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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter

Brewed by:
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 Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a clear 12 oz bottle and served in a pint glass. This beer is a classic. Gold foil on the top of the bottle and cap with white, red and black colors blending in the front label design.

Jet black color. Looks like decarbonated cola. Mini off-brown color head. The aroma is a combo of dark chocolate, wood, and toffee.

Taste is complex with certain flavors like molasses, espresso, and roasted malt all showing up. Very smooth and tasty. High drinkability level.

As usual for Samuel Smiths, this is one expensive 4 pack. However, this beer is a treat. I shared this with a friend many years ago for the first time and as I grow a greater appeciation for this beer the more I have it. Excellent beer.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great porter! Beer pours a dark tea color. The smell is malts and caramel. The flavor is extremely smooth with hints of banana, caramel and malt. Overall one great Beer!

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Photo of Dakin
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Really like the look of the label. Resembles a stout in the glass with a nice creamy head with small bumbles.

Smell: Smooth roasty smell. Not very complex but it works.

Taste: Super smooth all the way through with a tinge of hops perfectly measured halfway through. Aftertaste of toasted bread.

Feel: Very creamy feel with a little weight. Nice.

Overall: Superb easy drinking English style porter. Simple but well done.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into lager glass (restaurant)
Aroma of malt
Head average (3 cm), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing poor – few very small islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor very slightly bitter with a toffee/coffee flavor. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

A pretty darn good porter, easy to drink, not cloying.

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Photo of chossboss
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Adam_Lifts
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to an extremely dark brown with a nice fluffy head. It shrank but never disappeared, and it's leaving a few nice lines of lace.

The taste is mostly of roasted malts, and they come through in a smooth and solid fasion. The smell is strong and brings hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is another high point, and drinkability is very good too.

In short, this is good.

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Photo of Jon
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head. The color yields some reddish tints when held to the light. The lacing is impressive. The nose is of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. The taste is more of the roasted goodness and a bit of hazelnut lurks beneath. There are also hints of dark chocolate, but they are very subdued. The mouthfeel is smooth, albeit a tad (no pun intended) bit thin for my preference. Drinkability is good, as this is a pretty easy-drinking porter. A choice offering from Sammy Smith.

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Photo of caburdette51
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerekP
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm staring at a 550 ml bottle that I bought at my local mammoth grocery store for $3.99 out the door. The neck is wrapped in fancy gold foil. The bottle is fancy as well with the brewery name embossed above the stomach, say the chest of the bottle. It's been 20 minutes. This beer is calling me...

Almost pitch black with translucent mahogany-brown shades near the bottom. A cola-beige head sits atop, fluffy and incredible. Smells of deeply rich malts, dark chocolate, prunes, figs, burnt brown sugar, moist raw cane sugar, and butter (baby). LATE ADDITION UPDATE: as it warms, a friendly boozy note.

Taste is so approachable it makes me want to ask every bartender in town to serve this on-tap. Who am I kidding? Back to reality (and oh my am I enjoying it)...bittering hops afloat a hefty dark malt bill. Creamy, but more than enough hops to shake things up; I'd say the ideal amount.

The body is medium to heavy or somewhere between an early Roy Jones, Jr. and a Larry Holmes in his prime (my pops will like that one, that is if he reads this blog).

I'm relishing the fact that I've still got another 8 ozs or so left to enjoy. I need time alone with this one. Cheers!

Notes: this one is reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout, and that is certainly a good thing.

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Photo of OlaB
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: gives a deep mahogny dark color. Small white head that disolves quickly giving rings of lacings on the glass.

S: Roasted malts, dried fruits like raisins and dates, coffee, chocolate,tofee,caramel and vanilla.

T&F: creamy feel from the start, senses dark dried fruits, chocolate,caramel and coffee. Dry finish with a long aftertaste and coffee especially noticeable.

O: a great porter with good flavours and aroma. I sure would trie this again if I have the chance.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep, dark brown with auburn tones in the light. It's got half-inch head and lacing throughout. The aroma is of chocolate with roasted malt and hints of coffee and toast. The flavor is very complex and balanced, beginning with dark chocolate followed by cocoa powder and coffee with milk chocolate and some slight molasses notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and full. Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter is an excellent beer, Smooth, complex, balanced, and drinkable. A perfect example of the style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet, biscuity malt as per usual for the English style. Slight alcohol fume.

T- Nice roasted malt characteristic that's a bit sweet and bready. Very drinkable and very tasty at the same time. Notes of milk chocolate, toffee and dark bread. Mild bitterness complements the rest of the flavor profile.

M- Standard porter feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- An excellent porter that could keep me satisfied over multiple sessions.

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Photo of xzqrut
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WHROO
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was good...poured dark rich red, although could just see through it. Good head retention too.
Smell was full of espresso, cocoa, chocolate, a little soy sauceish, & dark roasts - full inviting smell...i couldn't wait to taste
I haven't had too many porters but after this I want more - what an enjoyable drink. the taste was dark roasts, barley, very coffeeish (like a straight black), & finishes with a little bitterness (from cocoa), but doesn't last.
If anything would have liked a little more carbonation across the palate.
Loved drinking this for its aroma & flavour, makes me want to board the flying scotsman!

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The super dark appearance, with a light brown, retained neck is absolutely gorgeous. Makes me feel like I am in England. The aroma is dominated by tones of coffee and toast, and the taste also brings a background bread-like character. The medium, sly body is very well balanced with the hopness. At the end, a sensation of expresso and slight hopness among the teeth is very pleasing - just like the whole experience with this beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a two finger tan head.

The smell is bright. Sweet fruit- cherry, roasted malt, and coffee.

The taste is not mellow. Almost sharp taste of roasted malts. Sweet fruit is in the finish.

Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel is classic.

Very drinkable beer that is great.

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Photo of armock
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown color with a light brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate and caramel scents to it

T - Just like the smell the chocolate malt come through nicely

M - This is a creamy and smooth beer a little thin to me with light carbonation to it

D - This is a great session beer I could drink this all night while playing some darts in a bar worth finding to try

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle into a Paulaner dimpled stein, at about 50 degrees F.

A: The pour is a deep, dark, clear brown, with light evident through it. That light vanishes once it's in the glass, however - holding it to daylight reveals only an opaque wall of 90%+ dark chocolate, with a faint ruddy tinge of light along the bottom. This beer forms a beautifully thick ecru head, which takes some time to die down to a ring around the glass. Virtually no lacing forms during drinking.

S: The nose opens with rich earth and roasted grains, shot through with a light coffee note and a touch of raisin. The usual suspects of caramel and toffee are present as well, at the same level as the raisin.

T: Several different notes of dark roasted malt, mostly bitter with torched caramel and toffee. The earthiness swells in towards the middle, reminding me of "chocolate cake"-grade garden soil. What raisin fruitiness is present is muted and faint, a very slight counterpoint to the earthen and malt bitter flavors. The finish lingers as roasted malt and soil.

M: Light and verging towards watery, without quite degenerating all the way there.

O: I'm a fan. This doesn't strike me quite as complex and tasty as an Edmund Fitzgerald, but it is a solid porter, and enjoyable. I think that's due to the heavy focus on the earthen flavors, which threaten to overpower the malt at times.

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Photo of rangerred
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jparker37
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A - Medium sized head of light tan head. Very tight bubbles. Close to opaque but you can see through the edges when held to the light. Small amount of lacing.

S - Smooth chocolate foremost. I get a tiny bit of tangy character. Dark caramel.

T - Taste follows the nose as it has very creamy chocolate malt right up front. Mid-palate I can get that twanginess. Hops balance slightly and finishes with a little roasty flavor that lasts a bit.

M - Medium to medium-full body, medium carbonation. Never really sweet nor dry feel.

O - Didn't realize that an English Porter could have that slightly soured character to it till I read the style description and the label, this beer definitely had it. Very smooth dark malts made this beer. Complex enough in the nose and definitely in flavor. Solid body with a good balanced feel.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very deep brown and deep ruby mixed. Appears very clear when held to the light. Wine red highlights all around the edges and at the bottom. Tan colored head with nice thickness and lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt mixed with some sweetness of dark fruit. Plum or maybe even a dark roasted cherry aroma. Dark chocolate comes waffling followed by a nice creamy note. Coffee is hidden in the background. Delightful and inviting aromas.

Taste - The coffee flavor is really only present in the aftertaste, which allow the dark fruit and chocolate to stand out. The taste is sweet and unpresumptuous with only rudiments of bitterness. A bit more sweet than most of the Porters I have tried thus far.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that is perfectly smooth. The palate is left wanting another sip. Begins slightly watery, but finishes dry. A tad creamy and very easy going down.

Drinkability - This is a very, very good Porter. I don't think I like this as well as the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is still way, way above average and worth a taste if at all possible. I am definitely looking forward to picking this up again. It is so easily drinkable it would be hard not to like it. Haven't had a Samuel Smith's yet that I didn't like.

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Photo of Alexandrecunha
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of magictrokini
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Sam Smith is an underachiever. Every beer of his that I come across comes close to greatness, but always falls short. Fortunately, this beer fals out of their normal paradigm. Very dark pour, with a ring of bubbles. Smoky with slight coffee and caramel malt aroma that is carried through in the flavor. Subdued, on the verge of weakness. A great example of a classic porter that avoids spilling into the stout category.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing a porter tasting tonight, English up against American. Representing the English is Sam Smith's Taddy porter, reping the good ol' U.S. of A. is none other than San Fran's Anchor Porter. Up first, Sam Smith

Very dark, very clear, ruby brown and topped with two fingers of soft and bubbly beige head, that might not sound like an appealing description and that's because it's not. Head is a cap and there is little in the way of lacing.

A bit winey/vinous like Sam Smith's brown ale, the difference this time being the sweet scent of silky sweet chocolate and toffee, this sweetness is balanced by a mix of ground coffee beans and mixed nuts. Understated and appetizing.

Smooth as silk as it hits the tongue, carbonation more akin to a cask ale than from a carbonated bottle and as a result only works to enhance the feel of this beer. Flavor is mild as to be expected and is a mixture of sweet dark fruits (raisins and dates), bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. More fruity and slightly nutty than the possibly distracting chocolate and coffee. Maybe not sour enough to be truly authentic tasting english porter but the mixture of roastiness and creaminess makes me not care too much now well certain guidelines are followed.

Very impressed, one of the better bottles of beer I've sampled in a number of weeks. Nice, understated and complex flavor profile coupled with a smooth, yet lively, mouthfeel makes for one impressive beer.

Now a quick hop over the pond for the American version.

Haven't had this one in quite a while, remembered it being excellent back then, let's see how it is now.

Pours a bit darker than the Sam Smith but not by much, dark ruby, but really more a clear dark brown. The biggest difference between the two is the head. Thicker and lusher head on this guy, which I am guessing is on account of the increased levels of hops in the American version of a porter than the English version. Still, you don't hear me complaining about how this beer looks.

Aroma is a bit blander than I remember from my past experience and quieter than the English version in pretty much every aspect. Sweet, roasted chocolate maltiness, toffee, slight breadiness, really just meh.

So far this beer has taken me by surprise. It is really quite understated, similar to the Sam Smith though a bit less vinous. Carbonation is a bit higher as well as bitterness. But the malt sweetness and chocolate and toffee sweetness remains, less fruity, a bit more nutty, and a longer, tobacoo-like finish, but not much, just seems a bit lacking, at least compared to the Sam.

Drinkablility is a bit above average. This beer has a number of things to offer, decent complexity, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and wrapped up in a nice looking package. But again, the taste of this beer seems a bit lacking from what I remember, it seemed snappier, had a bit more of a biting mouthfeel and toastier in flavor.

Looks like the the English win this bout of the porters. But I would give Anchor porter another shot, maybe this bottle I have here is a bit old, but I can't tell.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,103 ratings
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