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

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4.17/5
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3,117 Ratings
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,311
Reviews:
1,339
Ratings:
3,117
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
4.64
 
 
Wants:
252
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488
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Ratings: 3,117 |  Reviews: 1,339
Photo of edthehead
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If there’s one thing that Samuel Smith’s does well it is porters and stouts. This porter is pitch black with a nice white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a subtle chocolate flavor the whole way through and an interesting very slightly sour flavor to the aftertaste that I haven’t commonly experienced with porters, but is in no way off putting. This beer has a very smooth, dry, creamy quality that is reminiscent of a Guinness, but is more complex flavor wise. It is also much more drinkable. I feel like I could drink 10 of these, whereas after a couple of Guinness I feel like I have a brick in my stomach. All in all a great porter and very reasonably priced too compared to many American craft brewery porters.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chadbo
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thoglund
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acmurphy696
4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a good beer. I love porters.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of koneill1976
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aufie
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of risenz
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyTwins
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigdog3838
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of americancontrarian
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfavreau
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On 5/2/16nduring game 3 of the Caps vs Pens series, I had my first English porter and I was interested to see the difference. It was as disappointing as the outcome of the game-despite thorough domination the caps lost. The hue was rich, dark and black. The bouquet was made up of molasses, toffee and plum which was more enjoyable than the taste. It tasted of plums and molasses and had a tingling carbonation going down but the aftertaste was a little bitter for my liking. The mouth feel was also watery and not creamy like I prefer in a porter. Overall it was not as good as I expected but I'm a rookie porter/stout drinker and prefer things on the sweeter and creamier side.

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Photo of MBJordan
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scmtim
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I've Had twice as many Samuel Smith single ratings as any other British brewer and more multiples of theirs than the competition. Their beers are malty and well-rounded; so it should come as no surprise that a malt-head like me favors them. In addition to a winning taste for us malt-heads, the minority of the American market, Samuel Smith also has had a great importer for almost four decades.

So it should come as no surprise that Taddy Porter has done more than put me under its influence. Introduced in 1979, it did such a good job of saving the style in England that its importer spread that influence to the largest craft market in the world. U.S. brewers learned -- and still can learn a lot -- from Taddy Porter.

It Looks its reputation: modest, nothing showy... just solidly good.
Taddy's Smell also reveals what it is: dark malts roasted and blended to give us an alternative to the fruits of lighter malts.
Taste reveals, to me, this brews subtle complexities as the smells become more distinct on the buds as licorice and bitter chocolate and all of it, somehow, with a tang. The Feel is full and the tang recedes to a satisfying finish that, I hope, comes again.

Taddy Porter is reviewed in Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also listed in the "1001" , Taddy, unquestionably, deserves to be there as the classic in its style.

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Photo of Knobs303
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,117 ratings
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