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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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Reviews: 1,283
Hads: 2,903
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 219
Gots: 377 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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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.

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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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Photo of TheDM
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew has an aroma of alcohol in it. When poured, it yielded a very energetic light brown head of large bubbles that formed a very nice lacing as it receded down the side of my glass with a dark ruby brown almost opaque body. It looks delicious as I anticipate my first taste. I am not disappointed. Initially it had a very smooth taste then the roasted malt coffee finish hits. Not a strong coffee taste mind you but there none-the-less. Still it was very smooth and much to my liking.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality brew from one of the great breweries in the world. Not quite in the class of the Fuller's porter, but right up there with any of the others. Pours a huge, foamy head, with good retention and some lace. Smooth, cherry like flavor. Relatively thin body, good drinkability. Very little bitterness. Excellent with food. A pleasure to drink any time I've had it, as is the case with all of Samuel Smith's beers (and I've yet to be skunked).

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

This monster pours like a stout, chugging into the glass, a deep mahogany, with a huge foamy soapy combo for a head, lacing incredible throughout. Burnt coffee and chocolate on the nose. Sweet caramel and some chocolate notes up front, very rich and medium to full bodied. Deep roasted malts and coffee beans noted in the body, some light acidity and bitterness come full circle. Flavorful, rich and complex, superb evening drink. What a great beverage, well done by the S.S. team, this is one top-notch porter!

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

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep black, with a large frothy chocolate head that slowly receded to a fine ring, losts of sticky lace on the glass. Aroma reminds me of Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry. Taste is of roasted malt, and again of the Sherry, with some smokey hints. Very good balance of flavor, creamy mouthfeel, and good carbonation. I had this one other time and didn't think much of it. But as I have sampled other beers, and have taught my palate what good beer is, this porter is one I can really enjoy!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep and opaque mahogany brown color with a large caramel-colored cloud top head, which exhibits superb retention. Sheets of fine carbonation slowly rise to the surface. The lacing coats the glass walls in thick and all but unbroken sheets.

Aroma: Rich aroma of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, caramel, molasses, and alcohol

Taste: Begins with coffee, bitter cocoa, and dark malt. Towards the middle of the taste, strong dark fruit notes appear. Finishes with mildly bitter hops, toasted malt, and a note of sweet alcohol.

Mouth feel: Lavishly rich, full, and creamy, a consistency similar to that of whole milk, simply excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A beer so superb that it is difficult to justify with mere words, it is quite worthy of its relatively high price. Surely one of the finest porters and finest beers in the world. I would note that this beer is probably best enjoyed in cooler weather that normally found in Texas during the month of June.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a dubious, jack-of-many-flavours the porter style has been over the ages, yet Samuel Smith nails an exemplar right on the head. A thick creamy head at that.

A deep black hue, I was only able to pick up a nimbus of rich red oak near the bottom, and wafer thin on the sides when I held it up to the window. Like a blanket in a bottle waiting to hug you from the inside. There is a fantastic deep aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a slight hint of chocolate found in the nose. The roast malt flavour is robust with a slight coffee bitterness followed by a sweet aftertaste. A very creamy mouthfeel, it's heavy but not overly thick. Like baby bear's porridge--just right. Plus it left a big frothy lace all the way down the glass, as to not be forgotten once all was said and done.

It's only spring now, but I long for those cold northern winter nights so a couple bottles of this can keep me warm and satisfied.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a decent porter from Sam Smiths. It poured a dark brown, almost black, colour with a nice brown head. The aromas were of chocolate and coffee and the taste was more of the same. There were some hops present in the flavor of this porter as well. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, spirtzy and soda-like for a porter but the drinkability was very high, none-the-less!

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

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark, opaque reddish-brown. A light tan head starts out a full two fingers thick and exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Subtle and soft aroma of buttery diacytel, faint roasted grains, and a hint of green hops.

Taste: A bit stiff with a fair amount of caramel and buttery diacytel. The slightly bitter, roasted grain flavor is in the background and it adds an acidic undercurrent as well as a small amount of harshness. There's a touch of green hops, but they're restrained and mellow. A bit of alcohol on the tail end. Thin, lingering roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a sharp, dry mouthfeel that's a bit prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style. Due to the somewhat harsh, bitter undercurrent, I don't think I could drink it all night. However, it is a classic that never fails to please. This was probably the freshest bottle I've ever had of it...

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

A black robe reveals mahogany highlights at the base; and around the sides when held to the light. Its rocky tan head holds exceptionally well to start; and it maintains a thin, creamy surface covering throughout the pint. The nose displays caramel, fruit and soft buttery diacetyl. The body is medium/light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy and soft in the mouth; and very smooth across the palate. The flavor reflects the nose with mildly sweet caramel; fruit that's a touch winey with red grape, raisins, and berries; milk chocolate; and some rounding buttery diacetyl backed by a solid bitterness. What's not to like? It finishes dry with a residual note of fruity caramel and light butter. Very well done with quite a bit of finesse - light but complex! Absolutely enjoyed best at cellar temperature!

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Photo of kwill
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark with a nice brown head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Smell is malty with a bit of a burnt aroma and just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste immediately hits you with the burnt flavor and then finishes with a bit of the coffee taste and some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is not bad, but it has a bit too much carbonation for a beer this dark and it finishes off too dry.

Not a bad beer, but not that good of a beer either. It is worth a try, but not one that I will be drinking regularly.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.