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

3,076 Ratings
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 dwren89
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep black with garnet highlights, tan foamy big head

Aroma: roasty and dark, quite a subtle aroma compared to other porters

Taste: roasty, dark, but quite drinkable; roastiness on the same level as a dry stout, but a maltier sweet finish, slight black licorice notes

Mouthfeel: thick and viscour, but not overly full bodied. A deftness in toeing the cloying/heavy line in flavor but a nice medium-full body.

Overall Impression: A nice English porter that brings great roasty flavor, sweet malty finish, but a smooth and medium bodied swig.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date on it, poured into a Summit becker glass

Very dark black cherry look, clear, with a small fluffy head with minimal head lacing and retention. Smell is airy roasted malt, cocoa powder, and engish hops. taste is light roasted malt, malted barley, cocoa powder, earthy hops

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of potts
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Libationguy
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with tawny and amber hues. Dark tan head with a compact head that has short retention.

Roasted malt, hazelnuts, butterscotch, gingerbread, toffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a mild hop note.

Roasted malt is on the verge of a scorched quality on the palate. Bitter chocolate balances against malt sweetness.

Medium bodied and slightly sour at the very end of the finish. I expected more power on the palate based on what I picked up on the nose.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head with huge bubbles which form quickly- some head retention. The head is a very light beige and the body is a chocolate brown which shows glimmers of garnet when held up to the light. Minimal amounts of lacing left behind.

Nose- This beer should be plenty warm but I'm not really getting a lot at this point in time. Slight hints of sweet and sour notes typical to roasted malts and coffee. With some swirling, the roasted notes come out much more with a hint of chocolate. After a small repour, this flavors become less subtle. Lots of nut, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Slight hints of smoke and notes I tend to get from nitro tap beers.

Taste- Slight hints of sweetness and roasted notes to begin with. Caramel and roasted malts come out in a very subtle notes. It think subtlety defines this beer. This is a beer that benefits from nuance and a seeming simplicity. It won't knock your socks off or make you stand up instantly but it is hard to think of what aspect of this beer would displease almost anyone. There is a dry finish as the label admits but it is short and does not disrupt the enjoyable creaminess of this beer. Steers clear of the mistake of over cloying sweetness that plagues many porters. Notes of raisins and figs come out as well but (once again) in very sparse amounts. This beer is a paean to economy in its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- Absolutely delightful. This is the reigning aspect of this beer. Creamy, smooth, and full bodied. A light zip of carbonation balances out the texture.

Drinkability- Pretty much as easy as they come. This brewery exemplifies accessible beers. I can't think of one of their beers which the beer novice shouldn't try.

Overall- I would appreciate a more robust nose and flavor profile but the integration and balance is almost unmatched. A 4 N 3.75 T 4 M 4.75 D 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,076 ratings.
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