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

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,311 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,311
Ratings:
3,033
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
237
Gots:
456
For Trade:
2
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,311 | Ratings: 3,033
Photo of GreenWBush
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one comes in SS's trademark clear bottle, a bane of BA's everywhere.

It pours out a beautiful dark brown with hints of ruby. Huge bubbles pop up in the bottle. There is a nice, sticky brown head that leaves a beautiful cascade of lacing.

There are major hints of sweetness on the nose, as well as rich roasty malts and a large profile of SS's classic well water.

The mouthfeel is extra smooth and milky. It almost tastes like a nitro-stout.

The taste is exceptional. It is a smooth and rounded blend of roasty malts, cane sugars, and huge malts. Don't look for a hop prescence here, this is a malty-porterhead's delight.

 640 characters

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

Beer poured to a dark black color with a very thick dark tan head. It is a nice thick brew that gave of aromas of chocolate with a bit of coffee. The head stayed for a good amount of time and had great lacing till the beer was gone! The taste was of chocolate, caramel, coffee with a bit of nuts. Must say that the drink ability on this brew is very high, but more of a winter season brew for me. Over all I gave this brew the high marks it deserved. Feel that the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout is a bit better but this ranks pretty high for me.

Beer was in a great looking clear bottle (normal for Samuel Smith), 550 ML.

 623 characters

Photo of waughbrew
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drink this at room temperature! I was about to give it about a 2/5, but as it warmed way up, it improved quite a lot.

A very dark porter - black with a tan head that doesn't stick around for long. Smell was not good when cold, but as it warmed it became sublime. Wow - the aroma would fare well against my favorite dark Belgians. Sure, the dark chocolate is there in good balance with roasted coffee beans, but the great parts are the esters and the hops. The dark cherries meld perfectly with the earthy hops. Unfortunately I find the flavor to be a let-down after such an aroma. It is rather bland roasted malts with a slight acidic twinge and butteriness at the end. Not bad, but not anything special. The carbonation feels a little rough on the tongue, and the body is thin. I think I pick up some higher/fusel alcohols. I have a feeling this beer would be devastatingly good on cask, but as far as out of a bottle, it is just above average.

 948 characters

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

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is decent, but a bit on the dark side. It is full of roasted and black malts; a hearty porter. The taste is good. It has an elevated abv. taste with black malt flavor and a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent porter; definately not my favorite. I just can't get into these super black porters.

 431 characters

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

When poured, it was very dark brown in color with a medium amout of tan foam and nice lace from start to finish. The smell of roasted malts is what first filled the nose and was very pleasant. The taste was a creamy delight with the flavor of roasted barley malts and a nice balance of simi sweet chocolate on the finish. Overall, this porter was full in body and packed with flavor. Intense, dry tangy character of roasted barley and chocolate.

 445 characters

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

This one was instantly one of my favourites. I love this style and this one in particular was no exception. Poured quite dark, somewhere between coffee and old motor oil. Brown head dissolves quickly. Smells almost like it tastes. Smoothness due in part to the lack of carbonation as there is almost none to speak of. Taste is very pronounced coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Quite malty indeed. I detect a bit of nutiness, perhaps an almond like flavour as well. The only reason I gave drinkability 4,0 as oppossed to 4,5 is because this is a bit heavy, and I can easily see where after 3 of these (keep in mind I'm drinking the ,550 litre size) one would certainly have his or her fill of this wonderful brew, at least for a while. Nevertheless, this is marvelous stuff.

 771 characters

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.

 445 characters

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.

 433 characters

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.

 686 characters

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.

 1,211 characters

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.

 567 characters

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.

 1,412 characters

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.

 329 characters

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.

 562 characters

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.

 492 characters

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.

 551 characters

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.

 997 characters

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.

 811 characters

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.

 453 characters

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.

 403 characters

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.

 661 characters

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.

 456 characters

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.

 354 characters

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.

 605 characters

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.

 314 characters

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,033 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.

    Subscribe