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) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of thecheapies
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, almost black. Two, almost three inches, of bounding tan foam. Looks great in that Samuel Smith nonic pint.

Malty and salty. Minerally and with notes of cocoa. Nice hearty roast is evident.

Bitter cocoa, mineral salt, tobacco leaf, wheat germ, sage, and roasted barley. Great porter profile.

Smooth, but hearty, with a load of fine bubbles at play. Simple-bodied and extremely drinkable.

An amazing beer every time. Keep 'em comin'!

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No dates to be found on the bottle, poured into nonic pint

A: Deep, barely transparent mahogany with a fine, tan 1.5 finger head. Slight patchy lacing.

S: Caramel and coffee malts with earthy English hop undertones. Dark chocolate and slight hint of dried figs.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with dark roasted espresso beans. Sweet, faint, caramel and dried figs and raisins. Barely anything in the way of hops. Slight bitterness from the roasted malts lingers in the finish with a tiny hint of honey as well. Excellent.

M: Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Low to moderate carbonation. Sweet, warm, boozy sensations follow.

O: An outstanding English porter; Sam Smith’s doesn’t disappoint. This beer is fairly easy to find, which is a plus, because I could drink this all the time. Drink this proper English beer out of a proper English pint glass and enjoy!

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

this beer is divine, an English porter cannot get any better than this. it pours a luxuriously textured dark brown color with very little light coming in. the head is about two inches tall, and super creamy, light mocha in color. the nose is fantastically enticing, with a lot of milk chocolate notes from the malt, a bitterness from the roasted barley, and a hint of tartness to it as well from the hopping. the flavor is packed full with roasted malts, and is heavy on both the sweet and bitter chocolate components. this is even better than their acclaimed oatmeal stout, something about those stone fermenters really lets the yeast shine in all of their beers, and its an excellent complement to the dark bittersweet complexion of this porter. very little sweetness in the finish though, as the hops and burnt grains bitter it right up. full bodied and smooth as anything, I love the feel of this beer too. my only complaint is that its sold in four packs instead of six packs, I always seem to be wanting another one or two at the end of a session. wow this is just a splendid porter, an example to be followed on both sides of the atlantic!

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Photo of RppIII
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer was poured from a 355mL bottle into a snifter after sitting at room temperature for 30 minutes. No freshness date or battling date was visible.

Appearance: The beer pours a black with a slightly translucent quality to it. The tan head quickly recedes to a mere pittance of its former glory, or lack there of, but it’s exactly what one would expect of this style. Impressive refined carbonation and a tan, chocolaty ring of head around the glass make this beer look malty and appetizing.

Smell: Simple, beautiful aroma. The Marris Otter that is immediately present reminds me of a recent brew day of a similar style of beer, the smell of grain wafting through the house, clinging to every nook and cranny for days! Bitter chocolate nibs, a slight coffee essence, and maybe some caramel malt make a presence.

Taste: This beer gets progressively better, starting with spot-on style, staying with that theme as it works its way to the impressive flavor. Really well balanced malted grains that add a bit of an acidic bite, and bitter coffee/chocolate nib flavor.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful full mouth carbonation, smooth, creamy and moderately chewy. It quickly dries your mouth out so another drink almost immediately is necessary.

Drinkability: Awesome session beer. At 5% and with such a great, simple flavor and aroma, it’s a no brainer. This is the quintessential template for this style and Samuel Smith couldn’t have done a better job.

March 4, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug

Appearance- Pours a three-finger khaki head; the body is just about pitch black.

Smells- Notes of malt, bread, and maybe some slight molasses and coffee as well.

Taste- Has a nice black coffee sort of flavor at the forefront. Rather bitter with dark grainy notes. Nice and malty.

Mouthfeel- Slick and smooth; low carbonation.

Overall- A great beer with a deep, roasted complexity.

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Photo of BWED
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml poured into an imperial pint.

A- Deep brown, with a thick tan two-finger head, nice and lumpy. Stays thick and globs of lacing are strung around the rim. Reminiscent of the Nut Brown's head. Again, Samuel Smith knows how to create a head.

S- Roasted malt, sweet caramel, with just a slight hint of a hop balance.

T- Malty caramel, and a dash of cocoa. Slight metallic flavor in the finish. There is a hop balance present, but it does a good job to stay in the background.

M- Creamy and quite thick, yet the 5% makes this a smooth drinker.

O- Delicious, drinkable, and full of flavor. Simple. No frills. Just good.

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Photo of scratch69
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of runny lace.

Smell- Chocolate, raisins, coffee and a hint of alcohol.

Taste- A nice blend of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors with notes of raisins and molasses.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, slightly creamy, and very smooth. Low amount of carbonation.

Overall- A great tasting porter, the flavors are well blended and not too aggressive. One of the best porters that I have tried.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550 ml (1 pint, 2.7 fl oz.) bottle, with no bottled on date present. Expectations are slightly above average, as I've grown fond of nearly every beer I've had from Samuel Smith's thus far. Uncapped and poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark almost black color with the tiniest ruby dot showing through where I am able to discern some bubbles flowing to the top. Nice cap of creamy tan head floating on top. Some nice wispy lacing clinging to the sides. Second pour yielded me a nice two fingers of the same creamy tan head with decent retention.

S - Coffee. Some dark fruit smell like raisins. Slight hint of booze. Definitely some molasses / brown sugar type smell going on.

T - Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied feel. Roasted coffee beans. Some dark fruit / raisin taste and some light nutty flavors. Follows in the wake of the nose very well. A touch of sweetness on the finish.

M - Very dry finish, albeit smooth, crisp, and clean. Nicely balanced, and nicely bodied beer for sure. Like others have said before, it is somewhat on the sweeter side than a lot of porters.

Overall, it is definitely not my favorite Samuel Smith's brew, but it is well-crafted, to be sure. I think I would probably prefer the Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or the Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale to this one though, but that's just my personal preference. It just didn't impress me as much as some of their other beers have. Still, it is definitely a beer worth checking out, with a modest 5.0% abv and reasonably priced at only $3.99 around Chicago land.

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter ---3.5/5

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. An absolutely beautiful looking porter. Blasically black with a 1" tan head. Good retention and sticky lacing.

S- Mostly coffee and roated malts. A touch of unsweetened chocolate.

T- Rich coffee and tons of roasted flavor. So much roasted flavor that it comes just to the edge of acidic astringency without going over. This creates some decent bitterness. Tobacco leaf, some raison. Not much hop to speak of an none expected. Very traditional style here.

M- Fairly creamy, mid body. Quite smooth and drinkable. Good carbonation. Mild dryness.

O- Terrific porter. One of my favorites. Quntisential for the style.

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Photo of HabiMendes
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The super dark appearance, with a light brown, retained neck is absolutely gorgeous. Makes me feel like I am in England. The aroma is dominated by tones of coffee and toast, and the taste also brings a background bread-like character. The medium, sly body is very well balanced with the hopness. At the end, a sensation of expresso and slight hopness among the teeth is very pleasing - just like the whole experience with this beer.

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

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 4/13/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, molasses, brown bread, raisin, light roasted malt, earth, and light herbal hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; fairly light on strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, light nuttiness, earth, and herbal hops. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of nicely robust flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English porter. Very nice robustness and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a decent head at pour. Little lacing. Aroma is smoked with the presence of pepper. Good flavor - definitely heavier, dark malts. Faint dark chocolate. Starts with a pleasant smoky flavor, then finishes with a slight chocolate but oddly also slightly sour flavor.

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Photo of beerme626
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Big Cat Liquors in Lexington, poured into a porter/stout glass (oversized drinking glass)

A: Opaque near-black brown. Nice dark tan head, with decent lacing. Looks nice.
S: I, who can smell next to nothing, love the smell of this beer. It has a rich, chocolately nose with hints of easy malt. Lovely. Exquisite.
T: Thick, rich porter taste, though sweeter than some.
M: A little flat on the tongue, but still full and fantastic
O: An excellent beer. Wowza.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that hits you about a Samuel Smith beer is the attractive regal presentation of the bottle. Next I noticed the gargantuan of aromas flowing up from the Taddy. Coffees, chocolates and some heavy sweets like molasses, licorice or old bittersweet candies rising from the very dark brown to black beer with a nice head. This brew has probably one of the strongest aroma that I ever encountered in the beer world outside of a ridiculous extreme beer idea. .

The texture is what I describe as -- porter like. This is not a thick rich stout. Instead, Taddy is more like a thinned stout or thickened ale. What a Porter probably should be? Maybe it is a little thin for me.

The taste is strong, bold, and rich. A good balance of sweet malts against bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. The bold flavors risked a too gritty result. But don't despair. Alas, we have a wonderful balance of flavors here. That molasses aroma leaves a very similar after taste. Now I know why this Taddy is famous.

Drink this bold English Taddy Porter to one of the best bold English+ bands ever. Play some Barry Guy and his London Jazz Composer Orchestra Theoria cd! Straight ahead no stops.


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Photo of arfenhouse
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A:Close to black amber with tan head. Nice big head with average lacing.

S: I'm getting dark fruit here. Ripened vinous grape with some raisin. Fruit is backed by a bitter chocolate.

T: Dark grape comes in first, a touch of banana. In the middle there's some typical malt sweetness. Finishes with a very slight bitterness of roasted grains.

M: Slight thickness and low carbonation. Has a creamy feel and is very wet.

O: A good porter that is worthwhile. Wasn't blown away as I thought I would be but I found a decent porter that is well priced. Try it if you could get it for cheap.

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Photo of Kristenagrady
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown, almost black with a thick, creamy head that lasted until I emptied the glass.

Aroma: Hints of cocoa and light sweetness with a roasty malt.

Taste/Body: Slight, pleasant bitterness with a toasty malt foreground. Body was dark and nutty.

Aftertaste: Slight bitterness with a lingering toasty flavor.

Overall: I really liked this beer. From start to finished it was well-balanced and rounded, from the subtle sweetness to the full malt body to the slight bitterness at the end. I enjoyed the flavor it left on my tongue. Light and very drinkable for me.

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Photo of BeastLU
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A - Appears black in the glass. Only when held up to the light does it show very dark brown/red hues. Pours with a off white 1 inch head which dissipates slowly.

S - Not an overly strong smell. Hints of raisins and slightly bready.

T - At firsts there was a somewhat metallic aftertaste. This quickly went away after a couple sips. You can detect the raisin taste that can be picked up on the nose. Hops seem to come through when you swallow then yield to a pleasant malt after taste.

M - Love the mouthfeel. I find some British ales to taste flat and feel awful in the mouth, almost watery. This has none of those drawbacks. Carbonation is perfect, not flat, not in your face and lasts from when you first sip the beer until you swallow. Leaves a dry after taste which I enjoy.

O - Awesome beer for what it is. Im used to more robust, aggressively flavored porters with a little more abv. But that's not what this beer is trying to be and thats fine, its good at what it does.

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Photo of Steamer
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch Black with a slight, tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring. Smoky aroma, like a camp fire gone cold. Full bodied, heavier than most porters. Burnt malt, strong coffee, not very complex but distinctive. This is probably as close to a stout as you can get and still be considered a porter. Excellent.

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

A: Deep dark brown. Clear as far as I can tell. Mildly aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger light khaki head that fades slowly leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Wonderful nose.

T: Tangy malts, some bakers cocoa. Very good English Porter.

M: Medium bodied, tangy crisp finish with a touch of bitter pucker.

O: A really nice, easy drinking beer. World class English Porter for a reason.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a near black color with 2 fingers worth of tan head that leaves some great lacing

S: Get both roasted malts and dark fruit (plum, raisin, fig) notes, with some yeastiness and caramel behind that

T: Follows the nose. Get the dark fruits first and then the light roasted malts with some caramel sweetness following behind that. Great, flowing flavors that combine nearly perfectly

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry

O: Famous is in the name for a reason. This is a great English porter with nice complexity that unwinds slowly. Great drinkability and price point, especially coming from across the pond. Highly recommended

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown, nearly black color with a big creamy tan colored head. The head has a great level of retention, fading slowly over time to give a very nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of chocolate and mixed with sweet and sugary aromas of caramel and toffee as well as with other strong sweet aromas of dark fruits. A roasted malt aroma complements the sweeter aromas quite well, and in combination with the sweet, as well as a light earthy and woody smell, it creates a great nose on this brew.

Taste – The taste is drier and more bitter then the nose would have let on. It begins of a roasted dark malt flavor with hints of sweet chocolate and some caramel. These sweeter flavors begin to fade as the taste advances with the taste bittering more toward the middle, as flavors of cocoa and some coffee come to the tongue. A bitter-sour flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle and the end with some light hop flavors coming to the taste as well. These flavors create a rather tangy but dark and roasty flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly above medium side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Not bad for the style as it makes it rather drinkable, but does not take away from the roasty and tangy flavors of the beer.

Overall – A rather interesting take on a porter. While I am not a huge fan of the tanginess that comes into the taste toward the middle/end, it is somewhat intriguing. Other then the tanginess I enjoyed the flavors, feel and look of the brew. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, slightly purplish black. Good tan head that fades but never entirely goes away. A bit of light lacing.

S: Really rich. Dark fruits mingle with a smokey, woody aroma, some coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, both sweet and slightly burnt-smelling. This smells amazing.

T/M: Doesn't *quite* live up to the smell, but pretty close. Rich dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, a lingering sugary sweetness at the end of each sip to offset the darker flavors. Very rich and tasty. Mouthfeel is moderate, just fine for a porter.

O: A great beer, definitely earns that "famous" designation on the label. It has to be one of the best porters ever.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this one and figured it was the one to try (not to mention the higher than average price tag)

Appearance - A down right sexy dark drown with swirles of red and golden in the light

Smell - Robust and woody, really great scent of yeast, alchol, and light or very mild spices

Taste - Now that is what any beer drinker is talking about. Deep wood and mahongy notes that mellow out to a nice porter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Stays with ya and perfect carbonation for it.

Overall - Maybe the king of porters, don't think I have had a better one

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

Deep mahogany colour with a very thick looking, foamy head that is off-white in colour and holds brilliantly, managing to stay about a thumbs width tall.

Strong chocolate aroma with some deep, rich malts and a sweet mix of fruits. There is some figs and dates in there as well as some sugar and a little caramel. There is a little barely, some light biscuit and sweet, earthy aroma.

Chocolate and dark fruits with a lot of sweetness and some sugar. There is some figs from the nose and a light amount of caramel but mostly there is some roasted malts and a little bit of a nutty character too.

Very smooth and creamy with a full body and about medium carbonation with the slightest spicy tang and slightly wet at the end.

One of the best porters I have tried in some time, there is a great mix of fruits and chocolate and the body is great with very creamy feel. It went down wonderfully and left me wanting more after every sip.

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Photo of Ranz
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured in my Spaten stein, it creates a rich, decadent head that reminds me of a great root beer float. Color is a rich black, the perfect look for a porter.

S: Pungent earth, malt, milk chocolate, and a slight acidity invite you to dive in.

T: Rich molasses, dark chocolate, and roasted malt flavor all make a winning combination. There's a nice, long and dry finish.

M: Smooth and succulent, the beer has a good and creamy, even thick chew, to it.

O: A pretty solid porter, no doubt. And for the price at my local grocer, it's hard to beat.

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