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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)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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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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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Medium tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, not very sweet. A light to medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate with a touch of smoke and wood. Hints of vanilla and plums. Nicely balanced. Smooth flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

A pretty darn good porter. Black pour with lacey tan head, yeah! A rich, chocolaty malt aroma. The taste takes a person somewhat aback, same tastes as the aroma, but finishes with a pop of sour ale – kinda reminiscent of a sour mash bourbon.

Full bodied and rich throughout, it’s a darn same its on the expensive side – it would make a good session brew if better priced.

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

Burnt brown pour settling nearly black in the glass with a sliver of the brown at the bottom. Medium sized cap of lightly frothy cappichinno colored foam sits atop briefly before fading to a whispy skim and bubbly tight collar. No real lacing aspects to it though, loosely spotty and light.

Aroma is mild and well toned in a milky chocolate reminiscent of tootsie rolls. There's a tender sweet fruityness underneath as is a small roasted espresso hint.

Taste is light and fluffy with a semi sweet milk chocolate. Fairly light on the buds, empty in the middle, light chocolate returns with a milky residue and fluffy-like graham cracker dryness. Not much to it, quite mild and light.

Feel is light sided with a medium start then drifting quickly from there into a slimming emptyness. Finishes with a bit of a pick up which helps.

Drinks down just fine, not much to it really, but is clean and seemingly well made, just a good tad on the empty side.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a full khaki he'd that leaves lacing. Nose is powdered cocoa and some sweet malts, but is somewhat muted. Taste is a soft rounded, mildly bitter with a bit of chocolate and coffee, but dull. Overall, this is a good beer, but not any better than most other 5% stouts in the UK.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown/deep red with a big, fluffy tan head. Head is creamy and sticky, trailing along the sides of the glass as it goes down. Nice looking beer in the pint glass. Smell is very pleasant: chocolates/nuts/coffee.

Big full taste that starts nice and malty then ends with this odd fruity bitterness - almost like raisins or plums. There's a slight hint of possibly dark chocolate left on my lips. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Light carbonation, and a sticky mouthfeel afterwards. The beer itself feels thin, like most other porters I've tried.

Overall a nice drink. Not my favorite style of beer, but this is currently my favorite of the category.

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Photo of jerryjeff
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roasted malt to the front, some caramel or chocolate in the scent. Signature scent that comes from SS yeast is present

Lower carbonation on the palette, allows the flavors to come through a bit more clearly. Some creaminess but not a terribly heavy beer.

Pours almost black in a new belgium goblet. Nice creamy off white head which dissipates slowly and laces well.

Definite maltiness, maybe a unsweetened cocoa flavor. On finish I get a hint of chocolate and a nice bitter finish. Maybe twang of copperiness at the end.

Pretty drinkable, although this is not my favorite of the SS lineup. I think you could session this if need be, but I'd trade for the pale ale anytime.

It's a good beer but just not the best porter I've had. Lacks the malty pop I kind of expected and the off twang detracts a bit. One of my favorite breweries, but not their best beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oatmeal, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of syrup, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, hint of syrup, and hint of alcohol. Overall, very sweet aroma, good blend in the body, and decent feel.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a deep red, almost black beer that had a tan, three-finger head. It sunk down slowly, becoming nice and pillowy in the process. A moderate amount of lace was deposited on the side of the glass.

Smell: There were aromas of sweet chocolate, malted milk, coffee, and raisins. There was a light smokiness that hung over the top of all of these. Complex and very nice.

Mouthfeel: This was a very smooth beer with a light carbonation on the tongue, but it was too light bodied. I was expecting something much heavier.

Taste: While I don't think that the taste of this brew was nearly as deep and complex as its aroma, it was still good. There were light chocolate roasted malt flavors upfront that blended well into a hops bitterness. The finish was a combonation of plum, smoke, and a continuation of the hops.

Overall, this beer was okay. I don't think that the flavor of this brew lived up to the expectations caused by its appearance and wonderfully complex aroma.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body featuring ruby-red highlights. Up top, two fingers of tan-tinged head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: A sweet roasty body with notes of dark fruit and milk chocolate. Perhaps a little lacking in intensity.

Flavor: Roasty and chocolaty malt with dark fruit mildly sour lactose notes. If you go looking, you can find some mild coffee flavors and lightly biter hops. It's simple and balanced, though not plain and shallow. Lactose and roasted malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and a little creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Smooth all around, this is certainly a quick drinker.

Verdict: Taddy is an easy and straightforward Porter that's great for when you're looking for something that is easy to drink without being boring. Sure, you could argue the intensity could stand to be notched up, but this stands well as it is.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a two finger light brown head. Bubbly texture to the cap but it has great retention. Nice patches of lace all around the glass.

S- Nutty and roast malt mostly for me although it seems to have a weaker aroma than most porters.

T- Compared to the nose, a lot is added in the flavor. A nice balance of roast malt, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, nutty malts and bread. Has a bit of a chocolate raisin feel. Slightly tart, maybe the "tangy character" they speak of.

MF- Not as rich as American Porters but I see that trend in the English counterpart. Foamy consistency with silky smooth moderate carbonation.

Since it isn't super rich like some Stouts/American Porters it drinks very nicely. Good balance of flavor and a nice overall porter.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Good creamy head and dark rich appearance, as you expect from a Porter. Aroma and flavor is chocolate and toffee, but subtly so. As good as this looked and tasted, I was disappointed in the mediocre finish, which was watery and slightly metallic, or I would have rated this higher.

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Photo of musingmonkey
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite an attractive porter - dark brown, with a creamy head, which never threatens to completely depart, but develops into an almost espresso-crema colour and glides across the surface of the beer. Smell is quite fruity, reminiscent of christmas pudding. Not quite as fruity in taste, although the presence is there mingled with some carob, dark treacle and some delicate smoky to almost charcoal notes in the finish.
This was an unusual mixture that had to grow on me after several samplings. Mouthfeel, on the other hand, was superb. A very smooth porter, with a substantial body, and a somewhat drying effect at the back of the palate. Quite drinkable, but more for an occasion of relaxation and sipping than a session drink.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark amber with cranberry red notes to it when you hold it up to the light.
Nice tan head of 2 fingers that leaves very heavy mapping on the glass as you drain it.

Aromas are dark coffee, bitter chocolate, and nuts. All of them very subdued.

Taste is the above but with a smokey quality to it that hangs around into the aftertaste.

Mouth is left clean and dry.

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Photo of jmalex
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ugh, I'm a few days off of a nasty cold and I think I've finally got my sense of smell back. I have high hopes for this one.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Samuel Smith nonic pint a dark brown with crimson highlights. A light tan head forms on top and is modestly small in size. It drops quickly to an average collar and large bubbly patch.

SMELL: Nice strong aromas of bready caramels and roasty chocolates (does that make sense?) Some light feusels and esters round out the aroma profile.

TASTE: Dark chocolate and roasted grain dominate in this one. The middling caramel sweetness from the nose is absent in the taste, except maybe slightly on the finish. A subtle smokiness comes through as well. Most of the taste, however, is from the more bitter kilned malts. I must say though, that it's quite evident that this beer is exactly what it set out to be. Not a single detectable flaw.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a carbonation level that seems average though a bit lower wouldn't hurt.

DRINKABILITY: Very good drinkability is essentially inherent in English ales, and this is no different. 5% ABV is nothing too hard to handle, and I can imagine having another one of these.

Overall, this is definitely another winner from ol' Tadcaster. I recommend trying one for sure.

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