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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
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:
1,307
Ratings:
3,019
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
17.35%
 
 
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Photo of Carrier4
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I prefer their oatmeal stout more. Different style beer by definition yes. However, it has a good head, and nice color. Pours really good, and sits well in the stomach. However its missing a little bit of flavor. But i do like the bitterness and the taste is still very good.

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Photo of gdogalishus
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Poured with a nice thick head of dark tan color. Aroma was clean with a hint of dark roasted malts. Flavor was rich, thicker than expected in the mouth. Dark chocolate with a fruity sweetness to balance a dark bitterness. The sweetness stays on the tip of your tongue long after the swallow. A mild alcohol in the back of the throat, but not overpowering. The sweetness lingers almost too long. A pleasant porter experience for sure, but I prefer the Meantime London Porter over this one.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from the 550ml bottle

A-Dark brown almost black, tan head and little lacing.

S-I was not impressed here; wasn't bad just kind of boring.

T-A hint of chocolate, very malty, a hint of something nutty. This is nice.

MF-Thicker than other porters that I've tried, and I like it.

D-I feel that I could easily drink multiple of these, but I wouldn't want to drink more than one or two. I could see me starting out a cold night of pubbing with this, though.

Overall, this is the best porter that I've had so far, but that's a relatively small list at this point. This makes me look forward to the next porter that I can get my hands on.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Very dark, can only see a little light through my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Good looking head is 2-2.5 fingers. Head reminds me of a stout- bubbles moving from top to bottom.
Smell: Nice somewhat sweet fruit smell.
Taste: For me this is the type of Porter I like, not too smoky, roasting or toasting. The bottle tells about their Yorkshire Square method of brweing at the brewery. This is a more constrained taste that probably an American version of a porter.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy, smooth, not a lot of carbonation.
Overall: A benchmark porter, one that is very drinkable. I can only drink one beer of the very smoky ones, but this I could have a few.

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

Poured from 18.7 oz bottle into a glass.

Appearance - Nice dark brown with cream-colored head.
Smell - Nutty aroma with hints of spice
Taste and Mouthfeel - Not as heavy as it looks. Actually a nice, light feel in the mouth. Nice combination of malt in the front and hops in the back.
Drinkability - Quite good and enjoyable. Would definitely get this again.

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Photo of Rbald42
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body lightening to a dark brown at the rim of the glass. Leaves an off-white 1 finger head. Pour is nice and smooth looking, looks like a very drinkable brew.

S- Smells of toffee, raisin, hazelnut, and coffee. The nutty smell is what stands out to me.

T- Nice thick malty sweetness, gives way to hints of butterscotch and coffee, somewhat of a cola-like flavor as well. Very tasty.

M- Smooth and creamy, feels nice swishing it around in my mouth, easy to swallow and ponder.

D- Very high, it's extremely enjoyable and worthy of the praise it gets.

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Photo of Daniell
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: very dark with generous head. Light doesn't permeate except for a tiny malty ruby red at the bottom. 4

S: typical SS yeast. Reminds me of the oatmeal stout. After careful deliberation I actually think the smell/taste is kind of reminiscent of a cardboard box with fermenting apple juice/apple cider splashed on the sides. 4

T: Excellent. Malty toffee/coffee. I really like the sweet toffee and the earthy coffee, which includes a sort of bitter aftertaste like an espresso. The espresso notes linger in the mouth but the bitterness doesn't. 4

M: Excellent. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: I could drink this all night easily (if it wasn't so expensive as an import). Has enough complexity to keep from getting boring, but the 5% makes it readily drinkable. 5

I do think strongly flavoured food will drown out a lot of the flavor of this beer (as I experienced) as perhaps the flavor is a bit subtle, but that's hardly a bad thing; and is to be expected for the style and alcohol content. Make sure you let it warm for a bit before drinking.

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

Appearance: Deep dark brown with lingering sticky head.

Smell: Some malt subtle notes of coffee and chocolate

Taste: roasted malt and subtle coffee

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy and smooth

Drinkability:Very drinkable, this is how a great english porter should taste. I love it!

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Photo of teejay76
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured pitch black with 1-2 inches of head which dissipated quickly.

Smell - Sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, and hops.

Taste - Like a chocolatey coffee expresso beer.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied flavor.

Drinkability - Not exactly smooth but I wasn't chewing it down either.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. It won't be part of my everyday rotation but mostly just for the import pricing. I will definitely have it again though.

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Photo of slk22
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black-brown color with a tan/cream colored head leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is yeast, roasted malt, and chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Very pleasant. Taste begins with a nice mellow roasted malt, sweet, and then a bit tangy in the middle with a dark chocolate finish. Body is medium and smooth. Overall, another solid offering from Samuel Smith's of which I could easily have several.

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Photo of stawn
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 18.2oz bottle into a pint glass.
Out cascades a THICK, black as night body with about a fingers worth of mocha colored head.
Smells of dark strong roast and alcohol.
First taste is silky and chocolately goodness!
Another whiff and my nose thinks its a Hershey bar melted into a fresh pot of delicious coffee. Slight bitterness hits the tongue first, quickly followed by a smokey wood flavor. I am left with bits of coco danging in my mouth. Hints of raisins sprint across the tongue. What a complex brew!
This beer departs your pallet as quickly as it got there, leaving only a relish of smoked chocolate in your mouth.
I will definitely get this one again!

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Photo of bk3nj
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great porter.. smooth and velvety, chocolaty.. tasting this beer is definitely an experience to savor. Perhaps a tiny bit too sweet; definitely one to drink sparingly (but do be sure to have one..)

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Photo of kevo237
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Beer is pitch black with a dark brown head. Looks very creamy and chocolate-y. Smelled of smoke and roasted nuts.

Taste was creamy as expected and a slight bitterness on the finish. Very sweet and coffee like. As it warmed the bitterness ramped up slightly, but didn't become anything bad. This beer tasted good cold and slightly warmed. Mouthfeel was heavy and carbonation was good. This beer tasted just as it looked; creamy and sweet. Good beer, but I probably won't revisit it.

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

335 ml brown bottle.
Diggn' the old-school look of the bottle/label. All sammy smith bottles are interesting though.
Poured black with some deep ruby in the light, 2 finger fluffy cream tan head. Looks delicious. I didnt let this brew warm up enough maybe as i wasnt getting nearly anything for aroma other than a faint coffee. Tasted some faint bitter chocolate and malt but the coffee was what really stood out to me with this guy. This was very sweet i thought, balanced and some dark fruit. It was alot lighter than i guess i figured it would be which is usually the case, i could drink motor oil sludge and still think its too light haha. Very drinkable/tastey straight forward porter though and if i was a coffee drinker which im not, id much rather have one of these in the morning with breakfast for sure, and with only a good 5% ABV it certainly wouldnt be a problem.

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Photo of redjameskidd
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good beer overall but not the most drinkable porter, to me. I think it's just a little sweet for my taste. I like brown porter, but this one seems to me like one I would never be able to drink more than one of. In general, seems like an excellent after-dinner or dessert beer. Has a lactose-like flavor (in my mind) that seems like a milk stout. Looks beautiful in the glass and is an English classic, no doubt.

As the previous poster noted, a little too rich for me to drink regularly, but excellent from time to time.

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Photo of advill88
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a slight brownish tinge and a very thick and creamy off white head.

Smell has strong notes of chocolate and coffee, with a sweetness present in the background.

Taste is a swirl of sweet malty coffee and chocolate with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and thick, with the most deliciously beautiful creaminess present.

I could seriously drink this beer all night long, it is that good. Probably the best porter I've had so far...it puts a lot of others to shame.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug

Appearance- Pours a three-finger khaki head; the body is just about pitch black.

Smells- Notes of malt, bread, and maybe some slight molasses and coffee as well.

Taste- Has a nice black coffee sort of flavor at the forefront. Rather bitter with dark grainy notes. Nice and malty.

Mouthfeel- Slick and smooth; low carbonation.

Overall- A great beer with a deep, roasted complexity.

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

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black - it only looks dark brown at the bottom of the glass when you hold it to the light. Has a beautiful, tan, foamy head that lingered all the way down the glass.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste and mouthfeel: Surprisingly mild. Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the dominant flavors here. The hop bitterness is definitely dominated by the malt, but the beer is not overly sweet. Smoky finish. This beer tastes better as it warms. Mouthfeel is very smooth, the carbonation is light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Modest ABV makes it very drinkable, although it is rather filling.

Notes: I think the Fuller's London Porter is more assertive, but this is still a tasty porter. Definitely let this beer warm, the flavors come thorugh a lot better.

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Photo of yankiac
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black with a ruby hue. The head is about an inch and it maintains its lacing throughout the drink

S - Heavenly. Subtle notes of chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - Well balanced roasted flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present.

M - Full and creamy

D - Shockingly very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

Notes: This is an exceptional brew. Sheer ecstasy for the palate.

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Photo of dino213aa
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, with tinges of brown around the edges. Head is thick, dense and rocky. Lacing is sparse and uneven.

S: On the first level are strong notes of dutch milk chocolate.. further down are some white pepper notes and a slight whisper of peat.

T&M: Tart at first with touches of citrus, followed by the obligatory roasted malt. Has a somewhat metallic finish which is disappointing. The mouthful is creamy, robust and befitting a porter of this calibur.

D: This beer is exceptionally drinkable. The few slight disappointments in taste would in no way prevent me from drinking another dozen pints. I find myself wishing I had bought more. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of kwill
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark with a nice brown head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Smell is malty with a bit of a burnt aroma and just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste immediately hits you with the burnt flavor and then finishes with a bit of the coffee taste and some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is not bad, but it has a bit too much carbonation for a beer this dark and it finishes off too dry.

Not a bad beer, but not that good of a beer either. It is worth a try, but not one that I will be drinking regularly.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...this is a great Porter!
Pour a almost pitch black with a medium head that disappears very quickly.
Aroma is of dark figs and raisins.
The taste is very complex, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and ripe figs.
It has a tight dry mouthfeel, with small carbonation.
Probably the best Porter going. Two thumbs way up.

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Photo of MillySox
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is in a league of its own. While porters and stouts are normally not my thing, the Famous Taddy porter easily makes my top five.

The appearance does not distinguish itself from the others. The aroma alerts the drinker that this brew has something a little different. A slightly sweet and fresh scent. The taste is unrivaled. Smooth and slightly creamy. A complex mix of slight chocolate, slight coffee, slight bitterness, which lingers for a few seconds. As the taste slowly fades the glass comes back to the mouth as if it were a natural reflex.

I have seen it classified as a Northern English Brown Ale and it has changed my perception of the style.

Unfortunately since my initial review I have had this beer in a four pack of 12oz bottles and it had less flavor. Possibly due to age.

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

Appearance: Great dark chocolate brown color with a big, lumpy, puffy head of dark tan foam

Smel: Nice malty roast with plenty of chocolate aromas as well as a faint crispness.

Taste: At first I am struck by how smooth the beer is. Good roasty chocolate flavors and nice hop bite in the background, coupled with lively carbonation all balance this brew out extraordinarily well.

Mouth & Drinkability: Greay creamy fell in the mouth. This porter very drinkable.

Overall, this one of the finest porters I've ever had, second only perhaps to New Glarus' Olde English.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another great one from Sam Smith. It's pitch black with a good, creamy head. Chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. Chocolate, molasses, malt comes through at the end, a little figgy, but finishes dry. Carbonation is excellent. I could definitely session this were I so inclined.

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