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 pdb
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigdog3838
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B4PTSD
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Looks great dark rich brown color. Has a slight head left over after pouring into cup.

S: Smells good lol.

T: The taste is good.. Well better than good just don't have the right word to use for it. I'm still a rookie but I guess I'm starting to learn the difference between English porter and American Porter. I prefer American at the current moment till proven otherwise. It is still a well put together beer.

F: This beer does the job makes me feels good. Quality brewing.

O: Its a little pricey for a 4 pack in my area in Hawaii but I feel lucky to try a world class beer such as this one. Not my favorite but if I ever feel like it I'll get another pack of this beer. Can't wait to try there other types that they make.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby accents at the edges; appears to be crystal clear; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy, caramel, sweet malt, nutty; mild roasted notes;

T: earthy up front, then caramel and sweet malt; mild roasted notes at mid-palate; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: a great match for food;

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Photo of beersarang
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black. Head is tan with uneven bubbles.

Nose is fruity and quite memorable. I think I was most impressed with the aroma of this beer.

Taste is of slightly roasted malts, fruity, very fruity, then the ever so mild British hops come in, and the finish is once again sweet and astringent. Not a bad thing, but the aftertaste is somewhat "off."

Good consistency for a porter, medium bodied. Often porters are too watery, but this was just right.

Quite drinkable, but the astringency and fruitiness could get annoying.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, nutty and coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruit. Very nice.

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Photo of mig100
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bamojr
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 Oz bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours with a voluptuous black color with a creamy tan head with excellent retention.

This one is called the famous taddy for a reason, it has an exceptionally smooth rich coffee taste typical of a porter. The one thing i find about this particular porter however is its exceptional smoothness and drinkablity.

I must say that this is one of the best porter I have had.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with only slight ruby highlights under a light. Rich creamy tan head that eventually dissipates to quarter inch layer of foam

S - Aroma is sweet toasted malt with berry wine overtones. The aroma is quite distinctive and pleasant. I wish it tasted more like it smells. Aroma is more prominent as the beer warms to the recommended 50-55°F

T - Taste is more acidic than sweet. Some chocolate, plenty of toasted malt. The taste of the beer improves considerably when it warms past 50°F. I notice a bit more sweetness and a banana flavor begins to come through. Banana coffee.

M - Feels thin and is lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel improves as the beer warms, feels less watery.

D - Goes down easy, low alcohol. A person could drink more than a few of these. I was going to consign this to my bottle collection and never return to it but it really does improve as it warms. Do yourself a favor and don’t drink this cold.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a Sam Smith tulip glass. The head is a real nice dark tan it fades very slowly to a thick lace. The color of the liquid is dark almost black with a garnet high light. Very nice.

Smell is of licorice and chocolate. Also a faint fresh flowery smell.

Taste is of dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is why we drink Porter and Stout. Very nice, very satisfying, no bones about it, classic porter, soft bite and almost no alcohol after taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, average carbonation, slight bite.

Drinkability is very high. This is a smooth unoffending classic porter.

Cheers Mates! MK

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Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 550 ml bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: clear, dark mahogany color, long-lasting, thick, tan head, thick cap, gorgeous lacing.

S: brown sugar, dates, coffee, molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, hint of smokiness.

T: dark fruit, honey and molasses up front, quickly followed by strong coffee note, then the chocolate makes a pass, and the finish is smokey, chalky, and kissed with grassy/floral hops.

M: medium-bodied, milk-like, nice bite of hops and carbonation on the tongue, the carbonation is moderate.

D: a delicious, middle of the road dark beer. The 5% ABV is a pleasant change of pace from the flood of Imperial dark beers that have overtaken the marketplace.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The story behind Taddy Porter is one of my first discoveries of beer. In the mid nineties a friend of mine had a book of the 100 top beers in the world. At the time I was a fan of Bass and that was as exotic as I got. My friend had it in mind to purchase all 100 of those beers. This wasn’t unthinkable since a local liquor store had hundreds of individual bottles. One night I was hanging out and he invited me to a join him in his quest. We went out and purchased a bunch of them including Orval and Taddy Porter along with some other brews that I do not recall. Basically I wasn’t into most of them. I even disliked the Belgians. I just wasn’t into that flavor at the time (now is an opposite story). Anyway, once we got to the Taddy Port we both agreed it was the best.

Anyway on to the review, this beer pours very think and extremely dark. Holding it up to the sun yields little light penetration. A good tan colored head accompanied it with just a bit of lacing. This beer smells of malts, malts and more malts, dark caramel with cocoa (read Sugar Daddy). Malts continues strong with initial taste along with the caramel and cocoa. Basically it tastes like it smells which is nice. It finishes with some bitterness and mild alcohol trails. This is a medium bodied beer but finishes light.

Since I’ve rediscovered the world of beers I have to say this beer isn’t as good as I remember. I do remember describing it the same way back then, I just think there are so many better beers. But this beer will always have fond memories for me.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell fresh hop bitterness with a touch of caramel in the nose. Very carbonated. Deep dark red opeque color with a thick beige head. Roast malt (burnt) taste with layers of caramel sweetness and notes of expresso. The mouth is lighter than you would expect from the look, but still leaves a nice coat on the tongue. A solid porter in every way!

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Photo of DKRowden
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into point glass. It has a black appearance with low to no transparency and a small tan head. It has a hoppy and roasted malt smell. It has a very roasted taste with a medium maltiness. It has a creamy mouth feel with a wet finish. Overall it's a nice porter with a good roasted character.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml Bottle from Party Source in Syracuse

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, roasted/toasted nuts, currants/raisins, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and caramel/toffee. There are also notes of dark fruits - currants or raisins and a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty roasted aftertaste.

Overall - This beer is very drinkable and has lots of flavours going on, but none of them very potent or cloying. Worth trying and I'd have it again anytime.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a big 550 into a Cab glass.

Head like bread. Huge, 1 1/2-finger thick head that's almost coffee ice cream-colored with big staying power and thick lacing. Looks like custard with a big, chunky seam attaching it to a body with opaque double-espresso tones. Can't get much better than this.

Sweet alcohol is bountiful with braised sweet caramel/cinnamon sugar malt qualities. Lots more white grapes and spiced apples than expected from the style. Deep, dark roasted chocolate malt emerges as this opens up. It almost has a thick primer undertone from the austerity mixed with slight grassy hop bitterness.

Expected comfortable dryness on the palate. Compared with the bountiful spice aroma taste is more expected with mild, velvety, bitter coffee of this Porter blend. Slight smoke and natural sweetness emerges with warmth.

Tightens up the palate with dry coffee tones but otherwise coats, soothes, relieves with cool chocolate malt. Cooler than temperature on the palate but good.

This is an enjoyable, almost sessionable sipper and a stasndard-bearer for representation of a classic style. Well done.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, I see bottles of Samuel Smith’s at literally every liquor store I go to. But this time, I saw one that I couldn’t pass up: Taddy Porter. Just seeing “Tadcaster” on the label would probably amuse me enough to buy it, let alone the reputation this beer has surrounding it. So I grabbed a big bottle (surprisingly only $4.29) and eagerly cracked this one open with dinner. Here goes:

A: Very dark. Not black, but deep, deep brown – like roasted coffee beans. There’s a bit of light shining through, doing two things. One: letting some red hues through; and two: giving an important indication that this is thick, but not as thick as a stout. A head of creamy light tan emanates from the dark body, leaving the slightest amount of lacing as it retreats back out of view. Classic look.

S: At first, it reminds me mildly of a dopplebock – dark fruits abound. Then the porter elements kick in: mocha, dark cocoa, and a splendid earthiness. It hits a hint of floral hops at the back, but that’s quickly overshadowed by more syrupy sweets in the end. Like Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, it has a very timid nose. What’s there is good, though.

T: Again, mild. Bready on the front end, which provides a steady background for some sweet chocolate and juicy fruits. Lemony acids and a tart hops character come through soon after, providing a smooth transition to the finishing tastes that some late malts bring. They arrive with a rather subdued roast taste and some nutty/brown sugar sweets. Thus, the aftertaste is warm and clean.

M: Pretty average for a 5% porter. Decent carbonation on a relatively thin to medium body. Not spectacular, but not super-heavy, either. It could go well as a dinner beer, because it wouldn’t exactly fill you up or disturb your meal in any way.

O: Well-balanced, but not huge in the palate; there are some breweries that could learn a thing or two from old Sammy Smith. I don’t always want an extreme, flavor-fisting, palate-raping meltdown of 10%+ ABV when I’m drinking a dark beer. Sometimes I just want a solid, flavorful beer with a palate so versatile that I can drink it casually. And that’s exactly what Taddy Porter’s all about.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, muddy brown color with great cap of khaki brown head, great retention and lacing. Scent is earthy, notes of bakers chocolate, pumpernickle bread, dark roasted nuts, day old coffee. Taste is wonderfully smooth and combines the components of scent into a very good beer. Fuller side of medium bodied, a touch over carbonated. Ingredients are plain and simple, no flavors stand out but a good beer all around that shows craftsmanship is important.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a nice cola brown with undertones of a deep ruby red at the edges when you hold it to direct light. 1.5 fingers worth of very fine bubbles, colored beige. It has a creamy look on top. This beer looks absolutely great.

The aspect of the aroma that I notice first are the dark fruits. This smells like a stout in terms of dark berry and prune aromas. There's a lightly earthy mushroom aroma along with some older hops that draw out the earthiness. I'd prefer there to be more of an assertive roast component, but I realize that this is an English Porter and not an American one. To that end, this beer hits every mark.

This beer is a reminder of why Porter is one of my top three favorite styles of beer. It's so, so drinkable! A cocoa powder like chalky roast flavor is balances by some umami notes and a splash of prune juice. I want to take big, big gulps of this beer. If I had a growler of this porter I would crush it myself in like an hour. This isn't supremely complex, it's just flat-out good.

It's fairly thin in terms of mouthfeel, but then that's the style. It's appropriate. Overall, this is a textbook English Porter. It's very enjoyable.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, the classic English porter. I’ve been drinking this beer for years but only now getting around to reviewing it.

Appearance is pitch-perfect; totally opaque black color, with a big tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lot of clingy lace on the glass.

Nose is also pretty much perfect, with tons of roasted malt upfront; noticeable bitterness, and subtle coffee undertones. Faintly sweet and chocolaty.

The taste has all the aspects of the nose without being too big; it’s easy to drink and pairs well with food. Roast, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Very lightly sweet and figgy.

Moderately creamy but with a body that’s on the thinner side, medium carbonation, very sessionable. Not as profound and complex as some of the contemporary porters but still an exemplar of the style.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown, cola-like color with a caramel colored, foamy, three-finger head. It left big rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and caramel.

T - It tasted of tons of caramel. Also, a sweet chocolate taste. It had a very smooth sweetness.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good porter.Great sweet chocolate and caramel flavors.

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Photo of necoadam
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Taddy Porter. I love the appearance on this beer. Pours out a very dark brown, close to black as it can get with a hint of ruby shade on the bottom of the glass. Smell consisted of malts, caramel, some plums mixed in as well. Taste consisted of some coffee and some roasted flavors. Some of that caramel and plum comes into play as well. It's balanced so well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, goes down very nicely. Only gripe is that it's some damn expensive, but you get what you pay for (most of the time).

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Photo of Awright85
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Solid, very smooth, feel left something to be desired but overall delicious.

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Photo of jackorain
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark Brown, nearly opaque. Some light gets through around the edges, which then shows a nice glowing brown. Nice darkish brown tan head of about 1/2 inch falls in moderate time leaving a nice filmy lace on teh galss. After each sip there is a sheeting of film that slowly falls down the glass.

S-Charcoal, caramel malts, roasted malts, mollases candy. A little fusel alcohol that I did not expect given low ABV.

T-Sweet but overly so. Charcoal and roasted character in the middle. Coofee and chocolate on the finish. None of the expected sour twang of many porters.

M-Smooth smooth smooth. Medium to full body. rolls around on the palette leaving a nice coating feel.

D-Although overall this is very good beer, the drinkability for me ios not that high. It is above average and I will have it again but most likely only one bottle per session when I have it.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,080 ratings.
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