Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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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 EricCioe
1.94/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One of six beers at a five person blind porter tasting including: Anchor Porter, Big Sky Bobo's Robust Porter, Deschutes Black Butte, Harvest Moon Pigs Ass Porter, Samuel Smith Taddy, and Sierra Nevada Porter. All of these are shelf beers in Montana.

I reviewed this over a year ago and loved it. I am inclined to think this bottle has some problems with it. I sure hope so, because it was absolutely awful.

Pours dark brown with highlights through the thin portions of the glass. On the nose there is a lactic sugar note, sickeningly sweet, with a decent fruit note being ruined by diacetyl butter note. In the mouth those flavors are amplified, with the nasty buttery note really taking over. The body is thin and watery, not necessarily a bad thing, but there is a strange sour note here too.

Overall, I couldn't believe what this was when it was unveiled. I had a good experience with this beer a year before. This was a disaster. Hopefully it was just a bad bottle at the blind tasting, but at the price I'm not too eager to buy it again. Very, very disappointing for all five of us.

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

Poured from bottle.

A- Pours a rich dark brown color..pretty much black. Two finger beige colored head shows great retention. Nice ringy and streaky style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time roasted malts in the front of the nose with almost a light hint of nuts. Coffee roast comes through next with chocolate following suit. Darker fruits really don't show up to much along with alcohol which kind of surprised me.

T- Roasted malts in the front end with hints of darker fruit that get overtaken by a charred coffee taste. Middle of the beer is more darker fruit forward which was a nice change of flavor from the front end. Darker chocolate toward the backing of the beer with a smooth roast flavor. Alcohol while there is not medicinal but more of a light liquor feel to it.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts, hints of darker fruits, and light chocolate left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly smooth alcohol, chocolate, darker fruits and hints of roast. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Very well balanced for the style with no off flavors at all to speak of.

D- This beer was a perfect example of the style. Low ABV does make this one very drinkable and I did drink a lot of it. Flavorful but not filling. Sam Smith does make excellent examples of the style and everyone should seek out this widely available brewery.

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

I think straight 4's is appropriate for this brew. It's just good. Not great, not o.k., but GOOD. The color is a nice opaque reddish brown, very dark. The head is voluminous, shoots right up out of the beer making a solid inch of tan foam on top. This settles quickly but leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

The aromas are enticing, chocolate malt, nutty, roasty smells. Very pleasant and malty aromas.

The flavor is GOOD. Wonderful blast of malt up front with a lingering dry finish that leaves a great taste in your mouth for minutes. Almost like eating grain butter. The flavor is loaded with pecan, bitter chocolate, toasted raisin bread, and a tangy sweet grain. There is a nice mineral note too that balances the sweet malt nicely.

The mouthfeel is great. Very silky and smooth, leaves a creamy film that makes you want to keep swallowing with nothing there. Great finish.

Very very drinkable, this one deserves the hype. Glad this came to my area as I've heard about it for so long. Definitely try it if given the opportunity.

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

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally managed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here....

A - Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a small tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace. Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had. Wow. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations! Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel. Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more!

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is pitch black, but with a tinge of burgundy around the edges when held up to light. About a finger's width of a tan head that fades fairly quickly. Not much lacing left on the glass either. Coffee scents are nice but a bit weak. It's the taste where this beer stands out. Starts malty with hints of cocoa and caramel, and finishes with a touch of bitterness, with a wonderful fig aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel as well.Looking forward to another one.

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Photo of jar2574
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black and the light that gets through is a ruby red shade. Big cream colored head that dissolves slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Very unique smell. Malts. Something sweet - smells a little like yeast but it's a type I'm not familiar with.

The beer, unfortunately, comes off as a little flat and uninteresting. More like a mild English ale than a porter. This porter doesn't come at you with smokiness or chocolate flavors. And that's fine, but I'm also not getting the "dry, tangy character" mentioned on the bottle. I'm not getting much "character," period. It's just an average tasting beer. The mouthfeel is boring - too watery.

For all that, it's a drinkable beer - inoffensive, easy to drink, looks quite nice on the way down.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a monster tan colored head of 2 inches. Fairly dark brown, ruby red can be seen through the liquid when held to the light.

The beer smells like fresh paint. not really sure how to describe it, i guess it's malt. some toastiness.

Rich toasted malts, caramel and toffee. Some nuttiness in the taste, a little bit of candied sweetness like the center of a tootsie pop with the fruit flavored bits around it. very tasty especially once it has warmed, the flavors really come alive and blend together quite nicely.

The Taddy feels dry in the mouth, fairly high carbonation. medium mouthfeel. very creamy. has a melt in your mouth feel to it.

This beer is extremely drinkable and at 5% it will take quite a few before you're drunk. The great taste makes it easy to consume. Very delicious beer, it's a pleasure to be able to try this one.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color with one finger of fluffy coffee colored head, retention is average.

The scent is of coffee, roasted malt, some notes of chocolate.

The taste is of burnt coffee, roasted malts, notes of vanilla, fruit, some dark chocolate.

Full bodied, smooth and a little chewy, moderate carbonation.

This was a good porter, nice balanced flavor, not easy to drink more than 1 or 2 of these.

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

This is an excellent brew from an excellent brewery. Samuel Smith never lets me down.

It looks amazing in color, tastes fantastic, has exceptional mouthfeel, and maintains a good smell and drinkability.

Not my favorite Samuel Smith, but so, so good.

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

Poured into a British pint glass.

Pours with an amazingly creamy two fingers of head that lasts and lasts, and instead of going away it just gets creamier looking. Body is clear very dark ruby. Looks nearly perfect.

Smells of distant light English hops, stronger but mild slightly robust roasted malts, and inviting creamy malt character.

Soft subtle roasted malts play happily on the tongue throughout this flavor. The drier character lends flavors that resemble the best Irish dry stouts, as I believe this beers soul shares the same origins the previously mentioned ales. However this is set apart in flavor by the classic Samuel Smith diacetyl flavors.

The mouthfeel is so soft I can hardly believe this is neither poured from a tap, draw from a cask, or infused with nitrogen. Such head retention and soft smooth mouthfeel are hard to attain with traditional ingredients and bottling. Leave it to Samuel Smiths to defy expectations. Drinkability is very good.

Conclusion: As is everything else I have tried from this brewery, this beer is wonderful. As English as it can be, it is subtle, satisfying, and so smooth it is unreal. A great example of a traditional British porter.

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

A- Pours dark brown with a creamy tan stays long after the initial pour. Lacing also appearing.

S-Lots of coffee and sweet chocolate. I also get a scent of a whiskey smell on the back end.

T- Well balanced. The coffee and mocha taste balance well with the malts. Nothing is overpowering, it almost seems a little lights initially, but lingers long after drinking.

M- Creamy, well balanced, good stuff.

D- This is probably the most drinkable porter that I have ever had.

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Photo of minishfinish
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black liquid with an fairly finely carbonated head, light brown to white, almost like creama on an esspresso.

Smell is hardcore roasted malts. The head is a bot misleading, because you might expect a heavier, meatier beer. You also get more alcohol out of it then you get from the taste.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and silky, existing the palate as quickly as it entered. It leaves clean, no real lingering taste at all.

Flavor is a great roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit milky. This was an extremely light mouth feel, which is amazing with a beer of this flavor. You can drink a lot this before you know it. A fantastic beer that lives right up to it's reputation. Drink this,

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

From notes at Old Chicago (2002): Poured from bottle into english pint. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with light brown head that lingers. Aroma of dark fruits, plum, fig, roasted malt, slight coffee / licorice type aroma. Taste is roast and barley, with dark fruits, and some candied apple. I feel like it is hard to characterize this one with normal beer vocabulary. It's an excellent porter, which distinguishes itself from others with a unique, rich, and complex aroma / flavor. Smooth, slightly silky mouth feel.

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Photo of basica
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a jet black color with a one-finger thick foamy tan head (4)

S - Strong nose of plums along with a certain phenolic astringency (3.5)

T - Upfront flavors of plums blended with a light sweetness moving towards a malty middle along with some notes of roasted malts (3.5)

M - Light to medium bodied with a watery texture (3.5)

D - Pleasant plum notes and easy drinking but with a slightly unpleasant phenolic astringency and a little watery as well (3.5)

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Black with brown hues, it poured with a one-finger head that settled to a dark cream thick film with big bubbles and some lacing.
S: Toffee and nuts (pecans and some walnuts) with a slight milk chocolate and a drier cream character.
T: Dry milk chocolate roast, crisp walnut, raisins, a slight cranberry. Slight earthy woody bitterness. Good.
M: Thinner and not very frothy, but with a crisp finish.
D: Good. A couple pints would be fine.

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

A-Pours a sturdy somewhat radiant brown which is surprisingly transparent when held up to a light. The beer boasts an attractive dark ruby color under light. Lighter tan head sits and stays. Leaves minimal lacing.

S-I think it smells much like super sweet toffee. Almost like a caramel hard candy. Chocolate/coffee combo are here but I find the caramel/toffee to be the big ticket here. Cocoa powder as well. Quite sugary in the nose.

T-Caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate like in the nose. Also picking up some milky lactose flavors as well. Dark fruits as well. Surprisingly a bit bitter which is nice. A pretty unique taste. Stronger than the %5 alcohol level would suggest. No alcohol traces however.

M-A light porter. Not a detractor. Still creamy but definately leaning toward the lighter mouthfeel direction.

D-Oh so easy to drink. No alcohol burn.

I have begun to really grow a taste for porters and while this isn't my favorite, I must say it is pretty good. Easily worth a try.

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

Poured black, with ruby colors when held up to the light. With light tan head that left good lacing.

Aroms is chocolate and dark malt, smells awfully similar to Young's Double Chocolate Stout actually. At least from my memory.

Taste has just a little bit of the chocolate flavor, a touch of roasted malt, a tad sweet, but finishes pretty dry, which keeps me wanting more.

Mouthfeel is medium, borderline creamy.

Overall this is one excellent porter, I would buy the crap out of this if it was more reasonably priced. But this is a nice cold weather beer that I could drink many of.

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

Super dark ultra clear cola with a dark and plentiful head. Lots of lace all the way down. Smell is roasty and full of coffee and cocoa. Some dark bread and molasses and a bit of dark fruits. Some floral hops. Taste is a continuation of the nose with nice hop finish that leaves coffee dripping from the roof of my mouth and a leafy hop dry bitterness. Feel is silky like the Oatmeal stout but lighter. A quintessential session porter.

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

The foam was a dark wheat in color, 2 finger depth, smooth and lacey. The color was a very dark cola with hints of amber in the light. The taste was deep and bobust, roasted malt a barley undertone and a crisp hops highlight. Mouthfeel - crisp, smooth, clean, full/heavy bodied but not too heavy. Drinkability - smooth and was alot crispier and a light feel than expected by the color. Nice session.

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Photo of Welsman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the finest porter i have tasted. Hard to come by in my parts. Oh how i
wish i could partake in a fresh pint from the draft.
Black as coal,smooth as silk, smells of roasted goodness, perfection.
I could go on and on about this beer (which i have to being short of 250 characters) Like the Bros say -- World Class.

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

I saw a review that compared the color of a liquid to garnet colored. Since garnets come in a variety of colors I submit that pyrope a member of the garnet family gets it better. At the wide part of the glass very little light passes through. At the round sides though, the deep reddish brown that appears is gem like. So's the beer. The head was very thick, I think I need to practice my pour.

The smell reminds me of these things I used to get from this German deli when I was a kid. Pretzel rolls, where instead of stretching the dough into a long strand its left in a ball. Bready in the middle and toasty on the outside. So's the beer.

It tastes right. A good balance of toastiness and acidity, hints of earthy Sumatran coffee, and a malty flavor make it memorable.

It is distinguishable from it's brother the stout by its lighter feel. This one is nicely substantial and has a good amount of effervescence.

I like porters and this is a really good one. I would say the high marks are well deserved and that I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A dark cola, clear enough too see lots of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of light beige head that has great retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S raisins and chocolate with a hint off coffee and a slight fruity aspect I can't quite place

T what I smell but with less chocolate more dried fruit and some molasses

M silky upon entry and the bubbles cream it up a bit before it hits you stomach and the flavors linger

D great session brew and ever so close to a few 4.5's so I can't help but drop one here

a solid classic brew that everybody should drink every now and then, not my favorite from this brewer but a great porter nonetheless

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

they've changed to a brown bottle, but still the familiar gold foil on top.

appears very dark brown, almost black. ring of white head. smells of smokinesss, some coffee.

taste is mellow roasted malt flavor. hints of chocolate. a little acidic, definitely some molasses.

medium body, easy to drink. classic english porter.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 12/30/2010:

550 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a 20 oz. mug.

A: It pours an opaque black color with 2 and a half fingers of creamy, khaki head that laces a bit.

S: Dark chocolate, wet bread, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a hint of berries. Consider me intrigued.

T: It is biscuit-heavy with chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and caramel; delicious.

M: It is creamy throughout with a mostly thin body and below-average carbonation.

D: This is fantastic and incredibly quaffable and I found myself nearly gulping it at times.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.22/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its been awhile since ive had anything on par with this. dont usually venture into the porter realm. Might be an old bottle, appears slightly overcarbonated and under hopped.
Smells a little bit corn-meally which i did not anticipate. The nutty malts dont taste stale though. Honestly a little of a let down after the first sip, starting to think i should have poured it colder. Very dry, almost harsh finish. Unique, but not special

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Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,138 ratings