Taddy Porter
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #3
ABV:
5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,996
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 11.22%
Reviews:
1,412
Ratings:
3,316
From:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  269
Gots
  526
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’.
Reviews: 1,412 | Ratings: 3,316 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

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

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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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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trevormajor from Ohio

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

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
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pmfox155 from Montana

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

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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tryptagon from Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Reef from South Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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KT3418 from Colorado

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

I highly enjoy the bigger bomber bottle we get, I found this exceptional, not overwhelming in any one area of malt or chocolate or smoothness, it really checks all the boxes, my favorite Samuel Smith product so far

Mar 18, 2021
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single 18.7oz bottle $5.49 Fujiokas
Light smell of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses
Dark black color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium-light carbonation
Taste lightly of chocolate, coffee, cookie butter
Overall a nice beer, but not outstanding. It seems well made, but with so many microbrews making bolder versions this seems tame.

Mar 18, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with tan head and left some lacing. Sam Smith heads are always nice.
The smell on this is a bit toned down from their stouts but still very very nice roasted malt up front and some faint chocolate and maybe even fruit in the background.
There's definitely a tangy type of fruit thing going on up front. Dark fruit like plums and some red fruit going on too if that makes sense. Some toffee sweetness and I'm not getting any of the chocolate notes most are describing.
The mouthfeel is very nice on this among porters. Medium body and perfect amount of carbonation at a medium ish level.

Overall I like this one a lot. I did a Sam Smith haul today and went through 4 english pints so feeling a little out of it at the moment. Very cool beer though, I've never had a porter with this kind of fruity tang to it before.

Mar 15, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: Almost black with a dark khaki head. Rust on the bottlecap.

S: Roasted barley and dark chocolate. A hint of candied sweetness at the end.

T: Nice. It's like a Guinness extra stout but better. Malty and wholesome, dry bitterness on the sides, really opens up on the finish.

F: Creamy, velvety, dry.

O: Well done. An excellent porter... but I can't sell beer with rusty bottlecaps. It tastes a little metallic too. I would give it a much higher score if it weren't for that.

Mar 15, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

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

Very dark brown, almost black, with one finger of tan head.

Smells of brownie batter, though less sweet, with slight aromas of roast nuts, cola, and coffee.

Taste is lightly toasted brown bread , a little bit of nuttiness, cola - including the associated tangy sensation, and a hint of black coffee.

Feel is light,but not watery, with a very,very fine carbonation burn, that is most noticeable on the tipo of the tongue and back of the throat.

Overall , a very enjoyable, easy-drinking porter.

Mar 14, 2021
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful beer to look at...almost black except on the edges of the glass, even when held up to light. A beautiful light brown, bumpy, fluffy and creamy looking head. Some substantial lacing left behind from initial head.

First smell I notice is some roastiness...burnt toast, bitter coffee and some chocolate. Maybe even something dark fruit like.

The taste leans heaviest towards the dark fruit notes for me. I think I say this because this beer definitely has a tang like thing going on. Not sure if it’s age or this is what this beer is like. There is also some earthy hop taste to it as well. The chocolate is there in the aftertaste left behind.

Mouthfeel is very full for a 5% beer. It’s got creamy smooth drinking vibes to it and it finishes pretty dry with a nice touch of bitter.

Mar 13, 2021
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officerbill from New York

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, but not syrupy, with a tall hot cocoa colored head that slowly dissolves into a thick film.
Has a malty, coffee, chocolate aroma which lead directly to the dominant flavors; roasted malts, coffee, toffee, Whoppers candy (in a good way), a little molasses.
Taddy has a smooth, rounded finish with a cold, slightly sweetened, black coffee aftertaste.
Taddy is ideal throughout the Fall and Winter, while London works as a year-round brew.

Mar 13, 2021
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1BrewBacca from Georgia

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

Look: Deep rich dark, almost like a stout, clear brown. Pours a decent head but it does not linger long.
Smell and Taste: Quite and easy, malty brew to enjoy. Not too sweet and not too dry with notes of toffee. Slight bitterness/tartness. Leaves a nutty aftertaste.
Feel: Somewhat of a heavier brew.
Overall: Found this beer listed in the book "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" a couple years back and luckily found it on the local shelf. Had this beer many time and finally decided to leave a review. To be honest, it has slipped on my "To Get" list because I seem to be discovering more great beers out there. That's not to diminish the quality of this Porter. You should try it before you die.

Mar 03, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first English porter! I tend to prefer the softer flavors of the English expressions of other styles, so there's no doubt in my mind that I'll enjoy this. Plus, it's the second highest rated of the style, so it hardly gets better than this right??

Pours a very dark brown with 3 fingers of khaki-colored head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves great lacing

This is so wonderfully balanced in the nose, a perfect ratio of dark malt to dark fruit. I'm picking up on aromas of lightly acidic coffee, chocolate malt, raisins, earthy hops, milk chocolate, and dark bread

The taste loses a bit of that delicate balance, but it is still great. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting milk chocolate, light roast coffee, raisin, and a touch herbal hops. The swallow brings notes of earthy toast, caramel, and milk chocolate

A medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a decadently smooth beer, especially for the abv. Finishes mostly dry with a great balance

This is great stuff right here. I'd love to try it fresh, as I really don't know how old this bottle is but imports usually sit for a while at my store. As far as I'm concerned, this is the perfect cold weather session beer

Feb 13, 2021
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ewalr1 from New York

4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I’ve had many U.S. Porters and this my first from across the pond. This is very pleasing: it’s tasty but not heavy or overwhelming. My #1, however, is Founders Robust Porter.

Feb 01, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luxuriously black with a frothy beige/tan head that becomes a thick, creamy collar with a large circular island. Lacing is like tree roots rising from the earth of the collar, reaching towards the entrance to my mouth. Nose has a berry note to it - an oddly acidic-seeming aspect for a roasted malt beer, nearing completely masking some chocolate notes underneath.

Some of the berry comes through in the taste, but there's more of a coffee note bolstering it. Near medium body that doesn't feel heavy. A somewhat mineral note in the middle transitions the taste to the bittering notes and dry ending. The bitterness seems slightly woody, perhaps - though I'd say its pretty neutral, overall, leaving a little char note to come through. To me, the malts seem to drive this beer without being sweet (i.e. not under-attenuated), with any bittering hops seeming to support this.

Jan 31, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby edges from the bottle, very nice 2" tan head that slowly recedes, slightly lacing. Nose is a bit metallic, with bakers chocolate, dark and dry roasted malts, and a touch of hops. Taste is bitter chocolate up front, and as it moves through the palate, some slightly sweet notes from the malts, and a dry, earthy finish from the hops. As it warms, the fruitier elements from the hops and malts start to come forward a bit, lending a touch of tamarind. Mouthfeel is moderate with round carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable, balanced beer.

Jan 07, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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

Taste: sweet malty, dark roasted notes, toffee, chocolate, smooth mouthfeel, Toasted nutty rich dark malt nose. Very dark brown hue, mostly opaque, with creamy head and nice lattice of lace. Medium/full body. Clean finish and tasty.

Dec 10, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter at the finish but smooth and creamy.

Dec 07, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a deep black in color with a tall espresso colored head with long retention.
S: Smells bready, toasted malts, small amount of chocolate aroma, earthy hops.
T: Certainly follows the nose. Has a roasted flavor, has a bitter coffee or bitter dark chocolate flavor as well with very low hop bitterness.
F: Medium-body with low carbonation & a creamy texture.
O: Definitely did not disappoint, although I do feel like it is a bit bland.

Dec 05, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark root beer color. A top hat of tan foam with some psychedelic lacing.
Smell: Pumpernickel, maple syrup, date and pear.
Taste: Grains, burnt toast, malted milk balls, irony at times, brown sugar, charred finish.
Feel: Substantial.
Overall: Monumentally good shit.

Nov 30, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

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

This porter pours into a dark brown color with a light brownish head that smells of roasted maltiness once raised to your nose. A sip of this beer and you taste that roasted malty flavor that almost has a slightly burnt after taste, very similar to that of a coffee aftertaste. An incredibly smooth drinking beer that is a great change up from other brew styles that can be over carbonated. This is just a traditional smooth and creamy porter that you can't go wrong with.

Nov 29, 2020
Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3316 ratings