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)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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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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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention that leaves a nice lacing
S-faint coffee and chocolate
T-More of the same with the flavors melting together and leaving a nice coffee flavor on the palate
M-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-such a solid beer. could drink this every day.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taddy Porter is nearly opaque and the darkest oily brown color. A layer of tan sits on top and clings beautifully to the glass as well. The most incredible smells fill my nostrils as a breathe in the intoxicating aroma. Toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee bean, hazelnut, and light biscuit notes are present. The nose on this literally resembles a fine dessert. For the flavor, that toffee aspect dominates, but yet again with Samuel Smith's, we get a fantastic level of complexity for a low ABV beer. I can pick up some bittersweet hops, dark fruits, and smokiness along with the flavors previously detected in the aroma. The mouth feel is light to medium, and the finish is dry and pleasant. Another timeless classic... the perfect porter!

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

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. Deep dark brown in color with a decent tan head.
Aroma of chocolate was noticeable right away, also some coffee in there too.

Medium bodied with a nice malt and milk chocolate taste. Can also get some nice roasted coffee flavors.

Really loved this beer! I need to taste more Porters for comparison, but it was very complex and well balanced. Maybe poured it too cold, but as it warmed the flavors opened up.

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Photo of BigBarley
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Trying first time, reviewed live

Poured a menacing, pitch black, no light getting through this roasted monster. Decent head of light-brown foam that rose to almost 2 fingers and settled back at about half.

Smells like a promising porter. Nice roasty notes, a touch of some coffee, a hint of smoke, all wrapped up in that delicious, somewhat dry, porter smell. I don't know the best way to describe it, but most traditional english porter have a distinctive smell that seems to set them way apart from stouts. And this one has it in spades.

Nice. There's a biscuit quality that seems fairly unique to this beer, as well as something almost meaty. There's a faint hint of bitterness underneath the dry flavor, and it comes through in a complex, balanced way. Not many porters have shown this level of complexity while retaining such a simple approach. Very delicious, you can tell this one is traditional.

Mouth is medium for the style, with a thin carbonation that gives this beer a crisp, refreshing feel.
I was very pleased with this beer, it's acclaimed for a reason. Nice and complex, layered with roast and darkness while rounding out with touches of floral bitters. Delicious and satisfying, and generally easy enough to locate.

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