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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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1,322
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3,057
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
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Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I found myself craving this one after a series of mediocre beers at GOTV. Let's try this one in the 100 degree heat!

Here it pours it looks like engine oil going into my glass. Real Viscous! Nice off white head very thin, but clinging on the way down.

Wow, it smells like crazy caramel corn and butter? Real strange. But there is some floral hops in there too. And toffee.

Amazing taste! This one is super balanced and fun. Even thirst quenching in a weird way. This one is very drinkable and complex at the same time.

Real pure silk and velvet mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one great beer and definitely would have again and again!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep brown with hues of garnet. Clarity is great. Tan head is pillowy and creamy. Great retention, uneven rings of lacing. Looks great in the glass.

S: Rich caramel, roasted barley, espresso, and mild toffee notes. Darkfruit scents of currant and blackberry. Hint of chocolate covered cherries. Blackstrap molasses. Sweet on the nose overall, though there is just the slightest twang of acidic tartness in the background. The nose is excellent, and very complex. I took my time and let it open up, and my patience was rewarded.

T: Caramel and toffee at the outset. Mild roasted notes of wood and a touch of smoke. Bold tastes of roasted barley and espresso unfold on the mid-palate. Plum, blackberry, and currant undertones. Juicy plum comes to the forefront for an instant. Yeasty flavors of bread patted with flour. Faint suggestion of garden herbs from the hops, maybe tobacco leaf too. Cocoa and molasses. Hint of acidity hits to tip of the tongue ever so subtly. The finish is dry and mellow, but complex and lingering. Caramel, toffee, soft charcoal notes, and a light fruitiness recede slowly and softly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy and silky in the mouth. Low carbonation, very slight astringency. Insanely smooth.

O: This is the English porter against which all others must be measured. One of the most complex beers I've had to date; a new flavor presents itself with each sip. It really doesn't get much better than this.

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Photo of Garzan72
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Even though I am not even close to being a real beer advocate yet, I would have to say this is the best beer I have tried so far. Tasted great, smelled great, and felt great. I have drinkin this a few more times since I treid it and I always get the same impression.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this porter pours a very dark bornw, but it doesnt seem truly black, with a thick foamy 2 finger espresso colored head, too dark to note carbonation

S - a mellow sweetness hits the nose first, with a vanill/toffee like characteristic, both are well blended into the quality hop and malt profiles, oh, and at the end of the whiff, some slight coffee hints as well

T - wow, this is amazing, what a great porter, the sweetness is there and poignant but not overpowering, very mellow and masterfully blended into the hop/malt beery goodness what an amazing flavor, the vanill/toffee flavor is so warming and smooth, what a great wintry beer, even the girlfriend enjoyed (not just tolerated it) which speaks volumes

M&D - what can i say, a masterfully crafted porter, smooth, sweet, slightly bitter, all in one, easily the best porter of this relatively unexplored style (by me) i have ever had

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Photo of erz316
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle into sam smith pint glass

a very heady beer, just like that oatmeal stout I just had. the head is a great colour, like a beige or desert tan, maybe a light chocolate milk colour. it is incredibly creamy and delicious. the body is a deep ruby brown, and lets light barely through the middle. the nose is fine for a porter, could have more coffee and malts, and could be stronger. the taste, however, is exceptional. deep dark roasted malts, traces of coffee and caramel, a touch of what I would call booze, something slightly sharp, and a miniscule tinge of sour. the feel is quite thin, even with the big carbonation. but this, however, coupled with the taste makes the brew incredibly drinkable and a great session beer.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured in samuel smith pint glass

A: Deep deep brown with a tan that is about 3 fingers this one looks tasty.

S: I smell it form a foot away, lots of roasted malts, with hops in the nose as well.

T: so light for how it looks, the taste threw me off I was expecting something bigger, roasty and acidic to start with the hops to round out the beers finish melding perfect with the acidic qualities that are there form the start, this is perfectly balanced.

M: This is so light, the carbonation is good, it leaves a dry roastyness on the pallet. it is refreshing as any other beer I have. balanced out, and just right on point.

D: superior drinkability, I could session these or I could have one and done. This is a fine example of a porter this is done right. oh so good.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan lingering head. Aroma of vanilla and nuts with a hint of cocoa. Flavour is chocolatey with a smooth nuttiness. Mid palate I sense some vanilla and cocoa. Finish is slightly bitter and roasty

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Photo of webbcreative
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured black, with ruby colors when held up to the light. With light tan head that left good lacing.

Aroms is chocolate and dark malt, smells awfully similar to Young's Double Chocolate Stout actually. At least from my memory.

Taste has just a little bit of the chocolate flavor, a touch of roasted malt, a tad sweet, but finishes pretty dry, which keeps me wanting more.

Mouthfeel is medium, borderline creamy.

Overall this is one excellent porter, I would buy the crap out of this if it was more reasonably priced. But this is a nice cold weather beer that I could drink many of.

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Photo of wl0307
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB July 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: nearly black in colour, showing some dark mahogany glows when placed against light; the huge rocky khaki foam retains the thickness well, settling only reluctantly to a 0.5cm blanket throughout the drink.
S: compared with my previous notes, the aroma this time is predominantly fruity, featuring lots of jammy dark fruits, black date flesh, black prunes, raisins, burned nuttiness, treacle, even thick soy sauce, a tinge of moulded cheese, and a assertive sour edge more like an old ale could give... as the heavier fruity tinge softens, a rich oat-biscuity aroma sneaks through... overall the aroma is just phenomenal and beautifully complex for an English Porter! For a bottled Porter, now I really don't know which one is my favourite, Fuller's London Porter or this...
T: cobweb? (... don't know why this springs to mind, maybe it's the mould and stuff...) then roasted nuts, the bitter edge of treacle, a touch of moulded cheese, soothingly-textured roasted malts, bitter dark chocolates and bitter licorice roots roam freely on the palate alongside very mixed dark fruitiness... the flavour is so well-integrated and somewhat clean(!) that I can't tell where the roast-maltiness ends and the fruitiness starts. The lingering moderate-level bitterness of hops, burned nuts and black malt together lend a superb length in the slightly dry aftertaste.
M&D: utterly smooth, even rounded, greatly helped by microscopic fizziness that sustains throughout the drink. If I am to choose one bottled-version English Porter as a session beer that gives me all the flavour with a healthy balance, pleasure of quaffing, yet also from time to time a little something that I would pause to have a good sniff of... this is the one.

Tasting Date: 31/08/05
BB date: Jan. 06.
4 A: in a goblet it pours a deeply dark brown to nearly black colour; the tan head quickly settles to a thin layer with good retention.
4.5 S: deeply chocolatey, roasted nutty and toffeeish with a very good depth, supported by an intense, aromatic dark-fruit aroma and a tinge of leather, licorice, even blue-cheese(!), and some lively coffeeish note. Overall, the nose is settled, complex yet also aromatic~~
4.5 T: a roasted-barley and dark malty flavour prevails upfront--very smooth palate, with nuttiness, dark chocolate's rich flavour at the back along with a hint of savoury flavour and very mild hoppyness. In the aftertaste the profound nutty flavour lingers only too well, but is balanced with a medium-bitterness and leads to a slightly dryish finish.
4.5 M&4.5 D: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth, even rounded, but has a refreshing texture, thanks to the tiny yet invisible bubbles in the black nectar; medium-bodied, with full flavour yet staying low-profile, this is a balanced porter with some excellent yet subtle characteristics. It takes time to explore this beer fully. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a crystal mug the beer appears a very dark black cherry red with a beige head. Good lacing, very inviting.
The smell hints roasted malt and fruit.
The taste starts with roasted malt, hints of coffee, mingled with some fruit like dried plum or prune. This sweetness of course is kept in check with a very balanced bitterness of mild hops and dark chocolate. Very smooth and creamy like all beers from this great brewery. Very , very drinkable!! This brewery has become my favorite, every beer you pick up from them tastes great.

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Photo of MaineBirdMan
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers that you just want to savor.
Nice chocolate brown coloring.
An aroma of coffee and chocolate.
Nice head.
Coffee and chocolate with a touch of roasted malt.
Settles nicely on the tongue. The hops start to appear at the back of the tongue but slowly fade away.
What a delicious beer! I know there's a lot of hype about Sam Smith beers. But they really do know how to put out some quality stuff.
Very easy to drink. The aroma stays with you on every sip.
Just the right amount of alcohol for me.
My only complaint is that I only bought on bottle.

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Photo of 1MiltonWaddams
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened a bottle of Taddys Porter on a cold, dry evening after a big dinner. This porter presents as well as any bottled beer I've experienced. An easy two inch, full tan/cream colored head formed after pouring into the glass and persisted for a few minutes. The aroma was fleeting, with wafts of toffee and caramel. Great, full bodied flavor I expect from a porter and makes for an easy drink as the robust flavor quickly leaves the senses, making the drinker wanting sip after sip. A creamy thick mouthfeel rounds out this porter as one of my favorite to date. Try one!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Massive white-brown head, solid black body.

Smell: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild dark fruits, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Feel: Creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, lightly sweet.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 550 mL bottle of "The Famous Taddy Porter." The beer is a deep chestnut brown color with a few centimeters of off-white foam. The aroma is inviting with chocolate, biscuit and barely detectable dark rum. Smooth and creamy on the palate. The flavor profile is chocolate and coffee with a little twang as it finishes smoothly. Flavorful and highly drinkable, this is great porter. Another classic from the folks at Samuel Smith.

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Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque, deep dark brown with a modest tan head. Lacing had a smooth, silky appearance as it left sheets down the glass. Aroma and taste surprised me with a complexity that was somewhat unique. Roasted coffee and chocolate were dominant, with earthiness, smokiness, and black walnut on the nose. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, carbonation just barely adequate. Taste was much like the nose, but with some interesting twists that made for one of the best tasting dark beers I've ever tried. There's definitely a hint of cherries in this, and the twang of those funky English hops. I can't decide if it's licorice or cinamon, or some other bittersweet spice, but there's something here that melds perfectly with the chocolately malts, cherry fruitiness, and buttery walnut to produce an exceptional flavor profile. Just enough bittering hops to balance the many other flavors going on in this fine porter. Finishes smooth, and goes down so fine. High drinkability with the low abv. Finest porter that I've sampled to date.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this one and figured it was the one to try (not to mention the higher than average price tag)

Appearance - A down right sexy dark drown with swirles of red and golden in the light

Smell - Robust and woody, really great scent of yeast, alchol, and light or very mild spices

Taste - Now that is what any beer drinker is talking about. Deep wood and mahongy notes that mellow out to a nice porter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Stays with ya and perfect carbonation for it.

Overall - Maybe the king of porters, don't think I have had a better one

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Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is the deepest ruby you can get before it becomes opaque, the head is Herculean in size with a spumescent texture, the color a beauteous light tan and after decomposition a thick and chunky sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains and sweet malt dominate the nose, crisp and fresh with a malt laden and sweet start, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, Crisply acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, with the aftertaste quite dry and a bit tart, one of my all time favorites, and one I consume with much gusto on a regular basis.

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Photo of oelergud
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid porter, everything I expected, just better.
Appearance is good, a dark ruby that only lets light through at the very edges of the glass and a creamy tan head.
I detected caramel and coffee in the nose
The taste was pretty darn good, sweet and bitter in perfect balance, little to no after taste which makes you drink the beer quickly which is ok considering the relatively low alcohol %. Toward the bottom of my glass I thought I tasted a hint of nut...
This beer pretty much drinks itself, the lack of aftertaste made me reach for it constantly and before I knew it it was gone.

Oelergud - Cheers!

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Photo of bigkahunas4
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 18.7 oz bottle into a SA lager pint glass.

Brew poured an ink black, much darker than I expected. A big butterscotch colored head formed, about two fingers, and hung around for some time, eventually settling in a thin head oil spill. This brew is really sticky, leaving suddy spots all around the glass. Nose is of a dark caramel, with smokey whiffs of roasted nuts.

Impressive flavor palate for such a low ABV. Roasted malts give off hints of coffee, millk chocolate, and a smokey caramel. Aside from the creamy texture, you also notice some nice viscosity throughout the sip. A funky finish keeps you curious to taste more.

I really enjoyed this, as I paired it with a steak dinner, and then snacked on some dark chocolate covered nuts. Really went well with each, and presented it's own excitement on its own. Most impressive is the flavor and complexity you pull from this low ABV. I am not a huge stout/porter fan, but this has me grinning. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky. De Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen managed to get their hands on some Sam Smith classics. I chose the Taddy Porter just to stay away from their Barley Wine and Imperial Stout for once.

A: Black but saw some dark ruby shining once it came close to the candle. One finger thick light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, slight caramel, chocolate and some red fruits.

T: GREAT. Dark roasted malts, notes of cacoa and a bit of coffee. Some citrus and woody bitterness in the aftertaste. All in a great balance and natural occurence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation and a nice silky mouthfeel.

D: Another great natural Samuel Smith. Great taste without adding chocolate or coffee... with Sam Smith they come naturally and in perfect balance.

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Photo of taez555
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark opaque black body with a white head.

Nose is simply ambrosial. Very sweet rich milk chocolate, fruits, cold sweet smoke, toasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, pears, apples, burnt malts. Samuel Smith has such a classic smell and this porter just exemplifies that.


Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. A cold chimney like smokey, wood stove type flavor. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, stale coffee and dark malts. Definitely taste a mild butterscotch in the middle and towards the end. Hop bitterness is present and just enough to give balance.

Why don't I drink this beer more? Simply amazing, one of the most flavorful and drinkable porters out there. I can only imagine what this beer tastes like fresh, or not in a clear bottle, or... dare I say... on cask? Amazing beer.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep dark brown/amber color, very clear, tan head that laced very well and dissipated quickly

S=Malty notes of coffee and caramel

T=Coffee, caramel malts, little to no aftertaste

M=very nice, carbonation lingered and was tight in nature

D=very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BBM
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice black color, with ruby red highlights and a nice, creamy tan head. The aroma is of roasted nuts, coffee, and molassess.

The taste is extraordinary. There is a certain burnt grain taste up front, accompanied by coffee, chocolate, and a syrupy sweet malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bitterness to the finish for balance. This brew is smooth, rich, and complex. Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy. It is incredibly drinkable. This is by far my favorite Porter I've tried, and another outstanding beer from Sam Smith.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head that recedes. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly roasty with light coffee and caramel smells.

Taste is roasty upfront leading into light coffee and toffee flavors. A wonderful blend of flavors that really enhance each other. Only a very light bitterness midway through that disappears as it finishes with a lingering blend of all of the flavors contained within. Superbly crafted and balanced as it's by far the best of it's style.

Medium body, creamy texture, ideal carbonation.

An excellent beer overall and extremely sessionable drinkability. Not many better ways to spend an evening that with a few of these. If you enjoy English porter (or any porter for that matter), make sure you experience this beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer, everything a porter should look like. Nice dark brown, nearly black body with a big fluffy tan head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt, slightly fruity and smoky. Taste is smooth and full. Smoke and dark fruit flavors, chocolate and a slight porter-acidity. Vanilla flavors on the conclusion. What a great porter, I can;'t believe it has taken me this long to try it. Defintely one of the best porter's I have tried.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,057 ratings.
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