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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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4.15
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Photo of Kromes
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick beige head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Chocolate, burnt malt, coffee aromas. It has a sweetness to the aroma. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight caramel flavors. The thing that I really like about this beer is that the carbonation kicks in and the mouthfeel becomes creamy and smooth just about the time the chocolate flavors kick and that really enhances the flavor. There is a very faint herbal/floral note to it.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black brew with the standard ruby color when held up to a strong light.

Smell is sweet and very fruity, VERY similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Lots of cherry, plum and black licorice scent.

The flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, with chocolate and coffee. Taste is well rounded for a Porter; this one isn't a dark beer syrup like some others. It also isn't a harsh beer with a burned flavor.

Exceedingly drinkable brew, tasty with no harshness, and a moderate alcohol content.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep, dark garnet-brown color. The tall, foamy/frothy head has a tan tint and sticks around for awhile. A steady web of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Dark, roasty malts, with fresh chocolate brownie aroma. Solid notes of dark fruits, with a vaguely leathery quality. Some caramel and brown sugar lurk beneath the surface.

T: Chewy dark maltiness. Cocoa/chocolate brownie flavor is prominent. Also some brown sugar. Light notes of preserved fruit and leather. Perhaps a faint coffee note as well. A mild herbal hop bite provides depth.

M: Medium bodied. Could be slightly chewier. Carbonation is soft and creamy. Pleasant but also mild.

D: This is an excellent porter. A textbook example for a reason. It manages a diverse, deep flavor alongside an extremely sessionable body. Not such a hyped style, but anyone could enjoy this.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark brown porter which is quite nearly opaquee in color but shows rubby hightlites when held up to any nearby light sourse thats emitting light presently. A deep tan head that is dense and fades slowly to a thick ring around the edge of the beer. A sutle trace of wisp foam lingers at center.
Intense malty aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle and is naturally more pronounced in the glass.
A complex taste with many differnt flavors coming through.
Sweet toffee malt is up front with a nice roasted malt flavor brings up the rear. Hints of black coffee and espresso come through with some sutle cocoa too.
This is a smooth and lighter bodied beer with great flavor.
I gave this a 5 drinkability-wise because it simply is a great drinking beer. You couldn't really ask for a better porter.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of jed
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass. Medium-sized head speckled with clusters of bubbles.

Smell: Smells sweet, with no alcohol aroma, coffee and caramel.

Taste: Very creamy, smooth feel with an excellent, almost chewy taste. Sweet up front, chocolate, cofee, some caramel, with a malty aftertaste and a touch of hops. A hint of smoke (?) as this brew warms up.

Drinkability: Fearsome. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel combined with the excellent taste could prove lethal; after a few of these, the 5.0% will sneak up.

Overall: Simple awesome. This definitely beats out the Anchor Porter, my previous favorite. A variety of flavors and an excellent mouthfeel make this one of my all time favorite beers, I actually prefer it to the Imperial Stout. Seek this one out.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear pint sized bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass

A - Deep black colored beer with some ruby red tints where the light comes through. Tan head is fairly small, but has some staying power.

S - Chocolate and coffee mixed with some caremel/butterscotch notes.

T - Taste is of cocoa with some serious butterscotch/candy like notes in there. The coffee flavor comes through as well. A great tasting porter overall.

M - A very nice body to the brew. A tiny bit more full body would really round this out a little more.

D - A great sipper that has the flavor of a "Big Beer" with sessionability at 5% abv. Really no flaws drinkabilitywise

M -

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thin light tan head, dark brown
coffee, roasted grain,
chocolate, iced-coffee, acidic
very refreshing, lighter than i expected but it goes so nice with the tartness
got another one the next night so...

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Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear bistre body with auburn highlights capped by a thin layer of khaki cream. Light lacing; good retention.

Gentle aroma of toffee, coffee and cream, and toast along with a subdued earthy/grassy note from hops. Very inviting.

Fruit flavors from the yeast are joined by an array of malt notes from the biscuity base flavors to the more complex heavily kilned elements. A slight tartness is detected throughout and marries well with the tea-like elements from the roast malt. Finish becomes more complex as it unfurls as the malt flavors become increasingly differentiated (toffee, toast, scones with a touch of jam and butter, etc.). Fairly dry but very well balanced.

Silky mouth-feel gives a sense of body despite this being an otherwise relatively light ale.

Expertly crafted from pure ingredients using a unique fermentation style gives this ale a special character that while subtle is not found in other examples of the style. Would love to try this on cask someday. Rated to style, it would be difficult to surpass (though I might prefer Meantime's London Porter over all).

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Photo of sliv
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that helped me determine that my favorite style of beer is porter. I discovered the joy of Taddy when I was young and learning about beer, drinking far too many at a time, in Kenmore Square in the early 90’s. After all this time, I keep coming back to Samuel Smith’s, and this offering in particular.

Appearance:
It pours with an average sized head that subsides to light, sturdy foam quickly. The head clings to the glass very well. It is dark, dark brown color, with a touch of red when backlit. Although very dark, the beer has no cloudiness in evidence.

Smell:
There is an initial intense sweet smell followed by a smoky malt odor. It seemed like strong caramels with hints of chocolate.

Taste:
The first sip washed away my expectations of the heavy sweetness suggested by the aroma, leaving a medium smokiness with strong chocolate and malt flavors. There were hints of sweetness around the edges, making it not too bitter, which so many porters seem to forget. After the first few sips, the taste settled in to a medium coffee and chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is mild and malty, with a typical slight bitterness at the back of my tongue.

Mouth feel:
Taddy drinks very smooth, and not so creamy. It had a medium, firm texture, but was relatively light bodied, compared to some porters. It had a good amount of carbonation, but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability:
I poured this beer with notebook at the ready to study what is one of my favorites. Understandably, I consider it to be very drinkable, but was almost surprised that my glass was nearly empty before I had finished making notes. So it was a given that I poured the second one. I would consider this a good beer to drink all night, not too heavy, with just enough body to slow you down to enjoy it.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours black in colour, large cappuccino head, very fluffy, takes its time settling down to a 1cm cap.

Smells like coffee and chocolate.

Very smooth in the mouth, bringing a wave of creamy mocha with each sip. Low carbonation, very creamy on the palate, medium bodied. Mocha taste becomes a more roasted flavour near finish. Hints of dark fruit (dates maybe?) and caramel are noted, but not prominent.

This beer practically defines drinkable to me; great feel in the mouth, goes down beautifully.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown, about as dark brown as you can get before becoming black. You won't know the bottle's clear until you pour it. Remarkable foamy tan head that lasts a good long while. This beer looks so good I almost feel bad for drinking it. Great roasty aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor has all that, with the roasted malt being full but not burnt or astringent. Finishes with a quick sweetness followed by a lasting black coffee bitterness. Really wonderful drinking, and worth the price. This is one beer that fully lives up to its hype and history.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in a huge stout/porter phase at the moment and this thing is money.

Black with a tight lingering head and loads of lace. Head honestly hasn't budged for the duration of this delicious pint.

Inviting sweet and smokey aroma, notes of just burnt toast and the coffee aisle of the supermarket.

Malt sweetness up front, dates and prunes. The savoury middle reminds me of crispy roast potatos with gravy. Medium full body, medium low carbonation, scary high drinkability. Halfway through this review, I've poured another just to check.. Yep. It's good.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

Pours a classic, completely opaque black colour with a large head that lasts quite a while.

Smells chocolately and coffee, my favourite smell off a stout or porter.

First off, the low carbonation helps this beer alot, increasing drinkability. The tastes coming through are burnt chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits and a sweetness that lingers before some bitterness kicks in giving it a crisp finish.

I could drink this all day. Love it.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Very dark, can only see a little light through my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Good looking head is 2-2.5 fingers. Head reminds me of a stout- bubbles moving from top to bottom.
Smell: Nice somewhat sweet fruit smell.
Taste: For me this is the type of Porter I like, not too smoky, roasting or toasting. The bottle tells about their Yorkshire Square method of brweing at the brewery. This is a more constrained taste that probably an American version of a porter.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy, smooth, not a lot of carbonation.
Overall: A benchmark porter, one that is very drinkable. I can only drink one beer of the very smoky ones, but this I could have a few.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a big fluffy light brown head that doesn't want to drop down into the glass. There is also lots of carbonation with this one. Lots of roasted malts in the smell. Very roasty taste too, dark chocolate with some dark roasted coffee beans. Very nice creamy mouthfeel that starts off chewy and finishes with a crisp bitterness from the roasted malts. A very lovely porter that is wonderful to drink.

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Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, almost black, reddish brown, it has a very large, creamy tan head that shrinks very slowly and leaves nice, even lace.

The aroma is chocolate, toast with hints of nut and spices, and an old earthy-leaf quality.

The taste is mostly prunes, black pepper, red wine, with a hint of dark toast at first and soon chocolate and roasted grain and toast become stronger, esp. as it warms. The body is fairly light but it's lively and zesty. This is a good, solid, porter with lasting flavour and coimplexity.

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Photo of Neehan
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near-black with a small head, but what is there is thick and foamy with a coffee-like appearance. The smell is delicious with coffee, chocolate, and smoky malts coming through. The smoked flavor is even stronger in the taste. More roasted malts come through in the aftertaste. Very nice. The mouthfeel is mild and syrupy with a nice balance. This may be the most drinkable porter I have had. A great choice for the winter or anytime for that matter.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, slightly purplish black. Good tan head that fades but never entirely goes away. A bit of light lacing.

S: Really rich. Dark fruits mingle with a smokey, woody aroma, some coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, both sweet and slightly burnt-smelling. This smells amazing.

T/M: Doesn't *quite* live up to the smell, but pretty close. Rich dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, a lingering sugary sweetness at the end of each sip to offset the darker flavors. Very rich and tasty. Mouthfeel is moderate, just fine for a porter.

O: A great beer, definitely earns that "famous" designation on the label. It has to be one of the best porters ever.

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Photo of chogm54
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle, best before date March 2014. Long time coming!!!

a - black, semi opaque, pours a thin off white head that thins to a lacing real quickly.

s - subtle, mocha coffee, mixed with caramel and roasted malts. Hint of dried fruits (raisins)

t - malt, slightly sweet, coffee and roasted malt dry aftertaste - very well balanced.

M - medium body, creamy slightly oily texture, high carbonation for this style. goes down smooth, more refreshing than other porters.

O - what a fantastic session porter! goes down smooth, with the classic coffee and roasted malt porter flavours. the roasted flavours are kept in check, and the slightly higher than normal carbonation makes this beer more refreshing than anticipated. I wish I could get this on tap - A very good reason to visit Yorkshire I think!

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Photo of TongoRad
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown/ black color with a thick tan head which lingers a bit and then drops to about a quarter inch and stays there.

Amazingly complex aroma, possibly this beer’s best attribute, featuring coffee, licorice, vanilla, butterscotch, plums, figs and more.

Rich flavor with a significant amount of bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering fruit and roasted malt.

A truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550mL clear bottle into a mug. TADDY PORTER!

Dark brown, almost black as a stout, with some ruby edges. Thick light brown head that rises after your finish pouring, almost as if you are fast forwarding a taping of a bread being baked. Has a "pillowy" look as it settles. Clingy lacing along the gass, with only a few open spots.

Bitter coffee like malt scents with some sweet molasses and vanilla close behind it, along with some light chocolate scents which enhance as they warm.

Heavy black coffee malts paired with low carbonation in a medium body. Bitter and slightly acidic taste, but still finishes smooth with the dark malts lingering in the mouth. Some smokey flavors stand out on the sides of the tongue. Sweet sugary flavors emerge as the beer warms.

I'm going to move this one to the top of my porter list. I love the feel and taste of this beer. Pricey but worth it.

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Photo of ehlpitel
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Second review

After my first review, I decided to buy some more craft beers and drink them with some sort of purpose.

I had no idea what to expect from this Samuel Smith jumpoff as the only time I drank it before I bought their lager or ale.

It is dark as night, hold it up to the light and not a spec shines through.

I have kind of a stuffed nose so the flavor is not as apparent as I'd like to be.

All in all, I'd say the taste was way stronger than Guinness and a little bit less thick.

I'm not sure if I'm bad at pouring beer, but this one bottle had no lacing, the head was thick and didn't settle very fast.

It had a terrific mouthfeel, smelled great to my stuffed nose, and I could drink this beer rather easily.

Bottoms up!

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Photo of pootz
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep chestnut color with ruby highlights. Puffy off white cap, laces the glass. Moderate carbonation. Light nose: sweet apple and cocoa mingle over light grass tones. Malty and smooth, mocha-like with pear or plum notes. Finishes wetwith a drying from the hop bittering....one fine porter...a true proter and probably one of the world’s best.

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Photo of 401J
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 22oz bottle into a room temp rocks glass and shared with a red headed pisces female on a sunday evening in November at sea level in the eastern time zone.

This is my first experience with a Samuel Smith brew and it met all of the expectations that friends of mine had set..

Pours lovely with a one chubby finger head that dicipates to a lovely haze that coates your embrace with this very special brew..

Amazing nose of coffee, chocolate, and bread that are mild and balanced..

The taste is in complete haromony with the nose and the quality of craftsmanship was more evident with each fortunate sip. There is a mild bitter presence at the back of my tongue that is not at all unpleasant.. It almost keeps it where it needs to be.

The mouthfeel was the star of the show for me.. Leaving a suddle caramel coat that tastes thick on the outer tongue and fades gently to the center of my palate leaving only the finest of its characters as a trace..

Overall this beer is a treat.. I will definitely be purchasing this again and feel it was an amazing value as well.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for years and years.

Here goes a review.

Pours dark brown and sits black in the glass. Looks thiner then a stout. Has a nice creamy head. Lacing is great. This just looks good enough to drink!

Smells of pure molassis and candy. Some chocolate and coffie in the background.

Taste is what I would compare any other porters too. Mellow and smooth. The flavors are as it smells. Nothing complex, just creamy goodness in a bottle.

Moutfeel is dry and a bit too thin..wish it was thicker.

Drinkability is great.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
93 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.
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