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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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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Photo of ALEBOY
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic beer. A very dark ruby that was almost black. Small tan head that lasted quite well.

The aroma was devine, strong fruit cake smell with hints of rum, chocolate, and coffee. I could appreciate this beer for its aroma alone!

Taste was as you would expect judging by the aroma, with a little cinnamon thrown in for good measure and a slightly drier than expected finish.

A fine porter that comes with my highest recomendations.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has darker malt qualities. Fairly complex with yeasty (?) quality. Somewhat like Guiness with slight notes of caramel and a creamy quality.
One inch head that settles slowly. Dark bown and clear.
Wonderful complexity, including coffee, caramel, mild bitterness and dryness mid to finish.
Creamy feel and very smooth. Pleasing. A fine feel to the carbonation.
Well rounded easy drinking porter.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another good one from Smith. The Taddy Porter is very understated quality in a nice package. The look is a dark body with a small tan head and little lace effect. The nose is a very delicate affair that must be studied to understand, as it is subtle while full of complexity. The is a very light smokiness, barely perceptible, while fruit notes are noted as the aroma is checked again.

The flavor is just as subtle, pretending, at first, to be too light, but gaining strength as it is allowed to develop. After a while, the very fine subtleties of this brew begin to impress. The feel is creamy and smooth, having very light carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is very disappointing to say the least. First off, let me ask the question, "Why does Samuel Smith continue to use clear bottles?" Without a doubt it effects the flavor. Dark brown/black with a tan head. Not a very strong nose. Smells lightly of buttery coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rather flat, and not what I expected. Coffee and slightly acidic, although it has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Call me crazy, but I just didn't care for this too much.

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Photo of grynder33
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark,had a plum raisin chocolate cake type of a roma, nice cocoay first taste, slft little bit of a mocha backtaste, seems more carbonated then other porters I've tried, but it seem that the way it is with all brews from this brewery.No heavy bitter alcohol taste that I find unattractive with other porters. Probaly the best porter I've had.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz clear bottle with gold foil around the cap. Very dark beer, almost absorbs light. The pour produced a light brown fluffy head that slowly shrank to a thin layer covering the top of the beer and the sides of the glass. The smell is mostly of roasted grains. The beer feels light and bubbly as it rolls accross my tongue. The taste is nothing extraordinary, smooth roasted malts on the way down, a very slight coffee kind of aftertaste on the back of the throat. All in all a very drinkable beer, although you might want to find a local beer with similar quality for a few bucks cheaper.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Medium tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, not very sweet. A light to medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate with a touch of smoke and wood. Hints of vanilla and plums. Nicely balanced. Smooth flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is the deepest ruby you can get before it becomes opaque, the head is Herculean in size with a spumescent texture, the color a beauteous light tan and after decomposition a thick and chunky sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains and sweet malt dominate the nose, crisp and fresh with a malt laden and sweet start, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, Crisply acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, with the aftertaste quite dry and a bit tart, one of my all time favorites, and one I consume with much gusto on a regular basis.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with an almost purple haze....ha ha purple haze, well anyway it also has a tan brown moccha color to the massive sized head leaving definite clear rings of lacing to it. Aroma: Slight fruity approach mixture of hops in there to balance out the semi smoked deep roasted malts that provide chocolate and some coffe tones very nice. Taste: Definitely an acquired bitterness with a pleasant array of rolling sharp sweet tones blended with the coffe and chocolae available along with a sharp ale yeast driven fruitiness. Mouthfeel: A tad thin haha... get it...but really it;s a bit light for my tases just doesn't deliver the texture and body I am searching for in a porter. Drinkability: Don't worry this is one of the most drinkable representations of any porter I have sipped upon sometimes the price may keep you from partaking but that's Merchant du Vin's fault not ol' Sam Smith's right?

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Photo of elmocoso
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, black with a beige head on pour, on finger thick. It is soon gone, leaving a collar, clinging and a lace like veil across the top o the liquid. Ruby highlights when held up to a strong afternoon light.

A strange sweetness in the nose. raisins and liquer. Plum?

The taste is a strange puckerness. Very malty with a strange hoppy roundness.

There is a sourness in both nose and taste. Kind of strange but kind of intreaguing.

Overall a good beer. I wonder if it is fresh. I would like to try another bottle.

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

This beer doesn't just pour black, it's a beautiful ebony. There is zero light getting through this one. It's like a black hole. Nice inch high tan head. Smells sweet and nutty.

Taste is complex. Dry up front and sweet going down. Hints of smoked almonds and maple syrup. Very thick and full-bodied. Great looking beer and tastes nearly as good. The darkest, thickest porter I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

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

This is the type of brew that could make me a porter fan...The beautiful chocolate appearance is topped with a creamy head with excellent lacing. Smell hints of coffee and smoke, but light enough to be inviting. Taste was smooth with a slight acid, coffee twinge. Very easy to drink...a damn nice brew.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The great looking beer is almost completely opaque, only when held to the light is there a slight hint of ruby color. A thick, creamy tan head tops her off, leaving a nice lace trail in its wake. The scent coming out is a nice chocolate one. Taste wise, this is a creamy smooth porter, with chocolate and coffee dominating the scene. This is a pretty sweet drink, worth your 3-4 bucks a bottle.

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

Pours a dark cola colour with a fairly nice tight head.. Redolant with the smell of malt with a little smoky spice to it. Lovely malty dark brown sugar flavours with enough hops to balance it out it out. light enough in ABV to be a session beer. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated but not overly offensive. Overall drinkability is high due to the lovely flavour and low ABV. Another winner from Sammy Smith.

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Photo of freed
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on word that it was exceptionally tasty, which it was. Waited until steak and stout night came around, and cracked it open. Poured nicely with a surprisingly tight and well formed head for a bottle. The just nearly black liquid looked somewhat clear, though there was no alteration in color as I drank, or held it to different light. Aroma was almost nil, just a slight smoked peat smell. Taste followed up on the smokey note with a mouth full of darkened and dry malts. A nice rich flavor that would beat single malt any day. The beer had a nice dry feel to it, so it followed up dinner quite nicely. Certainly a great beer.

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Photo of Garin
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black/brown colour, with a thick and creamy beige head on top. It looks very appetizing.

Sweet, chocolatey, fruity nose with lots of roasty malt. Some coffee.

Flavours of coffee, chocolate, some caramel sweetness, some black-malt acidity, Not much hop flavour, but adequate hop bitterness to bring it all home. I guess this is one of the definitive porters, and it shows.

In the mouth it's smooth and creamy. I could drink a lot of this, without a doubt.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml. bottle

Splendid porter.

It pours a deep black with a thick frothy tan head. Very good lacing. The scents were a disappointment. Very weak coffee and sweet chocolate. Some burnt offeringings and a hint of grass. Also a very mild licorice scent. The scents just do not come out well. There is a watery quality that masks the smells.

Nice bold flavors. Strong coffee and a nice butterscotch sweetness are the most dominant flavors. Some cocoa. There is a mild fruit flavor in the after taste. There is a slightly burnt toastiness but it is a weak flavor among the rest.

It drinks very well. It has a crispness at first and a smooth finish. Medium body. Not thick. A nice porter that takes its time to completely reveal itself.
Enjoy.

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Photo of avylover
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pretty much straight black with some minor ruby highlights around the edge of my glass. Nice size frothy tan head. Aroma is strong of english hops, almost a bit like tea, and caramel malt. This is a pretty tasty beer, although it's hard to put my finger on any one flavor. There is definitely a burnt roastyness. The hops kind of balance this out so it's not too heavy in taste. There is also a very slight plum taste in there, really all sorts of very delicate fruits. The kicker for me is the finish, which is smooth & buttery like most sammy smith ales. Good carbonation, but it kind of detracts from what would be a velvety mouthfeel. For a beer so meaty this is very drinkable. Can't go wrong with sammy smith

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Photo of Elemental
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - 22 oz clear bottle

Appearance - nice and dark with a medium amount of head.

Smell - sweet yet hoppy smell, you can just smell the creaminess of the beer

Taste - Thick and creamy. Nicely hopped to complement the darkness and body of the beer.

I would say that the only disappointment of this beer is that it comes in a clear bottle but somehow doesn't have the skunky taste that clear and green bottles give beer. However they do it, keep on doing it cause this is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the smoothness and quality of the Sam Smith brews! This one, if you are familiar with Sam Smith brews, is about what you'd expect. A fairly black appearance with a thin, creamy head. A slight aroma of chocolate, roasty, and malty for the smell. It has a very flavorful taste with primarily chocolate undertones. This one is very smooth and creamy on the palate. As far as drinkability goes, I want another! Great porter.

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Photo of granger10
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks how a porter should. Color is right in between a dark stout and a brown ale. Tan head sits atop the beer and doesn't budge. Aroma is weak and doesn't let the beer truly show itself. This beer has so many flavors that I had trouble picking up on all of them. I noticed a prune sweetness up front. Espresso comes in slightly but then backs out. Chocolate takes control shows itself in a powerful way. Hops and an acidic quality are there just before the finish. The finish is of roasted nuts and espresso and lingers for awhile. Quite a treat!

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Photo of Darkale
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, nearly opaque cherry-red and brown body. Thin tan head evaporates soon.

Aroma is sweet, fresh, and full of good cheer. High and bright in the nose, nice and plummy.

Mouthfeel is chewy and brisk, sour on the edges, dry and foamy.

Aftertaste is bitter and hoppy. Surprisingly long finish. Tongue tingles for many seconds after the swallow. Difficult to taste the sweetness the aroma would seem to predict. Very refreshing.

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Photo of vitesse
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

another amazing beer from sam smith. i definitely recommend this if you want to familiarize yourself with porters. this is the orginal. super super super complex rich taste. very chocolate and cofee-like without burning the tongue off with acidity. nice balance. the only "problem" is drinkability, but one bottle is pure bliss anyway.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black but I did notice some slight red hues thru the glass with a thin off white head.The aroma is not very strong on this beer soome slight sweet rasiny smell to it.The taste however is bursting with complexty of flavors,very roasted flavor with some coffee notes,also a lingering raisiny sweetness in the finish.A real nice flavorful porter,a true classic.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a tan head with large sized bubbles. There was good lacing on the sides of my glass with this beer and the nose was that of alcohol.I am not a fan of beer that has an overpowering, strong coffee taste to it and this beer however was to my liking because it did not have an overpowering coffee taste to it in my opinion.This beer went down smooth and easy.

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