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

3,080 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poors with a wonderfull thick almost nitro-style stout head that stays and renders nice lacing. Has a sweet and roated nose with hints of ainse. Mouthfeel is velvety and covers toung like a flanel blanket. Flavors are dry and complex with tart dark roasted esspresso and malt balls. It has an earthy body that really fills your mouth with it's robust flavors. Finishes dry with a grapefruity astringent hoppyness that is really well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml. bottle

Splendid porter.

It pours a deep black with a thick frothy tan head. Very good lacing. The scents were a disappointment. Very weak coffee and sweet chocolate. Some burnt offeringings and a hint of grass. Also a very mild licorice scent. The scents just do not come out well. There is a watery quality that masks the smells.

Nice bold flavors. Strong coffee and a nice butterscotch sweetness are the most dominant flavors. Some cocoa. There is a mild fruit flavor in the after taste. There is a slightly burnt toastiness but it is a weak flavor among the rest.

It drinks very well. It has a crispness at first and a smooth finish. Medium body. Not thick. A nice porter that takes its time to completely reveal itself.

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Photo of Cory_Brown
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tux_alin
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smi
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of poorbuthappy
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kinggimp
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EvilKeith
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It could be brown. It might be black. All I can say for sure is that it has ruby highlights when held to the light.
This dark sand colored head would look right at home on a rootbeer float.
The smell is chocolate, smoky and toasted.
This is excellent. Loved the creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very mild. The lower ABV makes this a definite session beer.

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Photo of berkey
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle poured into a stemmed pint glasss. From 10/29/09 notes.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a large khaki head of loose bubbles. Head retention and lacing are both very nice.

Aromas are of chocolate, nuts, something mildly lactic, and a faint roasted malt character. Very clean overall.

More of the same on the entry. Homemade chocolate milkshake. Some mild diacytel here and very faint herbal bitter hoppy chararcter in the aftertaste. Cocoa comes out much more as it warms along with a subtle roasted malt flavor in the finish.

Very clean drinking, lightly carbonated. Can't remember the last time I got through a 550 so fast. Drinkability is very high.

This clean and easy drinking beer was the perfect thing for my heartburn the other night. This was an old time go to before I was even really into craft beer and it had been way too long since I tried it. I remember drinking this out of the bottle in a brown bag while walking around San Francisco when I was 21 and loving it. Now that I know enough to give this inconic brew proper respect I enjoy it even more.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of imperiallibations
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of watchnerd
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle serving, naturally. Poured Cola-black with beige head that settled down into a ring, leaving hardly any lacing. Aroma was classic porter in the nose, coffee, malt, and alcohol esters. Taste is well balanced, not as in-your-face as many of the more aggressive porters out there. Finish is a bit dry, not at all creamy or milky. ABV is mild, so you can drink in a session or, like I'm doing right now, with Branson's Baked Beans and some crusty brown bread and a good stilton for lunch. Makes me want to revisit the Anchor Porter for comparison.

2013 Update: Slight adjustment upwards by .25 points. This beer has stood the test of time, still awesome.

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Photo of chilly460
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown. Ruby color shows when held up to a light. One finger head reduced to a collar, but remained for the entire beer. Decent lacing.

S - Definite chocolate and dark cherries. Some roasted malt. Not overly powerful, very pleasant.

T - Lots of chocolate, definite cherry tones as well. Mild hoppy finish, very little aftertaste.

M - Very nice carbonation, a bit thinner then expected.

D - Easy drinking with good balance, fine as a cool weather beer or accompaniment to a meal.

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Photo of Zorora
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of leagr
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of tmitch75
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous opaque black color with a shiny redness when held up to the light. Thick head cascades beautifully. Head eventually leaves sticky lacing.

Smells chocolaty, almost creamy, with sweetened coffee.

Chocolate and roasted coffee dominates with notes of cherry. Just a kiss of hop bitterness.

Creamy and full-bodied with very smooth carbonation. Like a milkshake. Absolutely wonderful.

This is a perfect beer for a slow night by the fire. Excellent.

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Photo of andrewj17
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bens0n
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an extremely dark brown, not 100% opaque but pretty close to it. There is a nice amount of creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but there is still a tiny bit of lacing left behind in the glass after sips.

There is a surprisingly sweet smell that comes out of this initially, but it is soon followed by a mild chocolaty smell and an ever so slight dark fruit aroma.

Flavor wise up front it almost has a watery quality to it but quickly turns into somewhat of a sweet and roasty chocolate flavor which is followed by a bitter after-taste.

This beer has a little bit more carbonation than I really prefer but is a solid porter that is very drinkable.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BlueShepard19
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Holderness
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L -- 1000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a lovely reddish brown body. Good sized tan head produced with lightly aerated pour from the bottle. Spotty retention and some lacing.
S -- Candied dark fruits, dark chocolate, barley malts, copper, and herbal hops
T -- Nice clean balance of flavors, which are dry and leaning more towards chocolatey malts than the roasted coffeelike qualities of American porters.
F -- Starts medium bodied, but becomes watery and somewhat astringent
O -- One of my favorite porters to date. Simple yet well made, and only ~$4.50 for a 24oz bomber


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Photo of VAcrossr
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DaveONan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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