Taddy Porter
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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English Porter
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,614
4.19 | pDev: 11.22%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 1,364 | Ratings: 3,198
Photo of jjamadorphd
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...

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Photo of spectru
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.

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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of CrazyCatLady
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.

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Photo of Tantonys
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.

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Photo of EMH73
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a fairly well retained half inch tan head that left a ring of lace and then some blotches. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Tastes of medium roast coffee, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, roasted malts, toast and dark fruit. Medium bodied, light to carbonation, slightly bitter finish, mild creaminess to the mouth feel. Amazing amount of flavor for a 5% beer.

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Photo of MrBoz21
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- First notes were vinegary but as it opened up chocolate, raisin and roast came through. A musty, cellar character. Rich.
App - clear but nearly opaque copper-brown. Mohagony ribbons and creamy lasting thick tan head.
F - toasty bitterness dominates. Earthy/woody on tongue. Light resin finish. Lo malt sweetness.
M- dry, med-light body. Mineral/chalk like astringency. Creamy.
O - creamy and easy drinking although I would prefer a bit more caramel and less roast.

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Photo of KMillard
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy, flavorful, rustic - not a session beer. But worthy of fireside contemplation. Complex, smoky, sweet with Samuel Smith's trademark port wine flavor in after taste. If this is a new try grab a single.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of khaki foam that retains decently well. Lacing is prevalent. Aroma is toasty, nutty, earthy malts, giving off a dark, lightly bitter experience. Light dark fruit and coffee add a little frill to the aroma. Flavor profile is toasty, nutty, earthy malts with chocolate, cocoa power, and medium-roast coffee, resulting in a dark, decadent 5% ABV beer. Decadent is relative, as it's decadent for being low alcohol. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a light fuzziness that combines with a touch of effervescence. Overall, a big porter for being at 5%. It smells and tastes dark and flavorful, without totally destroying the palate or liver.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 550mL bottle.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle stamp reads SC09R1.

Pours a thin, deep brown color with a quarter inch of beige head that settles quickly and leaves a heavy veil of weak lace around the glass as the beer diminishes.

A surprisingly sweet combination of cocoa powder and dark roast coffee burst onto the scene. There’s almost a cocoa butter undertone that’s giving the quality of a créme de cacao, and it’s really nice.

The flavors are a good contrast from the aromas, in a good way. Definitely a porter, the flavor profile is dominated by roasted malt, hints of burnt toast, and a tangy finish that leaves a light and pleasant bitterness in the back of your mouth.

Thin body, with a sharp carbonation and a dry finish. A very smooth porter with a very drinkable quality.

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Photo of walknot
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite porter, which is my favorite style of beer. It has a rich but not overwhelming flavor, mildly sweet, medium body with a dark body and tan head.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle at The Bluebird Cafe, so I don't know how it looks. The scent has hints of burnt chocolate covered cherries. This is the smooth, flavorful sipping beer I would expect from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A good, delicious English porter, but I'm not sure if it worth all the hype as an untouchable...

Dark brown. Good lacing. Twangy. Acrid. Roasty. Sweet. Somewhere between butterscotch and marshmallow. Somewhat smooth.

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

Pours a deep brown with a thin half finger head. Moderate lacing. Nose of bing cherry, malt and sourdough bread. Taste of milk chocolate, dark fruit and biscuit. Moderate body with a bit of wateriness and medium carbonation. This could be better if it were a bit thicker. A bit on the dry side.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, nice tan khaki head.
Nose is chocolate, a touch of dark fruit, malt.
Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, dark fruit
Mouthfeel is creamy with a lingering chocolate finish.
Good beer.

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

poured from the 550mL bottle into a stout glass.

appearance: almost black, but appears a ruby brown when held to a bright light. very little light gets through. very small light tan head that fades rapidly.

smell: toffee, sweet malt, a very light hint of caramel.

taste: sweet, biscuity. light caramel and toffee flavors. very slight roastiness, almost like coffee but not quite as bitter.

feel: dry, slick, medium-bodied but leaning a bit towards lighter. it feels almost a little watery. moderate carbonation.

overall: it's a good porter. i quite like the flavor but i think it would benefit from feeling a little thicker.

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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Rich dark brown with a brief beige head and good lacing. I love the smell. Sweet dark berries with a bit of chocolate. This is carried to the taste along with flavors of sweet licorice and a hint of coffee. A classic I have had before but only getting around to reviewing it now.

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Photo of Chii_Rising
3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 Pint bottle split between two people.
Poured like beer, with a dark opaque color & little carbonation.
Smell is sour & earthy.
Feel is a bit watery for a porter.
Taste is smooth, feels like a traditional English style porter, with a sour, woodsy flavor like it comes from wooden casks.
Overall, Samuel Smith has much better flavors than this one. We would not recommend it, but wouldn't say no if offered.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is pitch black with a foamy head that thinned out quickly. I hate saying it smells like a typical porter but it does. There is a mix of dark fruits and coffee. The taste is bready and then has a lingering metallic bitterness. The beer also felt a little watery.

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Photo of obywan59
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a 4 finger dark tan head becoming chunky with thick, sticky lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts and dark fruits. Yeasty like sourdough.

Taste is mostly dry with just a hint of sweet malts. Slightly fruity with tangy and roasted notes.

Moderately full in body with light carbonation. Feel is creamy and somewhat astringent.

An easy drinker. Smooth overall.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated SD27Q1 (Apr. 27, 2017). Imperial Nonic pint.

A: pours black, with some light just barely penetrating when shined straight up to the light. Two fingers of super foamy light tan head. Outstanding lacing.

S: English yeast to the max! Smells like that German sprouted rye bread you get at some health food stores. Sour and roasted. Yeast smell expresses as fruity berry-like Ethiopian coffee. Sidamo. The bottle says "tangy" and that is absolutely right. It's so English it's like it's a parody of itself.

T: damn. Arrives with a bready, slightly tangy, malty, roasted, creamy, richness. Transitions to a thick mild roasty note; transitions at the end to a mildly bitter, earthy English hop bitterness. This is nothing short of exquisite.

M: thicker end of midweight, light slickness. Fairly high carbonation keeps it dare I say it- refreshing.

O: this defines the style. I am at a loss for words with how much I like this beer. A symphony of balance. Not too sweet; mild, earthy hops; decided roast that does not overpower; expressive yeast character. Unforgettable.

Postscript: I broke out the decoder ring, and figured out this is nearly a year old. If it is this good now, just imagine fresh! Sigh.

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Photo of huthuty
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with a smallish head, copper to the light smell is a tart and strong burnt malt taste is mild and refreshing, a great mix between burnt malt and sweeetness mouthfeel is extremely slippery and refreshing, not much carbonation overall this deserves its status as a classic

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle, Gardiner Haskins, Bristol - Pours dark black with a large foamy tanned head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Sweet, nutty, roasted malts, molasses notes. Taste - Sweetish notes, berries, nut overtones, light hop feel, roasted malts, burnt sugar feel, light bitter finish. Nice light bodied porter.

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Photo of dipso123
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All about subtlety in this beer: notes of molasses and licorice perfectly balanced with the malty and nutty and a perfect medium body pleasantly smooth.

I find it VERY difficult not to gulp this beer and move straight to another of the same.

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Photo of maxarvo
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A very nice beer. Weirdly has almost no smell. A stout with taste and a great feel. Their Oatmeal and Chocolate Stouts have more taste and are more complicated drinks. If you want to drink a lot of Samuel Smith's, maybe try this beer, but the Extra Stout is sublime yet also easy to drink a lot of.

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Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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