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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 3,103 |  Reviews: 1,333
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is about as dark as it gets. Incredibly dark brownish black. Tan fluffy head with nice lacing and a really frothy top. Looks good to me!

S: I get some chocolate and a slight roasted malt aroma. It's also somewhat clean. I also get some scotch ale/caramel aromas. Smells great.

T: Really rich chocolate with a nice roasted coffee finish. Some fruitiness (dark) comes through from the malt. Some more rich caramel too. Slightly roasted.

M: Wow, what a mouthfeel! Really, really smooth and creamy mouth makes this incredibly easy to drink.

O: Every bit deserving as one of the best English Porters out there. Only slightly edged out by Fuller's (which I'll be having next!)

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

A- Pours a very dark leathery brown liquid with a bit of light coming through at the edges. The light brown head is creamy and thin with nice retention.

S- Sweet cocoa powder, fruit, a bit of a pm English/ butter aspect, and mineral water (?). Very unique but at the same time retraining a lot of the characteristics I like about the brewery's beers.

T- Fruit, cocoa, caramel, almonds, and a bit of coffee. Complex and tasty in all the right ways. Very nice.

M- A light but creamy body with a nice amount of carbonation.

O- A delicious and interesting porter. The gold standard for he style.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Very dark brown, not quite black and not quite opaque. Head that looks the the head of a dry stout, very fine bubbles.
Toffee and caramel in the smell with a slight bit of toastiness.
Very smooth like a light coffee in the taste. Just a hint of coffee bitterness.
Smooth as silk. What a great beer. It gets better as it goes down.

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Photo of ManLikeBeer
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice, thick head that retains well, then fades to lumpiness. The color is dark brown to black.

S- light, sweet scents of malts and alcohol. Nicely balanced.

T- Roasted flavor that hits you before it touches your lips. Only taste hops in the final finish. Otherwise, it seems like the roasted-ness will just go on at that rate forever.

M- Medium to medium-light body. Smooth, consistent carbonation that's a little past balanced for me. Still good.

O- This is a beer that I'd definitely return to. It doesn't go overboard in any way and is consistent throughout. Nice example of an English Porter.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle dated SJ24K1 into nonic pint.

The beer is slighty transparent revealing some amber highlights. Light brown fluffy head.

Slight coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit aroma.

Coffee and dark fruits flavors. The bottle references a “tangy character” which I would agree with. A little roasty.

Smooth and creamy with low amount of carbonation. It just glides down. Drying.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle into an imperial pint. Pours a cola brown w/ a thick tan head that settles to a dense pillow. Looks like a root beer.

Aroma is sweet roasty chocolatey malt with a whiff of smoke.

Taste is both bitter and sweet, silky smooth. Nice and dark, roast and smoky.

Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes dry.

Overall, a reference-quality English porter. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but this one is good and always readily available.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half thick mocha head. Large bubbles which fade quickly. Sticky lacing. Ruby-brown color with nice clarity for a darker beer. Wish the retention was longer.

S- Roasty malts with chocolate tones. Toffee and some dark fruits, cherry is what I'm picking up most.

T- Roast malts and the dark fruits, again cherry. Chocolate is present too, but the roast malts are the biggest flavor.

M- Thick and very creamy. Nice feel.

O- Good beer, worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark, near black, brown with a deep amber tinge. The light caramel colored head sits 2 fingers thick, dissipates slowly, and leaves behind a decent, sticky lace.

Smell - Smells faintly of sweet, roasted malt, almost toffee like on the nose.

Taste - Starts with rich caramel and toffee, then fades midway until faint coffee notes shine through to the finish and into the aftertaste. Not particularly strong, especially when compared to more recent American porters, but enough to satisfy.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Smooth and creamy. Carbonation is right on point. Completely and entirely drinkable. No question the best characteristic of this beer.

Overall - An old original, has held it's own over time. What this lacks in strong flavors, it makes up for in smooth, creamy, beautifully carbonated mouthfeel.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,103 ratings
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