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

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2,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,634
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 152
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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Photo of divineaudio
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown with some red highlights and a two finger tan head than lingers. has some of the most interesting lacing i have ever noted in a beer - reminds me of spotting animals in cloud formations as a kid.

nose of molasses, dark chocolate, raisin. gives you a good lead in to the taste.

flavors of chocolate and roasted malts with dark fruity overtones and molasses, followed by faint bitterness in the finish. this one is rich, fairly complex and well balanced, but i'd like just a bit more bitterness.

mouthfeel is amazing. soft, smooth and creamy with just the right amount of co2. feels like a cozy warm bed on a chilly fall night.

quite enjoyable and very, very drinkable. definitely in the top three for the style imo. if you've ever wanted to know what a porter should taste like, this would be a good place to start.

Photo of Beefytits4
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby tinted brown with a creamy mocha colored head that clings to the walls of my pint glass. Smells lightly of hops with a well rounded roasted sweet malts. Hint of coffee and chocolate as well.

Soft lightly carbonated mouthfeel that fits the beer and is reminiscent of many other Samuel Smith beers. Very well balanced between three main flavors: grassy hops, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. Straightforward and delicious example of an English Porter. Great introduction to the style for the less experienced beer drinker and a solid staple for the seasoned veteran.

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of tugdriver7
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always on the lookout for a great porter, this one came highly recommended and it did not disappoint. Deep brown to black in the glass with a decent bit of foam on top. Rich roasted malt in the nose and the same in the initial taste, but the lighter body, subtle carbonation, and a hint of bitter hops balance the brew beautifully and make it extremely drinkable. Well worth seeking out. Just a quality porter. Period.

Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark almost balck with a hint of a rosy red color. This head pours tall and tan with great retention and lacing.

S-The aroma is of dark fruits first like prunes and some slight chocolate and roasted barley underneath along with fruity esthers melding with all other things.

T- The flavor is much the smae with a soft earhty hoppiness blending well with the fruity easther, chocolate, dark fruits and a very soft bitterness to boot.

M-A creamy, almost syrupy medium mouthfeel and at the very very end, it turns dry! So very nice.

Photo of addiwilliams
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of brureview
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of Luiz0930
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of andthevolcano
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

The Taddy Porter. I love the appearance on this beer. Pours out a very dark brown, close to black as it can get with a hint of ruby shade on the bottom of the glass. Smell consisted of malts, caramel, some plums mixed in as well. Taste consisted of some coffee and some roasted flavors. Some of that caramel and plum comes into play as well. It's balanced so well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, goes down very nicely. Only gripe is that it's some damn expensive, but you get what you pay for (most of the time).

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JT99125
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Quaffer
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a deep red, almost black beer that had a tan, three-finger head. It sunk down slowly, becoming nice and pillowy in the process. A moderate amount of lace was deposited on the side of the glass.

Smell: There were aromas of sweet chocolate, malted milk, coffee, and raisins. There was a light smokiness that hung over the top of all of these. Complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel: This was a very smooth beer with a light carbonation on the tongue, but it was too light bodied. I was expecting something much heavier.

Taste: While I don't think that the taste of this brew was nearly as deep and complex as its aroma, it was still good. There were light chocolate roasted malt flavors upfront that blended well into a hops bitterness. The finish was a combonation of plum, smoke, and a continuation of the hops.

Overall, this beer was okay. I don't think that the flavor of this brew lived up to the expectations caused by its appearance and wonderfully complex aroma.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of BeerAngel
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Porter to ever drink. If this is a good benchmark, I like Porter beers. This beer has a very dark color with a very thin head. It is a very smooth, very drinkable beer that has a coffee-like taste. Perfect amount of hop bitterness and nice mouthfeel. I would recommend this beer. Think I'll have another.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of beertaster13
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine beer, pours a dark black with ruby streaks, the mocha tan head is fabulous. The smell is strong of cappucino and dark fire roasted chocolate, a nice fluffy marshmellow with just a slight hint of pine hops. The taste is great, the chocolate and coffee flavors compliment the roasted toffee and marshmellows, hints of roasted nuts linger. Very nice.

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