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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,296
Reviews:
1,335
Ratings:
3,105
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
4.64
 
 
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251
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Ratings: 3,105 |  Reviews: 1,335
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Black beer, mostly opaque, topped with a nice brown head, approximately 1 cm after a minute or so. This layer retained well. Some faint deepest-ruby highlights when held to a light.

S-Strong aromas of coffee and chocolatey maltiness. Heavy roastred malt, as well.

T-Rich roasted malt, faint coffee, dominated by strong chocolate flavors. Some esters watching over the beginning of the taste. These all fade into a coffee flavor with a clean bitterness above. Some sweet malts appear as the beer warms.

M-Low/medium carbonation. Medium body. Feels very silky and smooth through my mouth.

D-Great drinkability. Extremely enjoyable. What a beer, with a very full flavor, yet relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of Squire123
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large clear bottle, no freshness dating noted. Pours a very dark shade of brown, minimal light getting thru, head is tan and quickly turns to a film. Moderate lacing left behind on the glass. Nice smokey nose, smooth bodied classic porter. Notes of burnt malt, minerals, slate, vanilla.More smoke and burnt raisins. Yummy and refreshing, fine stuff. Worth getting to know

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Photo of dpool
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, almost black with a nice coffee colored head.
S: Subtle hints of chocolate and coffee
T: First impression of black coffee, followed by chocolate and a lingering taste of fermented grapes.
M: Mouthfeel is good, smooth, carbonated, and the alcohol hits the taste buds.
D: I couldn't have but one of these beers, very rich, very strong but good.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebigredone
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jcflorian
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jslot38
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Old label, clear bottle, 355ml into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black body, kahki tan head. The originally volumnous head fades to a 1/2 inch.

Smell: Deep malts, chocolate, toffee, ground walnuts, subtle hints of coffee.

Taste: Malts all the way, toffe, coffee grounds, chocolate, a touch of caramel. Subtle hop oils give way to a biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: Great feel on the tongue, heavy but smooth, low level of carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes: Could make a great session porter. Not too filling for a heavy beer, and a low level of alcohol. Went great with Sausalito cookies from Pepperidge Farms.

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Photo of MJ64
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pdb
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigdog3838
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B4PTSD
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Looks great dark rich brown color. Has a slight head left over after pouring into cup.

S: Smells good lol.

T: The taste is good.. Well better than good just don't have the right word to use for it. I'm still a rookie but I guess I'm starting to learn the difference between English porter and American Porter. I prefer American at the current moment till proven otherwise. It is still a well put together beer.

F: This beer does the job makes me feels good. Quality brewing.

O: Its a little pricey for a 4 pack in my area in Hawaii but I feel lucky to try a world class beer such as this one. Not my favorite but if I ever feel like it I'll get another pack of this beer. Can't wait to try there other types that they make.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby accents at the edges; appears to be crystal clear; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy, caramel, sweet malt, nutty; mild roasted notes;

T: earthy up front, then caramel and sweet malt; mild roasted notes at mid-palate; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: a great match for food;

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Photo of beersarang
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black. Head is tan with uneven bubbles.

Nose is fruity and quite memorable. I think I was most impressed with the aroma of this beer.

Taste is of slightly roasted malts, fruity, very fruity, then the ever so mild British hops come in, and the finish is once again sweet and astringent. Not a bad thing, but the aftertaste is somewhat "off."

Good consistency for a porter, medium bodied. Often porters are too watery, but this was just right.

Quite drinkable, but the astringency and fruitiness could get annoying.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, nutty and coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruit. Very nice.

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Photo of mig100
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bamojr
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 Oz bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours with a voluptuous black color with a creamy tan head with excellent retention.

This one is called the famous taddy for a reason, it has an exceptionally smooth rich coffee taste typical of a porter. The one thing i find about this particular porter however is its exceptional smoothness and drinkablity.

I must say that this is one of the best porter I have had.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with only slight ruby highlights under a light. Rich creamy tan head that eventually dissipates to quarter inch layer of foam

S - Aroma is sweet toasted malt with berry wine overtones. The aroma is quite distinctive and pleasant. I wish it tasted more like it smells. Aroma is more prominent as the beer warms to the recommended 50-55°F

T - Taste is more acidic than sweet. Some chocolate, plenty of toasted malt. The taste of the beer improves considerably when it warms past 50°F. I notice a bit more sweetness and a banana flavor begins to come through. Banana coffee.

M - Feels thin and is lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel improves as the beer warms, feels less watery.

D - Goes down easy, low alcohol. A person could drink more than a few of these. I was going to consign this to my bottle collection and never return to it but it really does improve as it warms. Do yourself a favor and don’t drink this cold.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a Sam Smith tulip glass. The head is a real nice dark tan it fades very slowly to a thick lace. The color of the liquid is dark almost black with a garnet high light. Very nice.

Smell is of licorice and chocolate. Also a faint fresh flowery smell.

Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is why we drink Porter and Stout. Very nice, very satisfying, no bones about it, classic porter, soft bite and almost no alcohol after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, average carbonation, slight bite.

Drinkability is very high. This is a smooth unoffending classic porter.

Cheers Mates! MK

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Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 550 ml bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: clear, dark mahogany color, long-lasting, thick, tan head, thick cap, gorgeous lacing.

S: brown sugar, dates, coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, hint of smokiness.

T: dark fruit, honey and molasses up front, quickly followed by strong coffee note, then the chocolate makes a pass, and the finish is smokey, chalky, and kissed with grassy/floral hops.

M: medium-bodied, milk-like, nice bite of hops and carbonation on the tongue, the carbonation is moderate.

D: a delicious, middle of the road dark beer. The 5% ABV is a pleasant change of pace from the flood of Imperial dark beers that have overtaken the marketplace.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The story behind Taddy Porter is one of my first discoveries of beer. In the mid nineties a friend of mine had a book of the 100 top beers in the world. At the time I was a fan of Bass and that was as exotic as I got. My friend had it in mind to purchase all 100 of those beers. This wasn’t unthinkable since a local liquor store had hundreds of individual bottles. One night I was hanging out and he invited me to a join him in his quest. We went out and purchased a bunch of them including Orval and Taddy Porter along with some other brews that I do not recall. Basically I wasn’t into most of them. I even disliked the Belgians. I just wasn’t into that flavor at the time (now is an opposite story). Anyway, once we got to the Taddy Port we both agreed it was the best.

Anyway on to the review, this beer pours very think and extremely dark. Holding it up to the sun yields little light penetration. A good tan colored head accompanied it with just a bit of lacing. This beer smells of malts, malts and more malts, dark caramel with cocoa (read Sugar Daddy). Malts continues strong with initial taste along with the caramel and cocoa. Basically it tastes like it smells which is nice. It finishes with some bitterness and mild alcohol trails. This is a medium bodied beer but finishes light.

Since I’ve rediscovered the world of beers I have to say this beer isn’t as good as I remember. I do remember describing it the same way back then, I just think there are so many better beers. But this beer will always have fond memories for me.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell fresh hop bitterness with a touch of caramel in the nose. Very carbonated. Deep dark red opeque color with a thick beige head. Roast malt (burnt) taste with layers of caramel sweetness and notes of expresso. The mouth is lighter than you would expect from the look, but still leaves a nice coat on the tongue. A solid porter in every way!

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Photo of DKRowden
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into point glass. It has a black appearance with low to no transparency and a small tan head. It has a hoppy and roasted malt smell. It has a very roasted taste with a medium maltiness. It has a creamy mouth feel with a wet finish. Overall it's a nice porter with a good roasted character.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml Bottle from Party Source in Syracuse

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, roasted/toasted nuts, currants/raisins, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and caramel/toffee. There are also notes of dark fruits - currants or raisins and a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty roasted aftertaste.

Overall - This beer is very drinkable and has lots of flavours going on, but none of them very potent or cloying. Worth trying and I'd have it again anytime.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a big 550 into a Cab glass.

Head like bread. Huge, 1 1/2-finger thick head that's almost coffee ice cream-colored with big staying power and thick lacing. Looks like custard with a big, chunky seam attaching it to a body with opaque double-espresso tones. Can't get much better than this.

Sweet alcohol is bountiful with braised sweet caramel/cinnamon sugar malt qualities. Lots more white grapes and spiced apples than expected from the style. Deep, dark roasted chocolate malt emerges as this opens up. It almost has a thick primer undertone from the austerity mixed with slight grassy hop bitterness.

Expected comfortable dryness on the palate. Compared with the bountiful spice aroma taste is more expected with mild, velvety, bitter coffee of this Porter blend. Slight smoke and natural sweetness emerges with warmth.

Tightens up the palate with dry coffee tones but otherwise coats, soothes, relieves with cool chocolate malt. Cooler than temperature on the palate but good.

This is an enjoyable, almost sessionable sipper and a stasndard-bearer for representation of a classic style. Well done.

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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 3,105 ratings
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