
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Darkale
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #165
Served On: 05/18/2012
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was one from Westview Liquors - Frederick.

Look: The brew had a black color with tinges of ruby red along the edges. Very little transparency. Head was a tan coating of foam.

Smell: The nose offered sweet notes of dark fruit and some roasted baking cocoa. Also some soft notes of toffee mixed with a little alcohol.

Taste: Upfront was a semi sweet dark chocolate with a quick coffee bitterness balanced with a lactose quality. The middle and finish was fairly clean with the bitterness and roasted malts fading into a fairly clean aftertaste. Mouth feel was rather light, but still fell with the style. As the brew warmed, the palate opened and the coffee and chocolate notes seemed to cancel out what little bitterness was present.

I definitely think this beer falls inline with the other quality offerings from Sam Smith.

Photo of PartyHatjo
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Appearence: Deep ruby color with an ample tan head. Dissipation of head leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

Aroma: Biscuit with a bit of a sour aroma to it. Methink there's some Bret present during the fermentation. Roasty aromas of coffee balance well the breadiness.

Taste: Complex taste. A nice acidity that goes very well with the roasted coffee malt flavors. Highly fruity aftertaste (tart apple and toffee, especially) that accentuates the tartness and complements the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body light carbonation. Tartness is interesting in the porter.

Drinkability: A good porter (on par with Edmund Fitzgerald--my favorite). Tartness implies a dry character and masks the body a bit. Very drinkable, and could pass as a session porter.

Photo of mdagnew
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured almost completely black - only the slightest hint of red/brown when held up to the light... Creamy tan head faded to a nice layer...

Aroma - Dark chocolate, roast malts, coffee, nutty, brown sugar...

Taste – Caramel, light smokey notes, roast malts, bitter dark chocolate, strong dark coffee, light dark fruits...

Feel - Smooth and creamy, full bodied. Medium carbonation...

Overall - An exceptional porter, one of my favourites. Highly recommended !!

Photo of Grunewald
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours clear ruddy dark brown. The head is beige and leaves rings of lacing.

S - sweets, light caramel, vanilla and fruit rind

T - sweet malt, vanilla and notes of spices

M - medium carbonation, medium body with a wet finish

D - well balanced

Photo of irishevans
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown/black with deep ruby red highlights when held up to the lamp. head pours 2 fingers thick then quickly drops to 1/3 a finger, then eventually a film with a strong ring around the edges of the glass. lace seems to like to slide into the top of the liquid rather than cling to the glass

N- Coffee and Caramel right away, then some molasses for sure and maybe a hint of some maple syrup. smells like it's a malt bomb.

T- Follows the nose. starts off with the molasses and a nice bitterness seemingly form coffee and a faint somkeyness. the caramel comes about on the finish which is nice and crisp, a bit dry also.

M- Nice standard viscosity for the style, and a mellow carbonation/ starts off creamy and ends on a nice crisp and dry note.

D- review the above statements. wonderful beer.

Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, clear, 'victorian pint'

Pours with a dark brown body, light brown tan head, good retention and size, little lacing

Smell, burnt coffee, choclatly esters coming off, slight hint of malt sweetness

Taste, dry and full of dark coffee, slight bitternes and a dark chocolate finish, appley at lower temps

A very good porter, not quite up there with the baltics like sinebyrchoff

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee, and some dark fruit and port wine aromas. Taste is mildly tart and is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel/toffee, and some slight dark fruit flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I enjoy the smell more than the taste.

Photo of Cwrw
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mollasses brown and black, with a great deal of thick, reddish brown head and stringy sticky lacing. The aroma is very rich, with many nuances. It is somewhat similar to Samuel Smith's other beer Oatmeal Stout, both in aroma and taste: the difference is that Oatmeal Stout is much sweeter. Coffee, chocolate, subtle fruits, vanilla, cream, raisins, and even slight spicy notes greet the nose. The aroma even carries some smells more common in fruit brandies . The smell, to me, is the outstanding characteristic of this beer. The taste is balanced well, sweet yet dry. Initially it has a crisp sweet syrup flavour, but gives way to a coffee-like dryness in the finish; and the middle is where you taste the medium alcohol presence. There seems to be a slight oak taste on the front of the tongue; yes, definite wood flavours slowly reveal themselves upon subsequent sips. I sense a strong graininess on the palate, almost as if there are coffee grains in the beer, and it adds delightfully to the character of the brew. The taste lingers on the mouth for quite some while, which makes this a highly drinkable and sociable beer: relax after dinner with one, slowly sipping and savouring. As a classic, this is not meant to be consumed rapidly.

Photo of Opethsprite
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark black with a coca-cola-esque head. Smells distinctly of chocolate and brown sugar, but there is also a hint of mint and apricot. EXTREMELY sweet to taste, at first a bland chocolate flavor and hops, but then the taste of a strong, creamy chocolate erupts onto the palate. It is quite thick (in a good way) and damn drinkable, but only in small quantities, as this really fills you up.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,663 ratings.