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

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2,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,447
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 141 | 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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New York

4.18/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Deep dark brown. Clear as far as I can tell. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger light khaki head that fades slowly leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Wonderful nose.

T: Tangy malts, some bakers cocoa. Very good English Porter.

M: Medium bodied, tangy crisp finish with a touch of bitter pucker.

O: A really nice, easy drinking beer. World class English Porter for a reason.

12-22-2012 04:32:24 | More by suspect
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass. The beer looks black at first glance, but when held to light there is some clear brown shining through the bottom of the glass. Head grew to over 3 fingers, was light tan, and had excellent retention.

Smell: Thick smell of molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and roasted coffee. Excellent malty complexity throughou the aroma, which lingers for a while in the nose.

Taste: Introduction is slightly watery, but the beer is full of flavor. Nice, big malty profile that is primarily roasted coffee, but also has a nice creamy chocolate flavor. Finish is nice and smooth with a lingering black coffee note.

04-20-2008 22:50:16 | More by BucBasil
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

Coming in a classic gold-foiled top with its old English feel, Samuel Smith's "Famous" Taddy Porter endures as a smooth yet robust dark session brew. Served in a tall glass from a ~19oz classic bottle, purchased from Green's in Atlanta.

When poured, it streams into the glass with quite a fizz. It's very dark brown in color, showcasing some rouge when held to the light. The scent mainly consists of a roasted coffee-like punch, along with very slight butterscotch sweetness underneath that makes it appealing. As it reaches the top of the glass and begins to settle, a soft mocha-colored head begins to form measuring close to three-quarters of an inch high. It doesn't stick around though, quickly settling into the glass with practically no lacing.

Sam Smith's porter isn't quite as thick as it looks when sipped, containing a more lightly carbonated texture than it implies by its head. It feels rather pleasant to the taste, expanding a bit as it lingers. The thinness shouldn't be taken as a negative, since there's still plenty of foaminess from the lips to the back of the mouth. It's just a bit airy compared to other dense porters, which is a pleasant surprise.

Though a bit thinner in texture in texture, the Taddy Porter certainly carries a flavorful punch. It's not unpredictable, as it carries a very familiar nutty, roasted punch that's sublime to swallow. But it also has a bit of a sweet, caramel-style touch to the rear, counterbalancing the lightly nut-centered alcohol punch in the mouth with velvetiness. After each taste, the roasted nuttiness lingers long after each taste, staying tasty yet jaunty enough to enjoy throughout the evening.

Removing the wrap from the lid on one of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porters ensures a pleasant, classic night of roasted English dark ale. Tasty and robust with its slightly smoky, light nutty flavor, it's an easily irresistible porter out there that almost begs the drinker to swallow more.

08-12-2009 23:02:48 | More by dreamgazer
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

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.

09-11-2003 17:54:50 | More by Tballz420
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.18/5  rDev 0%

Deep mahogany colour with a very thick looking, foamy head that is off-white in colour and holds brilliantly, managing to stay about a thumbs width tall.

Strong chocolate aroma with some deep, rich malts and a sweet mix of fruits. There is some figs and dates in there as well as some sugar and a little caramel. There is a little barely, some light biscuit and sweet, earthy aroma.

Chocolate and dark fruits with a lot of sweetness and some sugar. There is some figs from the nose and a light amount of caramel but mostly there is some roasted malts and a little bit of a nutty character too.

Very smooth and creamy with a full body and about medium carbonation with the slightest spicy tang and slightly wet at the end.

One of the best porters I have tried in some time, there is a great mix of fruits and chocolate and the body is great with very creamy feel. It went down wonderfully and left me wanting more after every sip.

12-06-2012 21:43:07 | More by flyingpig
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

Had a bottle of this last night at Effina's Tuscan Grille. They are trying to have a bar atmosphere one day a week, and they have actually been boning up on their beer selection. They were having some trouble selling some Samuel Smith's offerings and I was shocked to realize that I have yet to review this one. Served up in a nonic pint glass (only glassware they have there at all, I guess it could be worse).

A: When poured it appeared to a black in color, but closer inspection with a touch of light added shows you that this beer has a dark brown body with some nice ruby/rusty highlights. The head is a nice and solid finger of tan head. The head as some tightness and some weight to it, leaving behind some chunky foam on the glass. This beer looks like what I expect when someone pours and sets a porter in front of me. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of some nicely roasted malts that has nice sweetness to it, but it keeps from being a too sugared sweet aroma that a lot of porters are guilty of. Just a touch of cocoa and coffee floating around in here. Finally there is a bit of bitter hops residing in the back of the aroma. All of the aromas are a bit muted, but they are the scents you want from a porter.

T: I had forgotten how good this beer was. That roasted malt is just damned tasty. Has a solid roast to it with just a touch smoke and bitterness to it, but it stays sweet. Chocolate and coffee are a more on the dark side with a good amount of bitterness rather than too much sweet. Slight caramel comes in with just a bit of added sweet pop. The hops as well have some bitterness to add to the party. With that said, the beer does have that bitterness but the sweetness does balance pretty well. It keeps the flavors in check and do not cloy the palate.

M: This a silky smooth medium in body, probably close to full bodied. Has a decent carbonation crispness to it, but this beer remains creamy and soft. ABV is not even a factor at all in here. This beer finishes dry, but nothing extreme. The dryness just keeps it from being heavy and keeps you drinking. The aftertaste is combo of malts and slight bitter hops.

D: This is a fantastic porter and I don't think Sammy Smiths can do any wrong. This porter is just amazingly sessionable. It has those really nice porter flavors but does not sit as heavy as some American porters. This beer shows that you can have that porter flavor and goodness without a huge ABV and over the top sweetness or hopping. This beer is meant to be sessioned and enjoyed and everyone should do just that. God stuff.

03-27-2009 19:57:39 | More by everetends
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

A modest but firm pour creates an imperial pint glass full of head, I suppose I’ll have to be nicer with my pour once this dies down. The color is on the lighter side of the dark beers, rather nice brown color, almost too light to call it mahogany. Surprisingly little lacing and I’m pretty sure this glass is about as clean as I get can a glass, hand washed just a few days ago.

The nose here is just a treat, near perfection for the style. Coffee, vanilla bean, floral hops, light burnt cocoa, and a nice familiar watery burnt malt finish.

The nose gives hopes for big bold flavors such as Edmond Fitzgerald, but sadly the taste is a touch short of that. There aren’t really distinct flavors coming out of my glass. Instead a rather smooth and mellow dark malt flavor finishing with a nice bitter finish from the hops. It comes off like a cream and some kind of dark chocolate or coffee or something but so light it isn’t distinct with a very good hop finish. Not overly bitter like I’d prefer but bitter enough to give the beer the “tangy” quality that it claims to have.

Very drinkable stuff, I’d put the abv around 6.5 without looking and the carbonation and mouth feel make this a very drinkable beer. Exceptional really.

I’ve found the other stouts from Samuel Smith to be underwhelming if not down right poor examples of their style. This porter gives me renewed hope that this brewery can actually make good beer. Very possibly the best dark beer from the UK (not barrel aged), but that’s really not saying too much.

05-01-2011 22:18:09 | More by bobhits
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-24-2007 02:28:34 | More by enki
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-15-2003 16:01:36 | More by grynder33
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

06-04-2010 10:21:18 | More by Daniell
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-11-2002 08:57:23 | More by pbrian
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.


04-11-2006 20:46:17 | More by cheers2beers
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-25-2008 01:58:21 | More by Atlas1
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-30-2009 14:24:39 | More by Finkel
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-05-2009 04:07:20 | More by froghop
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

08-18-2014 02:10:47 | More by RobinLee
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-24-2006 02:35:37 | More by acrawf6
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

12-02-2011 04:34:22 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-09-2009 00:53:19 | More by stakem
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-08-2009 03:56:10 | More by cnally
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-17-2009 03:25:38 | More by mothman
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-15-2011 21:30:53 | More by mrfrancis
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

07-04-2010 00:34:46 | More by rtepiak
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

03-08-2008 20:45:04 | More by OKCNittany
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-26-2008 13:51:03 | More by AgingWarrior
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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