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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: 1,266
Hads: 2,824
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 203
Gots: 327 | 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 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 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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Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a nice foamy tan head.

The smell is earthy and roasted malts.

The taste is roasty, milky and finishes slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly full bodied. The carbonation is low but finishes a bit prickly.

Overall another great beer from Sam smiths, haven't been disappointed yet.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

550mL bottle into a pint glass
no bottling date; SB27M1 are the only distinguishing numbers and mean nothing to me

A: Pours an opaque black with 3 fingers width of khaki colored head. Head is dense, and has very good retention before dissipating down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves a fair amount of fine bubbled lacing.

S: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, some sweet and tart/tangy dark fruit notes, a hint of heavy cream, a bit nutty.

T: Upfront the taste is fairly mild and bland, but then there is a really nice aftertaste of stale coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. There are some herbaceous grassy notes as well.

M/D: Very smooth beer, all the way through the finish. Carbonation is low, but appropriate. Drinkability is good. Probably the highlight of the beer in my opinion.

O: For me, this is good but not great. I know its one of the standards of the style, but it just doesnt blow me away. That being said its a must try as it really is a classic beer from a classic brewery.

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Photo of dwren89
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep black with garnet highlights, tan foamy big head

Aroma: roasty and dark, quite a subtle aroma compared to other porters

Taste: roasty, dark, but quite drinkable; roastiness on the same level as a dry stout, but a maltier sweet finish, slight black licorice notes

Mouthfeel: thick and viscour, but not overly full bodied. A deftness in toeing the cloying/heavy line in flavor but a nice medium-full body.

Overall Impression: A nice English porter that brings great roasty flavor, sweet malty finish, but a smooth and medium bodied swig.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date on it, poured into a Summit becker glass

Very dark black cherry look, clear, with a small fluffy head with minimal head lacing and retention. Smell is airy roasted malt, cocoa powder, and engish hops. taste is light roasted malt, malted barley, cocoa powder, earthy hops

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Photo of Libationguy
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with tawny and amber hues. Dark tan head with a compact head that has short retention.

Roasted malt, hazelnuts, butterscotch, gingerbread, toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a mild hop note.

Roasted malt is on the verge of a scorched quality on the palate. Bitter chocolate balances against malt sweetness.

Medium bodied and slightly sour at the very end of the finish. I expected more power on the palate based on what I picked up on the nose.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head with huge bubbles which form quickly- some head retention. The head is a very light beige and the body is a chocolate brown which shows glimmers of garnet when held up to the light. Minimal amounts of lacing left behind.

Nose- This beer should be plenty warm but I'm not really getting a lot at this point in time. Slight hints of sweet and sour notes typical to roasted malts and coffee. With some swirling, the roasted notes come out much more with a hint of chocolate. After a small repour, this flavors become less subtle. Lots of nut, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Slight hints of smoke and notes I tend to get from nitro tap beers.

Taste- Slight hints of sweetness and roasted notes to begin with. Caramel and roasted malts come out in a very subtle notes. It think subtlety defines this beer. This is a beer that benefits from nuance and a seeming simplicity. It won't knock your socks off or make you stand up instantly but it is hard to think of what aspect of this beer would displease almost anyone. There is a dry finish as the label admits but it is short and does not disrupt the enjoyable creaminess of this beer. Steers clear of the mistake of over cloying sweetness that plagues many porters. Notes of raisins and figs come out as well but (once again) in very sparse amounts. This beer is a paean to economy in its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Absolutely delightful. This is the reigning aspect of this beer. Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. A light zip of carbonation balances out the texture.

Drinkability- Pretty much as easy as they come. This brewery exemplifies accessible beers. I can't think of one of their beers which the beer novice shouldn't try.

Overall- I would appreciate a more robust nose and flavor profile but the integration and balance is almost unmatched. A 4 N 3.75 T 4 M 4.75 D 4.5

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Photo of Samuel906
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far, one of the best all around and most true to form Porters I have ever had. There is really nothing to dislike about this brew. Pours a very dark red with khaki head with some retention. Fairly mild nose but plenty of chocolate, raisin, smoke, coffee and molasses. Taste follows suit with the perfect amount of sweetness, bitter chocolate, hops and roasted notes. Not heavy and overbearing like a lot of stouts and porters, but very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall, terrific beer... my new baseline for what a porter should be.

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Photo of jlazerus
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I used the traditional British pint glass.

Produced less than a quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly, to be expected for a porter. Nearly opaque dark brown to black.

I'm not that great at determining smell, but it had a very complex aroma of wood, malt, spice, and stone; along with chocolate and coffee of course. Not a single off-putting flavor.

The taste is as complex as the aroma. Tangy, mellow, slightly smoky but not obnoxious at all. Malty but not sweet, earthy, and smooth. Mouthfeel is not noticeable at the right temp except for slight carbonation and a bit sticky on the back of the tongue.

I wanted to try this for a while, and I was not disappointed. Great!

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.