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

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92
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Reviews: 1,261
Hads: 2,799
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 197
Gots: 317 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of magpieken
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

550ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with a creamy tan head which lasted well and left lace plimsoll lines on drinking. Roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Initial mild sweetness develops into a moderate roasted character and then into a lingering medium bitterness. Medium body and creamy texture. Very easy drinking. One for those that appreciate dark chocolate. (385 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, no carbonation visible through it. Short and short-lived light tan head that leaves only a collar.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet toffee, light coffee.

T: Oats, chocolate, biscuit, a faint tanginess/acidity. A kind of earthiness permeates it all; maybe I'm just thinking of that ancient well. Dry and slight bitterness. Faint floral soap. Moderate chocolate finish.

M: Very nicely thick, a little oily, lively carbonation.

O: What a fantastic brew! Big flavor, big body, perfectly dry while still offering some typically sweet flavor, and a sessionable ABV. I feel like I took a step back into history. (629 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours chestnut brown with almost two fingers of creamy khaki head.

Smell. Dark malts, caramel and cola, molasses and plum.

Taste. Dark malts, plum and molasses, light grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the low side. Medium carbonation.

Overall. Very easy drinking and tastes great. Can't believe I haven't had this classic before now ...or at least haven't reviewed it. (418 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle poured into a mug. At long last I am trying this classic. Dark chalky brown, near-black, with a moderate amount of rich creamy tan head rather like sponge toffee. Rich nose of semi-sweet chocolate, freshly turned soil, brown sugar, treacle, and a faint whiff of red berries perhaps. Complex but not overbearing aroma notably in its earthy features. Palate is similarly earthy and vaguely sour, like cacao mixed with fruity molasses. Caramel develops on both nose and palate over the course of a few sips. Little in the way of caustic or rough bitterness despite the earthiness, which I'm thinking is hop-derived in part. Some cola-like brown spice. Smooth creamy mouth feel and moderate to thick bodied, with more of that odd chalky sourness in the semi-dry finish. Lingering caramel and raisin sweetness. Diacetyl from those those open square fermenters. Some of the written descriptions of this beer I've encountered may overstate this brew's "smoky sour" character but certainly this feature is present. I also get considerable sweetness of both dark and fruity varieties. Classic brew indeed and somehow light and mellow enough to enjoy in reasonable quantity. (1,179 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle into a Paulaner dimpled stein, at about 50 degrees F.

A: The pour is a deep, dark, clear brown, with light evident through it. That light vanishes once it's in the glass, however - holding it to daylight reveals only an opaque wall of 90%+ dark chocolate, with a faint ruddy tinge of light along the bottom. This beer forms a beautifully thick ecru head, which takes some time to die down to a ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing forms during drinking.

S: The nose opens with rich earth and roasted grains, shot through with a light coffee note and a touch of raisin. The usual suspects of caramel and toffee are present as well, at the same level as the raisin.

T: Several different notes of dark roasted malt, mostly bitter with torched caramel and toffee. The earthiness swells in towards the middle, reminding me of "chocolate cake"-grade garden soil. What raisin fruitiness is present is muted and faint, a very slight counterpoint to the earthen and malt bitter flavors. The finish lingers as roasted malt and soil.

M: Light and verging towards watery, without quite degenerating all the way there.

O: I'm a fan. This doesn't strike me quite as complex and tasty as an Edmund Fitzgerald, but it is a solid porter, and enjoyable. I think that's due to the heavy focus on the earthen flavors, which threaten to overpower the malt at times. (1,381 characters)

Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

A classic porter with an understated complexity. It reminds me of fall, which is why I am drinking it...and any beer that has a unique enough taste ti invoke good memories is a good one. It is earthy, mildly bitter, slightly sweet with a good finish. I love it! (262 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

I love this beer!
Generally speaking - I love all of Sam Smith's brews...
Mildly sweet with a tinge of bitterness on the finish.
Perfect for autumn evenings - when the leaves are flying and the temps begin to dip... (215 characters)

Photo of nodder
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550ml bottle

A- Dark brown/black with a thick one finger tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee. Earthy.

T- Sweet malts, coffee and chocolate. Not as sweet as the nose.

M- Medium body and smooth. Slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation.

O- A fine porter I'd gladly re-visit. (321 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a pint bottle into a tumbler on 03.01.14.

A: Opaque dark black. Tan head.

S: Caramel. Roasty too. It smells like a dessert.

T: Follows the nose but with milk chocolate too.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This one is a touch less smooth than Samuel Smith's excellent Oatmeal Stout. It's still very smooth, though. It's not overly roasty like some porters and stouts. The sweetness doesn't get out of hand, either. This is an incredibly well balanced porter. (463 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Sampling right now on 8/25/14 but had this once before. This one comes in a 12 ounce (355ml) bottle though last time I had it, it was in a 550ml bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a near black in color with just a bit of small tan head. Average carbonation that leaves some nice lacing when sipped. Smells of coffee, with some chocolate with a hint of raisins or dark fruit. Overall taste is the same with a light bitter finish that wasn't bad at all. Actually a great porter. (543 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours opaque very dark brown. The big one inch khaki head fades to a thick cap on top and leaves thick curtains of lace.

The smell is of cocoa, coffee and malt.

The taste is of dark malt, cocoa and faint coffee.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Probably the blueprint for most American porters that followed it. Classic, if not Earth shattering. (374 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Regal gold foil covered cap on a 550ml bottle.

A: Pours dark brown with crimson highlights under a solid one-finger thick tan head. Very fine carbonation. Eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Roast is prominent followed by dark chocolate cream, marshmallows, vanilla, caramel, faint vanilla, dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates, etc.), and bacon. Mmm bacon.

T: Follows nose with a complex array of roast, grainy malts.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Mellow roast, smooth and creamy finish.

O: Wow - for the style this is amazing. Top notch. (572 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into lager glass (restaurant)
Aroma of malt
Head average (3 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – few very small islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor very slightly bitter with a toffee/coffee flavor. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

A pretty darn good porter, easy to drink, not cloying. (414 characters)

Photo of MonkeyDunk
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, poured into snifter glass

Appearance:
slightly foamy
dark for a porter

Aroma:
malty
raisins
lots of depth
honey
oats with brown sugar and raisins

Taste:
wonderfully tangy
dry finish
toffee

Overall:
Lovely, good to try a porter that is true to style rather than Americanized. Will be buying more (312 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From a bottle to a pint glass.

A: pitch black with two fingers of thick kaki foam. Moderate lace on the glass as the head fades.

S: lots of coffee with some malts and smoke in the back ground.

T: follows the smell well with coffee and toffee flavors and a hint of malts.

M: medium to heavy with lasting flavor. Easy drinking.

O: everything that was said about this beer was right. Worth the wait and satisfying till the last sip. Try it! (447 characters)

Photo of byronic
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear deep chocolate brown with a thin layer of white head. Great retention, looks fantastic after the pour.

Smells like a great light/medium roasted coffee with some hints of cocoa and smoke. Some sweetness is present with tinges of nuts.

Tastes follows up on the nose with an addition of extra flavour. coffee, cocoa and the presence of nuts is reminiscent of amaretto. Lots of flavours perfectly mixed.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and a bit slick on the tongue while remaining refreshing.

Quite an impressive porter, complex with great flavour and nose. It's a bit thin for my personal taste but that won't stop me from hopefully having it again! (692 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

color is a clear, light brown, with a thin white head that retains very well.

smell; smell is coffee and chocolate, with a hint of smokiness.

taste; taste is subtle chocolate, light coffee, and some toffee, with a rich, slightly smokey aftertaste.

mouthfeel; very light, but not watery, the texture has very nice contrast with the rich flavors.

overall; an outstanding porter, very drinkable but very satisfying and interesting, will buy again fore sure. (458 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Just about black with little to no tent when put up to the light. A frothy one finger tan head with a ton of lacing.

Smell: Right out the fridge I get a tart, almost wine-like aroma with hints of toffee and chocolate. But as it warms the chocolate and toffee come out more with more of a dark fruit undertone

Taste: Sweet dark fruits upfront with a unsweetened bakers chocolate finish and a hint of toffee

Mouthfeel: Heavy light to light medium body but extremely smooth; One of the smoothest beers I've had, in fact. A moderately dry finish

Overall: After having their imperial stout, I had high expectations, and they were met for the most part. Maybe a little lighter than I prefer, but hey, I'm an American spoiled on American beers. The flavors and aromas were balanced quite nicely however, and as my pallet has progressed, I've come to appreciate balance more. Not to offend anyone, but the dark fruit notes soley, remind me of Yuengling porter but turned up a few notches. The unsweetened bakers chocolate balances those notes well. This makes me want to give Fullers another try as I wasn't quite fond of it a while back. Maybe I have a soft spot for English beers after all. Only time will tell. For the meantime, this was another enjoyable offering from what is so far my favorite English brewery. Cheers! (1,401 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a tan head. Lacing all over.

S: Nutty bread and rye. Earthy.

T: Earthy malts, nuts, caramel, big toffee notes, chocolate definitely, and some rye bread. Great!

M: Light to medium and that nice airyness that makes this porter such a classic.

O: Complex and delicious. This is what I would call a true porter. It's sweet and nutty and has plenty of creaminess to fill you up! (394 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always feel funny about reviewing a low-alcohol beer whose flavor comes so muted, one has to wonder if you're truly identifying features of the flavor palate or imagining them. But in this case, I'm totally pleased to be spending time with a brew that's been enjoyed by all sorts of beer drinkers and manufactured with the same yeast for over 300 years. Check out the photo of the stone fermenter "squares": http://www.samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk/

I'm totally glad this is an XL bottle, as I could drink this for hours. The pleasure comes in large part from the creamy mouthfeel. It's interesting: am I able to enjoy this so much b/c I'm stepping back from my beer geek identity, or is it the reverse--am I channeling the spirit of the cicerones of yore? I can't stand the cult of Guinness--perhaps the most overrated, weak-tea "dark" beer of all time. In stark contrast to Guinness, the Famous Taddy Porter really brings it.

From a 550 ml bottle into a tulip, it's a gorgeous black liquid, with a luxurious, gradient-brown head.

The aroma is all dark bread, with a bit of molasses, an allusion to coffee, and a slice of lemon.

I'm squinting a bit, as I strain to pick out the flavors in the mouth. It's admittedly a struggle, but there's real complexity. I'm thinking several fruits, with blueberry, among them! Rye bread, sort of greasy, like pizza crust. Mildly roasty malt, a yeasty tartness, and a hint of diacetyl dairy. (1,432 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Totally opaque, light tan, one finger head. Good lacing.

S - Light roast, dark cocoa and hints of dark fruit.

T - Moderate dark coffee notes, plethora of earthy tones in the background.

M - Light and airy as a porter should be.

O - The prototypical English Porter. Nothing mind blowing but always a treat. (312 characters)

Photo of chogm54
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle, best before date March 2014. Long time coming!!!

a - black, semi opaque, pours a thin off white head that thins to a lacing real quickly.

s - subtle, mocha coffee, mixed with caramel and roasted malts. Hint of dried fruits (raisins)

t - malt, slightly sweet, coffee and roasted malt dry aftertaste - very well balanced.

M - medium body, creamy slightly oily texture, high carbonation for this style. goes down smooth, more refreshing than other porters.

O - what a fantastic session porter! goes down smooth, with the classic coffee and roasted malt porter flavours. the roasted flavours are kept in check, and the slightly higher than normal carbonation makes this beer more refreshing than anticipated. I wish I could get this on tap - A very good reason to visit Yorkshire I think! (803 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost black with a few dark brown notes, one finger tan head, lots of traces.
Smell of burnt malts, coffee and cocoa powder, sea salt, hint of smoke, bit of dry dark fruit and spices. A bit unusual for a porter, but certainly a Samuel Smith brew.
Incredibly rich taste of dark chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt sugar and dark roasted malts, very robust. Hints of nuts, licorice, cinnamon, some sweet toffee and plum jam. Dusty cocoa powder and woody notes (with faint vanilla). Gets a little more complex in the finish, a pinch of salt enhancing the roast and pinpointing the subtle sweet dark fruit. Not much hops in the finish.
Smooth body, a bit creamy, chewy, as "round" as the taste. Aftertaste is nice, summing up the rich malts (there's also a bit of dark fruit lingering, cool)
Might be the best thing i've had from Sam Smith so far, a porter to remember. (867 characters)

Photo of LovenHoppiness
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

550ml Bottle to Tulip Pokal Glass.

Appearance- Deep dark brown color with frothy soapy thick "jamocha" head!

Just a bueatiful scent that makes my mouth water ever time.
Cacao roasted malt with a hint of salt and fig notes that blend perfectly bitter hops that just pop at the end of a long sniff! (AWW Famous indeed.)
Enough foreplay. Mouth feel, from tip to the back of my tongue is complex with light to medium carbonation that makes a smooth smooth intoxcatiy sliky brew!

This porter is one my favorites, Hands Down.
-Enjoy! (530 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

550 mL bottle served at cellar temperature; no packaging date. I haven't seen this stuff in Ontario in many years, so this bottle was picked up at a shop in Port Huron.

Pours a deep, blackish-brown colour with some burgundy highlights. Two fingers of frothy, light beige-coloured head erupts at the surface, receding slowly over the next three or four minutes. A lumpy cap/collar and some rings of lacing remain - a very aesthetically-pleasing porter. The aroma is fairly roasty, with dark malts and molasses mingling alongside chocolate, prunes and a touch of black licorice.

The flavour profile falls along the same lines - quite roasted, almost burnt dark malts, countered by dark chocolate, treacle and raisins. Almost has a lactic-like sourness to it. Some light coffee roast with vanilla then leads into the finish, which offers up light char and leafy hop bitterness. Vaguely smoky, somehow... Medium in body, with rather light carbonation that gives this porter a smooth, somewhat silky mouthfeel. A bit flat/lifeless, but this is my only real complaint - otherwise, this is a delicious session porter.

Final Grade: 4.00, just eking out an A-. I've been searching a long time for a bottle of The Famous Taddy Porter, and finally my persistence has been rewarded. This is a remarkably well-made beer, and although it lacks the unusual flavours or intensity of many American porter interpretations, there's always going to be room for the classics in my fridge. I still like Fuller's LP more, but this is a good replacement that no stout/porter fan should neglect to try. (1,580 characters)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.