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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of palma
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown body, almost black with a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Smell was complex but not that great - raisins, almonds, some coffee, some chocolate, and caramel. Smokey and a little wine like aroma. Taste was of coffee, licorice and chocolate. Big coffee aftertaste. Tasted slightly stronger than 5.0 %. Good amount of bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth with light to medium carbonation and a little sticky.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle, it's dark brown with a trace of cherry when held up to the light. The initially fat head fades quickly but never disappears completely. In addition to the expected coffee aromas, it presented a bit of a winey smell that was surprising but not unpleasant. The taste is a thoroughly enjoyable mix of coffee, hints of chocolate, and just a bit of hop bitterness. Drinkability? This is an all-day beer.

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

I love this beer. I could drink it every night!

Appearance - Black like the night, but with lovely amber tints under light. Thin head on top which quickly vanishes.

Smell - A full dark malty smell with a hoppy tint.

Taste - Full flavoured but not too heavy. The taste is just like the smell, with dark malts coming through but with a herby hop kick.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, but not heavy, light on the tongue with flavor from the biggest to the smallest sip.

Drinkability - I can drink this all night long. Leaves you begging for more, and more, and more! The perfect blend of flavor and kick. Doesn't have any of the bitterness or harshness that many bad porters have.

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

Appearance – Black in color with a fine, frothing head that went down slowly and left a little lacing.

Smell – The roasted malts are pleasant and play well with the fruits. There’s some nice grapefruit to be had here along with some dark caramel and smoke.

Taste – The fruits come out big at the taste, making this one lighter than expected. The charcoal smoke and lightly-roasted malts show up as well.

Mouthfeel – Exceptionally sweet and easy on the mouth. This porter is on the heavy side of medium-bodied and felt extremely good going down.

Drinkability – A session porter if there ever was one.

Update – I rated this beer with a 2003 vintage so thought it would be interesting to re-visit it with an ’04. Here are my thoughts:

Yes, there is some rather large grapefruit at the nose. I didn’t pick up as much sweetness in the taste this time around, but I got some good (albeit light) brown sugar and a twang of rising yeast. It’s definitely a solid medium in the body and was a little too clumsy to be called a “session brew”. I’m adjusting the scores a little bit but I think, ultimately, this is a “sub-4.0” beer that barely avoids my, “would buy again” recommendation.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost dead black,with some deep brown visible when held up to a light. Thick frothy dark beige head with a good lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate and a bit of spice mix nicely with the yeasts and malt. The taste is very light with coffee and chocolate again. It actually taste alot like a whete beer or lager, where the malts, whetes and a little hops are more present. The malted grains prevail the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it becomes less noticible and as you continue to drink it the substance becomes more evident. The carbonation is perfect.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is a very good porter in all respects, and it nears the level of stout-like on occasion. The brewery makes some good beers and some great beers. This one I would classify as good, as I was expecting a bit more from it while I was drinking it.

The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with some faint ruby hints. A cocoa colored foam retains for around 3 to 4 minutes and leaves minimal lacing. The smell starts off with roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol and it eventually mellows out into a very nice cocoa powder smell. The mouthfeel was smooth, but a bit thinner than I expected a porter to have. Had decent carbonation. The flavor was mostly of roasted malts, and there were notes of light chocolate and coffee, some dark fruitiness, and some alcohol. Slightly sweet, but there is a hop bitterness in the finish and some dryness imparted by the roasted flavors and alcohol that isn't overdone and balanced this quite nicely. The dryness continues into aftertaste with some more roasted and cocoa notes, and it ends with some alcoholic warmth.

The flavors in this beer are very good, but I was slightly dissapointed because it wasn't as complex as I expected and was more mellow than I anticipated as well. The flavors could stand to be kicked up a few notches, but other than that this is a good porter, and another good beer from Sam Smith.

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

Deep brown, with large bubbly mocha colored head.
Chocolate aroma with coffee and roasted malt.
Chocolate comes through strong into the taste, with dark fruit, a little caramel and roasted malts.
Very smooth, nicely balanced, on the light side of medium, very creamy, and extremely drinkable, another winner from Samuel Smith.

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

I love the appearance--a deep, beckoning ebony just clear enough to show tints of blood red hue topped off by a lacy, sticky light chocolate head. The aroma is a combination: first, of a garden in early fall, after the harvest, when the dirt has been uprooted, mixed with burning maples in the air. The taste is smooth, smooth, smooth, and there's a balanced floral/coffee/chocolate maltiness. This ale has a silky mouthfeel, which is just a tad (pardon the pun) thin. I could drink this all night, but I have only one bottle, and it is, after all, a week night.

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Photo of SigEp
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porter is such a vast category that knocking this on it's stylistic merits would seem kinda wrong. I guess I just don't like that buterscotchy-caramelly-sweetish flavor that all the sam smiths I've tasted have had---this one escpecially. Pours dark dark brown and goes down very smoothly.
I am not a big fan of this one. It does seem, however, and thankfully, that SS imperial stout actually benefits from this quality. There they stepped up the hops to accomodate there thick sweet beers.

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

The quintessential modern day Porter, pitch black, with a great head. Faint chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Easy drinking, smooth with a mellow rawness, creamy to the mouth, dry with faint molasses. Slight twang roasted character and some fig. At 5.0 percent alcohol by volume, this makes for a hell of a session beer. But, slap some eggs (sunny side up), pork & beans, black pudding, fried tomato slices, butter simmered button-mushrooms, toast and HP brown sauce together and it makes for a great hangover breakfast. Oh yeah.

I love this beer.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Smith’s Taddy Porter poured the darkest brown – could it be black? – I’ve seen with some deep ruby edging. A large, firm three-finger mocha colored head sprouted and slowly shrank down but never fully evaporated. The head also left some nice patchy lacing in its wake.
The smell was sweet, of caramel and molasses, with some balancing notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The taste was a delicious mirror of the smell. Taddy Porter had a lush blend of dark malt which imparted an earthiness, molasses and coffee, and a sweetness of dark chocolate and caramel, similar to some Swiss candies my brother living in Switzerland sent me. The finish had a moderate hops bite mixed with some dark fruit tastes. The feel was lighter than anticipated, yet rich and creamy.
This is a great offering from Samual Smith’s. Taddy Porter has a great balance and wonderful drinkability that makes this one of the top porters I’ve had. Worth every penny and worth having at the ready in my fridge.

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Photo of jed
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass. Medium-sized head speckled with clusters of bubbles.

Smell: Smells sweet, with no alcohol aroma, coffee and caramel.

Taste: Very creamy, smooth feel with an excellent, almost chewy taste. Sweet up front, chocolate, cofee, some caramel, with a malty aftertaste and a touch of hops. A hint of smoke (?) as this brew warms up.

Drinkability: Fearsome. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel combined with the excellent taste could prove lethal; after a few of these, the 5.0% will sneak up.

Overall: Simple awesome. This definitely beats out the Anchor Porter, my previous favorite. A variety of flavors and an excellent mouthfeel make this one of my all time favorite beers, I actually prefer it to the Imperial Stout. Seek this one out.

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

What a fantastic beer. A very dark ruby that was almost black. Small tan head that lasted quite well.

The aroma was devine, strong fruit cake smell with hints of rum, chocolate, and coffee. I could appreciate this beer for its aroma alone!

Taste was as you would expect judging by the aroma, with a little cinnamon thrown in for good measure and a slightly drier than expected finish.

A fine porter that comes with my highest recomendations.

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

Aroma has darker malt qualities. Fairly complex with yeasty (?) quality. Somewhat like Guiness with slight notes of caramel and a creamy quality.
One inch head that settles slowly. Dark bown and clear.
Wonderful complexity, including coffee, caramel, mild bitterness and dryness mid to finish.
Creamy feel and very smooth. Pleasing. A fine feel to the carbonation.
Well rounded easy drinking porter.

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

Another good one from Smith. The Taddy Porter is very understated quality in a nice package. The look is a dark body with a small tan head and little lace effect. The nose is a very delicate affair that must be studied to understand, as it is subtle while full of complexity. The is a very light smokiness, barely perceptible, while fruit notes are noted as the aroma is checked again.

The flavor is just as subtle, pretending, at first, to be too light, but gaining strength as it is allowed to develop. After a while, the very fine subtleties of this brew begin to impress. The feel is creamy and smooth, having very light carbonation. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is very disappointing to say the least. First off, let me ask the question, "Why does Samuel Smith continue to use clear bottles?" Without a doubt it effects the flavor. Dark brown/black with a tan head. Not a very strong nose. Smells lightly of buttery coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rather flat, and not what I expected. Coffee and slightly acidic, although it has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Call me crazy, but I just didn't care for this too much.

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Photo of grynder33
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark,had a plum raisin chocolate cake type of a roma, nice cocoay first taste, slft little bit of a mocha backtaste, seems more carbonated then other porters I've tried, but it seem that the way it is with all brews from this brewery.No heavy bitter alcohol taste that I find unattractive with other porters. Probaly the best porter I've had.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz clear bottle with gold foil around the cap. Very dark beer, almost absorbs light. The pour produced a light brown fluffy head that slowly shrank to a thin layer covering the top of the beer and the sides of the glass. The smell is mostly of roasted grains. The beer feels light and bubbly as it rolls accross my tongue. The taste is nothing extraordinary, smooth roasted malts on the way down, a very slight coffee kind of aftertaste on the back of the throat. All in all a very drinkable beer, although you might want to find a local beer with similar quality for a few bucks cheaper.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Medium tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, not very sweet. A light to medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate with a touch of smoke and wood. Hints of vanilla and plums. Nicely balanced. Smooth flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is the deepest ruby you can get before it becomes opaque, the head is Herculean in size with a spumescent texture, the color a beauteous light tan and after decomposition a thick and chunky sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains and sweet malt dominate the nose, crisp and fresh with a malt laden and sweet start, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, Crisply acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, with the aftertaste quite dry and a bit tart, one of my all time favorites, and one I consume with much gusto on a regular basis.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with an almost purple haze....ha ha purple haze, well anyway it also has a tan brown moccha color to the massive sized head leaving definite clear rings of lacing to it. Aroma: Slight fruity approach mixture of hops in there to balance out the semi smoked deep roasted malts that provide chocolate and some coffe tones very nice. Taste: Definitely an acquired bitterness with a pleasant array of rolling sharp sweet tones blended with the coffe and chocolae available along with a sharp ale yeast driven fruitiness. Mouthfeel: A tad thin haha... get it...but really it;s a bit light for my tases just doesn't deliver the texture and body I am searching for in a porter. Drinkability: Don't worry this is one of the most drinkable representations of any porter I have sipped upon sometimes the price may keep you from partaking but that's Merchant du Vin's fault not ol' Sam Smith's right?

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Photo of elmocoso
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, black with a beige head on pour, on finger thick. It is soon gone, leaving a collar, clinging and a lace like veil across the top o the liquid. Ruby highlights when held up to a strong afternoon light.

A strange sweetness in the nose. raisins and liquer. Plum?

The taste is a strange puckerness. Very malty with a strange hoppy roundness.

There is a sourness in both nose and taste. Kind of strange but kind of intreaguing.

Overall a good beer. I wonder if it is fresh. I would like to try another bottle.

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

This beer doesn't just pour black, it's a beautiful ebony. There is zero light getting through this one. It's like a black hole. Nice inch high tan head. Smells sweet and nutty.

Taste is complex. Dry up front and sweet going down. Hints of smoked almonds and maple syrup. Very thick and full-bodied. Great looking beer and tastes nearly as good. The darkest, thickest porter I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

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

This is the type of brew that could make me a porter fan...The beautiful chocolate appearance is topped with a creamy head with excellent lacing. Smell hints of coffee and smoke, but light enough to be inviting. Taste was smooth with a slight acid, coffee twinge. Very easy to drink...a damn nice brew.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The great looking beer is almost completely opaque, only when held to the light is there a slight hint of ruby color. A thick, creamy tan head tops her off, leaving a nice lace trail in its wake. The scent coming out is a nice chocolate one. Taste wise, this is a creamy smooth porter, with chocolate and coffee dominating the scene. This is a pretty sweet drink, worth your 3-4 bucks a bottle.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,009 ratings.
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