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

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 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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Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- 550ml bottle poured hard into a perfect pint, barely a finger of bubbly foamy head that disappears so quickly leaving nothing, no lace, no bubbles - i'm thinking this isn't normal given the other reviews. dark brown opaque coloring with hints of brown on the edges. little to no carbonation, my cap must not have been sealed properly, womp womp womp.

s- still smells good, some roasted malt, some milky sweetness, vanilla, maybe some toffee.

t- still tastes on, albeit a bit flat, carbonation wise, but i can't fault that in the review. nice roasted malts, light coffee, toffee, a kiss of smoke, vanilla, nice and bready.

m- medium bodied, slick.

d- given i didn't have a bottle where the carbonation was off, i think the drinkability here would be great. it's a tasty beer, just wish it wasn't as flat as ten day old stale coke. off to buy a fresh bottle..

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Photo of bsp77
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with very foamy tan head and some impressive lacing.

Smell: Caramel, light roasted malts, some light tea and floral hop notes.

Taste: Caramel, chocolate and light roasted malts, with minor coffee and English hop accents. Subdued but complex and very tasty.

Feel: Low carbonation, medium body that is extremely smooth for so low abv, very nice drying finish.

Drinkability: Excellent Brown Porter that shows how good a beer can be while still being low in alcohol and fairly restrained.

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Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rich abundance of malt and chocolate. Very powerful.

Taste is full and thick in the mouth. Carbonation is low. A lot of dark chocolately goodness...a bit sweet...some plum-like tastes present. Unlike some other beers in style, I wouldn't say the malts are overpoweringly roasted...pretty smooth, actually. Hop character is nearly non-existant. Finish is smooth and even, sweet chocolate malts in abundance.

Definitely a great porter. What I like is that it doesn't punch you in the mouth with roasted malts...and that it's so smooth. I'm a fan.

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

550ml bottle poured into imperial pint.
Poured a near black with an ruby outline when held to the light. Nice two finger tan head that stuck around. Nose was appetizing with a strong roasted character with subtle chocolate and cherry notes. Palate is a dry, sweet and roasted melody. Quite delicious. Not as sweet as the alot of porters and I love it. Mouthfeel is a bit more fluid than I'd expect but still has a good presence. Awesome porter that is nearly flawless.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew seems dryer than other porters that I've had. I'm not sure if it's indicative to the style, but it kinda threw me off.

It poured a VERY black substance with just a hint of brown showing at the edges of my perfect pour glass with significant carbonation making two fingers of tan head. The aroma had definite caramel and some cocoa with maybe a tad of liquorish. Taste wise it seemed just a smidgen sour, or maybe just a bit dry. It finished with a sweetness I wish was more present in the flavor. It's nice, but I know several porters that appeal to me better.

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Photo of 2DaMtns
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers I have tried. I am new to the craft scene, but have tried probably 20-30 porters and stouts and this one is up there with the best, if not the best, so far. I think I will look a long time before I top this one. Anyway....

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a brandy glass. It creates a nice light tan head, but it doesn't last long. The aroma is hard to describe, but I like how some have called it earthy. The taste is fantastic, just what I have been looking for in a porter. Some chocolate and charred flavors come through well. It's simple and complex at the same time, if that makes any sense. The mouthfeel is good. In addition to taste, drinkability is where this beer really shines. I think I could throw back a six pack of this in no time, if I didn't want to enjoy it for some reason.

This beer makes me want to go in the woods, build a fire, cook a nice meal, and sit and eat and drink. I really like this one.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a very straightforward beer. a quality of earth molasses mostly with a finish of grape. palate is earthy bitter molasses toasty with a finish of fig and grape. very mild sweet sheltered in earth. a lingering mild quality of vanilla like in wine. very soft but not as defined as in a good foreign export. great beer with a nice smokey quality at times... some bitterness that works that way... sometimes smokey... sometimes bitter chocolate... sometimes tobacco. great if you get all three in a good bottle. but respectfully mild.

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Photo of therica
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= licorice-brown, nearly opaque, modest tan head with lacing throughout.

S= fire! Plentiful roasted malts to the point of some campfire reminders. Hints of dark fruits with resulting light liquor notes.

T= fantastic, lots of smoke and I can nearly taste the ashes from roasted and re-roasted barley malts. Better than a smoked-beer. Adequate carbonation. Slight caramel, beautiful blends of dark fruits and slight liquor.

M= smoky barley malts and I love it, although some people might find it annoying as it lasts for some time on the tongue. Addictive.

D= if you like the first whiff or the first sip you'll want to drink it in quantities.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,072 ratings.
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