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

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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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Photo of kevo237
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Beer is pitch black with a dark brown head. Looks very creamy and chocolate-y. Smelled of smoke and roasted nuts.

Taste was creamy as expected and a slight bitterness on the finish. Very sweet and coffee like. As it warmed the bitterness ramped up slightly, but didn't become anything bad. This beer tasted good cold and slightly warmed. Mouthfeel was heavy and carbonation was good. This beer tasted just as it looked; creamy and sweet. Good beer, but I probably won't revisit it.

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Photo of olmatty
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque. Low, tightly beaded, tan head.

Smell- Lightly sweet with a hint of molasses.

Taste- Smooth chocolatey, molasses, and caramel. Hint of coffee. Lightly sweet with a moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light to moderate carbonation. Lots of sticky body.

Drinkability- Tastes much more complex as it warms to room temperature. Smooth with a hearty flavor. A nice porter that will be an excellent three season beer.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love English ales, and this is one Ive had so many times I cant believe I have yet to review it.

Pours a deep black color with a tightly bubbled tan head. Smells like roasted malt with maybe a hint of apple?

Tastes like a malty roast heavy beer with a hint of caramel and maybe some coffee notes. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. This is one eminently drinkable beer. Thanks again Sam Smith.

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Photo of JRed
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black in body with creamy cinnamon head that leaves lacing. A sweet aroma of chocolate cream, some hops, and sugar. A tranquil array of flavors are present but none seem to want to take the lead: slight roast, slight bitter chocolate notes, cola qualities, slight hops at the finish, some burnt grain. A cola like mouthfeel that is a little fizzy. Not quite my bag, baby but still a pretty good brew. For fans of English ales, this is one to look out for.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I truly don't remember the last time I had a Samuel Smith's beer. I will give the brewer credit for being one of the breweries that helped me branch out from the usual crap everyone drinks and allow me to further enjoy beer as it is in all of its different styles. The appeal of Samuel Smith beers is the good variety of styles they offer, the quality of the beers, and of course the great labeling they have. They have fantastic and classic designs. Thanks to my friend Pat I'll be drinking Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. If I recall correctly I didn't enjoy it much the last time I drank it, I'm much more of a stout fan than a porter fan, but this drinking and review will settle the score straight, whatever I think of it. So, now to drink and review The Famous Taddy Porter!

I poured my Taddy Porter into my Samuel Smith glass. A thick and frothy tan head grew over the very dark brown almost black beer that can barely be seen through and has a ruby color when put up to the light. A generous amount of foam remains on the surface.

The nose of the Taddy Porter is strong with dark malt, coffee, and liquorice. Some chocolate adds more roastiness and there is some caramel sweetness too.

There is a bit of bite on the tongue from moderate carbonation at the start that mixes with some sweet caramel-malt sweetness. The body is smooth and creamy with some dark fruits in the middle like raisins and a hint of liquorice bitterness. There is a lot more in the finish where the roastiness comes out with coffee and chocolate. The finish lingers for a long time on the tongue and I'm glad. It is a good taste. The Taddy Porter isn't as bad as I remember. There is a lot of flavor to it but with a medium body that isn't too filling and easy to drink.

However, like most porters I do not find them to be...enough. That is why I have a bias towards stouts. Porters to me are like baby stouts, that is, they aren't mature or what they're meant to be. I'm not taking anything away from the Taddy Porter though. It's a good beer that happens to be in a style that I tend to not find as enjoyable as stouts. I'm sorry!

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a thick three finger caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor of roasted malts with coffee notes. Hints of earthy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits and condiments.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Nice Porter, flavorful but not heavy. Very flexible, it could be a session beer or for slow drinking.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 550ml clear bottle with no freshness date. Pours a black color with ruby hues when held to light and a mocha colored, two finger head that lasts for a long time and leaves good lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is very strong of roasted malt. There is also a strong presence of smoke along with some dark chocolate.

Taste of those roasted malts with some dark chocolate present as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Phelps
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint at Boulder’s.

Ebony, completely like midnight in the middle but giving up cranberry highlights at the edges. Two fingers of airy, fluffy head the color of brown sugar fades slowly to about half a finger, then sets up shop. Some reaching strands of lace.

Twelve-grain bread aroma, and a subtle toastiness quickly gives way to major sourdough and dark fruit tang. Also quite papery; I wouldn't doubt if this is oxidized. Dried milk chocolate.

The flavor’s pretty much the same. Earthy English hops blend with slightly tangy chocolate. Hint of sourdough and dried dark fruits — fig, maybe? Chocolate emerges more as I work my way through, as does some toffee sweetness. A silky blend of flavors. Slightly drying finish. Gets better with every sip.

Moderate carbonation is just a touch too high, pinching the tongue excitedly. The silky body’s a touch under medium-light, very smooth. No hint of alcohol.

Solid. Nothing more to say. Earthy, chocolatey, the perfect balance of dry and sweet. There are many better examples, but its easy to see how they grew from this.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this while watching my Packers take it to the Bears. Poured into my pint glass. Pours a deep thick black with a good-sized tan head on top. Decent retention, and it leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass for good measure. Scents of chocolate powder and roasted malts waft out, but they are weaker than expected. Not very bold at all.

The mouth is extremely creamy and smooth. This is like silk going down. Very pleasant. Decent chocolate flavors mix with a subtle sweet creaminess that make this a very drinkable dark brew. Some roasted nuttiness finishes this one out. I really like this, and I could drink a few at a time. Well done.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.99 for a single...

The pour was a dark brown base with a beautiful large tannish-white head with good retention and good lacing. The aroma was a little faint but it still hinted of a roasty chocolatey coffee.

My first thought on taste was that this was a Dry Stout, the taste was grapey and full of spice, not a true porter taste... at least to me. The mouthfeel is nice on the palette and a solid aftertaste. The drinkability is good too, could be an upper-class man's dream of a session beer. To me it is not worth the price.

Final Thought: This is a step down from the other 4 Sammy Smith beers I've had. Despite that, It's still a solid beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in dark black color with a mocha head.

The aroma has sweet brown sugar, toasted and roasty malt along with some fruity notes hidden in there.

The flavor has a good amount of brown sugar, toasty malt, a bit of chocolate, with a light to medium body. A good amount of bready and toasty notes along with sweet sweet caramel and brown sugar.

A smooth drinking beer. Another example of Sam Smith's well crafted beers.

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Photo of yuenglings
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Pretty much pitch black with a good brownish head that leaves a good laceing.
S:sweet roasted Chocolate coffee with slight caramelyness to it very plesant over all.
T:kind of like it smells with a dark choclate taste up front with the rosted coffee taste comeing in at the end not as great as i was expecting but still very good.
M:Very very smooth and creamy has a very good heavyness to it.
D:This is a very drinkable porter i would buy it agian for sure.

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Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into the "proppa" Samuel Smith's pint glass of course.

A- The pour produces a very dark brown, almost black liquied with red tinted edges. The head stands tall, is a cocoa puff milk color, and like all Samuel Smith beers, settles into a nice thick layer of froth. Good spider lacing on the glass.

S- Fairly good representation of roasted malts in the nose. There is also some sourdough, and pumperknickel bread. Toffee and small amounts of chocolate peak through in the end of the aroma. Great smell.

T- The taste is toffee and pumperknickel bread. Would have liked to see more from the aroma in the flavor. The finish is the taste's strong point as it rounds out with dry, and slightly bitter roasted malts.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A little creamy, but a step down from the oatmeal stout and nut brown ale, but still a good mouth nonetheless.

O- 2 Reasons why I would move to England. 1) To follow the Barclays Premiere League 2) To drink Samuel Smith's on the regular. I have yet to come across a Samuel Smith's beer that has dissapointed me. Could definitely session this. Not the best porter, wouldn't say it should be called famous, but I'd definitely call it good.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown pour on this porter. Beautiful color and look. Not much head to speak of, but I didn't expect much anyway.

A good smell off this beer. Not the strongest smelling porter I have come across, but still good.

A good taste on this one. Start to finish, I liked the flavor; I never was disappointed with any aspect in this category (e.g. after taste). I was hoping to be able to give this beer a 5 for flavor, but it fell a little short.

Not the type of beer I personally want to drink on a regular basis as it felt a bit light on the mouth. I would have preferred a little stronger presence, but it is what it is. I Could drink a couple of bottles in a sitting, but not much more than that.

Overall, a good porter. I continue to be impressed with Samuel Smith's beers.

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Photo of biglite351
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark, but you can see light through the middle of the glass. Full long lasting creamy looking foam.

S - malty and full. Inviting and not overpowering.

T - oddly complex but mild. There are a lot of different tastes that move through the flavor palette. Mild after taste, not bitter.

M - tingle right at the front of the tongue early. Mild tingle at the back of the throat in after taste. Possibly a little thin.

D - higher than the sum of its parts. This could easily be the soul beer you have all evening. Would be great during a card game.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Cherry licorice and chocolate. Not what I'm used to.

T - Follows the nose, with cherry licorice and chocolate. Some roasted malt. Fairly sweet.

M - Medium light body with average carbonation. A bit light but easy to down.

O - Pretty good beer. I haven't had many English Porters, but if this is one of the best, I'll stick with the American style.

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Photo of CHL
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan head over an encouragingly dark beer. It has one of the finest smells from a porter: dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, smokiness, and dark malts.

Licking some of the head, it actually tastes like smoke. I've never tasted anything like it, and tasting the body of the reveals expected chocolate and malt, with much more smokiness than I would have expected. Other reviewers don't report this very much, but I'm not so fond of the smoke element of the taste.

Fabulously creamy though, and quite drinkable at 5%.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown, no carbonation visible through it. Short and short-lived light tan head that leaves only a collar.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, sweet toffee, light coffee.

T: Oats, chocolate, biscuit, a faint tanginess/acidity. A kind of stone mineral earthiness permeates it all; I suspect that ancient well and stone fermentation tanks have something to do with that. Dry and slight bitterness. Faint floral soap. Moderate chocolate finish.

M: Very nicely thick, a little oily, lively carbonation.

O: What a fantastic brew! Big flavor, big body, perfectly dry while still offering some typically sweet flavor, and a sessionable ABV. I feel like I took a step back into history.

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Photo of tronester
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown in color. A light chocolate aroma. Taste begins with a bit of acidic twang, followed by some coffee, then finishing with some stone fruit. Mouthfeel is a little bit light. Overall quite a good porter that I would get again.

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Photo of MonkeyDunk
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, poured into snifter glass

slightly foamy
dark for a porter

lots of depth
oats with brown sugar and raisins

wonderfully tangy
dry finish

Lovely, good to try a porter that is true to style rather than Americanized. Will be buying more

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Photo of Stigs
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - yields an xbox huge khaki head, tight and frothy...lacing like crazy. the beer is a deep deep dark brown/mahogany.

S - dark but sweet roasted malts and not much beyond that. only faint bits of coffee and nuttyness...has that distinctive Samuel Smith smell to it.

T - very sweet right away, then some coffee and hop-like bitterness jumps in. almost a metallic twang near the end. again, that same Samuel Smith taste, which unfortunately i'm not that in to.

M - hugely sticky mouthfeel - puts little sweaters on your teeth. nicely carbonated and not too heavy...actually a tad thin.

D - light with a nice flavor profile. decent representation of one of my least favorite styles.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown with some slight reddish tints, and a 2 finger beige head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S- Smoky and nutty, but not a lot to it.

T- I get some molasses in the back of my throat, along with some nice carbonation and nuttiness. Very nice.

M- Very light, and the carbonation comes through very nicely. Just like the Nut Brown Ale, it kinda tastes like a thicker Coke...enjoyable

D- Its a nice beer. Not much of a porter fan, but its a good solid beer for drinking on a beautiful evening. Its real easy to drink as well

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of this at Doyle's in Jamaica Plain, in a far too frozen glass and a frigid bottle - not ideal conditions for this brew at all.

Pour a deep chestnut brown with massive off-white head, likely precipitated by the unnecessarily frozen glass. Head was foamy and lingered way too long, but when it finally warmed this was a good looking and well proportioned beer. Nose was overwhelmingly toasty, with definite elements of coffee, but not really well balanced.

Strong flavor in this beer, with toasted malt, caramel, coffee and a little bit of chocolate that balances it well. Not the slightest bit of sweetness, but there is some bitterness in the aftertaste - similar to coffee. Full bodied and very heavy in the mouth - not for a warm day - but overall a really enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a pretty clear dark orange/brown, nice colour, thick tan head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat, sweet and roasty, a bit of chocolate milk, caramel, light coffee, some fruitiness, treacle, some raisin, a touch of biscuit and some light wafer, a bit of apple.

Taste is interesting, pretty roasty, some raisin, caramel, a bit of corn syrup, wafer, chocolate and a bit of coffee roast, lightly fruity, some berry, a bit of roasty bitterness in the finish, some apple and licorice..

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down a bit harsh, but alright. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date on it, poured into a Summit becker glass

Very dark black cherry look, clear, with a small fluffy head with minimal head lacing and retention. Smell is airy roasted malt, cocoa powder, and engish hops. taste is light roasted malt, malted barley, cocoa powder, earthy hops

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,050 ratings.
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