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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: 3,099 |  Reviews: 1,333
Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jegross2
3.57/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown. Held up to light, hints of red light barely pierce the beer's body. Pours a thin tan lace that mostly dissipates on settle into a small swirl of tan at the center of the beer. 3.5/5

Smell: Smells like milk chocolate mixed with black licorice. Faint slightly toasted coffee aromas as well. Smells a little acidic. 4/5

Taste: Flavor is very subdued and balanced, making it hard to discern specific flavors. The subdued taste is a disappointment given the robust flavors of the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout. What flavors I can divine are cream and roasted coffee. Absolute hop vacuum. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation. 3.5/5

Overall: Very unimpressed given the beer's reputation. Skip this one and just go straight to the Samuel Smith Imperial Stout.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black pour into a pint glass, no head. Small tan ringlet, with a little bit of lacing.

S - Lots of roasty malts in this one, with coffee and black licorice to back it up. Sort of burnt smelling. A very full-bodied aroma. Slight alcohol.

T - Very bitter-sweet, like dark chocolate. Some cocoa in the back, but licorice is the stronger flavor in the mix. I like the balance between bitter and sweet here, with the bitter easily being stronger, but sweet still making its presence known. Beautifully balanced.

M - Minimal carbonation, very smooth yet somewhat dry finish. Drinks almost like coffee.

O - Quite easily the best porter I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. Each different aspect of this beer complements the next so well. It's a beautiful thing.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Lemke10
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 550mL bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $3.79 in Summer 2011.

Pours a dark brown color with a slowly disapating head. Scent is that of mixed malts, some roasted, a little hazelnut, and other roasted scents. Taste is smooth with a bit of a bitter/dry tone. Not exactly watery but the taste feels very light on the taste buds. A nice slow drinking pub kind of beer that drinks great. Very easy to see why it's called The Famous Taddy Porter.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy, but fairly dense light brown head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The aroma is near perfection. The parts form an elegant whole. Light roastiness with a stronger toastiness. Creamy milk chocolate and a light nuttiness. Hints of coffee. I only wish that the nose was stronger.

3.0 T: What a letdown! The strongest flavor is an almost astringent burntness. This is much, much drier than the nose suggested. Bitter roastiness is powerful, while the sweet chocolate and the nuttiness is all but lost. The overall vibe is a strange mixture of bready and grainy. Coffee manifests in a slightly stronger manner.

3.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not creamy at all!

3.0 D: I don't know how the nose is so good while the taste is so mediocre. Either way, for some reason I expected a lot out of this brew and good very little.

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Photo of gregb13
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, root beer looking color with awesome frothy head; great lacing that slides along the glass. Smell is dominated by mild coffee and malted chocolate. Taste is superb: coffee; light, sweet chocolate; molasses. Excellent brew. Seek this one out!

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Photo of Phelps
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint at Boulder’s.

Ebony, completely like midnight in the middle but giving up cranberry highlights at the edges. Two fingers of airy, fluffy head the color of brown sugar fades slowly to about half a finger, then sets up shop. Some reaching strands of lace.

Twelve-grain bread aroma, and a subtle toastiness quickly gives way to major sourdough and dark fruit tang. Also quite papery; I wouldn't doubt if this is oxidized. Dried milk chocolate.

The flavor’s pretty much the same. Earthy English hops blend with slightly tangy chocolate. Hint of sourdough and dried dark fruits — fig, maybe? Chocolate emerges more as I work my way through, as does some toffee sweetness. A silky blend of flavors. Slightly drying finish. Gets better with every sip.

Moderate carbonation is just a touch too high, pinching the tongue excitedly. The silky body’s a touch under medium-light, very smooth. No hint of alcohol.

Solid. Nothing more to say. Earthy, chocolatey, the perfect balance of dry and sweet. There are many better examples, but its easy to see how they grew from this.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a two finger, creamy head on top, beige in color. Slow dissipation to a thin layer on top and sporadic lacing down the sides.

S: The aroma has some coffee, roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

T: Some cream and a bit of coffee, there is some non-descript dark fruit. There is a little bit of chocolate and vanilla.

M: On the lighter side of medium, a little thin. Would like it to have a bit more bit and a little fuller mouthfeel.

O: A pretty good beer, solid flavor profile. Just wish it was a little thicker and creamier.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on November 5th 2011. Poured a 550 mL bottle into a Blue Star Brewing Pint glass.

A: Poured a nice tan one fingered head. The head easily sticks around for a bit. Mild carbonation stuck to the side of the glass. Poured a nice solid black with the usual red shadings around the edges. The lacing chooses when it wants to stick, but when I refilled my glass the lacing actually stuck solidly.

S: Super malty is what I take in straight off. There are some hints of chocolate and coffee, but malts is what this primarily is.

T: The chocolate comes first with a maltiness making the tail end of this. With all these malts the is just a ridiculously tasty drink.

M: With some of Samuel Smith products the smoothness of the swallow is a turn off for me, but when it holds a head as well as this beer then it makes the swallow nice and creamy.

O: At times Samuel Smith disappoints me, but this is obviously not one of those times. This is the best drink they have offered me and when the claim it's "The Famous Taddy Porter" they are not lying.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The usual 500ml brown bottle, this one was poured into a half pint glass (I asked for a half pint glass) in the lovely ‘Citte of Yorke’, a Sam Smith’s historic pub in Holborn, London. I think this is their most expensive beer, still cheap though when compared to the prices in non-Sam Smith’s London pubs for a similar drink.

Black bodied beer and poured how I did into a half pint glass (three times), it produces a huge tan coloured head that lasts and lasts.

Imagine your nose is surrounded by a peat bog smothered in dark chocolate, hazel nuts and mashed toffee apples and you’ve got the smell.

Now imagine adding some caramel and taking away some of the sweeter elements from the aromas and you’ve got the taste.

Smooth, almost creamy in texture, this slides down the throat far to easily, luckily it leaves a rich film of the aforementioned flavours on your teeth. This leads you into thinking it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but you can’t tell because you’ve already taken another great swig of the beer; and so it goes on until you are spent and there is no more. A great beer and so, so easy to drink.

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Photo of fx20736
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a British Pint glass, served at 62f.

Black as coal which only shows the dimmest ruby at the bottom when held to a bright light, topped with a rich mocha head that leaves nice lacing.

aroma of toasted caramel malt, some earthy hops and a touch of Diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is like mousse, light and effortless.

Taste: a thin roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with a lactic tour twang, a touch of prunes with a little bit of earthy hops.

A good tasting beer with many layers of flavor, but that flavor may be just a little too subtle. Not as as sturdy or robust as Fuller's London Porter this is nevertheless an excellent beer. The lack of the smokiness of this beer, which Fuller's has makes this a lighter and easier to drink but perhaps slightly less memorable British Porter. Still, this is a fine beer and quite enjoyable.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,099 ratings
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