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)
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 EvilKeith
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It could be brown. It might be black. All I can say for sure is that it has ruby highlights when held to the light.
This dark sand colored head would look right at home on a rootbeer float.
The smell is chocolate, smoky and toasted.
This is excellent. Loved the creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very mild. The lower ABV makes this a definite session beer.

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Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lackenhauser
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep,deep burgundy color. Nice reddish highlights when held to the light. Small tan head atop. Good,somewhat sweet malt aroma. Slight roasted/coffee notes. Nice roasted flavor-very well balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Slight hop bitterness. Good body for style-some of the British porters can be a bit thin. An extremely drinkable beer-definately one to measure other porters against.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A dark cola, clear enough too see lots of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of light beige head that has great retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S raisins and chocolate with a hint off coffee and a slight fruity aspect I can't quite place

T what I smell but with less chocolate more dried fruit and some molasses

M silky upon entry and the bubbles cream it up a bit before it hits you stomach and the flavors linger

D great session brew and ever so close to a few 4.5's so I can't help but drop one here

a solid classic brew that everybody should drink every now and then, not my favorite from this brewer but a great porter nonetheless

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Photo of vitesse
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

another amazing beer from sam smith. i definitely recommend this if you want to familiarize yourself with porters. this is the orginal. super super super complex rich taste. very chocolate and cofee-like without burning the tongue off with acidity. nice balance. the only "problem" is drinkability, but one bottle is pure bliss anyway.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yuriruley
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**edit finally tried this again and it would appear my first bottle was indeed a bad bottle.

Appearance - Dark nice looking tan/brownish head.

Smell - roasted malts, and chocolatey smell.

Taste - slight roasted flavor, I felt like it had pretty subtle flavors, but still good overall.

Mouthfeel/Drink - it did have a decent mouthfeel and creaminess too it.

Decent beer despite my first bottle being ruined. It is very drinkable and quite enjoyable. After I drank about half the bottle I finished the rest while eating some good ham, I found the combo quite delicious.

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Photo of thetachibro
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into my samuel smith nonic pint glass. A dark caramel brown with a small 1in head that dissolves rather quickly a little too fast for my liking. you immediatley smell the malt along with some mild hops and after that a little bit of a fruit kick. very pleasing. the taste at first is somewhat sweet with just a little bit of bitterness from the hops. a very nice smooth mouthfeel and a high drinkability because of the low alcohol content.

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Photo of DanielSolorzano
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and about a finger of light brown head with good retention. Aroma is great, malty, roasty, and slightly chocolaty. Taste is mostly roasty but chocolate, caramel, toffee and biscuits round out the flavor. Almost no bitterness and no hop flavor. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body, moderately-low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. This is a smooth, well-balanced, easy drinking brew. This is a great session beer and one I will certainly be having again.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola colour with a fairly nice tight head.. Redolant with the smell of malt with a little smoky spice to it. Lovely malty dark brown sugar flavours with enough hops to balance it out it out. light enough in ABV to be a session beer. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated but not overly offensive. Overall drinkability is high due to the lovely flavour and low ABV. Another winner from Sammy Smith.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 1" mocha colored head. Retains well at a little less than 1/4". Light lacing. The Taddy Porter is just about the darkest brown there is before being black. Hint of a ruby colored tint around the edges.

S - Creamy coffee. Roasted malt. Molasses. Amaretto, almond like aroma. Vanilla - a hint of alcohol.

T - Sweet malt with a roasted maltiness that explodes in the finish. Burnt toffee. Raisin. Mellow coffee in aftertaste. Finish lingers.

M - Creamy and somewhere directly between medium and full bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Definitely a classic. One of the benchmarks for English Porter. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with copper hues sporting a one finger tan head, heads doesnt hold all that long

S- chocolate, roasted malts, clean

T- roasted chocolate flavors come in middle and go til finish, yeast and chocolate after. bran & unsweet chocolate in front, nutty, earthy, stale bitterness

M- light/med body, smooth carbonation tickle

D- flavor increases as brew warms, easy drinking, sessionable, recommended, great for someone who is afraid of dark beer.

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Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights under about three inches of light tan head that quickly faded to a thin covering. Lots of sweet chocolate in the nose. Then there are some pretty subtle coffee and cherry scents. Chocolate is the main flavor as well, along with some dried fruit (figs, dates.) There's also coffee as well as the slightest hint of smokiness. Right as you swallow there is a touch of sour that hits all the way to the back of the throat. This is a porter that I'd actually enjoy sessioning.

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Photo of davidperez
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, it pours a very dark brown with a one-finger head with low retention. Good lacing.

The bouquet is interesting, predominantly dark fruits, chocolate and a little bit of roastiness. Earthy aroma too after an energetic swirl.

The flavor follows the nose. It begins with chocolate and dark fruits, cherry, and the sweetness fades to balance itself with an earthy bitterness. You can feel a high carbonation, but it is not unpleasant. The aftertaste is semi-dry, not very long, and it finishes clean on the palate. After a few sips though, the bitterness starts coating your mouth. Medium to light body.

A very nice porter that I am happy to taste, and hope to taste again.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep brown almost black in color. Nice head and a beautiful looking porter
smell: smells of carmel, coffee, and malt make it tempting the nose
taste: wonderful taste of carmel and very easy to drink.
One of the best porters I've had. Lives up to it's reputation

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Photo of bwbetts
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beertastegood
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very similar to some of the well-known stouts out there, such as Young's Double Chocolate and Mackeson's. It has a bit more astringent flavor, however, and really assaults your taste buds. If you are into strong dark beers this one is worth a shot. I find it a nice balance between a dry irish stout and a sweet milk stout.

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Bella's Baker City OR by buddy's better half for Friday afternoon bottle share.

Dark brown opaque body, 1 finger light tan head with a bit of uneven rockiness. The nose is chocolate balanced by oak notes, the chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms up. The taste is pretty complex, a bit of coffee, hints of chocolate with good oak character, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is fairly full not too sticky with good effervescence. Drinkability is very high, this is one smooth beer. While perhaps not as robust as other American Porters, this is one damn fine beer.

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Photo of mjc410
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Fuller's nonic (why didn't I use my Sam Smith glass !?) raises a shallow sub one-finger head that falls quickly to surface lacing and then to a glass ring. The head's hue is a light tan. The beer is black initially, but clearly a deep ruby when backlit. The nose is roasted, but also has a special earthy smell. There's also some intense caramel and light fruitiness floating about. The taste is bitter-sweet, nutty, and roasted, with only the barest hints of coffee floating about. Ok, some chocolate too, but I didn't notice at first. The earthiness here is probably from some very nice hopping. A bit of acid too, and some butteriness. The mouth is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is pretty high but fine and tingly. A very nice porter.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There is a cryptic batch code printed on the neck but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is an almost opaque black; light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy and creamy lacing, a ring around the edge, and lace along the glass.

Smell: The first whiff is of smooth, dark malts. Dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, plum, cherry, black raspberry, lactose, and perhaps a little oatmeal. Coffee gives it a light roasted character, but it is far from prominent.

Taste: The first sip offers coffee bitterness, which was unexpected. When the taste buds adjust and the beer has warmed, the sweetness from the smell — chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and dark fruit — counterbalance it nicely.

Drinkability: A solid version of the black stuff. Drinking a couple more would give me a heinous hangover, but it would be well worth it.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is cocoa, fig, and blueberry. Hints of coffee. Pumpernickel bread, cinnamon. Something about it reminds me of bread pudding. Perhaps some banana. Hop character is mild, slightly fruity.

Pours quite black with just a hint of deep amber highlights. Large creamy head with decent retention. Some lacing.

Big and fruit forward upfront. Berries, fig, somewhat jammy. Followed by bitter chocolate, toast, and cookies. Enough hop bitterness to balance. Finish is mostly dry with lingering dark fruits and cocoa.

Medium heavy body, low carbonation. Very creamy and full of flavor, particularly for the ABV.

Complex and rich. It often surprises me how much flavor English brewers can pack into a 5% beer.

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium tan head quickly settles on this beer. Color is a very dark brown to black. Smell is all about roasted malts. It's a very complex, nutty, roasted aroma. Medium sweetness is nicely balanced with lingering, deep, roasted bitterness. Full and creamy mouthfeel. This is a wonderful porter. It's exactly what the style brings to mind.

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Photo of silver7447
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While we enjoyed this beer, we don't find it to be exceptional in any area. This will not likely be a beer that I reminisce about drinking.

A- Very little head and lacing as is characteristic of Samuel Smith Brewery. Looks just like most porters, opaque and black.

S- The smell is not strong, but is very balanced and was a highlight of this beer. It has a molasses and raisin flavor, coupled with a background of slightly burnt coffee. Good mixture of bitter and sweet.

T- The beer tastes sweet upfront, but this fades to a lingering, dry bitterness. It contains sweet, fruity flavors of raisin & currants & molasses, along with sharper tones of coffee and chocolate.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer is long-lived. It begins with a sharp carbonation and mouthfeel quickly changes to a lingering dryness, which mimics that of a merlot or shiraz wine. The slight burnt flavor and dryness both likely arise from the roasted malts which go into this beer.

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Photo of PVMT
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,073 ratings.
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