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

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2,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 1,222
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 135
Gots: 115 | 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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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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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-12-2013 01:52:56 | More by xacidx
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

07-11-2014 17:21:28 | More by JLeet
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3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Taddy Porter pours with a major fizziness; the head is audibly bubbly and lively. Head stays for a while, retaining it's bubbly and rough dignity. Solid black, quite solid and dark, even for a porter. Smells are intense; woodsy roasted malt, a clean metallic odor, sweet oakiness, lots of dark malt complexities. Surprisingly less coffee aromas than expected, however. Flavor is sweeter but still quite malty. Clean tastes of dark malts, some floral hops in the middle, finishes dry, on some bland chocolate and a little tinny. I think the water used at Smith's is adding the metal tastes here, and I don't much care for them. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spot on.

Overall, I'm a little underwhelmed by this "world famous" porter. Good start with great looks and solid porter aromas. I feel this porter is weakened by the added metal characteristics from the well water used in brewing. I didn't hate it, but it definitely put me off a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:47:57 | More by SamN
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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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-09-2013 01:52:48 | More by Jeeb
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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
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4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550mL bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Appearance - Opaque, very dark brown, near black, with a finger of creamy tan head.

Smell - Chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of coffee.

Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, a nutty malt flavor, molasses, a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a silky texture.

Drinkability - Low alcohol and great flavor make this a great candidate for sessioning. I'd love to sip on a few of these at home while watching a hockey game on TV.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 04:35:36 | More by trbergman
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and ample lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts with a slight hop presence.

T-Rich, creamy malt and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet and slightly hoppy.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is about as sessionable as a porter can be. This is quite good, and one of my favorite Samuel Smith's beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:43:11 | More by velosuds
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taddy Porter is nearly opaque and the darkest oily brown color. A layer of tan sits on top and clings beautifully to the glass as well. The most incredible smells fill my nostrils as a breathe in the intoxicating aroma. Toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, and light biscuit notes are present. The nose on this literally resembles a fine dessert. For the flavor, that toffee aspect dominates, but yet again with Samuel Smith's, we get a fantastic level of complexity for a low ABV beer. I can pick up some bittersweet hops, dark fruits, and smokiness along with the flavors previously detected in the aroma. The mouth feel is light to medium, and the finish is dry and pleasant. Another timeless classic... the perfect porter!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 03:11:53 | More by Neorebel
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-07-2013 16:08:51 | More by TypsiYpsi
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was all excited to get this one home. I like Sam Smith's beer a lot. I expect great things. Pours a deep lack colour with a rich brown/tan head the receeds into a brown lace. the smell is of roasted malts. The taste is rather soft for a porter. Roasted malts with a feel of coffee. Somewhat bittersweet. This is average, as far as i'm concerned. I guess I just got my hopes up too high. But it wasn't bad. I was expecting a pefrect 5.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 02:18:45 | More by CBFanWish
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3.18/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black and the light that gets through is a ruby red shade. Big cream colored head that dissolves slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Very unique smell. Malts. Something sweet - smells a little like yeast but it's a type I'm not familiar with.

The beer, unfortunately, comes off as a little flat and uninteresting. More like a mild English ale than a porter. This porter doesn't come at you with smokiness or chocolate flavors. And that's fine, but I'm also not getting the "dry, tangy character" mentioned on the bottle. I'm not getting much "character," period. It's just an average tasting beer. The mouthfeel is boring - too watery.

For all that, it's a drinkable beer - inoffensive, easy to drink, looks quite nice on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 23:06:40 | More by jar2574
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Deep opaque brown. 2-finger tan head with great retention and wonderful lacing.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel malt make up the bulk of the smell, backed by some mild hops. Quite good. A little too sweet though.

T: Good, but like the smell, a little too sweet. Bittersweet chocolate permeates the flavor, backed slightly by roasted caramel malt and some mild spices. A slight amount of alkalinity in the background. The chocolate bitterness sticks with you long after swallowing.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Non-astringent.

D: Pretty drinkable, but a little rich. I don't think I could drink more than 1 or 2 of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 01:44:34 | More by ralree
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew. It's been years since I've had this until now, and lately when I've needed a porter I've reached for Ithaca Gorges, but I was feelin' this (thank you wegmans in penfield for having the craft your own pack section). It's just what you want a porter to be. I feel like everyone has said what needs to be said about it, just throwing in my two cents. One of Sammy Smith's best, and a quintessential porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 17:58:23 | More by josefnewsong
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New York

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

Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter.

Appearance: Ruby brown with a creamy off-white head.

Smell: Mostly mellow coffee notes. There's also chocolate, however it is not very pronounced.

Taste: Coffee notes are understated but impressive. Most "coffee" porters don't reach this level of fresh coffee taste. There's carob twang and backgroud of mellow roasted malts. The middle was all about a light caramel, while the finish exhibited a fig fruitiness.

Creamy smooth with a medium body and mid to low carbonation.

It retains its complexity but doesn't push into sensory extremes. The quintessential porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 01:34:36 | More by BeerNemesis
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark, opaque reddish-brown. A light tan head starts out a full two fingers thick and exhibits good retention and lacing.

Smell: Subtle and soft aroma of buttery diacytel, faint roasted grains, and a hint of green hops.

Taste: A bit stiff with a fair amount of caramel and buttery diacytel. The slightly bitter, roasted grain flavor is in the background and it adds an acidic undercurrent as well as a small amount of harshness. There's a touch of green hops, but they're restrained and mellow. A bit of alcohol on the tail end. Thin, lingering roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a sharp, dry mouthfeel that's a bit prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style. Due to the somewhat harsh, bitter undercurrent, I don't think I could drink it all night. However, it is a classic that never fails to please. This was probably the freshest bottle I've ever had of it...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 13:11:05 | More by MJR
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

04-24-2014 23:54:30 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

01-12-2013 02:23:49 | More by jmw4437
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3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.99 for a single...

The pour was a dark brown base with a beautiful large tannish-white head with good retention and good lacing. The aroma was a little faint but it still hinted of a roasty chocolatey coffee.

My first thought on taste was that this was a Dry Stout, the taste was grapey and full of spice, not a true porter taste... at least to me. The mouthfeel is nice on the palette and a solid aftertaste. The drinkability is good too, could be an upper-class man's dream of a session beer. To me it is not worth the price.

Final Thought: This is a step down from the other 4 Sammy Smith beers I've had. Despite that, It's still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 02:58:18 | More by mobyfann
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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