Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter
3,087 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,087 |  Reviews: 1,332
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a stout 2-fingers worth of dark khaki head. Decent retention, with a 1/4 finger still left mid glass. Arching lace all around.

Nose is strong with chocolate and lighter with roast malt. The two aromas mix very well.

The taste is truly outstanding. Chocolate malt again, with light roast notes. Just the right amount of bitters in the finish. Light tea flavor with hints of tannin.

Feel is solid. Creamy, without being heavy. Could easily throw down several of these.

Overall, very tough to beat.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -46%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is about as dark as it gets. Incredibly dark brownish black. Tan fluffy head with nice lacing and a really frothy top. Looks good to me!

S: I get some chocolate and a slight roasted malt aroma. It's also somewhat clean. I also get some scotch ale/caramel aromas. Smells great.

T: Really rich chocolate with a nice roasted coffee finish. Some fruitiness (dark) comes through from the malt. Some more rich caramel too. Slightly roasted.

M: Wow, what a mouthfeel! Really, really smooth and creamy mouth makes this incredibly easy to drink.

O: Every bit deserving as one of the best English Porters out there. Only slightly edged out by Fuller's (which I'll be having next!)

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark leathery brown liquid with a bit of light coming through at the edges. The light brown head is creamy and thin with nice retention.

S- Sweet cocoa powder, fruit, a bit of a pm English/ butter aspect, and mineral water (?). Very unique but at the same time retraining a lot of the characteristics I like about the brewery's beers.

T- Fruit, cocoa, caramel, almonds, and a bit of coffee. Complex and tasty in all the right ways. Very nice.

M- A light but creamy body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- A delicious and interesting porter. The gold standard for he style.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, not quite black and not quite opaque. Head that looks the the head of a dry stout, very fine bubbles.
Toffee and caramel in the smell with a slight bit of toastiness.
Very smooth like a light coffee in the taste. Just a hint of coffee bitterness.
Smooth as silk. What a great beer. It gets better as it goes down.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice, thick head that retains well, then fades to lumpiness. The color is dark brown to black.

S- light, sweet scents of malts and alcohol. Nicely balanced.

T- Roasted flavor that hits you before it touches your lips. Only taste hops in the final finish. Otherwise, it seems like the roasted-ness will just go on at that rate forever.

M- Medium to medium-light body. Smooth, consistent carbonation that's a little past balanced for me. Still good.

O- This is a beer that I'd definitely return to. It doesn't go overboard in any way and is consistent throughout. Nice example of an English Porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle dated SJ24K1 into nonic pint.

The beer is slighty transparent revealing some amber highlights. Light brown fluffy head.

Slight coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit aroma.

Coffee and dark fruits flavors. The bottle references a “tangy character” which I would agree with. A little roasty.

Smooth and creamy with low amount of carbonation. It just glides down. Drying.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle into an imperial pint. Pours a cola brown w/ a thick tan head that settles to a dense pillow. Looks like a root beer.

Aroma is sweet roasty chocolatey malt with a whiff of smoke.

Taste is both bitter and sweet, silky smooth. Nice and dark, roast and smoky.

Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes dry.

Overall, a reference-quality English porter. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but this one is good and always readily available.

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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 3,087 ratings
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