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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of ablaze
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with brown and red hue. Solid tan head, thick lacing.

Dominant sugary chocolate nose and dark fruits.

Creaammmy full body, with prunes and blackberries, plenty of chocolate, molasses, and hint of lightly roasted coffee. Smooth and sweet finish, carbonation is moderate...wicked tasty.

Incredible porter with tons of flavour. Robust, delicious, and would like to see more often.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe I have never reviewed this beer before. This is one of the first beers that got me in to craft brewing. I poured this in to a standard English pint glass. Color is chestnut brown, with a tall white head to cap things off. Deep chocolate and dark fruit dominate the smell, with some charcoal thrown in to the mix as well. Taste is full of chocolate, and more dark fruit, It also gets a bit metallic at times, which strangely enough really works for this beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinks as easily as any beer I have ever come across. This beer reminds me of why I first fell in love with traditional English Porters. I think sometimes English Ales get a bad rap for being too mild, but this brew proves that notion wrong. Indeed, this beer could stand up to any American Porter or Baltic Porter easily. Cheers

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Photo of airforbes1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black/very dark brown with a creamy, frothy head that reminds me of a nitro brew. The aroma is also pleasing, with overtones of raspberries and cherries. I can't wait to take a sip.

Wow, there's a lot going on here. First, I get creaminess from the head, followed by raspberry, and then chocolate and smooth, malty finish. Maybe I'm getting some cola in there as well.

For comparison purposes, I'm drinking an Anchor Porter simultaneously, and this beer compares well. I get a similar flavor profile on both. I like both equally. The biggest difference (which is still slight) is how I get more chocolate and malt finish on the Famous Taddy Porter and more of a dark fruit finish with the Anchor Porter.

It's hard for me to pick a winner, so I'll cop out and also give this one 4.5s across the board. I read porter has fallen out favor in Britain, which is a shame if it means the Britons aren't drinking as much of this delicious brew.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best porters I have ever had. Just a wonderful representation of a classic English Porter. Pours dark brown with a huge head that slowly dissipates. Chocolate, coffee, earthy. Just a fantastic beer. It does not disappoint.

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Photo of sbe1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at Sal's Omega Pizza 2145 South St Philadelphia, PA, which has a great selection of beers and should be in the beer store list.

This is a fantastic English Porter, one of the best I've tasted.

Color: dark black/brown, no light through the glass, with a toffee colored head and a good lace clinging to the glass

Smell: coffee, roasted malt, caramel

Taste: big rich roasted malt, black coffee, molasses, dry finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy and rich, decent body, light carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent session beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: dark hazelnut brown, little head as it dances in the pint glass, thick and creamy.

Smell: bitter/dark chocolate with smokey, toasted nut, woodsy, hint of creme.

Taste: Nutty, faint smoke and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Outstanding beer for the cool autumn and bitter cold winters in Chicago. The flavors are complex and obvious without being over the top. Highly recommend it to my friends.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brownish ruby color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that dissipates into a nice lace. Nose is sweet milk chocolate with notes of fresh coffee. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with notes of sweet roasted malts and chocolaty caramel. This is a very nice porter, one of my favorites.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled. Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a very thin fizzy tan head that doesn't leave much lacing. Sour apples, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malts are in the nose. Very pleasant. It is fairly bitter on the palate from both the hops and roasted malts, and there are notes of apples, raisins, coffee, chocolate, anise, dark fruits, green hops and a malty sweetness. The body is very smooth with medium carbonation and it coats the mouth well. Another good one from Sammy Smith's.

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Photo of MaxBrews
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a near opaque black, with a thick brown head, that gives way to a very thick and appealing lacing

Smell: hints of chocolate, caramel and perhaps a little Bourbon.

Taste: for as dark as this beer is the taste was surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Usually with beers this dark its super intense and better to sit and sip with. Tastes much like the smell. Not as strong of chocolate as an imperial stout (obviously). A really intriguing roasted malt/black malt. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate, something I wasn't expecting, its an overall nice balance of taste and bitterness. Not extremely comples though

Mouthfeel: low on carbonation, very very smooth and easy to drink. Mild bitterness.

Drinkability: I'm not an expert on beers yet, but most of the darker beers I've drank are not something you can drink quickly , there slow sipping beers that demand appreciation. This does too however its very smooth and refreshing and easy to drink. Alcohol content is not very high, so it'd be easy to have a few if price wasn't an issue. Most sammy smiths brews are worth the $4 imho.

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Photo of magine
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This brew pours a dark chocolate with thick heavy tan head that lessons as you drink. Some lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate(roasted).

The brew has a smooth mouthfeel, very creamy. The brew tastes of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts - somewhat sweet. Very tasty.

This brew is very drinkable and a top example of the style - may be the best porter I have tried. Excellent.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with brown hues around the edges. Thick, light tan head that stayed long and strong in my imperial pint glass. Lacing can be described as tan clumps formed around the glass. Beautiful.Aroma is mild with chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is not in your face, its just a great balanced porter. Creamy coffee with some chocolate. Mouth is coated with sweetness, and just really creamy without being very heavy bodied. Drinkability is just about as good as it gets. I could sip on this all night. Great example of the porter style that should (and likley does) influence others who make porters.

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Photo of Reema
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22 oz into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with lighter brown edges. Smells of roasted malt, baked bread, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, with a small smoky scent. Taste reflects the smell much better with a semi-sweet coffee chocolate tasty leading into a pleasant roasted taste that lingers. This is such a pleasant drink. The mouthfeel was a bit of a disappointment, it's a bit light and watery for me. It doesn't suit the flavor profile well. It doesn't detract from how tasty this beer is. Overall, this is an excellent porter that is tasty and easy to drink. The only nitpick I have is the watery feel.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Inky black brew shows the slightest hint of brown in the light. The head is a massively thick and creamy medium brown-tan affair that sticks around forever and leaves giant washes of lace on the sides of the glass. The sheets of lace slowly slide down, leaving a lot of lush arcs behind. This brew just screams quality.

S - Rich toffee, marshmallow, bourbon, and chocolate. This smells like a really high quality chocolate candy from a good confectioner. Coconut and vanilla add a really deep and sweet complexity. I'm reminded of chocolate Easter bunnies and those Symphony brand chocolates. Walnuts, almonds, and a hint of wood. Outstanding.

T - Toasted, roasty, and full of more espresso than chocolate flavors. This tastes like really strong European style coffee....made with a French press. Lots of charcoal and meaty flavors remind me of the black char that is on a hot dog that has been left on the grill too long. I must say that I was expecting more due to the ridiculously good nose, but this isn't bad at all, and I can't fault it for complexity. For some reason, this reminds me of beer brats cooked a little bit past charred on a charcoal grill. Note: This beer improves drastically with warmth. Don't even try to drink it cold! I came back to elevate my taste score after I realized what an hour sitting out at room temp in a snifter does to this's like decanting a big cab or shiraz, it nees time and warmth.

M - Medium bodied, chalky, and dry. Carbonation is surprisingly lively, I thought that it would be very understated and although the carbonation is very, very fine it's actually pretty prickly. Oddly, this beer feels more dry when it's in my mouth than after I swallow.

D - One of the most complex porters I've ever tried. Ridiculously well built and solidly hopped. This is a shining example of what the art of brewing can be! Sadly, I'm poor and this is not cheap stuff. Anyhow, I think that there are lesser porters out there as far as drinkability.

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Photo of Kromes
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick beige head that dies down to a thin line of bubbles. Chocolate, burnt malt, coffee aromas. It has a sweetness to the aroma. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight caramel flavors. The thing that I really like about this beer is that the carbonation kicks in and the mouthfeel becomes creamy and smooth just about the time the chocolate flavors kick and that really enhances the flavor. There is a very faint herbal/floral note to it.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black brew with the standard ruby color when held up to a strong light.

Smell is sweet and very fruity, VERY similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Lots of cherry, plum and black licorice scent.

The flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, with chocolate and coffee. Taste is well rounded for a Porter; this one isn't a dark beer syrup like some others. It also isn't a harsh beer with a burned flavor.

Exceedingly drinkable brew, tasty with no harshness, and a moderate alcohol content.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep, dark garnet-brown color. The tall, foamy/frothy head has a tan tint and sticks around for awhile. A steady web of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Dark, roasty malts, with fresh chocolate brownie aroma. Solid notes of dark fruits, with a vaguely leathery quality. Some caramel and brown sugar lurk beneath the surface.

T: Chewy dark maltiness. Cocoa/chocolate brownie flavor is prominent. Also some brown sugar. Light notes of preserved fruit and leather. Perhaps a faint coffee note as well. A mild herbal hop bite provides depth.

M: Medium bodied. Could be slightly chewier. Carbonation is soft and creamy. Pleasant but also mild.

D: This is an excellent porter. A textbook example for a reason. It manages a diverse, deep flavor alongside an extremely sessionable body. Not such a hyped style, but anyone could enjoy this.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark brown porter which is quite nearly opaquee in color but shows rubby hightlites when held up to any nearby light sourse thats emitting light presently. A deep tan head that is dense and fades slowly to a thick ring around the edge of the beer. A sutle trace of wisp foam lingers at center.
Intense malty aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle and is naturally more pronounced in the glass.
A complex taste with many differnt flavors coming through.
Sweet toffee malt is up front with a nice roasted malt flavor brings up the rear. Hints of black coffee and espresso come through with some sutle cocoa too.
This is a smooth and lighter bodied beer with great flavor.
I gave this a 5 drinkability-wise because it simply is a great drinking beer. You couldn't really ask for a better porter.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of jed
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown, slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass. Medium-sized head speckled with clusters of bubbles.

Smell: Smells sweet, with no alcohol aroma, coffee and caramel.

Taste: Very creamy, smooth feel with an excellent, almost chewy taste. Sweet up front, chocolate, cofee, some caramel, with a malty aftertaste and a touch of hops. A hint of smoke (?) as this brew warms up.

Drinkability: Fearsome. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel combined with the excellent taste could prove lethal; after a few of these, the 5.0% will sneak up.

Overall: Simple awesome. This definitely beats out the Anchor Porter, my previous favorite. A variety of flavors and an excellent mouthfeel make this one of my all time favorite beers, I actually prefer it to the Imperial Stout. Seek this one out.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear pint sized bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic pint glass

A - Deep black colored beer with some ruby red tints where the light comes through. Tan head is fairly small, but has some staying power.

S - Chocolate and coffee mixed with some caremel/butterscotch notes.

T - Taste is of cocoa with some serious butterscotch/candy like notes in there. The coffee flavor comes through as well. A great tasting porter overall.

M - A very nice body to the brew. A tiny bit more full body would really round this out a little more.

D - A great sipper that has the flavor of a "Big Beer" with sessionability at 5% abv. Really no flaws drinkabilitywise

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thin light tan head, dark brown
coffee, roasted grain,
chocolate, iced-coffee, acidic
very refreshing, lighter than i expected but it goes so nice with the tartness
got another one the next night so...

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with thick head. I could smell the sweetness just while pouring it. Can also smell the old ale brewed with this. Goes down with a slight bitterness that turns dry. Can taste the brown ale here. One of the best English Porters out there.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into my Samuel Smith nonic.

Clear bistre body with auburn highlights capped by a thin layer of khaki cream. Light lacing; good retention.

Gentle aroma of toffee, coffee and cream, and toast along with a subdued earthy/grassy note from hops. Very inviting.

Fruit flavors from the yeast are joined by an array of malt notes from the biscuity base flavors to the more complex heavily kilned elements. A slight tartness is detected throughout and marries well with the tea-like elements from the roast malt. Finish becomes more complex as it unfurls as the malt flavors become increasingly differentiated (toffee, toast, scones with a touch of jam and butter, etc.). Fairly dry but very well balanced.

Silky mouth-feel gives a sense of body despite this being an otherwise relatively light ale.

Expertly crafted from pure ingredients using a unique fermentation style gives this ale a special character that while subtle is not found in other examples of the style. Would love to try this on cask someday. Rated to style, it would be difficult to surpass (though I might prefer Meantime's London Porter over all).

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Photo of sliv
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that helped me determine that my favorite style of beer is porter. I discovered the joy of Taddy when I was young and learning about beer, drinking far too many at a time, in Kenmore Square in the early 90’s. After all this time, I keep coming back to Samuel Smith’s, and this offering in particular.

It pours with an average sized head that subsides to light, sturdy foam quickly. The head clings to the glass very well. It is dark, dark brown color, with a touch of red when backlit. Although very dark, the beer has no cloudiness in evidence.

There is an initial intense sweet smell followed by a smoky malt odor. It seemed like strong caramels with hints of chocolate.

The first sip washed away my expectations of the heavy sweetness suggested by the aroma, leaving a medium smokiness with strong chocolate and malt flavors. There were hints of sweetness around the edges, making it not too bitter, which so many porters seem to forget. After the first few sips, the taste settled in to a medium coffee and chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is mild and malty, with a typical slight bitterness at the back of my tongue.

Mouth feel:
Taddy drinks very smooth, and not so creamy. It had a medium, firm texture, but was relatively light bodied, compared to some porters. It had a good amount of carbonation, but not overwhelmingly so.

I poured this beer with notebook at the ready to study what is one of my favorites. Understandably, I consider it to be very drinkable, but was almost surprised that my glass was nearly empty before I had finished making notes. So it was a given that I poured the second one. I would consider this a good beer to drink all night, not too heavy, with just enough body to slow you down to enjoy it.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours black in colour, large cappuccino head, very fluffy, takes its time settling down to a 1cm cap.

Smells like coffee and chocolate.

Very smooth in the mouth, bringing a wave of creamy mocha with each sip. Low carbonation, very creamy on the palate, medium bodied. Mocha taste becomes a more roasted flavour near finish. Hints of dark fruit (dates maybe?) and caramel are noted, but not prominent.

This beer practically defines drinkable to me; great feel in the mouth, goes down beautifully.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown, about as dark brown as you can get before becoming black. You won't know the bottle's clear until you pour it. Remarkable foamy tan head that lasts a good long while. This beer looks so good I almost feel bad for drinking it. Great roasty aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor has all that, with the roasted malt being full but not burnt or astringent. Finishes with a quick sweetness followed by a lasting black coffee bitterness. Really wonderful drinking, and worth the price. This is one beer that fully lives up to its hype and history.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,055 ratings.
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