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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: 2,478
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 149 | 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 vandemonian
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter has a very dark red colour. It has a good head initially and maintains decent lacing. The smell is of roasty malt and coffee. This beer has a very malty flavour with a little hops in there for balance. It has a delicious malty aftertaste. This beer has a foamy 'big' feel to it and is extremely drinkable.

vandemonian, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of berkey
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle poured into a stemmed pint glasss. From 10/29/09 notes.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a large khaki head of loose bubbles. Head retention and lacing are both very nice.

Aromas are of chocolate, nuts, something mildly lactic, and a faint roasted malt character. Very clean overall.

More of the same on the entry. Homemade chocolate milkshake. Some mild diacytel here and very faint herbal bitter hoppy chararcter in the aftertaste. Cocoa comes out much more as it warms along with a subtle roasted malt flavor in the finish.

Very clean drinking, lightly carbonated. Can't remember the last time I got through a 550 so fast. Drinkability is very high.

This clean and easy drinking beer was the perfect thing for my heartburn the other night. This was an old time go to before I was even really into craft beer and it had been way too long since I tried it. I remember drinking this out of the bottle in a brown bag while walking around San Francisco when I was 21 and loving it. Now that I know enough to give this inconic brew proper respect I enjoy it even more.

berkey, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with rocky mocha head. Some lacing.

Smell is is faint chocolate , not much else.

Nice malty flavor profile. Getting alot of dark bitter coffee flavors. Roasted malts do a nice job of keeping this from becoming sweet.

Light mouthfeel , good carbonation.

This is a nice session beer , packed with flavor.

shroompod, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of THEMGG
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Budvar Glass, maybe a little to cold.

A - Love the Sam Smith bottles, nice old school look. Pours a beautiful two finger tanned head, great carbonation, lace has medium hangtime around the glass. Pitch black at first appearance, with ruby tinges when held up against the light.

S - I'm getting molasses, dark fruits, dates, plums, raisins, brandy, marmite, roasted malts, this is a great complex nose.

T - Big roasted malts from the first taste. I get vegemite, burnt wood, molasses flavours that last for a second or two then a slight taste of coffee and chocolate. Hops are not present, but the bitterness is quite well balanced.

M - Smooth, oily, with a reasonably crisp finish.

D - Extremely drinkable, this is my type of porter, I could tip down quite a few of these.

THEMGG, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of mrmin123
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ikea beer mug. Incredibly opaque brown color with a light-brown head. It even looks delicious. Hint of a creamy type of chocolate on the nose. Starts with a hint of bitterness which is quickly replaced by a lucious, creamy coffee/chocolate taste. Very flavorful. Silky on the mouth, and leaves a nice oily coat feel. I love the drinkability of this beer. A great porter that I will definitely return to.

mrmin123, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This attractive porter features a color just shy of black and foamy brown head. The nose is subdued, with only faint roast malt and nuttiness.
Taste is complex and sensory, with outstanding coffee tones against a thick chocolate malt body. Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded.
This is one of the best porters I've ever had. It's well balanced but also thick and filling. Porter isn't for everyone but this should appeal to the vast majority of porter drinkers.

daliandragon, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of LarryV
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a head on this one, however it does exhibit lacing similar to a finely carbonated Belgian Ale. Smell of toasted barley with coffee overtones, a hint of licorice. Taste is smooth with a bit of smokiness from the barley and lots of chocolate and coffee notes. Moderate mouthfeel with a taste that lingers on the palate. Deep reddish brown hue. Quite nice on a cold winters eve, and a nice alternative to an American style porter.

LarryV, Dec 23, 2005
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.


neenerzig, Aug 03, 2006
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.

chilly460, Feb 13, 2009
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.

Bruiser81, Jan 29, 2003
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.

JackTheRipper, May 10, 2004
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.

IPA35, Sep 16, 2011
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.

pburland23, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of TMB0424
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.

TMB0424, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of blackjack000
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.

blackjack000, May 03, 2008
Photo of CVC
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.

CVC, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of hbh739
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.

hbh739, Jul 28, 2006
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.

ckeegan04, May 11, 2008
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.

Ricochet, Mar 25, 2007
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.

Halcyondays, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 23, 2004
Photo of jsimon816
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.

jsimon816, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of Gish
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.

Gish, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of jjboesen
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?

jjboesen, Jun 13, 2009
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.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,478 ratings.