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 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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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a massive mocha head. This is almost visually perfect.

Smells of heavy roasts and light figs. Lots of dark chocolate and black coffee with a little light fruit to balance.

Tastes of roasted malty goodness. Coffee and chocolate lead with a little grape sweetness to balance. Bitter finish in the form of black coffee.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied as you would expect. more creaminess would be a plus.

This is a greatly drinkable brew. Lots of stuff going on, yet not overwhelming in any sense.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a big fluffy light brown head that doesn't want to drop down into the glass. There is also lots of carbonation with this one. Lots of roasted malts in the smell. Very roasty taste too, dark chocolate with some dark roasted coffee beans. Very nice creamy mouthfeel that starts off chewy and finishes with a crisp bitterness from the roasted malts. A very lovely porter that is wonderful to drink.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 18.7oz bottle into 20oz Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a large, creamy brownish head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a little bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted coffee aroma backed up by slight herbal hints.

Taste: Begins sweet and sugary, finishing with more milky sweetness and a roasted coffee flavor. Slight hop hints in the finish make this a very well-rounded beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth finish that sticks.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter and one that I would strongly recommend to any beer drinker. Possibly the best porter I've had- I could drink this every day.

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

An excellent porter. It pours black into the glass with a good roasted malt aroma with faint hops. The taste is smooth and velvety. Based on Alton Brown's recent Good Eats episode on porterhouse steaks, I figured I try out the pairing--it worked perfectly. The mouthfeel is also impressive: the fine bubbles and foam taste like nitro. And, while porters can be on the heavy side, this was exceptionally drinkable (the 5% ABV helps).

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Photo of rfabian
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch tan head with moderate lacing. The appearance is opaque dark brown with clear reddish brown highlights. The aroma is of richly dark roasted malts. The taste is of darkly roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate, rich and slightly sweet. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is an excellent, delicious porter.

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Photo of mcdevster
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into samuel smith tulip pint glass... nice dark opaque body hints of red along the sides.. tan head..
the smell is the first thing that really impresses.. sweet! dark fruit, honey, maybe caramel..
taste - nearly perfect the fruitiness comes through - choclate finnish.. slight metalic taste at the end (could it be the well water?) but complex and satisfying..
mouthfeel and drinkability - typical samuel smith just perfect.. light and heavy at the same time..
this is a beer to judge other beers by!

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Photo of udubdawg
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark brown with a short but creamy and well-lasting dark tan head. Aroma is pleasant if not overwhelmingly strong. Light cocoa, light roast/toast. There is a light diacetyl that comes across as butterscotch. The fruit is typical Sam Smith - quite bold and always welcome.
Flavor is one of the best of the brown porter style. Fruits, cocoa, little bit of roasty bitterness. Finishes closer to dry than I expected, and with the creamy body and soft carbonation and balance everywhere it is nearly the epitome of the style and ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a white wine glass during the intermission of Flyer/Hawks Game 6. I need a drink just to settle the nerves. "The Famous Taddy Porter," sets my expectations high with its self-righteous name. Let's see if it can live up to them...

The pour yields a creamy head that is off-white to light brown in color. It foams to a height of 1 cm on top of a dark mahogany body accentuated by garnet hues when held up to the light. Lacing is thick and gobs all over the sides of my glass.

The aroma is potent, and very appealing. Chocolate malts accentuated by a light roasted character with some undertones of nutty Munich malt. The taste is similar, but brings in a bit more cocoa powder and some java notes. There is also a slight hop contribution that gives it a somewhat grassy feel.

The body is light to medium, and very easy to drink. The finish is creamy, and the finish lingers, filled with coffee and cocoa. Drinkability is insanely good. The texture and the consistency lend themselves to an easy drinking porter that certainly lives up to my high expectations. Sam Smith backs up its talk with a great brew.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, black. Little bit of maroon as light trys to pass through...

The aroma is nice and balanced with dark roasted malt and some slight notes of caramel and hops.

At 1st taste the carbonation tingles your tounge with the roasted malt oakiness. Balanced with slight bittering hops, caramel, dark chocolates. Sweet toffee too.
Finishes on the smokier side with some bitter finishing hops. You'll also notice that the body is pretty heavy. Almost creamy.

Its been a while since I've had an English Porter...Very good!

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a clear very dark brown -ruby black color and thick tan head. Aroma is caramel malts, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and maple. Flavor is roasty malt, coffee, sweet malt and some balancing hop resin bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is on the low side. Overall, an exceptionally well made and technically accurate Porter as you would expect.

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Bella's Baker City OR by buddy's better half for Friday afternoon bottle share.

Dark brown opaque body, 1 finger light tan head with a bit of uneven rockiness. The nose is chocolate balanced by oak notes, the chocolate becomes more pronounced as it warms up. The taste is pretty complex, a bit of coffee, hints of chocolate with good oak character, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is fairly full not too sticky with good effervescence. Drinkability is very high, this is one smooth beer. While perhaps not as robust as other American Porters, this is one damn fine beer.

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

A: very dark with generous head. Light doesn't permeate except for a tiny malty ruby red at the bottom. 4

S: typical SS yeast. Reminds me of the oatmeal stout. After careful deliberation I actually think the smell/taste is kind of reminiscent of a cardboard box with fermenting apple juice/apple cider splashed on the sides. 4

T: Excellent. Malty toffee/coffee. I really like the sweet toffee and the earthy coffee, which includes a sort of bitter aftertaste like an espresso. The espresso notes linger in the mouth but the bitterness doesn't. 4

M: Excellent. Nicely carbonated. 4

D: I could drink this all night easily (if it wasn't so expensive as an import). Has enough complexity to keep from getting boring, but the 5% makes it readily drinkable. 5

I do think strongly flavoured food will drown out a lot of the flavor of this beer (as I experienced) as perhaps the flavor is a bit subtle, but that's hardly a bad thing; and is to be expected for the style and alcohol content. Make sure you let it warm for a bit before drinking.

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

appearance - dark brown colour with a mocha coloured head

aroma - smells of coffee, cocoa, molasses

taste - coffee, molasses, toffee, chocolate

moutfeel - smooth, lowly carbonated, slightly watery, slightly sweet

drinkability - this is a beverage you can drink a couple and not be knocked out

a nice beer overall

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Photo of Rbald42
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body lightening to a dark brown at the rim of the glass. Leaves an off-white 1 finger head. Pour is nice and smooth looking, looks like a very drinkable brew.

S- Smells of toffee, raisin, hazelnut, and coffee. The nutty smell is what stands out to me.

T- Nice thick malty sweetness, gives way to hints of butterscotch and coffee, somewhat of a cola-like flavor as well. Very tasty.

M- Smooth and creamy, feels nice swishing it around in my mouth, easy to swallow and ponder.

D- Very high, it's extremely enjoyable and worthy of the praise it gets.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love Sam Smith stuff. Ive had this porter a few times before. I am just not getting around to reviewing it.

A- Dark, but not opaque. Light passes through around the edges and creates a garnet colored glowing. The head is sizeable and khaki in color. It fades to a skim leaving lacing as it goes.

S- Slightly weak, but this might be a bit too cold. Some coffee, bittersweet chocolate, grassy hops and a touch of wet dog.

T- Lovely smooth dark chocolate, coffee with cream and a nice flash of floral sweet hops. Most of the balancing bitterness comes from a nice roasty character. There is even some dark fruits hidden in the depths of this beer.

M- Dry, smooth and subtly carbonated. It finishes clean, very clean for a porter.

D- Insanely drinkable. This is a true throwback session porter.

Sam Smith does it again. Every thing they offer is just about my favorite example of the style. This is history in a glass.

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Photo of MrStark
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is deep dark brown, almost black that allows a tiny amount of light through topped with a fluffy tan colored two finger head that slowly recedes into a small cap.

Smell is of roasted malts and coffee with a toasted quality to it. There is also a vague hint of bakers chocolate in there as well.

Taste is just like the aroma, with nice flavors of coffee and roasted malt upfront. As it warms a bit more of sweetness comes as well as the small hint of chocolate. It finishes with a mild and pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with a light amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Its easy drinking and fairly flavorful making it a good choice for a session porter. Its a nice example of the style and I would certainly have it again.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ML poured into a Left Hand Brewing Company Pint Glass

A-- Aggressive pour, drat. ... Poured black with hints of ruby. Head is a near brown sugar color. Aggressive pour got a huge head that finally settled down to a one finger head that lasted a fair amount of time. Just a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. not a lot but fairly thick.

S-- Thick roasted malts, coffee, and on the leathery side. In a lot of ways like a rich chocolate brownie or tart, with only a bit of brown sugar sweetness to it. Malts become more pronounced as it warms up.

T-- What stands out is the coffee. A lot of roasted malts and the sweetness is in the background.

M-- Like and under drawn espresso. Just the right amount of bitterness in this and the right amount of brown sugar sweetness in this as well. Just a little bit thin and maybe a little it over carbonated but the flavors last a good amount of time. Like a thick and rich chocolate cake.

D-- It is 5% so being a bit thin is understandable, yet well hidden Highly drinkable and a great pairing with a chocolate cake or a big rich stew. Could also be a great night cap beer if you want one good beer. Lacks the warming sensation from a higher ABV but in a lot of ways this is a perfect beer to pair with food. Best part is can have 2 and not get tired of it. It is not perfect but it hides its imperfections very well.

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

A: Pours a deep, dark garnet-brown color. The tall, foamy/frothy head has a tan tint and sticks around for awhile. A steady web of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Dark, roasty malts, with fresh chocolate brownie aroma. Solid notes of dark fruits, with a vaguely leathery quality. Some caramel and brown sugar lurk beneath the surface.

T: Chewy dark maltiness. Cocoa/chocolate brownie flavor is prominent. Also some brown sugar. Light notes of preserved fruit and leather. Perhaps a faint coffee note as well. A mild herbal hop bite provides depth.

M: Medium bodied. Could be slightly chewier. Carbonation is soft and creamy. Pleasant but also mild.

D: This is an excellent porter. A textbook example for a reason. It manages a diverse, deep flavor alongside an extremely sessionable body. Not such a hyped style, but anyone could enjoy this.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch and a half of tan head. It is dark brown in color. The smell is baker's cocoa and some roasted malt. The taste is milk chocolate and some black roasted coffee to finish. This is a really nice tasting beer. The mouthfeel could be more viscous, but then again, I like chewing my beer. Overall, this is an excellent beer. I can see why it's famous.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Beautiful bottle art, first of all. Pours a deep brown almost black color forming a medium creamy brown head. Some lacings are left

S: Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Great

T: Roasted in the nose too. Notes of coffee and roasted malts. Quite dry and bitter as it should be with a light sour end

M: Light to medium body. Medium to low carbonation. Dry and bitter aftertaste. Could be a bit more creamy like the Imperial Stout version

O: High drinkability. Delicious Porter. Highly recommended

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Photo of Petrislav
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours super dark brown with a cookie dough colored froth head.

S: Heavy roasted malt - very dark

T: Immediate roasted malt, then a creaminess fades into chocolate/caramel and hops

M: Light bodied and leaves the pallet clean

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,076 ratings.
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