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

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter
3,089 Ratings
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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Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. clear bottle.
Midnight black color. Rich creamy thick beige head. Bubbly and full. Head settled slowly and laced the glass nicely. Smell was a rich, deep roasted bitterness. Subtle roasted chocolate malt sweetness. Taste had a slightly sweet, molasses syrupy undertone, but dominated by a rich roasted bitter full flavor. Roasted bitter taste is right on, and very appealing. Highly carbonated, bubbly feel, doesn't distract. Medium to full bodied, rich, but still drinkable. Flavors don't fade or thin, but become fuller as the beer warms.

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Photo of brheuer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of maddogruss
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice, solid beer.

A: A pretty dark body with a dark tan head that slows to a nice lacing that holds throughout the beer.

S: A very pleasant, coffee smell that was slightly bitter in nature.

T: A nice, porter-like slightly bitter and mouth-drying taste with a slightly coffee aftertaste that was very nice.

M: A solid, full-bodied beer.

D: This beer was solid all the way around. The bitterness gave it a nice character that complimented the smooth nature of the beer, Definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of phishphorce
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with slight ruby highlights. It forms a light brown, creamy head with good lacing. The aroma is milk chocolatey, roasty, and coffee-like. It has flavors of milk chocolate, with roasted malts and coffee notes. It has excellent mouthfeel. It is silky, creamy, and almost oily/buttery. It is a very smooth, easy drinking beer. I am a big fan of porters, and this one is a very tasty one.

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Photo of Robyn
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Meyers1023
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of elglueckert
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of jwhancher
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 550mL bottle at Total Wine a few weeks ago. No freshness date. Poured into Murphy's Red glass. Three fingers of tan head erupts. Very dark amber when held up to light. Otherwise, seems dark brown or borderline black. Smells decadent. Plum, fig, dark cherries licorice, treacle, burnt sugars, soft roast. Earthy, woody hop aroma. Classic fruity English yeast.

Tastes roast with chocolate & toffee. Caramel some faint fruit character. Adequately hopped as bitterness follows in at the end of the upfront sweet fruity flavors. Amazingly drinkable. Medium bodied by perceptively heavier. Seems like it has the classic hard water profile.

An absolutely great beer. Classic example of an English Porter. Would love to try this fresh or on cask someday. Put it on the bucket list.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, not quite black and not quite opaque. Head that looks the the head of a dry stout, very fine bubbles.
Toffee and caramel in the smell with a slight bit of toastiness.
Very smooth like a light coffee in the taste. Just a hint of coffee bitterness.
Smooth as silk. What a great beer. It gets better as it goes down.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of fscottkey
2.86/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.50] Pours a dark brown color - no light penetration that I can see. The beer pours with a creamy tan head. Just under 1 finger of head. the head recedes pretty quickly. The beer leaves nice arcs of lace when tipped in the glass. The bottle has a date code (boo!) and it says the beer is almost 1 year old (also boo). The ABV is not listed on the bottle.

S: [3.00] Very pronounced dark fruit.

T: [2.75] I get the dark fruit on the start - but then the firish is roasted malt. There is also a "salty" taste in there. I can't describe it any better. Salty is not really a compliment.

M: [2.75] The beer is a little watery - but understandable for a low ABV. The carbonation level is low.

O: [2.75] I feel bad. The beer is a year old. I really like stuff from Samuel Smith and I think this didn't get a fair shake. That being said it is what it is.

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4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing a porter tasting tonight, English up against American. Representing the English is Sam Smith's Taddy porter, reping the good ol' U.S. of A. is none other than San Fran's Anchor Porter. Up first, Sam Smith

Very dark, very clear, ruby brown and topped with two fingers of soft and bubbly beige head, that might not sound like an appealing description and that's because it's not. Head is a cap and there is little in the way of lacing.

A bit winey/vinous like Sam Smith's brown ale, the difference this time being the sweet scent of silky sweet chocolate and toffee, this sweetness is balanced by a mix of ground coffee beans and mixed nuts. Understated and appetizing.

Smooth as silk as it hits the tongue, carbonation more akin to a cask ale than from a carbonated bottle and as a result only works to enhance the feel of this beer. Flavor is mild as to be expected and is a mixture of sweet dark fruits (raisins and dates), bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. More fruity and slightly nutty than the possibly distracting chocolate and coffee. Maybe not sour enough to be truly authentic tasting english porter but the mixture of roastiness and creaminess makes me not care too much now well certain guidelines are followed.

Very impressed, one of the better bottles of beer I've sampled in a number of weeks. Nice, understated and complex flavor profile coupled with a smooth, yet lively, mouthfeel makes for one impressive beer.

Now a quick hop over the pond for the American version.

Haven't had this one in quite a while, remembered it being excellent back then, let's see how it is now.

Pours a bit darker than the Sam Smith but not by much, dark ruby, but really more a clear dark brown. The biggest difference between the two is the head. Thicker and lusher head on this guy, which I am guessing is on account of the increased levels of hops in the American version of a porter than the English version. Still, you don't hear me complaining about how this beer looks.

Aroma is a bit blander than I remember from my past experience and quieter than the English version in pretty much every aspect. Sweet, roasted chocolate maltiness, toffee, slight breadiness, really just meh.

So far this beer has taken me by surprise. It is really quite understated, similar to the Sam Smith though a bit less vinous. Carbonation is a bit higher as well as bitterness. But the malt sweetness and chocolate and toffee sweetness remains, less fruity, a bit more nutty, and a longer, tobacoo-like finish, but not much, just seems a bit lacking, at least compared to the Sam.

Drinkablility is a bit above average. This beer has a number of things to offer, decent complexity, smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and wrapped up in a nice looking package. But again, the taste of this beer seems a bit lacking from what I remember, it seemed snappier, had a bit more of a biting mouthfeel and toastier in flavor.

Looks like the the English win this bout of the porters. But I would give Anchor porter another shot, maybe this bottle I have here is a bit old, but I can't tell.

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Photo of illini4x4
2/5  rDev -52%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Samp01
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown / black with a nice brown med head, with good lacing. Nose is dark roasted malts with some cacao, dark fruitiness. Taste is roasted malts, cacao, some plums. Palate is nice med to full body, with nice carbonation, nice smooth mouthfeel. Finish is sweet roasted caramel malts, cacao, with a nice light licorice flavor, and some light bittering hops add some balance. overall a very good creamy and smooth porter. Very nice

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle I picked up from the martin's in south bend, IN.

A - a nice looking porter a dark chocolate brown color with a reddish hue to it as well. Had a nice head to it as well that stuck around and had a nice chocolate cream color to it. looks just like a porter should look.

S - smell is a dark roasted chocolate with a bit of chocolate mixed in there as well. A rather fragrant porter as well. Also reminds me a bit of the smell of a container of beef jerky.

T - taste has a surprising amount of hops in my opinion. Also has a nice roasty cocoas taste to it as well. A bit of chocolate mixed in as well but not as much as I thought there would be. There is a lot of roasty and smoky flavors in there as well. Actually think that it reminds me a bit of the taste of a steak or other red met roasted over some wood chips. This woody aspect goes along with the roasted flavors of this beer.

MF- a rather thick beer in the mouth almost a bit chewy in a way reminds me of beef jerky. This goes along with the roasty aspect of the taste that I get in the part above. There is also a good bit of carbonation in there which is more that I would actually expect for a porter.

D - overall a good porter that I would rink for but nothing that really blows you away. a good beer from Sam smith but not one that I would go out of my way for. I like it but you have to definitely be a fan of the roasty aspect of a beer to enjoy this one. Also you to enjoy the thick mouthfeel to really enjoy this beer. Overall a good porter that nearly exemplifies the style without doing anything crazy to the style. This is an English porter and what it should be.

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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 3,089 ratings
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