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

The FAMOUS Taddy Porter pours a deep brown, nearly black color that has some dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. The beer pushes up a finger point-five of some creamy, vanilla-colored head that hangs around for a while before dropping into a nice foam cap on top of the beer. Some clingy, thick lacing hangs onto the edge of the glass as you drink.

Taddy has a nice nose on it, too. Some dark malts come out up front, followed by some chocolate, coffee, and a bit of roastiness. The only downside is it needs just a bit more assertiveness.

The flavor is good as well. A smooth, malty-chocolate mix up front that exudes a sweet and roasty character, all followed by a bit of dark fruit and maybe a bit of caramel? Nice, complex flavor, all held together by some the smooth mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy on top of a body that's a little over medium with some moderate carbonation. Good stuff, maybe give it to me a little thicker?

All in all, I'm pretty impressed with this beer, as I am with most of Sammy Smith's beers. Another beer that exudes quality from a brewery that has been solid since the olden days. Drinkability is high on this bad boy. Getchu some if ya see it around.

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

A- Very dark brown/black with deep ruby red highlights when held up to the lamp. head pours 2 fingers thick then quickly drops to 1/3 a finger, then eventually a film with a strong ring around the edges of the glass. lace seems to like to slide into the top of the liquid rather than cling to the glass

N- Coffee and Caramel right away, then some molasses for sure and maybe a hint of some maple syrup. smells like it's a malt bomb.

T- Follows the nose. starts off with the molasses and a nice bitterness seemingly form coffee and a faint somkeyness. the caramel comes about on the finish which is nice and crisp, a bit dry also.

M- Nice standard viscosity for the style, and a mellow carbonation/ starts off creamy and ends on a nice crisp and dry note.

D- review the above statements. wonderful beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark brown porter which is quite nearly opaquee in color but shows rubby hightlites when held up to any nearby light sourse thats emitting light presently. A deep tan head that is dense and fades slowly to a thick ring around the edge of the beer. A sutle trace of wisp foam lingers at center.
Intense malty aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle and is naturally more pronounced in the glass.
A complex taste with many differnt flavors coming through.
Sweet toffee malt is up front with a nice roasted malt flavor brings up the rear. Hints of black coffee and espresso come through with some sutle cocoa too.
This is a smooth and lighter bodied beer with great flavor.
I gave this a 5 drinkability-wise because it simply is a great drinking beer. You couldn't really ask for a better porter.
Drink well my friends

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

Poured a vivid black into a tulip with two fingers of slow receding light tan head. Roasty and slightly sweet aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.

Moderate carbonation and a very creamy, light mouthfeel. Roasty character becomes even more pronounced with lots of coffee, biscuit, and a slight caramel sweetness. Slightly bitter finish with hints of hops and smoke. Dark fruit character emerges as the beer warms.

Wonderful mouthfeel, balanced flavors, and very easy-drinking.

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Photo of yankiac
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Black with a ruby hue. The head is about an inch and it maintains its lacing throughout the drink

S - Heavenly. Subtle notes of chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - Well balanced roasted flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present.

M - Full and creamy

D - Shockingly very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

Notes: This is an exceptional brew. Sheer ecstasy for the palate.

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Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz or so, enjoyed at a beer tasting with Samuel Smith, the son of the current head of the brewery @ the Winking Lizard. Consumed in a branded English half-pint glass.

The beer poured a black color with brown hints and some nice, milky head. Nice lacing as well, and, when I hold this to the light, I notice some slight red highlights. A nice looking English Porter.

The aroma is great, just a touch muted when put up against the best of the style. Still, many great notes of roasted malt are present, giving caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit hints. A touch of hops for good measure.

Taddy Porter ha s mild chocolate and slight coffee in the taste from the roasted malt, but the star of the taste is some smooth caramelized malt. Medium bitterness follows, and the beer gives some impressions of sweet toffee and maybe a touch of cream.

The finish is a touch short and sweet, along with some mild lingering roast. Besides that, the beer is perfect in terms of mouthfeel. Creamy with perfect mild carbonation, the medium body feels great and keeps me wanting more. This was a great pairing with a lobster bisque and Samuel really enjoyed sharing his affinity for this beer. The young man will be leading the company soon, and he's ready to embrace their heritage starting with his love for Taddy Porter.

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

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque. Low, tightly beaded, tan head.

Smell- Lightly sweet with a hint of molasses.

Taste- Smooth chocolatey, molasses, and caramel. Hint of coffee. Lightly sweet with a moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light to moderate carbonation. Lots of sticky body.

Drinkability- Tastes much more complex as it warms to room temperature. Smooth with a hearty flavor. A nice porter that will be an excellent three season beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany colour, clear in the body and letting some light through. Head is nicely beige, quite dense and creamy with trails of pleasant lace that clings like my ex-girlfriend. Looks like a nice dark ale.

Smell is quite malty and spicey. Fair amount of dark booziness with a tart dark berry note, hints of vanilla pods and lots of banana. Some mild licorice notes on there as well. Nice banana bready notes with sweet caramel as well, pretty nice.

Taste is a bit plain. Sweet on the front with mild caramel notes that then gets watery and slightly dark with a very slight roasty character. Yeah, really rather thin on the palate overall, some of that banana coming through clearly on the back, but it would be nicer if matched with more spice or more roasty bitterness. Very English, but that kind of becomes synonymous with bland in my book, unfortunately.

Very drinkable, though - let's not forget that the milder something is the more one can just chug it down.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a two finger tan head.

Smells of espresso and dark fruits. Some chocolate.

A wonderful taste of slight coffee mixed with chocolate and a potent roasted malt.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel without the dryness of most stouts.

This is session, potent flavor without potent ABV. I wish Guinness tasted like this.

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Photo of velosuds
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and ample lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts with a slight hop presence.

T-Rich, creamy malt and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet and slightly hoppy.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is about as sessionable as a porter can be. This is quite good, and one of my favorite Samuel Smith's beers.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle last night for $3.50 at the local store. Served at dinner during the cheese course, where it was was paired with an Irish cheddar made with porter. Poured into stemmed glasses. Dark brown color. Nice white head with good lacing. The nose was a nice combination of chocolate and milky coffee. Taste was excellent. Really rich malt flavor up front, with a bittersweet chocolate flavor on the palate. Mouthfeel was also memorable, as it had a sturdy body to it, but was smooth and the abv was low enough to not be a factor. A very drinkable beer overall. This porter may not be the most flavorful beer I have ever tried, but it really seems to be one of the most authentic versions of a porter on the market. The word "famous" is used in the title for a reason and it's well deserved.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with ruby edging and a thick latte colored head that creates heavy lacing.

Aromas of chocolate malts, coffee and fresh leather (in a good way...).

Taste has a tangy dark fruit (plums, raisins, figs) and roasted coffee body, ending with a lasting chocolate finish. Very well balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel is med-full, smooth and creamy. Tiny carbonation bubbles are active on every sip. Leaves a nice coating, not too sticky or syrupy.

Really enjoyed this one, will be keeping a few as my stock porter.

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Photo of mrmin123
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ikea beer mug. Incredibly opaque brown color with a light-brown head. It even looks delicious. Hint of a creamy type of chocolate on the nose. Starts with a hint of bitterness which is quickly replaced by a lucious, creamy coffee/chocolate taste. Very flavorful. Silky on the mouth, and leaves a nice oily coat feel. I love the drinkability of this beer. A great porter that I will definitely return to.

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Photo of bamojr
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 Oz bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours with a voluptuous black color with a creamy tan head with excellent retention.

This one is called the famous taddy for a reason, it has an exceptionally smooth rich coffee taste typical of a porter. The one thing i find about this particular porter however is its exceptional smoothness and drinkablity.

I must say that this is one of the best porter I have had.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and chocolate

Taste: bitter and sweet chocolate with toasted malt and a hint of coffee

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone--the sweetness and bitterness arereally well mixed, medium/high carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and rich porter that is layered nicely. Good for the style. This did not blow me away like I have been by other Samuel Smith offerings. Could have a couple but would buy others first.

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Photo of ncredible1
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my kind of Beer. One of the best.

A: Thick, Black beer, Dense tan Head with very good retention and nice lacing with a moderate to heavy pour. nice reddish tint when held up to light.

S: of toasted nuts with hints of chocolate and coffee. Excellent balance through the nose.

T: Amazing roasted malt flavor, chocolate in the fairly long finish. Very complex.

M: leaves a well coated feeling, the finish lasts and I notice a velvety butterlike finish as well. Truly amazing.

D: exceptional, could drink these all night. Highest quality that keeps me coming back for more.

Another perfect beer from Samuel Smith!! if you are looking for a english brown with more body, texture, and ABV. this is it.

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

A - low but well defined beige head. Clear but dark color. Very similar to the oatmeal stout. Fine bubbled lacing on the side of the glass. Not much continued bubbling.

S - sweet roasted malts. Caramel and buttery tones. Roasted campfire marshmallows.

T - very good example of a porter. Roasted malts dominate the experience but there are well defined hops that enhance and enrich the experience without taking over like some northwest coast versions of this. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and crisp like toast.

M - medium bodied but not as syrupy as some of it's Sam smith cousins. Slightly fizzy feel provides for an overall pleasant experience to four of five senses. It's just a good beer.

D - a solid beer and good example of porters and stouts in general. Would get this anytime

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

A- Black body with a off-white head that doesn't stick much.

S- Roasted aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and smoke.

T- Slight roasted flavor leads into a dark chocolate flavor with is overtaken by a medium peat smoke flavor that is very pleasing. The smoke fades into a semi-dry finish. Beautifully balanced taste.

M- Medium body with a silky smooth feel.

D- An awesome porter; one of my favorites to-date.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional. I absolutely love it. Looks good. Tan appearance. Smells good. Taste kinda creamy, but in a very good way. The mouthful is exceptional and the drinkabilty is great. With one taste, this beer will have you coming back for more and more. The only hinderance I see in this beer and others made by this company is its price. $4.49 for a bottle. A bit pricey, but otherwise worth its value

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Photo of ZOXXO
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

550ml bottle poured into a tulip glass as my standard pint glasses were loaned out.

A - Poured a very dark but not quite black color with a nice thick foamy tan head. The head dissipates in short order. A splotchy lacing hangs in or several minutes.

S - Chocolate malt with a faint smokey odor.

T - Smoke, coffee, roasted malt and a subtle raison/date flavor.

M - Medium in body and carbonation.

D - Bit bold for quaffing but not too heavy to enjoy more than a single pour.

I found this a more enjoyable brew than Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout. Will definitely be comparing and contrasting this to some future Porters.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost brown. Not quite opaque as there are some reddish hues from the light shining through. Head retention is very good.

S - Nice aroma here. Notes of chocolate, nuts, toffee, caramel, and honey blend beautifully.

T - Straightforward taste with a bit of complexity too. Some nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Caramel, toffee, and raisin notes combine for the sweetness. Chocolate, coffee, and hops bring the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but this does help the drinkability. Low carbonation level is spot on for an English ale. Slightly chewy.

D - I could drink these all day, even on a 90 degree day. Flavorful and extremely drinkable. The classic modern brown porter lives up to the hype. For anyone confused over the difference between a stout and a porter I suggest you take a sip of the Tadcaster.

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

consumed 02-11-2009, 355ml bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a dark near black color with thick tan head. almost non-transparent except for the amber color that is visible on the sides of the glass.

smell: dark fruits, dark coffee, cocoa & black licorice.

taste: starts out with roasted malts, coffee, than the dark fruits (raisins, figs, plum). almost picked up some brown sugar notes.

mouthfeel: smooth/creamy with ideal carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinker if you like English porters.

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Photo of Loot
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-it pours a very dark brown...reddish tint in the right light..looks good! A finger or so of tan, light brown head...quickly disappears...

s- I could gather very little from the ol' sniffer...seem to be a dark, roasted malt scent. Subtle. Also a muted sweetness. Hops almost non existent. Not much here for me.

t- as with most porters, a dark, roasted malt flavor, but very subdued. It's very mellow. Smooth and easy drinking. A bit of an after taste. Can't put my finger on it. Leaves a chalky flavor on the tongue, very subtle...but lingering.

m- feels, silky and smooth.

d- surprisingly drinkable...lighter than it looks...a couple down no problem!

all in all, a good execution. Like most sam smiths, I think they are steeped in tradition and it comes through...good beer, just nothing to make me go wow.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing I'm just not a fan of the "style," but compared to Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout this is just way off. Flavor and aroma are minimal- rather fruity with some 'porter-y' malts but overall a strange salty, apple-y taste. How many nouns can I adjectify by adding an additional syllable? About as many as there are "porters" superiour (note the U) to this one. If it were cheaper it might make a decent session.

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Photo of Sudsy89
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18.7oz. bottle, chilled

This is a very good porter, not as sweet as I expected but still balanced and smooth. Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy head, very little carbonation. Has a nice coffee, chocolate malt aroma, flavors aren't too bitter for my taste. As with many porters I've found the aroma and taste improves as it warms up a bit, you don't get it when it's too cold. This is very "drinkable", it has a modest ABV and doesn't seem too filling, a couple pints are nice!

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,080 ratings.
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