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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,298
Reviews:
1,335
Ratings:
3,105
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
4.64
 
 
Wants:
251
Gots:
486
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,105 |  Reviews: 1,335
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of roasted malt and molasses. Taste is very identical,maybe some notes of coffee and chocolate. A classic porter that delivers everything I expect from an above average porter. There is some mild sweetness which is balanced with just a touch of bitterness like yu would get from very dark chocolate

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid looking brownish coloration with slight clarity and reddish hues against white surfaces! The head is caramel colored and very creamy looking, starting out around a finger in thickness and settles down to a velvet layer over the brew. Of course with this style it is hard to see how the carbonation appears to be and the lacing is modest, with several small foamy patches sliding back into the brew!

S- This one is interesting, as there is a malt sweetness that is toffee/molasses like in aroma, with the more traditional coffee and dark chocolate bitterness throughout. Caramelized brown sugar, vanilla subtleties, rummy raisin character and a dry/Earthy with coffee grind robustness!

T- Malt and fruit dominate the palate, with natural vanilla bean pod, chocolate/cocoa, and Guatemalan coffee fruitiness throughout! There is a heavy yeast/cream biscuit that seems very English of Sam Smith and I get a dry grain character, heavily roasted chocolate and black malts that bring out a very dry astringency and the finish seems clean yet it lingers on the palate.

M/O- Super creamy mouthfeel and gentle frothy carbonation provide a highly drinkable porter that overall is probably one of the prototypes for all brewers to go by! I don't know if this is my favorite, but it is a very nice drinking Ale!! Definitely right up there with the best of this style!

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit mixed on this beer. Samuel Smith has made some great beers with interesting tastes. This one is a bit dry as advertised. Looks great, tastes average at best.

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

This gets awfully close to the stuff you get in British pubs, but of course the imports to here are not even close to the freshness you will experience over in GB.

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Photo of migleskun
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 550 ml brown bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Pours pitch black with a thick foamy tan head. Leaves zero lace but a slight oily finish on the glass. Smells of chocolate and light coffee. Tastes like bitter chocolate and mild dark fruit. Medium bodied. A classic porter.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance pours pitch black and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dies within about twenty seconds. Light somewhat clingy foamy lacing tries to cling and does but is kind of all over the place. The smell is roasty through some coffee and chocolate notes. There is some light malts that come in as it warms, and I even get some light vanilla (intentional or not, I don’t know, but I like it). The taste is mainly sweet and roasty through the coffee and chocolate, and gives off a dark creamy sticky roasty aftertaste with a dry sticky finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium to heavy on the mouth and tongue, sessionable - hmmm... maybe, but perhaps not as much as some other porters on the market. Carbonation is extremely smooth and ends up giving off a nice creamy aspect coating the rest of the mouth and tongue eloquently. Overall, this is a very nice English Porter that I would have again and another beer by Samuel Smith that I would still love to have next to some fish and chips.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chianti
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tapmein
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Such a delightful porter. Full body taste, hints of chocolate, dark fruit, creamy robustness. Sits well in the mouth at 5 abv drink ability is superb

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Holderness
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L -- 1000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a lovely reddish brown body. Good sized tan head produced with lightly aerated pour from the bottle. Spotty retention and some lacing.
S -- Candied dark fruits, dark chocolate, barley malts, copper, and herbal hops
T -- Nice clean balance of flavors, which are dry and leaning more towards chocolatey malts than the roasted coffeelike qualities of American porters.
F -- Starts medium bodied, but becomes watery and somewhat astringent
O -- One of my favorite porters to date. Simple yet well made, and only ~$4.50 for a 24oz bomber

86/100

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Photo of gtjwilding
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ControlVolume
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not entirely my style, but still very smooth, also perfect texture

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Photo of tubeyes
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treefig33
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RMW66
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrewh995
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown and allows some light through. Almost no head. Smells of roasted malts along with light chocolate and light coffee. The taste is similar with a little sweetness. Light mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall a pretty good porter, just not deserving of the incredible praise that it gets.

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Photo of caburdette51
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,105 ratings
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