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
Reviews:
1,314
Ratings:
3,040
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
460
For Trade:
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Photo of IPAescotch
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its been awhile since ive had anything on par with this. dont usually venture into the porter realm. Might be an old bottle, appears slightly overcarbonated and under hopped.
Smells a little bit corn-meally which i did not anticipate. The nutty malts dont taste stale though. Honestly a little of a let down after the first sip, starting to think i should have poured it colder. Very dry, almost harsh finish. Unique, but not special

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Photo of lionking
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a one finger head from the bottle into a pint glass. Black color with ruby hue.

Roasted malt smell and taste along with coffee and chocolate (more on the chocolate side than the coffee). Full and creamy mouthfeel.

A very good porter. Drinkability is high. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first BA review, here it goes.

P: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours super dark nearly opaque with a beautiful ruby color when held in the light. A really nice two finger creamy tan head. The lacing was fairly sparse in the end with most of it toward the top of the glass.

S: I'm getting a nice coffee smell with a touch of roasted malt, I expected a heavier roasted malt scent on the nose.

T: It's starts off ever so slightly sweet and finishes bitter. I'm getting a lot of roasted malt flavor which I love but not a whole lot of anything else, at least not enough to really seperate it from the roasted flavor. Perhaps a touch of coffee.

M: Suprisingly light for a Porter. It has somewhat of a creamy mouthfeel but the carbonation is light.

D: Very drinkable, I think it would suprise people who feel Porters and Stouts are too bold and heavy. I really enjoyed this one and I'll certainly be seeking it out again to share with friends.

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Photo of zuggy9
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The porter pours a nice deep coffee brown, with a light beige head that thins quite quickly. It offers up a rather heady almost earthy dense smell. The taste is a bit coffee and cocoa flavored initially, but with a light sweetness following. It finishes clean, with sharpness more expected with a higher ABV. The mouthfeel is rather thick and almost bready. A bit heavy to drink, unless you favor stouts, but decent and filling. A good choice for to accompany a hearty meal or with strong cheeses.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby edging and a thick latte colored head that creates heavy lacing.

Aromas of chocolate malts, coffee and fresh leather (in a good way...).

Taste has a tangy dark fruit (plums, raisins, figs) and roasted coffee body, ending with a lasting chocolate finish. Very well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is med-full, smooth and creamy. Tiny carbonation bubbles are active on every sip. Leaves a nice coating, not too sticky or syrupy.

Really enjoyed this one, will be keeping a few as my stock porter.

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Photo of jed
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass. Medium-sized head speckled with clusters of bubbles.

Smell: Smells sweet, with no alcohol aroma, coffee and caramel.

Taste: Very creamy, smooth feel with an excellent, almost chewy taste. Sweet up front, chocolate, cofee, some caramel, with a malty aftertaste and a touch of hops. A hint of smoke (?) as this brew warms up.

Drinkability: Fearsome. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel combined with the excellent taste could prove lethal; after a few of these, the 5.0% will sneak up.

Overall: Simple awesome. This definitely beats out the Anchor Porter, my previous favorite. A variety of flavors and an excellent mouthfeel make this one of my all time favorite beers, I actually prefer it to the Imperial Stout. Seek this one out.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black in color, with a large puffy tan head and good lacing. smell is burnt malt and chocolate/butterscotch and some alchohol. taste is similar...malty, with some chocolate, butterscotch and brown sugar tastes. There is some bitterness - I assume it comes from black malts, but hops are also distinguishable...but regardless of what causes it, the bitterness is very overshadowed by the malty brown sugar/chocolate flavors. mouthfeel is right... full but not rich. A good beer, although quite expensive.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing I'm just not a fan of the "style," but compared to Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout this is just way off. Flavor and aroma are minimal- rather fruity with some 'porter-y' malts but overall a strange salty, apple-y taste. How many nouns can I adjectify by adding an additional syllable? About as many as there are "porters" superiour (note the U) to this one. If it were cheaper it might make a decent session.

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

Poured this very dark beer in a pilsner glass... Nice creamy two finger head to go with nice dark color.
Smell/Taste: Aroma was that of dark whipped chocolate, almost like fondue and the taste to go with it. Loved that creamy feel with slight sweet taste at the end.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very balanced flavors with no overpowering aftertaste. Could have one after another.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thin light tan head, dark brown
coffee, roasted grain,
chocolate, iced-coffee, acidic
very refreshing, lighter than i expected but it goes so nice with the tartness
got another one the next night so...

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Photo of littlelorib
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When i asked for porter recommendations, the salesperson pointed at this bottle and told me that i needed to try it if i hadn't already. I don't usually spend this much for one bottle, but i picked it up anyway.

The beer poured a near black with an ample light brown head that was very persistent. The smell had a pleasant aromas of chocolate and coffee, so by now i was really looking forward to tasting it. The taste definitely came through - chocolate and coffee, with a hint of toffee as well, but very balanced and quite pleasant. The mouth feel showed a medium body that wasn't overpowered by the carbonation.

Overall, i must say that this was a much better than average beer. It's not so pricey that i can't have it every once in a while, for which i am grateful. I am definitely looking forward to my next bottle of Taddy Porter.

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

Poured a deep dark brown almost black with a big tan head. Smells of caramel, chocolate and spicy. (maybe clove?) The smell is great. There are caramel and slight spice taste and small sweetness to this brew. The mouthfeel is much ligther than anticipated and quite unlike its heavy scent. This is a very smooth beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of boelker62
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a three finger head into a fluted glass after a hard pour. Light brown, frothy head diminishes mostly, but does leave some lacing on the ay down.

S - aroma is of deeply roasted malts, molassess and maybe a bit of chicory. Then there is that distinctive Sam Smith aroma that pervades all their beers that I have sampled. Can't quite name it, but it is signature.

T - initial flavor is roasted sweetness, then transfers to lightly bitter note, then a super long, mildly acidic finish, which is almost estery, but you know is not alcoholic due to the ABV.

M - the esters in it, however, make it a crisp, biting mouthfeel that changes how it affects your palate throughout the sample. Make sure you roll this one around to get the full effect.

D - due to the crispness, and the moderate dryness to this, I think it is a great session beer.

Overall, I think this is the best on style of the SS's I have had, and also is my favorite.

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Photo of PBBC
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has always puzzled me why Sam Smith's puts some of their best beers in clear bottles... I mean, you can see the color, which is cool looking, but is it worth the risk of skunking? Hmmm.... anyway.

The Beer pours a deep deep dark brown, 'rich' is the only word I can use to describe the color, a rich, earthy natural looking color to the brew.. some highlights. It looks like you could paint with it, very thick.

The aroma is caramel, big bold caramel with a tangy finish to the nose,

The taste is great.... big bold caramel comes right off, lightly balanced with a tinge of bitter coffee-chocolate flavors, finishing with a crisp tangy almost- apple-like flavor. Its so well balanced, it seems over-simplified, but that really is the beauty of Sam Smith.... beautiful simplicity... very very drinkable, much lighter than it looks... a classic beer for any situation.

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Photo of bassboneman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

I love this beer!
Generally speaking - I love all of Sam Smith's brews...
Mildly sweet with a tinge of bitterness on the finish.
Perfect for autumn evenings - when the leaves are flying and the temps begin to dip...

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black in normal light, deep red with a back light. The head is a clay brown that quickly settles. Strong, raw hop aroma, coffee and chocolate. A slight hint of skunkiness when first poured, may be just that bottle. Deep chocolate and coffee flavor up front, malt sweetness in the middle, and a light, cleansing bite at the end. Some fruity esters come out after I get used to the initial flavors. Mouthfeel is full and chewey. Drinkability is nice for a beer with this much flavor.

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Photo of CHL
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tan head over an encouragingly dark beer. It has one of the finest smells from a porter: dark fruits, a hint of chocolate, smokiness, and dark malts.

Licking some of the head, it actually tastes like smoke. I've never tasted anything like it, and tasting the body of the reveals expected chocolate and malt, with much more smokiness than I would have expected. Other reviewers don't report this very much, but I'm not so fond of the smoke element of the taste.

Fabulously creamy though, and quite drinkable at 5%.

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

Appearance = opaque black with mahogony highlights. Thick tan head, low carbonation.

Smell = mocha notes (coffee & chocolate)

Taste = The mocha follows thru from the aroma, roasted malt with a chocolate flavor, a little bit of 'burnt toast/dark roasted coffee' flavor. Hops in balance. Medium creamy mouthfeel.

Great tasting porter, I wish I had a piece of Chocolate cake to go with it.

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Photo of fretlessman71
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Samuel Smith beers always make me cringe when I see the clear bottles on the shelf – they seem like they’d do such a good job at brewing, but I have had more than my fair share of skunked SS brews in the past. Still, Taddy gets very good reviews; let’s see if the darker brew is less susceptible to the light and other elements.

APPEARANCE: (This is the first review where I could rate the appearance without popping the cap, but I’ll resist…) Black, with only the faintest hint of mahogany coming through. SERIOUS head action with really good staying power. Almost no lacing.

AROMA: Gentle mix of black and chocolate malt, with a generous dash of bottlecap. Seems like there’s a little oxidation here; whether it’s due to the light, age, or handling will remain a mystery. Certainly not much of the telltale “skunk” scent, but then the hops are very low in the first place. Getting a touch of diacetyl as well.

FLAVOR: The aspect of SS beers that seems to be their common bond is the yeast, and its effects are noticeable here – somehow, even though it’s been years, my taste buds are quietly saying, “Oh, yeah – I remember this”. It’s sort of a gentle metallic flavor that helps to impart a very dry finish. Roasted malt flavor is sorta weak, actually, but very smooth. And, in the words of Austin Powers, it’s “a bit nutty.”

MOUTHFEEL: Average weight, high carbonation, move along folks, nothing to see here.

DRINKABILITY: At 5% ABV it’s pretty close to session status, but I think I’d prefer other porters to drink more than one of.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Boy, I hope I get the chance to taste this fresh one day – I think I’d have a much higher opinion of it. As it is, I’m disappointed.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm…..Taddy Porter. It pours a sinister ruby, black. The head looks great; it is thick, frothy, and light brown in color. Smells like dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of caramel and has good lacing.

This wonderful beer tastes just like it should. First off the bat, it tastes creamy and smooth. It has a mellow roasted taste with a trace of molasses. It finishes with an allusion of figs and a very subtle hint of alcohol (which is odd, considering that the abv is about 5%). Smooth and mellow. The carbonation is just right.

Slightly expensive, but worth every penny. I really like this one allot. Sam Smith has hit a homerun again!

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Photo of Kylito87
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Last beer of 2009 more notes on my drive. Heres We Goes.

Appearance- Brownish black with reddish tones creamy tan head floats on top of with great retention. Very prominent lacing.

Smell- Roasted Malt, Coffee, and slight chocolate.

Taste- This beer is VERY ROASTY! It has almost this smokey / Charcoal oak barrel trait to it. It packs a very roasty punch which really makes the drinker pace themself.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation with a medium to medium high body. It is very smooth and pleasant on the pallete. I like to let the sip stay in mouth to allow the beer to show me it's true nature and this beer does feel good all the way through.

Drinkability- This beer is not the most drinkable porter I have come across. I think that has to do with it's super roasty taste. Don't get me wrong it is a great beer but my tongue tends to tire of intense smokey/roasty traits in beer after 2 or 3 beers.

Overall- One of the most unique tasting beers I have reviewed to date. It is definitly something that you really have to try for yourself to fully appreciate.

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Photo of IrishKevin
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. Deep dark brown in color with a decent tan head.
Aroma of chocolate was noticeable right away, also some coffee in there too.

Medium bodied with a nice malt and milk chocolate taste. Can also get some nice roasted coffee flavors.

Really loved this beer! I need to taste more Porters for comparison, but it was very complex and well balanced. Maybe poured it too cold, but as it warmed the flavors opened up.

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Photo of James954
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle
L: Pitch black, blocks out the light, thin caramel head

S: Toasty malt and molasses with dark fruit and some raisin

T: Same as the smell, but well balanced.

F: a bit thin, but with the proper amount of carbonation to even things out. This is either an issue for some, or a benefit... hard to judge.

Overall: One of the best porters I've had. This one is a dark fruit note more than a coffee/chocolate note on the end... but it's too well done to not like it either way.

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Photo of kcillini77
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with 3 fingers of tan head.

Smell is cocoa powder, faint spicy hops, and a little smoke.

Sweet cocoa/coffee taste up front, with a nice crisp hop finish. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, and at 5% alcohol, the drinkability is good for a rather rich beer.

Very enjoyable. Will come back to this one.

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

Dark black with brown and red hue. Solid tan head, thick lacing.

Dominant sugary chocolate nose and dark fruits.

Creaammmy full body, with prunes and blackberries, plenty of chocolate, molasses, and hint of lightly roasted coffee. Smooth and sweet finish, carbonation is moderate...wicked tasty.

Incredible porter with tons of flavour. Robust, delicious, and would like to see more often.

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