Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy PorterSamuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 3,084 |  Reviews: 1,331
Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 355 ml dark brown bottle with gold foil wrapped cap purchased at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor as a single for $2.25 a few days ago into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Mark on neck of bottle: SB23I1 but I am not sure what that means.

A 2 inch light brown creamy head over dark body but in front of direct light there is a strong mahogany color that shows through. Curtain like lacing left on the inside of the glass at first...that later dissipated to a standard type of lacing. Good look and rather classic for the style. 4.0

S Medium to dark roast malt and some dark fruit smells. 4.0

T Nice nutty dark roast malt with only trace hops. Much like Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, this beer is helped a lot by an authentic nutty taste that really helps to soften and round out the more harsh tastes that it would otherwise have. Really nice porter. 4.5

M Moderate with some creaminess and the dark roast malt is certainly there but again the nutty tastes round out and soften the feel. 4.0

D Good, especially for the style which features beers that are not always that drinkable. 4.0

Notes: Now I know what all of the fuss is about. This is a good porter.

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Photo of advill88
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a slight brownish tinge and a very thick and creamy off white head.

Smell has strong notes of chocolate and coffee, with a sweetness present in the background.

Taste is a swirl of sweet malty coffee and chocolate with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and thick, with the most deliciously beautiful creaminess present.

I could seriously drink this beer all night long, it is that good. Probably the best porter I've had so puts a lot of others to shame.

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Photo of slk22
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black-brown color with a tan/cream colored head leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is yeast, roasted malt, and chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Very pleasant. Taste begins with a nice mellow roasted malt, sweet, and then a bit tangy in the middle with a dark chocolate finish. Body is medium and smooth. Overall, another solid offering from Samuel Smith's of which I could easily have several.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Totally opaque deep brown/black, big head that settles to one finger, the color of cookie dough ice cream and the texture of cappuccino froth or real whipped cream, no real lace

S: Heavily roasted malt, but not burn or charred, chocolatey notes from the roast, sweetness is there too, a slight roasted smelling bitterness also

T: Easy on the palate, sweetish malt turns to good, rich roast, then hops enter at the end and add slight bitterness which brings out some more roasted malt flavor

M: Good and full because of the lower carbonation, but not overly heavy

D: I could sit at a pub and drink this all night long, quintessential english session beer

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Semi-vigorous pour leads to a 1 finger semi-coarse light coffee colored head with decent retention. Brew is black/dark amber and almost opaque. Lacing is patchy with good cling.

S: Nose is strong chocolate, slight hint of roasted coffee, and a bit of dark fruit. Alcohol is also quite apparent. Aroma is overall very rich and please and not at all watered down.

T: Opens sour/tart roasted coffee and dark chocolate malt. Coffee develops more towards the middle and sweetens with brown sugar and milk chocolate and maybe a hint of purple grapes. End is more roasty tartness. Finish is near non-existent. Very clean.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse, with a quick, watery, and clean finish. What is left is a bit filmy and oily though with the light body, not overly so.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. This is comparable to their oatmeal stout with the same body but with more of a chocolatiness that I prefer.

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Photo of TLove
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Has the mouthfeel of a smoked cherry. As a matter of fact, the smell and taste are almost exactly like a smoked cherry. This is one of the fruitiest porters I have ever had. This obviously would not have worked in an American-style porter, but in an English one, this works quite well.

Complex, with sweet notes of molasses and smoked Hungarian oak. Peat-laden and a bit thin, but has a slight hint of hops. Goes remarkably well with my dinner of beef and kidney bean chili.

All in all, a bit one-sided. Consistent, though, and pretty damn good.

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

Appearance: Great dark chocolate brown color with a big, lumpy, puffy head of dark tan foam

Smel: Nice malty roast with plenty of chocolate aromas as well as a faint crispness.

Taste: At first I am struck by how smooth the beer is. Good roasty chocolate flavors and nice hop bite in the background, coupled with lively carbonation all balance this brew out extraordinarily well.

Mouth & Drinkability: Greay creamy fell in the mouth. This porter very drinkable.

Overall, this one of the finest porters I've ever had, second only perhaps to New Glarus' Olde English.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep brown, nearly black. Dark ruby red glows through when held to light. Pours with big slightly surging tan head settling to a dense one and a half fingers then slowly thinning as glass drains, but never less than 1/8" layer. Some chunky lacing.

S - Faint, toasted malts and hints of chocolate.

T - Full and rich with nearly smokey toasted malts, light note of baking chocolate and a modicum of caramel, fruit, and iron, with just a hint of coffee in the background.

M - Fairly light mouth feel, though overall medium body with a low amount of tiny sparkling carbonation. Pleasing dry bitterness.

D - A great drinking modern English porter. Sessionable to be sure.

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Photo of rdub
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the gold foil topped bottle to my favorite snifter. Black appearance with a nice two finger tan head. Malty toasty smell and coffee roasted flavor. I liked reading a previous poster say campfire which is the word I was looking for. In a good way. Mouthfeel was medium. Light carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark brown colour. fairly large head which settles in to a thin layer that lasts throughout.

smell is fairly malty. I get chocolate and coffee. No suprises there.

Sweet butterscotchish malt flavour cuts through the usual porter coffee like flavour. A little bit of acidity lifts the pallate after the initial taste.

Perhaps a bit thinner in the mouth than I had expected with slightly more carbonation. Good though. Very smooth despite the carbonation.

Drinkability is hard to fault. Like many english beers I could put away far too many of these without really worrying about it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large, persistent off-white head.
Aroma shows a fair whack of roasted malt with some dark chocolate and nutty notes. Some diacetyl still manages to show. There's also quite a bit of grainy-ness in there which I'm not a fan off.
Flavours are quite similar to the aromas, with mildly roasted malt and nutty notes. Hint of liquorice and burnt toast shine through. Thankfully there's none of that grainy malt found in the aroma.
Carbonation is quite prickly, something I don't like in porters and stouts.

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

**edit finally tried this again and it would appear my first bottle was indeed a bad bottle.

Appearance - Dark nice looking tan/brownish head.

Smell - roasted malts, and chocolatey smell.

Taste - slight roasted flavor, I felt like it had pretty subtle flavors, but still good overall.

Mouthfeel/Drink - it did have a decent mouthfeel and creaminess too it.

Decent beer despite my first bottle being ruined. It is very drinkable and quite enjoyable. After I drank about half the bottle I finished the rest while eating some good ham, I found the combo quite delicious.

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

Pours from the bottle a dark, dark brown with about three fingers of brown head; gorgeous-looking beer with lacing clinging to the pint glass. Tasty, complex nose that American porters don't usually pull off-- molasses, brown sugar, and campfire.

Taste includes the flavors from the nose, plus pale and caramel malts and a new dimension of light smokey peat notes. It's been a while since a beer brought to mind so many flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but I think I was expecting the body of an American porter rather than that of an English porter. Sips smoothly, however, with a slightly sour, sticky finish that brings out just a touch of hops.

So easy to drink... I sought a hearty porter, and while this wasn't it, Taddy Porter was a great beer.

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

Poured this very dark beer in a pilsner glass... Nice creamy two finger head to go with nice dark color.
Smell/Taste: Aroma was that of dark whipped chocolate, almost like fondue and the taste to go with it. Loved that creamy feel with slight sweet taste at the end.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very balanced flavors with no overpowering aftertaste. Could have one after another.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 mL gold foil topped bottle.

Mostly opaque, but clear dark brown color with rub highlights with a thick, creamy light tan head that has little retention or lacing. Aroma is sweet and creamy, prominently features milk chocolate, cocoa, roast malt notes but overall mild. Medium bodied with smooth, light carbonation and a slightly bitter, cloying aftertaste that ends quickly and is slightly watery. Flavor is pleasant, balance of chocolate/malt sweetness and mild dark fruit bitterness, but overall the slightly thin mouthfeel and short finish detracts from the fullness of the flavor. I don't know, I hoped for more from this, not a bad porter but not exceptional like anticipated.

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Photo of erz316
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bottle into sam smith pint glass

a very heady beer, just like that oatmeal stout I just had. the head is a great colour, like a beige or desert tan, maybe a light chocolate milk colour. it is incredibly creamy and delicious. the body is a deep ruby brown, and lets light barely through the middle. the nose is fine for a porter, could have more coffee and malts, and could be stronger. the taste, however, is exceptional. deep dark roasted malts, traces of coffee and caramel, a touch of what I would call booze, something slightly sharp, and a miniscule tinge of sour. the feel is quite thin, even with the big carbonation. but this, however, coupled with the taste makes the brew incredibly drinkable and a great session beer.

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

This pours a dark brown with a generous beige head.

It doesn't have the generous aromas that I was expecting. Just a hint of milk chocolate and maybe a little bit of coffee.

Both the chocolate and the coffee come through a lot more on the palate. I can sort of get the fig thing that others write about.

Wonderful creaminess in the mouthfeel.

A good beer but why do I always feel let down by porters? It's probably that I just don't understand them properly I suppose.

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Photo of berkey
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle poured into a stemmed pint glasss. From 10/29/09 notes.

Pours a dark chocolate color with a large khaki head of loose bubbles. Head retention and lacing are both very nice.

Aromas are of chocolate, nuts, something mildly lactic, and a faint roasted malt character. Very clean overall.

More of the same on the entry. Homemade chocolate milkshake. Some mild diacytel here and very faint herbal bitter hoppy chararcter in the aftertaste. Cocoa comes out much more as it warms along with a subtle roasted malt flavor in the finish.

Very clean drinking, lightly carbonated. Can't remember the last time I got through a 550 so fast. Drinkability is very high.

This clean and easy drinking beer was the perfect thing for my heartburn the other night. This was an old time go to before I was even really into craft beer and it had been way too long since I tried it. I remember drinking this out of the bottle in a brown bag while walking around San Francisco when I was 21 and loving it. Now that I know enough to give this inconic brew proper respect I enjoy it even more.

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Photo of askantik
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Freakin' black as my heart with a big tan head and lots of lacing. I really do think dark beers are the nicest to behold.

S: It smells like a tiny bit of chocolate syrup spread on a piece of warm toast. Mmm.

T: I didn't detect that much coffee as some did, but the chocolate balances perfectly with the malt. It's freakin' amazing. You know when you have dark, bitter chocolate and you let it melt in your mouth and the aftertaste is still there 10 minutes later? That's this beer. AWESOME.

M: I hate when a good tasting beer is over-carbonated. But this one is pretty well done with the CO2. Feels nice.

D: I'm impressed. I really like Sam Smith's Imperial stout, too, though. I suppose this is probably a more drinkable beer than the IS if only for the ABV (the IS is a 7%). I'd take either one again in a heart beat.

A good brew, for sure. I wish Sam Smith was available in 6 packs. Also, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, if you liked this, try the Imperial Stout (or vice versa). Freakin' nice!!

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Photo of richago1
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550 ml bottle to my favorite old Bass dimpled made in England mug.Poured a dark brown with a thick foamy taupe head and good lacing.Light aroma of chocolate and coffee nothing too strong though.Taste is wonderful mostly of bitter chocolate with some coffee. Feels smooth and clean with a slight bitter finish. Drinkability is fantastic I could drink this all night without a problem. Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter was the first porter I ever tried and I am finding it hard to beat.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic porter...

Pitch black with a good sized tan head that forms quickly and leaves beautiful lacing.

Aroma is not overpowering. In fact I have to a deep breath to recognize its characteristics. I think it's hard to decipher the aromas because it's so well balanced. There are faint chocolate and coffee bean notes, but they're minor and this is by no means a desert porter.

I taste hops, light malts, and oats. There's a moderately bitter finish. The taste is exquisitely balanced.

Creamy mouthfeel, but still not too heavy. You can easily have more than one. Heck, I'm on my 2nd already.

The overall sensation this beer gives off reminds me of SS's oatmeal stout - you can definitely tell the two beers are siblings.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Thick, dark, and creamy with a solid inch of tan head. The smell mostly reminds me of semisweet dark chocolate. The flavor has a bit of the dark chocolate as well but is hindered by a strong metallic aftertaste. Still, a pretty mellow and smooth beer with some other hints of vanilla and nuttiness. Mouthfeel is creamy, perfect for this style. Excellent drinkability for a stout.

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

Poured into a over sized pint glass.

A: Very dark, nearly black in appearance. Thick, billowing head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, faint chocolate and faint coffee.

T: Mildly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, mildly malted hellaciously well balanced.

M: Medium, creamy and smooth as silk.

D: Well, this is absolutely drinkable by nearly everyone who likes beer. May very well be the best porter I have had to date...

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky. De Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen managed to get their hands on some Sam Smith classics. I chose the Taddy Porter just to stay away from their Barley Wine and Imperial Stout for once.

A: Black but saw some dark ruby shining once it came close to the candle. One finger thick light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, slight caramel, chocolate and some red fruits.

T: GREAT. Dark roasted malts, notes of cacoa and a bit of coffee. Some citrus and woody bitterness in the aftertaste. All in a great balance and natural occurence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation and a nice silky mouthfeel.

D: Another great natural Samuel Smith. Great taste without adding chocolate or coffee... with Sam Smith they come naturally and in perfect balance.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Nice head bout a incha nd a half thick. Good lacing around the glass when swirled.

Faint hint of coffee and a little chocolate to the nose.

Coffe and chocolate to the taste very suddle. Some bread qualities as well, also the alcohol is present.

Medium body thought it would be thicker considering how classic Sam Smith is.

Could really enjoy a couple of these in a sitting but sadly had to move on.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 88.3% out of 100 with 3,084 ratings
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