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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

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

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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Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a pretty clear dark orange/brown, nice colour, thick tan head forms and slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, lots of lace chunks stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is neat, sweet and roasty, a bit of chocolate milk, caramel, light coffee, some fruitiness, treacle, some raisin, a touch of biscuit and some light wafer, a bit of apple.

Taste is interesting, pretty roasty, some raisin, caramel, a bit of corn syrup, wafer, chocolate and a bit of coffee roast, lightly fruity, some berry, a bit of roasty bitterness in the finish, some apple and licorice..

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down a bit harsh, but alright. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Bighuge
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour creates a deep dark brown color. A minimal head of beige is erected. Staying power is not good. Slight aroma of cocoa and java and european malts. The flavor is not really on. It's not horrible, but it's just a little bland and perhaps a little light struck. Bland maltiness dominates and is accentuated by a slight sourness and some light roasted tones. This is just not a good porter.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.14/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a sturdy porter, all is well. Aroma comes across like oil and alcohol.

Taste is oil, alcohol, brown ale and water. No hop quality. Like a mead from England. Mouthfeel is like a walnut mixed in with the aforementioned taste. Drinkability is lame, as its about $5 per 500 ml, and its just not enjoyable. Not my thing.

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

they've changed to a brown bottle, but still the familiar gold foil on top.

appears very dark brown, almost black. ring of white head. smells of smokinesss, some coffee.

taste is mellow roasted malt flavor. hints of chocolate. a little acidic, definitely some molasses.

medium body, easy to drink. classic english porter.

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

Pours a dark dark brown/black color with a creamy, light khaki-colored head that settles leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas are quite subtle overall but contain balanced amounts of toasted toffee maltiness with hints of chocolate, nuts and a slight bit of molasses as it warms.

Th tastes begin with mild coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and molasses. As it warms I can perceive a soft, light hoppiness with more emerging toasted sugar sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth, but a bit watery.

Dverall this is a very good example of an English Porter but a but watery overall and could use a bump in the body to be great. Not to the level of Fuller's London Porter but a solid sessionable Porter for those winter months.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with ruby red highlights when backlit and a float-like, two inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually recedes into a solid quarter inch cap; no lacing on this one. Nose suggests chocolate malt, dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar. Taste consistent with nose, but flavors are considerably more subdued. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied with a mild, consistent background carbonation; a little too light-bodied and carbonated for my general liking. Easy drinking and flavorful - a nice session porter.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass with a two finger light brown head. Bubbly texture to the cap but it has great retention. Nice patches of lace all around the glass.

S- Nutty and roast malt mostly for me although it seems to have a weaker aroma than most porters.

T- Compared to the nose, a lot is added in the flavor. A nice balance of roast malt, dark fruits, toffee, caramel, nutty malts and bread. Has a bit of a chocolate raisin feel. Slightly tart, maybe the "tangy character" they speak of.

MF- Not as rich as American Porters but I see that trend in the English counterpart. Foamy consistency with silky smooth moderate carbonation.

Since it isn't super rich like some Stouts/American Porters it drinks very nicely. Good balance of flavor and a nice overall porter.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle. The beer is brown with a thick fine-celled off-white foam. The smell is roasted malts, maybe a little chocolate, with a clean yeast aroma. The taste is classic porter, roasted malts with a lasting after-taste of chocolate. The body is thin but smooth and lightly carbonated, like a cask ale with extra fizziness. Very tasty, I'm liking everything I try from Samuel Smith's.

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Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque black that's ruby around the edges. The head is a big and frothy three-fingers of tan foam that dissipates into a medium-sized layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a bit.

Smells good. A big hit of dark fruit that mellows out and lets the bready malt aroma take over as the beer warms.

Tastes great. Slight dark fruit and big bready malt flavors up front at first, then as it warms chocolate and butterscotch make an appearance as the fruitiness recedes. There's a slight bitterness at the end to go along with the dry finish.

Mouthfeel is great. It's very smooth, almost like from a nitro-tap. The carbonation is very grainy and it's got a good thickness.

Drinkability is great. This is a very nice session beer. There's not much else I can say that I haven't said already.

Overall this is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a big creamy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, fading slowly over time to give a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of chocolate and mixed with sweet and sugary aromas of caramel and toffee as well as with other strong sweet aromas of dark fruits. A roasted malt aroma complements the sweeter aromas quite well, and in combination with the sweet, as well as a light earthy and woody smell, it creates a great nose on this brew.

Taste – The taste is drier and more bitter then the nose would have let on. It begins of a roasted dark malt flavor with hints of sweet chocolate and some caramel. These sweeter flavors begin to fade as the taste advances with the taste bittering more toward the middle, as flavors of cocoa and some coffee come to the tongue. A bitter-sour flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end with some light hop flavors coming to the taste as well. These flavors create a rather tangy but dark and roasty flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly above medium side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Not bad for the style as it makes it rather drinkable, but does not take away from the roasty and tangy flavors of the beer.

Overall – A rather interesting take on a porter. While I am not a huge fan of the tanginess that comes into the taste toward the middle/end, it is somewhat intriguing. Other then the tanginess I enjoyed the flavors, feel and look of the brew. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of champ103
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with some deep brown around the edges. A nice head forms and sticks around. This leaves some pretty good lace down the glass. A very good looking porter.
S: Some malt, chocolete. Pretty thin though, not all that impressed here.
T: Lots of sweet malt with some nice chocolate and coffee flavors. A nice wood/earthy taste that I think works well here.
M/D: Kind of thin and watery for my tastes. Drinkibility is good though. Smooth and easy going.

A good quafable porter that is recommended.

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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 Rutager
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours chestnut brown with almost two fingers of creamy khaki head.

Smell. Dark malts, caramel and cola, molasses and plum.

Taste. Dark malts, plum and molasses, light grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, maybe on the low side. Medium carbonation.

Overall. Very easy drinking and tastes great. Can't believe I haven't had this classic before now ...or at least haven't reviewed it.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a reddish hue and a 2 finger off white head

smell: toffee, sweet malts,

taste: toffee, malts, coffee, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinking porter due to how smooth it goes down.



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

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into an Ommegang goblet.

A: Creamy, but brief, head. The beer is dark brown and opaque in the light, if slightly susceptible.

S: Chocolatey and promising. Creamy, vanilla-sweet, and almost oaky/bourbon-y. Nice.

T: Great porter. Predominantly sweet, with a perfectly roasted character running throughout. The aftertaste is almost drying, with a coffee character.

M: A bit flat. To be fair, I may have left this one sitting too long, but as it stands, the creaminess would benefit from a carbonation that simply isn't present.

O: Recommended! Would drink again; very drinkable. A sweetish porter, but one of the greats.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
No date or info listed on the bottle.

A - Crystal clear and light oak during the pour, it becomes more of a burgundy brown in the pint. A crown of three-fingers of foam rests gently on top and lowers slowly. It's just missing lace.

S - Dusty cocoa and flaky dirt give the aroma a classic English nose with lots of chocolate malt, a little hint of being burnt, with bready characteristics and mild hops.

T - Very dusty and dry, this English porter has nuances of bread toasted just a bit too long and bitter-sweet chocolate. Flavorful and rich!

M - A creamy and smooth entry leads to a soft feel on the palette and a mellow, not distracting dry finish. Medium-bodied and delightful.

O - Taddy packs a wallop of flavor without the necessity of pesky heavy alcohol our American versions have. Highly drinkable, it's a session porter if there ever was one. God bless the English brews.

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Photo of stcules
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: sour black cherry in syrup, licorice, liquor. Wood of sherry.
Taste: a lot of licorice, oily.
Body and mouthfeel: Full and round.
Finish: toasted hazelnut, very persistent.
I think this is a perfect beer to accompany with smoked cold cuts (sudtiroler speck).

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium tan head quickly settles on this beer. Color is a very dark brown to black. Smell is all about roasted malts. It's a very complex, nutty, roasted aroma. Medium sweetness is nicely balanced with lingering, deep, roasted bitterness. Full and creamy mouthfeel. This is a wonderful porter. It's exactly what the style brings to mind.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours oxblood black with an off white head that leaves lace windows. Amazingly deep nose: french roast coffee, hazelnut, Christmas pudding, forest floor, black strap molasses, BBQ smoke. Sarsaparilla, Kahlua and blackcurrant, sudden bursts of bubble gum, hit of creme caramel and sweet leaf in the middle, bit of bark on the finish. Light bodied and fizzy for a porter.

Drinkable in the "compulsively flavorful" sense, not the "easy-sipping" sense.

As usual, Sam Smith sets the bar. The standard for the style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-the beer pours a black looking liquid with hues of red on the edges of the beer. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly at 2 full fingers. It lingers for a little bit and leaves no lacing on the glass

S-the nose seems pretty decent, it brings a light smokey malt up front. A caramel base sets in, lots of toffee accompanies. A note of molasses, chocolate, and coffee come in the middle with an underlying dark fruit sweetness at the finish, ripe plum and raisin.

T-Molasses is up front here and taken over by the smoked malts. A light touch of caramel and toffee add another layer towards the back, a hint of chocolate and coffee set in with plum and raisin sweeting up the finish

M-this is quite smooth and has a little creaminess to it. A medium bodied beer that is highly carbonated. It stings a little at the back of the throat from too much carbonation.

D-this is quite good and only improves as it warms. The smokiness mellows and the sweetness enhances. Smooth and velvety on tha palate, definitely a tasty brew.

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle a dark brown with deep purple-red highlights. Formed a nice large bubbled frothy tan head. Long withstanding head left ample lace.

Mixed aromas of cafe mocha, nuts, dark fruit and an earthy vegetable smell.

Taste is of chocolate malt and nuts. Has a dark fruit and bitter hop finish. Tasty...

Creamy medium mouthfeel. A little dry in the finish... so take another sip.

A good beer and an excellent Valentine's gift.

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Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours perfect black. Completely opaque. Big, brown head that stays and stays. Excellent.

Smells of deep chocolate and coffee with hints of raisins with some vanilla extract. Wonderfully complex and rich.

Big on the bitterness, a very earthy taste all around. Coffee upfront, moving into some raw molasses and finishing with a wonderful spurt of roasted hops and some vanilla extract. Very nice.

This beer is rough where it should be. Not rough like a bad neighborhood in Detriot, rough like a wooden rollercoaster. A fun, carefully designed kind of roughness.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a rich deep brown, almost black - which I like in a porter. Aroma is intriguing - with one sniff I get hints of chocolate, with the next, roast coffee. Flavor is not as rich as I expected, but it is typical of a good porter with strong hoppy overtones, smoky undertones, and a soupcon of coffee. This is a beer to be sipped and savored, not chugged.

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Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like sweet vanilla and milk chocolate, with a bit of roasted barley. It tasted like subtle roasted barley and chocolate malts, with a bit of vanilla coffee and oak. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a mildly sweet aftertaste. Overall this beer had a nice, clean flavor that was subtle but tasty. It was fuller bodied that I would typically expect from a porter (more like a stout), but it was really easy to drink. This is a beer I could enjoy over and over, although it's quite filling.

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Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a thick three finger caramel head with good retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malt.
Flavor of roasted malts with coffee notes. Hints of earthy hops, licorice, dark chocolate, dark fruits and condiments.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Nice Porter, flavorful but not heavy. Very flexible, it could be a session beer or for slow drinking.

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