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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,364 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,364
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 133
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A dark cola, clear enough too see lots of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of light beige head that has great retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S raisins and chocolate with a hint off coffee and a slight fruity aspect I can't quite place

T what I smell but with less chocolate more dried fruit and some molasses

M silky upon entry and the bubbles cream it up a bit before it hits you stomach and the flavors linger

D great session brew and ever so close to a few 4.5's so I can't help but drop one here

a solid classic brew that everybody should drink every now and then, not my favorite from this brewer but a great porter nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 00:31:01 | More by wordemupg
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. Great two finger that is almost perfectly even with the lip of the glass. Creamy, tan, bread dough head amidst dark coffee hues. Good porter aromas hit the nostroil. Plenty of roasted and creamy vanilla like malts. Great passover to the mouth with more developed creaminess. More light brunt malt notes in the back of the throat as well. Very smooth palte. But lets you know you are packing on the calories.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 04:38:55 | More by scruffwhor
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-05-2012 00:44:26 | More by Zaphog
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods, North Central Phoenix. 12oz bottle into a hotel room tumbler at room temperature, classy.

Pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy head of a dusty offwhite foam. Great voluminous retention and some decent lace, even for the serving vessel. Nose has some cocoa, some Sam Smith hard water/metallic notes, a creamy sweetness with even a hint of tartness. Taste has some copper, some dark fruit notes and a bit of milk chocolate and again, a shade of some tartness. Mouthfeel is medium light, with a bit of roast in the finish. Low carbonation. A nice porter, but I can't seem to get past these copper notes - it's like sucking on a penny. I've experienced this to differing degrees in Sam Smith beers, but this one (or at least this bottle) seems to have it in substantial amounts.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:19:26 | More by liamt07
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-28-2013 17:34:02 | More by GraduatedCashew
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the classic English porter. I’ve been drinking this beer for years but only now getting around to reviewing it.

Appearance is pitch-perfect; totally opaque black color, with a big tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lot of clingy lace on the glass.

Nose is also pretty much perfect, with tons of roasted malt upfront; noticeable bitterness, and subtle coffee undertones. Faintly sweet and chocolaty.

The taste has all the aspects of the nose without being too big; it’s easy to drink and pairs well with food. Roast, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Very lightly sweet and figgy.

Moderately creamy but with a body that’s on the thinner side, medium carbonation, very sessionable. Not as profound and complex as some of the contemporary porters but still an exemplar of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 16:22:46 | More by tobelerone
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
No date or info listed on the bottle.

A - Crystal clear and light oak during the pour, it becomes more of a burgundy brown in the pint. A crown of three-fingers of foam rests gently on top and lowers slowly. It's just missing lace.

S - Dusty cocoa and flaky dirt give the aroma a classic English nose with lots of chocolate malt, a little hint of being burnt, with bready characteristics and mild hops.

T - Very dusty and dry, this English porter has nuances of bread toasted just a bit too long and bitter-sweet chocolate. Flavorful and rich!

M - A creamy and smooth entry leads to a soft feel on the palette and a mellow, not distracting dry finish. Medium-bodied and delightful.

O - Taddy packs a wallop of flavor without the necessity of pesky heavy alcohol our American versions have. Highly drinkable, it's a session porter if there ever was one. God bless the English brews.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 12:14:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bark

Sweden

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, the glass is filled with pale brown foam. After a while, it settles into a ½ finger head, leaving massive amounts of lacing. The clear liquid is pitch-dark.

The smell got some hoppy notes that make me think of an IPA. Some cream and nuts, the roasted notes are milder than expected. Some tart hints.

The body is medium to light, making this beer gulpable, the liquid is creamy. Nutty flavours, some berries (currants), fresh hops but almost no bitterness at all, but a fine malty flavour with a mild note of dark toast. Overall, clean, fresh and very balanced.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is just a little thick.

This is the way I like an English porter. Hurrah!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 19:26:26 | More by bark
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

01-09-2013 03:35:32 | More by jrallen34
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$3.70

This pours from 550ML bottle a very nice amber with a large head of foam that *also* just won't quit. And yeah, there's plenty of lacing there to give this Nutbrown Ale very good marks for appearance.

The smell has a sweetish nose to it. I'm getting notes of sweet malt and some fruit.

The taste has a big sweet malt profile up front and some nuttiness in the background. A few more sips in and I get some chocolate flavour and some hop zest that balances out the sweetness very nicely. Man, this is heck of a drinker and at 5%abv, this is one fine session brew. Oh, now I'm getting a touch of molasses and more of the lemon zest. Wow. This is another Samuel Smith offering that I could drink all night long. Well done! Highly recommended!!

Bottom line: Samuel Smiths certainly can crank out the fine brews. No wonder they are my favourite brewery from the UK!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 00:54:15 | More by Bitterbill
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This beer had a deep, dark brown hue and texture so thick you can't see through it. There was a decent head and good lacing.

This had a subtle smell, like most of Samuel Smith's beers. Malt, coffee and something I couldn't put my finger on.

Tasted of malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe some fruit. Complex, but didn't beat you over the head with it.

Nicely done carbonation and a dry finish made for a good, solid mouthfeel.

If you're into porters, this is a good beer to get. I only drink them but so often, but this is a good one. It has a nice taste and isn't overly heavy.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 15:58:11 | More by avalon07
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My initial impression was not favorable, but this got considerably better the warmer it got. Black color and hearty flavor, this is a sipping beer to be sure. Carbonation seemed to be heavy for this style. I'll stick to their Oatmeal and Imperial Stouts in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2002 09:44:24 | More by Dogbrick
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flagmantho

Washington

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a pint glass; I'm looking forward to reviewing this beer.

Appearance: very dark amber with a very thick head on pouring which subsided quickly. Quite appetizing.

Smell: roasted malts with some caramel sweetness. Not overpowering, but not so subtle that it can't be appreciated.

Taste: very nice flavor; there is a subtle coffee flavor and the hops seem almost floral. It is nicely bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel: a nice medium body overall, it seems a little more substantial than the average porter. Very satisfying.

Drinkability: it's a little thick to swill pint after pint of it, but a few of these in a long session would be quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 01:59:16 | More by flagmantho
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:37:01 | More by DrDemento456
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. In the aroma, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes. In the taste, sweet roasted malt and chocolate and coffee hints, a bit watery though. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. Nice roast, but a bit thin, although still good for and English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:24:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruit. It tastes the same way to me, but in addition to the initial malty sweetness, there's a bitter coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's a bit creamy and smooth. The drinkability is good, but not great. Overall it's a good beer, but I've had better porters.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 02:02:30 | More by bluejacket74
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt brown pour settling nearly black in the glass with a sliver of the brown at the bottom. Medium sized cap of lightly frothy cappichinno colored foam sits atop briefly before fading to a whispy skim and bubbly tight collar. No real lacing aspects to it though, loosely spotty and light.

Aroma is mild and well toned in a milky chocolate reminiscent of tootsie rolls. There's a tender sweet fruityness underneath as is a small roasted espresso hint.

Taste is light and fluffy with a semi sweet milk chocolate. Fairly light on the buds, empty in the middle, light chocolate returns with a milky residue and fluffy-like graham cracker dryness. Not much to it, quite mild and light.

Feel is light sided with a medium start then drifting quickly from there into a slimming emptyness. Finishes with a bit of a pick up which helps.

Drinks down just fine, not much to it really, but is clean and seemingly well made, just a good tad on the empty side.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 03:25:12 | More by tavernjef
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 mL bottle without a freshness date. Pours a very dark brown color with an impressive 4-finger cap of creamy tan foam. Retention is excellent and lacing is slightly below average. Good looking brewski here.

Fruity, chalky and sweet-ish roasted malts on the nose. Dark berries come to mind as well as some mild unsweetened chocolate.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips and strawberries coated with old-school eraser dust are the main flavors I am getting. A twinge of tartness here and a hint of sourness over there give it a pretty authentic British Porter feel. Very smooth and velvety mouthfeel, it keeps you wanting another sip each and every time. There is enough roasty malt to give a mild coffee flavor to the beer. Sweetness is kept pretty low on the beer and has a pretty dry finish that whispers 'yea, there are some hops in here'. At first sniff I did not think I would like this beer, but the sum of the parts is greater than...ugh...something or other - just drink the damn beer, it's pretty freaking tasty!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 03:45:09 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rich deep brown, almost black - which I like in a porter. Aroma is intriguing - with one sniff I get hints of chocolate, with the next, roast coffee. Flavor is not as rich as I expected, but it is typical of a good porter with strong hoppy overtones, smoky undertones, and a soupcon of coffee. This is a beer to be sipped and savored, not chugged.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 00:27:04 | More by Cyberkedi
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-21-2012 05:01:45 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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chippo33

Vermont

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-18-2012 02:52:43 | More by chippo33
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell has som e choco;ate, roasted malts. Taste is the same, roasted malts with chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 13:56:16 | More by tone77
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle a dark brown with deep purple-red highlights. Formed a nice large bubbled frothy tan head. Long withstanding head left ample lace.

Mixed aromas of cafe mocha, nuts, dark fruit and an earthy vegetable smell.

Taste is of chocolate malt and nuts. Has a dark fruit and bitter hop finish. Tasty...

Creamy medium mouthfeel. A little dry in the finish... so take another sip.

A good beer and an excellent Valentine's gift.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 17:27:42 | More by WOLFGANG
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stcules

Italy

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: sour black cherry in syrup, licorice, liquor. Wood of sherry.
Taste: a lot of licorice, oily.
Body and mouthfeel: Full and round.
Finish: toasted hazelnut, very persistent.
I think this is a perfect beer to accompany with smoked cold cuts (sudtiroler speck).
Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 11:18:20 | More by stcules
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Black in color with a fine, frothing head that went down slowly and left a little lacing.

Smell – The roasted malts are pleasant and play well with the fruits. There’s some nice grapefruit to be had here along with some dark caramel and smoke.

Taste – The fruits come out big at the taste, making this one lighter than expected. The charcoal smoke and lightly-roasted malts show up as well.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally sweet and easy on the mouth. This porter is on the heavy side of medium-bodied and felt extremely good going down.

Drinkability – A session porter if there ever was one.

Update – I rated this beer with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be interesting to re-visit it with an ’04. Here are my thoughts:

Yes, there is some rather large grapefruit at the nose. I didn’t pick up as much sweetness in the taste this time around, but I got some good (albeit light) brown sugar and a twang of rising yeast. It’s definitely a solid medium in the body and was a little too clumsy to be called a “session brew”. I’m adjusting the scores a little bit but I think, ultimately, this is a “sub-4.0” beer that barely avoids my, “would buy again” recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 03:54:26 | More by RoyalT
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,364 ratings.