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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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: A classic looking front label that is simple yet still eye-catching with a classic color scheme. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label gives web info, a bit of brewery info, a nice description of the beer, and a nice back story on the beer. Neck and cap are gold foil wrapped. Bottle has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery est. 1758” embossed at the top and bottle of the bottle respectively.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550ml Victorian Pint Bottle into a 16oz English Pint glass led to a thick and creamy 3 finger dark tan head atop a deep dark brown coffee colored beer. Head retention was a nice 3min 41sec before fading to a thick creamy coating and thick ring that resulted in nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of deep roasted coffee malts with nice hints of chocolate and molasses. Simple yet outstanding!

Flavor/Taste: Taste on the front-end is of roast chocolate malts with a bit of molasses/brown sugar sweetness. Mid-point is dominated by a rich, deep fresh brewed roasted coffee bitterness with a slightly sweet molasses flavor still lingering. Back-end is of roast coffee and a dark fruit, possibly fig, flavor that provides excellent balance. Roasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full-bodied, thick, creamy, velvety, and smooth mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. This is a fairly heavy beer that is surprisingly drinkable with a nice light ABV and excellent flavors.

Overall/Comments: Simply put, this is a great beer and really a must try. I find nothing to critique this beer on, its near perfect, IMO. One of the better porters I have ever had! Consumed 1/14/16. Classified as an English Porter @ 5% ABV.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a proper Porter this "Taddy" has roasted Barley and malt flavors, but there is also a bit of licorice and slight chocolate. To me, this beer smelled a lot better that its actual tastes delivered …also... the after-taste leaves an empty/watery impression.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured in to a chalice. Extremely dark brown almost black. Carbonation consists of medium to large bubbles that develop a loose frothy creamy khaki head; head retention is low - with rapid dissipation and a little lace.

Aromatics: Nose is subtle, allusions to sweet caramel and roasted malts with hints of bitter coffee/cacao. There is no one distinctive fragrance to settle on.

Taste: Very rich and bitter on par with a good quality coffee or cacao. There is a slight tanginess at the edges of the palate when it finishes. The bitterness doesn’t hang around too long.

Feel: A very robust character that has its heft but remains creamy and finishes quite dry.

Overall: Due to its rich and bitter nature it has a lot of similarities to coffee and would make it a good choice for an early morning pick-me-up or after dinner as a digestif. I think I will save my next Samuel Smith Taddy for Thanksgiving after dinner, it just seems to have that aesthetic quality that makes me want to have it after a big dinner while enjoying time with family.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If there’s one thing that Samuel Smith’s does well it is porters and stouts. This porter is pitch black with a nice white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a subtle chocolate flavor the whole way through and an interesting very slightly sour flavor to the aftertaste that I haven’t commonly experienced with porters, but is in no way off putting. This beer has a very smooth, dry, creamy quality that is reminiscent of a Guinness, but is more complex flavor wise. It is also much more drinkable. I feel like I could drink 10 of these, whereas after a couple of Guinness I feel like I have a brick in my stomach. All in all a great porter and very reasonably priced too compared to many American craft brewery porters.

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Photo of dfavreau
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On 5/2/16nduring game 3 of the Caps vs Pens series, I had my first English porter and I was interested to see the difference. It was as disappointing as the outcome of the game-despite thorough domination the caps lost. The hue was rich, dark and black. The bouquet was made up of molasses, toffee and plum which was more enjoyable than the taste. It tasted of plums and molasses and had a tingling carbonation going down but the aftertaste was a little bitter for my liking. The mouth feel was also watery and not creamy like I prefer in a porter. Overall it was not as good as I expected but I'm a rookie porter/stout drinker and prefer things on the sweeter and creamier side.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I've Had twice as many Samuel Smith single ratings as any other British brewer and more multiples of theirs than the competition. Their beers are malty and well-rounded; so it should come as no surprise that a malt-head like me favors them. In addition to a winning taste for us malt-heads, the minority of the American market, Samuel Smith also has had a great importer for almost four decades.

So it should come as no surprise that Taddy Porter has done more than put me under its influence. Introduced in 1979, it did such a good job of saving the style in England that its importer spread that influence to the largest craft market in the world. U.S. brewers learned -- and still can learn a lot -- from Taddy Porter.

It Looks its reputation: modest, nothing showy... just solidly good.
Taddy's Smell also reveals what it is: dark malts roasted and blended to give us an alternative to the fruits of lighter malts.
Taste reveals, to me, this brews subtle complexities as the smells become more distinct on the buds as licorice and bitter chocolate and all of it, somehow, with a tang. The Feel is full and the tang recedes to a satisfying finish that, I hope, comes again.

Taddy Porter is reviewed in Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Also listed in the "1001" , Taddy, unquestionably, deserves to be there as the classic in its style.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Too much on the molasses and licorice side for me. Very dry. Maybe overlycarbonated. But still a very good beer and a good example of an English porter. Hints of smoked wood

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a full khaki he'd that leaves lacing. Nose is powdered cocoa and some sweet malts, but is somewhat muted. Taste is a soft rounded, mildly bitter with a bit of chocolate and coffee, but dull. Overall, this is a good beer, but not any better than most other 5% stouts in the UK.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is cocoa, fig, and blueberry. Hints of coffee. Pumpernickel bread, cinnamon. Something about it reminds me of bread pudding. Perhaps some banana. Hop character is mild, slightly fruity.

Pours quite black with just a hint of deep amber highlights. Large creamy head with decent retention. Some lacing.

Big and fruit forward upfront. Berries, fig, somewhat jammy. Followed by bitter chocolate, toast, and cookies. Enough hop bitterness to balance. Finish is mostly dry with lingering dark fruits and cocoa.

Medium heavy body, low carbonation. Very creamy and full of flavor, particularly for the ABV.

Complex and rich. It often surprises me how much flavor English brewers can pack into a 5% beer.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Massive white-brown head, solid black body.

Smell: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild dark fruits, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Feel: Creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, lightly sweet.

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Photo of gam3
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like everything about this beer. The taste is quite complex.
Lovely malt flavor with a small amount of roasted flavor.
The smell is subtle and about the same as the taste.
The head this amber and can be thick, but it is not hard to pore with a thin head.

A really fine porter.

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Photo of James954
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle
L: Pitch black, blocks out the light, thin caramel head

S: Toasty malt and molasses with dark fruit and some raisin

T: Same as the smell, but well balanced.

F: a bit thin, but with the proper amount of carbonation to even things out. This is either an issue for some, or a benefit... hard to judge.

Overall: One of the best porters I've had. This one is a dark fruit note more than a coffee/chocolate note on the end... but it's too well done to not like it either way.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Watching True detective 2x01. Very, very, very drinkable. With a soft and pleasant sip that compensates its watery texture making it matter little

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best porters I have ever had. Just a wonderful representation of a classic English Porter. Pours dark brown with a huge head that slowly dissipates. Chocolate, coffee, earthy. Just a fantastic beer. It does not disappoint.

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Photo of davidperez
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, it pours a very dark brown with a one-finger head with low retention. Good lacing.

The bouquet is interesting, predominantly dark fruits, chocolate and a little bit of roastiness. Earthy aroma too after an energetic swirl.

The flavor follows the nose. It begins with chocolate and dark fruits, cherry, and the sweetness fades to balance itself with an earthy bitterness. You can feel a high carbonation, but it is not unpleasant. The aftertaste is semi-dry, not very long, and it finishes clean on the palate. After a few sips though, the bitterness starts coating your mouth. Medium to light body.

A very nice porter that I am happy to taste, and hope to taste again.

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Photo of Petekohio
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from 355 ml bottle rich deep dark brown 1 finger mocha head that faded away to a thin cover; OK lacing. Smell was fairly light with hints of roasted malt and light cherry. As begin to drink the taste is earthy with coffee moving to light sweetness finishing with just the right level of bitterness. Carbonation is very light and drinks easily. Overall a very good porter - nice change from the American Porters so readily available.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, nutty and coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruit. Very nice.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly dark (as though it was black), though there's a clear hue of brown when held up to light (which doesn't actually come through.) There's a reasonably small espresso head that retains the thinnest of caps. I smell chocolate on the nose with a touch of earthy malt. The taste is incredible: creamy and dark without being heavy, with just enough sweetness to balance things out. The feel could almost be taken for a melted milkshake, it's so creamy, but there's just enough carbonation sharpness to keep it feeling like a beer.

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Photo of Raime
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Smiths Tardy Porter.

Alright the Porter I drank before this was a disgusting drain pour that may have been infected or years upon years old. Or maybe it just sucked. Anyway, Samuel Smiths usually doesn't impress me at all but I'm hoping this is more like Fullers example of the style. Let's do it

Look - From the 355 ml bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a deep black as expected though it is still penetrable when held up to the light. The head amounts to a solid two fingers of mocha which dies down to a thick cap amongst the swill within a few minutes. Carbonation is unreadable due to the depth of the drink. Remaining lacing is minimal.

Smell - Definitely not picking up a lot here. Some subtle chocolate deep into the distance with a touch of cherry like sweetness. Weak and uninspired. Nothing more to say about this category.

Taste - The chocolate notes thankfully turn up here but there still isn't much of anything going on. Some of the cherry aspects come through as well alongside a metallic twang that I find in the majority of Samuel Smiths beers. Once again, bland and uninspired but not offensive so at least that'll keep it ' average '.

Feel - The body is fairly nice with a heavy thickness and an exceptionally creamy feel but the bitterness as it sits just seems completely out of place. Carbonation is very light and the brew swallows easily with an unwarranted bitterness .

Overall - Another overrated beer out of these guys. I will simply never understand why in the hell beers from this brewery are rated so highly. Must be a large difference in palates between me and most reviewers. It isn't an old beer either. Oh well, I'll finish it and forget it ever crossed my lips..

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Initial "had" review done back in May 2014 scored a 4, revisiting this just now. 550 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a tulip.

Appearance - Pours a pitch black color topped by a finger and a half of creamy tan colored head. Frothy head and long lasting, leaving behind a plethora of lacing.

Smell - Treacle and molasses in a big way, maybe some licorice too. Underlying sweetness in the nose promises good things to come. I did get a slightly metallic aroma, which is strange since it came from a glass bottle.

Taste - Wonderously complex, treacle and molasses to start, with some licorice thrown in and then some coffee in the aftertaste. All of which somehow hint at sweetness yet remaining moderately bitter throughout. A beer that improves as it warms too, releasing more flavors.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, but like liquid velvet going down your throat. So smooth. Body is slightly heavier than average with with the big malt flavors its easy to drink.

Overall - I'm kinda of surprised with myself that I only gave this a 4 last time. Amazing complexity, super easy to drink, this is a beer I could enjoy at any time of the year for any occasion. Certainly worth the dough and a special treat. Now if they can only start bringing this to Ontario on even a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely dark porter, rich roast grain flavor, medium weight body, thick beige creamy head. Billowing aroma and taste; dark chocolate, coffee, dried fruit,roast nuts. Delicious!

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Photo of Reema
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22 oz into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with lighter brown edges. Smells of roasted malt, baked bread, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, with a small smoky scent. Taste reflects the smell much better with a semi-sweet coffee chocolate tasty leading into a pleasant roasted taste that lingers. This is such a pleasant drink. The mouthfeel was a bit of a disappointment, it's a bit light and watery for me. It doesn't suit the flavor profile well. It doesn't detract from how tasty this beer is. Overall, this is an excellent porter that is tasty and easy to drink. The only nitpick I have is the watery feel.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light tan head that persists with very nice lacing over a dark, slightly red in the light, but mostly dark brown body. Smells all malts, not getting any hops here. Feels creamy, tastes of chocolate and maybe a hint of metallic. Slightly bitter, in a nice way that keeps the taste of the beer in your mouth after swallowing. Strong porter.

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Photo of PhillyB
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the first of the Samuel Smith beers I tried. Oatmeal Stout is likely to follow.

Look: A very dark beer with a tan head. Head is slightly bubbly and dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Chocolate, dried fruit, coffee, cream

Taste: Dark chocolate, dried fruit, cream, slight metallic.

Feel: Smooth, creamy.

Overall: Another beer I enjoy. The slightly fruity flavor was unexpected but welcome, and the metallic is more of an afterthought than a gripe. A solid brew I recommend you try.

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Photo of ViciousFishes
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thin, tan head that quickly dissipates. Fruit notes on the nose. Light, full-bodied and drinkable. Fruit/esters on the palate early surrounded by hints of chocolate. Slightly metallic, though smooth finish that goes on and on. No hints of the bitterness common with black patent. Nice. Very English. Surprised by the 'fruitiness'. Very sessionable.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,058 ratings.
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