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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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Reviews: 1,307 | Ratings: 3,019
Photo of ybnorml
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very very dark brown beer with some mahogony highlights when held up to a light. Has a creamy brown head that leaves some lace. There is a sweet malty aroma with some molasses in the background. A good strong roasted malt bitterness at the start and some toffee and coffee notes on the finish.

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

Poured black with a bubbly tan head that quickly dissipated. Smelled of alcohol and roasted malt, with some chocolate and a hint of coffee in there. The taste was a good blent of malts. Good roasted and chocolate flavor. There might be some nut and coffee in there too. Goes down very creamy and smooth, with a pleasant dry roasted aftertaste. The overall taste is a little thin, but this adds to its drinkability. However, this brew accomplishes a very good taste without being too heavy, lending to its drinkability.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured black as night good head that diminished fairly quickly, but left a good collar all the way through, smell was complex, coffee predominant, with chocolate notes, taste was opposite of smell, chocolate predominant with coffee notes, some alcohol presence also, reminded me a bit of those chocolate covered cherries, with the liquour in them, excellent! mouthfeel was fairly light and crisp,Drinkability is Fucking BRILLIANT! excellent stuff! That I will have again, and again, and again, etc.. highly recomennded!

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Photo of malty
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. long neck bottle w/ gold foil around cap & neck. No freshness date.

Poured midnight brown with a nice khaki head.

Scent of dark fruit, chocolate & very faint brandy liquer.

Taste is wonderful with roasted malts, dark chocolate and a slight smokey sweetness that is almost like a scotch ale. It also has that signature 'stoney' Sam Smith underlying flavor - which is a great thing. Dark fruit (raisins/figs) is prevelant as well. Nice long, semi-dry finish. Soft mouthfeel with an airy medium body.

Drinkability is high due to it's smoooothness and low carbonation.

A wonderful English porter that I always enjoy the most in the cooler months. It's subtle and complex, which makes it a world class ale. Well worth the $10 / 4-pack.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice dark brown color with a 2 finger head that falls to a finger over top of the beer. The nose is nore nutty than chocolate or coffee, maybe a little molasses sweetness as well. The flavor is nice, starting sweet, moving to a more roasted nut, slightly chocolate tone. The beer is also a bit dry on the finish. I taste a tad bit of oxidation as well. The feel is moderate, and as I said, dry on the finish. Overall a nice brew. Sam Smith's usually keeps things true.

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Photo of CVC
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in an 18.7 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin light tan, creamy, one-finger head. Leaves little lacing. The smells very mild at first, but seemed to come out later on--dark chocolate and roasted malts, mainly. Tastes of roasted malts, and some coffee. A pretty thick mouthfeel, and also very drinkable.

A good porter all around. I think it goes well with just about any meal, and is very refreshing.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did anyone else notice how similar this is to Young's Double Chocolate Stout, or are my taste buds off tonight?
Taddy Porter is dark, dark brown with a good-sized, creamy head. Pretty good lacings around the inside of my pint glass. The aroma here is the best thing about this beer; strong, rich chocolate smells bombard my nose. Taste is great too. Rich chocolate flavors control my palate, a light coffee taste is noticed in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy which complements the taste nicely. This is great, I'm wondering if it'd be even better without the clear glass bottle.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.87/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all the damn gold leaf that covers the cap needs to go,,its a real pain in the ass. Pours out a nice black with a one finger tan head,,looks creamy.Smells just ok,a licorice smell{im not big on licorice}.Wow bitter taste as i first sip.Has a smoky taste,light on the licorice,bitter lasting taste.Has a nice mouthfeel not too thick,not too thin.Just an ok beer ,no freshness date so i dont know how old this is.I had high hopes for this beer and was let down.

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Photo of helloloser12345
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 550ml clear bottle. Gold foil around the neck and cap.

Pour: Tan foamy head with great retention and good lacing.

Appearance: Black and completely opaque.

Smell: I had expected quite an over powering aroma, but the aromas were subtle and well balanced (also very hard to pick out). Dried fruits (mainly sultanas), lightly roasted malts, chocolate and the slightest hint of coffee.

Flavour: Beautiful full flavours of roasted malts. Dark bitter chocolate and strong coffee after tones. Creamy mouth feel but slightly too much carbonation.

Overall: A truly magnificent and drinkable porter. Yet again the Samuel Smith brewery has impressed me. The dark appearance of this porter makes you think that it will be a challenge to drink more than a couple but it is quite light and goes down very easy, due to the excellent balance of flavours.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taddy Porter is black. Very dark with the slighest hue of red. A nice creamy tan head sits atop the beer.
The smell is of chocolate and coffee with hint of fruit in the after smell.
The taste is quite the same chocolate with hints of coffee. Fruity tastes as well with a nice dry like finish.

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Photo of clvand0
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that stays to cover the beer, but doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark malts and coffee mostly. The flavor is chocolate and coffee with a sweetness of fruits. Smooth and slightly creamy. Could be a little thicker in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine beer, pours a dark black with ruby streaks, the mocha tan head is fabulous. The smell is strong of cappucino and dark fire roasted chocolate, a nice fluffy marshmellow with just a slight hint of pine hops. The taste is great, the chocolate and coffee flavors compliment the roasted toffee and marshmellows, hints of roasted nuts linger. Very nice.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle, in an English nonik glass.

Appearance: Dark dark opaque brown, with a small dark-tan head.

Aroma: Toasty malt, coffee-ish.

Flavor/Body: Roasty, sweet malt flavor, slightly chocolately, slightly coffeeish also. Slighty acidic in the finish, and unusually tannic in mouthfeel. Nice body too.

I think this was the first porter I ever tried, and it's the standard I set for porters. Several years ago, it was fairly common to find light-struck bottles, but most Sam Smith products seem to move off the shelves a lot quicker these days.

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

This has got to be one of my favorite porters. Pours a dark dark brown that is really closer to black. Nice brownish tan head that becomes thin but never really goes away. Smell is of darkly roasted coffee. The taste is bittersweet cocoa and coffee and perhaps a not so sweet fruit although I can't seem to put my finger on it. The mouthfell is great. Very smooth and creamy without feeling thick or sticky. The drinkability is good. You could defintely drink quite a few of these. Very tasty, not too high in alcohol and very smooth.

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

Pours out a near black with some crimson highlights. Big tan head that rose and fell. Good roasty character to it. Cookie dough sweet notes with some vanilla and cocoa, figgy pudding and grapey aromas, too. Very easy to drink. Not too overpowering with its maltiness, just about enough to give at rich smoothness.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $2.99 for a single...

The pour was a dark brown base with a beautiful large tannish-white head with good retention and good lacing. The aroma was a little faint but it still hinted of a roasty chocolatey coffee.

My first thought on taste was that this was a Dry Stout, the taste was grapey and full of spice, not a true porter taste... at least to me. The mouthfeel is nice on the palette and a solid aftertaste. The drinkability is good too, could be an upper-class man's dream of a session beer. To me it is not worth the price.

Final Thought: This is a step down from the other 4 Sammy Smith beers I've had. Despite that, It's still a solid beer.

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

Dark, dark brown. Almost black. Kind of a brown head, creamy looking. Smells a little like chocolate and caramel candy. The flavor is a little chocolate, a little like Starbucks burnt coffee. The feel on the mouth is a bit thin, and a bit slick and creamy smooth. Some hop bitterness results. All in all, a pretty good porter I have to say, especially considering that its in a clear bottle.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, mahogany brown with a touch of blood red. A good head, firm, light tan, slow and even drop. No real lace.
Smell is roasted malt, smoke, hops and peat.
Taste is similar, smoky, roasty, peaty, a little hoppy at finish with hints of coffee coming out as brew warms. Wonderful complexity.
Mouthfeel is thinner than most but very smooth and warms the throat nicely.
A great drinking beer. Easy to quaff all day and at just 5%, no problems downing several 550ml bottles.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an anvil of head; a solid mass of sandy, khaki foam with milkshake thickness that can literally be scooped and shaped with a finger. Awesome. Each sip leaves a chunky stratum of lace. Beer is a sheen of mahogany blackness with merlot-colored highlights. Luxurious aromas of fudgy chocolate brownies, heady dark caramel creams, chocolate chip cheesecake, and puff pastries flaking apart in drawn butter are interwoven by vinous, sweet sherry tones in a dank, moist, and cakey nosefeel. Big sweet tastes of brown sugar-tinged molasses roll into the midpalate, developing body of dark chocolate and huge crystals of toffee and butter. Second half of the palate rounds out into bitter almonds, pipe tobacco, and a finish of old, dry leather. A slight acidity at the sides of the mouth is the only thing keeping this from being a "5." It's that close. Lightly dextrinous mouthfeel as of melted chocolate bars arcs across the tongue in a parabola of sweet, soft and bitter. Drinkable? I mean, come on... Less affable but more distinguished than its cousin from Fuller's, these are easily locked in a tie for the best Porters I have ever tasted. Just gorgeous.

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

A straightforward and undertstated real and earthy porter. Molasses, bit of fig, smooth creamy roast and chocolate bitter but smooth aftertaste. Lingering roast and vanilla aroma and taste of the powders. Some wood smokiness. Thanks Irondjinn for the sample.

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Photo of BJ1833
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost pitch black in color with a chocolate brown, two-finger head.

Aroma: Rich aroma full of toffee, caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Dark roasted malt with coffee flavor upfront. A caramel flavor is also present with a chocolate finish. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: A medium body that is well carbonated and very smooth.

Overall: Unlike any porter I've tried and by far the best. Very good, smooth flavor. Already a classic in my book.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foil wrapped clear bottle with no date, but 5.0% abv.
Aroma: Classic porter nose, toffee, chocolate malt, slight alcohol.
Appearance: Black, opaque, with serious back light only showing a few carbonation streams, no edges. Creamy head the color of freshly cut wood. Thick curtains of lace.
Flavor: It’s a porter; classic text book example. Look up porter in the dictionary, there is a picture of Sam Smith Taddy. It has a slightly buttery taste, dark roasted malt, slightest hint of floral hops, and a clean finish. There is a slight coffee bitter in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full body, slightly heavy carbonation, dry finish
Overall Impression: Sigh; once again, I’m just not a porter fan. This is a beer of obvious craftsmanship, and it hits all the marks one could look for in a porter. If this is your style, this is your beer. If you haven’t had many porters, you owe yourself a good calibration with this one. If you are like me, and just don’t care for porters, try an Alaskan Smoked Porter if you are fortunate enough to see one, and this one just to be sure.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown/ black color with a thick tan head which lingers a bit and then drops to about a quarter inch and stays there.

Amazingly complex aroma, possibly this beer’s best attribute, featuring coffee, licorice, vanilla, butterscotch, plums, figs and more.

Rich flavor with a significant amount of bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering fruit and roasted malt.

A truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost jet black with a nice head and big chunky lace on the glass. The aroma is of dark chocolate and coffee, with a bit of banana and a tart sourness (this beer might be skunked). The taste is of dark chocolate with coffee notes, a good dose of hop bitterness and some funky fruityness. The taste doesnt have the oxidization of the nose but its unusual for a porter and somewhat unbalanced. Maybe its not as dry as Im used to. The mouthfeel is very watery. I think this pales in comparison to Fuller's London Porter, its still good though.... Probably just slightly skunked.

Just a side note: Why do really good breweries like Sam Smith's, Wychwood and Marston's use clear bottles? Im sure it affects the quality of their products to some extent.

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