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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky black with faint ruby highlights and a thick, bubbly tan head.

S: Aromas of molasses, cedar, woodsmoke, and roasted grain are present on the nose. The usual aromas of coffee and dark chocolate that one generally expects of any porter are largely absent here.

T: Notes of molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, cream, cedar, woodsmoke, roasted grain, peat, leather, and earthy, herbal hops are present on the palate. The finish is rich and long with a combination of chocolate, molasses, leather, and earthy hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is not particularly powerful. This one could use a little more fizz in my opinion.

O: This is an excellent English porter. I've yet to find a Samuel Smith beer that disappoints me.

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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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. There is a cryptic batch code printed on the neck but no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is an almost opaque black; light passed through when I held it to a lamp. Two fingers of thick, tan head dissipated slowly to leave a billowy and creamy lacing, a ring around the edge, and lace along the glass.

Smell: The first whiff is of smooth, dark malts. Dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, plum, cherry, black raspberry, lactose, and perhaps a little oatmeal. Coffee gives it a light roasted character, but it is far from prominent.

Taste: The first sip offers coffee bitterness, which was unexpected. When the taste buds adjust and the beer has warmed, the sweetness from the smell — chocolate, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and dark fruit — counterbalance it nicely.

Drinkability: A solid version of the black stuff. Drinking a couple more would give me a heinous hangover, but it would be well worth it.

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

A - Poured aggressively and had a very large head. The head pillowed from large bubbles and settled to a thin surface layer. The glass laces a little bit. Very very dark ruby in color. The head is tan/brown.

S - Toffee, caramel and butterscotch. Sweet. Smells like the holidays. Esters and some dark fruit.

T - Wow, butterscotch and fruity esters. Slight iron-like taste on the finish. A bitterness is there that lingers that begs another sip of the sweet front end.

M - Medium body but still has a bit of chewiness to it. Carbonation is a little higher than I would expect. Slight alcohol warmth.

O - Man I really love this beer. A bit on the pricey side so I don't get a chance to try this very often but it is so very good.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Pint glass.

A: Pitch brown? Dark...Nice pillow head off the pour settling to one finger. Some slick lacing.

S: Me likie. Now that's a full head of smell! Cocoa, espresso, roasted malts. I get a creamy emptiness, much like an English pale ale, to wrap it up.

T: Oddly, I get a little brine as an intro. Not as hearty as the nose, but the chocolate and espresso notes pull through as postscript. Some bitterness from the hops makes an appearance as well. And a pleasant metallic undercurrent frames the 'taddy.'

M: Dry and chalky, but with a center that resembles a stout. Very drinkable for such a tasty porter.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roasted malt to the front, some caramel or chocolate in the scent. Signature scent that comes from SS yeast is present

Lower carbonation on the palette, allows the flavors to come through a bit more clearly. Some creaminess but not a terribly heavy beer.

Pours almost black in a new belgium goblet. Nice creamy off white head which dissipates slowly and laces well.

Definite maltiness, maybe a unsweetened cocoa flavor. On finish I get a hint of chocolate and a nice bitter finish. Maybe twang of copperiness at the end.

Pretty drinkable, although this is not my favorite of the SS lineup. I think you could session this if need be, but I'd trade for the pale ale anytime.

It's a good beer but just not the best porter I've had. Lacks the malty pop I kind of expected and the off twang detracts a bit. One of my favorite breweries, but not their best beer in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,076 ratings.
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