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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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was served into a glass stein.

Appearance- Opaque, black body with a head that got to about two-finger of foam before falling to about a half-finger. The head is the color of a rich mahogany.

Smell- A little toasty bread that also has a slightly sweet tang to it, just past buttery. There is also a slight brandy nature that comes from the sweetness, kind of estery and boozy. The smells are good, subtle, and because of that, kind of hard to really place.

Taste- The malt character is so lightly implemented. Like the brewers were testing how "softly" they could brew it while still imparting the flavor profiles they wanted.

The English bittering hops are easily perceptible by the slight tang on the tongue. That great Sammy Smith hard water flavor really shows itself in the finish as well. Usually, this is an inferred flavor in the after taste, but the subtle nature of this beer really lets it come through.

The malt is still bready and toasty. This porter is not huge on the flavors, but it was not brewed to be. Just nice and clean.

Mouth feel- The hops makes this one slightly dry. Also a nice medium body with a relatively smooth and slick feel.

Overall- This porter is not going to be the mouth-punch Edmund Fitzy or the like is, but it does a great job of just being a chill porter. Sit back and idle the day away with one of these in your glass and five more waiting for you in the cooler. Cheers!

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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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Ah, the classic English porter. I’ve been drinking this beer for years but only now getting around to reviewing it.

Appearance is pitch-perfect; totally opaque black color, with a big tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lot of clingy lace on the glass.

Nose is also pretty much perfect, with tons of roasted malt upfront; noticeable bitterness, and subtle coffee undertones. Faintly sweet and chocolaty.

The taste has all the aspects of the nose without being too big; it’s easy to drink and pairs well with food. Roast, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Very lightly sweet and figgy.

Moderately creamy but with a body that’s on the thinner side, medium carbonation, very sessionable. Not as profound and complex as some of the contemporary porters but still an exemplar of the style.

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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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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with huge creamy tan head, leaving thick patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish roasted malt, weak coffee.

Taste is a complex mix of roasted malts, bits of coffee, sweet caramel, bitter chocolate and mild hops during the dryish finish. Mouthfeel is smooth medium/full with moderate carbonation.

An excellent porter, one of the best I have ever had.

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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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