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

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Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Reviews: 1,294 | Ratings: 2,963
Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours perfect black. Completely opaque. Big, brown head that stays and stays. Excellent.

Smells of deep chocolate and coffee with hints of raisins with some vanilla extract. Wonderfully complex and rich.

Big on the bitterness, a very earthy taste all around. Coffee upfront, moving into some raw molasses and finishing with a wonderful spurt of roasted hops and some vanilla extract. Very nice.

This beer is rough where it should be. Not rough like a bad neighborhood in Detriot, rough like a wooden rollercoaster. A fun, carefully designed kind of roughness.

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Photo of elricorico
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Famous Taddy Porter way back in the beginning of my beer advocacy, and thought it was just alright, but lately, the porters have been giving me much joy, so I figured it was time to come back for another try.

Pours a uniform, solid looking black. It looks like my glass is painted that colour. It had a big tan head, but that faded back to a thin creamy cap.

Smells... coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, citrus. The chocolate may be the strongest of the smells, and that is in no way disappointing. Lots of aroma here, all of it good.

Taste is good too, but I don't think it quite lived up to the smell. There is a sweet and sour sort of mix to begin with, followed by a long drawn out roasted finish. Hints of soy, vanilla, and chocolate up front with coffee and bitter chocolate in the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though the carbonation takes a little away from the creaminess if the beer is left on your tongue. The beer goes down nicely, I certainly am having no trouble putting it away.

Best porter I've had? Could be close. It certainly was worth revisiting this beer.

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Photo of horndecker
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark dark dark brown, nearly black, with reddish-brown edges and a puffy, fine tan head. The head lingers a bit and leaves fine bubbles about.
The smell is of bittersweet cocoa and espresso, a hint of cherries, and roasted, almost burned malt.
The taste has a bitter beginning, unsweetened cocoa powder and roasted coffee beans, with a mild hop prescence producing a very dry, dusty finish. It has a medium body, but still manages to be tongue-coating and mouth-filling.
A treat, this one. Toasty and chocolatey, nicely balanced and complete.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to an extremely dark brown with a nice fluffy head. It shrank but never disappeared, and it's leaving a few nice lines of lace.

The taste is mostly of roasted malts, and they come through in a smooth and solid fasion. The smell is strong and brings hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is another high point, and drinkability is very good too.

In short, this is good.

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Photo of theozag
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Medium but very long-lasting head over a pitch black body; pours a matte black and is always completely opaque. Smell is a mix of coffee and chocolate; subdued but distinguishable. Starts thin and flat but settles on the tongue velvety smooth and full-bodied - although lacking a particularly distinct flavor. Egresses to the stomach VERY sour with a heavy weight to the aftertaste.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours jet black has a two finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is wonderful coffee, molasses, vanilla, and caramel I can't wait to try it! The taste is not what I expected the coffee was there but it tasted old and musty. (bad beer?) This beer is medium bodied and crisp but the musty flavor makes it a bit harsh to drink.

Reflection: After reading some of the other reviews on this beer I have to assume that I tried a bad one. Will review again.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Off-white cover tops a dark brown hue. Aroma is of growing distaste. Lactic soy beans soaked in yogurt a bit too long. Sweet chocolate and roasted bread fights the palate dominance over with a strong anise component. Sweet vanilla is barely mellowed by an unpleasant vegetal touch. At the same time, the palate is pretty light and proposes dull mellow carbonation. A bit disappointing compared to their stouts..

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Photo of ramrod666
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this english porter pours dark ruby with a nice tan head that stands tall and immobile until you start to drink it, then it falls slowly while coating the glass in a thick lace. the smell is....well, i dunno, strange. it has some medicinal qualities along with a hint of old fruit. the taste is also has a few strange notes. malty and smokey at first, but with a strange acidic middle followed by an intense bitterness. maybe a bottle on the bad side? well, they are clear. mouthfeel had more carbonation than expected from a porter. drinkability is rated not so hot because i'm now convinced of the bad bottle.
will review again.
update: i had one of these last night and it was terriffic. much better thn the previous sample. a definite classic porter.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of beersarang
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black. Head is tan with uneven bubbles.

Nose is fruity and quite memorable. I think I was most impressed with the aroma of this beer.

Taste is of slightly roasted malts, fruity, very fruity, then the ever so mild British hops come in, and the finish is once again sweet and astringent. Not a bad thing, but the aftertaste is somewhat "off."

Good consistency for a porter, medium bodied. Often porters are too watery, but this was just right.

Quite drinkable, but the astringency and fruitiness could get annoying.

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Photo of beertastegood
4.1/5  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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep,deep burgundy color. Nice reddish highlights when held to the light. Small tan head atop. Good,somewhat sweet malt aroma. Slight roasted/coffee notes. Nice roasted flavor-very well balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Slight hop bitterness. Good body for style-some of the British porters can be a bit thin. An extremely drinkable beer-definately one to measure other porters against.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very very dark brown beer with some mahogony highlights when held up to a light. Has a creamy brown head that leaves some lace. There is a sweet malty aroma with some molasses in the background. A good strong roasted malt bitterness at the start and some toffee and coffee notes on the finish.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with a bubbly tan head that quickly dissipated. Smelled of alcohol and roasted malt, with some chocolate and a hint of coffee in there. The taste was a good blent of malts. Good roasted and chocolate flavor. There might be some nut and coffee in there too. Goes down very creamy and smooth, with a pleasant dry roasted aftertaste. The overall taste is a little thin, but this adds to its drinkability. However, this brew accomplishes a very good taste without being too heavy, lending to its drinkability.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured black as night good head that diminished fairly quickly, but left a good collar all the way through, smell was complex, coffee predominant, with chocolate notes, taste was opposite of smell, chocolate predominant with coffee notes, some alcohol presence also, reminded me a bit of those chocolate covered cherries, with the liquour in them, excellent! mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp,Drinkability is Fucking BRILLIANT! excellent stuff! That I will have again, and again, and again, etc.. highly recomennded!

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Photo of malty
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. long neck bottle w/ gold foil around cap & neck. No freshness date.

Poured midnight brown with a nice khaki head.

Scent of dark fruit, chocolate & very faint brandy liquer.

Taste is wonderful with roasted malts, dark chocolate and a slight smokey sweetness that is almost like a scotch ale. It also has that signature 'stoney' Sam Smith underlying flavor - which is a great thing. Dark fruit (raisins/figs) is prevelant as well. Nice long, semi-dry finish. Soft mouthfeel with an airy medium body.

Drinkability is high due to it's smoooothness and low carbonation.

A wonderful English porter that I always enjoy the most in the cooler months. It's subtle and complex, which makes it a world class ale. Well worth the $10 / 4-pack.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark brown color with a 2 finger head that falls to a finger over top of the beer. The nose is nore nutty than chocolate or coffee, maybe a little molasses sweetness as well. The flavor is nice, starting sweet, moving to a more roasted nut, slightly chocolate tone. The beer is also a bit dry on the finish. I taste a tad bit of oxidation as well. The feel is moderate, and as I said, dry on the finish. Overall a nice brew. Sam Smith's usually keeps things true.

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Photo of CVC
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did anyone else notice how similar this is to Young's Double Chocolate Stout, or are my taste buds off tonight?
Taddy Porter is dark, dark brown with a good-sized, creamy head. Pretty good lacings around the inside of my pint glass. The aroma here is the best thing about this beer; strong, rich chocolate smells bombard my nose. Taste is great too. Rich chocolate flavors control my palate, a light coffee taste is noticed in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy which complements the taste nicely. This is great, I'm wondering if it'd be even better without the clear glass bottle.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.87/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all the damn gold leaf that covers the cap needs to go,,its a real pain in the ass. Pours out a nice black with a one finger tan head,,looks creamy.Smells just ok,a licorice smell{im not big on licorice}.Wow bitter taste as i first sip.Has a smoky taste,light on the licorice,bitter lasting taste.Has a nice mouthfeel not too thick,not too thin.Just an ok beer ,no freshness date so i dont know how old this is.I had high hopes for this beer and was let down.

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Photo of helloloser12345
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 550ml clear bottle. Gold foil around the neck and cap.

Pour: Tan foamy head with great retention and good lacing.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: I had expected quite an over powering aroma, but the aromas were subtle and well balanced (also very hard to pick out). Dried fruits (mainly sultanas), lightly roasted malts, chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee.

Flavour: Beautiful full flavours of roasted malts. Dark bitter chocolate and strong coffee after tones. Creamy mouth feel but slightly too much carbonation.

Overall: A truly magnificent and drinkable porter. Yet again the Samuel Smith brewery has impressed me. The dark appearance of this porter makes you think that it will be a challenge to drink more than a couple but it is quite light and goes down very easy, due to the excellent balance of flavours.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taddy Porter is black. Very dark with the slighest hue of red. A nice creamy tan head sits atop the beer.
The smell is of chocolate and coffee with hint of fruit in the after smell.
The taste is quite the same chocolate with hints of coffee. Fruity tastes as well with a nice dry like finish.

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that stays to cover the beer, but doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark malts and coffee mostly. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with a sweetness of fruits. Smooth and slightly creamy. Could be a little thicker in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine beer, pours a dark black with ruby streaks, the mocha tan head is fabulous. The smell is strong of cappucino and dark fire roasted chocolate, a nice fluffy marshmellow with just a slight hint of pine hops. The taste is great, the chocolate and coffee flavors compliment the roasted toffee and marshmellows, hints of roasted nuts linger. Very nice.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle, in an English nonik glass.

Appearance: Dark dark opaque brown, with a small dark-tan head.

Aroma: Toasty malt, coffee-ish.

Flavor/Body: Roasty, sweet malt flavor, slightly chocolately, slightly coffeeish also. Slighty acidic in the finish, and unusually tannic in mouthfeel. Nice body too.

I think this was the first porter I ever tried, and it's the standard I set for porters. Several years ago, it was fairly common to find light-struck bottles, but most Sam Smith products seem to move off the shelves a lot quicker these days.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.