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

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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 190 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a massive mocha head. This is almost visually perfect.

Smells of heavy roasts and light figs. Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee with a little light fruit to balance.

Tastes of roasted malty goodness. Coffee and chocolate lead with a little grape sweetness to balance. Bitter finish in the form of black coffee.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied as you would expect. more creaminess would be a plus.

This is a greatly drinkable brew. Lots of stuff going on, yet not overwhelming in any sense.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Are the folks at Sam Smith's just incapable of making a sub-par beer, because this shit is delicious.

It pours jet black with a nice beige head that sticks around for a while. Pretty decent lacing too.

The smell is of roasted chocolate malts and in that regard, some bittersweet chocolate. There's a nice hint of sourness on the nose too.

The taste is big on bittersweet chocolate to boot. This stuff finishes dry, which I definitely like. Quality flavor here.

You're looking at a medium mouthfeel with a somewhat prickly carbonation. I'm not used to this in a porter, but it's a nice change of pace, so I dig it.

Overall, this is yet another badass English brew from the lovely people at the ol' Tadcaster brewery. I'm beginning to think that they're infallible, in fact.

Photo of elricorico
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Famous Taddy Porter way back in the beginning of my beer advocacy, and thought it was just alright, but lately, the porters have been giving me much joy, so I figured it was time to come back for another try.

Pours a uniform, solid looking black. It looks like my glass is painted that colour. It had a big tan head, but that faded back to a thin creamy cap.

Smells... coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, citrus. The chocolate may be the strongest of the smells, and that is in no way disappointing. Lots of aroma here, all of it good.

Taste is good too, but I don't think it quite lived up to the smell. There is a sweet and sour sort of mix to begin with, followed by a long drawn out roasted finish. Hints of soy, vanilla, and chocolate up front with coffee and bitter chocolate in the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though the carbonation takes a little away from the creaminess if the beer is left on your tongue. The beer goes down nicely, I certainly am having no trouble putting it away.

Best porter I've had? Could be close. It certainly was worth revisiting this beer.

Photo of avylover
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7 oz bottle picked up Tuesday at the Coop for $3.50 ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Beautiful 2" tan head... rings of lace.. deep brown reveals crystal clarity when held to a light with deep ruby highlites.

Milk Chocolate and cold coffee with hints of yeasty fruitiness in the nose... caramel reveals more as it warms.

Flavor is mild roastiness ... with pronounced chocolate throughout. Pretty rich ... toasty .. maltiness masks indentifiable hop flavors... very mild but present spicy finish.

Perfect body and very drinkable.

It's been at least a few years since I've had a Taddy Porter and damn glad I picked another up.... This brew could easily be a session or a sipper depending on my mood.

Photo of scottyshades
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, rich mahogany (almost black) color that produces a minimal head but leaves the cathedral lacing

S: Very sweet nose. Definitely malt-dominant. Molasses (a lot), dark fruits (figs, cherries, dates), and a nice nutty aroma that is all set atop the roasted malt backbone

T: Very similar to the nose; malty, molasses, dark fruit, and a massive roasted flavor. The nutty aroma is not too present within the flavor

MF/D: Very very smooth, low carbonation, medium/thick body...a truly unique porter, very English.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured near black with a thin, creamy brown head. Only a light level of carbonation is visible but there is very good head retention.
S: There are sweet malty and nutty aromas in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell with some malty sweetness and nutty flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There's not that much carbonation but the level perfectly fits the style and is just enough.
D: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is very sessionable.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz foil-topped bottle.

A- Dark dark brown with a tan head. Head is about 2 fingers to start, settles to one finger, and takes a little while to settle down all of the way.

S- Sweet caramel, dark chocolate, malty, with a touch of sour.

T- Smooth, nutty, burnt, chocolate, earthy/smokey towards the end. Almost reminds me of their nut brown but much more bold and burnt.

M- Milky, thick, silky-smooth, a tiny bit dry at the end.

D- This beer is awesome. Great session beer if you have money to spend.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chocolatey black with a huge rocky head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is very English, whatever that really means. Slight hop presence, but obviously malt driven. Chocolate and fresh bread.

Taste is much like the nose. Some hints of bittersweet chocolate surrounded by a tart fruit like bite. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall, a highly drinkable porter with no real flaws. Highly recommended.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA for $1.95 on "Beer-Me Tuesday." Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, nearly opaque, this almost-black darling pours with a big, thick head of light brown foam that falls down gracefully and leaves behind nice remnants of itself on the glass.

Roasted coffee and dark chocolate tickles the nose and arouses the senses.

A delicate, smooth, lightly carbonated brew slides over the tongue, carrying with it flavors of toasted biscuit, espresso, roasted coffeebeans, bittersweet dark chocolate, and mellow bitter hops, with a dry, roasty finish that keeps it coming.

Low in alcohol, smooth on the palate, nicely dry, and with a wonderful balance of British modesty and full-on flavor, this makes for a great session beer and a delightful sipper. Porter is, sadly, a fairly rare style, having been taken over largely by its stout brethren, but it's great to see that some great, classic examples such as this one still plough on.

Photo of JMad
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer from a glass mug...

The beer is a very dark brown, not quite opaque, The head is tan, tall and foamy. It smells of maple syrup, caramel and roasted with a slight tang. The beer is big on roasted malt and it's very metallic and tangy, there is also a hint of coffee and molasses. It's medium bodied with some stinging carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a great porter with a nice tang to it.

Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

601st Review on BA
Bottle to Mug
550 ml

App- Amazing in my clear mug. Dark roasted brown with some lighter highlights. A two finger khaki/tan head that just falls as you drink. No lace on this one.

Smell- Roasted malts with a grainy, bitter chocolate and slight hoppy nose.

Taste- Its a well crafted classic beer. Very balanced, smooth and flavorful. The roasted bitter hits first with the softness from the yeast and in the end that hop kick finishes it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated with that duality of bitter chocolate and hops.

Drink- To think I never had this, to me was a crime against beer. This should be on a list for noob beer drinkers. Introduces layering to the palate and just very well done. I'd have this again for sure.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with hints of ruby, a large frothy head that melds to a dense one finger foam.

S: Metallic and bitter chocolate.

T: Smoky, bitter chocolate, and bitter coffee, with a slight metallic hop flavor. Very dark taste to this. This is what I think of when I think about dark English beers.

M: Smooth and creamy with a lingering dark malt and hop bitterness.

D: This beer goes down very easy and I could drink plenty of these with some pub fare. The bitter after taste would hinder a session that didn't include food, but only slightly.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This beer had a deep, dark brown hue and texture so thick you can't see through it. There was a decent head and good lacing.

This had a subtle smell, like most of Samuel Smith's beers. Malt, coffee and something I couldn't put my finger on.

Tasted of malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe some fruit. Complex, but didn't beat you over the head with it.

Nicely done carbonation and a dry finish made for a good, solid mouthfeel.

If you're into porters, this is a good beer to get. I only drink them but so often, but this is a good one. It has a nice taste and isn't overly heavy.

Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ML Clear bottle with a minimalist label. No Freshness dating.

The beer pours a Dark Brown with a massive chiffon like head. The lacing is thick and clingy.

The nose is of sugared plums, roasted grains and raisins.

My first impression was of nice roasted almost burnt malts. The beer is a bit smoky with some bakers chocolate undertones. A bit of alcohol and an almost nutty flavor emerges later. A beer to be savored and one to be served at the proper temperature.

Silky smooth mouth with low levels of carbonation. Easy drinking and very enjoyable beer here!

Photo of Grunewald
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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 BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what a porter should taste like. Simple, pure, clean, and full of flavor. A solid dose of dark malts and a hint of roasted barley and chocolate in both aroma and flaovr. Mild fermentation sourness adds a complex layer in the same way that milk stouts do. A medium body with flavors more commonly found in heavy beers. Gives a creamy coat to the whole mouth with a deep chocolate layer without becomming thick or sugary sweet. Finishes very clean with a light roasted grain bitterness. Terriffic from sip to finish.

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head bout a incha nd a half thick. Good lacing around the glass when swirled.

Faint hint of coffee and a little chocolate to the nose.

Coffe and chocolate to the taste very suddle. Some bread qualities as well, also the alcohol is present.

Medium body thought it would be thicker considering how classic Sam Smith is.

Could really enjoy a couple of these in a sitting but sadly had to move on.

Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, dark brown with crisp, rich ruby highlights glinting at the edges. A dense three fingers of light tan head bursts upwards and ebbs gradually to a frothy crater. Sticky loops of lacing cling valiantly to the inside of the glass.

The rich aroma of chocolate blankets a roasted malt sweetness. A vinous quality lurks underneath, along with a mellow coffee bitterness. A lighter cocoa note lingers at the finish.

On first sip, a rounded roasted malt sweetness slinks in and soon mingles with chocolate and an earthy dark coffee presence. A grapey sherry character flexes a bit in the middle along with a well-cooked dark caramel note. The finish is populated by an understated lingering hops bitterness.The overall flavor is rich and warm. It's balanced and artfully blended.

Medium bodied, it slides across the palate, slick and a little oily, and leaves a pleasant memory of what it delivered.

Let's face it, it's a legend, and it is damned good. That said, it's not tremendous, but still, as a long-time standard, it is a classic. It has the rich earthy elements you want in a porter, in a nice balance. Strong across the board, it's just what you expect, and drinking another is easy, enjoyable, and very likely. It's maybe not as big as many of its American brethren, but it is faithful to the style and it goes down smooth. It's a trusty beer to turn to when you want to get down to basics.

Photo of Winter
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The arrival of cooler Autumn weather has put me in a porter mood, so I decided to pick up one of the best available. The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown/near black in color with mahogany high lights. A thick tan head, rocky at first, then settles to a creamy top. It never goes away during consumption. Complex aroma of fig, caramel, chocolate, coffee and cocoa. It made we want to stick my nose in the pint and take it all in time-and-time again. That taste is just as satisfying. Things start of with a prune and roasted malt taste. Sweet caramel and roasted coffee flavor follow. Dark chocolate is detected near the back. The finish is long and dry with a burnt raisin flavor to it.

This is a very good porter. A sipper to be savored and enjoyed. An hour had passed and I was still enjoying the same long-lasting pint.

Photo of kunzbrew
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a opaque black with a creamy tan head that leaves quick and leaves a very sexy lace behind. The smell of cooffe and chocolate malt fill the nose along with a mild hoppiness. Chocolate and coffee malts touch the palate with great pleasute. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. The hop finish is not over bearing but enough to tickle your fancy.


Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic of the style. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy, tan head that fades to a ring. Smells roasty and winey with notes of chocolate and dark sherry. Tastes beautifully balanced between the firm malt, roastiness, slightly bready flavor in the background, and a touch of graininess. Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice to revisit an old favorite.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with slight ruby highlights. It forms a light brown, creamy head with good lacing. The aroma is milk chocolatey, roasty, and coffee-like. It has flavors of milk chocolate, with roasted malts and coffee notes. It has excellent mouthfeel. It is silky, creamy, and almost oily/buttery. It is a very smooth, easy drinking beer. I am a big fan of porters, and this one is a very tasty one.

Photo of lionking
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a one finger head from the bottle into a pint glass. Black color with ruby hue.

Roasted malt smell and taste along with coffee and chocolate (more on the chocolate side than the coffee). Full and creamy mouthfeel.

A very good porter. Drinkability is high. Would definitely seek out again.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic English porter. A dark brown color with a nice tan head. Very roasty malt structure with chocolate and coffee. The flavor profile is also quite roasty. Some mild hops and bitter molasses balance out sweet chocolates. The body is crisp and dry. A good drinker.

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