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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,635 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,635
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 191 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of jar2574
3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black and the light that gets through is a ruby red shade. Big cream colored head that dissolves slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Very unique smell. Malts. Something sweet - smells a little like yeast but it's a type I'm not familiar with.

The beer, unfortunately, comes off as a little flat and uninteresting. More like a mild English ale than a porter. This porter doesn't come at you with smokiness or chocolate flavors. And that's fine, but I'm also not getting the "dry, tangy character" mentioned on the bottle. I'm not getting much "character," period. It's just an average tasting beer. The mouthfeel is boring - too watery.

For all that, it's a drinkable beer - inoffensive, easy to drink, looks quite nice on the way down.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent porter. I am unsure of the freshness, however. Looks beautiful in the glass. It shows a near black with only the slightest hint of amber when held up to the light. The head is perfect. Nice and thick, very retentive. Lacing is good, could be better, but no big whoop.

The smell is primarily of caramel malt with a hint of black patent. Fairly sweet with a slight soy sauce flavor. The taste follows along fairly well, but the soy is more pronounced, along with a very light sourness. Not out of style, but it could stand to use some more chocolate malt to help take the edge off of the caramel sweetness and soy sauce without adding too much roast. Also, I am assuming that is probably isn't the freshest sample, as it came from one of my friends who works at a restaurant who gave it to me in exchange for a ride home in the rain.

Fairly thin. A little more residual sweetness than I would care for in the style, but other than that it isn't bad. Far from the best english porter I've had, but far from the worst as well.

Photo of wanker
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I found the taste and mouthfeel a bit thin. There was a bit of skunk in the taste as well. Weak head. Perhaps I was spoiled by the Young's Oatmeal Stout I had consumed the prior day, because this porter was inferior in every respect to the Young's.

That said, this is certainly not a bad beer. Better than many. But nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Photo of jaluria
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque, black color with a cream colored head that was both frothy and sticky. A bit of lacing was left behind in my pint glass. The texture appears thick with a somewhat murky presence that is enticing. Aromas of plums, dates, alcohol, roasted sugar, and old raisins seemed to come out. The taste was dominated by malt & fruit derived sweetness. Smoked and burnt wood flavors add depth to the beer, but also seem out-of-place in that they don't work with the other flavors. A bitter finish is quite enjoyable. An interesting brew with unique flavors and a nice texture, but not all of the elements I look for in a good porter are there.

Photo of AD17
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of John_Squires
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of kbrown
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of IPAescotch
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its been awhile since ive had anything on par with this. dont usually venture into the porter realm. Might be an old bottle, appears slightly overcarbonated and under hopped.
Smells a little bit corn-meally which i did not anticipate. The nutty malts dont taste stale though. Honestly a little of a let down after the first sip, starting to think i should have poured it colder. Very dry, almost harsh finish. Unique, but not special

Photo of ChicagoNick
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of nickbman
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of JBarx
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Brew33
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of DrBobPierce
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured perfect with almost 2 fingers of head and stood for quite a long time. Plenty of carbonation can be seen and this beer produced some of the best lacing I've seen in a porter. Very malty aroma with hints of toffee and molasses. Astrigent flavor that is strong with an unexpected strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but favorable since beer had strong aftertaste. I expected much more from the taste after taking in the aromas and witnessing this beer dance.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of changeup45
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost black color. Poured a nice tan creamy head and left a good amount of lace. Roasted malt aroma and flavor with some coffee taste in there too. Slightly tart and peppery. Nice and warming and probably a decent choice during the winter. Medium to full-bodied and rich. One of the best Porter's I've tried, which generally are not one of my favorite styles.

Photo of isitsavage
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown or black, two fingers of nice billowy brownish tan head that faded to a bubbly sheet across the top. Lots of bubbles and carbonation, resembles a cola. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

Smell is metallic, a bit woody, slightly sweet and chocolatey, brown sugar, malt and lightly roasted nuts. Perhaps some dark fruit notes, fig.

Taste is also a bit metallic as well. Roasted nuts and chocolate make up the bulk of it, more light fruity sweetness and brown sugar. Taste is subdued and maybe a little flat. Bitterness is very light at the tail end.

Medium mouthfeel, coats nicely but doesn't linger too long, very smooth. Despite it's appearance there is little carbonation felt.

Low ABV, smooth drinkability, and wide availability makes this extremely session-able and a nice go to beer for the colder months. Perhaps a bit pricey at $11 for a 4 pack.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,635 ratings.