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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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1,274 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,274
Hads: 2,856
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 215
Gots: 349 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 ljdrinksbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thin light tan head, dark brown
coffee, roasted grain,
chocolate, iced-coffee, acidic
very refreshing, lighter than i expected but it goes so nice with the tartness
got another one the next night so...

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Photo of vinicole
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The standard for a British Porter. The low ABV makes this the sort of session beer drunk by the market traders of old.

Warming, satisfying and a wonderful flavour.

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Photo of HurrahBeer
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was a bit underwhelmed, but may be adjusting to the difference between English Porter and American Porter. Didn't detect much flavor or complexity in the taste and left not much of a mouthfeel.

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Photo of B4PTSD
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Looks great dark rich brown color. Has a slight head left over after pouring into cup.

S: Smells good lol.

T: The taste is good.. Well better than good just don't have the right word to use for it. I'm still a rookie but I guess I'm starting to learn the difference between English porter and American Porter. I prefer American at the current moment till proven otherwise. It is still a well put together beer.

F: This beer does the job makes me feels good. Quality brewing.

O: Its a little pricey for a 4 pack in my area in Hawaii but I feel lucky to try a world class beer such as this one. Not my favorite but if I ever feel like it I'll get another pack of this beer. Can't wait to try there other types that they make.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent porter. Really about the standard by which porter could be judged.

Dark black color with very fine tan head.

Malty, bitter flavor, hints of coffee.

Moderate mouthfeel, not at all heavy. Not a session beer, but much more so than most of what I choose.

Long subtle finish of coffee, hints of toffee.

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Photo of mtvolkens
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured jet black into tapered pub glass, 1 in creme colored head, smells like warm brown sugar, super smooth chocolate taste up front with a nice lightly carbonated malt fig on the back end. Super solid beer. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of hophugger
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark brown, almost black, not allowing any light to penetrate. Head is cake-like and tannish. Aroma has hints of chocolate, some light coffee, dark fruits and sweet malt. Taste is a little lighter than I expected, with flavors of raisins, dates, figs and a touch of coffee in the finish. Overall, feels good on the palate, no alcohol burn(of course its only 5.00 ABV). Was thinking it was going to be a little more bold and bitter, but overall, a great sessionable porter with a decent balance..

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Photo of PostRockandCats
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a snifter:

L: Dark brown with a very small, fast -falling light tan head.

S: Chocolate, toasty malts and caramel. Dark fruits.

T: Sharp, bright. Lots of coffee and chocolate up front. Malty. Light bitterness throughout..

F: Medium. Lighter than you'd expect from the smell and flavor.

O: Great beer! One of my favourites!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date, but stamped SF09N1.

A: Dark brown body with opaque black appearance in the glass. 1/2 finger of light mocha head. Average retention. Scant lacing.

S: Nuts, coffee, toffee, cacao. Faint smoke, earth. Brown sugar, molasses. Light port. Dark fruit.

T: Dry, tangy, roasted malts open with a touch of English hops developing mid-way. Finishes dry with lingering toasted bread, nuts on the palate. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Slightly pricklier than expected.

O: Solid porter with quality malt notes. A certain pleasant dryness. Good all-around performer and pretty straight shooter. Very easy drinking and great session porter.


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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark almost black with a nice 1 inch tan colored head that takes its time dissipating leaving good lacing down a 20 oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty pronounced. I get a alcohol smell with some chocolate and coffee.

Taste is a chocolaty taste but not like I expected. Its almost like a chocolate candy rather than the chocolate milk that I expected. It has a tangyness to it that I did not see coming.

Mouthfeel is really full and almost velvety. The residual carbonation is very slight after the head is gone.

Overall, a good beer. Not my favorite porter but it is definetly worth the purchase. I will buy it again and depending on how my spaghetti sauce turns out, it may have become my go to beer for cooking chili, stews and sauces.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.69/5  rDev +13%

Wow, really loved this one a lot. The color is dark brown with a khaki colored head that doesn't trail the glass. The smell was very decadent with hints of chocolate, sweet cream, and walnuts. The taste was just as tasty with chocolate and coffee being front and center and a little bit of smoke which evened everything out. Was very impressed and will definitely try again.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

Brown in color with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin film on top of the beer. No lacing at all. The nose on this beer is fantastic. Very complex with cola, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and a hint of smoke. Musty yeast to round it out. Little hop aroma at all. The flavor is what really throws me off. I got a heavy sweetness with a strong diacetyl presence. The buttery off-flavor made it somewhat hard for me to drink, but not terrible. Medium bodied with long lasting flavor.

This is a perplexing beer for me, a difficult one to rate for sure. I want to smell this beer all day long, but then I get to the diacetyl and I'm not sure if I want another sip or not. Maybe I got a bad 4-pack, but I'm not positive. I can't decide if I want to drink the other two bottles I have left or cook with them.

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Photo of magpieken
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 stone mineral earthiness permeates it all; I suspect that ancient well and stone fermentation tanks have something to do with that. 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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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!

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Photo of bassboneman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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...

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Photo of nodder
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.