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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
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 3,099 |  Reviews: 1,333
Photo of VoxRationis
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a tulip pint. Pour nearly black with a moderate head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Nose: rich aroma of dark malt, black coffee, perhaps a vanilla note; palate: slight bitterness of the hops nicely offsets the slight sweetness of the dark malts. Light bodied and drinks very well. Really a nice specimen of the style.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint. Big, beautiful khaki head that mellows but retains a ring. A coat of lace as well. Dark, dark brown.

Sweet roast nose.

Similar taste, a rich, creamy smoothness as if a nitro. Very similar to Sam Smith's stouts, but with underlying spice.

Creamy feel with just enough weight to not feel watery.

Ostensibly the beer that popularized porters as a style. A smoother variety, with very little hop character and a smooth sweetness. I am increasingly persuaded that this brewery can do no wrong.

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Photo of Votti
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alupin
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ManBearPat
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of matcris
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, ruby around the edges, and a finger+ of tan, sticky head, that won't quit. In the aroma, cocoa, sweet roasted malt, and red wine. Immediately reminds me of Anchor porter. Also a berry or jam vibe. The flavor is mellow and sweet, but there is enough bitterness on the finish to balance that out. Strong cocoa, and a bit earthy. The feel is creamy, with about average carbonation, and overall, a little slick until it dries up on the finish. Very nice porter, tasty.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrainBamage
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with thick head. I could smell the sweetness just while pouring it. Can also smell the old ale brewed with this. Goes down with a slight bitterness that turns dry. Can taste the brown ale here. One of the best English Porters out there.

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Photo of Weston64
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dakin
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Really like the look of the label. Resembles a stout in the glass with a nice creamy head with small bumbles.

Smell: Smooth roasty smell. Not very complex but it works.

Taste: Super smooth all the way through with a tinge of hops perfectly measured halfway through. Aftertaste of toasted bread.

Feel: Very creamy feel with a little weight. Nice.

Overall: Superb easy drinking English style porter. Simple but well done.

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Photo of drh88
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IronLover
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -2.6%
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 +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dertyd
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dcotom
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
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 -11.3%
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 +13.7%
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 -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bendukes86
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andpit
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev -6%
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. Medium-bodied, somewhat 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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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,099 ratings
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