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

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Reviews: 1,322 | Ratings: 3,057
Photo of Ferb
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my very most favorite porters! This is full of dark roasted, malty goodness, it is beautifully balanced, lightly tempered with earthy hops and a gentle whisper of licorice. The yeast Samuel Smith uses in Taddy Porter is used, I think, in some of their other beers, because there is a flavor quality that "rhymes" with their excellent Oatmeal Stout. Maybe it is the water? I don't care, because I like them both! If you like the style, you should try this.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a tulip pint. Pour nearly black with a moderate head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Nose: rich aroma of dark malt, black coffee, perhaps a vanilla note; palate: slight bitterness of the hops nicely offsets the slight sweetness of the dark malts. Light bodied and drinks very well. Really a nice specimen of the style.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint. Big, beautiful khaki head that mellows but retains a ring. A coat of lace as well. Dark, dark brown.

Sweet roast nose.

Similar taste, a rich, creamy smoothness as if a nitro. Very similar to Sam Smith's stouts, but with underlying spice.

Creamy feel with just enough weight to not feel watery.

Ostensibly the beer that popularized porters as a style. A smoother variety, with very little hop character and a smooth sweetness. I am increasingly persuaded that this brewery can do no wrong.

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Photo of matcris
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, ruby around the edges, and a finger+ of tan, sticky head, that won't quit. In the aroma, cocoa, sweet roasted malt, and red wine. Immediately reminds me of Anchor porter. Also a berry or jam vibe. The flavor is mellow and sweet, but there is enough bitterness on the finish to balance that out. Strong cocoa, and a bit earthy. The feel is creamy, with about average carbonation, and overall, a little slick until it dries up on the finish. Very nice porter, tasty.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with thick head. I could smell the sweetness just while pouring it. Can also smell the old ale brewed with this. Goes down with a slight bitterness that turns dry. Can taste the brown ale here. One of the best English Porters out there.

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Photo of Dakin
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Really like the look of the label. Resembles a stout in the glass with a nice creamy head with small bumbles.

Smell: Smooth roasty smell. Not very complex but it works.

Taste: Super smooth all the way through with a tinge of hops perfectly measured halfway through. Aftertaste of toasted bread.

Feel: Very creamy feel with a little weight. Nice.

Overall: Superb easy drinking English style porter. Simple but well done.

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Photo of IronLover
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with amber hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thick, creamy, mocha colored foam with moderate retention. Medium light dark malt aromas, with toffee, dark bread crust, and sweet dark fruit notes. No hop aromas. On the lighter side of medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creaminess through the middle with a dry finish. Dark malt aromas up front with dark melanoidin and light toffee. Light roasted malt flavors follow that slowly transition to medium light bitterness. Sweet dark chocolate and dark malts suppress the hop bitterness a bit from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with roasted malt bitterness offset by sweet dark fruit and chocolate. Although very subtle, malt and hop character is very complex and enjoyable. No two sips taste exactly alike. Flavors and aromas changed dramatically as this warmed - not unlike other English beers.

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Photo of illpass78
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: A near black with a thick head. Some lacing. Looks sturdy.

Aroma: Roasty, malty nose. Some slight coffee.

Taste: Smooth, tasty dark beer.
Coffee, roasted coffee beans, faint chocolate. Lots of roastiness on the palate. Maybe even a light whiff of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Sturdy as it looks. Not thick, though. Classic porter depth.

Overall: The classic porter. Fair price for such a terrific beer, too.

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Photo of dcotom
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 550 ml bottle into nonic pint glass. Deep chestnut brown color, four fingers of thick tan head that left scads of pretty lacing. First things that come through on the aroma upon opening the bottle are big notes of raisin and prune. Pouring unleashes more of the malty character, with notes of caramel and toffee alongside the dark fruit. There is also a mineral character to the aroma which is quite interesting, but fades a bit as the beer warms. Palate follows the nose, with just a touch of bitterness, a medium mouthfeel, a dry finish, and some lingering dark-fruit aftertaste. I've overlooked this countless times. Do not make the same mistake I did. This is a world-class beer at a very reasonable price, and widely available to boot. What more could you want?

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Photo of ajm5108
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with voluminous, fluffy head. Light chocolate & dark malt aroma with a dash of molasses. Flavor is mild roasted malt with some dry fig and a little berry sweetness. Watery but that is the style. Overall a solid drinkable porter.

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Photo of samnpue
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Good mouthfeel no bready aftertaste.
I like a beer that I can't see through this one was dark and inviting. Served just below room temp which was perfect for after a day of XC skiing.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 12/18/16:

Deep, dark reddish brown, basically black in indirect light. Mostly clear in spite of very little light coming through due to color. Desert mud looking head, very frothy, filmy, and dense, with good retention but weak lacing. Strong dark fruit aromas, for a porter at least, some small amount of molasses or toffee, caramel, and a general roastiness. On palate, roastiness much stronger with sweeter fruit (dark fruit but also a bit of red apple) and sugar qualities more subdued but still a huge part of this beer. Roastiness and fruitiness present throughout with light smoky tartness blending well with fruitiness at first and then mostly disappearing. Roastier finish and smoky aftertaste. Hops seem to be earthy or leathery or spicy, hard to tell as they are lost in the balance for me apart from retro-olfaction, which is also slightly mentholated. The head, it is worth noting, tastes like dark chocolate. Full-bodied, thick, an almost nitrous carbonation, but still tingly. Seems to just soak into sides of throat as I swallow, as opposed to going down the tube. Overall, more like an Oatmeal Stout to me than a Porter, but then I haven’t had too many in the English style.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, clear brown-red with half a finger of creamy brown head that leaves puffy clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of roasted hazelnut, chocolate chip cookies, coffee grounds, dried berries, faint smoke and soft black licorice.

Tastes of semi-sweet cocoa powder, cold creamy coffee, toasted bread, hazelnut, toffee, dried black cherry, ash and licorice.

Feels soft and creamy. Medium bodied with very smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. It's a Samuel Smith beer, all right.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown/black, little head, dissipates quickly.
Smell: very fruity, a lot of dark fruit. Also malty.
Taste: Maltiness, good bitterness from roasted malt, quite dry ending. Little hop presence.

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Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a dark black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt. Has a great roasted malt flavor.

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

The colour is dark, dark brown; the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and beige – it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is smooth, dark and malty. Muscovado sugar, prunes, cocoa, charcoal and hints of toffee and alcohol.

The taste is dry and malty with roasted malts, rolled oats and blackberry hints. Light to medium body. The aftertaste got some clean alcohol, burned charcoal, smooth bitterness plus red and black currants. The finish is balanced with dry roasted malt and some bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many mid-sized bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

I reviewed this beer back in 2009, and I gave it 4.33. Now, I found it a bit thin and light and not as rich as then. Still a good porter.

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Photo of OlaB
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: gives a deep mahogny dark color. Small white head that disolves quickly giving rings of lacings on the glass.

S: Roasted malts, dried fruits like raisins and dates, coffee, chocolate,tofee,caramel and vanilla.

T&F: creamy feel from the start, senses dark dried fruits, chocolate,caramel and coffee. Dry finish with a long aftertaste and coffee especially noticeable.

O: a great porter with good flavours and aroma. I sure would trie this again if I have the chance.

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Photo of aleigator
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a big, fluffy beige head.

Smells of milk chocolate, fudge, earth and dried raisins. Roasted hazelnuts mingle into a pleasant malt foundation, which produces a nice sweetness.

Has a soft carbonation, together with a very light, slighty metallic mouthfeel among a good amount of fluffy cream and chocolate.

Tastes of rustic bread dough, earth and toffee malts with a glazed caramel topping, soothed by cream and a metallic carbonation. Finishes with even more cream and a subtle tartness among scented wood.

Very light, creamy and chocolate driven with a strange metallic carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.42/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is standard porter, deep dark brown almost black. Tan head, 3/5". Aroma wafts a serious amount of alcohol, and lesser roast beyond that.

Taste was brown malt and alcohol. I can't understand why this seems so hot to me, the mouthfeel is just that dark fruit bitter alcohol heat, with some roast as an afterthought. Bottle format is expensive. Toffee earthiness. This tastes just as much like a quad as it does a porter. My least favorite Samuel Smith beer.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan lingering head. Aroma of vanilla and nuts with a hint of cocoa. Flavour is chocolatey with a smooth nuttiness. Mid palate I sense some vanilla and cocoa. Finish is slightly bitter and roasty

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,foamy,sand-coloured head
-dried fruits,coffee,nougat,chocolate,lactose,caramel,toffee
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
A solid Porter but Samuel Smith can do,and usually does,more exceptional stuff

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Photo of ThemThangs
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and smells like caramel and nuts. Taste is sweet and makes me think of caramel, nuts, and also subtle hints of char, molasses,and toast. Another great English beer.

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Photo of erk0607
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark black, fine bubbles in the tan head, lacing that lingers
Smell: Malty hazlenut and roasted coffee, red fruit notes
Taste: Sweet cream, coffee and associated bitterness, roasted bread, toast, definite hop bitter aftertaste with different intensity than roast bitterness
Feel: Amazing. This is a dense, viscous beer. Super smooth with enough carbonation to keep your tongue interested
Overall: I am a fan. This is however, a fall/winter beer for sure.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a black color, ruby red at the edges, with a thin but creamy beige head that leaves rings of lacing.

The beer smells of molasses, toffee, cashews, milk chocolate, black licorice, candied plums, black cherries, caramel and toast.

Upfront, you get caramel, cashews, peanuts, toffee, and deeply toasted brown bread. Toward the finish, you get black licorice, raisins, plums, dark cherries, cocoa powder, and earth. Finishes with a bitter-sweet balance of molasses and baking chocolate, and beets and earth.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, almost watery toward the finish, though smooth in the middle.

This is a fine beer. I reviewed this a bit colder than I probably should, but the taste isn't quite as amazing as the nose. This is still a great beer overall, though. A classic.

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Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased #Brexit night. Celebration or commiseration is up to you. Hadn't had one in years and was shocked when I realized I had never actually reviewed it.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown that shows reddish tints when put against a light. Carbonation is difficult to see, but the head is two fingers of delicious espresso crema colored foam. Seriously. So creamy to look at. Retention is decent, as the foam slowly collapses in on itself, leaving a sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Classic. Dark fruit, chocolate, subtle hints of coffee. Low on slow on the roastiness, as the coffee and chocolate seem to have a dollop of creaminess in the nose.

T: Again, dark fruit on the tongue. Chocolate carries the mid palate, both bakers and milk, while the finish picks up a more vigorous dark chocolate and roasted coffee note that I missed in the nose.

M: Creamy in the mouthfeel as well. Carbonation is minimally felt. Does seem a bit thin on the tongue, but I am used to drinker higher octane and higher gravity 'Murican porters and stouts.

O: It's a classic for a reason. Sam Smith (along with Rogue) were some of the first beers to break me free from the yellow fizzy water and introduce me to the world of flavorful fermentables. Good to go back and visit them from time to time. They do stack up.

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