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 samnpue
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Good mouthfeel no bready aftertaste.
I like a beer that I can't see through this one was dark and inviting. Served just below room temp which was perfect for after a day of XC skiing.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 12/18/16:

Deep, dark reddish brown, basically black in indirect light. Mostly clear in spite of very little light coming through due to color. Desert mud looking head, very frothy, filmy, and dense, with good retention but weak lacing. Strong dark fruit aromas, for a porter at least, some small amount of molasses or toffee, caramel, and a general roastiness. On palate, roastiness much stronger with sweeter fruit (dark fruit but also a bit of red apple) and sugar qualities more subdued but still a huge part of this beer. Roastiness and fruitiness present throughout with light smoky tartness blending well with fruitiness at first and then mostly disappearing. Roastier finish and smoky aftertaste. Hops seem to be earthy or leathery or spicy, hard to tell as they are lost in the balance for me apart from retro-olfaction, which is also slightly mentholated. The head, it is worth noting, tastes like dark chocolate. Full-bodied, thick, an almost nitrous carbonation, but still tingly. Seems to just soak into sides of throat as I swallow, as opposed to going down the tube. Overall, more like an Oatmeal Stout to me than a Porter, but then I haven’t had too many in the English style.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, clear brown-red with half a finger of creamy brown head that leaves puffy clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of roasted hazelnut, chocolate chip cookies, coffee grounds, dried berries, faint smoke and soft black licorice.

Tastes of semi-sweet cocoa powder, cold creamy coffee, toasted bread, hazelnut, toffee, dried black cherry, ash and licorice.

Feels soft and creamy. Medium bodied with very smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. It's a Samuel Smith beer, all right.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown/black, little head, dissipates quickly.
Smell: very fruity, a lot of dark fruit. Also malty.
Taste: Maltiness, good bitterness from roasted malt, quite dry ending. Little hop presence.

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Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a dark black with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt. Has a great roasted malt flavor.

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

The colour is dark, dark brown; the liquid is clear. The two finger head is compact and beige – it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is smooth, dark and malty. Muscovado sugar, prunes, cocoa, charcoal and hints of toffee and alcohol.

The taste is dry and malty with roasted malts, rolled oats and blackberry hints. Light to medium body. The aftertaste got some clean alcohol, burned charcoal, smooth bitterness plus red and black currants. The finish is balanced with dry roasted malt and some bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the many mid-sized bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is somewhat smooth.

I reviewed this beer back in 2009, and I gave it 4.33. Now, I found it a bit thin and light and not as rich as then. Still a good porter.

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Photo of OlaB
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: gives a deep mahogny dark color. Small white head that disolves quickly giving rings of lacings on the glass.

S: Roasted malts, dried fruits like raisins and dates, coffee, chocolate,tofee,caramel and vanilla.

T&F: creamy feel from the start, senses dark dried fruits, chocolate,caramel and coffee. Dry finish with a long aftertaste and coffee especially noticeable.

O: a great porter with good flavours and aroma. I sure would trie this again if I have the chance.

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Photo of aleigator
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a big, fluffy beige head.

Smells of milk chocolate, fudge, earth and dried raisins. Roasted hazelnuts mingle into a pleasant malt foundation, which produces a nice sweetness.

Has a soft carbonation, together with a very light, slighty metallic mouthfeel among a good amount of fluffy cream and chocolate.

Tastes of rustic bread dough, earth and toffee malts with a glazed caramel topping, soothed by cream and a metallic carbonation. Finishes with even more cream and a subtle tartness among scented wood.

Very light, creamy and chocolate driven with a strange metallic carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.42/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is standard porter, deep dark brown almost black. Tan head, 3/5". Aroma wafts a serious amount of alcohol, and lesser roast beyond that.

Taste was brown malt and alcohol. I can't understand why this seems so hot to me, the mouthfeel is just that dark fruit bitter alcohol heat, with some roast as an afterthought. Bottle format is expensive. Toffee earthiness. This tastes just as much like a quad as it does a porter. My least favorite Samuel Smith beer.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan lingering head. Aroma of vanilla and nuts with a hint of cocoa. Flavour is chocolatey with a smooth nuttiness. Mid palate I sense some vanilla and cocoa. Finish is slightly bitter and roasty

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Photo of drmeto
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,foamy,sand-coloured head
-dried fruits,coffee,nougat,chocolate,lactose,caramel,toffee
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
A solid Porter but Samuel Smith can do,and usually does,more exceptional stuff

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Photo of ThemThangs
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and smells like caramel and nuts. Taste is sweet and makes me think of caramel, nuts, and also subtle hints of char, molasses,and toast. Another great English beer.

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Photo of erk0607
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark black, fine bubbles in the tan head, lacing that lingers
Smell: Malty hazlenut and roasted coffee, red fruit notes
Taste: Sweet cream, coffee and associated bitterness, roasted bread, toast, definite hop bitter aftertaste with different intensity than roast bitterness
Feel: Amazing. This is a dense, viscous beer. Super smooth with enough carbonation to keep your tongue interested
Overall: I am a fan. This is however, a fall/winter beer for sure.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a black color, ruby red at the edges, with a thin but creamy beige head that leaves rings of lacing.

The beer smells of molasses, toffee, cashews, milk chocolate, black licorice, candied plums, black cherries, caramel and toast.

Upfront, you get caramel, cashews, peanuts, toffee, and deeply toasted brown bread. Toward the finish, you get black licorice, raisins, plums, dark cherries, cocoa powder, and earth. Finishes with a bitter-sweet balance of molasses and baking chocolate, and beets and earth.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, almost watery toward the finish, though smooth in the middle.

This is a fine beer. I reviewed this a bit colder than I probably should, but the taste isn't quite as amazing as the nose. This is still a great beer overall, though. A classic.

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Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased #Brexit night. Celebration or commiseration is up to you. Hadn't had one in years and was shocked when I realized I had never actually reviewed it.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown that shows reddish tints when put against a light. Carbonation is difficult to see, but the head is two fingers of delicious espresso crema colored foam. Seriously. So creamy to look at. Retention is decent, as the foam slowly collapses in on itself, leaving a sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Classic. Dark fruit, chocolate, subtle hints of coffee. Low on slow on the roastiness, as the coffee and chocolate seem to have a dollop of creaminess in the nose.

T: Again, dark fruit on the tongue. Chocolate carries the mid palate, both bakers and milk, while the finish picks up a more vigorous dark chocolate and roasted coffee note that I missed in the nose.

M: Creamy in the mouthfeel as well. Carbonation is minimally felt. Does seem a bit thin on the tongue, but I am used to drinker higher octane and higher gravity 'Murican porters and stouts.

O: It's a classic for a reason. Sam Smith (along with Rogue) were some of the first beers to break me free from the yellow fizzy water and introduce me to the world of flavorful fermentables. Good to go back and visit them from time to time. They do stack up.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: A classic looking front label that is simple yet still eye-catching with a classic color scheme. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label gives web info, a bit of brewery info, a nice description of the beer, and a nice back story on the beer. Neck and cap are gold foil wrapped. Bottle has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery est. 1758” embossed at the top and bottle of the bottle respectively.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550ml Victorian Pint Bottle into a 16oz English Pint glass led to a thick and creamy 3 finger dark tan head atop a deep dark brown coffee colored beer. Head retention was a nice 3min 41sec before fading to a thick creamy coating and thick ring that resulted in nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of deep roasted coffee malts with nice hints of chocolate and molasses. Simple yet outstanding!

Flavor/Taste: Taste on the front-end is of roast chocolate malts with a bit of molasses/brown sugar sweetness. Mid-point is dominated by a rich, deep fresh brewed roasted coffee bitterness with a slightly sweet molasses flavor still lingering. Back-end is of roast coffee and a dark fruit, possibly fig, flavor that provides excellent balance. Roasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full-bodied, thick, creamy, velvety, and smooth mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. This is a fairly heavy beer that is surprisingly drinkable with a nice light ABV and excellent flavors.

Overall/Comments: Simply put, this is a great beer and really a must try. I find nothing to critique this beer on, its near perfect, IMO. One of the better porters I have ever had! Consumed 1/14/16. Classified as an English Porter @ 5% ABV.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a proper Porter this "Taddy" has roasted Barley and malt flavors, but there is also a bit of licorice and slight chocolate. To me, this beer smelled a lot better that its actual tastes delivered …also... the after-taste leaves an empty/watery impression.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured in to a chalice. Extremely dark brown almost black. Carbonation consists of medium to large bubbles that develop a loose frothy creamy khaki head; head retention is low - with rapid dissipation and a little lace.

Aromatics: Nose is subtle, allusions to sweet caramel and roasted malts with hints of bitter coffee/cacao. There is no one distinctive fragrance to settle on.

Taste: Very rich and bitter on par with a good quality coffee or cacao. There is a slight tanginess at the edges of the palate when it finishes. The bitterness doesn’t hang around too long.

Feel: A very robust character that has its heft but remains creamy and finishes quite dry.

Overall: Due to its rich and bitter nature it has a lot of similarities to coffee and would make it a good choice for an early morning pick-me-up or after dinner as a digestif. I think I will save my next Samuel Smith Taddy for Thanksgiving after dinner, it just seems to have that aesthetic quality that makes me want to have it after a big dinner while enjoying time with family.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If there’s one thing that Samuel Smith’s does well it is porters and stouts. This porter is pitch black with a nice white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a subtle chocolate flavor the whole way through and an interesting very slightly sour flavor to the aftertaste that I haven’t commonly experienced with porters, but is in no way off putting. This beer has a very smooth, dry, creamy quality that is reminiscent of a Guinness, but is more complex flavor wise. It is also much more drinkable. I feel like I could drink 10 of these, whereas after a couple of Guinness I feel like I have a brick in my stomach. All in all a great porter and very reasonably priced too compared to many American craft brewery porters.

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Photo of dfavreau
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On 5/2/16nduring game 3 of the Caps vs Pens series, I had my first English porter and I was interested to see the difference. It was as disappointing as the outcome of the game-despite thorough domination the caps lost. The hue was rich, dark and black. The bouquet was made up of molasses, toffee and plum which was more enjoyable than the taste. It tasted of plums and molasses and had a tingling carbonation going down but the aftertaste was a little bitter for my liking. The mouth feel was also watery and not creamy like I prefer in a porter. Overall it was not as good as I expected but I'm a rookie porter/stout drinker and prefer things on the sweeter and creamier side.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I've Had twice as many Samuel Smith single ratings as any other British brewer and more multiples of theirs than the competition. Their beers are malty and well-rounded; so it should come as no surprise that a malt-head like me favors them. In addition to a winning taste for us malt-heads, the minority of the American market, Samuel Smith also has had a great importer for almost four decades.

So it should come as no surprise that Taddy Porter has done more than put me under its influence. Introduced in 1979, it did such a good job of saving the style in England that its importer spread that influence to the largest craft market in the world. U.S. brewers learned -- and still can learn a lot -- from Taddy Porter.

It Looks its reputation: modest, nothing showy... just solidly good.
Taddy's Smell also reveals what it is: dark malts roasted and blended to give us an alternative to the fruits of lighter malts.
Taste reveals, to me, this brews subtle complexities as the smells become more distinct on the buds as licorice and bitter chocolate and all of it, somehow, with a tang. The Feel is full and the tang recedes to a satisfying finish that, I hope, comes again.

Taddy Porter is reviewed in Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also listed in the "1001" , Taddy, unquestionably, deserves to be there as the classic in its style.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Too much on the molasses and licorice side for me. Very dry. Maybe overlycarbonated. But still a very good beer and a good example of an English porter. Hints of smoked wood

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a full khaki he'd that leaves lacing. Nose is powdered cocoa and some sweet malts, but is somewhat muted. Taste is a soft rounded, mildly bitter with a bit of chocolate and coffee, but dull. Overall, this is a good beer, but not any better than most other 5% stouts in the UK.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is cocoa, fig, and blueberry. Hints of coffee. Pumpernickel bread, cinnamon. Something about it reminds me of bread pudding. Perhaps some banana. Hop character is mild, slightly fruity.

Pours quite black with just a hint of deep amber highlights. Large creamy head with decent retention. Some lacing.

Big and fruit forward upfront. Berries, fig, somewhat jammy. Followed by bitter chocolate, toast, and cookies. Enough hop bitterness to balance. Finish is mostly dry with lingering dark fruits and cocoa.

Medium heavy body, low carbonation. Very creamy and full of flavor, particularly for the ABV.

Complex and rich. It often surprises me how much flavor English brewers can pack into a 5% beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Massive white-brown head, solid black body.

Smell: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild dark fruits, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Feel: Creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, lightly sweet.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,057 ratings.
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