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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,481 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,481
Reviews: 1,228
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 150 | 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 biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle, simple old-school label. One of the cuter non-animal based, non-kitschy names for a beer that is available around here.

This beer pours a very solid deep brown colour, with ever so slight cola edges when held to the light, and three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and creamy tan head, which leaves some patchy, streaky lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of rich, dark baker's chocolate, lightly roasted and grainy caramel malt, a somewhat sour nuttiness, and a hint of dry coffee beans. The taste is powdery bittersweet chocolate straight away, followed closely by a tame caramel/toffee malt, black fruit skins, a mild lactic sourness, stale nutty coffee, wet ash, and mild earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is quite soft, just a wee frothiness popping in here and there, the body a decent medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a touch of milky creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the chocolate and malt overpowering any sour or hoppy drying pushes.

A pleasantly silky, supple, and tasty winter sipper - let it sit first for a spell if it is straight out of the fridge, though - the flavours seem to open up even more as it warms. Another paragon for the style in question from this brewer - they hit all the right buttons for their homeland's native brews, this much is certain.

biboergosum, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

JAHMUR, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black robe reveals mahogany highlights at the base; and around the sides when held to the light. Its rocky tan head holds exceptionally well to start; and it maintains a thin, creamy surface covering throughout the pint. The nose displays caramel, fruit and soft buttery diacetyl. The body is medium/light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy and soft in the mouth; and very smooth across the palate. The flavor reflects the nose with mildly sweet caramel; fruit that's a touch winey with red grape, raisins, and berries; milk chocolate; and some rounding buttery diacetyl backed by a solid bitterness. What's not to like? It finishes dry with a residual note of fruity caramel and light butter. Very well done with quite a bit of finesse - light but complex! Absolutely enjoyed best at cellar temperature!

NeroFiddled, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Smell: Hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Creamy smooth mouth feel from a medium body with mid to low carbonation. Full rich palate of coffee, carob and a mild acidic twang from the roasted malts. Bit of butterscotch in the middle which lingers into the finish with an underlying fig like fruity flavour.

Notes: Textured and well structured ... a top shelf porter and worth the $$$. A classic porter worldwide, one of best in the Sam Smith brand.

Jason, Nov 17, 2001
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty as you would expect with strong flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There are touches of vanilla and chocolate with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter with a good complexity that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with an almost purple haze....ha ha purple haze, well anyway it also has a tan brown moccha color to the massive sized head leaving definite clear rings of lacing to it. Aroma: Slight fruity approach mixture of hops in there to balance out the semi smoked deep roasted malts that provide chocolate and some coffe tones very nice. Taste: Definitely an acquired bitterness with a pleasant array of rolling sharp sweet tones blended with the coffe and chocolae available along with a sharp ale yeast driven fruitiness. Mouthfeel: A tad thin haha... get it...but really it;s a bit light for my tases just doesn't deliver the texture and body I am searching for in a porter. Drinkability: Don't worry this is one of the most drinkable representations of any porter I have sipped upon sometimes the price may keep you from partaking but that's Merchant du Vin's fault not ol' Sam Smith's right?

WVbeergeek, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two finger, light brown head with reasonable retention and lace. Black body with tan highlights.

S - Mild, malty aroma with some chocolate and a dark, bready note.

T - There is a weak, roasty flavor up front with lots of dark chocolate. Bready caramel malt flavors in the middle. Coffee notes and some bitterness fade into the finish.

M - Moderately thick body with slightly low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Nice malty character with pleasing chocolate and caramel notes. Easily drinkable.

nickfl, May 01, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a 2.5 fingers sand colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & wet cardboard & rum cake

T: Roasted malt, chocolate & bitter hops. Coffee, hops & more chocolate follows. Finishes dry & a little chalky with a hint of raisin

MF: Slick with good carbonation & okay balance

Didn't really stand out as drinkable, will get another bottle another day, this may be old or light struck

russpowell, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Slatetank
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Nonic at 45 degrees
A - Deep Chocolate brown with a cream colored head that exhibits excellent retention and lace in a smooth coat all around the glass' sides.

S - Smooth candy and anise aromas with an herbal hint. Strong tinges of smoke and coffee with a light toasted marshmallow note. the woody peat smoke aroma really draws you in.

M - A tingling buzz of carbonation followed by roasty nutty and creamy smooth full body with a dry finish.

T - This is a beautiful beer-Malty and smooth, but bold and smoky simultaneously with a nutty dry quality. Creamy smoothness and spicy vanilla with a dash of bourbon like woodiness are apparent in later sips. A mild strength, but deeply flavored porter.

D - Traditional porter taste that sets the bar high with a complexity and drinkability that can hardly be touched. As the beer warms the fruity English ale character comes out and smokiness nestles under the great porter sweetness. An all around great ale.

Slatetank, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tan, creamy head. Pitch black. Intenslely aromatic: rich, roasted coffee, butterscotch, toffee. Great hop presence. but light on the palate. Smooth, well-rounded, a porter full of character, that will remain on the top of my list until the end of time. Absolutely perfect. Light enough in alcohol to stand in as a session beer (but too expensive to actually work that way), and with plenty of body and bite.

feloniousmonk, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer is divine, an English porter cannot get any better than this. it pours a luxuriously textured dark brown color with very little light coming in. the head is about two inches tall, and super creamy, light mocha in color. the nose is fantastically enticing, with a lot of milk chocolate notes from the malt, a bitterness from the roasted barley, and a hint of tartness to it as well from the hopping. the flavor is packed full with roasted malts, and is heavy on both the sweet and bitter chocolate components. this is even better than their acclaimed oatmeal stout, something about those stone fermenters really lets the yeast shine in all of their beers, and its an excellent complement to the dark bittersweet complexion of this porter. very little sweetness in the finish though, as the hops and burnt grains bitter it right up. full bodied and smooth as anything, I love the feel of this beer too. my only complaint is that its sold in four packs instead of six packs, I always seem to be wanting another one or two at the end of a session. wow this is just a splendid porter, an example to be followed on both sides of the atlantic!

StonedTrippin, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle. Working my way through this brewery. Poured into a goblet. Beer is dark brown to black. Forms a thin broken head of small brown bubbles. Carbonation is low. Lacing is low. Looks OK.

Aroma is mostly sweet, almost molasses. Interesting. Overall its a little weak.

Beer is medium in body, some roast comes up at the end, almost as an after taste, the bitterness lingers, not much carbonation on the palate. Overall the flavors are a little weak. I think its a good beer, a drinkable beer, but I'm generally bored.

drabmuh, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith really shows what British beers can do, at least the ones imported to the U.S. They have some great beers, and here's the next one in the lineup for me.

A: A heavy pour yields a huge 3+ finger head that quickly settles in almost upsidedown waterfall, but not the same as a nitrous. A rich thick creamy head slowly subsides but very slowly, and leaves a lacing as it does. Super dark brown colored beer with just a hint of light coming through.

N: I could smell it quite a bit on the heavy pour. Lots of malts and sweet brown sugar. A heavy nose of roasted malts and dark malts. Added to that are some sweet brown sugar, and hints of molasses and a touch of nuttiness. A slight creamy lactose aroma and hint of chocolate milk. I even think I get a hint of cinnamon. A delicious nose with a really nice lightly sweet malty brown sugar.

T: Rich creamy malts to start. Some lactose with hints of chocolate malt give it a chocolate milk feel. More roasty flavors, with a touch of coffee, a little acidity and bitterness from the roast give it a slight harshness. It's semi sweet, but also a nice bitterness from both the roast and perhaps a touch of hops. Pretty smooth and creamy. A slight touch of nuttiness and cinnamon. Some sweet brown sugar and molasses, but not as much as the nose.

M: Creamy, smooth, and luscious with the medium body but seems a little watery for what I expected, and lower but good for the style carbonation.

F: Semi bitter on the finish with the roasty bitterness. Dries off a little, but it's not too sweet on the finish either. It's more creamy too, with lingering lactose finish. Some of the roasty coffee bean flavor also sticks around on the finish adding to the bitterness. I get a hint of raisin and brown sugar as well late on the finish. The bitterness seems to get a little overwhelming for what it should be at least, or perhaps I'm too in love with how luscious and creamy the oatmeal stout is.

jlindros, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is decent, but a bit on the dark side. It is full of roasted and black malts; a hearty porter. The taste is good. It has an elevated abv. taste with black malt flavor and a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent porter; definately not my favorite. I just can't get into these super black porters.

WesWes, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With this rating, I have officially rated all 100 beers on the Beers of Fame list.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small off-white head. The aroma has quite of bit of chocolate and brown malt, as well as a hint of mint. The flavor is similar. What comes through the strongest is a slightly smokey chocolate character, with a hint of mint and dark fruit. The beer is very creamy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Mora2000, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked this one up in NJ last weekend. Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, figs, dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate, and something weird. Can't really place what it is, but reminds me of wet dog. Either way, something definitely a little off that downgrades the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, figs, pulms, and raisins, chocolate, light caramel, and a little bitter coffee. That weird smell doesn't come through in the taste which is a huge improvement from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink; amazing mouthfeel.

o - Overall an above average porter with something a little weird in the nose. Taste is pretty good and very sweet and roasted, and the mouthfeel is great. Would give another shot but not my favorite porter.

mdfb79, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, slightly brownish along bottom. It has a thin, lasting off-white head.

The smell is of earthy toast and lightly roasted coffee.

The taste is of toast, lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. Sweet with a balancing earthy, almost floral, bitterness. Slightly acidic. Long, sweet semi-dry finish.

It's creamy and coating.

This is a classic English porter for sure. Makes for a nice "session".

jwc215, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -4.3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown color. Impressive beige head with some lasting power--rocky remnants.

Caramel, cocoa smells. For some reason, it reminds me of a Christmas egg nog.

Strong cocoa and burnt toast flavors. Low hop that is present in the swallow and aftertaste. Thin body for the flavor/aroma profile, but accurate for the style. In short, this is a big porter in taste. Lots of mocha.

This may be one of my favorite porters. Lots of flavor in this beer.

smcolw, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger thick, light brown colored head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as it falls back into the brew. The brew is an opaque, deep, dark chocolate brown color that is approaching black. Rich concentrated aromas of malt are readily evident from the get go. A mix of treacle, toffee, toasted grain, sweet chocolate and a rich concentrated malt note that is usually found in much stronger imperial stouts and is often confused with soy-sauce type flavors.

The body of this beer is a bit lighter than I expected from the assertively malty aroma. It is still rich and even a bit creamy though. Notes of concentrated malt intermingle with notes of chocolate, black coffee, toffee, and lots of rich, umami type notes. The umami type flavors almost lend a sort of saltiness to this brew, though not quite. This beer really does drink a lot richer than it's strength would suggest; a mini meal in a bottle, and I can remember back in my early beer drinking days, being shocked by the flavors packed into this brew. Even now the flavors are still quite jarring; still this is a tasty tipple and one I am happy to revisit again.

Gueuzedude, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark, dark brown/black with a soft white mocha head, good retention, a classic pint.

S: Chocolate, tar and sugar plums.

T: Dark bitter chocolate, but no roast as it should be with a porter. Great minerality/hard water characteristics. Handsome notes of dark fruit and licorice are intertwined throughout.

M: Very soft carbonation and easy on the palate as a good session beer should be. Creamy and smooth with lots of subtle nuance.

D: While Fuller's is the star of this style for me, Sam Smith's version is excellent and much more widely available, I can get this anytime at the corner liquor store whenever I want a good and tasty traditional English ale.

Halcyondays, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The usual 500ml brown bottle, this one was poured into a half pint glass (I asked for a half pint glass) in the lovely ‘Citte of Yorke’, a Sam Smith’s historic pub in Holborn, London. I think this is their most expensive beer, still cheap though when compared to the prices in non-Sam Smith’s London pubs for a similar drink.

Black bodied beer and poured how I did into a half pint glass (three times), it produces a huge tan coloured head that lasts and lasts.

Imagine your nose is surrounded by a peat bog smothered in dark chocolate, hazel nuts and mashed toffee apples and you’ve got the smell.

Now imagine adding some caramel and taking away some of the sweeter elements from the aromas and you’ve got the taste.

Smooth, almost creamy in texture, this slides down the throat far to easily, luckily it leaves a rich film of the aforementioned flavours on your teeth. This leads you into thinking it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but you can’t tell because you’ve already taken another great swig of the beer; and so it goes on until you are spent and there is no more. A great beer and so, so easy to drink.

BlackHaddock, Oct 31, 2011
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 2,481 ratings.