Taddy Porter
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Porter - English
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,794
4.19 | pDev: 11.22%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Factors: BBD? 550ml glass bottle, 38*F sea level
Glassware: Tulip

L: Tar black, used motor oil. Creamy, fluffy, tan-brown head. Light lacing. Crackling sounds!
S: Burnt toast/croissant, buttery (lots of heat-induced aroma). Raspberry. Soy sauce. Ink, burnt rubber, lit match.
T: Follows nose. Stale coffee, toast. Round, buttery back. Raspberry aspirates into the nose nicely on exhale. Hop bitterness hangs on the tongue in a complex, mellowed cloud.
F: Surprisingly light.

OVERALL: Don't know if it's the style or this particular blend, but I'm not a huge fan. To frame the flavor, it tastes like diner coffee served at 1 A.M. in Tucson, AZ by Pam, a cigarette-smelling "Bless your heart"-type who calls you honey. And yet, you love Pam, and she's there for you after you just drove across the U.S. to save your sweetheart from succumbing to the vanity of L.A. Tossed-up on this one.

Sep 23, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wonder how many beer lables do not change one iota in 20 years? The 550ml bottle I have is labled precisely as per the photo above dated 2000. In fact the lable looks like a 1930s style design and it wouldn't surprise me if it hasn't changed since then!
L- Poured into my trusty old nonic pint pint glass from University days (mid 80s!) in Leeds Yorkshire where I first encountered Samuel Smith beers, plus visited their wonderful brewery. Very black, even held in front of a halogen bulb not one photon gets through. Pours with 5mm super-fine bubble head, holding well. I'm struck by quite how black it is for a 5% black beer - ie I don't expect *zero* photons getting through until a black beer is say 10% and higher...
S- Lovely deep toasty roasted malts and grains.
T- It's quite bright vs 'deep/pungent' and the finish is roasty with a hint of smoke and moderately hoppy-dry.
F- It's quite light in body, the 5% steers that. The character is in the taste^, the body is quite light+bright in feel.
O- Very nice - and I am not a born drinker of 'black beers'. It's refined, there is zero out of place or balance that I note. This is so waaaay above the industrial-brewery black beers of my youth, GGGGggggg I'm sure you can guess what I mean. I wish I'd have got to sample a beer like this back in say uni days, I wouldn't have spent most of the following 35 years just assuming all black beer is simply horribly naff and poor quality.
Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. A hefty and elegant 550ml bottle, BB: May 2021

Jul 23, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle coffee black with a creamy cap of cocoa colored foam. Looks like an ice cream float almost, minus the ice cream. The foam has amazing staying power, even after a good deal of time passes.

The nose has a pleasant roasty note to it, dark roast coffee and some cocoa nibs playing well together. It’s an easy sipper, and this beer is the gold standard.

Jun 27, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small enduring head.

Smells of malt and chocolate. Tastes of malt and molasses with a slightly bitter finish.

Light body and carbonation. Low ABV.

Jun 20, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 550mL bottle*

Poured like a medium roast coffee brown. Had about a half finger tan colored head which had about a medium retention to it.

On the nose, it had a milk chocolate aroma which was immediately apparent. The chocolate sweetness that I got was also complemented with the aromas of the sweet roasted malts which then evolved into a bit of dark cherries and a grapefruit citrus.

The taste was more balanced than I expected--given that the aroma was so sweet. Upfront, you get the sweet tasting notes of the roasted malts coupled with a grapefruit citrus. This balance between the sweet malts and the bitterness/citrus esters of the hops slowly developed into a a coffee like bitterness which was then coupled with the malt notes in the end.

The feel of this beer was light to medium bodied. It had, like mentioned previously--a citrus and bitter aftertaste. This aftertaste wasn't long or overwhelming but it was definitely noticeable. It also had a smooth finish to it.

Overall, I felt like this beer was good but not really memorable. The best quality in this beer was its striking balance between the hops and the roasted malts, but then again a lot of beers these days are nice and balanced.

May 22, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of the bottle, it pours a dark brown color with notes of garnet red. In the glass it looks pitch black and elegant; tuxedo like. A moderate head quickly dissipates and yields a thin ring of lacing.

The nose opens with inviting notes of dark chocolate. Aromas of dark fruit hint at notes of red grape and plum. Rich malt aromatics evoke notes that are very nutty, bready, biscuity and caramel/toffee like. As for as Porter aromas go, you can’t ask for much more.

Despite being low ABV and sessionable, it has a sublime complexity with a lot going on. It opens with bright black malts, lightly acrid and with a light lemon tartness and tangy notes of cherry. The malt flavors are nutty, toasty and biscuity, with notes of dark fruit dark, particularly plums. Very well balanced by earthy and woodsy hops that provide a clean bitterness. Bittersweet notes of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, along with a roasty and coffee like finish. The palate, dry overall, truly comes into its own as the caramel and milk chocolate malt sweetness opens up. It makes the mouthfeel, smooth all throughout, become delightfully creamier. The body is full while the carbonation is moderate.

This is a fantastic and sublime English Porter. It feels like a quintessential example of the style as well as one that all other English Porters can measure against.

May 13, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours as a dark black body, minimal light tan head, with just a slim line lacing.

S - Lovely brown bread notes, chocolate highlights, and just a hint of sourness.

T - Lovely chocolate and a mild coffee acidity hit, a core of bread and dark fruit with just a hint of minerality, and a finish of minor bitterness, suggesting both chocolate and coffee notes.

M - Mild carbonation, moderate weight, clean finish, and highly, highly drinkable.

O - A lovely illustration of a true English Porter, bright and full flavored while still the kind of beer that goes easy by the pint, even if you knock more than one back on your outing to the local pub. A mighty fine brew.

May 05, 2020
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look-It pours a deep blackish brown and a foamy tan head. In a strong backlight you will get nothing shining through and yet a dim glimmer on the sides with the color of a rich mahogany red.

Smell-It smells toasty and sweet as well as inviting. It almost begs you to take a sip with its complex malt bill and sweet aromas of cocoa beans, toffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. I notice a slight hoppy tinge in the background.

Taste-The taste follows the nose with flavors of smokey, roasty, and toasty, grains and cocoa beans. I get chocolate, molasses, toffee, black tea leaves, and then a tinge of orange and grassy hops at the end. The carbonation is strong and the alcohol takes the back seat on this one. It is medium-bodied and rich, but not overpowering or oversweet.

Overall-It drinks like a cola with its rich flavor and ample carbonation. It is refreshing and expertly executed. This is a world class porter. It makes me feel like I’m in the 1800s England by a warm fire with a bloodhound sleeping on a bear rug at my feet. Haha.

May 01, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my third porter this evening so my taste buds might be slightly biased. I think this is a pretty good version of the style and would definitely drink it again. The taste is deep and chocolatey and not overpowering at all. I can't say anything about it stands out above the others I have drank tonight, but it holds its own.

Apr 26, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Thick, inky black. No head, just a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, toasted caramel.

Taste: Roast coffee and dark chocolate, almost mocha. Slightly tangy caramel aftertaste with a very, very mild roast bitterness at the back end. Earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, completely flat.

Overall: This is almost like getting a "real ale" from a cask, but in a bottle.

Apr 19, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A really nice porter. I had this on consecutive days with Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter and this one was head and shoulders above. A more robust body although still not terribly thick; a far more interesting and complex aroma and taste; much more balanced flavors; and still relatively easy-drinking and smooth going down. Not quite as high on my list as Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but very close. Yum!

Apr 16, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550mL bottle; sadly it has been about 10 years since I had this one last. Pours near black with a very persistent, thick foamy head that coats the glass with lacing. Aroma is malty caramel, burnt caramel, cocoa, and roast. Malty flavors with some mild and unique tartness: burnt caramel, dark grain, baker's chocolate, earthy hops, anise, roast & char, faint smoke. Medium body, higher carbonation, balanced finish. Better than I remember. One of a kind!

Mar 07, 2020
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MissouriMule from Missouri

4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours coffee dark with an effervescent, but fleeting head. Nose is chocolate. The taste is dark chocolate from the malt with some enjoyable hoppy bitterness. This is classic English porter. That said, I prefer variations with slightly more carbonation and a little more bitterness.

Feb 26, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass.

Pours a nearly opaque and nearly black dark brown with a very dark-tan finely-foamed creamy head that subsides fairly quickly but gives way to excellent creamy lacing.

The "smells" on this brew are excellent, in typical Sam Smith fashion. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted barley, cashew, and faint hop aromas all swirl around.

The tip of the tongue is graced by bittersweet chocolate and faint coffee, along with some subtle nuttiness. Roasted barley and buttermilk arrive midstream, along with some dark fruits. The brew finishes with a bit of smoke, leather, and booze. The sour lactic note is very interesting and lends a subtle but unmistakable tartness.

The brew looks like it should be medium-full, but with eyes-closed it's only marginally above medium. Excellent carbonation and feel.

Taddy delivers everything a Brit porter should be, and still finds time to deliver some extras. The slight sourness, faint nuttiness, and just-perceptible hops are simply special.

Feb 22, 2020
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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been all over the world and tried thousands of beers, and this is the beer I always come back to every winter. On a snow day, a glass of this is like a warm blanket by the fire. It's about as dark as a beer can get, with a healthy tan creamy head.

Sweet prune/raisin scent with a dark smoky tangy taste.

Typically have it out of the smaller 355ml bottles in a regular pint glass at cellar temp.

Jan 18, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550mL bottle into an official Samuel Smith glass. Chilled to fridge temp but allowed to warm as I drank, allowing the flavors the fully express themselves.

Look: Billowy chestnut-colored head, with a deep dark body the color of forest shadows. When held to bright light a hidden glimmer of translucent reddish color flashes deep within.

Smell: Delicate toasty roasted malt, chocolate, and hints of fig on the nose.

Taste/Feel: Rich malts of chocolate, smoked burlap, raisin, fig, vanilla, and espresso. Bold malts and a flash of noble hop character. Mildly sweet and acrid. Full, rich body with a lingering finish. Smooth on the palate, slightly chewy. Burnt sugar, maple, and smoke on the back end.

Overall: This is a superb porter. It is clean and drinkable, smooth and relaxing. The flavors are genuine and well rounded. Flawless execution.

Jan 10, 2020
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kim_thayil from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's a beer that made me remember my password for this website.

It's exactly what you want a porter to be plus a definite twist with what I can only think of as prunes or maybe raisins. There's a tanginess or something.

I'm pretty sure their Oatmeal Stout will always be #1 for me but this is probably up there near the top (I love the chocolate one too).

Jan 08, 2020
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thegodfather2701 from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge chocolate milk colored head. The head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. When it warms the dark fruit flavor becomes more prominent. It’s not very roasty which I enjoy. The mouthfeel is kind of slick- not too thick or thin but on the syrupy side as it’s not very carbonated which I enjoy. Very drinkable. This was a big decade for me and I was glad to celebrate its end with a classic. I look forward to drinking it again.

Jan 01, 2020
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550 ml bottle poured into pub glass
Full thick tan head settles down to an even layer after a few good swigs, creamy lacing left behind
Smells amazing! Rich and malty, with black cherry or prune hints, and a distinct character that must be the yeast/hops
Taste is also amazing, and much more balanced than the smell would lead. The balance feel and overall on this makes it go down way too easy. Highly recommended.

Oct 31, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Dark brown liquid.

Khaki head; thick lace.

Cream & oatmeal nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Milky, creamy flavor with a velvet body. Hint of hop bite on the lips but not the taste.

Good, not great.

Oct 18, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A tad to watery for my taste...

...Otherwise, it was a decent offering. By far the best attribute was it dark look with thick foam and lacing. The smell was just malts, maybe a hint of coffee bean, with a mouthfeel that was mostly thin though crisp. A decent malty flavor with a very distant hint of cocoa, it’s not a bad brew at all...

May 27, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very Dark, opaque, with a big foamy tan head, somewhat persistent, a little slosh in the glass brings a little more head, lacy; A rich aroma; Smooth, lightly carbonated, feels a little thin; A pleasant porter flavor, not terribly robust.

May 25, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong pour was needed for a half finger of tan fizzy froth, short lived with spots of lace.
Opaque vintage rosewood, very dark brown-almost black.
Baked chocolate and malty sweetness greet the nose with caramel (not malt) and prunes.
Semi-sweet and moderately bitter, the taste is even and malty rich throughout. Light on spicy and earthy hops, some bitterness comes from the malt. A quick and very light alcohol astringency during the finish leads to a neutral (on the sweetness) and bitter hop aftertaste.
Medium-rich bodied, average carbonation. Smooth and well balanced between sweet and bitter. Similar to a Robust Porter in malt/hop bitterness, fruitiness (prunes) and body.

Feb 10, 2019
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CrazyCatLady from Indiana

3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Frothy head, smooth to drink. Tobacco in the forefront, then dig, molasses aftertaste. Decent beer, but definitely not a favorite. Might try another from this brand in the future.

Jan 22, 2019
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Tantonys from Maine

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From one of the most exceptional breweries on Planet Earth expect nothing less than one of the most exceptional brews. That goes for all Samuel Smith beer and cider products. The Yorkshire Squares must retain the goodness of the yeast. A bit pricey in the USA, but worth every penny.

Dec 27, 2018
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