Taddy Porter
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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English Porter
Ranked #4
Ranked #1,716
4.19 | pDev: 11.22%
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 1,381 | Ratings: 3,237 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by TheManiacalOne:
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty as you would expect with strong flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There are touches of vanilla and chocolate with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter with a good complexity that is worth drinking for a long time.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Jun 26, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential modern day Porter, pitch black, with a great head. Faint chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Easy drinking, smooth with a mellow rawness, creamy to the mouth, dry with faint molasses. Slight twang roasted character and some fig. At 5.0 percent alcohol by volume, this makes for a hell of a session beer. But, slap some eggs (sunny side up), pork & beans, black pudding, fried tomato slices, butter simmered button-mushrooms, toast and HP brown sauce together and it makes for a great hangover breakfast. Oh yeah.

I love this beer.

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Todd from California, Nov 19, 2003
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4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Smell: Hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Creamy smooth mouth feel from a medium body with mid to low carbonation. Full rich palate of coffee, carob and a mild acidic twang from the roasted malts. Bit of butterscotch in the middle which lingers into the finish with an underlying fig like fruity flavour.

Notes: Textured and well structured ... a top shelf porter and worth the $$$. A classic porter worldwide, one of best in the Sam Smith brand.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Nov 17, 2001
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1.9/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I do not understand why this beer is rated so high, Taste like sparkling soda and has a flat taste. Why Samuel Smith puts so much carbonation in their drinks

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bakkerman1 from Oklahoma, Dec 12, 2017
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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bark from Sweden, Nov 22, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Too much on the molasses and licorice side for me. Very dry. Maybe overlycarbonated. But still a very good beer and a good example of an English porter. Hints of smoked wood

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Regal gold foil covered cap on a 550ml bottle.

A: Pours dark brown with crimson highlights under a solid one-finger thick tan head. Very fine carbonation. Eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Roast is prominent followed by dark chocolate cream, marshmallows, vanilla, caramel, faint vanilla, dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates, etc.), and bacon. Mmm bacon.

T: Follows nose with a complex array of roast, grainy malts.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Mellow roast, smooth and creamy finish.

O: Wow - for the style this is amazing. Top notch.

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wethorseblanket from California, Aug 16, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured near black with a thin, creamy brown head. Only a light level of carbonation is visible but there is very good head retention.
S: There are sweet malty and nutty aromas in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell with some malty sweetness and nutty flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There's not that much carbonation but the level perfectly fits the style and is just enough.
D: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is very sessionable.

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metter98 from New York, Apr 24, 2010
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3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a proper Porter this "Taddy" has roasted Barley and malt flavors, but there is also a bit of licorice and slight chocolate. To me, this beer smelled a lot better that its actual tastes delivered …also... the after-taste leaves an empty/watery impression.

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Guppy314 from District of Columbia, Jun 24, 2016
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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark opaque brown with a thick tan head that retains very nicely.

Smell: Dark chocolate, blackberry, mild acidity, charcoal. Subtle but complex.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and bitter with berry and toffee flavors. Undertones of burnt grain and black coffee with slight acidity coming through beneath it all. Light-bodied and dry with a vinous quality in the finish.

Notes: Impressive complexity coming from such an unimposing beer. Very good stuff.

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largadeer from California, Apr 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gets awfully close to the stuff you get in British pubs, but of course the imports to here are not even close to the freshness you will experience over in GB.

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Hackattack from Indiana, Jul 27, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of roasted malt and molasses. Taste is very identical,maybe some notes of coffee and chocolate. A classic porter that delivers everything I expect from an above average porter. There is some mild sweetness which is balanced with just a touch of bitterness like you would get from very dark chocolate

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Aug 16, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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McStagger from California, Jun 28, 2016
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4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

About as good of a porter as I have had (Everett by Hill Farmstead might exceed it) from one of the world's great breweries (if not one of the trendiest these days). Indeed, how many breweries can offer world class stouts, porters, browns, bitters, IPAs, and even lagers? Samuel Smith may not get the respect it deserves these days, which is unfortunate, but it will always be one of my favorites.

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SourFaceEric from Connecticut, Sep 04, 2017
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3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black and clear. Had some creamy mocha colored foam Caramel and some roasty character on the nose. Body is not smooth but more like gritty. Had a hint at robust was but was quite bland. Full chewy mouthfeel on not that much flavor. There was chocolate on the nose and enough on the palate. Bitterness from roast is weak and from hops is nondescript. It finishes dry.

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utopiajane from New York, Oct 04, 2015
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4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this beer is divine, an English porter cannot get any better than this. it pours a luxuriously textured dark brown color with very little light coming in. the head is about two inches tall, and super creamy, light mocha in color. the nose is fantastically enticing, with a lot of milk chocolate notes from the malt, a bitterness from the roasted barley, and a hint of tartness to it as well from the hopping. the flavor is packed full with roasted malts, and is heavy on both the sweet and bitter chocolate components. this is even better than their acclaimed oatmeal stout, something about those stone fermenters really lets the yeast shine in all of their beers, and its an excellent complement to the dark bittersweet complexion of this porter. very little sweetness in the finish though, as the hops and burnt grains bitter it right up. full bodied and smooth as anything, I love the feel of this beer too. my only complaint is that its sold in four packs instead of six packs, I always seem to be wanting another one or two at the end of a session. wow this is just a splendid porter, an example to be followed on both sides of the atlantic!

edit: just had a bottle fresh in london at one of their pubs, and it was truly life changing, style defining, pure silk. not sure there is a better english porter on the planet, and the freshness of having it so close to the origin was an experience i will always treasure. this beer has no equal!

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's pretty much a slightly better version of the standard Newcastle Brown ale.

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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, very deep nut brown with 1.5 fingers of tan, rocky head. Excellent head retention. Thin, clingy lace. Mild carbonation.

Smell: Wow. Immediate blast of yeasty bread. Moves on to Fuji apple, sherry, cabernet (?!), malt, burnt coffee, cola, baked bread--there's just layer upon layer here. Very complex and unusual; I've never smelled anything quite like it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt hits the tongue first with a nice, albeit somewhat mild combination of smoke and sweetness. Quickly, the flavor is overwhelmed by yeasty batter and hops. Bitterness hits HARD in the finish with a drying, almost chicory flavor. A slightly winey flavor emerges as it warms. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and the carbonation is generally meek, although it can be a bit sharp at times. Go figure.

Drinkability: It's got a lot of flavor, a light body and a fairly low ABV, so it's quite easy to drink. However, the brutally bitter finish is a bit much for me.

This is a well-made and complex porter, but I can't take the bitterness at the end. I "get" this beer, but it's not for me.

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WetCoaster from California, Jun 15, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with only slight ruby highlights under a light. Rich creamy tan head that eventually dissipates to quarter inch layer of foam

S - Aroma is sweet toasted malt with berry wine overtones. The aroma is quite distinctive and pleasant. I wish it tasted more like it smells. Aroma is more prominent as the beer warms to the recommended 50-55°F

T - Taste is more acidic than sweet. Some chocolate, plenty of toasted malt. The taste of the beer improves considerably when it warms past 50°F. I notice a bit more sweetness and a banana flavor begins to come through. Banana coffee.

M - Feels thin and is lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel improves as the beer warms, feels less watery.

D - Goes down easy, low alcohol. A person could drink more than a few of these. I was going to consign this to my bottle collection and never return to it but it really does improve as it warms. Do yourself a favor and don’t drink this cold.

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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color with a thick tan head.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, almost milk chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate slight taste of coffee that finishes with sweet, bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with a creamy finish.

Drinkability: This would make a great session beer. Would seek out again, but would have a hard time picking this up if it was next to the oatmeal stout.

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nsmartell from Wisconsin, Oct 16, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Victorian Pint bottle into a nonic.

A- Dark as night black/opaque. Massive creamy, tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing.

S- A fairly robust molasses roastiness. Chocolate emerges as it warms.

T- Some slightly sweet molasses flavors upfront, followed by fairly mild coffee-esque bitters and roastiness at the finish. Some hints of chocolate, as well as sweet bread flavors. Absolutely delicious.

M- Medium/light carbonation. Somewhat creamy and very smooth.

D- Superb. Moderately low ABV + delicious flavors and smooth drinking = a great drinking brew. It's hard to set this one down to jot my notes, which is always a great sign.

Future outlook: Superb in all areas. Repeat business an absolute certainty.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

petermethot from New Jersey, Jun 25, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark reddy/black in colour with a deep biege two fingered head that retains and laces fairly well. Impressive start.

S - Chocolate, coffee with vanilla and a hint of dark fruits

T - Sweet roasted malts with chocolate , coffee and I get a little candy or toffee, fruit with the vanilla at the finish.

M - Medium bodied to light to medium carbonation and fairly creamy

O - Very impressed with this beer. A very well balanced porter that is smooth and goes down well. Slightly lacks in body to be right up there with the best but great nonetheless.

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PolarBear3 from Australia, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

geo1267 from Pennsylvania, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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