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
Ratings:
3,076
Reviews:
1,326
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
476
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Holderness
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as night (standard for a Porter), but what sets this apart is the lush and rich creamy light brown foam head which pours thick, dissipates, but never disappears... Arguably the most beautiful head I've ever seen on a beer...

S - Toasted almonds... Choclate... Coffee... Malt... Warm Milk... A faint hint of Tart Fruit (cherries & raspberries)... A very nice complex, but not overwhelming blend... Very appealing... Between the Appearance and Smell, I can't wait to taste...

T - The taste is good but a little underwhelming for my expectations... Malt and Coffee... Bitter on the back end... I expected stronger...

M - Excellent... Rich, Full Bodied, Lush, and Creamy... Perfect for a Porter...

D - Mammoth Drinkability... Highly enjoyable... A beer to be savored and enjoyed, not rushed... A very relaxing brew...

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

Appearance: Decent head, good dark brown color.

Smell: Carob, caramel smoothness which would be great on a fall night outside.

Taste: chocolate, carob, sorta like brownies, slight, SLIGHT grapefruitiness

Mouthfeel: It seems like one of the thinner porters I've had. It's definitely thinner than something like Sierra Nevada Porter. It's medium thin I'd say. When you first swig it there's a big chunkiness to it.

Drinkability: Easily could drink this stuff all night. Friggen good.

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

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally managed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here....

A - Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a small tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace. Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had. Wow. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations! Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel. Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more!

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

This is a top notch porter worth the poney indeed. has a nice head. Thickness fades fairly quickly, but not that quickly. However, some head remains for quite some time.

Smell of chocolate malts. Other scents are faint.

Taste of chocolate malts with nice hop balance as not too be too overbearing on the malt profile.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but not too thick. Crispness is fairly nice.

This is one sessionable porter. For the lovers of chocolate malts. This is one to drink as the weather starts to cool down in the pre winte rmonths.

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

A- Pour looks like coffee, with nice tan head leaving light lacing. Very dark brown, too dark to see carbonation except at the very top.

S- Sweet prune and coffee. Very nice malt scent. Cocoa fights to come through.

T- Pleasant prune taste, dark cocoa in there too... not too sweet, just right.

M- Good carbonation, only slightly syrupy, medium-medium to medium-heavy.

D- Very sessionable... very much so.

Note- Aftertaste is coffee-like, but not the unpleasant taste from after drinking actual coffee. Similar to cocoa coated coffee beans.

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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention that leaves a nice lacing
S-faint coffee and chocolate
T-More of the same with the flavors melting together and leaving a nice coffee flavor on the palate
M-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-such a solid beer. could drink this every day.

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Photo of tubeyes
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hiku7
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent porter. Smooth and drinkable, yet substantial flavor.

Pours a dark brown with some mahogany notes topped by a light brown head.

Aroma is chocolate, plum esters, roastiness, and a slight tart English yeastiness. Flavor replicates the aroma, plus toffee and caramel malt flavors. The hop bitterness is present, but mild and earthy in the finish. The slight yeast tartness adds a bit of bitterness that helps to really balance the malt.

Medium body and a moderately dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

Go to English porter.

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

Appearance = opaque black with mahogony highlights. Thick tan head, low carbonation.

Smell = mocha notes (coffee & chocolate)

Taste = The mocha follows thru from the aroma, roasted malt with a chocolate flavor, a little bit of 'burnt toast/dark roasted coffee' flavor. Hops in balance. Medium creamy mouthfeel.

Great tasting porter, I wish I had a piece of Chocolate cake to go with it.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a decent head at pour. Little lacing. Aroma is smoked with the presence of pepper. Good flavor - definitely heavier, dark malts. Faint dark chocolate. Starts with a pleasant smoky flavor, then finishes with a slight chocolate but oddly also slightly sour flavor.

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Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

550ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Dark brown color with a red highlights, offwhite head that lasts. Aromas include roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee. This beer tastes great, full of rich complexities. Chocolate, dark roasted coffee, toasted malt, toffee, mild twangy finish. Light-medium silky bodied with light carbonation. Extremely drinkable. It's a shame that people won't try a beer because they don't like "heavy dark beers" this is a perfect example of an extremely drinkable beer that happens to be dark in color.

A must buy.

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Photo of mrovelli
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlakeH215
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a very dark ruby to tan with a big creamy tan head. Aroma is of roasted hops, dark fruits like black cherries, and a little coffee.

Taste is of roasted hops, marmite/vegemite, coffee, honey, and something more leafy, a little like cabbage, that I couldn't quite identify.

Finish is warm with dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, like a good porter should be, and the drinkability is great.

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

550mL bottle

Smell is sweet of chocolate, molasses, fig, and sweet malts. There is a slightly tart smell present as well. This is definitely a Samuel Smith beer. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but very creamy and smooth. The smoothness remains after you swallow, coating the tongue.

Taste is sweet, with the flavors mirroring the smells. Some smoky flavor and some dryness from the hops comes through in the aftertaste. There is also a hint of a sour towards the end. I can't place it, but it somehow fits the beer. As it warms a bit, more sweet flavors reveal themselve, and a bit of nuttiness comes out. This is one tasty and complex beer. I'm glad I have 18+ oz. of enjoyment in this one.

Overall, this is basically what I expected coming into it. That's not to say it is mundane or anything like that. Samuel Smith just has a certain feel to the beers, and this fits in, while differentiating itself from its other styles. It is an easy drinking porter, and one to be savored. Price is my only limiting factor, but even at a high price, I'll still buy. Its that good.

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

Was looking forward to cracking one of these open all the way home from work. Clear bottle appears to be brown, pours dark chocolate brown, no light getting through, but rosy at the bottom. Odor is very pleasant and warm with a wine-like aroma. Head was minimal on my first bottle poured; faint hints of lace speckle the glass.

Taste is mildly chocolate with an aftertaste of coffee. Very smooth and very drinkable. Excellent beer and definitely one of my personal favorites.

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

Poured a deep reedish-brown color with massive tannish head. Minmal lacing.
Smell is dark fruity(raisins, plums) with somewhat of a wine or sherry character also present.
Taste is more fruitiness, being swett enough to be enjoyable without going too far.
Finishes with more sweetness, but also has a firm dry bitterness at the end.
Great drinkabilty. Nice session beer.

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

Pours black in the glass with brown and ruby highlights. A thick tan head forms and leaves good lace rings.

Lots of sweet chocolate in the smell. Coffee, caramel, and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety smooth medium body. The sweet chocolate and coffee compliment each other very well.

One of the best porters I've tried. I could drink these all night.

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

Wickedly dark in colour that gives off a nice brown sheen in teh light. Good head that sticks for a minute, with good lacing.

Fantastic nose of dark roasted malts, sweet black fruit, anise and many other spices and dark aroms that build up and wind together in a very very enjoyable way.

Full and thick palate tht is long with a ripper of an aftertaste. Dark roasted flavours on the back palate. A nice grip leads to flavours of roast, toast, chocolate, coffee...you name it, it is here.

A damn good porter and a fantastic beer.

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

Reviewed on November 5th 2011. Poured a 550 mL bottle into a Blue Star Brewing Pint glass.

A: Poured a nice tan one fingered head. The head easily sticks around for a bit. Mild carbonation stuck to the side of the glass. Poured a nice solid black with the usual red shadings around the edges. The lacing chooses when it wants to stick, but when I refilled my glass the lacing actually stuck solidly.

S: Super malty is what I take in straight off. There are some hints of chocolate and coffee, but malts is what this primarily is.

T: The chocolate comes first with a maltiness making the tail end of this. With all these malts the is just a ridiculously tasty drink.

M: With some of Samuel Smith products the smoothness of the swallow is a turn off for me, but when it holds a head as well as this beer then it makes the swallow nice and creamy.

O: At times Samuel Smith disappoints me, but this is obviously not one of those times. This is the best drink they have offered me and when the claim it's "The Famous Taddy Porter" they are not lying.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker: deep brown with a sustained, creamy tan head that very slowly dissipated leaving a tremendous amount of lacing. I was very impressed that the creaminess was sustained throughout the drinking experience.

Rich, spicy, almost wine-like aromas greeted the olfactory upon opening the bottle.

Without a doubt, one of the best porters I have tried. This ale is immensely drinkable with a rather light roasted flavor with hints of bitter semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa. There are faint fruity, fig-like flavors as well.

This medium bodied ale is silky-smooth in the mouth leaving a coating of cocoa and fruity flavors on the tongue. The carbonation is very restrained.

I seems you cannot go wrong with this brewery; despite the high price and no freshness dates, every product I have tried has been very fresh. There are many great American porters, but if you are seeking an English version, this is the one to choose.

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Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Smith's, The Famous Taddy Porter pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a milk chocolate colored head from a brown twelve ounce bottle with a foil neck and crown cover. Caramel malt and a hint of chocolate make up the aroma. The flavor is also caramel malt, a bit of chocolate, some raison is also present, and maybe even a hint of coffee. I'd like a thicker mouthfeel. A very enjoyable beer.

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

There is nothing I don't like about this beer.
Very dark...black with dark tan head.
Smells of dark chocolate, raisiny sweetness, and a little roasted coffee.
Taste follows like sweet chocolate covered raisins. A nice mild bitterness overlay that gets more so as it lingers.
Feels great, filling, substantial, medium carbonation.
Overall, I could drink this very frequently. Dang near perfect.

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

Appearance: Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass, nearly two fingers of head that produces some trace lacing and retains to a little over the half way point. The darkest of dark chocolate brown in colour for the body.

Smell: Warming helps it's case substantially as rich coffee, walnuts with an ample dose of well roasted malt. I can also even pick up the slight hard water scent to it as well to a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Substantially good, mild malt, espresso and chocolate starts us off as well roasted malted with touches of plum come forward with a slight mineral note that is dusted away with a the perfect dusting of hops. A perfect score would have been earned had the mineral note got pulled back and a bit more diversity in it, but all in all this is a well done Porter.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a big too aggressive for a Porter as the creaminess isn't quite there. The aftertaste is a nice roasted malt touch which the hops tame well so it doesn't come across as burnt. Good transitioning.

Drinkability: Very high for a Porter, as it's rich and flavourful but not burnt or excessively bitter. Goes down easy and it doesn't suffer from high bitterness that makes so many Porters nothing more then slightly mild stouts. It's medium bodied, although a little bit gassy. Solid.

Final Thoughts: Samuel Smith's is probably my favourite English brewery, and I'm sure a lot of people say that. The best part is that this is a beer for all seasons, as I could even happily drink this in the summer heat, which is something that many Porters simply can't say. This is just another exceptional brew from another exceptional brewery and famous for a reason.

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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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