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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,336 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 127
Gots: 108 | 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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IPAescotch

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 21:42:10 | More by IPAescotch
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

02-27-2013 19:36:18 | More by ChicagoNick
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JBarx

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

08-19-2012 22:13:54 | More by JBarx
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Brew33

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

01-22-2013 19:25:57 | More by Brew33
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LoveStout

New York

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

03-09-2014 20:02:23 | More by LoveStout
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

01-19-2013 05:20:51 | More by drummermattie02
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

01-08-2013 23:10:25 | More by BeerThursdays
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

01-09-2013 03:35:32 | More by jrallen34
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ajs4bd

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

08-20-2012 14:12:36 | More by ajs4bd
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

10-12-2012 00:02:41 | More by skaboom420
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Schwarzbart

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 01:20:37 | More by Schwarzbart
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

12-13-2013 07:33:44 | More by XmnwildX12
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changeup45

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:22:13 | More by changeup45
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isitsavage

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 22:36:09 | More by isitsavage
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palma

New York

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

Very dark brown body, almost black with a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Smell was complex but not that great - raisins, almonds, some coffee, some chocolate, and caramel. Smokey and a little wine like aroma. Taste was of coffee, licorice and chocolate. Big coffee aftertaste. Tasted slightly stronger than 5.0 %. Good amount of bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth with light to medium carbonation and a little sticky.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 04:57:50 | More by palma
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy, but fairly dense light brown head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The aroma is near perfection. The parts form an elegant whole. Light roastiness with a stronger toastiness. Creamy milk chocolate and a light nuttiness. Hints of coffee. I only wish that the nose was stronger.

3.0 T: What a letdown! The strongest flavor is an almost astringent burntness. This is much, much drier than the nose suggested. Bitter roastiness is powerful, while the sweet chocolate and the nuttiness is all but lost. The overall vibe is a strange mixture of bready and grainy. Coffee manifests in a slightly stronger manner.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not creamy at all!

3.0 D: I don't know how the nose is so good while the taste is so mediocre. Either way, for some reason I expected a lot out of this brew and good very little.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:28:42 | More by DavoleBomb
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Kylito87

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Last beer of 2009 more notes on my drive. Heres We Goes.

Appearance- Brownish black with reddish tones creamy tan head floats on top of with great retention. Very prominent lacing.

Smell- Roasted Malt, Coffee, and slight chocolate.

Taste- This beer is VERY ROASTY! It has almost this smokey / Charcoal oak barrel trait to it. It packs a very roasty punch which really makes the drinker pace themself.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation with a medium to medium high body. It is very smooth and pleasant on the pallete. I like to let the sip stay in mouth to allow the beer to show me it's true nature and this beer does feel good all the way through.

Drinkability- This beer is not the most drinkable porter I have come across. I think that has to do with it's super roasty taste. Don't get me wrong it is a great beer but my tongue tends to tire of intense smokey/roasty traits in beer after 2 or 3 beers.

Overall- One of the most unique tasting beers I have reviewed to date. It is definitly something that you really have to try for yourself to fully appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 07:18:29 | More by Kylito87
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/12/2007 (550mL bottle):

Pours a dark park brown/black colored body, with a tannish colored head, huge and lasting. Has a sweet coffee aroma, and some dark chocolate. A thin taste, coffee, and dark chocolate. A slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Light tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:52:33 | More by jujubeast6000
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MyGoodness

New York

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a little different than what I was expecting in terms of taste. Before I get to that, let me say it's a great beer but maybe not one most people would go for everytime. It was very dark with creamy coloured head, leaving a nice lace around the glass. The smell is pretty strong and you can definently smell somethng slightly sweet and chocolately, and something that smelled to me like a dark roast coffee. And the mouthfeel! Mighty thick, in a good way. And so smooooth. Velvetly almost. Finally, the taste was rich and strong; the actual coffee taste is somewhat stronger than the smell. It leaves a bit of a bite on your palate that's rather tart and kind of reminded me of raisins. Overall, its a nice one from Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 01:26:28 | More by MyGoodness
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Samuel Smith pint glass - how appropriate. Pours a very dark brown - nearly black. Minimal head with some lacing. Smells a bit like chocolate and coffee.

Taste is only average. Nothing really jumps out. It's not bad, but I've definitely had better.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Not very alcoholic so one doesn't knock you out. Mouthfeel is very thick.

Overall, a solid brew, but probably not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 23:41:57 | More by jdubjacket
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Overlord

California

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, some ruby highlights. Big light tan head.

Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy. No real head retention, but a thin crust and some bubbling throughout.

I'm noticing a real trend with Samuel Smith after sampling two of their brews. I'm hoping it doesn't continue. There is a seriously wicked vinegary/salty after-taste to this beer. The taste is delicious butterscotch, some coffee ... even some dark roasted fruits and malt, but it is absolutely destroyed by some component I cannot identify. As a result, a beer that becomes less and less drinkable by the minute.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 12:23:07 | More by Overlord
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. There's about two fingers of mocha-colored head, but the retention isn't fantastic. Still, it has a smooth, attractive texture and leaves behind some solid lacing on the glass.

S: Aside from the textbook fruity/chocolaty tones, this has a surprising amount of roast in it. The roasted malts almost seem a bit charred (which I like), too. All in all, it's not the boldest aroma, but it works very well regardless.

T: It starts off rather well, with a nice combination of dark fruits and chocolate. The finish, though, I'm not such a fan of. It has that typical Samuel Smith mineral character (which works quite well in some of their offerings, i.e. the Imperial Stout) in conjunction with a roasted, charred bite. I think the biggest problem is that...well, it's kind of boring.

M: Rather thin, slightly sweet, not very creamy, and dry on the finish. Basically, it's a typical porter feel, and that's good.

O: While it's decent enough, I can't help but be a little let down. I love the Imperial Stout from these guys, but this is only slightly above average. Maybe another porter I had earlier today (Anchor's porter) gave me unrealistic expectations. I wouldn't ever refuse it, at least.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 22:37:19 | More by ThisWangsChung
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sam Smith's Taddy Porter is a beautiful beer -- a deep dark brown with a red tinge, and an active head. But other aspects of it were a bit disappointing, given Sam Smith's other excellent dark beers (the Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout). It gets points for effort, though...

The nose is interesting, if not overly appealing to me. There are some smoky notes in there -- not so much as your average smoked porter, but a bit. The smoky flavor carries over in the brew itself, but on the palate it adopts more of a smoke-house, smoked meat kind of flavor, which I don't care for personally. A touch of sourness makes this a very complex brew, although it doesn't have the easy drinkability of the stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 02:12:26 | More by geexploitation
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leoliveri

Spain

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I was expecting something a bit stronger:
A: Amazing dark black with beige 2 finger head, easily dissipated leaving a small remaining for the rest of the taste.
S: Delicious roasted malt with gentle, yet perfectly identifiable trace of chocolate.
T: Poor according to its smell. No remains of chocolate, thus a little bit plain flavor.
M: Thiner than expected according to its appearance but fair body for a Porter. A Bit over-carbonated
O: It deserves a try for sure, good understanding of a porter. Remember to drink around 13ºC

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 20:55:11 | More by leoliveri
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match1112

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown, but settles in black as night with a finger and a half of tan frothy head. two minutes later a seafoam cap is left floating on top with patchy lacing as a reminder of what once was. smell is typical for porters, roasted malts give off decent aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel. taste provides the same, except with a metallic taste mixed in. mouthfeel is aa rich slick medium body with the metallic flavor making me pucker. also has a slight bitter end from the coffee flavors. overall i feel there are better porters that should be sought out before this one, namely founders, fullers and great lakes. however if none of them are available this is a decent starter porter for someone.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:21:15 | More by match1112
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.