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

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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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Photo of BigCheese
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass

Pours a nice deep brown, 1" tan head, some lacing but not a lot.

S: Malts, bread, toffee.

T: Sweet, rasins, wheat bread, a hint of spiciness and bitterness at the the end.

M: Creamy rich and luscious at first, leaves palate a bit dry on finish, very sessionable.

O: What you would expect from an english porter, in both a good and bad way. Nothing crazy/new/interesting flavor wise, but very well balance, well crafted and flavorful. Quite sessionable and about as much flavor as a 5% beer will carry. Good beer to have with a hearty meal (would make a great breakfast beer). Glad I tried it.

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Photo of isitsavage
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark brown or black, two fingers of nice billowy brownish tan head that faded to a bubbly sheet across the top. Lots of bubbles and carbonation, resembles a cola. Lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

Smell is metallic, a bit woody, slightly sweet and chocolatey, brown sugar, malt and lightly roasted nuts. Perhaps some dark fruit notes, fig.

Taste is also a bit metallic as well. Roasted nuts and chocolate make up the bulk of it, more light fruity sweetness and brown sugar. Taste is subdued and maybe a little flat. Bitterness is very light at the tail end.

Medium mouthfeel, coats nicely but doesn't linger too long, very smooth. Despite it's appearance there is little carbonation felt.

Low ABV, smooth drinkability, and wide availability makes this extremely session-able and a nice go to beer for the colder months. Perhaps a bit pricey at $11 for a 4 pack.

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Photo of hiku7
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent porter. Smooth and drinkable, yet substantial flavor.

Pours a dark brown with some mahogany notes topped by a light brown head.

Aroma is chocolate, plum esters, roastiness, and a slight tart English yeastiness. Flavor replicates the aroma, plus toffee and caramel malt flavors. The hop bitterness is present, but mild and earthy in the finish. The slight yeast tartness adds a bit of bitterness that helps to really balance the malt.

Medium body and a moderately dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Go to English porter.

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Photo of littlelorib
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When i asked for porter recommendations, the salesperson pointed at this bottle and told me that i needed to try it if i hadn't already. I don't usually spend this much for one bottle, but i picked it up anyway.

The beer poured a near black with an ample light brown head that was very persistent. The smell had a pleasant aromas of chocolate and coffee, so by now i was really looking forward to tasting it. The taste definitely came through - chocolate and coffee, with a hint of toffee as well, but very balanced and quite pleasant. The mouth feel showed a medium body that wasn't overpowered by the carbonation.

Overall, i must say that this was a much better than average beer. It's not so pricey that i can't have it every once in a while, for which i am grateful. I am definitely looking forward to my next bottle of Taddy Porter.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Beautiful porter/stout appearance.

Smell - Superb malty, chocolatey delight.

Taste - ditto to smell, with a slight hop crisp in the finish

Mouthfeel - perfect for the style

Overall - Really, for an English Porter, this is fabulous beer. No tinkering necessary with craft.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked this one up in NJ last weekend. Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, figs, dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate, and something weird. Can't really place what it is, but reminds me of wet dog. Either way, something definitely a little off that downgrades the nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, figs, pulms, and raisins, chocolate, light caramel, and a little bitter coffee. That weird smell doesn't come through in the taste which is a huge improvement from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, with a very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink; amazing mouthfeel.

o - Overall an above average porter with something a little weird in the nose. Taste is pretty good and very sweet and roasted, and the mouthfeel is great. Would give another shot but not my favorite porter.

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Photo of silver7447
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While we enjoyed this beer, we don't find it to be exceptional in any area. This will not likely be a beer that I reminisce about drinking.

A- Very little head and lacing as is characteristic of Samuel Smith Brewery. Looks just like most porters, opaque and black.

S- The smell is not strong, but is very balanced and was a highlight of this beer. It has a molasses and raisin flavor, coupled with a background of slightly burnt coffee. Good mixture of bitter and sweet.

T- The beer tastes sweet upfront, but this fades to a lingering, dry bitterness. It contains sweet, fruity flavors of raisin & currants & molasses, along with sharper tones of coffee and chocolate.

M- The mouthfeel of this beer is long-lived. It begins with a sharp carbonation and mouthfeel quickly changes to a lingering dryness, which mimics that of a merlot or shiraz wine. The slight burnt flavor and dryness both likely arise from the roasted malts which go into this beer.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Bier Baron in Dupont Circle.

Appearance: Very dark brown, with ruby red notes. Thin off-white head. Leaves lots of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet and wholesome. Lots of English toffee, maybe some toast.

Taste: A little watery, but it matches the characteristics of the aromas -- high on toffee, low on charcoal. Sweetish, with no real hops.

Mouthfeel: A moderate amount of soft carbonation.

Overall: A porter with a strong English character. Solid and accessible, but not dazzling.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a shaker.

Pours a very dark brown color with a big two finger dark brown head with lots of thick and smooth lacing. Nose is mellow, malty a bit sweet and classically British.

Taste is mellow, crisp and smooth, a light hop bite but well balanced with the caramel malt flavors. The body is very light and watery, it almost tastes (and looks) like a nitro beer. Finish is crisp and smooth making my lips feel ever so slightly sticky.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

Pours black with an inch and a half of cream/tan colored head, really nice lacing and solid retention. Smells like creamy roasted malt, dry woodiness, faint dark fruit, dark chocolate, with some cherry and vanilla extract coming to the surface as it warms. Taste is mostly restrained roasted malt, finishing dry and slightly minerally. Light carbonation and medium-light body. Overall, this is a pretty good porter, quite drinkable but perhaps a bit one dimensional on the taste. I don't like my porters super roasty porters, and this one manages to be restrained enough to be drinkable.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with mahogany edges, the aroma is full of dark fruits and chocolate. Smooth and creamy, the same characteristics follow to the flavor. It’s got a bit more kick than most porters, but it really works. The finish is chalky and woody, and a bit of the well water used comes through. There is a roasted brown sugar flavor in there, too.

Definitely in the top tier of porters

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

A: dark black in color. Nice 1/2 tan head in a mug.

S: rich fruity dark roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: devine this is what all porters should try to be like if they are going to be in the style of: twangy hops mixed with a large dark chocolate malt, balanced perfectly. Some coffee, some prune like fruit, maybe fig? good stuff.

m: good easy to drink beer, low carb, medium body. very rich

O: its the standard in this style If you ask

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Photo of airforbes1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black/very dark brown with a creamy, frothy head that reminds me of a nitro brew. The aroma is also pleasing, with overtones of raspberries and cherries. I can't wait to take a sip.

Wow, there's a lot going on here. First, I get creaminess from the head, followed by raspberry, and then chocolate and smooth, malty finish. Maybe I'm getting some cola in there as well.

For comparison purposes, I'm drinking an Anchor Porter simultaneously, and this beer compares well. I get a similar flavor profile on both. I like both equally. The biggest difference (which is still slight) is how I get more chocolate and malt finish on the Famous Taddy Porter and more of a dark fruit finish with the Anchor Porter.

It's hard for me to pick a winner, so I'll cop out and also give this one 4.5s across the board. I read porter has fallen out favor in Britain, which is a shame if it means the Britons aren't drinking as much of this delicious brew.

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Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. I held it up to the light and couldn't even see through to the other side. Nice finger and a half of foamy butterscotch colored head that stuck around for a good while.

S: Maybe my nose was of today, but I wasn't getting a whole lot out of the smell. A bit of subdued chocolate notes, a bit of sugar , kinda like the candi smell of Belgian beers, just not as strong. Only the slightest indication of roasted smells, unlike most of the American porters I've had. Overall very subtle, and not too special.

T: Here's where this beer shines. The taste is not at all like the bitter roasted monster I was expecting. There is no real coffee flavor to speak of. The taste is more along the lines of sweet hot chocolate. There is even a strong marshmallow flavor in there. Also a bit of ,not fig, but fig newton flavor. Very tasty.

M: Thick but not viscous. Also, not as dry as the label would lead you to believe. It's actually pretty refreshing.

O: A damn good beer that surprised me on all fronts. I really like the conception of porters I've gained from American styles, but if this is what a real British portertastes like, than I would love to try more samples of them.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber hue. Almost looks black but held up to the light you can see through it. There is a 1.5 finger off white head with great lacing.

S - Slightly fruity aroma… maybe I’m mistaking lactose for fruity. Vanilla, chocolate, no coffee to speak of. Cherry might be the aroma I’m looking for. Really doesn’t smell like any porter I’ve encountered.

T - Taste is equally as fruity. Cherry, licorice, vanilla are the main flavors. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, all the flavors I would normally expect in a porter are missing. I haven’t had many English porters, so I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be this fruity, but that’s definitely what it has going for it.

M - Medium bodied, which surprises me. For a beer this fruity, I would expect something a little lighter bodied, but I’m fine with it. Finish is sweet and wet with a distinct cherry aftertaste.

O - Overall, I don’t particularly like this beer. It doesn’t scream porter to me, but I could just be used to the American porters. The sweetness just wasn’t what I was looking for. If that’s your scene, this is the beer for you, just not what I wanted.

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Photo of IPA35
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is dark brown with a offwhite head.

Dark malts, raisins, dark chocolate, wood (indeed) and a hint of British hops. Not bad!

Sweet malts, dark fruits, mild hops, a hint of choclate and a hint of metal. Nicely balanced and drinkable.

Medium thickness yet creamy, not alot of carbonation.

Overal a good porter.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a nice deep brown colored body. the head was a light tan color that actually have a good amount of retention and lacing for a porter. The smell of the beer had plenty of roasted dark malts aromas and some light earthy hops aromas too. The taste of the beer was a little metallic at first buy faded nicely as the beer warmed up. The flavored of chocolate and sweet malts were dominant in this brew. The mouthfeel of the beer was creamy and rich with a good carbonation level. Overall it's a damn good porter.

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

550ml bottle poured into a Samuel Smith nonic.

A: Pours caramel/Coca-Cola brown, but is nearly black & opaque in the glass with ruby highlights showing on the edges. There is a good, big, tight-bubbled tan head that maintains its fluff well after the pour and laces the glass.

S: Toasted dark malt, chalky bitter chocolate, some sweeter yeast & raisins, caramel & toffee, and a faint woodiness.

T: Taste follows the nose, with a good bit of sweetness balancing some good bitter notes. Flavors of chocolate, chocolate malt ice cream, nuttiness, and even some woody coffee notes attack the palette.Some dark fruit notes as well, raisins and dates.

MF: Pretty wet and chalky, good medium body with some lingering bitterness.

O: My first English Porter, it reminds me a lot of a cross between an American Nut Brown and an American Porter; dark malt, chocolate and coffee mixed with more caramel, toffee, wood and nuttiness. Not as much roasted character as I like in dark beers, but overall pretty pleasant.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 550 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a light tint of amber red and lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with lots of caramel and toffee sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Hints of dark fruits with some raisin, plum, and dark cherries. Also some hints of nuts and vanilla. Smells sweeter and less coffee driven than most porters I've had so far.

Taste: Like the smell but even more fruit driven. Dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with big hints of dark fruits including raisins, fig, and plums. Also a strong presence of chocolate while the coffee is very subdued. Also picking up some nuts and a little vanilla and brown sugar. Pretty fruity but sweetness is kept in check.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth and finishes fairly wet.

Overall: A great Porter from Samuel Smith with an interesting mixture of dark malts and fruity flavor.

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

The beer appears black (dark brown at the edges when held to the light) with an inch of thick beige head. As the cap slowly recedes, it leaves a sheet of lacing cascading down the pint glass. The aroma has a strong chocolate presence, with some roasted malt behind. The flavor continues with a tasty chocolate character, with a hint of coffee, and a nice bready, malty finish. A really tasty beverage. I can't believe I haven't had this before. The chocolate component is perhaps a bit heavy, but overall, the flavor is pleasant. Not too sweet. I could throw back a few pints of this. I bet this is fantastic on cask.

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Photo of adam42381
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 550ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 3 finger foamy milk chocolate brown head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt and a touch of chocolate up front followed by a touch of coffee in the middle before ending with a decent amount of bitter hops and a touch of burnt toast at the finish. Aftertaste is light and fairly bitter. I wish the taste were a little stronger and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could drink a couple pints on a cold evening.

Overall: Good beer overall. Another fine offering from Samuel Smith. The only thing holding this one back is that the flavor seems to fade too quickly. Definitely worth a shot.

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

Pours black as night with a creamy head that quickly disappears. Smells of coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Tastes pretty much like it smells-- coffee, toffee, bitter chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. A complex beer for sure. Perfect carbonation really makes all the flavors pop in your mouth. The level of carbonation also lends itself to the smoothness of the beer. Medium bodied for a porter

I still like the oatmeal stout better, but that is purely personal preference. This one pulls its weight for sure. They don't call it "The Famous Taddy Porter" for nothing. This is a classic beer for sure and a signature aspect of Sam Smith's lineup.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.

A: Pours jet black with massive 4 finger tan head

S: Slight roast, coffee, hint of chocolate, a bit of hops and a bigger caramel sweetness, but all pretty muted.

T: Slight roast, touch of coffee and a bit of a hoppy aftertaste, but mostly just a briny sourness and bittersweet taste going on

O: Very average porter. Wouldn't buy again and not SS's best.

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Photo of Cawdog
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dense head and with a ruby tinge.

gives off a smell of raspberry, cherries, chocolate.

The flavours linger for a while, with a roasty finish, its very complex mix of the above.

mouthfeel is rather lighter than I was expecting, because of the ABV. It has a certain creamy quality that is fantastic.

A lighter sytle of porter, very good beer!

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

12 oz into snifter.

A: very dark brown body with a bustling coffee hued head. head is tight and has great retention and lacing. so far so good.

S: milky. cookies and cream ice cream. there is also a definitive nuttiness to it. sort of similar to their Nut Brown Ale. maybe a touch of licorice as well as a herbal english hop varietal.

T: a very gentle roast. not astringent or in your face. not burnt either. chocolate. roasted chestnuts perhaps? definitely. once again, licorice seems to gently touch the palate, but not in an overbearing or lasting way. maybe just a touch of vanilla as well.

M: a tingly carbonation is just what the style calls for. medium body.

D: very easy drinking English Brown Porter. just not my favorite style, but still quaffable.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,072 ratings.
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