Taddy Porter
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #2
ABV:
5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,652
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 11.27%
Ratings:
3,331
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 02, 2022
Added:
Nov 28, 2000
Wants:
  269
Gots:
  529
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground), malted barley, roasted malt, yeast and hops. Fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’.
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4.25 by Beecham from California on Apr 02, 2022
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3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

L: Poured from an undated 12 oz bottle into a Guinness pint. Very dark brown with a one finger tan head.

S: Sweet malt, molasses, cocoa. Very sweet smelling. A little too sweet for me.

T: Rich, toasted malts with a bit of hop presence. Very glad the taste doesn’t follow the nose as this is very balanced between sweet and bitter.

F: Light bodied, lively carbonation, dry finish

O: Another good one from Samuel Smith. Everything from this brewery is top notch!

Mar 15, 2022
 
3.88 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 26, 2022
 
3.5 by mpenske from California on Feb 26, 2022
 
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4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Hgranito

Molasses, dark chocolate hops, burnt toast and that gunpowder smell of a kid’s cap gun.
Finishes with a slight twang.

Feb 18, 2022
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3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a bottle of this beer from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany amber with no head and no lace. The scent had subtle sweet malt. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with roast and very subtle dark fruit presence . The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Feb 14, 2022
 
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4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by BigGinge from New York

Appearance: A very dark brown almost black color with some ruby peaking through towards the bottom. A small cap of light tan colored head. Nice retention.

Smell: Iron, rusty nails, bread dough, dark fruits, light roast.

Taste: Dark fruits up front like the aroma, dark bread body, very nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Roasted malt towards the finish with notes of cocoa and coffee on the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy with a refreshing bite from the carbonation.

Overall: In a world full of beers that appear to have the whole kitchen sink and then some thrown into the mash I'm thankful I can still find a select few that are still brewed with only malt, yeast, hops and water. This is a proper beer.

Feb 06, 2022
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4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Joshhardigan from Florida

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Solid two finger brown head. Rich sweet malt notes on the nose, nearly completely black in the glass with ruby red highlights when held up to the light.

Surprisingly dry on the palate, mostly malt, brown bread, medium weight, good carbonation. Finishes dry, with just a hint of Hop bitterness. Really good, absolute epitome of a good Porter. The whole Samuel Smith lineup is top rank, and this is almost the perfect definition of a Porter. ABV is 5, so if you feel like crushing a second one there's nothing stopping you... Leaves excellent lacing all the way through the glass. I had not had one of these in quite a few years, and was pleasantly surprised that it was actually better than I remembered.

I have been revisiting some old favorites here in the past few weeks and boy howdy, this may be the ideal Porter, I've got to pick up a sixer of Anchor Porter next as that was the beer that was my gateway drug to porters many years ago. I'll do a back-to-back comparo and let you know.

Update January 30th 2022: Kind of a funny story... Friend showed up unexpectedly today...had not seen this gentleman in quite some time, he was passing by after a morning of black powder shooting... "Hey would you like a beer, I got some good Porter in the fridge"... He said "oh you know, I used to love Taddy Porter, I don't even know if they make that stuff anymore, I haven't had it in 20 years"... Well today's your lucky day my friend... We sat out under a crystal clear blue sunny sky here in Florida, unusually cool at 58°... And we enjoyed some Taddy Porter... Always tastes better with some convo and a good friend.

Jan 24, 2022
 
4.18 by Brimstoned from Nevada on Jan 13, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SWOhio-aquifer from Ohio

A Cold front in the lower midwest has set in. So I jogged to nearest dispensary to get a fine porter. Though I can drink this almost year round. This bottle from the 4 pack was a bit off. Overseas shipping? But was worth the trip into town on this cloudy cold reminiscent english winter day! Cheers

Jan 02, 2022
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4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Joe_Riley from Virginia

This is in the running for the best porter I've ever tasted. The only other one I liked as well was at a nano-brewery, and that was one of their many, usually good to great, experiments. As what nI consider a major benefit, it has an abv of 5%, so you don't have to stop at one bottle as with a really hi-test beer. Good porters and stouts are much under-rated, and the trend towards very high alcohol variations is not helping. The aroma is pleasing and it has a nice look and feel, but its real killer is its taste.

Dec 28, 2021
 
3.87 by irs from New Jersey on Dec 07, 2021
 
3.74 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Nov 11, 2021
 
4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 10, 2021
 
5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Oct 21, 2021
 
3.82 by sentrytec from Pennsylvania on Oct 20, 2021
 
4 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Oct 20, 2021
 
4.28 by Gukkor from Texas on Oct 04, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

The taste is malty, nutty with dark roasted coffee & chocolate notes. It’s smooth with a medium/full body. Clean finish and tasty. Another well done brew from Samuel Smith.

Aug 07, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: nice murky black color with some dark brown and ruby red notes. 1/2 finger dark tan head

s: sweet roasted malts, grains, sweet berries. slight char and molasses

t: roasted malts, sweet berries, and caramel. molasses and something like cola. a hint of wood with some more cola and roasted malts

m: lighter side of medium. high carbonation

o: extremely solid English Porter. malty and roasty, but with a nice sweet berry flavor. carbonation is good and there is nothing to complain about on this one

Jul 31, 2021
 
4.21 by arzt from Russian Federation on Jul 18, 2021
 
3.96 by Skabiski from Maryland on Jun 19, 2021
 
3.8 by dubadw from Switzerland on Jun 16, 2021
 
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Jun 15, 2021
 
4.86 by Daneve76 from Australia on Jun 07, 2021
 
3.89 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Jun 01, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by trevormajor from Ohio

550 ML bottle, vintage 2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark as night, with a hazelnut head that lingered
S - malt, roasted malt
T - wonderful flavor of roasted malt
F - thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O - very good beer, great malt flavor and a classic porter

Jun 01, 2021
 
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on May 29, 2021
 
4.09 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on May 23, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pmfox155 from Montana

Overall a very excellent dark beer, the color of the malty beer is very dark brown if not dark chocolate black. Smells great with hints of brown bread with very little sweet. Pours smooth into my pint glass. Highly recommended beer!

May 09, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by tryptagon from Missouri

Looks contraband. DARK

Smells like a network of pipes filled with warm resonance

Tastes like fantastic wood pulp and stiff malt! Surprisingly some hop bite at the end!

Feelings of fizz, base, and ashes on a Fig Newton!

May 06, 2021
 
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by eameslover from Michigan

Had this with Jon over bowls of beef stew. Quite good. Malty and full bodied. The stew would have been great with a base of this beer as well.

Apr 28, 2021
 
4.25 by oldmankoch from Tennessee on Apr 06, 2021
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3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Alieniloquium from Florida

355 mL bottle. Pours black with a medium khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, something like lactose, but not quite. Tastes lightly lactic up front, probably what I was smelling. Bitter chocolate, roasted malt, faint sweetness. Medium light. Fascinating incorporation of a very subtle amount of lactic acidity. I don't think I love it, but it's not something I think I've had in such a controlled manner.

Apr 03, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass with a fine, one finger khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, roasted biscuit, cocoa and light dark dried fruit. Flavor is dark toasted and biscuit malt, cocoa, dates and mushrooms. Cocoa finish with a suggestion of berries. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Well, this is an old friend; Samuel Smith was one my introductions to traditional porters and stouts. I was surprised to see that although this was on the Beers of Fame list and I've had it many times in the past, I have never reviewed this nor the Imperial Stout. This is the first step in correcting that omission. Since this is one of the first English porters I've had, and it comes from a brewery that adheres to tradition, it's actually one of this style I've measured most others (especially domestics) by. It has a great malt base with good cocoa and dark fruit notes and finishes semi-dry, as it should. There is a somewhat unexpected light berry fruit note in the finish I don't remember, but it modifies the dryness a little bit. The mouth feel has a nice creaminess and the flavor density is great for the ABV. A well made classic and a fine porter that leaves the impression it would be familiar to the workmen this style was named for.

Mar 31, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Reef from South Carolina

Bottled, no date

Pours opaque black with two fingers if tan varied head. Full lacing curtains and cap.
Strong roast malt, chocolate, fig, coffee scents
Nutty, figgy, light coffee, toffee and hop flavors.
Consistent carbonation, light hop zing, medium bodied, easy to drink the 18.7 oz bottle and want more.
Unique and delicious.

Mar 27, 2021
Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3331 ratings