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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

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 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

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

Appearance: Dark opaque brown with a thick tan head that retains very nicely.

Smell: Dark chocolate, blackberry, mild acidity, charcoal. Subtle but complex.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and bitter with berry and toffee flavors. Undertones of burnt grain and black coffee with slight acidity coming through beneath it all. Light-bodied and dry with a vinous quality in the finish.

Notes: Impressive complexity coming from such an unimposing beer. Very good stuff.

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

Pours from the bottle a dark, dark brown with about three fingers of brown head; gorgeous-looking beer with lacing clinging to the pint glass. Tasty, complex nose that American porters don't usually pull off-- molasses, brown sugar, and campfire.

Taste includes the flavors from the nose, plus pale and caramel malts and a new dimension of light smokey peat notes. It's been a while since a beer brought to mind so many flavors.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but I think I was expecting the body of an American porter rather than that of an English porter. Sips smoothly, however, with a slightly sour, sticky finish that brings out just a touch of hops.

So easy to drink... I sought a hearty porter, and while this wasn't it, Taddy Porter was a great beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a British Pint glass, served at 62f.

Black as coal which only shows the dimmest ruby at the bottom when held to a bright light, topped with a rich mocha head that leaves nice lacing.

aroma of toasted caramel malt, some earthy hops and a touch of Diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is like mousse, light and effortless.

Taste: a thin roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee flavor with a lactic tour twang, a touch of prunes with a little bit of earthy hops.

A good tasting beer with many layers of flavor, but that flavor may be just a little too subtle. Not as as sturdy or robust as Fuller's London Porter this is nevertheless an excellent beer. The lack of the smokiness of this beer, which Fuller's has makes this a lighter and easier to drink but perhaps slightly less memorable British Porter. Still, this is a fine beer and quite enjoyable.

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

Poured out of a 550 ml (1 Pint., 2.7 oz) bottle. The label is very attractive--brown, white and red. The Samuel Smith Brewery was founded in 1758, so the bottle says. I used an oversized weizen glass.

Sight: Poured with many a gurgle into the glass. Looked chocolate brown as I poured. Thick two-inch creamy tan head. Beer is very dark brown with slight red tinges. Lacing held up but was spotty.

Smell: Chocolate, fruit (cranberries?), then coffee, and finally caramel. Let this beer warm a bit once out of the fridge. Your nose and mouth will thank you.

Taste: Not so dry like a stout, but with a slight and wonderful dry finish with rush of chocolate and coffee. I detect a very nice caramel undertone. These flavors never overpower and the overall taste is unlike anything I've ever had, porter or otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, this beer is down-right sexy! Not a heavy beer, I'd call it medium-bodied.

Drinkability: At 5%, there is no alcohol "burn" and the beer is so well balanced that I could have another. Sitting here, though, I am rather full and still have 1/4 of the beer remaining. For me, one is great enough.

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Photo of vman3
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Lowseph
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had one yesterday, it was fantastic.

Loved the color and the roasted flavor.

Easily one of the better porters I've had.

Goes great with your favorite cigar.

I will most definitely be buying this beer again and again.

Only place I've seen it is at my neighborhood world market, so it might not be that easy to find,

but well worth the search.

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $2.99 at Cost Plus World Market. Other stores usually sell for $3.99.

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a two finger, thick, creamy tan head with great retention and ample lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts with a slight hop presence.

T-Rich, creamy malt and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet and slightly hoppy.

M-Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

D-This is about as sessionable as a porter can be. This is quite good, and one of my favorite Samuel Smith's beers.

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Photo of bens0n
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an extremely dark brown, not 100% opaque but pretty close to it. There is a nice amount of creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but there is still a tiny bit of lacing left behind in the glass after sips.

There is a surprisingly sweet smell that comes out of this initially, but it is soon followed by a mild chocolaty smell and an ever so slight dark fruit aroma.

Flavor wise up front it almost has a watery quality to it but quickly turns into somewhat of a sweet and roasty chocolate flavor which is followed by a bitter after-taste.

This beer has a little bit more carbonation than I really prefer but is a solid porter that is very drinkable.

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

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a beautiful and massive fluffy tan head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S- Pretty simple, coffee and chocolate, some roasted malts.

T- Coffee, chocolate, coffee grounds, has a bit of a sweet, dark fruit undercurrent. Hops are subdued but present enough to keep things balanced.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, has a velvety smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

O- Insanely drinkable. A very simple but top-notch porter, I really never get tired of drinking this beer.

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

A hard pour brings a beautiful, delicious cocoa-colored head with tiny tightly beaded bubbles and a very creamy texture. Color is opaque dark, dark brown to black with ruby red hints when held to the light. The nose is fruity and roasty with notes of cocoa powder, coffee, kalamata olives, and alcohol. At palate entry, cedary and fruity (almost citrus) hops, followed by roasted malt sweetness and an oakey earthiness. A nice, creamy mouthfeel throughout. The finish is tart and dry. A very smooth and characterful porter from one of the world's great breweries.

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Photo of Zach136
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Totally opaque, light tan, one finger head. Good lacing.

S - Light roast, dark cocoa and hints of dark fruit.

T - Moderate dark coffee notes, plethora of earthy tones in the background.

M - Light and airy as a porter should be.

O - The prototypical English Porter. Nothing mind blowing but always a treat.

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Photo of travy82
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Cs1987
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black, 2 fingers of beige head with very good retention.

Smell - Very chocolatey, strong.

Taste - What separates this from most porters is the strength of the sweet creamy flavour backing up the roasted malt. Not much hops, but they would be out of place in a beer with such a great malt character.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, like the taste.

Drinkability - I want another one.

Overall - Samuel Smiths are truly the masters of dark English style ales.

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

This beer pours a dark black cherry colour with some ruby highlights and leaves a nice frothy two finger cappicino laced head with decent lacing down the glass,it has aromas of woody,coffee laced cherries and a subtle coffee aroma in the background,it has an above average mouthfeel which starts off with a medium body yet finishes very light like water that fills the palette with tastes of blackberries and cherries laced in coffee liqueor,this is definately an excellent example of the style and because of the light finish drinkability is high.

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

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost brown. Not quite opaque as there are some reddish hues from the light shining through. Head retention is very good.

S - Nice aroma here. Notes of chocolate, nuts, toffee, caramel, and honey blend beautifully.

T - Straightforward taste with a bit of complexity too. Some nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Caramel, toffee, and raisin notes combine for the sweetness. Chocolate, coffee, and hops bring the bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but this does help the drinkability. Low carbonation level is spot on for an English ale. Slightly chewy.

D - I could drink these all day, even on a 90 degree day. Flavorful and extremely drinkable. The classic modern brown porter lives up to the hype. For anyone confused over the difference between a stout and a porter I suggest you take a sip of the Tadcaster.

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

Picked upa 550 ml bottle from BevMo in late November for $2.99.

Beer pours black with ruby undertones with a long lasting tan head. Nose upon opening was a blast of English hops with slight roasted coffee and dark fruit. Taste is supremely well balanced with roasted malts, a hint of sweetness from the underlying dark fruit, and a well stated English hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with above average smoothness. Drinkability is very good. This is a deliciious well balanced porter that is a must try of english porter style fans.

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

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,106 ratings
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