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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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Reviews: 1,273
Hads: 2,853
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.87%
Wants: 215
Gots: 348 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 mclanem
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of tyanow
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Mayhem976
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of SigEp
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of Godot
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of mwearl
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of wanker
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of RppIII
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Tallahassee, Fl

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Photo of Ommy
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of xuptygm
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of GeoJ
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It would be totally redundant to add anything to all of the great reviews, other than to say they are all on-the-money.

Absolutely wonderful, delicious brew that has easily become my personal benchmark for the style.

One of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've ever had.
Thank you, reviewers, for guiding me to this world-class beer!

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour looked like a nice dark stout should. The smell of dark chocolate. Taste was metallic, not extremely pleasant at all. I purchased 3 Sam Smith varieties and all three have been underwhelming. Either they were out of date and shouldn’t have been distributed or this brewery is tremendously overhyped.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. It is the beer version of Mexican Coca Cola. Just plain dope. Do you like beer? Then you will like this. It is perfect, nuff said. Get one, enjoy it, get a few more, enjoy them. Because you will.

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Photo of sliv
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that helped me determine that my favorite style of beer is porter. I discovered the joy of Taddy when I was young and learning about beer, drinking far too many at a time, in Kenmore Square in the early 90’s. After all this time, I keep coming back to Samuel Smith’s, and this offering in particular.

It pours with an average sized head that subsides to light, sturdy foam quickly. The head clings to the glass very well. It is dark, dark brown color, with a touch of red when backlit. Although very dark, the beer has no cloudiness in evidence.

There is an initial intense sweet smell followed by a smoky malt odor. It seemed like strong caramels with hints of chocolate.

The first sip washed away my expectations of the heavy sweetness suggested by the aroma, leaving a medium smokiness with strong chocolate and malt flavors. There were hints of sweetness around the edges, making it not too bitter, which so many porters seem to forget. After the first few sips, the taste settled in to a medium coffee and chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is mild and malty, with a typical slight bitterness at the back of my tongue.

Mouth feel:
Taddy drinks very smooth, and not so creamy. It had a medium, firm texture, but was relatively light bodied, compared to some porters. It had a good amount of carbonation, but not overwhelmingly so.

I poured this beer with notebook at the ready to study what is one of my favorites. Understandably, I consider it to be very drinkable, but was almost surprised that my glass was nearly empty before I had finished making notes. So it was a given that I poured the second one. I would consider this a good beer to drink all night, not too heavy, with just enough body to slow you down to enjoy it.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of danny013
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of tehawful
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Famous Taddy Porter pours black with a creamy tan head. A really enticing looking porter. Roasted malt, coffe and chocolate are all present in the smell.

The first sip is very smooth. The rich roasted malt is predominant but a sweet dark chocolate taste lingers in the background. Undertone of molasses is also present. Finishes bitter with a bit of smokiness. Very smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

A really enjoyable porter with enough character to stand out. The Taddy Porter manages to offer a great interesting taste without being overly-complicated. There is a nice down to earth feel about this porter. Definitely something I will come back to, and probably my new standard for porters.

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Photo of Brewbro000
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a small one finger light khaki head that recedes to a fine layer of tiny bubbles and a solid ring around the entire glass that holds for the majority of the beer. Very dark brown in color but when held to very bright light you can see hints of deep red around the edges.
S: Very smooth, rounded aroma of caramel malts like smelling freshly made bread but in beer form. With each consecutive whiff i smell something new and almost a small hint of dark fruityness. As it warms even more of these aromas become apparent in the glass.
T: Very crisp malt backbone of sweet malts hits you up front in a very mild mannered way, just what i expected from an English style Porter. Residual sweetness is minimal but it by no means finishes dry.
M/D: The texture is so well rounded in this beer that it's hard do recognize any sort of bite in the finish. Each sip goes down smooth and carbonation is perfect to allow the flavors to show through and not come off too rough.

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Photo of irisier
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Very dark, almost black body with red hue through the light. Frothy tan head that subsides to a somewhat sticky lace.

Smell: Smooth coffee and some bitter chocolate.

Taste: Dark malts at the outset with bitter coffee flavors and some roasted astringency. Sweetness isn't very strong and dry bitterness from a combination of roasted malt and hops wraps up this brew.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with some medium carbonation.

Notes: A good example of an English Porter. This brew is a bit more astringent/sour than other dark beers, so if you don't like astringency in a beer, than this might not be the brew for you. Personally though, I love it.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only take five beers to Valhalla, Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter would be one of them.

Out pours a dark clean brown porter with a smooth creamy head. There is a fantastic aroma that comes from the West Yorkshire Square Yeast. The taste of roasted malts is one to savor as it gives way to mellow hints of coffee and chocolate. A semi-sweet nutty molasses or butterscotch note lingers in the middle until the dry fruity esters take over at the end.

A Beer, A beer, My Kingdom for a Beer, now If only I could afford to buy this Taddy Porter in Kegs. In conclusion, this is a perfectly blended Porter, one that is generous in both the iconic beauty of beer flavors while yet never being overbalanced in harmonious perfection. Clearly the legacy of Samuel Smith continues till this day and in my opinion stands out as a uniquely proud king of beers without equal.

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Photo of kevinl6
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the smoothness and quality of the Sam Smith brews! This one, if you are familiar with Sam Smith brews, is about what you'd expect. A fairly black appearance with a thin, creamy head. A slight aroma of chocolate, roasty, and malty for the smell. It has a very flavorful taste with primarily chocolate undertones. This one is very smooth and creamy on the palate. As far as drinkability goes, I want another! Great porter.

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Photo of CVC
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in an 18.7 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin light tan, creamy, one-finger head. Leaves little lacing. The smells very mild at first, but seemed to come out later on--dark chocolate and roasted malts, mainly. Tastes of roasted malts, and some coffee. A pretty thick mouthfeel, and also very drinkable.

A good porter all around. I think it goes well with just about any meal, and is very refreshing.

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Photo of helloloser12345
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 550ml clear bottle. Gold foil around the neck and cap.

Pour: Tan foamy head with great retention and good lacing.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: I had expected quite an over powering aroma, but the aromas were subtle and well balanced (also very hard to pick out). Dried fruits (mainly sultanas), lightly roasted malts, chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee.

Flavour: Beautiful full flavours of roasted malts. Dark bitter chocolate and strong coffee after tones. Creamy mouth feel but slightly too much carbonation.

Overall: A truly magnificent and drinkable porter. Yet again the Samuel Smith brewery has impressed me. The dark appearance of this porter makes you think that it will be a challenge to drink more than a couple but it is quite light and goes down very easy, due to the excellent balance of flavours.

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Photo of stageseven
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours an extremely dark brown, almost black in appearance. There is a small tan head, with little lacing on the glass.

It's aroma is that of roast coffee, with hints of berries. It's a very attractive looking and smelling drink.

The taste is dominated by coffee flavors, but there is a somewhat muted sweet malt flavor as well. The finish is bitter, with a roast coffee bean aftertaste.

The mouth feel is rich and creamy, with light carbonation. This beer is very similar in taste and feel to Guinness, but it has a much more balanced bitterness.

This is a very drinkable beer. Even though it's not a thirst-quencher, it is very flavorful, incredibly well balanced, and just tastes great.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.