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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: 2,626
Reviews: 1,241
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 149
Gots: 182 | 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 itcomesnpints
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours darkness with a billowing dirty ivory head. Intricate lacing. Tantalizing smell of roasted malt and espresso. Roasted barley and hop bitterness on the tongue. Mouthfeel could definitely be fuller. Tadcaster brews have so far never failed to impress. This porter is great, just not quite of the same caliber as their oatmeal stout or Russian Imperial Stout.

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

Color is pitch black, but with a tinge of burgundy around the edges when held up to light. About a finger's width of a tan head that fades fairly quickly. Not much lacing left on the glass either. Coffee scents are nice but a bit weak. It's the taste where this beer stands out. Starts malty with hints of cocoa and caramel, and finishes with a touch of bitterness, with a wonderful fig aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel as well.Looking forward to another one.

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

12 oz. poured into nonic

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering black, with subtle ruby hues. Quarter inch off white head and nice lacing for the style.

Smell: Dark chocolate and fruit with smoked malt and some leather. Other scents that make their way through are raisin, cloves, and anise.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, caramel, and toffee take the forefront followed up by coffee and smoked malt. This brew has a nice bitter finish that isn't too prominent. Overall for the taste this is a very nicely balanced brew.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect for the style, just enough body to leave the taste in your mouth but not so much that you aren't left wanting another sip.

Drinkability: Pretty high unless you don't like to drink multiple flavorful beers in a row.

Overall: I've only had a few English porters but I really enjoy them, this one in particular. The fact that the bitter chocolate and toffee flavors aren't as back seat as they are in American porters appeals to me. Definitely try this porter.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark cola color, lots and lots of off-white head which fades slowly. good lacing.

hints of coffee and dark chocolate, but foundation of the aroma is more of a savory soy or even worcestershire sauce. trace of roasted malt.

taste is also similarly savory, with some notes of malt sweetness and ever so slight hint of acidity. a mild hop and burnt malt bitterness throughout, moderately dry finish.

thinner than i expected, but still pretty smooth. moderate carbonation, perahps a little more than i'd like, but nothing that detracts significantly.

very sessionable.

Photo of pittvkyle7
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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 beertastegood
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Pencible
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, with a bit of roasted barley. It tasted like subtle roasted barley and chocolate malts, with a bit of vanilla coffee and oak. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mildly sweet aftertaste. Overall this beer had a nice, clean flavor that was subtle but tasty. It was fuller bodied that I would typically expect from a porter (more like a stout), but it was really easy to drink. This is a beer I could enjoy over and over, although it's quite filling.

Photo of sweemzander
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a nicely burnt sienna brown color. Produced a lovely cap of tan froth. Good retention too.

(S)- A nicely rich combo of mildly roasted bread and raisin. It actually reminds me of raisin bread toast (minus the butter).

(T)- Deeper elements of raisin, prune, and molasses present that what was in the smell. Finishes slightly dry and with some subtle toasted nuts.

(M)- A classic mouthfeel for a porter. A bit lighter in body than most of our american interpretations of this style, but it makes it smoother and easier on the palate.

(O)- Its really a classic. Porter lovers need to have this at least once.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, with a brown head. The head fades fast, leaving average laces.

This beer has a sweet caramel malt aroma. Roasted malts make a strong presence. This beer has a slight coffee aroma, but only ever so slight. A slight hop presence is detectable.

This beer has a mild malty flavor. It is sweet. It has a subtle coffee flavor. A slight hop flavor is present. It also has a slight vanila flavor to it.

This beer is medium bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a caramel like aftertaste. This beer is creamy. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would be a great session beer. It is not too harsh flavor wise. Also, it is relatively low in alcohol. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of frankiepop
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that hits you about a Samuel Smith beer is the attractive regal presentation of the bottle. Next I noticed the gargantuan of aromas flowing up from the Taddy. Coffees, chocolates and some heavy sweets like molasses, licorice or old bittersweet candies rising from the very dark brown to black beer with a nice head. This brew has probably one of the strongest aroma that I ever encountered in the beer world outside of a ridiculous extreme beer idea. .

The texture is what I describe as -- porter like. This is not a thick rich stout. Instead, Taddy is more like a thinned stout or thickened ale. What a Porter probably should be? Maybe it is a little thin for me.

The taste is strong, bold, and rich. A good balance of sweet malts against bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. The bold flavors risked a too gritty result. But don't despair. Alas, we have a wonderful balance of flavors here. That molasses aroma leaves a very similar after taste. Now I know why this Taddy is famous.

Drink this bold English Taddy Porter to one of the best bold English+ bands ever. Play some Barry Guy and his London Jazz Composer Orchestra Theoria cd! Straight ahead no stops.


Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. I love me an American Porter, let's see how they match up across the pond.

Pours a dark garnet red, almost opaque but light can pass through. Nice tan head that disappears after a few minutes leaving nary a coating. Smell is subdued, malty, a little fruity maybe. Taste is also less robust than I would have imagined - malty up front, not so much in the roasted coffee or dark chocolate I would expect from a "porter", more on the milky sweet side, and finishing with apple skins and cider. Not much of a hop presence, but enough to balance and prevent it from being too sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, if not a little on the thin side, but drinkability is way up there - definitely session material. Didn't blow me away, but an interesting take on the porter style, and solid all around.

Photo of McNealc31
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with mahogany edges, the aroma is full of dark fruits and chocolate. Smooth and creamy, the same characteristics follow to the flavor. It’s got a bit more kick than most porters, but it really works. The finish is chalky and woody, and a bit of the well water used comes through. There is a roasted brown sugar flavor in there, too.

Definitely in the top tier of porters

Photo of bditty187
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer gets your attention right away with a wonderful bouquet of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon… and it lasts for the whole consumption!

A super smooth Porter, rich maltiness… more complex than I thought it would be. The flavor remains from start to finish.

Mild case of “taste buildup” on your tongue as you drink it.

This Porter is too smooth for being so dark. Very enjoyable. I can’t wait until I drink my next Taddy, and I hope it is tomorrow.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This monster pours like a stout, chugging into the glass, a deep mahogany, with a huge foamy soapy combo for a head, lacing incredible throughout. Burnt coffee and chocolate on the nose. Sweet caramel and some chocolate notes up front, very rich and medium to full bodied. Deep roasted malts and coffee beans noted in the body, some light acidity and bitterness come full circle. Flavorful, rich and complex, superb evening drink. What a great beverage, well done by the S.S. team, this is one top-notch porter!

Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours chestnut brown with almost two fingers of creamy khaki head.

Smell. Dark malts, caramel and cola, molasses and plum.

Taste. Dark malts, plum and molasses, light grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the low side. Medium carbonation.

Overall. Very easy drinking and tastes great. Can't believe I haven't had this classic before now ...or at least haven't reviewed it.

Photo of MJR
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Ommy
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith pours a dark, unclouded liquid not unlike a good cola. The brew develops a quick and frothy head which fades slightly but then sticks. The lacing caused by this fading is a light caramel cream which makes the mouth water.

Upon smelling, a wave of roasted coffee gently passes the nostrils which whets the appetite rather than offend. A light smell of hops compliments the roasted smells.

With the first taste it is clear this is a beer that is made for enjoying slowly over conversation with friends, family, and even strangers. The rush of the roasted malt is nicely balanced with the hops, and at the end a sweetness arrives to linger.

I feel this would be a great thirst quencher while eating a hearty roast.

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful black with thick creamy tan head, nice retention, and creamy, foamy walls of lace.

S- Dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted malts, plums, cherries, coffee

T- Follows the nose, the dark fruits are in the front but not dominate just subtle. Nice notes of chocolate followed by roasted coffee.

M- Thick and full bodied, creamy

D- Very well balanced and flavorful. Very easy to drink.

Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Gavage
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan colored head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hints of chocolates and roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: nice roasted malt profile with some softer chocolates, hints of strong coffee, and some caramel. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied, but it is a bit thinner than other porters. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: nice session porter. Easy to quaff and a nice beer that I pick up every now and again.

Photo of dananabanana
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, lighter brown when held up to the light. Foam is light brown. Two-finger head, recedes to a single finger layer that sticks around. Lacing is very strong.

S: Very sweet. More like a milk stout than a porter. Malt and cream. Rich, dessert-like.

T: First sip is sweet, with some nice bitterness. Well-balanced. Slight hops in the back of the throat. Cream, vanilla. A hint of coffee. Again, very rich. Roasted caramel. My only problem is that the finish is very slightly watery.

M: Smooth, yet crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Great as a dessert. Delicious.

Photo of smcreator
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: My palate might have been spoiled by the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout and the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale I consumed prior to this porter.

A: Dark almost black color.

S: Sweet aged smell. Some might think it smells like soy sauce. Also hints of chocolate are present.

T: Complex flavors with hints reminiscent of oats, butter, and chocolate.

M: The carbonation is smooth on the tongue and allows the flavor to run across the tongue.

D: It's smooth and sweet finish makes this beer easy to drink for a long time.

Photo of lpayette
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Gold Foil top bottle.

Appearance- Between brown and black, average-sized head for the style. Head is off-white and nearly tan.

Smell- Very sweet and yet also bitter. At times it smells like a nice sweet wort with dark malts. Coffee, chocolate, fudge, cappucino, mocha. Excellent.

Taste- Chocolate fudge, butterscotch, coffee. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Creamy. Moderate carbonation. Tingles on the tip of the tongue but is creamy otherwise. On the thick side of a medium body.

Drinkability- Pretty drinkable as the coffee flavors are not too dark, and it doesn't sit too heavy. Complex flavors keep it interesting.

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