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

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2,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,342
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 129
Gots: 108 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-14-2014 20:11:01 | More by Hohnbaum
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3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured an opaque, black color with a cream colored head that was both frothy and sticky. A bit of lacing was left behind in my pint glass. The texture appears thick with a somewhat murky presence that is enticing. Aromas of plums, dates, alcohol, roasted sugar, and old raisins seemed to come out. The taste was dominated by malt & fruit derived sweetness. Smoked and burnt wood flavors add depth to the beer, but also seem out-of-place in that they don't work with the other flavors. A bitter finish is quite enjoyable. An interesting brew with unique flavors and a nice texture, but not all of the elements I look for in a good porter are there.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 12:44:47 | More by jaluria
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a British Pint glass, served at 62f.

Black as coal which only shows the dimmest ruby at the bottom when held to a bright light, topped with a rich mocha head that leaves nice lacing.

aroma of toasted caramel malt, some earthy hops and a touch of Diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is like mousse, light and effortless.

Taste: a thin roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with a lactic tour twang, a touch of prunes with a little bit of earthy hops.

A good tasting beer with many layers of flavor, but that flavor may be just a little too subtle. Not as as sturdy or robust as Fuller's London Porter this is nevertheless an excellent beer. The lack of the smokiness of this beer, which Fuller's has makes this a lighter and easier to drink but perhaps slightly less memorable British Porter. Still, this is a fine beer and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 21:42:16 | More by fx20736
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-20-2014 02:44:55 | More by Necronomad
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4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh joy of joys, one of my favorite porters of all time. Samuel Smith hasn't let me down yet. Enjoyed barely chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a rich, midnight chocolate brown. Smelled of fresh baker's chocolate with a hint of berries and bread dough. Taste was smooth and complex, rich and layered. Coffee, chocolate, hints of biscuit, and a kiss of fruit. Good times and cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 19:25:34 | More by Portertime
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with some dark cherry highlights when held to light. A solid, creamy tan head that slowly descends to a creamy cap and leaves light lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee malts, some diacetyl butterscotch notes, and faint fig notes, as well. A solid aroma, but it could be a bit stronger.

T&M: Smooth chocolate and coffee malts accentuated with caramel flavors and some of that diacetyl buttery flavor is present throughout, as well. A damn smooth and tasty porter. It's medium bodied with a lightly creamy and smooth feel that makes it go down very easily. Stronger body would help to facilitate the flavor development, but that's really my only issue with the beer.

D: I put this one down rather quickly. It's probably as sessionable of a porter as you'll ever find because of it's smooth feel, wonderful taste, and lower ABV. 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 03:22:20 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's an old song,: In heaven ain't no beer, so we gotta drink it here!"
Well, I hope thats wrong because this brew is a taste of heaven!
The color is like Black Garnet when held up to the light. This and several others are making me a Porter lover!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 16:43:04 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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2.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

hmmm...not impressed by 1st 3 impression. I may need more time to get used to this beer, but, after sampling things like winter warmer, and (personal fav) oatmeal stour, this was, quite frankly a big let down.

It pours a nice deep brown color, with a thick creamy tan head. Smells sweet and it has hints of licorice.

When I think porter, I think a rich, chocolately taste. I think a nice deep immersionin it, to boot. This was an odd licorice/chocolate mix, that didn't come out quite right.

Eh, I would say go for the oatmeal stout, but, you should at least try this, for the sake of trying it

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 04:22:29 | More by PSUDREW
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark ruby color, almost entirely opaque, with a thick 2 1/2 finger tan head that soon shrinks to 1 finger and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells of molasses and semi-sweet milk chocolate with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Overall, a very rich aroma that leads me to believe the taste may be a bit on the sweet side.

Taste of caramel and toffee with hints of chocolate, maybe some fig in the background. Some hops are evident and seem to balance out the initial sweetness for the most part.

The body seems a bit lighter than I would have expected. Still this is a very smooth beer. Obviously a low ABV and the presence of alcohol isn't really detected, making this an easy beer to drink and I wouldn't mind having another. I wouldn't go so far as to call this a session beer but it does make for a nice after dinner treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:53:52 | More by Vengeance526
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pitch black with a billowy cloud of a mocha colored head that leaves a bit of sticky lacing. Looks great.

S-Roasted malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Smells very good.

T-Delicious roasted malts and chocolate hit me right off. A bit of molasses and figs. This is great.

M-Medium body, but creamy smooth with light carbonation.

D-A truly great session beer that I never get tired of. I think its the best Sammy Smith has to offer.

If you like porters, this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:26:00 | More by Lerxst
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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml with gold foil on cap poured into the SN tumbler.

The Taddy Porter pours a deep ebony color with a tan creamy head that sits atop. The nose is sweet malts up front with a coffee finish. Smell is not overpowering but solid. The palate is extremely smooth with toffee, coffee, and a bitter maltiness that rounds out the quaff. The flavor profile differs in bitterness/sweetness with every sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. This is a very drinkable porter in my opinion. The alcohol content is not too much while the taste is a great sample of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 05:00:16 | More by abrand
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-02-2012 23:04:16 | More by dragomni
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-13-2012 00:19:13 | More by Danno48
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North Carolina

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

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Totally opaque deep brown/black, big head that settles to one finger, the color of cookie dough ice cream and the texture of cappuccino froth or real whipped cream, no real lace

S: Heavily roasted malt, but not burn or charred, chocolatey notes from the roast, sweetness is there too, a slight roasted smelling bitterness also

T: Easy on the palate, sweetish malt turns to good, rich roast, then hops enter at the end and add slight bitterness which brings out some more roasted malt flavor

M: Good and full because of the lower carbonation, but not overly heavy

D: I could sit at a pub and drink this all night long, quintessential english session beer

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:14:41 | More by dpodratsky3
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-10-2013 21:05:13 | More by BigOldOaf
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-12-2014 01:51:14 | More by addiwilliams
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New York

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550 mL bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours pretty darn black with some red around the edges. A nice big off-white head comes about two inches up on the pour.

S- Sweet caramel, chocolate, and some coffee. Just great.

T- Wonderfully roasty and malty. Just enough hops balances it perfectly. A subtle sweetness starts it off and the finish is anything but abrupt. Molasses, dark chocolate, and roasty malts. This is one solid representation of the style.

M- Medium feel, creamy, tingly. Nice.

O- I expected a good beer when I picked it up, and I may have gotten a great one. The price is right on this one at just over $3, and they're really easy to find. I think I'll be buying more soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:52:28 | More by tviz33
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big, frothy head that stays quite well. Very chocolatey appearance. Coffee and chocolate aromas in the nose, kind of a sweet smell. Very creamy mouthfeel, excellent taste which has a bit of coffee and chocolate, very sweet, a bit fruity. Only a slight amount of bitterness. Dark sweetness in the finish. This has an excellent taste and mouthfeel. Excellent and well rounded porter that I would find refreshing at any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 15:35:56 | More by hyuga
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-02-2012 00:47:55 | More by outsider
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a Sam Smith Taddy Porter at my new favorite lunch spot in Sidney, OH: "In Good Taste". They have a wonderful selection of bottled beer (both imported and domestic).

"Taddy" stands for Tadcaster (Samuel Smith's "Old" brewery).

Poured from the 550 ml clear bottle into a pint glass to produce a 1" beige head of tight foam. The beer is ebony in color and quite opaque.

The aroma of this porter is rather subdued, but hints of roasted malt come through. A scent of brown sugar is also apparent.

The taste is quite nice. Quite sweet, with hints of brown sugar, honey, dried fruit and a nice bitter finish that lingers in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy... and, obviously, thinner than a stout but rich none-the-less. Lightly carbonated and produces a good mouth coating and aftertaste. Complimented my "Union Burger" (6oz. angus beef with blue cheese and bacon on a kaiser bun) nicely.

Drinkability: Nothing objectionable to prevent me from having more than one...(except that "In Good Taste" has so many good beers that I must move on and try another....). This is recommended for the Porter style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 01:44:18 | More by TheBierBand
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Rhode Island

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

Pours black/deep brown with a light colored coffee head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of sweet caramel, nuttiness, a bit of dark fruit, nice for the style. Flavor follows. Good nuttiness to start to go along with a milky caramel sweetness. Hints of creamy coco before a dark fruit finish with a light touch of crisp hops as well. Top notch in the style. Smooth and dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 04:14:58 | More by uustal
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

07-14-2012 18:00:22 | More by dubmax
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-02-2014 00:10:52 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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New York

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with ruby hues, looking a lot like cola (only thicker). The pour produced a thick tan head and a good amount of lacing that clung to the glass.

S - Malty with the aroma of ripe fruit (raisins) and nuts. Slight hints of chocolate and alcohol also detected.

T - Lots roasted malts with a little smokiness. Slightly sweet up front (reminded a little of raisinetts and goobers mixed together). Finished with a slightly bitter hop bite.

MF&D - Creamy medium bodied English Porter. Rich and delicious. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 13:11:26 | More by nasty15108
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-28-2012 17:40:25 | More by DioS
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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