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

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Reviews: 1,259
Hads: 2,784
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 190
Gots: 299 | 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 twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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! (1,016 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with ruby red highlights when backlit and a float-like, two inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually recedes into a solid quarter inch cap; no lacing on this one. Nose suggests chocolate malt, dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors are considerably more subdued. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied with a mild, consistent background carbonation; a little too light-bodied and carbonated for my general liking. Easy drinking and flavorful - a nice session porter. (585 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with some deep brown around the edges. A nice head forms and sticks around. This leaves some pretty good lace down the glass. A very good looking porter.
S: Some malt, chocolete. Pretty thin though, not all that impressed here.
T: Lots of sweet malt with some nice chocolate and coffee flavors. A nice wood/earthy taste that I think works well here.
M/D: Kind of thin and watery for my tastes. Drinkibility is good though. Smooth and easy going.

A good quafable porter that is recommended. (514 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (282 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, muddy brown color with great cap of khaki brown head, great retention and lacing. Scent is earthy, notes of bakers chocolate, pumpernickle bread, dark roasted nuts, day old coffee. Taste is wonderfully smooth and combines the components of scent into a very good beer. Fuller side of medium bodied, a touch over carbonated. Ingredients are plain and simple, no flavors stand out but a good beer all around that shows craftsmanship is important. (458 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-the beer pours a black looking liquid with hues of red on the edges of the beer. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly at 2 full fingers. It lingers for a little bit and leaves no lacing on the glass

S-the nose seems pretty decent, it brings a light smokey malt up front. A caramel base sets in, lots of toffee accompanies. A note of molasses, chocolate, and coffee come in the middle with an underlying dark fruit sweetness at the finish, ripe plum and raisin.

T-Molasses is up front here and taken over by the smoked malts. A light touch of caramel and toffee add another layer towards the back, a hint of chocolate and coffee set in with plum and raisin sweeting up the finish

M-this is quite smooth and has a little creaminess to it. A medium bodied beer that is highly carbonated. It stings a little at the back of the throat from too much carbonation.

D-this is quite good and only improves as it warms. The smokiness mellows and the sweetness enhances. Smooth and velvety on tha palate, definitely a tasty brew. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.56/5  rDev -14%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large, persistent off-white head.
Aroma shows a fair whack of roasted malt with some dark chocolate and nutty notes. Some diacetyl still manages to show. There's also quite a bit of grainy-ness in there which I'm not a fan off.
Flavours are quite similar to the aromas, with mildly roasted malt and nutty notes. Hint of liquorice and burnt toast shine through. Thankfully there's none of that grainy malt found in the aroma.
Carbonation is quite prickly, something I don't like in porters and stouts. (524 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (959 characters)

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

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a nicely burnt sienna brown color. Produced a lovely cap of tan froth. Good retention too.

(S)- A nicely rich combo of mildly roasted bread and raisin. It actually reminds me of raisin bread toast (minus the butter).

(T)- Deeper elements of raisin, prune, and molasses present that what was in the smell. Finishes slightly dry and with some subtle toasted nuts.

(M)- A classic mouthfeel for a porter. A bit lighter in body than most of our american interpretations of this style, but it makes it smoother and easier on the palate.

(O)- Its really a classic. Porter lovers need to have this at least once. (654 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky black with faint ruby highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head.

S: Aromas of molasses, cedar, woodsmoke, and roasted grain are present on the nose. The usual aromas of coffee and dark chocolate that one generally expects of any porter are largely absent here.

T: Notes of molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, cream, cedar, woodsmoke, roasted grain, peat, leather, and earthy, herbal hops are present on the palate. The finish is rich and long with a combination of chocolate, molasses, leather, and earthy hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is not particularly powerful. This one could use a little more fizz in my opinion.

O: This is an excellent English porter. I've yet to find a Samuel Smith beer that disappoints me. (757 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a big creamy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, fading slowly over time to give a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of chocolate and mixed with sweet and sugary aromas of caramel and toffee as well as with other strong sweet aromas of dark fruits. A roasted malt aroma complements the sweeter aromas quite well, and in combination with the sweet, as well as a light earthy and woody smell, it creates a great nose on this brew.

Taste – The taste is drier and more bitter then the nose would have let on. It begins of a roasted dark malt flavor with hints of sweet chocolate and some caramel. These sweeter flavors begin to fade as the taste advances with the taste bittering more toward the middle, as flavors of cocoa and some coffee come to the tongue. A bitter-sour flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end with some light hop flavors coming to the taste as well. These flavors create a rather tangy but dark and roasty flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly above medium side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Not bad for the style as it makes it rather drinkable, but does not take away from the roasty and tangy flavors of the beer.

Overall – A rather interesting take on a porter. While I am not a huge fan of the tanginess that comes into the taste toward the middle/end, it is somewhat intriguing. Other then the tanginess I enjoyed the flavors, feel and look of the brew. It is definitely worth a try. (1,704 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into an Ommegang goblet.

A: Creamy, but brief, head. The beer is dark brown and opaque in the light, if slightly susceptible.

S: Chocolatey and promising. Creamy, vanilla-sweet, and almost oaky/bourbon-y. Nice.

T: Great porter. Predominantly sweet, with a perfectly roasted character running throughout. The aftertaste is almost drying, with a coffee character.

M: A bit flat. To be fair, I may have left this one sitting too long, but as it stands, the creaminess would benefit from a carbonation that simply isn't present.

O: Recommended! Would drink again; very drinkable. A sweetish porter, but one of the greats. (655 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this over at A & J in Brewster, NY

Appearance is dark brown with big off-white head. Taddy Porter smells like roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate; very low-key. It tastes quite nice, with roasted barley, plum, dark chocolate and other flavors coming across. MF is just right for a porter with a proper carbonation level. This classic from Sam Smith drinks well, another very good beer from them. (421 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and chocolate

Taste: bitter and sweet chocolate with toasted malt and a hint of coffee

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone--the sweetness and bitterness arereally well mixed, medium/high carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and rich porter that is layered nicely. Good for the style. This did not blow me away like I have been by other Samuel Smith offerings. Could have a couple but would buy others first. (510 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours perfect black. Completely opaque. Big, brown head that stays and stays. Excellent.

Smells of deep chocolate and coffee with hints of raisins with some vanilla extract. Wonderfully complex and rich.

Big on the bitterness, a very earthy taste all around. Coffee upfront, moving into some raw molasses and finishing with a wonderful spurt of roasted hops and some vanilla extract. Very nice.

This beer is rough where it should be. Not rough like a bad neighborhood in Detriot, rough like a wooden rollercoaster. A fun, carefully designed kind of roughness. (568 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany colour, clear in the body and letting some light through. Head is nicely beige, quite dense and creamy with trails of pleasant lace that clings like my ex-girlfriend. Looks like a nice dark ale.

Smell is quite malty and spicey. Fair amount of dark booziness with a tart dark berry note, hints of vanilla pods and lots of banana. Some mild licorice notes on there as well. Nice banana bready notes with sweet caramel as well, pretty nice.

Taste is a bit plain. Sweet on the front with mild caramel notes that then gets watery and slightly dark with a very slight roasty character. Yeah, really rather thin on the palate overall, some of that banana coming through clearly on the back, but it would be nicer if matched with more spice or more roasty bitterness. Very English, but that kind of becomes synonymous with bland in my book, unfortunately.

Very drinkable, though - let's not forget that the milder something is the more one can just chug it down. (979 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Darkest brown in color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of licorice, smoked malt, and black coffee. Flavor is dark fruity with prune and grape, dark chocolate overtones, light smoke, and roasted malts. A little watery, easy to drink. (271 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a two finger light brown head. Bubbly texture to the cap but it has great retention. Nice patches of lace all around the glass.

S- Nutty and roast malt mostly for me although it seems to have a weaker aroma than most porters.

T- Compared to the nose, a lot is added in the flavor. A nice balance of roast malt, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, nutty malts and bread. Has a bit of a chocolate raisin feel. Slightly tart, maybe the "tangy character" they speak of.

MF- Not as rich as American Porters but I see that trend in the English counterpart. Foamy consistency with silky smooth moderate carbonation.

Since it isn't super rich like some Stouts/American Porters it drinks very nicely. Good balance of flavor and a nice overall porter. (773 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a decent porter from Sam Smiths. It poured a dark brown, almost black, colour with a nice brown head. The aromas were of chocolate and coffee and the taste was more of the same. There were some hops present in the flavor of this porter as well. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, spirtzy and soda-like for a porter but the drinkability was very high, none-the-less!
Cheers!
-F (382 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, with a bit of roasted barley. It tasted like subtle roasted barley and chocolate malts, with a bit of vanilla coffee and oak. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mildly sweet aftertaste. Overall this beer had a nice, clean flavor that was subtle but tasty. It was fuller bodied that I would typically expect from a porter (more like a stout), but it was really easy to drink. This is a beer I could enjoy over and over, although it's quite filling. (563 characters)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.