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

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93
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2,634 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 190 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheHammer
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, nearly two fingers of head that produces some trace lacing and retains to a little over the half way point. The darkest of dark chocolate brown in colour for the body.

Smell: Warming helps it's case substantially as rich coffee, walnuts with an ample dose of well roasted malt. I can also even pick up the slight hard water scent to it as well to a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Substantially good, mild malt, espresso and chocolate starts us off as well roasted malted with touches of plum come forward with a slight mineral note that is dusted away with a the perfect dusting of hops. A perfect score would have been earned had the mineral note got pulled back and a bit more diversity in it, but all in all this is a well done Porter.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a big too aggressive for a Porter as the creaminess isn't quite there. The aftertaste is a nice roasted malt touch which the hops tame well so it doesn't come across as burnt. Good transitioning.

Drinkability: Very high for a Porter, as it's rich and flavourful but not burnt or excessively bitter. Goes down easy and it doesn't suffer from high bitterness that makes so many Porters nothing more then slightly mild stouts. It's medium bodied, although a little bit gassy. Solid.

Final Thoughts: Samuel Smith's is probably my favourite English brewery, and I'm sure a lot of people say that. The best part is that this is a beer for all seasons, as I could even happily drink this in the summer heat, which is something that many Porters simply can't say. This is just another exceptional brew from another exceptional brewery and famous for a reason.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep brown with hues of garnet. Clarity is great. Tan head is pillowy and creamy. Great retention, uneven rings of lacing. Looks great in the glass.

S: Rich caramel, roasted barley, espresso, and mild toffee notes. Darkfruit scents of currant and blackberry. Hint of chocolate covered cherries. Blackstrap molasses. Sweet on the nose overall, though there is just the slightest twang of acidic tartness in the background. The nose is excellent, and very complex. I took my time and let it open up, and my patience was rewarded.

T: Caramel and toffee at the outset. Mild roasted notes of wood and a touch of smoke. Bold tastes of roasted barley and espresso unfold on the mid-palate. Plum, blackberry, and currant undertones. Juicy plum comes to the forefront for an instant. Yeasty flavors of bread patted with flour. Faint suggestion of garden herbs from the hops, maybe tobacco leaf too. Cocoa and molasses. Hint of acidity hits to tip of the tongue ever so subtly. The finish is dry and mellow, but complex and lingering. Caramel, toffee, soft charcoal notes, and a light fruitiness recede slowly and softly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy and silky in the mouth. Low carbonation, very slight astringency. Insanely smooth.

O: This is the English porter against which all others must be measured. One of the most complex beers I've had to date; a new flavor presents itself with each sip. It really doesn't get much better than this.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark opaque red-brown with deep purple and orange-red edges. Slimy lacing, creamy thick tan head settles to a blanket.

S: Sweet, malty, roasty

T: Starts sweet, creamy. Ends roasty-malty, then mild hoppy and more roasty. Slight chocolate, less coffee.

M: Medium to heavy body, wet, champaign bubbles.

O: Very good! A slightly hoppy dark porter. Well done, but might benefit from more sweetness.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Thick patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee, and some dark fruit and port wine aromas. Taste is mildly tart and is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel/toffee, and some slight dark fruit flavors. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is easy to drink but I enjoy the smell more than the taste.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep, rich brown with mahogany running throughout. Deep garnet. Head is creamy, thing, and light tan. Drops to a thin, wispy cap in almost no time. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Loaded with chocolate malts. Notes of milk chocolate and dark chocolate bars. Rich and creamy. Some minerality, as would be expected with the epic level Britishness. Sweet caramel malts. Bready. Some coffee loaded with cream. Sweet and malty. Tiny dusting of citrus. Well roasted.

Taste: Mild chocolate. Some caramel sweetness. Bread crust and fresh-baked bread. Slight mineral touch. Fresh coffee. A little grassy. Roasted malts are a nice touch. Slight toasty edge through the middle. Touch of darker sugar, almost pushes molasses.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, so creamy. Smooth with a moderate carbonation and a medium body that masquerades as full.

Overall: Easily one of the best in the style. It's not the most complex or intense, but it's highly drinkable with a ton of flavor. So creamy.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,634 ratings.