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
BA SCORE
4.17/5
3,088 Ratings
Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,267
Reviews:
1,333
Ratings:
3,088
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
4.64
 
 
Wants:
248
Gots:
481
Trade:
1
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass (550 ml)
(SF27M1 printed on bottle = June 27, 2013 born-on date)

L: huge dark tan head pops up from almost pitch black brew; the head is over an inch, pushing 1 2/3 inches and super thick; brew shows amber around edges when held up to light but otherwise 100% black; slight amount of stick off the head, but generally not a ton of lacing; big bubbly collar

S: suprisingly yeasty for all the malt, and the malt is suprisingly light considering the color; prunes and a hint of raisin as it warms, but there's a lot of buttery walnut/bready malt sweetness like a standard brown ale; screams "English ale!"; dark chocolate

T: burnt malt ... it's got that fantastic charred-wood taste, like smoke from a barbecue pit firing pecan wood; chocolate, a hint of raisin, though the taste doesn't follow the nose 1-to-1 on the raisin note (much more raisiny in the nose, way less in the taste)

F: silky but not lumpy; holds on to just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat; suprisingly light

O: my stout/porter experience is skewed to the higher ABV/American end of the spectrum, so a lot of things about this one surprise me; it's overall a bit lighter than my expectations -- "lighter" meaning closer to sweet bready malts than licorice/raisins. bottom line: it's everything you could want in a good English malt bomb with a fantastic smoky sweetness that tends almost to feel nutty, like a roasted brown ale

for some personal context, i like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout better. it's a cross-style comparison but the Oatmeal Stout is a bit more like chocolate and coffee; the Taddy Porter here is darker, a bit more burnt. BOTH are fantastic.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a 24oz pint glass.

L: black in color, almost completely opaque with a thick eggshell colored head that never wants to go away.

S: sweet malty aroma with a very faint roasted malt note. Pretty standard for the style

T: very smooth profile throughout. Toasted malt flavor with lingering notes of burnt toast and nuts. Not as much roasted malt as you'd expect, this is very well balanced with a faint herbal hop bitterness

M: pleasantly dry finish

O: a classic English porter worthy of any beer advocate. I prefer Fullers London Porter to this but it's still quite tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle from Northbridge Piggly Wiggly. Poured into an imperial pint glass...

A: Black; opaque and shadowy; peanut shell cap of foam, about 1.5 fingers in thickness; nice retention leaves a few strands of lace; THIS is a porter.

S: Light coffee liqueur; tangy; I want to smell more roasted malt... coffee and chocolate... but not really getting much. Perhaps there is some coffee bean.

T: There’s some roasted malt; dark chocolate; espresso notes; lively, bitter tang on the end - perhaps due to the acridity of the roasted malt instead of hop character.

M: Moderate feel; high carbonation... yet chewy and satisfying; it has a really nice feel that’s more crisp than sweet.

O: A very nice, classic porter; great look and feel; taste is pretty much the blueprint for the style; enjoyable, tasty and drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +18%

This is probably my favorite porter that I have ever tried. I drank it a lot when I lived in England and still enjoy it from time to time in the U.S. (pretty affordable and widely available where I live). Perhaps the standard bearer for this style.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... black beer with head colour beige of more than 2 fingers
Aroma... roasted and smoked malt, caramel. Fresh malty aroma
Taste... liquorices flavour in mouth with sugar cane and caramel notes and smoked malt , but not too much sweetness
Mouthfeel... medium/full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice porter, hops are present in a light style. Balanced in mouth even with a strong presence of liquorices and caramel

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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 3,088 ratings
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