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

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 1,242
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 151
Gots: 187 | 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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Photo of Luigi
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Big cakey light brown head with good retention. Smells rich with coffee, chocolate, and a hint of molasses. The mouth feel is rich with a slight amount of carbonation. Taste is dominated by coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. Some fruity hop and butterscotch flavor can be detected as well. The fruit twang last a little in the aftertaste. A damn good Porter!

Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention that leaves a nice lacing
S-faint coffee and chocolate
T-More of the same with the flavors melting together and leaving a nice coffee flavor on the palate
M-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-such a solid beer. could drink this every day.

Photo of jmalex
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugh, I'm a few days off of a nasty cold and I think I've finally got my sense of smell back. I have high hopes for this one.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Samuel Smith nonic pint a dark brown with crimson highlights. A light tan head forms on top and is modestly small in size. It drops quickly to an average collar and large bubbly patch.

SMELL: Nice strong aromas of bready caramels and roasty chocolates (does that make sense?) Some light feusels and esters round out the aroma profile.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and roasted grain dominate in this one. The middling caramel sweetness from the nose is absent in the taste, except maybe slightly on the finish. A subtle smokiness comes through as well. Most of the taste, however, is from the more bitter kilned malts. I must say though, that it's quite evident that this beer is exactly what it set out to be. Not a single detectable flaw.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a carbonation level that seems average though a bit lower wouldn't hurt.

DRINKABILITY: Very good drinkability is essentially inherent in English ales, and this is no different. 5% ABV is nothing too hard to handle, and I can imagine having another one of these.

Overall, this is definitely another winner from ol' Tadcaster. I recommend trying one for sure.

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

Dark brown, almost black. Plenty of tan head.

Smells of dark roasted malts, coffee beans, and molases.

Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected, coffee, molases, brown sugar, dark malts.

Nice full mouthfeel, can almost chew the brew.

Excellent porter.

Photo of Dougwillhike
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of cjac
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of AMCPhD
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Romulux
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Deep dark brown. Clear as far as I can tell. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger light khaki head that fades slowly leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Wonderful nose.

T: Tangy malts, some bakers cocoa. Very good English Porter.

M: Medium bodied, tangy crisp finish with a touch of bitter pucker.

O: A really nice, easy drinking beer. World class English Porter for a reason.

Photo of mikehillman
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of BigGold
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Mikus
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. A classic that 1st introduced me to this wonderful style, finally reviewed officially.
Pours pitch black into a dimple mug with good quarter inch mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a lacing around the glass.
Smells of roasted malts, subtle hints of licorice, dark semi-sweet cocoa, maybe a bit of coffee.
Taste/Mouthfeel; nice rich malty flavor upfront that's not thick at all, with a nice subtle blending of the aforementioned licorice and semi-sweet but no coffee, before giving way to a smokey clean finish.
Overall, a standard of an english porter. Full, yet easy drinking, finishes clean and nicely balanced. Well done.

Photo of TheDM
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew has an aroma of alcohol in it. When poured, it yielded a very energetic light brown head of large bubbles that formed a very nice lacing as it receded down the side of my glass with a dark ruby brown almost opaque body. It looks delicious as I anticipate my first taste. I am not disappointed. Initially it had a very smooth taste then the roasted malt coffee finish hits. Not a strong coffee taste mind you but there none-the-less. Still it was very smooth and much to my liking.

Photo of cnally
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown/black coloring with the beer. slight head retention.

great smoky, woodsy, ashy smell, full of earthiness and dirt. truly spectacular.

smoke flavor is huge. nutty, walnutty flavor. big time darkness going on with this, but it is balanced and even.

full but not overdone on the feel.

easy for this style. delicious and definately a genre spreader.

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

The Taddy filled the glass a gleaming dark brown to a purplish black, and developed a tan lace. The smell was strong of fired malt and some hints of spices. The taste to me was overpoweringly of well malted grain. The feel was oily with a dry finish. While I would not turn it down if offered, it would be sometime before I return to this one on my own.

I have a real mix of thougts on this beer. It looked exceptional, but the strong tastes of this style aren't what I'm looking for. If I were to drink a porter I'm sure this would be my choice. Many of the similar qualities that make Samuel Smith's Pale Ales delightful are present here. However, I see this being a rare situation.

Photo of PintOHops
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown with a tinge of brown when held to light. Produced a 2-finger tan head, retention was decent and left some splashy lacing.

S - Sharp & bright pair with toffee & coffee aromas, mildly sweet with cocoa/milk chocolate notes.

T - Simple coffee & chocolate flavors upfront & throughout, rich, robust, and dry. Finishes with more chocolate/coffee combo that's only mildly sweet tasting.

M - Very crisp and lite-medium bodied, there's a creamy quality to it as well, very good.

D - Approaching the Stout style to me, because of it's rich flavor profile, simple but well made, and I love the prices of Samuel Smith's brews. Just a solid example in my opinion, nothing outstanding, but extremely delicious. Worth trying, and I'd buy it again for sure. Cheers!

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a British pint glass.

Pours with an amazingly creamy two fingers of head that lasts and lasts, and instead of going away it just gets creamier looking. Body is clear very dark ruby. Looks nearly perfect.

Smells of distant light English hops, stronger but mild slightly robust roasted malts, and inviting creamy malt character.

Soft subtle roasted malts play happily on the tongue throughout this flavor. The drier character lends flavors that resemble the best Irish dry stouts, as I believe this beers soul shares the same origins the previously mentioned ales. However this is set apart in flavor by the classic Samuel Smith diacetyl flavors.

The mouthfeel is so soft I can hardly believe this is neither poured from a tap, draw from a cask, or infused with nitrogen. Such head retention and soft smooth mouthfeel are hard to attain with traditional ingredients and bottling. Leave it to Samuel Smiths to defy expectations. Drinkability is very good.

Conclusion: As is everything else I have tried from this brewery, this beer is wonderful. As English as it can be, it is subtle, satisfying, and so smooth it is unreal. A great example of a traditional British porter.

Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Danno48
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of HoustonTX
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter

A - Poured a beautiful deep dark brown, looks black as night from afar. Incredible lacing and head retention. Some of the stickiest lacing clings, ive seen in a while

S - Picking up light fruity esters, chocolate, and coffee.

T - Taste starts off silky smooth. Almost a cideresque mouthfeel to it. Dark fruit notes including figs, raisins, plums, grapes, and sour apples. Some rich dark chocolate, but not as much as the nose had suggested. Strong roasted coffee notes, similar to esperesso. Malt prescense upfront, notes of butterscotch midway through, which fades to a bitter fruit infused strong roasted aftertaste that lasts a good amount of time. Excellent. Mid-bodied. Mouthfeel is not as heavy as it could be, a bit light on the palate. Chewy to an extent. Still maintains it's creamy fullfilling richness though. Finishes extremely dry. Drinkability is excellent.

An outstanding Porter.

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