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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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Reviews: 1,273
Hads: 2,853
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 215
Gots: 348 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 PapaEugene
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky. De Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen managed to get their hands on some Sam Smith classics. I chose the Taddy Porter just to stay away from their Barley Wine and Imperial Stout for once.

A: Black but saw some dark ruby shining once it came close to the candle. One finger thick light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, slight caramel, chocolate and some red fruits.

T: GREAT. Dark roasted malts, notes of cacoa and a bit of coffee. Some citrus and woody bitterness in the aftertaste. All in a great balance and natural occurence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation and a nice silky mouthfeel.

D: Another great natural Samuel Smith. Great taste without adding chocolate or coffee... with Sam Smith they come naturally and in perfect balance.

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Photo of taez555
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark opaque black body with a white head.

Nose is simply ambrosial. Very sweet rich milk chocolate, fruits, cold sweet smoke, toasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, pears, apples, burnt malts. Samuel Smith has such a classic smell and this porter just exemplifies that.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. A cold chimney like smokey, wood stove type flavor. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, stale coffee and dark malts. Definitely taste a mild butterscotch in the middle and towards the end. Hop bitterness is present and just enough to give balance.

Why don't I drink this beer more? Simply amazing, one of the most flavorful and drinkable porters out there. I can only imagine what this beer tastes like fresh, or not in a clear bottle, or... dare I say... on cask? Amazing beer.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep dark brown/amber color, very clear, tan head that laced very well and dissipated quickly

S=Malty notes of coffee and caramel

T=Coffee, caramel malts, little to no aftertaste

M=very nice, carbonation lingered and was tight in nature

D=very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BBM
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice black color, with ruby red highlights and a nice, creamy tan head. The aroma is of roasted nuts, coffee, and molassess.

The taste is extraordinary. There is a certain burnt grain taste up front, accompanied by coffee, chocolate, and a syrupy sweet malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bitterness to the finish for balance. This brew is smooth, rich, and complex. Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy. It is incredibly drinkable. This is by far my favorite Porter I've tried, and another outstanding beer from Sam Smith.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head that recedes. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly roasty with light coffee and caramel smells.

Taste is roasty upfront leading into light coffee and toffee flavors. A wonderful blend of flavors that really enhance each other. Only a very light bitterness midway through that disappears as it finishes with a lingering blend of all of the flavors contained within. Superbly crafted and balanced as it's by far the best of it's style.

Medium body, creamy texture, ideal carbonation.

An excellent beer overall and extremely sessionable drinkability. Not many better ways to spend an evening that with a few of these. If you enjoy English porter (or any porter for that matter), make sure you experience this beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer, everything a porter should look like. Nice dark brown, nearly black body with a big fluffy tan head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt, slightly fruity and smoky. Taste is smooth and full. Smoke and dark fruit flavors, chocolate and a slight porter-acidity. Vanilla flavors on the conclusion. What a great porter, I can;'t believe it has taken me this long to try it. Defintely one of the best porter's I have tried.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No dates to be found on the bottle, poured into nonic pint

A: Deep, barely transparent mahogany with a fine, tan 1.5 finger head. Slight patchy lacing.

S: Caramel and coffee malts with earthy English hop undertones. Dark chocolate and slight hint of dried figs.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with dark roasted espresso beans. Sweet, faint, caramel and dried figs and raisins. Barely anything in the way of hops. Slight bitterness from the roasted malts lingers in the finish with a tiny hint of honey as well. Excellent.

M: Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Low to moderate carbonation. Sweet, warm, boozy sensations follow.

O: An outstanding English porter; Sam Smith’s doesn’t disappoint. This beer is fairly easy to find, which is a plus, because I could drink this all the time. Drink this proper English beer out of a proper English pint glass and enjoy!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 18.7oz bottle into 20oz Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a large, creamy brownish head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a little bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted coffee aroma backed up by slight herbal hints.

Taste: Begins sweet and sugary, finishing with more milky sweetness and a roasted coffee flavor. Slight hop hints in the finish make this a very well-rounded beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth finish that sticks.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter and one that I would strongly recommend to any beer drinker. Possibly the best porter I've had- I could drink this every day.

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Photo of mdm4584
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at an AJ's in Scottsdale, AZ.

A top notch porter.

A tad watered down leaves an easy drinking brew. Easy to consume a lot of these. Thick, lasting head. Coppery aftertaste. ABV of 5% is surprisingly low.

Light chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts.

Another is a line of great brews.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ranks right up there with Fuller's London Porter. Amazing black-brown body with a light cream head that starts off thin but for some reason expands quite quickly. Dense and creamy.

Chocolate, roasted malt smell. Traces of coffee. Slighty buttery scent, not unlike their oatmeal stout. Tastes of rich chocolate, dark roast coffee with a buttery toffee taste. Buttery notes ask for attention: rich on the diactyl, very much like their oatmeal stout.

Lovely body: thick, but not lacking in carbonation. Very drinkable, esp. for desert or after dinner.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle served in an English (20oz) pint glass.

L - deep brown color with a creamy tan head that left nice globs of lacing behind.

S - roasted malt and molases sweet aroma.

T - sweet molases, toffee and fig flavors all make up for a delghtful tasting brew.

F - smooth and creamy all the way through.

D - extremely easy to drink and delicious to boot.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, nice creamy 1 inch head, some lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, barley, mild hops and yeast. Some chocolate and dark fruits. Smoked spices, and some sugars.

Taste - Creamy, malty, and very smooth, the world class taddy porter. Incrediblly tasty yet balanced and smooth. Everything is perfectly balanced, you get a hint of every flavor. Theres a nice cocoa flavor that adds some bold sweetness but nothing overboard. A mild bitterness from the yeast and hops finishes this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Coats mouth with many flavors. its thick but smooth so you dont have to worry about mouth getting ruined from hops and malts. Tounge is left slighty bitter but there is a flavor of cocoa also present.

Overall - Fantastic. All you could want in a beer. Flavor, balance, low alcohol and seems to be avaible most places. Easy a top 5 porter on the planet.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the 18.7 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: root beer , cola dark brings up a nice thick and rocky head of more than 2 fingers. nice.really superior lacing

S: sweet - choco- coffee.

T : just what the nose predicts. a bit shy of the follow - up though.

M: not as thick as I might have expected but GOOD, and the abv is well hidden

D: slosh em down!

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Photo of stealth
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in a tulip. Fresh bottle, I assume.

Thin (finger) head, dark, nice lacing. Solid head/carbonation retention around the glass edge the entire time.

Smells like a porter, with a bit of coffee. The taste is wonderful. What got me is the metallic zing that really makes my mouth water and pucker. I'm a sour nut, and while this isn't sour at all, that metallic-ness brings out that similar mouth watering sensation that sours have. Real nice.

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Photo of beer2day
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a stout 2-fingers worth of dark khaki head. Decent retention, with a 1/4 finger still left mid glass. Arching lace all around.

Nose is strong with chocolate and lighter with roast malt. The two aromas mix very well.

The taste is truly outstanding. Chocolate malt again, with light roast notes. Just the right amount of bitters in the finish. Light tea flavor with hints of tannin.

Feel is solid. Creamy, without being heavy. Could easily throw down several of these.

Overall, very tough to beat.

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Photo of skrib09
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, borderline black pour. tan head... dense.

smells chocolatey.

i bet if this brew was put on a nitro tap or in a nitro can it would parallel young's double chocolate. lots of chocolate sweetness. plenty of cream in the sweetness of the roasty malts. fairly well balanced though.

a bit carbonated on the mouth.

good drinkability.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew. It's been years since I've had this until now, and lately when I've needed a porter I've reached for Ithaca Gorges, but I was feelin' this (thank you wegmans in penfield for having the craft your own pack section). It's just what you want a porter to be. I feel like everyone has said what needs to be said about it, just throwing in my two cents. One of Sammy Smith's best, and a quintessential porter.

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Photo of Nesued
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml clear bottle that has gold foil on top.

Appearance: Dark Black/Brown in color. A well-formed head that is fluffy in body. lacing present after the first few pulls. The head degrades to a small presence for the remainder of the time it sits in the glass.

Smell: Not much to speak of. A hint of chocolate perhaps.

Taste: A bit of a bite but not much overall. I do taste a bit of a fig or fruity presence as mentioned by other reviewers. Very creamy smooth with the low carbonation adding a bit, but not much. Coffee, perhaps, chocolate more so. A bit of a smokey finish.

Mouthfeel - Dense feel that warmly fills your mouth. Very heavy, but smooth, feel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable!! I'm not finished with this one yet due to the fact that I only bought one and I want to savor the taste! This is an outstanding porter.

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Photo of Steamer
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch Black with a slight, tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring. Smoky aroma, like a camp fire gone cold. Full bodied, heavier than most porters. Burnt malt, strong coffee, not very complex but distinctive. This is probably as close to a stout as you can get and still be considered a porter. Excellent.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God damn it!! Does Sam Smith make an average beer? I've yet to cross that brew to date and this one floors me.

Perfect appearance that would invite even the trained expert into this brew. solid one finger head that laces all the way down with a dark brown to black body.

Nutty, chocolate, mollases, bit of dark candy make up the smell.

Tasted everything you would expect. Malt profile is second to none. Just enough twang to keep it interesting but mostly a mellow mix of nuts, and dark chocolate. hops sweep out the finish and leaves the palate refreshed (porter refreshing? yep!) for another drink. Brilliant.

Has a nice bitterness that makes this beer awesome on the palate and highly drinkable. Once again Sam smith proves why they are a top 5 brewery in my opinion.

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Photo of trbergman
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550mL bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance - Opaque, very dark brown, near black, with a finger of creamy tan head.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of coffee.

Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, a nutty malt flavor, molasses, a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a silky texture.

Drinkability - Low alcohol and great flavor make this a great candidate for sessioning. I'd love to sip on a few of these at home while watching a hockey game on TV.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an almost opaque black from a 550 mL bottle, with no ABV or 'best-by' date on the bottle.
Massive cream/light tan head that stays. Beautiful lacing covers the inside of the glass as the head dissipates ever so slowly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of chocolate/cocoa, coffee, sweet molasses and hints of malt.
Delicious is one word to describe the taste. Absolutely delicious. Silky mouthfeel, medium to full-bodied, with coffee and chocolate taste predominating with a hint of malt and bitter hops towards the finish, just a hint. Taste gets better and better as the beer warms up. (Great lacing again, that just stays all along the glass)
Coats the palate in a way that leaves you wanting more.
This is hands down, one of the best porters around. The low ABV makes it a great sessions beer.
Paired hazelnut cream milk chocolate with this beauty and I have to say, the pairing was divine.
Drinkability of this beer is very good. I can have this one any place and at any time of the day. This classic porter is a definite 'must- have' for every porter lover. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost black with a few dark brown notes, one finger tan head, lots of traces.
Smell of burnt malts, coffee and cocoa powder, sea salt, hint of smoke, bit of dry dark fruit and spices. A bit unusual for a porter, but certainly a Samuel Smith brew.
Incredibly rich taste of dark chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt sugar and dark roasted malts, very robust. Hints of nuts, licorice, cinnamon, some sweet toffee and plum jam. Dusty cocoa powder and woody notes (with faint vanilla). Gets a little more complex in the finish, a pinch of salt enhancing the roast and pinpointing the subtle sweet dark fruit. Not much hops in the finish.
Smooth body, a bit creamy, chewy, as "round" as the taste. Aftertaste is nice, summing up the rich malts (there's also a bit of dark fruit lingering, cool)
Might be the best thing i've had from Sam Smith so far, a porter to remember.

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Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn fine beer. Haven't had this one in a while and thought it was time when I came across it today. Poured in a Duvel tulip... Black as night... Aroma makes me think of an iron fist in velvet glove... Aftertaste lingers after initial sip-- in a good way...

Yeah, for me, this is pretty much the gold standard for porters. I'm sure there's plenty out there I haven't tried, but until then, I'm sticking with this. Cheers!

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Photo of Catracho5
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 18.7 ounce Victorian bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip.

Appearance: Looks great in the glass, creamy tan head with tiny bubbles, beautiful lacing even all around the glass, dark, nice head retention despite some shrinkage.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt smell up front, not overpowering, fruity smell on the back, cherry like aroma, not a heavy aroma like a stout a bit lighter.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, some bitterness, not much, fruity dark cherry flavor on the back, great flavor.

Mouthfeel: Of the Sam Smith's beers I have tried this appears to me the most impressive, they have smooth creamy feel, some carbonation, their beers flow smoothly through the palate.

Overall: Awesome porter, very drinkable, 5%, not as bitter or roasted as some American porters but the balance is great, world class English porter.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.