Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Taddy PorterTaddy 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: 3,125 |  Reviews: 1,343
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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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550ml Bottle

A: Very dark almost black. Nice 2 finger head that dissipates but still looks creamy and leaves great lacing. Great carbonation!

S: Chocolate and malts are very present. Nice crisp smell as well.

T: The tastes is amazing. Almost espresso like on the beginning. Quite bitter at the forefront but finishes very, very smooth.

This is a great find. I picked the Samuel Smith Oatmeal out and my girlfriend convinced me to try this, and I am ecstatic. Great bitter quality but with a smooth malty finish.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an almost opaque black from a 550 mL bottle, with no ABV or 'best-by' date on the bottle.
Massive cream/light tan head that stays. Beautiful lacing covers the inside of the glass as the head dissipates ever so slowly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of chocolate/cocoa, coffee, sweet molasses and hints of malt.
Delicious is one word to describe the taste. Absolutely delicious. Silky mouthfeel, medium to full-bodied, with coffee and chocolate taste predominating with a hint of malt and bitter hops towards the finish, just a hint. Taste gets better and better as the beer warms up. (Great lacing again, that just stays all along the glass)
Coats the palate in a way that leaves you wanting more.
This is hands down, one of the best porters around. The low ABV makes it a great sessions beer.
Paired hazelnut cream milk chocolate with this beauty and I have to say, the pairing was divine.
Drinkability of this beer is very good. I can have this one any place and at any time of the day. This classic porter is a definite 'must- have' for every porter lover. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of GeoJ
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It would be totally redundant to add anything to all of the great reviews, other than to say they are all on-the-money.

Absolutely wonderful, delicious brew that has easily become my personal benchmark for the style.

One of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've ever had.
Thank you, reviewers, for guiding me to this world-class beer!

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew. It's been years since I've had this until now, and lately when I've needed a porter I've reached for Ithaca Gorges, but I was feelin' this (thank you wegmans in penfield for having the craft your own pack section). It's just what you want a porter to be. I feel like everyone has said what needs to be said about it, just throwing in my two cents. One of Sammy Smith's best, and a quintessential porter.

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Photo of shageman331
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Famous Taddy Porter. Purchased Dec. 27, 2010. Consumed Dec. 31, 2010. 550 ml poured into pint glass. No bottle on date.

Appearance: Thick light tan head, black opaque body, and ruby/mahogany around the edges

Smell: Nice malty aroma with a roasty backbone.

Taste: Roasty malt and a little creamier than might be expected. Really the standard for porters.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and delicious.

Drinkability: This is my session beer (well" American session beer" anyway). This is the standard for porter. Deserved of the moniker "The Famous."

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Photo of mikeg67
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

550 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a long lasting, foamy, tanned head and much lacing. Aroma is of bready malt and herbal hops. Medium, smooth body. Taste is sweet toasted malt in the beginning followed by dark chocolate, some dry fruit and some acidity. Long coffee finish. This brew tastes more like American Brown.

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

I poured this 550 ml bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: clear, dark mahogany color, long-lasting, thick, tan head, thick cap, gorgeous lacing.

S: brown sugar, dates, coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, hint of smokiness.

T: dark fruit, honey and molasses up front, quickly followed by strong coffee note, then the chocolate makes a pass, and the finish is smokey, chalky, and kissed with grassy/floral hops.

M: medium-bodied, milk-like, nice bite of hops and carbonation on the tongue, the carbonation is moderate.

D: a delicious, middle of the road dark beer. The 5% ABV is a pleasant change of pace from the flood of Imperial dark beers that have overtaken the marketplace.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful black with thick creamy tan head, nice retention, and creamy, foamy walls of lace.

S- Dark fruits, dark chocolate, roasted malts, plums, cherries, coffee

T- Follows the nose, the dark fruits are in the front but not dominate just subtle. Nice notes of chocolate followed by roasted coffee.

M- Thick and full bodied, creamy

D- Very well balanced and flavorful. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. In the aroma, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes. In the taste, sweet roasted malt and chocolate and coffee hints, a bit watery though. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. Nice roast, but a bit thin, although still good for and English Porter.

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

Zillion reviews for this beer. What else can I say? It's truly an exceptional brew. Magnificent lacing throughout the session. Very well balanced roasted malts, chocolate. The epitome of an English Porter, at least in my limited experience. Does Sam Smith make a bad beer?

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

Poured into a crystal mug the beer appears a very dark black cherry red with a beige head. Good lacing, very inviting.
The smell hints roasted malt and fruit.
The taste starts with roasted malt, hints of coffee, mingled with some fruit like dried plum or prune. This sweetness of course is kept in check with a very balanced bitterness of mild hops and dark chocolate. Very smooth and creamy like all beers from this great brewery. Very , very drinkable!! This brewery has become my favorite, every beer you pick up from them tastes great.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very deep brown and deep ruby mixed. Appears very clear when held to the light. Wine red highlights all around the edges and at the bottom. Tan colored head with nice thickness and lacing.

Smell - Roasted malt mixed with some sweetness of dark fruit. Plum or maybe even a dark roasted cherry aroma. Dark chocolate comes waffling followed by a nice creamy note. Coffee is hidden in the background. Delightful and inviting aromas.

Taste - The coffee flavor is really only present in the aftertaste, which allow the dark fruit and chocolate to stand out. The taste is sweet and unpresumptuous with only rudiments of bitterness. A bit more sweet than most of the Porters I have tried thus far.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that is perfectly smooth. The palate is left wanting another sip. Begins slightly watery, but finishes dry. A tad creamy and very easy going down.

Drinkability - This is a very, very good Porter. I don't think I like this as well as the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but this is still way, way above average and worth a taste if at all possible. I am definitely looking forward to picking this up again. It is so easily drinkable it would be hard not to like it. Haven't had a Samuel Smith's yet that I didn't like.

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Photo of beerdrinker123
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an extremely dark brown, not 100% opaque but pretty close to it. There is a nice amount of creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but there is still a tiny bit of lacing left behind in the glass after sips.

There is a surprisingly sweet smell that comes out of this initially, but it is soon followed by a mild chocolaty smell and an ever so slight dark fruit aroma.

Flavor wise up front it almost has a watery quality to it but quickly turns into somewhat of a sweet and roasty chocolate flavor which is followed by a bitter after-taste.

This beer has a little bit more carbonation than I really prefer but is a solid porter that is very drinkable.

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Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,125 ratings