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

3,080 Ratings
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: 3,080 |  Reviews: 1,330
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a goblet

A: Pours very dark brown, almost opaque black with ruby highlights when held to the light. A finger and a half of off white head develops and slowly recedes to a film on top of the beer.

S: Very complex, there is a whole lot going on here. Burnt toffee and dried dark fruits are most evident, with nuts, caramel, and dark chocolate in the background. I could smell this all day long.

T: Taste is a bit less complex and significantly different, but still nice. A smokey nuttiness starts off with moderate hop bitterness. The beer is also quite bready as well and ends with a small amount of dark fruit sweetness. There is an aftertaste that I can best describe as musty.

M: Moderate thickness with moderate to high carbonation.

O: This beer is very interesting. The aroma is unbelievably complex - I was floored as to how many things I was able to smell. However, the flavor just wasn't quite as good. Solid, but not great.

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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

The beer is very dark brown in color, nearing black, with an off-white head. Sweet toffee and molasses along with a lot of roasted malt. Perhaps a hint of coffee and licorice, too. The flavor has plenty of roasted malt, but it is not overwhelming. A bit of dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, and maybe some coffee. Just slightly dry on the finish as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. A classic that 1st introduced me to this wonderful style, finally reviewed officially.
Pours pitch black into a dimple mug with good quarter inch mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a lacing around the glass.
Smells of roasted malts, subtle hints of licorice, dark semi-sweet cocoa, maybe a bit of coffee.
Taste/Mouthfeel; nice rich malty flavor upfront that's not thick at all, with a nice subtle blending of the aforementioned licorice and semi-sweet but no coffee, before giving way to a smokey clean finish.
Overall, a standard of an english porter. Full, yet easy drinking, finishes clean and nicely balanced. Well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black with a good bubbly head. This beer is so good. Dark chocolate and coffee, smooth and creamy, with a wet finish. Not too strong at 5.0 abv...this is an easy drinking beer with so much flavor and class. As far as porters go, this truly sets the bar high. Let's go Rangers!! Cheers!!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I was expecting something a bit stronger:
A: Amazing dark black with beige 2 finger head, easily dissipated leaving a small remaining for the rest of the taste.
S: Delicious roasted malt with gentle, yet perfectly identifiable trace of chocolate.
T: Poor according to its smell. No remains of chocolate, thus a little bit plain flavor.
M: Thiner than expected according to its appearance but fair body for a Porter. A Bit over-carbonated
O: It deserves a try for sure, good understanding of a porter. Remember to drink around 13ÂșC

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on my mission to try out the top 100 beers of fame. I know a lot of the history of Samuel Smith, and they are a brewer deserving great respect for the clean, simple recipes they put out.

This is a good looking porter. The coloring is black, jet black. You can tell on the pour, that this porter has the proper body (it isn't too thick). There is a nice, tan head that dissipated to a little ring around the glass. Unfortunately I get the littlest bit of lacing on the glass.

The clean smell and flavor seems to be the hallmark of this beer. In the aroma you get the coffee and a little sour in the smell. The flavor is a roasty, coffee taste. I like the little bit of malt that compliment the flavor.

Overall this is a very, very good porter. I would recommend picking this beer up. I think it is great that this beer is so readily available.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle decanted into snifter...

A - Opaque black color...nice head...some lacing...looks good!

S - Very subtle dark and roasted malt aromas...and sweet caramel. Not huge aromas of coffee, chocolate, etc like most American Porters, but still complex

T - Mild dark and roast malt flavors...a little coffee and chocolate...a bit of smoke...creamy mild bitterness...a little dark overrippened fruit...some sweet carmel/butterscotch/toffee...Lots going on here but all subtle and well blended and balanced

M - Medium bodied...lighter feel than the color suggests...smooth carbonation...creamy oily feel lingers on the tongue and roof of mouth

Overall - In my opinion this should be the standard for all Porters...a beautifully crafted historic english porter that all craft enthusiasts should experience at least once (more if you are a dark ale fan)...Give this one a try!


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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,080 ratings.
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