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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

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 tom444
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out almost perfectly black, with a huge creamy dark tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Extremely malty, plenty of chocolate and coffee, a few fruity notes, and just a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Loads of malt, fairly strong coffee flavor, a bit of smokiness. Some nice hop flavors, and a few fruity notes on the finish. A great malty aftertaste that leaves your tongue begging for more.

A truly amazing porter, definitely a beer to be savored.

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

Opaque... absolutely zero light gets through this beer... awesome look. !/4" head dissipates quickly with nice lacing.

Smell is chocolately with sherry notes. Somehwhat hoppy. Whiffs include alchohol, maple, vanilla and anise.

Flavor is very good with sherry, bourbon, plum, dried fig, and raisin.

Very nice on the palate.

A very, very good beer!

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Photo of grindcore666
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful tan head on a clean black body. Foam has fuzzy texture from the side. Syrup red on the bottom if you look at it right.

When the foam disappears, what is left is a nice caramel colored fog.

Aroma is bitter chocolate, coffee beans, raisins, and some molasses makes an appearance as well.

Hot damn, this one is amazing. A spicy hit of dark creamy chocolate with some coffee pushing it forward. The mouthfeel of this Porter is second to none. Straight up silk, I tell you. Aftertaste is burnt and pleasant.

Drinkability is huge. I'm buying 2 or 3 at a time from now on.

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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty darn good porter. Black pour with lacey tan head, yeah! A rich, chocolaty malt aroma. The taste takes a person somewhat aback, same tastes as the aroma, but finishes with a pop of sour ale – kinda reminiscent of a sour mash bourbon.

Full bodied and rich throughout, it’s a darn same its on the expensive side – it would make a good session brew if better priced.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a charcoal black body with the faintest ruby highlights; despite a hard pour, I didn't get much of a head but a ringlet lasted throughout; not much lacing

Smell: Coffee, tobacco, licorice and dark chocolate on the nose, but fainter than I expected

Taste: Starts out brown bready but a bitter/sour flavor takes over in the middle and fades while the sweet chocolate, coffee and tobacco elements resume their promenance; nice dark chocolate aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Judging from the other ratings, I was inclined to mark my scores up a notch but I wouldn't be honest to this bottle if I did that; worth taking another try in the future, I was put off by some of the sour elements in this sample

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Photo of jamesdergen
2.36/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a dark, coffee black with a fizzy, cola head that sticks around a little and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Smells like acidic, burnt coffee. That's about all I can pick up.

Taste: Follows the smell, but there is also quite a bit of tanginess and bitter cocoa. It actually has some cheese flavors at the end that are slightly bothersome.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: The smell and taste are slightly offensive, maybe I just got a bad bottle of this brew. Those would be the main factors keeping from finishing a bottle, let alone hitting up another one.

This was a disappointing brew. I am hoping I just got a bad one. I have heard a lot of good things about Sammy Smith's so I guess I was expecting something more.

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Photo of whynot44
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head which hangs around nicely and leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is dark roast malt, caramel, nuts, dark chocolate and coffee.

Rich roasted malt flavor, slightly burnt caramel, licorice and chocolate, a hint of fruity sweetness with a dry finish. A lot of flavor with aroma to match.

Maybe not for everybody, but for those who like a rich malt flavor, this is definitely recommended.

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

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a medium-sized beige colored head.

Smells of caramel, with strong overtones of alcohol... for some reason I am always able to pick out a Sammy Smith just by the odor... there's something distinct about it. The scent is also refreshing.... minty almost.

Strong caramel, chocolate and alcohol flavors in this one... almost cognac-esque when it hits the tongue.... very nice.

Feels thick in the mouth, not to the point of being chewy, but still thick enough to offer a certain substance that I feel all porters should possess.

The alcohol flavors are a bit too strong for me to have too many of these. Nevertheless, I find the beer to be very enjoyable... just in moderation.

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Photo of kkipple
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tall glass. Color was a deep, burnt caramel brown with a half inch foamy head. Nearly opaque. Very pretty.

Smelled of malt and hops, with maybe a touch of grape scent. I must admit I have trouble picking out diverse smells, but the overall aroma was good.

Taste: sweet at first, reminded me of sugared coffee, malt, and molasses. Moist and slightly bitter, but with an unpleasant sour aftertaste. Consistency was thin. Quite filling, much like a stout.

This is the first English porter I've tried, and I can't say I was terribly impressed. The bottle may have been off a bit, as there was a decidedly sour aftertaste that may not be typical. All in all not a terrible beer; I wouldn't decline it if free, but can find better brews for $3. I would like to try it on tap to see if the sour flavor remains or if I simply had bad luck.

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Photo of fretlessman71
2.91/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Samuel Smith beers always make me cringe when I see the clear bottles on the shelf – they seem like they’d do such a good job at brewing, but I have had more than my fair share of skunked SS brews in the past. Still, Taddy gets very good reviews; let’s see if the darker brew is less susceptible to the light and other elements.

APPEARANCE: (This is the first review where I could rate the appearance without popping the cap, but I’ll resist…) Black, with only the faintest hint of mahogany coming through. SERIOUS head action with really good staying power. Almost no lacing.

AROMA: Gentle mix of black and chocolate malt, with a generous dash of bottlecap. Seems like there’s a little oxidation here; whether it’s due to the light, age, or handling will remain a mystery. Certainly not much of the telltale “skunk” scent, but then the hops are very low in the first place. Getting a touch of diacetyl as well.

FLAVOR: The aspect of SS beers that seems to be their common bond is the yeast, and its effects are noticeable here – somehow, even though it’s been years, my taste buds are quietly saying, “Oh, yeah – I remember this”. It’s sort of a gentle metallic flavor that helps to impart a very dry finish. Roasted malt flavor is sorta weak, actually, but very smooth. And, in the words of Austin Powers, it’s “a bit nutty.”

MOUTHFEEL: Average weight, high carbonation, move along folks, nothing to see here.

DRINKABILITY: At 5% ABV it’s pretty close to session status, but I think I’d prefer other porters to drink more than one of.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Boy, I hope I get the chance to taste this fresh one day – I think I’d have a much higher opinion of it. As it is, I’m disappointed.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich dark brown with only about a fourth inch head of loose bubbles after an aggressive pour. The head didn't retain all that well, and ended up being a ring around the top of the glass within a minute or so. I would certainly have liked to have had a more aggressive head.

Aroma: Lots of nutty malts and some chocolate are the first thing you notice in the aroma. It has a "dry" earthy aroma that you don't get with too many beers that I frequently notice with the SamSmith's stuff...perhaps it has to do with the stone fermenters.

Taste: The nutty malts rule the flavor also. I still get the chocolate in the flavor, so the flavor tracks the aroma pretty closely. There is also a noticeable caramel presence here also that I didn't really notice in the aroma. The beer is balanced toward the malt the entire time. It starts out pretty sweet, and then fades to a slightly bittersweet finish. I can tell that there are some hops in here, but I think that the roast contributes as much to the bitterness as they do. The mouthfeel is practically nonexistent, and leaves you with a heavier impression than this beer does normally.

Opinion: I really like this beer, and it stands out among the rest. There is a much smoother and richer flavor here as compared to just about any other Porter. The British malts do a lot for this style, and the processes at Sam Smiths make this a really smooth and almost creamy tasting beer. I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark, dark brown with a large thick, creamy, tan head that slowly recedes to a sticky topping and lacing. Smell is of bitter chocolate, caramel - sticky, bready - hints of mocha and sweet dough. Taste is creamy, rich, and smooth - roasted malts are present. Mouthfeel is thin yet far from watery.

A nice porter. No suprises but a solid porter for sure.

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

Presentation: bottle, 12 fl.oz, clear, custom, "Samuel Smith" pressed twice around neck, "bottled at yorkshire`s oldest brewery est. 1758" pressed around bottom, gold foiled neck, black and red on yellow label, no fresness date.

Appearance: "very" black, no light can get thru, large head of long lasting cream-colored foam.

Smell: some coffee, hint of chocolate

Taste: medium body, creamy medium mouthfeel. Molasses, coffee, minor fruity flavor (?)

Notes: Sole US distributor - Merchant du Vin

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

Pours black/deep garnet with tan creamy, thick head. The head looked almost like a toasted english muffin. Smells complex with real dark chocolate and columbian coffee, with hints of cream. The beer has layers of taste. Creamy instead of sweet, thick with roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate, with some coffee. Nice and smooth with many levels of flavor. Good carbonation. At the finish there is some prune and similar fruit tastes.

Overall a very solid porter. Really good and I want some more.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. I love me an American Porter, let's see how they match up across the pond.

Pours a dark garnet red, almost opaque but light can pass through. Nice tan head that disappears after a few minutes leaving nary a coating. Smell is subdued, malty, a little fruity maybe. Taste is also less robust than I would have imagined - malty up front, not so much in the roasted coffee or dark chocolate I would expect from a "porter", more on the milky sweet side, and finishing with apple skins and cider. Not much of a hop presence, but enough to balance and prevent it from being too sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, if not a little on the thin side, but drinkability is way up there - definitely session material. Didn't blow me away, but an interesting take on the porter style, and solid all around.

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

Pours a dark, dark black with a coca-cola-esque head. Smells distinctly of chocolate and brown sugar, but there is also a hint of mint and apricot. EXTREMELY sweet to taste, at first a bland chocolate flavor and hops, but then the taste of a strong, creamy chocolate erupts onto the palate. It is quite thick (in a good way) and damn drinkable, but only in small quantities, as this really fills you up.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer for the second time and the purpose of review last night, quite a big bottle of it really. I poured it into an English pint glass and had to admire the visual effect of the beer. It was medium chilled. It was black with a hint of ruby color, and a much lighter head that was about 1/8 of an inch.

I smelled and smelled and smelled but I didn’t really enjoy the nose too much, even after repeated sips. My first impression was that this was full bodied but slick and watery. There was a bitter-sweet roasted quality that lingered until the slightly bitter finish.It can be likened to drinking a big watered down double espresso with sugar but only a touch of cream. You can’t help but think, “this is going to be a huge beer because it is so black, so opaque.” But sadly, its not that big or complex.

There is a redeeming quality to this beer, in my eyes though, and it lies in the drinkability. As you progress through a pint, the beer becomes more drinkable, and the sweetness and bitterness balance, much like a perfectly made cup of coffee. I would recommend this on a late fall night, to anyone who remotely likes English ale or hanging out in a pub- but if you do- this is probably already one of your favorites.

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

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown, about as dark brown as you can get before becoming black. You won't know the bottle's clear until you pour it. Remarkable foamy tan head that lasts a good long while. This beer looks so good I almost feel bad for drinking it. Great roasty aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor has all that, with the roasted malt being full but not burnt or astringent. Finishes with a quick sweetness followed by a lasting black coffee bitterness. Really wonderful drinking, and worth the price. This is one beer that fully lives up to its hype and history.

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

12 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled. Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a very thin fizzy tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Sour apples, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malts are in the nose. Very pleasant. It is fairly bitter on the palate from both the hops and roasted malts, and there are notes of apples, raisins, coffee, chocolate, anise, dark fruits, green hops and a malty sweetness. The body is very smooth with medium carbonation and it coats the mouth well. Another good one from Sammy Smith's.

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

Meeting the Peepers: What took me so long to enjoy a Sammy S. is beyond me. SS Porter pours out a thick rich dark brown nearly black pour topped off with an impressive dark khaki thick head cap that sticks well to the glass leaving some lattice lace.

In the Schozzola: Dep roasted malt scents of cocoa, molasses and brown sugar. There is even some dark fruity fig scents.

On the lapper: Thick cocoa and toasted maltiness, even pace with the nose, of molasses and some dark cake. Interesting mingle of complexity. Lingering aftertaste of caramelized sugars. A dryness is imparted in the middle, almost like a dry red wine. Malts are all over the place with a pecan and walnut nuttiness.

Hands on: Quite full bodied, almost as full as full bodied gets...almost. A bit cloying, but that comes with the territory.

Hangover helper memories: This is a world class porter that shunts the path of being a stout. This is a good argument settler as far as the difference between stout and porter. Taddy dark without being burnt. Also, 5% creates this to be quite a year round sipper. A truly historical beer

Beer is good. Happy world beering.

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Photo of Wonka
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml
ALC. 5.0% VOL.
No dates

I love the classic presentation.

Appearance – one heck of a great looking porter; really dark on the inside with a dark purple edge; smooth, 3-finger light brown head at pour; lace is respectable

Smell – plum, sugary raisin, a more bitter chocolate than in the taste; light molasses; doesn’t explode but it certainly makes the mouth water

Taste – bit roasty; dark chocolate; light plum; light notes of dark chocolate and hops pair for a slightly acidic/tinny close and aftertaste; the lingering acidity pulls down the overall experience

Mouthfeel – pleasant, moderate and lush but not overwhelming carbonation; slight/moderate crispy twang for most of the ride; bit dry to close; overall the feel is great for a porter, but at times the crispness midway and late acidity bring it down

Drinkability – it’s the faults of the beer that urge drinking; the aftertaste issues are erased with less time to ponder deficiencies; if I was afforded a less tainted break, I’d slam down a 5

I have had some relative bombs from Samuel Smith, but this is one afforded the label a parachute.

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Photo of Naes
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visuals are black in color with a huge light tan head that does not die down all that easily. Needless to say, it laces quite beautifully.

Aroma is malty and roasty.

Its flavor is roasty and has a peculiar taste that I can’t put my hands on. It is also well balanced by some hop bitterness. This is a unique porter.

The mouth feel is medium bodied and is carbonated well.

Easy drinking and worth a try.

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Photo of Domingo
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite session beers...well...actually one of my favorite beers, period!
While it's not advertised as such - there's a very strong sweet chocolate flavor throughout. The smell isn't quite as pronounced. The aroma is more like caramel or toffee.

Goes down perfectly smooth. Just the right combination of "thickness" and going down easy.

I could drink this brew endlessly. It's nice that you can find it in both bombers and 4-packs.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown/deep red with a big, fluffy tan head. Head is creamy and sticky, trailing along the sides of the glass as it goes down. Nice looking beer in the pint glass. Smell is very pleasant: chocolates/nuts/coffee.

Big full taste that starts nice and malty then ends with this odd fruity bitterness - almost like raisins or plums. There's a slight hint of possibly dark chocolate left on my lips. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Light carbonation, and a sticky mouthfeel afterwards. The beer itself feels thin, like most other porters I've tried.

Overall a nice drink. Not my favorite style of beer, but this is currently my favorite of the category.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark chestnut, nearly opaque. Creamy, light tan head. Very chocolatey aroma, roasted coffee and toffee as well. Roasted malts are the dominant flavour, but there's a bit of hop presence along with some acidity. Dried fruit shows up at the midpoint and carries through to the end, where bitterness becomes more apparent as well. Creamy, smooth texture due in part to medium body and light carbonation. Also a bit buttery on the palate. Overall, a great porter. I didn't realize that this was the target I was shooting for in brewing my own porter all these years!

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