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)
England, United Kingdom

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 Bluegrass49
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GMB
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter yields a coffee-colored body that refuses to let through any light, even when held up to a bright lamp. The brew's cappuccino head is tall and craggily, but it falls faster than expected. Once flattened, however, it does leave behind an appealingly sticky ring of foam.

The nose of this bottle isn't particularly appealing. Strong metallic smells dominate; roasted aromas don't come through.

Fortunately, the taste doesn't follow at all. Metallic flavors don't emerge until the tail of the back end, and even then are minimal. Unsweetened cocoa and a hint of ground French roast coffee mingle with very mild thyme-like flavors and a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full without being glutinous. In fact, the feel is light enough to lend support the brew's light herbal notes.

The taste of this beer has convinced me that Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a masterful rendition of the style. The metallic nose leads me to suspect that there was something wrong with my bottle. I'll pick up another soon and re-review.

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Photo of Ivegotmule
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is as good as other Samuel Smith beers I've had. It is a relatively dark beer. The smell might be the best part about this beer. The smell is very rich and somewhat roasted. The flavor isn't overbearing in this beer, but it is good. There is just a slight aftertaste. I really enjoyed this beer, as is the case with most Samuel Smith beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Casey_L
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biscuit033
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with hints of ruby, a large frothy head that melds to a dense one finger foam.

S: Metallic and bitter chocolate.

T: Smoky, bitter chocolate, and bitter coffee, with a slight metallic hop flavor. Very dark taste to this. This is what I think of when I think about dark English beers.

M: Smooth and creamy with a lingering dark malt and hop bitterness.

D: This beer goes down very easy and I could drink plenty of these with some pub fare. The bitter after taste would hinder a session that didn't include food, but only slightly.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Superbohl4
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Dark, nearly opaque cherry-red and brown body. Thin tan head evaporates soon.

Aroma is sweet, fresh, and full of good cheer. High and bright in the nose, nice and plummy.

Mouthfeel is chewy and brisk, sour on the edges, dry and foamy.

Aftertaste is bitter and hoppy. Surprisingly long finish. Tongue tingles for many seconds after the swallow. Difficult to taste the sweetness the aroma would seem to predict. Very refreshing.

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Photo of jacobseyb
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep dark brown/amber color, very clear, tan head that laced very well and dissipated quickly

S=Malty notes of coffee and caramel

T=Coffee, caramel malts, little to no aftertaste

M=very nice, carbonation lingered and was tight in nature

D=very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of soper2000
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this. The Sam's (Smith and Adams) were basically my introduction to the world of craft brews. I first had the Taddy on my 21st birthday and have revisited it several times since. Well onto the review. Pours a super deep brown chocolatey color with a small off white head that has good retention. Heavy notes of nut, chocolate, and coffee blend excellently. Taste is super roasty. Chocolate followed by a slight roasted malt bitterness. Pleasant. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would've liked but overall this is a great beer and a cornerstone of my growing appreciation for beer.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, very deep nut brown with 1.5 fingers of tan, rocky head. Excellent head retention. Thin, clingy lace. Mild carbonation.

Smell: Wow. Immediate blast of yeasty bread. Moves on to Fuji apple, sherry, cabernet (?!), malt, burnt coffee, cola, baked bread--there's just layer upon layer here. Very complex and unusual; I've never smelled anything quite like it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malt hits the tongue first with a nice, albeit somewhat mild combination of smoke and sweetness. Quickly, the flavor is overwhelmed by yeasty batter and hops. Bitterness hits HARD in the finish with a drying, almost chicory flavor. A slightly winey flavor emerges as it warms. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and the carbonation is generally meek, although it can be a bit sharp at times. Go figure.

Drinkability: It's got a lot of flavor, a light body and a fairly low ABV, so it's quite easy to drink. However, the brutally bitter finish is a bit much for me.

This is a well-made and complex porter, but I can't take the bitterness at the end. I "get" this beer, but it's not for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nsmartell
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color with a thick tan head.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, almost milk chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate slight taste of coffee that finishes with sweet, bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth with a creamy finish.

Drinkability: This would make a great session beer. Would seek out again, but would have a hard time picking this up if it was next to the oatmeal stout.

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4.44/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,080 ratings.
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