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

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Reviews: 1,259
Hads: 2,784
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 190
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of Bighuge
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour creates a deep dark brown color. A minimal head of beige is erected. Staying power is not good. Slight aroma of cocoa and java and european malts. The flavor is not really on. It's not horrible, but it's just a little bland and perhaps a little light struck. Bland maltiness dominates and is accentuated by a slight sourness and some light roasted tones. This is just not a good porter. (395 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger tan colored head. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate and butterscotch. Taste is of roasted malts and butterscotch with notes of coffee rounding it out. Overall this is a great porter and another great brew from this brewery. (256 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$3.70

This pours from 550ML bottle a very nice amber with a large head of foam that *also* just won't quit. And yeah, there's plenty of lacing there to give this Nutbrown Ale very good marks for appearance.

The smell has a sweetish nose to it. I'm getting notes of sweet malt and some fruit.

The taste has a big sweet malt profile up front and some nuttiness in the background. A few more sips in and I get some chocolate flavour and some hop zest that balances out the sweetness very nicely. Man, this is heck of a drinker and at 5%abv, this is one fine session brew. Oh, now I'm getting a touch of molasses and more of the lemon zest. Wow. This is another Samuel Smith offering that I could drink all night long. Well done! Highly recommended!!

Bottom line: Samuel Smiths certainly can crank out the fine brews. No wonder they are my favourite brewery from the UK! (920 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.14/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a sturdy porter, all is well. Aroma comes across like oil and alcohol.

Taste is oil, alcohol, brown ale and water. No hop quality. Like a mead from England. Mouthfeel is like a walnut mixed in with the aforementioned taste. Drinkability is lame, as its about $5 per 500 ml, and its just not enjoyable. Not my thing. (328 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A dark cola, clear enough too see lots of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of light beige head that has great retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S raisins and chocolate with a hint off coffee and a slight fruity aspect I can't quite place

T what I smell but with less chocolate more dried fruit and some molasses

M silky upon entry and the bubbles cream it up a bit before it hits you stomach and the flavors linger

D great session brew and ever so close to a few 4.5's so I can't help but drop one here

a solid classic brew that everybody should drink every now and then, not my favorite from this brewer but a great porter nonetheless (699 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The pour is about as black as it can get with a delicate beige head that builds up quickly and then fades down a bit at the end but never really goes away.

The aroma is very sweet and full of milk chocolate, a little smoke, yeast, and dark malts. Hops are in the background but they do emit a slight bite.

The body is medium and very smooth and creamy.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests with a nice chocolate thing up front and a mellow but well balanced dry hopped finish. It feels more like an Irish dry stout at points. But this is the Porter that many try to emulate. (640 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black color with an ample brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some hints of coffee/chocolate in the nose. Taste starts out simple upfront and then fades to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor at the back of the throat. Has the complexity of a chocolate malt beverage. It's certainly very drinkable and true to the style. Decent. (343 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. Great two finger that is almost perfectly even with the lip of the glass. Creamy, tan, bread dough head amidst dark coffee hues. Good porter aromas hit the nostroil. Plenty of roasted and creamy vanilla like malts. Great passover to the mouth with more developed creaminess. More light brunt malt notes in the back of the throat as well. Very smooth palte. But lets you know you are packing on the calories. (459 characters)

Photo of bark
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, the glass is filled with pale brown foam. After a while, it settles into a ½ finger head, leaving massive amounts of lacing. The clear liquid is pitch-dark.

The smell got some hoppy notes that make me think of an IPA. Some cream and nuts, the roasted notes are milder than expected. Some tart hints.

The body is medium to light, making this beer gulpable, the liquid is creamy. Nutty flavours, some berries (currants), fresh hops but almost no bitterness at all, but a fine malty flavour with a mild note of dark toast. Overall, clean, fresh and very balanced.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is just a little thick.

This is the way I like an English porter. Hurrah! (720 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did anyone else notice how similar this is to Young's Double Chocolate Stout, or are my taste buds off tonight?
Taddy Porter is dark, dark brown with a good-sized, creamy head. Pretty good lacings around the inside of my pint glass. The aroma here is the best thing about this beer; strong, rich chocolate smells bombard my nose. Taste is great too. Rich chocolate flavors control my palate, a light coffee taste is noticed in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy which complements the taste nicely. This is great, I'm wondering if it'd be even better without the clear glass bottle. (591 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle. The beer is brown with a thick fine-celled off-white foam. The smell is roasted malts, maybe a little chocolate, with a clean yeast aroma. The taste is classic porter, roasted malts with a lasting after-taste of chocolate. The body is thin but smooth and lightly carbonated, like a cask ale with extra fizziness. Very tasty, I'm liking everything I try from Samuel Smith's. (401 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruit. It tastes the same way to me, but in addition to the initial malty sweetness, there's a bitter coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's a bit creamy and smooth. The drinkability is good, but not great. Overall it's a good beer, but I've had better porters. (414 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque black that's ruby around the edges. The head is a big and frothy three-fingers of tan foam that dissipates into a medium-sized layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a bit.

Smells good. A big hit of dark fruit that mellows out and lets the bready malt aroma take over as the beer warms.

Tastes great. Slight dark fruit and big bready malt flavors up front at first, then as it warms chocolate and butterscotch make an appearance as the fruitiness recedes. There's a slight bitterness at the end to go along with the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is great. It's very smooth, almost like from a nitro-tap. The carbonation is very grainy and it's got a good thickness.

Drinkability is great. This is a very nice session beer. There's not much else I can say that I haven't said already.

Overall this is definitely worth a shot. (915 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown/black color with a creamy, light khaki-colored head that settles leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas are quite subtle overall but contain balanced amounts of toasted toffee maltiness with hints of chocolate, nuts and a slight bit of molasses as it warms.

Th tastes begin with mild coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and molasses. As it warms I can perceive a soft, light hoppiness with more emerging toasted sugar sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth, but a bit watery.

Dverall this is a very good example of an English Porter but a but watery overall and could use a bump in the body to be great. Not to the level of Fuller's London Porter but a solid sessionable Porter for those winter months. (779 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml Bottle from Party Source in Syracuse

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, roasted/toasted nuts, currants/raisins, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and caramel/toffee. There are also notes of dark fruits - currants or raisins and a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty roasted aftertaste.

Overall - This beer is very drinkable and has lots of flavours going on, but none of them very potent or cloying. Worth trying and I'd have it again anytime. (698 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is the deepest ruby you can get before it becomes opaque, the head is Herculean in size with a spumescent texture, the color a beauteous light tan and after decomposition a thick and chunky sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains and sweet malt dominate the nose, crisp and fresh with a malt laden and sweet start, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, Crisply acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, with the aftertaste quite dry and a bit tart, one of my all time favorites, and one I consume with much gusto on a regular basis. (597 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for about $3.50. I have had this before but never reviewed it until today

A - Massive head like 1/2 inch of deep mocha goodness. Very dark for such a low ABV porter just a mild bit of ruby hue at the base.
S - Classic dry porter yeasts, smokey body with mild ash, some chocolate and cocoa notes. Mildly sour but mostly sweet. A great mesh of everything.
T - Not as sweet as state side porters but it has a great mesh of mild roasts and chocolates. Some dark fruit notes meet a but of fruity dry yeasts. Tasty.
M - Light to medium in no way watery. Somewhat session able.

Overall quite a tasty porter worth picking up but at the price I would stick to local offerings. (688 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: toffee, sweet malts,

taste: toffee, malts, coffee, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinking porter due to how smooth it goes down.

Cheers,

The CPJ (281 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This beer had a deep, dark brown hue and texture so thick you can't see through it. There was a decent head and good lacing.

This had a subtle smell, like most of Samuel Smith's beers. Malt, coffee and something I couldn't put my finger on.

Tasted of malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe some fruit. Complex, but didn't beat you over the head with it.

Nicely done carbonation and a dry finish made for a good, solid mouthfeel.

If you're into porters, this is a good beer to get. I only drink them but so often, but this is a good one. It has a nice taste and isn't overly heavy. (615 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
No date or info listed on the bottle.

A - Crystal clear and light oak during the pour, it becomes more of a burgundy brown in the pint. A crown of three-fingers of foam rests gently on top and lowers slowly. It's just missing lace.

S - Dusty cocoa and flaky dirt give the aroma a classic English nose with lots of chocolate malt, a little hint of being burnt, with bready characteristics and mild hops.

T - Very dusty and dry, this English porter has nuances of bread toasted just a bit too long and bitter-sweet chocolate. Flavorful and rich!

M - A creamy and smooth entry leads to a soft feel on the palette and a mellow, not distracting dry finish. Medium-bodied and delightful.

O - Taddy packs a wallop of flavor without the necessity of pesky heavy alcohol our American versions have. Highly drinkable, it's a session porter if there ever was one. God bless the English brews. (930 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rich deep brown, almost black - which I like in a porter. Aroma is intriguing - with one sniff I get hints of chocolate, with the next, roast coffee. Flavor is not as rich as I expected, but it is typical of a good porter with strong hoppy overtones, smoky undertones, and a soupcon of coffee. This is a beer to be sipped and savored, not chugged. (358 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited to finally try this beer based on many of the good reviews I've read. Pours a very dark, nearly black color with just a touch of deep, ruby-red shining through the edges of the glass. Solid tan head mounted on the top of the beer that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The initial nose is full of coffee and figs, a bit of roast and a bit of sweetness.

The flavor is unique - it's definitely a porter, but it's quite unlike any other porter I've had. The first thing that hits your palette is a huge roasted barley and malt flavor. Just enormous. This is followed up by a nice roasted coffee bean flavor that starts to take over as the beer is warming in your mouth.

About halfway through, the taste shifts from roasted and malty to slightly sweet and bitter. The bittersweet cocoa comes out, along with a huge punch from the "dark" fruits (dates, figs, raisins, it's hard to pinpoint just one). The transition from roasty and toasty to sweet-tangy-bitter is quite nice and complex, a mark that is oftentimes aimed at and missed in a lot of beers. Medium-heavy body with super huge creaminess and a nice dose of carbonation that really brings everything together.

This beer was incredibly hyped up to me before I finally tried it. Did it live up to the hype? It's hard to say. Probably not. Nevertheless, is it a good beer? Absolutely. One of the most complex flavor profiles for a porter I've had that still manages to keep your attention without going too far out-of-bounds. At 5% ABV, this is something you could drink all night. Solid porter. (1,570 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears as a darkish brown, almost black body with two-finger creamy head that leaves a lace ring as the beer goes down. An intense coffee malt smell with some chocolate malts behind it.
While it smells like it might be a rough and dry and heavy brew, it is actually closer to medium-bodied than fullish. The coffee, chocolate and hints of roasted malt mix with something buttery to make for a very smooth and somewhat creamy offering that is very tastey and flows down your throat. Finishes with only a slight dry backbite with some sweetness on it. I haven't had too many porters, and I might not have to have another one. This beer tastes great, is filling and with a low ABV I culd sit and drink this ALL day. Top notch. (724 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a sturdy somewhat radiant brown which is surprisingly transparent when held up to a light. The beer boasts an attractive dark ruby color under light. Lighter tan head sits and stays. Leaves minimal lacing.

S-I think it smells much like super sweet toffee. Almost like a caramel hard candy. Chocolate/coffee combo are here but I find the caramel/toffee to be the big ticket here. Cocoa powder as well. Quite sugary in the nose.

T-Caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate like in the nose. Also picking up some milky lactose flavors as well. Dark fruits as well. Surprisingly a bit bitter which is nice. A pretty unique taste. Stronger than the %5 alcohol level would suggest. No alcohol traces however.

M-A light porter. Not a detractor. Still creamy but definately leaning toward the lighter mouthfeel direction.

D-Oh so easy to drink. No alcohol burn.

I have begun to really grow a taste for porters and while this isn't my favorite, I must say it is pretty good. Easily worth a try. (991 characters)

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 mL bottle a dark brown with deep purple-red highlights. Formed a nice large bubbled frothy tan head. Long withstanding head left ample lace.

Mixed aromas of cafe mocha, nuts, dark fruit and an earthy vegetable smell.

Taste is of chocolate malt and nuts. Has a dark fruit and bitter hop finish. Tasty...

Creamy medium mouthfeel. A little dry in the finish... so take another sip.

A good beer and an excellent Valentine's gift. (455 characters)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
92 out of 100 based on 1,259 ratings.