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

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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 becktone
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: Quite pleasing overall. Nice creamy head-tan in color and creamy in texture and appearance gives an appetizing look all round. Color is extremely dark brown/red. Highlights are congealed blood red. Looks like a porter should. Head retention is steady throughout, even after it starts to deteriorate from contact with my lips it still keeps a constant head. Sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass.

Nose: Aroma fills the room...or should I say an aura of chocolate and sweet, sweet malt. Upon closer olfactory inspection I find earthy aromas here, maybe some mildly sour aromas, could they've put some bacteria in here to mimic the original porter creations of the 1700s? Under the earthy tones, chocolate, and the unique aroma that I can't attribute to any other beer I've ever smelt, is some caramel. Maybe a little bit of apple cider aroma too(sourness).

Tongue: First thing I notice is that this beer truly tastes like a blend of three beers. There aren't certain characteristics that stick out. Its more like the way a black and tan ordered at a bar is-it has a unique taste that is neither stout or pale ale. Instead it is a mixture of both. I can taste a bit of a souring agent in here, it gives it the earthy flavor and a bit more. There are some toasted and chocolate flavors in there but they don't stick out, as individuals, they are mixed in the beer as part of a whole. Wouldn't really be able to pick it out unless I was looking for it. There is also some fruitiness in here as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I was quite surprised by the mouthfeel of this beer. I quite expected more carbonation, however this beer has very little. This does makes sense to me though, the historical porter was originally a blend of three beers, a stale one, a mild and, a pale. Seems to me like there was a good chance the final product would have very little carbonation due to the stale, not to mention these were all real ales and cask conditioned to mention meaning they would have less carbonation to begin with. I believe that the mouthfeel on this engineered porter is just about perfect, seems to be very accurate according to descriptions. This is one drinkable beer, great to session. Prolly the best English porter I've ever had, well at least to date. Real impressed with this one, I will be coming back to it. Anytime I feel the need for an authentic English Porter this is where I'll look.

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Photo of BeerSquid
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A Spectacular Beer! This embodies EVERYTHING a Porter should be! Its well constructed flavour leaves the mouth watering, craving more to the very last drop, and desiring more there after. It warms the bones and the soul. Perfect for a cold winter night.

A- Beautiful rich, bold pour of smooth blackened liquid, complete topped with creamy ivory coloured head.

S- Robust notes of chocolate and malt.

T- Exceptional taste! the chocolate in the smell is intensified and there are indications of a roasted possible nutty feel to it.

M- Dry, yet creamy. Light carbonation, and extremely smooth. Full body that rests gently on the palate before the swallow.

D- Amazing! Well worth the price. This is all around one of the best beers I have ever had the privilege to encounter. I would gladly get it again and would recommend it to anyone who considers themselves a true beer lover.


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Photo of minishfinish
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black liquid with an fairly finely carbonated head, light brown to white, almost like creama on an esspresso.

Smell is hardcore roasted malts. The head is a bot misleading, because you might expect a heavier, meatier beer. You also get more alcohol out of it then you get from the taste.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and silky, existing the palate as quickly as it entered. It leaves clean, no real lingering taste at all.

Flavor is a great roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit milky. This was an extremely light mouth feel, which is amazing with a beer of this flavor. You can drink a lot this before you know it. A fantastic beer that lives right up to it's reputation. Drink this,

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Photo of Gehrig
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best porter I've ever had, this tasty masterpiece from Samuel Smith is a must for porter lovers. It might also be the best beverage that Samuel Smith brews. The head is a light creamy brown, modest but durable, and the body leaves a bubbly lattice work along the mug as it recedes. Taddy Porter is practically black in color. The flavors are subtle but noticeable, with chocolate, a bit of caramel, and a hint of mocha present. Smooth and with just the right amount of carbonation, Taddy Porter is easy on the palate, while accosting the taste buds with a multitude of flavors. It isn't at all difficult to follow one with another, and it also intersperses well with a good brown ale or a fruity, flavorful Belgian style. Close to a masterpiece.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is pitch black, with a beautiful oatmeal colored creamy head that dissipates to random patches. Sticky lacing at first, then it disappears. The beer smells amazing! Bitter chocolate and bananas come out immediately. The taste is equally impressive with bitter chocolate, roasted malts, bananas, and even oatmeal all playing together. There's a drop hop note in there too. The beer is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, this beer is just about perfect. It's delicious with complex flavors that work hand in hand. If you like porters, do check this one out.

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Photo of Portertime
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh joy of joys, one of my favorite porters of all time. Samuel Smith hasn't let me down yet. Enjoyed barely chilled in my Warsteiner mug. Poured a rich, midnight chocolate brown. Smelled of fresh baker's chocolate with a hint of berries and bread dough. Taste was smooth and complex, rich and layered. Coffee, chocolate, hints of biscuit, and a kiss of fruit. Good times and cheers!

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Photo of giblet
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. this is one of the best porters that i have had. pours black in the glass. decent head. smells of smoked chocolate. excellent rich taste of chocolate and caramel. rich but not overly so, smooth and refreshing. therefore by name easier to drink than a stout.

very much recommended!

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of dacrza1
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An old favorite body with brown creamy quarter-inch head that leaves a flawless lacing...roasted coffee, rich toffee, smooth and smoky accents... creamy palate--unbelievably smooth and milky...the texture is as firm as it is lacey...mellow and natural, almost perfect in its proficiency....the reason I fell in love with beer tasting, selecting from the beer menu at Russell's in Bloomsburg nearly ten years ago....for those Strat fans out there, like finding a SUPREME defensive rating...if you only drink light lagers and the occasional green bottle, start (and end) with this one from the dark side...

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith Taddy Porter has a very thick, creamy, beige head and a dark brown (with red tints) appearance. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is of medium-roasted malt, dark cherries, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. With taste, one gets roasted malt, sweetness, bitterness, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Smith Taddy Porter finishes semi-dry and very easy drinking. Overall, this is an outstanding, world class beer, and I strongly recommend that you try it.


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Photo of Mick
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent. Espresso/brown color with a light brown/tan colored head that thinly veils the glass as the beer goes along. A coffee porter classic. Roasted flavors and coffee/chocolate beginnings give it a character that is distinctively Samuel Smiths. A quenching drinkability. I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of GeoJ
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

It would be totally redundant to add anything to all of the great reviews, other than to say they are all on-the-money.

Absolutely wonderful, delicious brew that has easily become my personal benchmark for the style.

One of the most enjoyable beer experiences I've ever had.
Thank you, reviewers, for guiding me to this world-class beer!

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Photo of Ferb
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my very most favorite porters! This is full of dark roasted, malty goodness, it is beautifully balanced, lightly tempered with earthy hops and a gentle whisper of licorice. The yeast Samuel Smith uses in Taddy Porter is used, I think, in some of their other beers, because there is a flavor quality that "rhymes" with their excellent Oatmeal Stout. Maybe it is the water? I don't care, because I like them both! If you like the style, you should try this.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out a thick black leaving a small tan head that quickly dissipates. The main smell is of roasted malt with almost a faint sweetness as the main smell fades. This beer has a strong roasted malt flavor, but with surprisingly little bitterness leaving you with an almost creamy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. While this beer is thick, it doesn't feel too heavy. This could definitely be a session beer for me.

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Photo of zythus
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550 ml bottle pours dark molasses brown into a pint sized pub glass, making a thick espresso like milky head that dissipates reluctantly, leaving snow-flake like lacing. Smell is sweet cedar mixed with Hershey's chocolate syrup. Taste is rich buttery pancakes and cocoa. Mouthfeel reinforces (or creates) pancake sensation. Bubbles exist only to remind you that you are drinking beer. Drinks smooth and wonderful.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark black with nice white foam head, moderate carbonation can be seen along the side of the glass, head slowly nicely fade to a lacing

Smell- Sweet roasted malts, caramel and molasses tones, very sweet smells all jumping out at you, really really makes you anticipate your first sip, cant say enough on nose of this one,

Taste- Decent carbonation, coffee espresso notes, very slight sweetness, but slight bitter finish balances out the sweet malts, really nice long finish, light yet extremely full in flavor and body at the same time, good beer and great flavor ! even better then i remembered

Mouthfeel- soft light and creamy, full bodied, very decent amount of carbonation

Drinkability- So drinkable, probably the best session beer of the porter style I have had (at least right up there), great flavor great complexity, and so drinkable, one I will be visiting again much much more often, this was one of the first better beers I had tried way back when and I appreciate now even so much more then I did, just a great great beer,

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Photo of Kallessin
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very thick tan creamy head. Very dark with slight reddish tint when held up to a light.

Smells of chocolate with dark fruit (figs?).

It has a dark roasted chocolate flavor with a slight dark fruit flavor (figs, cherry), that gives it a slight acidic flavor. The roasted malt really comes through in the aftertaste.

A very smooth creamy mouthfeel, but not thick - a little thinner than I would like. A little bit of carbonation. A slightly dry finish.

This beer is excellent and I would highly recommend it. I order this beer every time I'm anywhere that serves it.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle, capped with gold foil. I can't believe I have never reviewed this beer before. The appearance is nearly perfection. Almost solid black with a beautiful light brown head that lasts.

The smell is coffee and malt with some hints of chocolate. Some nut and fig come through as well. The taste is simply amazing. So complex and delicate. The beginning is sweet and malty and a bit metallic. That gives way to some slight bitterness and wonderful earth and powdered cocoa. My favorite part of this beer is the aftertaste that just goes on forever. Love that dark chocolate.

Extremely easy drinking for a beer which such great flavors. Truly world class in my book.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Like another review I had read, I originally thought this was in a brown bottle.

I was so wrong.

The appearance gets a 5 just because of that. And the smell was not strong, but really kinda hershey kiss. Taste was amazing, This is one of my new favorite brews. Mouthfeel I wish was a bit thicker but that isnt a problem. Im not going to blame the testing groups.

The drinkablilty was just astounding.

Too bad its 10 clams for a 4 pack of it here, Until I find a place that sells the big bottles, Im just gonna have to wait.


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Photo of Jason
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Smell: Hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Creamy smooth mouth feel from a medium body with mid to low carbonation. Full rich palate of coffee, carob and a mild acidic twang from the roasted malts. Bit of butterscotch in the middle which lingers into the finish with an underlying fig like fruity flavour.

Notes: Textured and well structured ... a top shelf porter and worth the $$$. A classic porter worldwide, one of best in the Sam Smith brand.

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Photo of rosszimm36
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. Distinct chocolate-roasty aroma that's curiously strong for a malt heavy, lightly hopped beer. You can even smell the acidic porter bite to come.

Smooth creamy mouth-feel with flavors of malt and chocolate with a tinge of smokiness. Also has hint of roastiness but no burnt/coffee like flavors. Incredibly smooth, sweet, and easy drinking. Medium acidic bite typical of porters.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to rate this one, I just wanted to drink it. Wonderful pour resulting in a rich brown head of three inches. Took better than three minutes for the head to clam down, when it did it left an amazing lace the clings all the way up the rim. The color is a 39 on the SRM beer color chart. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and molasses. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, toffee, licorice, caramel, molasses, butter, and spice rum. Lots of body in my mouth, like heavy cream, smooth and rich. This is a great beer, it has become one of my favorites. I little pricey, but worth it.

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Photo of smokinyodas
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could only take five beers to Valhalla, Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter would be one of them.

Out pours a dark clean brown porter with a smooth creamy head. There is a fantastic aroma that comes from the West Yorkshire Square Yeast. The taste of roasted malts is one to savor as it gives way to mellow hints of coffee and chocolate. A semi-sweet nutty molasses or butterscotch note lingers in the middle until the dry fruity esters take over at the end.

A Beer, A beer, My Kingdom for a Beer, now If only I could afford to buy this Taddy Porter in Kegs. In conclusion, this is a perfectly blended Porter, one that is generous in both the iconic beauty of beer flavors while yet never being overbalanced in harmonious perfection. Clearly the legacy of Samuel Smith continues till this day and in my opinion stands out as a uniquely proud king of beers without equal.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a confirmed “Cask-Man”, prejudice and simple ignorance prevented me from drinking beer from the Boutielle, as the French would say, for many a year. But a “dry” handpump, and no draft Old Brewery Bitter at a Sam’s bar in Manchester one Saturday afternoon, and I selected this bottled offering from behind the bar because of its strikingly authentic, and distinctive looking label (how shallow?? - well I was young!). However, it changed my drinking habits that day. It was good then, and I think it tastes even better today.
A very dark, near black beer. Poured with little carbonation from the 12 fl.oz (clear glass?!) bottle into my Imperial Pint Mug. It looked a bit lonely only occupying half of the available volumetric capacity, but it formed a nice tightly compacted deep brown head. Smell was reticent to appear at first, for the beer was a little too chilled for the style (my mistake again!). As it warmed though, the deep roast volatile coffee aromas readily evaporated to form a rich nose. A sweetish introduction leads to a bitter middle, with deep roasted malts that linger on the tongue for some time, and contribute to a long revelling wood-smoky finish. Some chocolate malt sweetness in the finish gives this beer great balance and a luxury feel. That is to say that it lets your taste buds know full well that you are being spoiled by a very high quality brew. Astonishingly drinkable for the style, always the sign of a good beer for me. A really Classic Porter, and quite rightly “Famous”.
I just wish they would put it in Brown Bottles for the USA Export market, and Casks for the UK one. This beer would be fantastic from the Cask on Handpump. Oh well, perhaps one day.....

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Photo of grindcore666
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful tan head on a clean black body. Foam has fuzzy texture from the side. Syrup red on the bottom if you look at it right.

When the foam disappears, what is left is a nice caramel colored fog.

Aroma is bitter chocolate, coffee beans, raisins, and some molasses makes an appearance as well.

Hot damn, this one is amazing. A spicy hit of dark creamy chocolate with some coffee pushing it forward. The mouthfeel of this Porter is second to none. Straight up silk, I tell you. Aftertaste is burnt and pleasant.

Drinkability is huge. I'm buying 2 or 3 at a time from now on.

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Photo of Auraan
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep brown, with a gorgeous half-finger tan head. Very nice looking beer, very true to style. Scents of coffee, dark chocolate and a heavy roasted malt presence. Excellent. The taste is a classic porter. Roast malt, dark chocolate in the background, a bit of black coffee, some slight nuttiness and a dry finish, with a slight bit of tang throughout. Perfectly executed. Mouthfeel is true to form, with a medium body and medium carbonation. Overall an excellent porter, one of the best I've come across and well worth drinking.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,056 ratings.
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