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

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Reviews: 1,259
Hads: 2,782
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 191
Gots: 296 | 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 yankiac
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black with a ruby hue. The head is about an inch and it maintains its lacing throughout the drink

S - Heavenly. Subtle notes of chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - Well balanced roasted flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present.

M - Full and creamy

D - Shockingly very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

Notes: This is an exceptional brew. Sheer ecstasy for the palate. (413 characters)

Photo of dino213aa
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, with tinges of brown around the edges. Head is thick, dense and rocky. Lacing is sparse and uneven.

S: On the first level are strong notes of dutch milk chocolate.. further down are some white pepper notes and a slight whisper of peat.

T&M: Tart at first with touches of citrus, followed by the obligatory roasted malt. Has a somewhat metallic finish which is disappointing. The mouthful is creamy, robust and befitting a porter of this calibur.

D: This beer is exceptionally drinkable. The few slight disappointments in taste would in no way prevent me from drinking another dozen pints. I find myself wishing I had bought more. Two thumbs up! (658 characters)

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

Pours thick and dark with a nice brown head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Smell is malty with a bit of a burnt aroma and just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste immediately hits you with the burnt flavor and then finishes with a bit of the coffee taste and some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is not bad, but it has a bit too much carbonation for a beer this dark and it finishes off too dry.

Not a bad beer, but not that good of a beer either. It is worth a try, but not one that I will be drinking regularly. (530 characters)

Photo of Nibbley
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...this is a great Porter!
Pour a almost pitch black with a medium head that disappears very quickly.
Aroma is of dark figs and raisins.
The taste is very complex, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and ripe figs.
It has a tight dry mouthfeel, with small carbonation.
Probably the best Porter going. Two thumbs way up. (332 characters)

Photo of MillySox
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is in a league of its own. While porters and stouts are normally not my thing, the Famous Taddy porter easily makes my top five.

The appearance does not distinguish itself from the others. The aroma alerts the drinker that this brew has something a little different. A slightly sweet and fresh scent. The taste is unrivaled. Smooth and slightly creamy. A complex mix of slight chocolate, slight coffee, slight bitterness, which lingers for a few seconds. As the taste slowly fades the glass comes back to the mouth as if it were a natural reflex.

I have seen it classified as a Northern English Brown Ale and it has changed my perception of the style.

Unfortunately since my initial review I have had this beer in a four pack of 12oz bottles and it had less flavor. Possibly due to age. (802 characters)

Photo of quinnsi
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great dark chocolate brown color with a big, lumpy, puffy head of dark tan foam

Smel: Nice malty roast with plenty of chocolate aromas as well as a faint crispness.

Taste: At first I am struck by how smooth the beer is. Good roasty chocolate flavors and nice hop bite in the background, coupled with lively carbonation all balance this brew out extraordinarily well.

Mouth & Drinkability: Greay creamy fell in the mouth. This porter very drinkable.

Overall, this one of the finest porters I've ever had, second only perhaps to New Glarus' Olde English. (569 characters)

Photo of JoshuaJ
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another great one from Sam Smith. It's pitch black with a good, creamy head. Chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. Chocolate, molasses, malt comes through at the end, a little figgy, but finishes dry. Carbonation is excellent. I could definitely session this were I so inclined. (322 characters)

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

consumed 02-11-2009, 355ml bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a dark near black color with thick tan head. almost non-transparent except for the amber color that is visible on the sides of the glass.

smell: dark fruits, dark coffee, cocoa & black licorice.

taste: starts out with roasted malts, coffee, than the dark fruits (raisins, figs, plum). almost picked up some brown sugar notes.

mouthfeel: smooth/creamy with ideal carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinker if you like English porters. (504 characters)

Photo of ALEBOY
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic beer. A very dark ruby that was almost black. Small tan head that lasted quite well.

The aroma was devine, strong fruit cake smell with hints of rum, chocolate, and coffee. I could appreciate this beer for its aroma alone!

Taste was as you would expect judging by the aroma, with a little cinnamon thrown in for good measure and a slightly drier than expected finish.

A fine porter that comes with my highest recomendations. (453 characters)

Photo of Blupoet03
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured dark brown with a light brown head from an English pint bottle. The nose is full of sweet malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate.

The taste is smooth and creamy, sweet on the tongue, with a slightly bitter tail and a drying aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and tingly, smoothing out towards the end.

One of my favorite beers, the Taddy Porter is highly drinkable and gets better as it warms. (440 characters)

Photo of Newmerator
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i got a .5 liter bottle from the local spot

Pours a deep brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Rich creamy, chocolate, coffee. a brilliant porter over all. not too little carbonation (like some porters i have had). It's effing delicious. this is god damned delicious.

Cheers (296 characters)

Photo of SisuPride
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This porter has it all. "The Famous" Taddy Porter is right. This beer is creamy, smooth, tastey and down right delicious. Compared to other porters the biggest difference in this one is the mouthfeel - at times this can be a little ambiguous with beer but when this fills your mouth you will appreciate this category. The smell and taste are the perfect Goldilocks - 3 bears blend of just right. Not too much, not enough - just right. (434 characters)

Photo of mclanem
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks and smells great first off. really dark black with a brown head looks creamy. the smell is sweet and rich, could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap a little. the taste is great a light roasted malt flavor a bit grainy good though, not to much on the mouthful not to strong but it is smooth over all. good drinkablity on this beer I would like to try more like it. (382 characters)

Photo of tyanow
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is good reason why many compare all porters to this one. It is a classic that has held up and stayed above the pack forever.

Dark auburn with nice thick head.

Aromas of chocolate and caramel further mellow the roasted grain bouquet.

Rich roasted malt flavors that are best complemented by a bit of fruitiness and caramel.

Creamy good body (I wouldn't say full body but close) that tantalizes every part of my mouth and finishes strong with slight spiciness and dark fruit finish.

At 5% and a taste that gets better as it warms, one might be tempted to drink these all day long.

This beer is not quite in a class by itself, but it is at the very very top of the Porter class.

btw - I have found that the bigger bottles (fatty Taddy as they are known) is the way to go with this beer. Unlike some of the other Sam Smith products (i.e Winter Welcome and Nut Brown Ale etc) this one you don't want too cold, and the bigger bottle means it has more time to open up and come down to near room temperature. And of course you get more of the magical brew too. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Mayhem976
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- When I went to pour this I was surprised how thin the body was, I usually tend to shy away from porters that are not thick and robust. With that said, the body was thin but black and had a good head with almost zero lacing.

B- I pick up a slight trace of malts and coffee.

T- Very surprised, upon pouring I wasn't expecting much. As the porter hits your palette you get that familiar English thin watery taste/body and that's when it happens, you get hit with an impressive amount of coffee and chocolate notes. I would have never guessed they could pack so much punch.

M- Thin and watery.

D- Very high on the drinkability scale! Delicious, practical, and for under 3 dollars a bomber, I'll be buying this again for sure! (728 characters)

Photo of JustinOSU99
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Large brown head on a very dark delicious looking body.
S: Very sweet smelling with hints of honey, caramel, coffee, mocha and yeast.
T: Lacks some of the intricacy that I have had in other excellent porters, but definitely has a good flavor. I notice the mocha and coffee flavors really coming out the strongest.
M: Sits heavy on the palate but also very smooth.
D: It's a decent porter that I could sit and have a few of, but nothing to rave about. (458 characters)

Photo of SigEp
3.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porter is such a vast category that knocking this on it's stylistic merits would seem kinda wrong. I guess I just don't like that buterscotchy-caramelly-sweetish flavor that all the sam smiths I've tasted have had---this one escpecially. Pours dark dark brown and goes down very smoothly.
I am not a big fan of this one. It does seem, however, and thankfully, that SS imperial stout actually benefits from this quality. There they stepped up the hops to accomodate there thick sweet beers. (492 characters)

Photo of Godot
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its like meeting an old friend. When I was in college I drank Taddy Porter at least once a week, generally as a reward to get me through a paper. Now several years later I realized I haven't had one in a long time, and as I pour it I wonder what took me so long. It is just a few shades shy of black, giving a slight ruby color around the edge when held to the light. The head is a pillowy tan that slowly drops down, but never less then a quarter inch that leaves some nice lacing. It is truly a beautiful brew. The smell is of chocolatey malts and coffee. The taste is exceptional. Roasted coffee and slightly bitter chocolate with a slight bite I assume is from the roasted malt. It has a satisfyingly rich mouthfeel without being heavy at all. You could drink this one all night and not feel full. This is one of those beers that to me sets the tone of a style. Whenever I drink english style porter, I measure it against this yardstick.

Note: Last a drank a Sammy Smith's it came in a clear glass bottle, this one is brown. I don't know when they changed but I am glad they did. (1,085 characters)

Photo of wanker
3.27/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed in this beer. I found the taste and mouthfeel a bit thin. There was a bit of skunk in the taste as well. Weak head. Perhaps I was spoiled by the Young's Oatmeal Stout I had consumed the prior day, because this porter was inferior in every respect to the Young's.

That said, this is certainly not a bad beer. Better than many. But nothing I'd go out of my way for. (391 characters)

Photo of RppIII
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer was poured from a 355mL bottle into a snifter after sitting at room temperature for 30 minutes. No freshness date or battling date was visible.

Appearance: The beer pours a black with a slightly translucent quality to it. The tan head quickly recedes to a mere pittance of its former glory, or lack there of, but it’s exactly what one would expect of this style. Impressive refined carbonation and a tan, chocolaty ring of head around the glass make this beer look malty and appetizing.

Smell: Simple, beautiful aroma. The Marris Otter that is immediately present reminds me of a recent brew day of a similar style of beer, the smell of grain wafting through the house, clinging to every nook and cranny for days! Bitter chocolate nibs, a slight coffee essence, and maybe some caramel malt make a presence.

Taste: This beer gets progressively better, starting with spot-on style, staying with that theme as it works its way to the impressive flavor. Really well balanced malted grains that add a bit of an acidic bite, and bitter coffee/chocolate nib flavor.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful full mouth carbonation, smooth, creamy and moderately chewy. It quickly dries your mouth out so another drink almost immediately is necessary.

Drinkability: Awesome session beer. At 5% and with such a great, simple flavor and aroma, it’s a no brainer. This is the quintessential template for this style and Samuel Smith couldn’t have done a better job.

March 4, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl (1,489 characters)

Photo of Ommy
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith pours a dark, unclouded liquid not unlike a good cola. The brew develops a quick and frothy head which fades slightly but then sticks. The lacing caused by this fading is a light caramel cream which makes the mouth water.

Upon smelling, a wave of roasted coffee gently passes the nostrils which whets the appetite rather than offend. A light smell of hops compliments the roasted smells.

With the first taste it is clear this is a beer that is made for enjoying slowly over conversation with friends, family, and even strangers. The rush of the roasted malt is nicely balanced with the hops, and at the end a sweetness arrives to linger.

I feel this would be a great thirst quencher while eating a hearty roast. (756 characters)

Photo of xuptygm
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with a creamy head that quickly disappears. Smells of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Tastes pretty much like it smells-- coffee, toffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. A complex beer for sure. Perfect carbonation really makes all the flavors pop in your mouth. The level of carbonation also lends itself to the smoothness of the beer. Medium bodied for a porter

I still like the oatmeal stout better, but that is purely personal preference. This one pulls its weight for sure. They don't call it "The Famous Taddy Porter" for nothing. This is a classic beer for sure and a signature aspect of Sam Smith's lineup. (649 characters)

Photo of mwearl
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color with no light through glass. Medium head but not lasting long and with no noticeable lacing. Smell is a little sweet, then smoky chocolate. Taste is also smoky with a hint of chocolate or coffee. Not very complex as expected for a Porter but it may add to its drinkability. Mouthfeel is medium but a little acidic on the perimeter of the tongue. Overall a good beer. (385 characters)

Photo of LvilleIPA
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Sammy bottle with the gold leaf wrapping.

Appearance - deep, deep brown, nearly black. A nice white/tan head at the top.

Smell - coffee and chocolate are definites. Also some burnt malts show up.

Taste - very, very smooth. Definitely one of the smoothest, medium bodied porters I've ever had. Some great coffee and malt tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but does creat a nice feeling on the palate. A tad light as far as porter's generally go, but the coffee/malt taste lingers long enough to not be a drawback.

Drinkability - TONS. So easy to drink, and at only 5% abv, you can hang out and drink this one all night long.

I absolutely recommend this classic to anyone who's a fan of porters. It's also light enough to recommend to anyone who is trying their first one of this style. Definitely one of my "all time favorite classics" though. (863 characters)

Photo of danny013
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint glass, topped up as needed. A nice hard pour reveals a dark body with rich ruby hues along the bottom of the pint. A thick, light brown head sits atop the beer that sticks throughout the pint and leaves some light lacing. Delicious looking ale.

Smell is rich and complex. Light fruity esters up front mixed with a pleasing malt sweetness. Soft chocolate aromas come through with some biscuit and toasted malts mixed in. Faint alcohol, but you really have to try and find it. No hops to pick out. Overall, very nice.

Taste is dominated by sweet chocolately malts as the beer hits the palate, some bread/biscuit flavors come through with a gentle/strange...sourness that isn't offensive and adds a bit of character to the beer, quite nice really. Flavors round out and the roasted grains and coffee flavors come through, balancing out the rich sweetness. Finish is light, leaves a faint grainy bitterness on the tongue with a excellent earthy hop flavor to savor until the next quaff.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation. Maybe a little less carbonation would make the beer a bit smoother and more creamy? Still, very delicious.

Overall, a very delicious porter from one of the older breweries in England. A well balanced ale that leaves you waiting for another sip, or another bottle! A few of these could definitly be had and enjoyed in a session. Also most Sam Smith beers can usually be found in most decent beer stores and all their offerings are excellent. Don't be afraid to grab a couple! (1,595 characters)

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