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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Reviews: 1,322 | Ratings: 3,055
Photo of Trizzle
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in a huge stout/porter phase at the moment and this thing is money.

Black with a tight lingering head and loads of lace. Head honestly hasn't budged for the duration of this delicious pint.

Inviting sweet and smokey aroma, notes of just burnt toast and the coffee aisle of the supermarket.

Malt sweetness up front, dates and prunes. The savoury middle reminds me of crispy roast potatos with gravy. Medium full body, medium low carbonation, scary high drinkability. Halfway through this review, I've poured another just to check.. Yep. It's good.

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

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a Samuel Smiths pint glass.

Pours a classic, completely opaque black colour with a large head that lasts quite a while.

Smells chocolately and coffee, my favourite smell off a stout or porter.

First off, the low carbonation helps this beer alot, increasing drinkability. The tastes coming through are burnt chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits and a sweetness that lingers before some bitterness kicks in giving it a crisp finish.

I could drink this all day. Love it.

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

Apperance: Very dark, can only see a little light through my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Good looking head is 2-2.5 fingers. Head reminds me of a stout- bubbles moving from top to bottom.
Smell: Nice somewhat sweet fruit smell.
Taste: For me this is the type of Porter I like, not too smoky, roasting or toasting. The bottle tells about their Yorkshire Square method of brweing at the brewery. This is a more constrained taste that probably an American version of a porter.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy, smooth, not a lot of carbonation.
Overall: A benchmark porter, one that is very drinkable. I can only drink one beer of the very smoky ones, but this I could have a few.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a big fluffy light brown head that doesn't want to drop down into the glass. There is also lots of carbonation with this one. Lots of roasted malts in the smell. Very roasty taste too, dark chocolate with some dark roasted coffee beans. Very nice creamy mouthfeel that starts off chewy and finishes with a crisp bitterness from the roasted malts. A very lovely porter that is wonderful to drink.

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

Deep, almost black, reddish brown, it has a very large, creamy tan head that shrinks very slowly and leaves nice, even lace.

The aroma is chocolate, toast with hints of nut and spices, and an old earthy-leaf quality.

The taste is mostly prunes, black pepper, red wine, with a hint of dark toast at first and soon chocolate and roasted grain and toast become stronger, esp. as it warms. The body is fairly light but it's lively and zesty. This is a good, solid, porter with lasting flavour and coimplexity.

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Photo of Neehan
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near-black with a small head, but what is there is thick and foamy with a coffee-like appearance. The smell is delicious with coffee, chocolate, and smoky malts coming through. The smoked flavor is even stronger in the taste. More roasted malts come through in the aftertaste. Very nice. The mouthfeel is mild and syrupy with a nice balance. This may be the most drinkable porter I have had. A great choice for the winter or anytime for that matter.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, slightly purplish black. Good tan head that fades but never entirely goes away. A bit of light lacing.

S: Really rich. Dark fruits mingle with a smokey, woody aroma, some coffee and chocolate, roasted malts, both sweet and slightly burnt-smelling. This smells amazing.

T/M: Doesn't *quite* live up to the smell, but pretty close. Rich dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, a lingering sugary sweetness at the end of each sip to offset the darker flavors. Very rich and tasty. Mouthfeel is moderate, just fine for a porter.

O: A great beer, definitely earns that "famous" designation on the label. It has to be one of the best porters ever.

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Photo of chogm54
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

550ml bottle, best before date March 2014. Long time coming!!!

a - black, semi opaque, pours a thin off white head that thins to a lacing real quickly.

s - subtle, mocha coffee, mixed with caramel and roasted malts. Hint of dried fruits (raisins)

t - malt, slightly sweet, coffee and roasted malt dry aftertaste - very well balanced.

M - medium body, creamy slightly oily texture, high carbonation for this style. goes down smooth, more refreshing than other porters.

O - what a fantastic session porter! goes down smooth, with the classic coffee and roasted malt porter flavours. the roasted flavours are kept in check, and the slightly higher than normal carbonation makes this beer more refreshing than anticipated. I wish I could get this on tap - A very good reason to visit Yorkshire I think!

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Photo of TongoRad
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown/ black color with a thick tan head which lingers a bit and then drops to about a quarter inch and stays there.

Amazingly complex aroma, possibly this beer’s best attribute, featuring coffee, licorice, vanilla, butterscotch, plums, figs and more.

Rich flavor with a significant amount of bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering fruit and roasted malt.

A truly exceptional beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550mL clear bottle into a mug. TADDY PORTER!

Dark brown, almost black as a stout, with some ruby edges. Thick light brown head that rises after your finish pouring, almost as if you are fast forwarding a taping of a bread being baked. Has a "pillowy" look as it settles. Clingy lacing along the gass, with only a few open spots.

Bitter coffee like malt scents with some sweet molasses and vanilla close behind it, along with some light chocolate scents which enhance as they warm.

Heavy black coffee malts paired with low carbonation in a medium body. Bitter and slightly acidic taste, but still finishes smooth with the dark malts lingering in the mouth. Some smokey flavors stand out on the sides of the tongue. Sweet sugary flavors emerge as the beer warms.

I'm going to move this one to the top of my porter list. I love the feel and taste of this beer. Pricey but worth it.

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Photo of ehlpitel
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Second review

After my first review, I decided to buy some more craft beers and drink them with some sort of purpose.

I had no idea what to expect from this Samuel Smith jumpoff as the only time I drank it before I bought their lager or ale.

It is dark as night, hold it up to the light and not a spec shines through.

I have kind of a stuffed nose so the flavor is not as apparent as I'd like to be.

All in all, I'd say the taste was way stronger than Guinness and a little bit less thick.

I'm not sure if I'm bad at pouring beer, but this one bottle had no lacing, the head was thick and didn't settle very fast.

It had a terrific mouthfeel, smelled great to my stuffed nose, and I could drink this beer rather easily.

Bottoms up!

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Photo of pootz
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep chestnut color with ruby highlights. Puffy off white cap, laces the glass. Moderate carbonation. Light nose: sweet apple and cocoa mingle over light grass tones. Malty and smooth, mocha-like with pear or plum notes. Finishes wetwith a drying from the hop fine porter...a true proter and probably one of the world’s best.

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Photo of 401J
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a 22oz bottle into a room temp rocks glass and shared with a red headed pisces female on a sunday evening in November at sea level in the eastern time zone.

This is my first experience with a Samuel Smith brew and it met all of the expectations that friends of mine had set..

Pours lovely with a one chubby finger head that dicipates to a lovely haze that coates your embrace with this very special brew..

Amazing nose of coffee, chocolate, and bread that are mild and balanced..

The taste is in complete haromony with the nose and the quality of craftsmanship was more evident with each fortunate sip. There is a mild bitter presence at the back of my tongue that is not at all unpleasant.. It almost keeps it where it needs to be.

The mouthfeel was the star of the show for me.. Leaving a suddle caramel coat that tastes thick on the outer tongue and fades gently to the center of my palate leaving only the finest of its characters as a trace..

Overall this beer is a treat.. I will definitely be purchasing this again and feel it was an amazing value as well.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for years and years.

Here goes a review.

Pours dark brown and sits black in the glass. Looks thiner then a stout. Has a nice creamy head. Lacing is great. This just looks good enough to drink!

Smells of pure molassis and candy. Some chocolate and coffie in the background.

Taste is what I would compare any other porters too. Mellow and smooth. The flavors are as it smells. Nothing complex, just creamy goodness in a bottle.

Moutfeel is dry and a bit too thin..wish it was thicker.

Drinkability is great.

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Photo of berserker256
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite black with a nice creamy head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, some smoke and sweetness. Delicious taste that tastes just as it smells and the texture is perfect. Nice and creamy with light carbonation and just perferct. This is the best beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of erk0607
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark black, fine bubbles in the tan head, lacing that lingers
Smell: Malty hazlenut and roasted coffee, red fruit notes
Taste: Sweet cream, coffee and associated bitterness, roasted bread, toast, definite hop bitter aftertaste with different intensity than roast bitterness
Feel: Amazing. This is a dense, viscous beer. Super smooth with enough carbonation to keep your tongue interested
Overall: I am a fan. This is however, a fall/winter beer for sure.

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Photo of RickS95
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in my Samuel Smith pint glass. Pitch black, no brown around the edges, simply a black hole. The head is extremely thick, off-brown in color, and lasts forever. When it finally falls, it leaves a beautiful sandy blonde lace on the glass.

Has quite a few noticeable scents present. A variety of malts, some chocolate and coffee, smoke, charcoal and tobacco. As it warms, it smells like chocolate cake.

It's really a pleasant taste, full of most items your nose picks up. Malt forward with several different kinds. A bit of chocolate, roasted coffee, and only a hint of hop presence in the finish.

Complex and deep, and as good as it gets. Slightly sweet early on. Creamy smoothness personified in the middle. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with a bit of looseness that tempers the different flavors and feelings.

Probably the pinnacle for the style. I prefer a bit more sweetness like in American porters, but this is as good as an English porter gets. I'd like more alcohol, but this is close to perfection.

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Photo of JTahoe
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep brown, nearly black. Dark ruby red glows through when held to light. Pours with big slightly surging tan head settling to a dense one and a half fingers then slowly thinning as glass drains, but never less than 1/8" layer. Some chunky lacing.

S - Faint, toasted malts and hints of chocolate.

T - Full and rich with nearly smokey toasted malts, light note of baking chocolate and a modicum of caramel, fruit, and iron, with just a hint of coffee in the background.

M - Fairly light mouth feel, though overall medium body with a low amount of tiny sparkling carbonation. Pleasing dry bitterness.

D - A great drinking modern English porter. Sessionable to be sure.

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Photo of Blupoet03
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured dark brown with a light brown head from an English pint bottle. The nose is full of sweet malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate.

The taste is smooth and creamy, sweet on the tongue, with a slightly bitter tail and a drying aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and tingly, smoothing out towards the end.

One of my favorite beers, the Taddy Porter is highly drinkable and gets better as it warms.

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Photo of morimech
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large tan head that has great retention that eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface.

I was really surprised by the aroma. I must have gotten a very fresh bottle. The English hop aroma is just amazing. Floral and herbal hops meld perfectly with the roasted malt.

The flavors consist of roasted malt, chocolate, with a herbal and earthy finish. Bitterness is low overall from both the malt and hops.

The body is not the biggest out there but it is still very good. Carbonation is low, just enough.

Probably the perfect English Porter. I left some room for others as I have not had many of the style. Just proves that a beer does not have to have huge hops and high ABV to be excellant.

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Photo of bum732
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Rich breadiness with some coffee roastiness. Slight herbal hoppiness.

L: Black with a light tan, creamy head with great lacing. Solid retention.

T: Rich bready malt up front followed by a medium sharp bitterness before yielding to some coffee soft roastiness. Finishes with a touch of herbal hoppiness. Fairly dry finish, some chocolate as it warms.

M: Medium carbonation, medium-full rich creamy body with a sharp but pleasant bite.

Just an amazing beer and really the prototype for English porters. Wish i could get this fresh, but pretty solid as is.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour got me a finger and a half of light mocha colored head, which was very fizzy and active. This took a couple minutes to die down over the almost black body. A bit of lacing noticed. Nice looking beer.

Roasted malt is a delicious smelling beast in this! Coffee and chocolate both come in to top it off, and boy does this smell good.

Again, roasted malt in this bad boy is good. This is partnered up with coffee and a hint of dark fruit which imparts an almost sour note in the middle. Ending is nice dark chocolate.

Medium bodied, the medium carbonation on this keeps it light and almost stings the tongue. The beer is creamy goodness.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Sammy bottle with the gold leaf wrapping.

Appearance - deep, deep brown, nearly black. A nice white/tan head at the top.

Smell - coffee and chocolate are definites. Also some burnt malts show up.

Taste - very, very smooth. Definitely one of the smoothest, medium bodied porters I've ever had. Some great coffee and malt tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, but does creat a nice feeling on the palate. A tad light as far as porter's generally go, but the coffee/malt taste lingers long enough to not be a drawback.

Drinkability - TONS. So easy to drink, and at only 5% abv, you can hang out and drink this one all night long.

I absolutely recommend this classic to anyone who's a fan of porters. It's also light enough to recommend to anyone who is trying their first one of this style. Definitely one of my "all time favorite classics" though.

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Photo of mcdevster
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into samuel smith tulip pint glass... nice dark opaque body hints of red along the sides.. tan head..
the smell is the first thing that really impresses.. sweet! dark fruit, honey, maybe caramel..
taste - nearly perfect the fruitiness comes through - choclate finnish.. slight metalic taste at the end (could it be the well water?) but complex and satisfying..
mouthfeel and drinkability - typical samuel smith just perfect.. light and heavy at the same time..
this is a beer to judge other beers by!

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is very dark reddish amber with a thick creamy head that sticks around. Smell of roasted malts and dark chocolates. Taste again of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium thats smooth and creamy making it easy to swallows. So far it's been hard for Samuel Smith to dissapoint me, it's a very well balanced porter and great one to try for anybody shy of darker beers.

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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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