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

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2,342 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,342
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 129
Gots: 108 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000)
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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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3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some slight reddish highlights around the edges. Has a coffee colored head with real good retention.

Smells of cherries, malt, and coffee.

Taste dark cherries up front followed by bitter coffee. Finishes dry with rum/raisen notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:03:21 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was looking forward to cracking one of these open all the way home from work. Clear bottle appears to be brown, pours dark chocolate brown, no light getting through, but rosy at the bottom. Odor is very pleasant and warm with a wine-like aroma. Head was minimal on my first bottle poured; faint hints of lace speckle the glass.

Taste is mildly chocolate with an aftertaste of coffee. Very smooth and very drinkable. Excellent beer and definitely one of my personal favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 00:02:18 | More by abcsofbeer
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-03-2013 18:31:48 | More by Bjlps
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-04-2012 17:43:14 | More by AWS2111
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-05-2014 20:45:29 | More by Dougwillhike
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trying first time, reviewed live

Poured a menacing, pitch black, no light getting through this roasted monster. Decent head of light-brown foam that rose to almost 2 fingers and settled back at about half.

Smells like a promising porter. Nice roasty notes, a touch of some coffee, a hint of smoke, all wrapped up in that delicious, somewhat dry, porter smell. I don't know the best way to describe it, but most traditional english porter have a distinctive smell that seems to set them way apart from stouts. And this one has it in spades.

Nice. There's a biscuit quality that seems fairly unique to this beer, as well as something almost meaty. There's a faint hint of bitterness underneath the dry flavor, and it comes through in a complex, balanced way. Not many porters have shown this level of complexity while retaining such a simple approach. Very delicious, you can tell this one is traditional.

Mouth is medium for the style, with a thin carbonation that gives this beer a crisp, refreshing feel.
I was very pleased with this beer, it's acclaimed for a reason. Nice and complex, layered with roast and darkness while rounding out with touches of floral bitters. Delicious and satisfying, and generally easy enough to locate.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 10:46:25 | More by BigBarley
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-30-2012 15:54:59 | More by wakajawaka76
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice lacing and black-brown color.

S - Delicious aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate.

T - Bitter coffee, subtle spiciness rather than sweetness in taste.

M - Dry finish that goes well withe spicy taste. Nice.

O - A superb porter that deserves the title of "famous." Always a winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:42:27 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-19-2012 14:48:28 | More by MADPolo
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

09-26-2012 03:15:04 | More by jeanphony
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque black with some nice maroon highlights. Nice fizzy tan head that reduces quikley.

Large aroma of roasted chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Full bodied, sweet roasted caramel and chocolate taste with a tanginess. Great dry toasted finish like black coffee. Leaves a smokey aftertaste on the palate.

Great porter delicious and balanced, very drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 22:29:50 | More by SteveO1231
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown with a mocha head. The head starts out very pitted but settles to almost nothing. No lacing.

S-Burnt coffee and some faint chocolate.

T- Well balanced. The coffee and cocoa tastes nice but subdued. Typical bitter twang also present.

M- Body is a bit light but creamy when swirled.

O: Definitely a good porter. Not as great as I remember in the past. Fullers is far superior for an English Porter IMHO. That said...this is nicer than many.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 21:48:33 | More by Brunite
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-23-2013 22:26:33 | More by wo87810
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Dark brown color with a red highlights, offwhite head that lasts. Aromas include roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee. This beer tastes great, full of rich complexities. Chocolate, dark roasted coffee, toasted malt, toffee, mild twangy finish. Light-medium silky bodied with light carbonation. Extremely drinkable. It's a shame that people won't try a beer because they don't like "heavy dark beers" this is a perfect example of an extremely drinkable beer that happens to be dark in color.

A must buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 03:39:58 | More by bosco7
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-22-2012 01:01:46 | More by reitzbrewing
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, foil-topped Imperial pint-sized bottle poured into a Samuel Smith's nonic. Pours nearly jet black with just a hint of red when held to the light. Massive light-brown frothy head which takes its time to fade away. Minimal lacing, but the head is still holding strong.

It looks like a porter, and it smells like a porter. Dark roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate and a hint of caramel. Light touch of buttery diacetyl. Very pleasant, though a bit stronger would be nice. Still, I guess the English stereotypically pride themselves on subtlety, and this is an amazing example.

Flavor is warm roasted chocolate. Hints of dark fruits and that touch of diacetyl from the nose. Just a tiny splash of hoppiness to round things out.

Velvety soft mouthfeel. Rich and creamy and a medium-heavy body. This is the first Taddy Porter I've had since I started reviewing and even after hundreds of other beers it's still as amazing as I remember. A legendary beer from a legendary brewery and for damned good reason.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 00:28:37 | More by Phocion
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-03-2014 18:08:34 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the Brewhaus Springfield,IL

A-deep and dark brown with some cherry highlights when held to the light,a super thick rootbeer float looking head leaves behind tons of sticky lacing

S-dark chocolate,roasted caramel malts are borderline nutty,some major aromas of premium bold coffee

T-I feel like I just packed my mouth full of chocolate covered coffee beans and rasinetts,this Porter has a lot of character and is near perfectly balanced with sweet fruity malts and earthy hops in abundance

M-medium body and low carbonation,creamy and soft

D-this is a stand alone porter that deserves to be revisited in short order

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 01:41:59 | More by orangemoustache
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-14-2012 21:36:23 | More by vbiliyar
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-10-2014 23:13:51 | More by wvbrewcrew
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-20-2013 00:55:20 | More by hotsudge
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

11-23-2011 23:34:57 | More by spoonhawk
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-06-2014 02:54:27 | More by bulldogg915
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-28-2012 02:17:09 | More by TubaManJack
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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