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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Reviews: 1,322 | Ratings: 3,057
Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that stays to cover the beer, but doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark malts and coffee mostly. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with a sweetness of fruits. Smooth and slightly creamy. Could be a little thicker in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine beer, pours a dark black with ruby streaks, the mocha tan head is fabulous. The smell is strong of cappucino and dark fire roasted chocolate, a nice fluffy marshmellow with just a slight hint of pine hops. The taste is great, the chocolate and coffee flavors compliment the roasted toffee and marshmellows, hints of roasted nuts linger. Very nice.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle, in an English nonik glass.

Appearance: Dark dark opaque brown, with a small dark-tan head.

Aroma: Toasty malt, coffee-ish.

Flavor/Body: Roasty, sweet malt flavor, slightly chocolately, slightly coffeeish also. Slighty acidic in the finish, and unusually tannic in mouthfeel. Nice body too.

I think this was the first porter I ever tried, and it's the standard I set for porters. Several years ago, it was fairly common to find light-struck bottles, but most Sam Smith products seem to move off the shelves a lot quicker these days.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has got to be one of my favorite porters. Pours a dark dark brown that is really closer to black. Nice brownish tan head that becomes thin but never really goes away. Smell is of darkly roasted coffee. The taste is bittersweet cocoa and coffee and perhaps a not so sweet fruit although I can't seem to put my finger on it. The mouthfell is great. Very smooth and creamy without feeling thick or sticky. The drinkability is good. You could defintely drink quite a few of these. Very tasty, not too high in alcohol and very smooth.

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Photo of soper2000
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this. The Sam's (Smith and Adams) were basically my introduction to the world of craft brews. I first had the Taddy on my 21st birthday and have revisited it several times since. Well onto the review. Pours a super deep brown chocolatey color with a small off white head that has good retention. Heavy notes of nut, chocolate, and coffee blend excellently. Taste is super roasty. Chocolate followed by a slight roasted malt bitterness. Pleasant. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would've liked but overall this is a great beer and a cornerstone of my growing appreciation for beer.

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

Pours out a near black with some crimson highlights. Big tan head that rose and fell. Good roasty character to it. Cookie dough sweet notes with some vanilla and cocoa, figgy pudding and grapey aromas, too. Very easy to drink. Not too overpowering with its maltiness, just about enough to give at rich smoothness.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.99 for a single...

The pour was a dark brown base with a beautiful large tannish-white head with good retention and good lacing. The aroma was a little faint but it still hinted of a roasty chocolatey coffee.

My first thought on taste was that this was a Dry Stout, the taste was grapey and full of spice, not a true porter taste... at least to me. The mouthfeel is nice on the palette and a solid aftertaste. The drinkability is good too, could be an upper-class man's dream of a session beer. To me it is not worth the price.

Final Thought: This is a step down from the other 4 Sammy Smith beers I've had. Despite that, It's still a solid beer.

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Photo of newyawker
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown. Almost black. Kind of a brown head, creamy looking. Smells a little like chocolate and caramel candy. The flavor is a little chocolate, a little like Starbucks burnt coffee. The feel on the mouth is a bit thin, and a bit slick and creamy smooth. Some hop bitterness results. All in all, a pretty good porter I have to say, especially considering that its in a clear bottle.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, mahogany brown with a touch of blood red. A good head, firm, light tan, slow and even drop. No real lace.
Smell is roasted malt, smoke, hops and peat.
Taste is similar, smoky, roasty, peaty, a little hoppy at finish with hints of coffee coming out as brew warms. Wonderful complexity.
Mouthfeel is thinner than most but very smooth and warms the throat nicely.
A great drinking beer. Easy to quaff all day and at just 5%, no problems downing several 550ml bottles.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an anvil of head; a solid mass of sandy, khaki foam with milkshake thickness that can literally be scooped and shaped with a finger. Awesome. Each sip leaves a chunky stratum of lace. Beer is a sheen of mahogany blackness with merlot-colored highlights. Luxurious aromas of fudgy chocolate brownies, heady dark caramel creams, chocolate chip cheesecake, and puff pastries flaking apart in drawn butter are interwoven by vinous, sweet sherry tones in a dank, moist, and cakey nosefeel. Big sweet tastes of brown sugar-tinged molasses roll into the midpalate, developing body of dark chocolate and huge crystals of toffee and butter. Second half of the palate rounds out into bitter almonds, pipe tobacco, and a finish of old, dry leather. A slight acidity at the sides of the mouth is the only thing keeping this from being a "5." It's that close. Lightly dextrinous mouthfeel as of melted chocolate bars arcs across the tongue in a parabola of sweet, soft and bitter. Drinkable? I mean, come on... Less affable but more distinguished than its cousin from Fuller's, these are easily locked in a tie for the best Porters I have ever tasted. Just gorgeous.

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straightforward and undertstated real and earthy porter. Molasses, bit of fig, smooth creamy roast and chocolate bitter but smooth aftertaste. Lingering roast and vanilla aroma and taste of the powders. Some wood smokiness. Thanks Irondjinn for the sample.

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Photo of BJ1833
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color with a chocolate brown, two-finger head.

Aroma: Rich aroma full of toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malt with coffee flavor upfront. A caramel flavor is also present with a chocolate finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: A medium body that is well carbonated and very smooth.

Overall: Unlike any porter I've tried and by far the best. Very good, smooth flavor. Already a classic in my book.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped clear bottle with no date, but 5.0% abv.
Aroma: Classic porter nose, toffee, chocolate malt, slight alcohol.
Appearance: Black, opaque, with serious back light only showing a few carbonation streams, no edges. Creamy head the color of freshly cut wood. Thick curtains of lace.
Flavor: It’s a porter; classic text book example. Look up porter in the dictionary, there is a picture of Sam Smith Taddy. It has a slightly buttery taste, dark roasted malt, slightest hint of floral hops, and a clean finish. There is a slight coffee bitter in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full body, slightly heavy carbonation, dry finish
Overall Impression: Sigh; once again, I’m just not a porter fan. This is a beer of obvious craftsmanship, and it hits all the marks one could look for in a porter. If this is your style, this is your beer. If you haven’t had many porters, you owe yourself a good calibration with this one. If you are like me, and just don’t care for porters, try an Alaskan Smoked Porter if you are fortunate enough to see one, and this one just to be sure.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost jet black with a nice head and big chunky lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate and coffee, with a bit of banana and a tart sourness (this beer might be skunked). The taste is of dark chocolate with coffee notes, a good dose of hop bitterness and some funky fruityness. The taste doesnt have the oxidization of the nose but its unusual for a porter and somewhat unbalanced. Maybe its not as dry as Im used to. The mouthfeel is very watery. I think this pales in comparison to Fuller's London Porter, its still good though.... Probably just slightly skunked.

Just a side note: Why do really good breweries like Sam Smith's, Wychwood and Marston's use clear bottles? Im sure it affects the quality of their products to some extent.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml gold foil topped clear bottle sans freshness dating. Pours a very dark ruby-tinged blackness with a voluminous tan head that persists forever and leaves lace sheets on the glass. Aromas are very muted and tough to pick out, even when warmed to near room temperature. Whiffs of chocolate, caramel, vanilla?, and even some smoked dark fruit are noted. Flavor is not a robust as I'd expected. Perhaps I am unfairly judging this style (the first "English Porter" I've sampled), but it just didn't strike me as that tasty. There's the usual suspects of choclate, some cocoa powder, a dash of bittering hops, and some caramel, but nothing astounding. Mouthfeel was on the thinner side as well. Drinkable, but not like other porters I've had.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How can beer like this come from a clear bottle and be great all of the time? This poured a deep brown, almost black with just slight ruby highlights. Nice tan head that left a fair amount of lace. Smells are chocolate, maybe with a slight hint of licorice. Taste is a nice roasty maly, with some buttery flavors. Fairly dry at the end with minimal bitterness. Slights hints of coffee. Medium body, with nearly creamy mouthfeel. This beer is so very easy to drink. What a classic. It had been a while since I had this. It will not be nearly as long before I have it again.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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 cokes
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black trimmed with scarlet. The head is tan, plush and huge. And it clings something fierce.
The nose is a spot-on liquid version of raisin-adorned, chocolate rum cake. It also showcases traces of butter, burnt figs, and tobacco. Or in other words, it smells quite similar to their Imperial Stout. In still other words, it smells flawless.
Begins with a deluge of earthy maltiness. Leather, dried tobacco leaves, and dirt. Dark fruits ease themselves into place, shown through creeping prunes and black raisins. Buttered dough provides canvas, but not much more. Traces of milky sourness materialize, making this seem "aged" or "old" and how I'd imagine a historically accurate porter would taste. Molasses-coated carobs control the later portions, and segue to some minor vanilla and hazelnut flourishes before being relieved by the entourage of drying, bitter herb hops.
This is enclosed in a medium body that is both glassy smooth and airy enough for limitless consumption.
Easily the sexiest porter to have ever crossed these lips.
What a jewel!

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Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle, clear, 'victorian pint'

Pours with a dark brown body, light brown tan head, good retention and size, little lacing

Smell, burnt coffee, choclatly esters coming off, slight hint of malt sweetness

Taste, dry and full of dark coffee, slight bitternes and a dark chocolate finish, appley at lower temps

A very good porter, not quite up there with the baltics like sinebyrchoff

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (from a four pack)

Pours extremely dark red, pitch black looking unless you put it up to a light. Large mocha head with great retention. Not much lace, but a few spots here and there.

Smell is chocolate malts, apple and port. A good mix of flavors there, pretty impressive.

Taste is again sweet chocolate malt with a roasted edge. A little acididity and caramel in there too.

Mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is pretty low which I think goes well with a heavy malt beer like this one. Body matches the smell and taste, not too heavy or light.

Other than the price this is one very drinkable beer. Should go well with pork tenderloin and ribeye.

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Photo of tjd25
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is thick, brownish and very smooth with fine dense bubbles. The body is of a very dark brown, and even black color, totally opaque. I could see myself "in colors" in the glass as I was trying to judge the appearance of the brew.

The smell is very enjoyable: roasted dark malts, nice nuances of chocolate, coffee, and a great nutty aspect. It reminded me a bit of some cereal bread with some bacon bites. Some fruity esters were noticeable at first, but their aroma faded when the bread with bacon bites became more noticeable.

The taste reminded me mostly of some good dark chocolate; some aspects of coffee, and enjoyable sweet hints of fruits. The bacon bites are still present in the taste, and it makes me happy. The bready aspect shows more toasted notes than in the smell, on the edge of burnt. Some aspects reminded me of the Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, and with a very chewy hoppiness lasting in the mouth. A very good beer.

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Photo of koolk
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wickedly dark in colour that gives off a nice brown sheen in teh light. Good head that sticks for a minute, with good lacing.

Fantastic nose of dark roasted malts, sweet black fruit, anise and many other spices and dark aroms that build up and wind together in a very very enjoyable way.

Full and thick palate tht is long with a ripper of an aftertaste. Dark roasted flavours on the back palate. A nice grip leads to flavours of roast, toast, chocolate, name it, it is here.

A damn good porter and a fantastic beer.

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Photo of noclue
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, almost black. Tall, creamy head with decent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee aromas.

Taste: Strong roasted malt taste. Fig and molasses flavors compliment the chocolate and coffee very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: at 5%ABV and great taste and texture, this is a very drinkable brew. Very good.

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Photo of diablo14
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golly this is one hell of a beer. it has everything going for it. i just cant get enough of this brew. if its not the best porter ive ever drank i cant think of too many that would challenge it.

its look is as black as the ace of spades, insistent tan head, gentle
carbonation. the smell is thick and roasty, with malts, chocolate and toasted almonds. flavor is of like nature, but backed with a rich forest and dried fruit taste that is full, and blended with all other elements is something else! intensely complex! hops come into the picture to balance everything up in fine fashion. crisp, but doesnt take away from the relative viscousity of the brew. and fair dinkum, you could drink this baby alll night long. an absolute pearler.

i dont know what everyone else is drinking these days, but for me right now, this is one of the premier beers in my rotation. sammy smiths only come into my solar system on rare occasions, and while its here, im drinking effusively from that fountain. and the taddy porter is one thats demanded my respect and drinking time.

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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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