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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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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 129
Gots: 108 | 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 neenerzig


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

I had this beer for the first time at La Cav Du Vin last night. I was w/ a bunch of friends and we were celebrating my friend's 22nd birthday. We all bought him beers. We both had a bottle of this particular beer last night. This beer pours a dark brown with a tan head that didn't stick around for long and left some decent lacing. Aromas of coco, some coffe, and some hints of fruit are evident. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate and coffee. The 2 are very well balanced. The taste of fruit and of alcohol are also present. This beer has a nice warming effect and you start to feel it after taking a few sips. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation and is very easy to drink.


Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 17:12:15 | More by neenerzig
Photo of chilly460


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

A - Poured a very dark brown. Ruby color shows when held up to a light. One finger head reduced to a collar, but remained for the entire beer. Decent lacing.

S - Definite chocolate and dark cherries. Some roasted malt. Not overly powerful, very pleasant.

T - Lots of chocolate, definite cherry tones as well. Mild hoppy finish, very little aftertaste.

M - Very nice carbonation, a bit thinner then expected.

D - Easy drinking with good balance, fine as a cool weather beer or accompaniment to a meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 00:12:09 | More by chilly460
Photo of Bruiser81


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

This was the first porter I've tried and I thought it was pretty good. A very dark brown almost black with a great head that lasted through the whole experience. Smell is of coffee and roasted malts. The coffee comes back in the taste with a little bit of chocolate. There is a little bit of fruitiness as well, mostly in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little thin for what I was expecting, but it was not bad. The brew was not as filling as I thought it would be but that is a good thing. Overall, a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 16:50:10 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of JackTheRipper


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

My first porter review, actually the first porter I've tasted.

A: Pours out an extremely dark color, black with some (what appears to me, at least) crimson in there. Initial 1" tan-caramel colored head which dissipated after a few swigs.

S: Dark roasted coffee smell right up front. Some caramel and very light hop smells in the background.

T: Bitter coffee at first taste with enough maltiness to make it a nice experience. Aftertaste is a lingering bitterness that isn't too overwhelming.

M: Full and chewy. This is a heavier beer than I'm used to drinking but I could learn to love it. Nice coating feel to it. ETOH and CO2 levels are nicely done.

D&N: A nice intro to the world of Porters. Max @ D's Hot Dogs recommended this one. I'm glad I listened to him. Tasty, complex, and a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 16:56:51 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of IPA35


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

It is dark brown with a offwhite head.

Dark malts, raisins, dark chocolate, wood (indeed) and a hint of British hops. Not bad!

Sweet malts, dark fruits, mild hops, a hint of choclate and a hint of metal. Nicely balanced and drinkable.

Medium thickness yet creamy, not alot of carbonation.

Overal a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 16:18:53 | More by IPA35
Photo of pburland23


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

Ah, the first Saturday of the English Premier League season called for a proper pint while watching my Norwich City squad in the top flight.

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint.

Beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Beer smells of inviting dark chocolate and coffee beans. The roasted barley stands out as well. The taste is about as quintessential porter...the roasted barley stars again. Deep, delicious flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess. The carbonation is light and adds to the drinkability.

Overall, a great traditional British porter. Paired well with Saturday morning football.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 00:14:27 | More by pburland23
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New Jersey

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

550 ml bottle poured into mug.

Poured a nice deep mahogany body, with amber hues around the edge. A large, creamy tan colored head left great lacing and slowly reduced to a fine cap.

Aroma of molasses, sugared coffee. Chocolate covered raisins as well, mixed with cream. Very malty, smells very sweet.

Taste is of molasses dipped raisins with a slight hint of dark, bitter chocolate. Upon sipping, the creamy sweetness is quickly following by a nice, sharp bitterness making it very well-rounded. Toffee, molasses, raisins start it off with a black coffee taste upon the finish. So good.

Mouthfeel is oily, slick. Medium-full bodied. Only downfall is that it's somewhat watery... but it kind of fits well. Bittersweet is a perfect term to sum up this brew. Transition of sweet, roasted malts to bitterness is fantastic. Finish is slightly bitter, not too much lingering.

Very drinkable, but also very filling. Clean, very crisp. No problem finishing this bottle. Overall, an exceptional porter. Slightly second, in my opinion, only to Entire Butt.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 04:45:38 | More by TMB0424
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As expected. A dark beer, a few shades fair of black, sitting in the very dark brown area of the beer spectrum, with brownish-maroon highlights in the light. A medium head of tan.

Smell: Mmm...what a great, full-bodied smell. Chewy caramel and dark chocolate, fresh coffee beans, honey suckle, black liquorice in a candy shop, and anise seeds. There almost seems to be a behind-the-scenes sour garbage smell in there. It's strangely interesting. As horrible as that sounds, I don't know how else to describe it. I wish there was a pleasant way to describe it, because it isn't negative. Yup, there it is again. A sour tone that is somehow not bad.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A malty, coffee taste is the most obvious to come forward. A layered taste is evident. It almost seems as though part of the flavor is an intended stale layer underneath the maltiness. A straight-faced coffee aftertaste follows. The malty creaminess is present throughout. Wow, I was intending to finish this review quickly so I could just sit here and enjoy the last of it. The taste is so interesting that I only have about three centimeters left in the glass. I can't stop taking sips. After the original sip, I felt that the smell overpowered the actual flavor. However, the taste seems to develop as the beer progresses, and it is very hard to pinpoint. Different elements become apparent, and in different amounts. What an interesting porter.

Drinkability: This is a definitely fun porter to drink. Every sip keeps me redefining what I decided upon after the last sip. The smell and taste seem to contradict each other at times, and keep me thinking. Twelve ounces seemed to evaporate in a crazy amount of time. I would have enjoyed having maybe three of these right now, in order to really get some time with this one. For some reason, it seems hard to put my finger on the experience, but it is definitely enjoyable and repeatable.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 06:59:20 | More by blackjack000
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in an 18.7 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin light tan, creamy, one-finger head. Leaves little lacing. The smells very mild at first, but seemed to come out later on--dark chocolate and roasted malts, mainly. Tastes of roasted malts, and some coffee. A pretty thick mouthfeel, and also very drinkable.

A good porter all around. I think it goes well with just about any meal, and is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 23:46:00 | More by CVC
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with a creamy tan head. I was surprised by how dark it was. I thought the bottle was dark but it was clear. Very dark beer.

The smell was of dark roasted malts, hops, and alcohol. It was very appealing.

The taste is of malts, chocolate, and I think a hint of coffee. It gets better and more complex with every taste.

I really enjoyed this beer and will purchase it again althought it is a little on the pricey side. But it is a good treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 22:06:21 | More by hbh739
Photo of ckeegan04


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

A - Black. Thick brown head with moderate retention. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Smells of roasted coffee beans.

T - Stronger chocolate taste with a hint of coffee. Excellent tasting porter.

M/D - Very thin feel but also very smooth. Very drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 21:03:14 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Ricochet


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

I thought the bottle was black, until I poured it out. What a suprise. Poured with some mild carbonation that settled into a thick yellowish head. Absolute best porter I have ever seen.

European pub draft smell, that full, grainy,slightly winey very malty smell. It was okay. Mouth was all brownie, very chewy with a real thick chocolate aftertaste and only mild creaminess. Very good on the back end.

Where to start on flavor? Complex fig, coffee, chocolate, brownie, mostly noted by that burnt malt and brownie aftertaste. There is a lot to love with this one.

It gets only a good for drinkability, but it's not it's fault. I wish this was fresh from the tap. Still very good, better as it warms. It is a tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 03:19:42 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Halcyondays


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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark, dark brown/black with a soft white mocha head, good retention, a classic pint.

S: Chocolate, tar and sugar plums.

T: Dark bitter chocolate, but no roast as it should be with a porter. Great minerality/hard water characteristics. Handsome notes of dark fruit and licorice are intertwined throughout.

M: Very soft carbonation and easy on the palate as a good session beer should be. Creamy and smooth with lots of subtle nuance.

D: While Fuller's is the star of this style for me, Sam Smith's version is excellent and much more widely available, I can get this anytime at the corner liquor store whenever I want a good and tasty traditional English ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 04:46:06 | More by Halcyondays
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-accented mahogany with very little light penetration. The head is large, light chocolate milk in color and semi-stiff. It's pitting like crazy on top and is taking forever to deflate. An above average amount of chunky lace decorates the glass.

The aroma is of roasted malt and cocoa/chocolate and would be better if it was stronger. A very good porter. Dark roasted malty on the palate with flavors of semi-sweet chocolate covered caramels. There's a small splash of coffee in the background and a mild hoppiness, both of which add to the complexity of the flavor profile.

The finish is shorter than I'd like. When a beer is this good, I want it to hang around a bit longer. The body is 'porter medium' at best. Even a slightly bigger body would be of benefit in keeping the wonderful flavor front and center where it belongs. The quaffability quotient is on the high side; I hadn't noticed that the bottle is nearly empty.

The Famous Taddy Porter deserves its fame. It's classic and it's damn good. Attractive appearance, subdued nose, delicious flavor, medium body, highly drinkable. Sounds like a winner to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 17:42:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading an article in the NY Times on the comeback of Porter's, it was the right time of the season to make my return as well. Pouring into a glass a nice head with tight bubbles appeared. The smell was a rich smokey aroma which was very inviting. The first taste was smooth with a full flavored mouthfeel. It finished with the smokey,coffee aftertaste. The drinkablility was well rounded and made for relaxation after a long day.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 15:28:32 | More by jsimon816
Photo of Gish

South Carolina

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

A - Very dark with a lingering tan head

S - Smells of delicious honey and sweet malts

T - Has a rich roasted taste that is extraordinarily well balanced. Less harsh than many American porters without losing complexity.

M - very smooth, medium body

D - the low ABV and smoothness gives exceptional drinkability

Samuel Smith's comes through again with a delicious and ridiculously drinkable beer! A must try for any porter fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:41:56 | More by Gish
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the my first beer of 2009. The world famous porter from Ye Olde Samuel Smith Brewery in Yorkshire. The initial pour into my shiny imperial pint glass is thick beige lather that sits .... and begins to sink .... very .... slowly. Let it settle; at which the imbiber is confronted by a black liquid impervious to natural light. The lacing is heavy and the subsequent clingage vast.

The nose can detect sweet notes of bubble gum and banana; the palate, a toasty malt blanket that covers the tongue and, yet, is surprisingly malt. The body is balanced without being cloyingly sweet or bready.

Taddy looks heavy, but is not; it is a mild bodied porter that provides for an elegant quaff before the manor's fireplace or a refreshing bracer following a fox hunt on the moor. So, here's to Catherine and Heathcliff. Who's your Taddy?

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 20:32:26 | More by jjboesen
Photo of nickfl


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

A - Two finger, light brown head with reasonable retention and lace. Black body with tan highlights.

S - Mild, malty aroma with some chocolate and a dark, bready note.

T - There is a weak, roasty flavor up front with lots of dark chocolate. Bready caramel malt flavors in the middle. Coffee notes and some bitterness fade into the finish.

M - Moderately thick body with slightly low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Nice malty character with pleasing chocolate and caramel notes. Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 05:57:33 | More by nickfl
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Very glad to finally find a bottle of this brew. No dating on the bottle or label that I can find. Is there such a color as "light black?" That's what the body looks like. Two-finger tan head that lingers for quite a while, and leaves some light lacing along the glass.

The first aroma I get is chocolate, followed by toffee and roasted malt. Not overpowering but inviting.

Great mix of flavors, especially for such a low abv. Coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, and just a touch of bitter hops. These all blend into a nice finish for the taste profile. Well done.

Although a little dark for a porter, this is nonetheless an outstanding brew. Nearly stout-worthy, this is a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:30:44 | More by FanofHefe
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Tan, finger and a half head, very dark-almost black, good carbonation

S: Roasted malts, chocolates, touch of coffee

T: Smokey, roasty, some chocolate, bitter towards end, dry

M: Medium to full bodied, creamy, carbonation is there

O: Good porter, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 06:41:18 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of biggmike


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

Pours black with light brown head that stayed throughout. Nice aroma of caramel and black licorice. Softly carbonated. Very tasty, excellent porter. This stuff is fine and I highly recommend it to those of you who like Porters. If you like Porters do yourself a favor and try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 15:10:10 | More by biggmike
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North Carolina

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

A: Very dark brown with some dark cherry highlights when held to light. A solid, creamy tan head that slowly descends to a creamy cap and leaves light lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee malts, some diacetyl butterscotch notes, and faint fig notes, as well. A solid aroma, but it could be a bit stronger.

T&M: Smooth chocolate and coffee malts accentuated with caramel flavors and some of that diacetyl buttery flavor is present throughout, as well. A damn smooth and tasty porter. It's medium bodied with a lightly creamy and smooth feel that makes it go down very easily. Stronger body would help to facilitate the flavor development, but that's really my only issue with the beer.

D: I put this one down rather quickly. It's probably as sessionable of a porter as you'll ever find because of it's smooth feel, wonderful taste, and lower ABV. 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:22:20 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of adamette


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

Live review. Poured from the 355 ml dark brown bottle with gold foil wrapped cap purchased at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor as a single for $2.25 a few days ago into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Mark on neck of bottle: SB23I1 but I am not sure what that means.

A 2 inch light brown creamy head over dark body but in front of direct light there is a strong mahogany color that shows through. Curtain like lacing left on the inside of the glass at first...that later dissipated to a standard type of lacing. Good look and rather classic for the style. 4.0

S Medium to dark roast malt and some dark fruit smells. 4.0

T Nice nutty dark roast malt with only trace hops. Much like Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, this beer is helped a lot by an authentic nutty taste that really helps to soften and round out the more harsh tastes that it would otherwise have. Really nice porter. 4.5

M Moderate with some creaminess and the dark roast malt is certainly there but again the nutty tastes round out and soften the feel. 4.0

D Good, especially for the style which features beers that are not always that drinkable. 4.0

Notes: Now I know what all of the fuss is about. This is a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 05:20:26 | More by adamette
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District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a bottle and from Whole Foods in DC for $5.99. What a great porter. No aftertaste. Hints of coco, coffee, and burnt vanilla. It's also listed at stores for $2! It was thinner in body than expected and I liked that. I didn't feel like I was getting full. On rate beer it's listed as a 98 and 99. 5% etoh. I would consider this a good starter porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 18:47:00 | More by TheHopHeadGirl
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, rich brown with mahogany running throughout. Deep garnet. Head is creamy, thing, and light tan. Drops to a thin, wispy cap in almost no time. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Loaded with chocolate malts. Notes of milk chocolate and dark chocolate bars. Rich and creamy. Some minerality, as would be expected with the epic level Britishness. Sweet caramel malts. Bready. Some coffee loaded with cream. Sweet and malty. Tiny dusting of citrus. Well roasted.

Taste: Mild chocolate. Some caramel sweetness. Bread crust and fresh-baked bread. Slight mineral touch. Fresh coffee. A little grassy. Roasted malts are a nice touch. Slight toasty edge through the middle. Touch of darker sugar, almost pushes molasses.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, so creamy. Smooth with a moderate carbonation and a medium body that masquerades as full.

Overall: Easily one of the best in the style. It's not the most complex or intense, but it's highly drinkable with a ton of flavor. So creamy.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 20:16:18 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.