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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of RyanStelzner
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Pours out a fair brown that sits nearly black with a bit of crimson shining through on the sides. A light brown head sits atop this nice looking beer, big lacings on the sides, lots of character.

Smells of sweets and fruits; chocolate, vanilla, a tad of cinnamon, apple sauce like tones and raisins. Maltiness is present as well along with some bits of roasted grains. A very strong nose on this one, very impressive.

Tastes initially sweet; chocolates blended with a bit of coffee flavors bring an initial bitterness to your pallate. Moves gradually into apples blended with some more bitterness from cinnamon-like flavors, then to dark, carmelized sugars that ease you into a subtle bitterness that is actually quite smooth and desireable. This is a nice, sweet and fruity porter that has loads of character, and keeps you thirsty for more. It's no wonder why this is one of the greats.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth, but packs quite a carbonated punch. The carbonation didn't get in the way too much, as it seemed to come out more when swallowing, but it did contrast well against the slightly smooth body this beer had.

It's just so easy to drink. The rasins in the nose blend very well with the overall flow of this beer. One of my favorite porters now, but it is much different from my other favorites, as the particularly fruity nose and taste set it apart from the others. I want to eat a steak and drink this at the same time....

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

Found this at the Brewhaus Springfield,IL

A-deep and dark brown with some cherry highlights when held to the light,a super thick rootbeer float looking head leaves behind tons of sticky lacing

S-dark chocolate,roasted caramel malts are borderline nutty,some major aromas of premium bold coffee

T-I feel like I just packed my mouth full of chocolate covered coffee beans and rasinetts,this Porter has a lot of character and is near perfectly balanced with sweet fruity malts and earthy hops in abundance

M-medium body and low carbonation,creamy and soft

D-this is a stand alone porter that deserves to be revisited in short order

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

This porter poured a dark brown with a small, quickly dissipating head. The smell had dark roasted malt aromas as well as a slight coffee scent. The taste was full of roasted malt flavor with a medium hop profile and bitterness. The taste was complex with a number of other flavors present, although I couldn't put my finger on them. The mouthfeel was medium/thick with a medium/low carbonation. The felt like I could drink these on a regular basis as I enjoyed it thoroughly. This is an excellent porter and I highly recommend it.

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

Photo of kernalklink
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The SS Taddy porter poured dark black with a great foamy head and lacing. light aromas of roasted malt and tangy fruit were present and the taste was amazing- a pleasant refreshing dark chocolate coffee malt, light but flavorful. The backend was made up of dried fruits and a slight bitterness. Great body and cool on the tongue. An extremely sessionable porter and very well balanced brew.

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Photo of JJfreeou21
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really straight forward perfect porter. Give it a try.

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

I love the appearance--a deep, beckoning ebony just clear enough to show tints of blood red hue topped off by a lacy, sticky light chocolate head. The aroma is a combination: first, of a garden in early fall, after the harvest, when the dirt has been uprooted, mixed with burning maples in the air. The taste is smooth, smooth, smooth, and there's a balanced floral/coffee/chocolate maltiness. This ale has a silky mouthfeel, which is just a tad (pardon the pun) thin. I could drink this all night, but I have only one bottle, and it is, after all, a week night.

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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 tom444
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out almost perfectly black, with a huge creamy dark tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Extremely malty, plenty of chocolate and coffee, a few fruity notes, and just a little bit of alcohol.

Taste: Loads of malt, fairly strong coffee flavor, a bit of smokiness. Some nice hop flavors, and a few fruity notes on the finish. A great malty aftertaste that leaves your tongue begging for more.

A truly amazing porter, definitely a beer to be savored.

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

Photo of Thrasher
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark as the ace of spades. Clean aroma, warm coffee scent. A bit thin in the mouth, but a varied, complex taste. Great interplay between hops and malts, keeps the brew buttery and nourishing. Cozy, lingering burnt flavor that keeps you going back for more. Sam Smith brews never have tons of character, but they are always solid and delicious, this one no exception. Why the clear bottles, though?

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black beer with ruby/amber highlights. Clear but only visible if a 500 watt bulb was behind it. Beige brown head that stays throughout the duration of the beer. Looks like its made up of tiny bubbles giving the head a creamy look.

Smell is of burnt or roasted malts and dark fruits. Very nice and smooth but it could be a little more potent.

Taste is sweet and creamy. A buttery flavor and mouthfeel but behind a deep roasted malt flavor. This beer is sweet but kind of milky sweet, not overpowering and very refreshing.

A damn fine beer. The diacetyl, buttery mouthfeel and taste compliments the porter flavors very well. Its smooth, refreshing and flows easily down the throat. Very nice!

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

A black robe reveals mahogany highlights at the base; and around the sides when held to the light. Its rocky tan head holds exceptionally well to start; and it maintains a thin, creamy surface covering throughout the pint. The nose displays caramel, fruit and soft buttery diacetyl. The body is medium/light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy and soft in the mouth; and very smooth across the palate. The flavor reflects the nose with mildly sweet caramel; fruit that's a touch winey with red grape, raisins, and berries; milk chocolate; and some rounding buttery diacetyl backed by a solid bitterness. What's not to like? It finishes dry with a residual note of fruity caramel and light butter. Very well done with quite a bit of finesse - light but complex! Absolutely enjoyed best at cellar temperature!

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

This pours out with a deep tan thick head that falls upon deep dark brownish-red liquid, gently carbonated at that. Nose is the typical Sam Smith aroma, very low level of diacetyl mixed with their strain of yeast fruitiness, a little toffee, a little roasty maltiness...all good! Taste is very distinctive, a mix of roasted malt, light coffee tones, fruitiness followed by a just-there hop bitterness. Finishes up dry and delicious, long and smooth...very satisfying, one of the most distinctive examples of the style. Not a "big" Porter, but one tasty ale!

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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


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Photo of philbe311
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hiku7
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,119 ratings
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