Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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

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

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Ratings: 3,084 |  Reviews: 1,331
Photo of harrymel
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date: unk

A: Pours dark, deep brown with little to no translucency. Single finger of light tan head falls to a quilt of the same; and a thick quilt at that. Spotty lacing.

S: Bing cherry, blackberry, vanilla, cream, hazelnuts, sweet malts. I've had this beer many, many times, and it never ceases to amaze.

T: Nutty, cocoa, coffee. Stone fruits. You know, often times with a beer, the subtle tones I sense in this beer indicate imperfections. The problem here is that everything seems to come together nearly perfectly. Further, it's consistent, which indicates the beer is intended to be this way.

M: Medium to heavy on the body here. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Always satisfies. /thread

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

A - Pours almost opaque with a cloudy ruby red hue on the edges, two fingers of frothy mocha head, solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, dark cocoa and a touch of caramel reminiscent of dark rum.

T - Surprisingly earthy, dark cocoa, leafy hops, touch of coffee and some chocolate lingers reminiscent of a brownie.

M - A bit thin and could definitely use a bit of a carbonation lift, though it goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - A tasty english porter and a solid sample of the style. Grab one for yourself because I know I'll be grabbing another!

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

Beautiful black Porter with a frothy and sticky ivory colored head.

Light notes of coffee on the aroma and stronger notes of chocolate make for a nice roasty profile on the nose. Rasin-like fruity esters show of the English Ale yeast and make for a rather sweet smelling porter.

Taste is remarkable similar to the Oatmeal Stout from the same brewery. Taddy Porter comes across with a bit more of a roasty profile with notes of mocha and hints of caramel and obviously lacks the oatmeal-molasses flavors that make the O.S. such a tasty beer. That being said, this is an equally delicious beer and the stronger roasted flavors hide some of the fruity esters making this a bit lower on the sweetness scale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth as always. Overall, Taddy Porter is a classic English Porter. A bit less robust and sweeter than some of the Porters coming out of America's craft breweries but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of bum732
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Rich breadiness with some coffee roastiness. Slight herbal hoppiness.

L: Black with a light tan, creamy head with great lacing. Solid retention.

T: Rich bready malt up front followed by a medium sharp bitterness before yielding to some coffee soft roastiness. Finishes with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Fairly dry finish, some chocolate as it warms.

M: Medium carbonation, medium-full rich creamy body with a sharp but pleasant bite.

Just an amazing beer and really the prototype for English porters. Wish i could get this fresh, but pretty solid as is.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent brown with a ruby hue. The head is very thin, but leaves some fair lacing around the glass.

Kind of a banana nut bread smell with a really low amount of banana. Mildly fruity with sweet smelling malt. Good complexity from the nose.

Very similar to the nose. A little more fruity however. Some dark fruits and nuts as well. Notes of cola and toffee as well. Pretty good complexity.

A touch thin in the body, although for the abv, probably about right. The carbonation is nice. Moderately dry on the palate.

Drinks very well and really has a unique complexity to it. This could be pretty sessionable. A nice well rounded beer.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got handed one from a four pack at work today, never really paid much attention to this beer, but the rating is getting my hopes up.

A: Opaque dark brown color with a thick dark tan 3-finger head that puffed up and is slowly receding but not going away.

S: Smells of chocolate malt, coffee and dark fruits -- figs/raisins?

T: Dark roasted malt with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. There is a small amount of raisiny sweetness that rides through most of the flavor experience.

M: Full bodied, and incredibly smooth. Starts off with a carbonation bite, then as the flavor develops it gets very creamy, then finishes a little dry.

O: This was a real treat for a free beer handed to me at work. I had no idea this was so good. Best porter I've ever had, hands down.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker: deep brown with a sustained, creamy tan head that very slowly dissipated leaving a tremendous amount of lacing. I was very impressed that the creaminess was sustained throughout the drinking experience.

Rich, spicy, almost wine-like aromas greeted the olfactory upon opening the bottle.

Without a doubt, one of the best porters I have tried. This ale is immensely drinkable with a rather light roasted flavor with hints of bitter semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa. There are faint fruity, fig-like flavors as well.

This medium bodied ale is silky-smooth in the mouth leaving a coating of cocoa and fruity flavors on the tongue. The carbonation is very restrained.

I seems you cannot go wrong with this brewery; despite the high price and no freshness dates, every product I have tried has been very fresh. There are many great American porters, but if you are seeking an English version, this is the one to choose.

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Photo of DrewV
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550mL bottle out of the beer fridge (45 degrees) into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Dark brownish garnet color with a huge 3-finger light caramel colored, frothy head (very fine bubbles). The head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S: Dark molasses, candied fruits, prunes, figs, anise... typical Samuel Smith aromas. Sweet, but dark overall. No spiciness or alcohol detected.

T: Shockingly different from the aroma! Roasted cocoa, milk coffee, and a heavy dose of chocolate-covered raisins. Light, but full flavor. Delicious. No alcohol to be found. Note that the first sip is the strongest, then each following sip becomes less intense. I wish the flavor would hold its intensity a bit more.

M: Fairly thin for as full of a flavor that this has. Very lightly carbonated which keeps things interesting.

O: A solid porter, not quite my favorite due to the relatively thin substance, but very flavorful and the raisiny-chocolate cocoa aftertaste leaves you wanting more. Addicting stuff for sure, but falls a bit short of the complexity and full flavor of my personal favorite porter, Edmund Fitzgerald.

NOTE: If there were marks for Value, I would be forced to give it a fairly low rating. Reason being, Edmund Fitzgerald is available for $9/6-pack, while Taddy is $10/4-pack. Just not worth the $$ when a superior product is available for less. But if you have no other options, it's a decent choice.

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

An 18.7 oz bottle readily available in our area.

Pours a near black(I can see hints of a brown hue). Head is beautiful; as big as you want it. Nice lacing to go with it.

Nose is very nice. Caramel, vanilla, malt. Vanilla is really strong on this one. Bitterness finishes the nose.

Taste is charcoal, malt, bitter, cocoa. This is a really complex drink that gets better with every sip. You would never know this is NOT a high gravity beer. The lighter alcohol does lead to a slightly watery mouth feel. I know, I am spoiled with all the American thick stuff. Flavorwise, this one is really good.

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Photo of NilsFrisk
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black coloured beer, with a tan head, bareley some red highlights held to a light.
Smell is definetly roasty, i wanna say vanilla and liqourice, but can't quite put my finger on it, a little burned and a little alcohol there too, but not too much.
the taste brings out the vanilla and liqurice more clearly. A bit of roasty bitterness there aswell. There is a thick and almost a little creamy body, and breathing out through the nose, it burns a little bit of alcohol there.

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Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charcoal black turns into a semi-transparent ruby when held to light. Huge light tan head forms and does not disappear. Produces mountains of frothy lace.

Smooth aromas of roasted coffee and toast.

Flavors of coffee, roasted almond and toffee start it off. Lots of bready malt flavor comes through with a toasted character. Just a touch of raisin sweetness. Leafy and herbal hop flavors add a pleasant level of bitterness. Overall, very well balanced and that is what makes it so tasty.

Medium bodied. Semi low carbonation. Plenty of texture and a smooth feel.

This is an excellent porter. Hits the spot with complex flavors and perfect balance.

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Photo of bobhits
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A modest but firm pour creates an imperial pint glass full of head, I suppose I’ll have to be nicer with my pour once this dies down. The color is on the lighter side of the dark beers, rather nice brown color, almost too light to call it mahogany. Surprisingly little lacing and I’m pretty sure this glass is about as clean as I get can a glass, hand washed just a few days ago.

The nose here is just a treat, near perfection for the style. Coffee, vanilla bean, floral hops, light burnt cocoa, and a nice familiar watery burnt malt finish.

The nose gives hopes for big bold flavors such as Edmond Fitzgerald, but sadly the taste is a touch short of that. There aren’t really distinct flavors coming out of my glass. Instead a rather smooth and mellow dark malt flavor finishing with a nice bitter finish from the hops. It comes off like a cream and some kind of dark chocolate or coffee or something but so light it isn’t distinct with a very good hop finish. Not overly bitter like I’d prefer but bitter enough to give the beer the “tangy” quality that it claims to have.

Very drinkable stuff, I’d put the abv around 6.5 without looking and the carbonation and mouth feel make this a very drinkable beer. Exceptional really.

I’ve found the other stouts from Samuel Smith to be underwhelming if not down right poor examples of their style. This porter gives me renewed hope that this brewery can actually make good beer. Very possibly the best dark beer from the UK (not barrel aged), but that’s really not saying too much.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some slight reddish highlights around the edges. Has a coffee colored head with real good retention.

Smells of cherries, malt, and coffee.

Taste dark cherries up front followed by bitter coffee. Finishes dry with rum/raisen notes.

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Photo of Brunite
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown with a mocha head. The head starts out very pitted but settles to almost nothing. No lacing.

S-Burnt coffee and some faint chocolate.

T- Well balanced. The coffee and cocoa tastes nice but subdued. Typical bitter twang also present.

M- Body is a bit light but creamy when swirled.

O: Definitely a good porter. Not as great as I remember in the past. Fullers is far superior for an English Porter IMHO. That said...this is nicer than many.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black with a small creamy tan head that stayed with the beer. The smell is a bit smokey very roboust and heavy. The taste is initally watery, but then a dry smoked flavor hits the palettee. Nice carrbonation for a porter. Overall a bit different but fantastic.

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

We pour a brew of deep, cola-brown. There is a one finger head of miniscule mocha bubbles, which initially congregate around the edges, only to become a ghostly film about the top of the liquid. Patterned lacing appears as the head recedes at a standard pace. The carbonation appears active, and no sediment is noted. The aroma is lofty, with smooth malts hitting first. They have a deeply roasted character, and a bit of drying rye is palpable through this fiery haze. There are flashes of pseudo-coffee, but that could be afforded, too, by the deep roasting. Floating off the top there is the faintest hint of vanilla wafers, with a transient sweetness of cream. As we sip, toasty, burned malts hit up front, with saltiness, and some souring of vinegar. These persist through the middle, where the malts turn to the roasted side, and a definite coffee flavoring appears, with chalky drying grain to round out to the peak. As the swallow commences, the same flavors transition us to the finish, with the last notes of dark malts being washed away by the first hints of booze in the tasting. The aftertaste breathes with more of the same malts, drying coffee, and that black-peppery booze. The body is medium, almost thin for a porter, and the carbonation is huge. The latter is actually the first thing noted upon the first sip of the brew. The feel is otherwise smooth, with a generous slurpability lent by the carbonation. By the end the mouth is left cooled, and satiated, and not as dry as one might expect. The abv is standard, and this is an easy drinking brew.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the creamy mouthfeel, helped along by the deep mocha head. As a whole this seemed to be characteristic of an “English Porter”. The slight bitterness and sourness was indicative of the style, and more specifically, something coming out of the UK. What detracted a bit for us was the overwhelming carbonation which, while it lent to the head and mouthfeel, became bothersome by the end.

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

Very glad to finally find a bottle of this brew. No dating on the bottle or label that I can find. Is there such a color as "light black?" That's what the body looks like. Two-finger tan head that lingers for quite a while, and leaves some light lacing along the glass.

The first aroma I get is chocolate, followed by toffee and roasted malt. Not overpowering but inviting.

Great mix of flavors, especially for such a low abv. Coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, and just a touch of bitter hops. These all blend into a nice finish for the taste profile. Well done.

Although a little dark for a porter, this is nonetheless an outstanding brew. Nearly stout-worthy, this is a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into the "proppa" Samuel Smith's pint glass of course.

A- The pour produces a very dark brown, almost black liquied with red tinted edges. The head stands tall, is a cocoa puff milk color, and like all Samuel Smith beers, settles into a nice thick layer of froth. Good spider lacing on the glass.

S- Fairly good representation of roasted malts in the nose. There is also some sourdough, and pumperknickel bread. Toffee and small amounts of chocolate peak through in the end of the aroma. Great smell.

T- The taste is toffee and pumperknickel bread. Would have liked to see more from the aroma in the flavor. The finish is the taste's strong point as it rounds out with dry, and slightly bitter roasted malts.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A little creamy, but a step down from the oatmeal stout and nut brown ale, but still a good mouth nonetheless.

O- 2 Reasons why I would move to England. 1) To follow the Barclays Premiere League 2) To drink Samuel Smith's on the regular. I have yet to come across a Samuel Smith's beer that has dissapointed me. Could definitely session this. Not the best porter, wouldn't say it should be called famous, but I'd definitely call it good.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours black with a one and a half finger creamy tan colored head that recedes leaving bits of residual lacing.

S. Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, creamy sweetness, and a bit of vanilla.

T. Lots of roasted chocolate up front with that same creamy sweetness and some roasted bitterness on the tail. Ends dry.

M. Medium body with creamy carbonation.

D. I expected this to be a bit sweeter than it is. Creamy sweetness rather than caramel notes that I expected. My wife's pick to pair with a seafood dinner for her birthday.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Cherry licorice and chocolate. Not what I'm used to.

T - Follows the nose, with cherry licorice and chocolate. Some roasted malt. Fairly sweet.

M - Medium light body with average carbonation. A bit light but easy to down.

O - Pretty good beer. I haven't had many English Porters, but if this is one of the best, I'll stick with the American style.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with shades of crimson with light behind it. The thick, frothy, creamy head is medium-tan.

Smell is rich and sweet, rather milky, but without the roasted character typical of most American porters (which I drink much more often). Has a ton of wood in it, and vanilla comes through quite clearly. Overall, it smells like a sweet, delicious pudding.

Sweet woody malts dominate the flavor, with a bit of bitter coffee coming through on the back end to give it some sharpness. Again it has that milky character that I picked up in the smell. Finish is smooth, with a great lingering sweetness. As I progress through the glass, though, the sweetness asserts itself more, and becomes a bit too much.

Medium-bodied, feels lighter than it looks, with high carbonation (a bit too high IMO; makes the roof of my mouth tingle). Lingers in the mouth for quite a while, with the vanilla sweetness just sticking to my tongue.

When you put "famous" on your beer's label, it better be darn good. This beer is. It's varied, well-balanced, and just really tasty (though it could do with a touch less sweetness). And with the low ABV, it's a very sessionable porter.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
No date or info listed on the bottle.

A - Crystal clear and light oak during the pour, it becomes more of a burgundy brown in the pint. A crown of three-fingers of foam rests gently on top and lowers slowly. It's just missing lace.

S - Dusty cocoa and flaky dirt give the aroma a classic English nose with lots of chocolate malt, a little hint of being burnt, with bready characteristics and mild hops.

T - Very dusty and dry, this English porter has nuances of bread toasted just a bit too long and bitter-sweet chocolate. Flavorful and rich!

M - A creamy and smooth entry leads to a soft feel on the palette and a mellow, not distracting dry finish. Medium-bodied and delightful.

O - Taddy packs a wallop of flavor without the necessity of pesky heavy alcohol our American versions have. Highly drinkable, it's a session porter if there ever was one. God bless the English brews.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- It looked brown coming out of the bottle, but it's almost black in the glass. funny how that works out. Garnet on the edges when held to light. Thick light brown head lasts pretty well at a quarter finger with a couple solid notes of lacing.
S- The smell is of roasted coffee, with some chocolate. It has all it needs but I'm just finding it underpowered.
T- A bit better here. I really am getting mostly coffee out of it, but there definitely is some chocolate flavors at work there. There is just the faintest of smoky flavors in the finish. Low hop bitterness.
M- Super smooth. Creamy carbonation, but maybe a bit light in the body.
O- A super easy drinking porter. If the price wasn't so high compared to many of the other great porters (about 2x oz for oz compared to Anchor Porter, SN Porter, etc.) it would be a regular purchase. Not as good as some make it out to be, but I can dig it.

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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a brilliant black colour with ruby highlights. The head is quite large and off-white, and retains quite well. Lacing is also very good. The aroma is also very good, roasty slightly-sweet malts, sweet chocolate, and dark fruits hit the nose in a surprisingly strong manner for the 5% ABV. The taste has the dark fruits hit first, these are very strong and substantial fruits! This is followed up by some very smooth roasty malts and just a touch of sweet chocolate. Very good.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with just enough carbonation, and the drinkability is quite good, even if it drinks like a stronger brew than 5.0% ABV. This was another great dark brew from Sam Smith.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out near black in color with a foamy brown head and a opaque blackness that is mesmerizing. It has an aroma of roasted malts, chocalate, and medicinal hops. Very nice. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, grassy grains, and medicinal hops. Mouthfeel is thick and coating and wetting. Overall this is a gorgeous beer and a best in class porter.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 88.3% out of 100 with 3,084 ratings
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