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

There is nothing I don't like about this beer.
Very 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 +3.1%
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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Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. Great two finger that is almost perfectly even with the lip of the glass. Creamy, tan, bread dough head amidst dark coffee hues. Good porter aromas hit the nostroil. Plenty of roasted and creamy vanilla like malts. Great passover to the mouth with more developed creaminess. More light brunt malt notes in the back of the throat as well. Very smooth palte. But lets you know you are packing on the calories.

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Photo of Myotus
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 24Feb15) into a pint glass. Consumed on 20Oct15.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that shrivels to a line after 30 seconds. Black in color with a ruby luster. There are no rising bubbles that are visible. Lacing is thin and low in quantity.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sweet coffee, molasses, white bread, and vanilla meet with subtle aromas of sweet chocolate and tree nuts along with hints of bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: Strong sweet chocolate along with mild vanilla and sweet coffee flavors enter initially. Mild flavors of molasses, bready malts, and tree nuts immediately follow to bring a balance to the initial sweetness. Subtle spicy hop (didn't detect those in the smell) flavors and bitter roasted malts finish off this amazing display of a brew as all previous flavors persist, except chocolate, which fade to mild.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down ridiculously smooth, but is too thin to be considered creamy. Ends with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: My first of its style. A simply amazing beer. Well balanced between sweetness and bitterness, with the latter allowing the prior to somewhat dominate without creating any cloying.

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

550 ml
ALC. 5.0% VOL.
No dates

I love the classic presentation.

Appearance – one heck of a great looking porter; really dark on the inside with a dark purple edge; smooth, 3-finger light brown head at pour; lace is respectable

Smell – plum, sugary raisin, a more bitter chocolate than in the taste; light molasses; doesn’t explode but it certainly makes the mouth water

Taste – bit roasty; dark chocolate; light plum; light notes of dark chocolate and hops pair for a slightly acidic/tinny close and aftertaste; the lingering acidity pulls down the overall experience

Mouthfeel – pleasant, moderate and lush but not overwhelming carbonation; slight/moderate crispy twang for most of the ride; bit dry to close; overall the feel is great for a porter, but at times the crispness midway and late acidity bring it down

Drinkability – it’s the faults of the beer that urge drinking; the aftertaste issues are erased with less time to ponder deficiencies; if I was afforded a less tainted break, I’d slam down a 5

I have had some relative bombs from Samuel Smith, but this is one afforded the label a parachute.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Fuller's London Porter.

A: Dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Dark fruit and spice. Roasted aromas like coffee.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Caramel malt and toast. Mild fruit flavors.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.Smooth.

O: This was the more fruity of the two porters. Both are excellent, but I liked Fuller's just a bit more.

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

This is my first Porter to ever drink. If this is a good benchmark, I like Porter beers. This beer has a very dark color with a very thin head. It is a very smooth, very drinkable beer that has a coffee-like taste. Perfect amount of hop bitterness and nice mouthfeel. I would recommend this beer. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking Porter. Pours a dark brown color with a slight ruby hue. A thick and creamy tan head initially presents itself and then fades into a nice lace. Aromas of malt and coffee are detected with a hint of chocolate lingering in the background. Taste is full of roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses, with just the slightest touch of fruitiness. This is a nice medium-bodied creamy porter. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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

Poured black with a bubbly tan head that quickly dissipated. Smelled of alcohol and roasted malt, with some chocolate and a hint of coffee in there. The taste was a good blent of malts. Good roasted and chocolate flavor. There might be some nut and coffee in there too. Goes down very creamy and smooth, with a pleasant dry roasted aftertaste. The overall taste is a little thin, but this adds to its drinkability. However, this brew accomplishes a very good taste without being too heavy, lending to its drinkability.

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

Pours black/deep brown with a light colored coffee head. Nice lacing and retention. Aroma of sweet caramel, nuttiness, a bit of dark fruit, nice for the style. Flavor follows. Good nuttiness to start to go along with a milky caramel sweetness. Hints of creamy coco before a dark fruit finish with a light touch of crisp hops as well. Top notch in the style. Smooth and dry mouthfeel.

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

Pours very dark ruby, almost brown, and almost opaque. Light tan head is big at first but settles to a thin layer after time.

Nose is malty, cocoa powdery, and some nougat. Leads you to think very sweet.

Palate is surprisingly light bodied, malt focused, with some grape/raisin flavor, and just enough hop bite to round it out.

Finish is full of raisins. Roasty & malty, and very drinkable.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Deep and dark in color with a big two-inch head of tan foam
Aroma-chocolate and coffee notes
Taste-Chocolate, coffee, figs-subtle hop/tobacco bite throughout, with a bit of a mineral bitter finish.
Overall, a classic, tasty porter that is easily sesssionable. A classic example of the style.

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

dark creamy smooth. a slight hint of coffee. this beer was fantastic. it was an absolute delite to drink. it doesn't beat out the oatmeal stout, but then again that may be impossible

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Photo of association330
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep brown to black, with a finger of head that recedes to a thick cap. Spots to light sheets of lacing form.

S - The smokey, acrid smell of intensely roasted malt, with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee, and a hint of raisins/molasses. The acridness has a sour character that strangely reminds me of red wine vinegar. A little floral hoppiness.

T - Smokey, heavily roasted malt, dark-roasted coffee, and bitter chocolate dominate. That slight, juicy sourness that was in the nose is also present. A moderately hoppy finish and citrusy twang lingers.

M - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation level. Smooth and pleasant overall.

D - This brew has a lot of character, and there's definitely a nice balance between the roasted malt, bitter coffee/chocolate, and hops. This is a very solid, sessionable porter, and a great benchmark for other attempts at the style.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a tan foamy two finger head which fades to one quarter inch. Has a dark black color which shows ruby highlights when held up to the light.

Smell - Smells of chocolate with molasses and coffee.

Taste - Chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Sweet malt is balanced by some bitterness at the end. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, smooth, medium bodied. Feels lighter than I thought it would.

Drinkability - Extremely Drinkable. One of my favorite Porters. Would make a nice session beer.

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

pours very dark brown with a short but creamy and well-lasting dark tan head. Aroma is pleasant if not overwhelmingly strong. Light cocoa, light roast/toast. There is a light diacetyl that comes across as butterscotch. The fruit is typical Sam Smith - quite bold and always welcome.
Flavor is one of the best of the brown porter style. Fruits, cocoa, little bit of roasty bitterness. Finishes closer to dry than I expected, and with the creamy body and soft carbonation and balance everywhere it is nearly the epitome of the style and ridiculously drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle.

About time I got to this ale. It's pretty widely available so it's been passed up on numerous occasions in favor of new or rarer brews. Pours with a large, durable head that manages to be both kind of sudsy as well as creamy. Near black, opaque body. The head limits the aromatics. After it settles a while, there's an appealing mix of roasted grains with toffee, dates and dark dried fruits. The flavor carries a generous load of dark malts with faint smoke, no char, and some spicy hops. Full and exceptionally smooth body with a near perfect carbonation level.

Overall: rich and flavorful. An excellent English porter that's up with Fuller's London Porter as among the best of the style.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a black color, ruby red at the edges, with a thin but creamy beige head that leaves rings of lacing.

The beer smells of molasses, toffee, cashews, milk chocolate, black licorice, candied plums, black cherries, caramel and toast.

Upfront, you get caramel, cashews, peanuts, toffee, and deeply toasted brown bread. Toward the finish, you get black licorice, raisins, plums, dark cherries, cocoa powder, and earth. Finishes with a bitter-sweet balance of molasses and baking chocolate, and beets and earth.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, almost watery toward the finish, though smooth in the middle.

This is a fine beer. I reviewed this a bit colder than I probably should, but the taste isn't quite as amazing as the nose. This is still a great beer overall, though. A classic.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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 wolfinthemirror
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a monster tan colored head of 2 inches. Fairly dark brown, ruby red can be seen through the liquid when held to the light.

The beer smells like fresh paint. not really sure how to describe it, i guess it's malt. some toastiness.

Rich toasted malts, caramel and toffee. Some nuttiness in the taste, a little bit of candied sweetness like the center of a tootsie pop with the fruit flavored bits around it. very tasty especially once it has warmed, the flavors really come alive and blend together quite nicely.

The Taddy feels dry in the mouth, fairly high carbonation. medium mouthfeel. very creamy. has a melt in your mouth feel to it.

This beer is extremely drinkable and at 5% it will take quite a few before you're drunk. The great taste makes it easy to consume. Very delicious beer, it's a pleasure to be able to try this one.

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

A. Opaque, with a light brown head. Pours a little thick but expected for the style.
S. Butterscotch. Toffee,Coffee, Caramel, a hint of molasses slight biscuit hues.
T. Lots of butterscotch, caramel biscuit and a little molasses, excellent creamy aftertaste.
M. Good amount of carbonation for a porter. fairly heavy.
D.I would have no problem drinking all four of these tasty treats.

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

Poured from bottle.

A- Pours a rich dark brown color..pretty much black. Two finger beige colored head shows great retention. Nice ringy and streaky style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time roasted malts in the front of the nose with almost a light hint of nuts. Coffee roast comes through next with chocolate following suit. Darker fruits really don't show up to much along with alcohol which kind of surprised me.

T- Roasted malts in the front end with hints of darker fruit that get overtaken by a charred coffee taste. Middle of the beer is more darker fruit forward which was a nice change of flavor from the front end. Darker chocolate toward the backing of the beer with a smooth roast flavor. Alcohol while there is not medicinal but more of a light liquor feel to it.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts, hints of darker fruits, and light chocolate left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly smooth alcohol, chocolate, darker fruits and hints of roast. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Very well balanced for the style with no off flavors at all to speak of.

D- This beer was a perfect example of the style. Low ABV does make this one very drinkable and I did drink a lot of it. Flavorful but not filling. Sam Smith does make excellent examples of the style and everyone should seek out this widely available brewery.

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Photo of SLewis
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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