Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,438
Reviews:
1,353
Ratings:
3,148
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
4.64
 
 
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Ratings: 3,148 |  Reviews: 1,353
Photo of walknot
4.92/5  rDev +18%
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 -3.1%
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 Futbolmanby
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -5.8%
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 SheltieGuy
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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 ConnorMobs
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BenBreeg
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of NRMeadmore
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sylvesterjones
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CtLiEgMeSrOsN
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pizzabutt
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
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 csmrx7
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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 -26.9%
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%
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 -3.6%
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 dirtyharry2489
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaltofOH
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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 sethcroisant
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,148 ratings