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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
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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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Photo of tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml (bought for 2.99 at Zipp's Liquors!) poured into a Surly pint glass.

Dark brown with garnet highlights and a medium tan head with creamy texture. Good retention and great lacing. The aroma is classic British dark ale: caramel, toast, coconut and toffee; even more than dark malts that should be the highlight of this beer. Decent frutiness.

Taste is heavier on the dark and fruity side of things than, say, toast and coconut. I don't get any coffee but certainly some chocolaty notes are present. The finish is quite sweet, with hints of roast, but not enough to make it too dry. The body is medium and carbonation a little high for the taste profile.

If it indeed is an example of Old World porter, then the American versions are much better on the characteristics this beer boasts to be its highlights viz. roast, dryness etc. On the other hand I am loving the maltiness of this porter. Tough choice, but if I were aching for a porter as I know it, I'd rather grab an Edmund Fitzgerald.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4/5; Taste 3/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my tulip.

A - Black with ruby edges. Two fingers of tan head that receded quickly and settled down. Sticky lacing.

S – Big roasty smell. Chocolate, mocha and coffee.

T – Deep roasty flavors just like the smell. Coffee bitterness. Slight chocolate taste but no real sweetness. Brown sugar. Dry at the end.

M – Creamy. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Smooth.

O – Its been said a million times but this is just a great porter. Very drinkable. Great taste. Winner all the way around.

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Photo of Grunewald
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours clear ruddy dark brown. The head is beige and leaves rings of lacing.

S - sweets, light caramel, vanilla and fruit rind

T - sweet malt, vanilla and notes of spices

M - medium carbonation, medium body with a wet finish

D - well balanced

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Photo of chocosushi
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml->Sam Smith Pint
A ~ Pours black with a thick tan head that rises like a biscuit out of the glass. Exceptional appearance.

S ~ Roasted Malts, Dark Chocolate, Mulch (mild), Nougat

T ~ Classic Burnt Malt Flavors lead the show but there is also Chocolate, Earthy hops, Dead grass, Mulch, weak coffee & a bit of Apricot.

M ~ Carbonation is abundant & it carries the flavors through.
Medium in body.

D ~ This beer sets the standard for Porter, English or otherwise. One of my favorites on a Sunday.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's an old song,: In heaven ain't no beer, so we gotta drink it here!"
Well, I hope thats wrong because this brew is a taste of heaven!
The color is like Black Garnet when held up to the light. This and several others are making me a Porter lover!

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Photo of Reaper16
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a nice cola brown with undertones of a deep ruby red at the edges when you hold it to direct light. 1.5 fingers worth of very fine bubbles, colored beige. It has a creamy look on top. This beer looks absolutely great.

The aspect of the aroma that I notice first are the dark fruits. This smells like a stout in terms of dark berry and prune aromas. There's a lightly earthy mushroom aroma along with some older hops that draw out the earthiness. I'd prefer there to be more of an assertive roast component, but I realize that this is an English Porter and not an American one. To that end, this beer hits every mark.

This beer is a reminder of why Porter is one of my top three favorite styles of beer. It's so, so drinkable! A cocoa powder like chalky roast flavor is balances by some umami notes and a splash of prune juice. I want to take big, big gulps of this beer. If I had a growler of this porter I would crush it myself in like an hour. This isn't supremely complex, it's just flat-out good.

It's fairly thin in terms of mouthfeel, but then that's the style. It's appropriate. Overall, this is a textbook English Porter. It's very enjoyable.

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Photo of itlnstallion11
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer pours a deep brown with a nice light brown(frappaccino colored) head.

S- the smell of the beer is overwhelmed with milk chocolate and some hints of malts,coffee and maybe some barley.

T- the taste parallels the smell, up front there is a sweet chocolate sensation followed by a roated coffee finish which leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste. There is also some hints of barley and hops but the chocolate is super prevalent on my pallet.

M- this beer has an initial light feel to it only to be followed by a silky smooth texture that remains in the mouth.

O- this has become one of my favorite porters along with Deschute's Black Butte porter, the milk chocolate Cocoa flavor is quite delectable and I will be sure to continue purchasing this beer for the years to come.

Please message me with any recommendations on similar porters/stouts.

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Photo of pburland23
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the first Saturday of the English Premier League season called for a proper pint while watching my Norwich City squad in the top flight.

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint.

Beer pours a deep, dark brown with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Beer smells of inviting dark chocolate and coffee beans. The roasted barley stands out as well. The taste is about as quintessential porter...the roasted barley stars again. Deep, delicious flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of creaminess. The carbonation is light and adds to the drinkability.

Overall, a great traditional British porter. Paired well with Saturday morning football.

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Photo of flexabull
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a classic porter in memory of my friends dog Porter who passed away this weekend. RIP!

Pours a very deep brown color, with a nice large white head.

Aromas are chocolate like, nutty, with some mineral like hops.

Taste is clean, nutty and with some malty chocolate. There is some light creamy sweetness and soft roasted malt flavors in the background. Finish has a nice crispness and mineral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, soft and smooth.

Overall, this is a very good English Porter, tasty, yet very easy to drink.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger tan head, black body, little lacing.

Aromas of toffee, caramel. A little chocolate/coffee.

Taste of roast malts, some ashtray, caramel. Moderate bitterness creeps in but always balanced. Dry finish puts me off a bit. Better as it warms.

Mouthfeel is quite light at 5%. Prefer heavier, but let's remember the ABV.

Overall, very good.

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Photo of leansean88
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while watching a bizarre '80s movie. I heard a lot of good things about this beer in general. Unfortunately, it was not quite as good as I expected. Don't get me wrong, it was still good. I guess my expectations were too high.

The biggest letdown really was the mouthfeel. I really expect something amazing from Samuel Smith's when it comes to easing the pallet, and this beer just didn't deliver. Carbonation just killed the feeling. But for all I've said, still a good beer and worthy of a taste.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with three fingers of fluffy dark tan head that took forever to fade into thick film that left a few streaks of thick lacing down the glass.
S: Not exceptionally smelly but what is there is nutty and roasted. I get a few notes of sweet malt as well.
T: Follows the nose with a light roasted, nutty, and woody flavor. There is a brown sugar-like sweetness to it, and unfortunately a bit of strange metallic taste. The finish has notes of molasses, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter and reminds me of dark fruits.
M: Airy, frothy carbonation that puffs up on my palate before quickly tapering off in the finish. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is pillowy soft and smooth but, a touch thin.
O: A straightforward porter. Easy to drink with any occasion. Goes down smooth but it’s not earth shattering.

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Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this beer from a glass mug...

The beer is a very dark brown, not quite opaque, The head is tan, tall and foamy. It smells of maple syrup, caramel and roasted with a slight tang. The beer is big on roasted malt and it's very metallic and tangy, there is also a hint of coffee and molasses. It's medium bodied with some stinging carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a great porter with a nice tang to it.

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Photo of DerekP
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm staring at a 550 ml bottle that I bought at my local mammoth grocery store for $3.99 out the door. The neck is wrapped in fancy gold foil. The bottle is fancy as well with the brewery name embossed above the stomach, say the chest of the bottle. It's been 20 minutes. This beer is calling me...

Almost pitch black with translucent mahogany-brown shades near the bottom. A cola-beige head sits atop, fluffy and incredible. Smells of deeply rich malts, dark chocolate, prunes, figs, burnt brown sugar, moist raw cane sugar, and butter (baby). LATE ADDITION UPDATE: as it warms, a friendly boozy note.

Taste is so approachable it makes me want to ask every bartender in town to serve this on-tap. Who am I kidding? Back to reality (and oh my am I enjoying it)...bittering hops afloat a hefty dark malt bill. Creamy, but more than enough hops to shake things up; I'd say the ideal amount.

The body is medium to heavy or somewhere between an early Roy Jones, Jr. and a Larry Holmes in his prime (my pops will like that one, that is if he reads this blog).

I'm relishing the fact that I've still got another 8 ozs or so left to enjoy. I need time alone with this one. Cheers!

Notes: this one is reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout, and that is certainly a good thing.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice thick tan head and some lacing

S-just dark malts but as the beer warms, a good scent of belgian milk chocolates start to come through. its a quality but faint scent.

T-comes in with a good taste of really dark roasted malts. tastes like burnt chocolate almost. it slowly transitions in to a good matching after-taste along with some bitterness and even more burnt character. there are even some sugars in there that remind me of belgian beers. its a fairly complex porter that seems to change with every sip.

M-good medium creamy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-one of the few beers that continues to get better as you drink it. if i were to suggest one thing, it'd be to drink this warmer than colder. it is a smooth a great drinking porter, much more easy to drink than some of the more flavorful porters. my 12 ounce bottle disappeared rather quickly and i was sad when it was gone.

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

Poured from Large bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, coffee black color. A nice 2 finger ivory head that stays puffy and laces nicely.

S: Nice roasted smells. Malt, coffee, coco, chocolate. Some sweeter fruit smells and caramel/toffee.

T: This one has it all. The roasted barley, chocolate, coffee hit first. The taste then mellows to a sweeter tone with caramel, toffee, and dark fruit. Flavor finishes with a nice dry bitter-sweetness.

M - Perfect carbonation for a porter. Mouth coating is great. Creamy throughout and has a nice finish.

O - I'm surprised I took so long to pick this one up. On the scale of porters this one is on the top of the spectrum.

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Photo of beerdrinker4life
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I found myself craving this one after a series of mediocre beers at GOTV. Let's try this one in the 100 degree heat!

Here it pours it looks like engine oil going into my glass. Real Viscous! Nice off white head very thin, but clinging on the way down.

Wow, it smells like crazy caramel corn and butter? Real strange. But there is some floral hops in there too. And toffee.

Amazing taste! This one is super balanced and fun. Even thirst quenching in a weird way. This one is very drinkable and complex at the same time.

Real pure silk and velvet mouthfeel.

Overall, this is one great beer and definitely would have again and again!

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Photo of kflorence
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - MAY 28, 2008

Pours dark brown, pretty much opaque, with a nice thick tan head. This beer has a lovely roasted barley aroma with hints of alcohol, chocolate and coffee. This is a pretty full bodied beer with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. It has a lovely roasted character with definite notes of malts, chocolate, some coffee and very subtle hops in the background. The beer finishes with bitter roasted cocoa. Pretty drinkable for being such a heavy beer, one of my favorite porters.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep, dark brown with auburn tones in the light. It's got half-inch head and lacing throughout. The aroma is of chocolate with roasted malt and hints of coffee and toast. The flavor is very complex and balanced, beginning with dark chocolate followed by cocoa powder and coffee with milk chocolate and some slight molasses notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and full. Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter is an excellent beer, Smooth, complex, balanced, and drinkable. A perfect example of the style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of VtBeerRun
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was around average slightly above. Nothing really stuck out with this beer. It had some nice creamy tastes to it, but as the beer went on that some what faded. I believe the attempt was to do a light porter, which was pretty good but nothing that really caught my attention. It wasn't a bad beer. If some one handed me a free one I would definitely drink it, but there isn't anything that made me come away wanting more.

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Photo of jhp40219
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say about Taddy Porter that hasn't already been said? This is pretty much the top of the line as far as porters go.

A - Pours black with a lovely tan two-finger head. Held up to the light, it appears more of a dark auburn brown. Lots of lacing as you drink.

S - Dark chocolate, cocoa, fresh roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Unsweetened chocolate, caramel, roasted barley, hints of coffee, cream, and sweet dark fruitiness in the background. A complete porter taste explosion! Seriously, I know of no other porter that has this much flavor.

M - Creamy but not too thick. Light carbonation.

O - Pretty much the perfect dark beer. I am really holding myself back from giving this all 5's, as I am not quite sure how they'd improve it. This is the top of the line as far as craft beer goes.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours almost black with a tiny bit of light shining through. Head is light tan and retains quite well. Lacing is sticky and holds well.

S: Very malt-forward aroma. Chocolate and some coffee, with dried fruit undertones. Hops are not present in the smell.

T: Sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee flavors up front, with some dark fruit character in the background. Prune and raisin give way to a slightly floral, clean hop finish.

Notes: Overall, one of the more complex English porters. This stuff is awesome. Full-bodied, yet incredibly drinkable in a session setting. I've had this beer numerous times, and every time I have it, I sense more and more. It just goes to show how world-class the brews that Sam Smith has to offer. A benchmark beer for this style.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, I see bottles of Samuel Smith’s at literally every liquor store I go to. But this time, I saw one that I couldn’t pass up: Taddy Porter. Just seeing “Tadcaster” on the label would probably amuse me enough to buy it, let alone the reputation this beer has surrounding it. So I grabbed a big bottle (surprisingly only $4.29) and eagerly cracked this one open with dinner. Here goes:

A: Very dark. Not black, but deep, deep brown – like roasted coffee beans. There’s a bit of light shining through, doing two things. One: letting some red hues through; and two: giving an important indication that this is thick, but not as thick as a stout. A head of creamy light tan emanates from the dark body, leaving the slightest amount of lacing as it retreats back out of view. Classic look.

S: At first, it reminds me mildly of a dopplebock – dark fruits abound. Then the porter elements kick in: mocha, dark cocoa, and a splendid earthiness. It hits a hint of floral hops at the back, but that’s quickly overshadowed by more syrupy sweets in the end. Like Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, it has a very timid nose. What’s there is good, though.

T: Again, mild. Bready on the front end, which provides a steady background for some sweet chocolate and juicy fruits. Lemony acids and a tart hops character come through soon after, providing a smooth transition to the finishing tastes that some late malts bring. They arrive with a rather subdued roast taste and some nutty/brown sugar sweets. Thus, the aftertaste is warm and clean.

M: Pretty average for a 5% porter. Decent carbonation on a relatively thin to medium body. Not spectacular, but not super-heavy, either. It could go well as a dinner beer, because it wouldn’t exactly fill you up or disturb your meal in any way.

O: Well-balanced, but not huge in the palate; there are some breweries that could learn a thing or two from old Sammy Smith. I don’t always want an extreme, flavor-fisting, palate-raping meltdown of 10%+ ABV when I’m drinking a dark beer. Sometimes I just want a solid, flavorful beer with a palate so versatile that I can drink it casually. And that’s exactly what Taddy Porter’s all about.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell has som e choco;ate, roasted malts. Taste is the same, roasted malts with chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of zrab11
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark brown with a 1 finger offwhite head

S-Has a creamy chocolte smell up front, also picking up on some roasted malts and maybe also some woody aroma

T- Has a nice creamy chocolate beggining then comes the roasted malts and finish's with a dry coffee character.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Overall i like this brew, It was very creamy and smooth but still had great balance and great flavors coming out. It might have felt alittle thin at times even with the creamyness comin through. Would get this again for sure

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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 3,097 ratings
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