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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,531 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,531
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 146
Gots: 162 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of pweis909
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The foamy head on this dark porter first greeted me with fruity aromas and a hint of cocoa. As the session with this brew progressed, and the foam faded to a thin creamy with residual lacings on the glass, the fruit was replaced by hop aromas and malt.

The malty flavor is perfect -- deliciously balanced with the hops to give the brew a definitive sweetness without cloying. Roasty notes are lurking in the depths of the sweetness.

The creamy texture satisfies, and despite looking heavy the beer was not filling. A 22 oz bottle was easy drinking. .

pweis909, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 550ml clear bottle with no freshness date. Pours a black color with ruby hues when held to light and a mocha colored, two finger head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is very strong of roasted malt. There is also a strong presence of smoke along with some dark chocolate.

Taste of those roasted malts with some dark chocolate present as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty drinkable.

hckyfn9999, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jeeb, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew seems dryer than other porters that I've had. I'm not sure if it's indicative to the style, but it kinda threw me off.

It poured a VERY black substance with just a hint of brown showing at the edges of my perfect pour glass with significant carbonation making two fingers of tan head. The aroma had definite caramel and some cocoa with maybe a tad of liquorish. Taste wise it seemed just a smidgen sour, or maybe just a bit dry. It finished with a sweetness I wish was more present in the flavor. It's nice, but I know several porters that appeal to me better.

DesMoinesMike, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Danno48
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Danno48, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of dfried
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty dark, some reddish brown at the edges, 2cm tan head forms. Aroma is malty and chocolatey with some dark cherries. The taste is sweet and almost fruity, apple cider and cherries, with a lot of chocolate undertones. Fairly light bodied for a creamy beer, easy to drink.

Verdict: a standard. A good beer, I would never hesitate to drink one in front of me, but you won't find my frige full of them.

dfried, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of fx20736
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a British Pint glass, served at 62f.

Black as coal which only shows the dimmest ruby at the bottom when held to a bright light, topped with a rich mocha head that leaves nice lacing.

aroma of toasted caramel malt, some earthy hops and a touch of Diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is like mousse, light and effortless.

Taste: a thin roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with a lactic tour twang, a touch of prunes with a little bit of earthy hops.

A good tasting beer with many layers of flavor, but that flavor may be just a little too subtle. Not as as sturdy or robust as Fuller's London Porter this is nevertheless an excellent beer. The lack of the smokiness of this beer, which Fuller's has makes this a lighter and easier to drink but perhaps slightly less memorable British Porter. Still, this is a fine beer and quite enjoyable.

fx20736, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz into glass

A- Black with dark reddish tones with a very small tan head.

S- Real sweet malty smell to it, not much hops in this one.

T- Delicious coffee, roasted malty flavor to it, but blended perfectly creating a extremely smooth and enjoyable porter. The only thing I'm not to happy about is that it has a pretty dry finish, reccomend a glass of water after you drink one haha

M- The mouth feel of this beer is amazing, it's what makes it for me. So smooth and clean tasting, and goes down like water.

Great Beer, Buy it!!!

Arenbeer, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of PatronWizard
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Never had a porter before, this one just happened to be an odd bottle in a four pack of Sam Smith EPA, so of course I'm gonna drink the damn thing. Some may even call it fate....

Boy is this puppy dark! Thin head but I think my wife offshot the pour a little. I forgive her....this time. Head didn't hang out too long.

Smell? CHOCOLATE! Coffee too.

Taste? DARK CHOCOLATE! Coffee too. Maybe even reminded of grapes, like wine. Not bad at all even though this isn't my usual style. I wanted to dislike it because it seemed to chocolaty for me but I just couldn't.

It felt thinnner than it looks for sure.

I could easily enjoy one or two but probably not any more than that. I only have the one bottle and I doubt I'll buy more. It was definitely a nice pre-lunch treat.

PatronWizard, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of dbarny76
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

dbarny76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of trytoketchup
4/5  rDev -4.3%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of abrodsky
4/5  rDev -4.3%

abrodsky, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of surlytheduff
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of BigGold
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

BigGold, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Sipchue
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of SamN
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.

SamN, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of greenmonstah
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Cherry licorice and chocolate. Not what I'm used to.

T - Follows the nose, with cherry licorice and chocolate. Some roasted malt. Fairly sweet.

M - Medium light body with average carbonation. A bit light but easy to down.

O - Pretty good beer. I haven't had many English Porters, but if this is one of the best, I'll stick with the American style.

greenmonstah, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of baiser
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque dark brown, with a creamy, fluffy tan head. Smooth, mellow and full of dark, roasty, coffee flavours. Delicious aroma of rich toffee, dark malt and sweetness. Some metallic flavour, but almost not noticeable. Some bitterness from the hops. Finishes dry. Excellent session beer.

baiser, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights under about three inches of light tan head that quickly faded to a thin covering. Lots of sweet chocolate in the nose. Then there are some pretty subtle coffee and cherry scents. Chocolate is the main flavor as well, along with some dried fruit (figs, dates.) There's also coffee as well as the slightest hint of smokiness. Right as you swallow there is a touch of sour that hits all the way to the back of the throat. This is a porter that I'd actually enjoy sessioning.

alkemy, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of outsider
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

outsider, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of IceAce
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An agressive pour from bottle to beer-clean Imperial pint glass resulted in a two finger collar of quality tan foam. Hints of excellent lacing as the head begins to slowly dissipate. The brew is jet-black and my mouth was agape upon discovering that this beer is packaged in clear glass!!

Aroma: Very earthy nose with hints of chocolate (brownie mix). The aroma of this beer leaves the taster longing for a visit to the much- -revered English brewery.

Taste: Calling the taste complex is like referring to sex as reproduction. The taste is nutty, grassy, and heavy with malt. The hop notes are muted, yet well-balanced...happy to be singing harmony with the stellar malts.

Mouthfeel: Balance is the key...and this quality porter is balanced. The long finish leaves a delicate sweet coating on the lips and fore-tongue.

Drinkability: I could do this one all day, all night, and all day tomorrow.


Seldom do I rave...I can only hope my ancestors has access to beer this good!!!

IceAce, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of Redwood21
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Great look to this beer, dark dark daaark color with a tan head that is rocky and lasts for a really long time beautiful
S: some chocolate maybe some malt, not a whole lot of coffee but some rich earthy aromas for sure.
T: a nice chocolate rich creamy taste. with hints of coffee roasted flavors etc. its a little different than you might expect a porter to be, almost light on the palate. its got an interesting flavor not sure how to describe it but a little more to it than just an average porter.
M?D: this is very good creamy and elicious. this beer is worth a try and is easy to drink its worth a try. its a great porter that seems to have a little something extra.

Redwood21, May 15, 2007
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark brown with a slight tan head, leaves behind okay lacing.

S: Smells like roasted malts, but with odd sour notes.

T: Bitter dark fruit up front, with a faint taste of chocolate in there. Roasted malts as well. Underwhelming taste, overall.

M: Much thinner than anticipated. Has a decent creaminess to it.

D: With all the hype behind this, I am very disappointed. Glad I only bought a single.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 25, 2010
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,531 ratings.