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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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Photo of Lowseph
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had one yesterday, it was fantastic.

Loved the color and the roasted flavor.

Easily one of the better porters I've had.

Goes great with your favorite cigar.

I will most definitely be buying this beer again and again.

Only place I've seen it is at my neighborhood world market, so it might not be that easy to find,

but well worth the search.

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Photo of Deerslayer210
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Porter, the next best thing to a stout. Unless you grab a taddy porter. This is by far the best porter I have had to date and can stand up to most stouts and porters alike. The color is a dark rich brown almost black. The smell is great of coffee and malt. And the taste is balanced with coffee, malt, and a hint of chocolate. Truly a pleasure to drink. Samuel smith,s hits a home run with this one. Must try!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glad as the beer was drank.

Smell: Mocha, toasted malts, smoke, sweet pale malts, and roasted malts.

Taste: Some vanilla, roasted, mocha, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, and a little bitterness. A little sourness to it too like the style originally was made.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, and a little chewy. What a nice treat.

Overall: Pretty solid porter. Such a classic.

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Photo of mjurney
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black color, ruby red highlight. Thick creamy, beige color head.

Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hint of dark fruit.

Very rich and malty, dark roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, some hint of toffee. Dark fruit character, dried prunes. Hop bitterness is mild-medium. Finish is dry, roasted. Body is creamy, silky, smooth, dry.

A world-class beer. One of my favorite Porter. Delicious!!!

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oatmeal, sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of syrup, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hop, hint of syrup, and hint of alcohol. Overall, very sweet aroma, good blend in the body, and decent feel.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/black with garnet highlights when held to light and a frothy tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt, soy, chocolate, and roast malt form the initial aroma. Underlying fruity notes of dark cherries, fig, and plum add complexity.

Flavor is roast malt dominant throughout, with an umami character surfacing mid palate. The finish is chocolatey and a touch dry. Heavily toasted malt and burnt breadcrust form the backbone. Sherry notes are evident at the base.

Body is moderate to a touch light. Carbonation is moderate, and there's a bit of harshness in the aftertaste.

Good roast malt character, with enough chocolate for the style. Fairly complex, with the sherry and dark fruit notes. It's a little bitter at the finish.

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Photo of Auraan
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep brown, with a gorgeous half-finger tan head. Very nice looking beer, very true to style. Scents of coffee, dark chocolate and a heavy roasted malt presence. Excellent. The taste is a classic porter. Roast malt, dark chocolate in the background, a bit of black coffee, some slight nuttiness and a dry finish, with a slight bit of tang throughout. Perfectly executed. Mouthfeel is true to form, with a medium body and medium carbonation. Overall an excellent porter, one of the best I've come across and well worth drinking.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Jine's Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark black, with a half inch mocha head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Some dark chocolate flavors up front, followed by smoke, then a little bit of coffee, roasted malt, with a tiny fruity twang at the end of each sip. The sour twang is very welcome and does not detract.

Medium bodied, good body for a porter. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Medium carbonation.

A great classic example of a porter, one that will always be tasty.

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Photo of tronester
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown in color. A light chocolate aroma. Taste begins with a bit of acidic twang, followed by some coffee, then finishing with some stone fruit. Mouthfeel is a little bit light. Overall quite a good porter that I would get again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The pour is about as black as it can get with a delicate beige head that builds up quickly and then fades down a bit at the end but never really goes away.

The aroma is very sweet and full of milk chocolate, a little smoke, yeast, and dark malts. Hops are in the background but they do emit a slight bite.

The body is medium and very smooth and creamy.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests with a nice chocolate thing up front and a mellow but well balanced dry hopped finish. It feels more like an Irish dry stout at points. But this is the Porter that many try to emulate.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a nice foamy tan head.

The smell is earthy and roasted malts.

The taste is roasty, milky and finishes slightly bitter.

The mouthfeel is smooth and fairly full bodied. The carbonation is low but finishes a bit prickly.

Overall another great beer from Sam smiths, haven't been disappointed yet.

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Photo of zac16125
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

550mL bottle into a pint glass
no bottling date; SB27M1 are the only distinguishing numbers and mean nothing to me

A: Pours an opaque black with 3 fingers width of khaki colored head. Head is dense, and has very good retention before dissipating down to a thick film that remains throughout the drink. Leaves a fair amount of fine bubbled lacing.

S: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, some sweet and tart/tangy dark fruit notes, a hint of heavy cream, a bit nutty.

T: Upfront the taste is fairly mild and bland, but then there is a really nice aftertaste of stale coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. There are some herbaceous grassy notes as well.

M/D: Very smooth beer, all the way through the finish. Carbonation is low, but appropriate. Drinkability is good. Probably the highlight of the beer in my opinion.

O: For me, this is good but not great. I know its one of the standards of the style, but it just doesnt blow me away. That being said its a must try as it really is a classic beer from a classic brewery.

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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 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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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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Photo of Samuel906
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far, one of the best all around and most true to form Porters I have ever had. There is really nothing to dislike about this brew. Pours a very dark red with khaki head with some retention. Fairly mild nose but plenty of chocolate, raisin, smoke, coffee and molasses. Taste follows suit with the perfect amount of sweetness, bitter chocolate, hops and roasted notes. Not heavy and overbearing like a lot of stouts and porters, but very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall, terrific beer... my new baseline for what a porter should be.

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Photo of jlazerus
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I used the traditional British pint glass.

Produced less than a quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly, to be expected for a porter. Nearly opaque dark brown to black.

I'm not that great at determining smell, but it had a very complex aroma of wood, malt, spice, and stone; along with chocolate and coffee of course. Not a single off-putting flavor.

The taste is as complex as the aroma. Tangy, mellow, slightly smoky but not obnoxious at all. Malty but not sweet, earthy, and smooth. Mouthfeel is not noticeable at the right temp except for slight carbonation and a bit sticky on the back of the tongue.

I wanted to try this for a while, and I was not disappointed. Great!

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut; medium tan head; dissipates quickly but good lacing

Aroma: Toffe at first; roasted grains; coffee; dried fruit; very nice aroma

Taste: Bitter roasted grain on start; dried fruit in mid with spicy finish ending semi sweet; good balance, but a little thin

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of tviz33
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 550 mL bottle in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours pretty darn black with some red around the edges. A nice big off-white head comes about two inches up on the pour.

S- Sweet caramel, chocolate, and some coffee. Just great.

T- Wonderfully roasty and malty. Just enough hops balances it perfectly. A subtle sweetness starts it off and the finish is anything but abrupt. Molasses, dark chocolate, and roasty malts. This is one solid representation of the style.

M- Medium feel, creamy, tingly. Nice.

O- I expected a good beer when I picked it up, and I may have gotten a great one. The price is right on this one at just over $3, and they're really easy to find. I think I'll be buying more soon.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a big 550ml bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - As close to black as beer gets. Tan, foamy head that never entirely goes away. Minimal lace.

Smell - Sweet. Roasted coffee beans. Carmel. Very nice.

Taste - Semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee. Carmel. Angostura bitters. Almost smooth/a bit tart. Big, complex, and delicious!

Mouth - Big. Alive. Slightly oily. The carbonation makes it presence known. Wow!

Overall - What a beer! There's a lot going on here. This is what all other Porters hope to taste like when they grow up.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 550 ml bottle into a dimpled mug, dark purple brown with a large lively tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: chocolate, coffee, malt, brown sugar, molasses

T: rich roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee with a hint of cream, dark brown sugar

M: full bodied, creamy, good carbonation

O: excellent porter, malt heavy with just a bit of hop bitterness

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Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a nicely burnt sienna brown color. Produced a lovely cap of tan froth. Good retention too.

(S)- A nicely rich combo of mildly roasted bread and raisin. It actually reminds me of raisin bread toast (minus the butter).

(T)- Deeper elements of raisin, prune, and molasses present that what was in the smell. Finishes slightly dry and with some subtle toasted nuts.

(M)- A classic mouthfeel for a porter. A bit lighter in body than most of our american interpretations of this style, but it makes it smoother and easier on the palate.

(O)- Its really a classic. Porter lovers need to have this at least once.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is truly a classic English porter and I've been drinking it for nearly 30 years! Nice to see that it's finally in brown bottles.

A: deep, dark with nice tan head, dissipated but held on for awhile
S: deep, roasted, some sulfury notes
T: deep roasted/burnt malt, sulfurish
M: coats the mouth from roasted grains

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only take five beers to Valhalla, Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter would be one of them.

Out pours a dark clean brown porter with a smooth creamy head. There is a fantastic aroma that comes from the West Yorkshire Square Yeast. The taste of roasted malts is one to savor as it gives way to mellow hints of coffee and chocolate. A semi-sweet nutty molasses or butterscotch note lingers in the middle until the dry fruity esters take over at the end.

A Beer, A beer, My Kingdom for a Beer, now If only I could afford to buy this Taddy Porter in Kegs. In conclusion, this is a perfectly blended Porter, one that is generous in both the iconic beauty of beer flavors while yet never being overbalanced in harmonious perfection. Clearly the legacy of Samuel Smith continues till this day and in my opinion stands out as a uniquely proud king of beers without equal.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,019 ratings.
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