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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,065
Reviews:
1,323
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
469
For Trade:
2
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Photo of drh88
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Dark brown with amber hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thick, creamy, mocha colored foam with moderate retention. Medium light dark malt aromas, with toffee, dark bread crust, and sweet dark fruit notes. No hop aromas. On the lighter side of medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creaminess through the middle with a dry finish. Dark malt aromas up front with dark melanoidin and light toffee. Light roasted malt flavors follow that slowly transition to medium light bitterness. Sweet dark chocolate and dark malts suppress the hop bitterness a bit from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with roasted malt bitterness offset by sweet dark fruit and chocolate. Although very subtle, malt and hop character is very complex and enjoyable. No two sips taste exactly alike. Flavors and aromas changed dramatically as this warmed - not unlike other English beers.

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Photo of illpass78
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: A near black with a thick head. Some lacing. Looks sturdy.

Aroma: Roasty, malty nose. Some slight coffee.

Taste: Smooth, tasty dark beer.
Coffee, roasted coffee beans, faint chocolate. Lots of roastiness on the palate. Maybe even a light whiff of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Sturdy as it looks. Not thick, though. Classic porter depth.

Overall: The classic porter. Fair price for such a terrific beer, too.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dertyd
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 550 ml bottle into nonic pint glass. Deep chestnut brown color, four fingers of thick tan head that left scads of pretty lacing. First things that come through on the aroma upon opening the bottle are big notes of raisin and prune. Pouring unleashes more of the malty character, with notes of caramel and toffee alongside the dark fruit. There is also a mineral character to the aroma which is quite interesting, but fades a bit as the beer warms. Palate follows the nose, with just a touch of bitterness, a medium mouthfeel, a dry finish, and some lingering dark-fruit aftertaste. I've overlooked this countless times. Do not make the same mistake I did. This is a world-class beer at a very reasonable price, and widely available to boot. What more could you want?

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Photo of ajm5108
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with voluminous, fluffy head. Light chocolate & dark malt aroma with a dash of molasses. Flavor is mild roasted malt with some dry fig and a little berry sweetness. Watery but that is the style. Overall a solid drinkable porter.

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Photo of samnpue
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Good mouthfeel no bready aftertaste.
I like a beer that I can't see through this one was dark and inviting. Served just below room temp which was perfect for after a day of XC skiing.

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Photo of chris826
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bendukes86
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andpit
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 12/18/16:

Deep, dark reddish brown, basically black in indirect light. Mostly clear in spite of very little light coming through due to color. Desert mud looking head, very frothy, filmy, and dense, with good retention but weak lacing. Strong dark fruit aromas, for a porter at least, some small amount of molasses or toffee, caramel, and a general roastiness. On palate, roastiness much stronger with sweeter fruit (dark fruit but also a bit of red apple) and sugar qualities more subdued but still a huge part of this beer. Roastiness and fruitiness present throughout with light smoky tartness blending well with fruitiness at first and then mostly disappearing. Roastier finish and smoky aftertaste. Hops seem to be earthy or leathery or spicy, hard to tell as they are lost in the balance for me apart from retro-olfaction, which is also slightly mentholated. The head, it is worth noting, tastes like dark chocolate. Full-bodied, thick, an almost nitrous carbonation, but still tingly. Seems to just soak into sides of throat as I swallow, as opposed to going down the tube. Overall, more like an Oatmeal Stout to me than a Porter, but then I haven’t had too many in the English style.

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Photo of Luddster
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, clear brown-red with half a finger of creamy brown head that leaves puffy clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of roasted hazelnut, chocolate chip cookies, coffee grounds, dried berries, faint smoke and soft black licorice.

Tastes of semi-sweet cocoa powder, cold creamy coffee, toasted bread, hazelnut, toffee, dried black cherry, ash and licorice.

Feels soft and creamy. Medium bodied with very smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. It's a Samuel Smith beer, all right.

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Photo of pdcleff
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HermitDan
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJ64
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown/black, little head, dissipates quickly.
Smell: very fruity, a lot of dark fruit. Also malty.
Taste: Maltiness, good bitterness from roasted malt, quite dry ending. Little hop presence.

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Photo of Corburk
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of I3eer
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bit toffee sweet without the great feel elsewhere. Still nice.

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Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a dark black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt. Has a great roasted malt flavor.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,065 ratings.
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