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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: 1,274
Hads: 2,855
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 janubio
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml. bottle, pours, a black colour with a big head and there's always a ring and lace. Smell of chocolate, coffee, caramel, liquorice and some burnt wood. Creamy palate, so not full, taste is the same as smell, burnt notes more accentuated, but all is there: chocolate, coffee, caramel, and liquorice. Bitterswwet finish.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 550mL bottle at Total Wine a few weeks ago. No freshness date. Poured into Murphy's Red glass. Three fingers of tan head erupts. Very dark amber when held up to light. Otherwise, seems dark brown or borderline black. Smells decadent. Plum, fig, dark cherries licorice, treacle, burnt sugars, soft roast. Earthy, woody hop aroma. Classic fruity English yeast.

Tastes roast with chocolate & toffee. Caramel some faint fruit character. Adequately hopped as bitterness follows in at the end of the upfront sweet fruity flavors. Amazingly drinkable. Medium bodied by perceptively heavier. Seems like it has the classic hard water profile.

An absolutely great beer. Classic example of an English Porter. Would love to try this fresh or on cask someday. Put it on the bucket list.

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Photo of watermelon
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

18.7 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pitch black body with creamy cappuccino 4 finger head. Tons of lacing.

S: Chocolate malt in the nose as well as carmel and toffee, dark fruit makes an appearance as well.

T: Dark chocolate with the bitterness of coffee.

M: Creamy texture, goes down easy with medium carbonation. I wish it was thicker.

O: Excellent example of the style. I would absolutely buy again. If it had a thicker body and few extra ABV points it would be a world class brew.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear bistre body with auburn highlights capped by a thin layer of khaki cream. Light lacing; good retention.

Gentle aroma of toffee, coffee and cream, and toast along with a subdued earthy/grassy note from hops. Very inviting.

Fruit flavors from the yeast are joined by an array of malt notes from the biscuity base flavors to the more complex heavily kilned elements. A slight tartness is detected throughout and marries well with the tea-like elements from the roast malt. Finish becomes more complex as it unfurls as the malt flavors become increasingly differentiated (toffee, toast, scones with a touch of jam and butter, etc.). Fairly dry but very well balanced.

Silky mouth-feel gives a sense of body despite this being an otherwise relatively light ale.

Expertly crafted from pure ingredients using a unique fermentation style gives this ale a special character that while subtle is not found in other examples of the style. Would love to try this on cask someday. Rated to style, it would be difficult to surpass (though I might prefer Meantime's London Porter over all).

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a thick three finger caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor of roasted malts with coffee notes. Hints of earthy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits and condiments.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Nice Porter, flavorful but not heavy. Very flexible, it could be a session beer or for slow drinking.

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Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter yields a coffee-colored body that refuses to let through any light, even when held up to a bright lamp. The brew's cappuccino head is tall and craggily, but it falls faster than expected. Once flattened, however, it does leave behind an appealingly sticky ring of foam.

The nose of this bottle isn't particularly appealing. Strong metallic smells dominate; roasted aromas don't come through.

Fortunately, the taste doesn't follow at all. Metallic flavors don't emerge until the tail of the back end, and even then are minimal. Unsweetened cocoa and a hint of ground French roast coffee mingle with very mild thyme-like flavors and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full without being glutinous. In fact, the feel is light enough to lend support the brew's light herbal notes.

The taste of this beer has convinced me that Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a masterful rendition of the style. The metallic nose leads me to suspect that there was something wrong with my bottle. I'll pick up another soon and re-review.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium or maybe slightly bigger head slowly settles above a clear dark amber brown to blackish colored beer.

Light aroma of dark chocolates and lighter coffee style malts.

Caramel with dark chocolates with mocha with bits of coffee taste.

This full bodied beer has a slight dryish aftertaste that brings along some of the rich tastes of this porter.

A really good beer, might be a wee bit heavy for most new to the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for about $3.50. I have had this before but never reviewed it until today

A - Massive head like 1/2 inch of deep mocha goodness. Very dark for such a low ABV porter just a mild bit of ruby hue at the base.
S - Classic dry porter yeasts, smokey body with mild ash, some chocolate and cocoa notes. Mildly sour but mostly sweet. A great mesh of everything.
T - Not as sweet as state side porters but it has a great mesh of mild roasts and chocolates. Some dark fruit notes meet a but of fruity dry yeasts. Tasty.
M - Light to medium in no way watery. Somewhat session able.

Overall quite a tasty porter worth picking up but at the price I would stick to local offerings.

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Photo of Premo88
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass (550 ml)
(SF27M1 printed on bottle = June 27, 2013 born-on date)

L: huge dark tan head pops up from almost pitch black brew; the head is over an inch, pushing 1 2/3 inches and super thick; brew shows amber around edges when held up to light but otherwise 100% black; slight amount of stick off the head, but generally not a ton of lacing; big bubbly collar

S: suprisingly yeasty for all the malt, and the malt is suprisingly light considering the color; prunes and a hint of raisin as it warms, but there's a lot of buttery walnut/bready malt sweetness like a standard brown ale; screams "English ale!"; dark chocolate

T: burnt malt ... it's got that fantastic charred-wood taste, like smoke from a barbecue pit firing pecan wood; chocolate, a hint of raisin, though the taste doesn't follow the nose 1-to-1 on the raisin note (much more raisiny in the nose, way less in the taste)

F: silky but not lumpy; holds on to just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat; suprisingly light

O: my stout/porter experience is skewed to the higher ABV/American end of the spectrum, so a lot of things about this one surprise me; it's overall a bit lighter than my expectations -- "lighter" meaning closer to sweet bready malts than licorice/raisins. bottom line: it's everything you could want in a good English malt bomb with a fantastic smoky sweetness that tends almost to feel nutty, like a roasted brown ale

for some personal context, i like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout better. it's a cross-style comparison but the Oatmeal Stout is a bit more like chocolate and coffee; the Taddy Porter here is darker, a bit more burnt. BOTH are fantastic.

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Photo of tzieser
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a 24oz pint glass.

L: black in color, almost completely opaque with a thick eggshell colored head that never wants to go away.

S: sweet malty aroma with a very faint roasted malt note. Pretty standard for the style

T: very smooth profile throughout. Toasted malt flavor with lingering notes of burnt toast and nuts. Not as much roasted malt as you'd expect, this is very well balanced with a faint herbal hop bitterness

M: pleasantly dry finish

O: a classic English porter worthy of any beer advocate. I prefer Fullers London Porter to this but it's still quite tasty.

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Photo of jpro
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle from Northbridge Piggly Wiggly. Poured into an imperial pint glass...

A: Black; opaque and shadowy; peanut shell cap of foam, about 1.5 fingers in thickness; nice retention leaves a few strands of lace; THIS is a porter.

S: Light coffee liqueur; tangy; I want to smell more roasted malt... coffee and chocolate... but not really getting much. Perhaps there is some coffee bean.

T: There’s some roasted malt; dark chocolate; espresso notes; lively, bitter tang on the end - perhaps due to the acridity of the roasted malt instead of hop character.

M: Moderate feel; high carbonation... yet chewy and satisfying; it has a really nice feel that’s more crisp than sweet.

O: A very nice, classic porter; great look and feel; taste is pretty much the blueprint for the style; enjoyable, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%

This is probably my favorite porter that I have ever tried. I drank it a lot when I lived in England and still enjoy it from time to time in the U.S. (pretty affordable and widely available where I live). Perhaps the standard bearer for this style.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... black beer with head colour beige of more than 2 fingers
Aroma... roasted and smoked malt, caramel. Fresh malty aroma
Taste... liquorices flavour in mouth with sugar cane and caramel notes and smoked malt , but not too much sweetness
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice porter, hops are present in a light style. Balanced in mouth even with a strong presence of liquorices and caramel

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Photo of dar482
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in dark black color with a mocha head.

The aroma has sweet brown sugar, toasted and roasty malt along with some fruity notes hidden in there.

The flavor has a good amount of brown sugar, toasty malt, a bit of chocolate, with a light to medium body. A good amount of bready and toasty notes along with sweet sweet caramel and brown sugar.

A smooth drinking beer. Another example of Sam Smith's well crafted beers.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. There's about two fingers of mocha-colored head, but the retention isn't fantastic. Still, it has a smooth, attractive texture and leaves behind some solid lacing on the glass.

S: Aside from the textbook fruity/chocolaty tones, this has a surprising amount of roast in it. The roasted malts almost seem a bit charred (which I like), too. All in all, it's not the boldest aroma, but it works very well regardless.

T: It starts off rather well, with a nice combination of dark fruits and chocolate. The finish, though, I'm not such a fan of. It has that typical Samuel Smith mineral character (which works quite well in some of their offerings, i.e. the Imperial Stout) in conjunction with a roasted, charred bite. I think the biggest problem is that...well, it's kind of boring.

M: Rather thin, slightly sweet, not very creamy, and dry on the finish. Basically, it's a typical porter feel, and that's good.

O: While it's decent enough, I can't help but be a little let down. I love the Imperial Stout from these guys, but this is only slightly above average. Maybe another porter I had earlier today (Anchor's porter) gave me unrealistic expectations. I wouldn't ever refuse it, at least.

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Photo of Lowseph
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had one yesterday, it was fantastic.

Loved the color and the roasted flavor.

Easily one of the better porters I've had.

Goes great with your favorite cigar.

I will most definitely be buying this beer again and again.

Only place I've seen it is at my neighborhood world market, so it might not be that easy to find,

but well worth the search.

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Photo of Deerslayer210
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Porter, the next best thing to a stout. Unless you grab a taddy porter. This is by far the best porter I have had to date and can stand up to most stouts and porters alike. The color is a dark rich brown almost black. The smell is great of coffee and malt. And the taste is balanced with coffee, malt, and a hint of chocolate. Truly a pleasure to drink. Samuel smith,s hits a home run with this one. Must try!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glad as the beer was drank.

Smell: Mocha, toasted malts, smoke, sweet pale malts, and roasted malts.

Taste: Some vanilla, roasted, mocha, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and a little bitterness. A little sourness to it too like the style originally was made.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, and a little chewy. What a nice treat.

Overall: Pretty solid porter. Such a classic.

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Photo of mjurney
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black color, ruby red highlight. Thick creamy, beige color head.

Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hint of dark fruit.

Very rich and malty, dark roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, some hint of toffee. Dark fruit character, dried prunes. Hop bitterness is mild-medium. Finish is dry, roasted. Body is creamy, silky, smooth, dry.

A world-class beer. One of my favorite Porter. Delicious!!!

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oatmeal, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of syrup, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, hint of syrup, and hint of alcohol. Overall, very sweet aroma, good blend in the body, and decent feel.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/black with garnet highlights when held to light and a frothy tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt, soy, chocolate, and roast malt form the initial aroma. Underlying fruity notes of dark cherries, fig, and plum add complexity.

Flavor is roast malt dominant throughout, with an umami character surfacing mid palate. The finish is chocolatey and a touch dry. Heavily toasted malt and burnt breadcrust form the backbone. Sherry notes are evident at the base.

Body is moderate to a touch light. Carbonation is moderate, and there's a bit of harshness in the aftertaste.

Good roast malt character, with enough chocolate for the style. Fairly complex, with the sherry and dark fruit notes. It's a little bitter at the finish.

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Photo of Auraan
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep brown, with a gorgeous half-finger tan head. Very nice looking beer, very true to style. Scents of coffee, dark chocolate and a heavy roasted malt presence. Excellent. The taste is a classic porter. Roast malt, dark chocolate in the background, a bit of black coffee, some slight nuttiness and a dry finish, with a slight bit of tang throughout. Perfectly executed. Mouthfeel is true to form, with a medium body and medium carbonation. Overall an excellent porter, one of the best I've come across and well worth drinking.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Jine's Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark black, with a half inch mocha head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Some dark chocolate flavors up front, followed by smoke, then a little bit of coffee, roasted malt, with a tiny fruity twang at the end of each sip. The sour twang is very welcome and does not detract.

Medium bodied, good body for a porter. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Medium carbonation.

A great classic example of a porter, one that will always be tasty.

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Photo of tronester
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown in color. A light chocolate aroma. Taste begins with a bit of acidic twang, followed by some coffee, then finishing with some stone fruit. Mouthfeel is a little bit light. Overall quite a good porter that I would get again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The pour is about as black as it can get with a delicate beige head that builds up quickly and then fades down a bit at the end but never really goes away.

The aroma is very sweet and full of milk chocolate, a little smoke, yeast, and dark malts. Hops are in the background but they do emit a slight bite.

The body is medium and very smooth and creamy.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests with a nice chocolate thing up front and a mellow but well balanced dry hopped finish. It feels more like an Irish dry stout at points. But this is the Porter that many try to emulate.

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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.