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

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Ratings: 2,715
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 180
Gots: 246 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 2,715 | Reviews: 1,267
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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Medium sized head of light tan head. Very tight bubbles. Close to opaque but you can see through the edges when held to the light. Small amount of lacing.

S - Smooth chocolate foremost. I get a tiny bit of tangy character. Dark caramel.

T - Taste follows the nose as it has very creamy chocolate malt right up front. Mid-palate I can get that twanginess. Hops balance slightly and finishes with a little roasty flavor that lasts a bit.

M - Medium to medium-full body, medium carbonation. Never really sweet nor dry feel.

O - Didn't realize that an English Porter could have that slightly soured character to it till I read the style description and the label, this beer definitely had it. Very smooth dark malts made this beer. Complex enough in the nose and definitely in flavor. Solid body with a good balanced feel.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of gcamparone
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Black, nearly opaque, mocha head with high retention. Very heavy lacing that globs onto the side of the glass.

S- Coffee, milk, slight metallic aroma. Not too strong.

T- Upfront, roasted coffee, toasted chocolate malt, ends with a nice subtle roasty flavor. Nice, smooth flavors that demand another sip.

M- Debatable the best part of this beer. Super smooth and silky with low carbonation. Extremely drinkable, especially for a beer this heavy.

Overall, an excellent interpretation of the style. Nicely balanced, extremely smooth, and easy to drink. Just the right proportion of malt and aging.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled pint glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Gentle pouring resulted in a nice, inch-high, tan head. Head is wonderfully creamy and crawls down the side of the glass. Otherwise, beer is jet black and very stoutesque (if I may).

-Smell 4.0: Well-balanced bouquet of barley, caramel and a mild hoppiness. Almost a buttery scent in there as well. So promising.

-Taste 4.5: Front is just cool liquid, with a slight sweetness. This leads you to a kick in the teeth from the middle: a huge, caramel and a somewhat buttery toasted grain flood. The toasted grains are so subdued and wonderful. Finish is abruptly flat and alkaline, but with only a slight hoppiness. Aftertaste is phenomenal: hops and toasted grains and that butteriness again. All the flavor notes present are subdued and well-balanced.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Very enjoyable creamy taste from the expertly balanced carbonation.

-Overall 4.5: Certainly one of the top if not THE best porter I have ever enjoyed. I cannot stress enough the creaminess and the butteriness of this beer. I imagine it would go good with food, but should be (IMHO) consumed on its own, so that the taster can hit all the flavor profiles present in this amazing brew. Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to finally try this beer based on many of the good reviews I've read. Pours a very dark, nearly black color with just a touch of deep, ruby-red shining through the edges of the glass. Solid tan head mounted on the top of the beer that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The initial nose is full of coffee and figs, a bit of roast and a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is unique - it's definitely a porter, but it's quite unlike any other porter I've had. The first thing that hits your palette is a huge roasted barley and malt flavor. Just enormous. This is followed up by a nice roasted coffee bean flavor that starts to take over as the beer is warming in your mouth.

About halfway through, the taste shifts from roasted and malty to slightly sweet and bitter. The bittersweet cocoa comes out, along with a huge punch from the "dark" fruits (dates, figs, raisins, it's hard to pinpoint just one). The transition from roasty and toasty to sweet-tangy-bitter is quite nice and complex, a mark that is oftentimes aimed at and missed in a lot of beers. Medium-heavy body with super huge creaminess and a nice dose of carbonation that really brings everything together.

This beer was incredibly hyped up to me before I finally tried it. Did it live up to the hype? It's hard to say. Probably not. Nevertheless, is it a good beer? Absolutely. One of the most complex flavor profiles for a porter I've had that still manages to keep your attention without going too far out-of-bounds. At 5% ABV, this is something you could drink all night. Solid porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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