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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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2,424 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,424
Reviews: 1,225
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 141
Gots: 139 | 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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3.63/5  rDev -13.2%

Pretty dark, some reddish brown at the edges, 2cm tan head forms. Aroma is malty and chocolatey with some dark cherries. The taste is sweet and almost fruity, apple cider and cherries, with a lot of chocolate undertones. Fairly light bodied for a creamy beer, easy to drink.

Verdict: a standard. A good beer, I would never hesitate to drink one in front of me, but you won't find my frige full of them.

11-23-2006 15:30:18 | More by dfried
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4.78/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from 12 oz into glass

A- Black with dark reddish tones with a very small tan head.

S- Real sweet malty smell to it, not much hops in this one.

T- Delicious coffee, roasted malty flavor to it, but blended perfectly creating a extremely smooth and enjoyable porter. The only thing I'm not to happy about is that it has a pretty dry finish, reccomend a glass of water after you drink one haha

M- The mouth feel of this beer is amazing, it's what makes it for me. So smooth and clean tasting, and goes down like water.

Great Beer, Buy it!!!

01-27-2010 17:52:04 | More by Arenbeer
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Never had a porter before, this one just happened to be an odd bottle in a four pack of Sam Smith EPA, so of course I'm gonna drink the damn thing. Some may even call it fate....

Boy is this puppy dark! Thin head but I think my wife offshot the pour a little. I forgive her....this time. Head didn't hang out too long.

Smell? CHOCOLATE! Coffee too.

Taste? DARK CHOCOLATE! Coffee too. Maybe even reminded of grapes, like wine. Not bad at all even though this isn't my usual style. I wanted to dislike it because it seemed to chocolaty for me but I just couldn't.

It felt thinnner than it looks for sure.

I could easily enjoy one or two but probably not any more than that. I only have the one bottle and I doubt I'll buy more. It was definitely a nice pre-lunch treat.

08-04-2008 19:24:47 | More by PatronWizard
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-17-2012 00:54:18 | More by Zanico
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-03-2012 04:01:12 | More by surlytheduff
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-10-2013 21:05:13 | More by BigOldOaf
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Cherry licorice and chocolate. Not what I'm used to.

T - Follows the nose, with cherry licorice and chocolate. Some roasted malt. Fairly sweet.

M - Medium light body with average carbonation. A bit light but easy to down.

O - Pretty good beer. I haven't had many English Porters, but if this is one of the best, I'll stick with the American style.

04-20-2011 00:15:50 | More by greenmonstah
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a thick, opaque dark brown, with a creamy, fluffy tan head. Smooth, mellow and full of dark, roasty, coffee flavours. Delicious aroma of rich toffee, dark malt and sweetness. Some metallic flavour, but almost not noticeable. Some bitterness from the hops. Finishes dry. Excellent session beer.

06-07-2005 05:22:44 | More by baiser
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

A really dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights under about three inches of light tan head that quickly faded to a thin covering. Lots of sweet chocolate in the nose. Then there are some pretty subtle coffee and cherry scents. Chocolate is the main flavor as well, along with some dried fruit (figs, dates.) There's also coffee as well as the slightest hint of smokiness. Right as you swallow there is a touch of sour that hits all the way to the back of the throat. This is a porter that I'd actually enjoy sessioning.

04-28-2010 00:17:50 | More by alkemy
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

08-04-2013 21:46:00 | More by Dapper_Dan_Man
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

Appearance: An agressive pour from bottle to beer-clean Imperial pint glass resulted in a two finger collar of quality tan foam. Hints of excellent lacing as the head begins to slowly dissipate. The brew is jet-black and my mouth was agape upon discovering that this beer is packaged in clear glass!!

Aroma: Very earthy nose with hints of chocolate (brownie mix). The aroma of this beer leaves the taster longing for a visit to the much- -revered English brewery.

Taste: Calling the taste complex is like referring to sex as reproduction. The taste is nutty, grassy, and heavy with malt. The hop notes are muted, yet well-balanced...happy to be singing harmony with the stellar malts.

Mouthfeel: Balance is the key...and this quality porter is balanced. The long finish leaves a delicate sweet coating on the lips and fore-tongue.

Drinkability: I could do this one all day, all night, and all day tomorrow.

Seldom do I rave...I can only hope my ancestors has access to beer this good!!!

04-17-2004 06:41:17 | More by IceAce
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

A: Great look to this beer, dark dark daaark color with a tan head that is rocky and lasts for a really long time beautiful
S: some chocolate maybe some malt, not a whole lot of coffee but some rich earthy aromas for sure.
T: a nice chocolate rich creamy taste. with hints of coffee roasted flavors etc. its a little different than you might expect a porter to be, almost light on the palate. its got an interesting flavor not sure how to describe it but a little more to it than just an average porter.
M?D: this is very good creamy and elicious. this beer is worth a try and is easy to drink its worth a try. its a great porter that seems to have a little something extra.

05-14-2007 23:31:00 | More by Redwood21
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%

A: Deep dark brown with a slight tan head, leaves behind okay lacing.

S: Smells like roasted malts, but with odd sour notes.

T: Bitter dark fruit up front, with a faint taste of chocolate in there. Roasted malts as well. Underwhelming taste, overall.

M: Much thinner than anticipated. Has a decent creaminess to it.

D: With all the hype behind this, I am very disappointed. Glad I only bought a single.

02-25-2010 02:33:26 | More by mostpoetsdo
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

A- Black body with a off-white head that doesn't stick much.

S- Roasted aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and smoke.

T- Slight roasted flavor leads into a dark chocolate flavor with is overtaken by a medium peat smoke flavor that is very pleasing. The smoke fades into a semi-dry finish. Beautifully balanced taste.

M- Medium body with a silky smooth feel.

D- An awesome porter; one of my favorites to-date.

08-28-2010 01:10:50 | More by TommyW
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-14-2014 01:13:24 | More by dbarny76
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head. The color yields some reddish tints when held to the light. The lacing is impressive. The nose is of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. The taste is more of the roasted goodness and a bit of hazelnut lurks beneath. There are also hints of dark chocolate, but they are very subdued. The mouthfeel is smooth, albeit a tad (no pun intended) bit thin for my preference. Drinkability is good, as this is a pretty easy-drinking porter. A choice offering from Sammy Smith.

09-11-2002 18:44:19 | More by Jon

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +19.6%

05-27-2012 12:16:56 | More by TEAMHOLT
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-09-2013 01:52:48 | More by Jeeb
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3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

A: It's a very dark brown color, appearing black with a thumb width of tan head. Decent lacing lacing.

S: Immediately I get a metallic scent. I pick up chocolate and caramel scents. The metallic scent starts to fade when the bottle is opened longer (or I just notice it less).

T: I can taste lightly roasted grains, and what tastes like coffee flavored cocoa...it's not strong enough to taste like either one individually, but tastes like a flavor you'd get out of a coffee truffle or something similar. The flavor is very sweet, and doesn't have bitterness at all.

M: The mouthfeel is about medium, but it has a light airy feel about it.

O: Overall it's a nice sweet beer without being syrupy or heavy. It would work great as a dinner beer where you don't want to have a strong overpowering flavor. It would also work well with a dessert. I would drink it again, but it's not the best porter.

12-30-2011 21:08:52 | More by teromous
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-15-2011 06:02:54 | More by mcorwin
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-12-2013 01:52:56 | More by xacidx
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

05-08-2013 03:54:54 | More by DrewShalvoy
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-28-2014 01:34:56 | More by tabhill
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3.93/5  rDev -6%

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a real nice dark chocolate color with a nice head to it.

Well balanced, but seeming a bit shy in the aroma department. Good aromas of coffee, malts and chocolate. Wasn't all too giving though.

Full bodied with a really nice smooth and complete feel. Good depth with flavors of coffee and chocolate with a really nice roasted malt finish.

This was consumed at room temperature. The aromas were the only real let down, but this is a quality english porter.

05-15-2012 15:53:11 | More by KDawg
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4.22/5  rDev +1%

Ah, the first Saturday of the English Premier League season called for a proper pint while watching my Norwich City squad in the top flight.

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint.

Beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Beer smells of inviting dark chocolate and coffee beans. The roasted barley stands out as well. The taste is about as quintessential porter...the roasted barley stars again. Deep, delicious flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess. The carbonation is light and adds to the drinkability.

Overall, a great traditional British porter. Paired well with Saturday morning football.

08-15-2011 00:14:27 | More by pburland23
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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