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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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Ratings: 3,099 |  Reviews: 1,333
Photo of rfgetz
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -3.4%
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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Photo of Luddster
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shererjt
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear black/deep ruby red color with a thick tan head that lasted and lasted. Rich roasted aroma with plenty of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Hops were also apparent in the background. Body was medium-to-full. Mellow yet assertive, flavorful, and perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel was smooth and quite nice, and the drinkability was considerably above average.

An all-around wonderful beer. What else can be said?

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Photo of ely2000k
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost pitch black when poured into a glass. Main smell is sweet... this may sound weird, but it almost smells like a mix between coffee with cream, and a banana. Something about the fruit notes smell very banana like to me. The taste is creamy, has a sweet taste, almost like coffee and cream. Slightly tangy on the other side, with more of sour taste then bitter per say. Mouthfeel is solid, good carbonation, starts creamy, less so as it warms up. Overall I really like this beer, but I can't say it's something I want to drink on a normal basis. The smell and taste is a very interesting profile, and not what I was expecting. I'm actually quite glad I had this, but I will probably only drink it occasionally.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 02-11-2009, 355ml bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a dark near black color with thick tan head. almost non-transparent except for the amber color that is visible on the sides of the glass.

smell: dark fruits, dark coffee, cocoa & black licorice.

taste: starts out with roasted malts, coffee, than the dark fruits (raisins, figs, plum). almost picked up some brown sugar notes.

mouthfeel: smooth/creamy with ideal carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinker if you like English porters.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality brew from one of the great breweries in the world. Not quite in the class of the Fuller's porter, but right up there with any of the others. Pours a huge, foamy head, with good retention and some lace. Smooth, cherry like flavor. Relatively thin body, good drinkability. Very little bitterness. Excellent with food. A pleasure to drink any time I've had it, as is the case with all of Samuel Smith's beers (and I've yet to be skunked).

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Photo of bryantan
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PBBC
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has always puzzled me why Sam Smith's puts some of their best beers in clear bottles... I mean, you can see the color, which is cool looking, but is it worth the risk of skunking? Hmmm.... anyway.

The Beer pours a deep deep dark brown, 'rich' is the only word I can use to describe the color, a rich, earthy natural looking color to the brew.. some highlights. It looks like you could paint with it, very thick.

The aroma is caramel, big bold caramel with a tangy finish to the nose,

The taste is great.... big bold caramel comes right off, lightly balanced with a tinge of bitter coffee-chocolate flavors, finishing with a crisp tangy almost- apple-like flavor. Its so well balanced, it seems over-simplified, but that really is the beauty of Sam Smith.... beautiful simplicity... very very drinkable, much lighter than it looks... a classic beer for any situation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears black (dark brown at the edges when held to the light) with an inch of thick beige head. As the cap slowly recedes, it leaves a sheet of lacing cascading down the pint glass. The aroma has a strong chocolate presence, with some roasted malt behind. The flavor continues with a tasty chocolate character, with a hint of coffee, and a nice bready, malty finish. A really tasty beverage. I can't believe I haven't had this before. The chocolate component is perhaps a bit heavy, but overall, the flavor is pleasant. Not too sweet. I could throw back a few pints of this. I bet this is fantastic on cask.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, muddy brown body with dark amber edges in the light. Nice, big, light brown head that laces well. Smells of semi-sweet chocolate, brandy, caramel syrup, underlaid by soft roasted notes. Light chocolate to cola sweetness up front. Some marshmallows, and then roasted coffee bitterness sneaks in. Finish is sweetish, with cocoa powder and a background bitterness. Medium bodied, with a slightly syrupy finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550ml bottle poured into a Samuel Smith nonic.

A: Pours caramel/Coca-Cola brown, but is nearly black & opaque in the glass with ruby highlights showing on the edges. There is a good, big, tight-bubbled tan head that maintains its fluff well after the pour and laces the glass.

S: Toasted dark malt, chalky bitter chocolate, some sweeter yeast & raisins, caramel & toffee, and a faint woodiness.

T: Taste follows the nose, with a good bit of sweetness balancing some good bitter notes. Flavors of chocolate, chocolate malt ice cream, nuttiness, and even some woody coffee notes attack the palette.Some dark fruit notes as well, raisins and dates.

MF: Pretty wet and chalky, good medium body with some lingering bitterness.

O: My first English Porter, it reminds me a lot of a cross between an American Nut Brown and an American Porter; dark malt, chocolate and coffee mixed with more caramel, toffee, wood and nuttiness. Not as much roasted character as I like in dark beers, but overall pretty pleasant.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle decanted into snifter...

A - Opaque black color...nice head...some lacing...looks good!

S - Very subtle dark and roasted malt aromas...and sweet caramel. Not huge aromas of coffee, chocolate, etc like most American Porters, but still complex

T - Mild dark and roast malt flavors...a little coffee and chocolate...a bit of smoke...creamy mild bitterness...a little dark overrippened fruit...some sweet carmel/butterscotch/toffee...Lots going on here but all subtle and well blended and balanced

M - Medium bodied...lighter feel than the color suggests...smooth carbonation...creamy oily feel lingers on the tongue and roof of mouth

Overall - In my opinion this should be the standard for all Porters...a beautifully crafted historic english porter that all craft enthusiasts should experience at least once (more if you are a dark ale fan)...Give this one a try!


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Photo of BeersIsTheName
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vendetta
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
August 10, 2008

Very, very good brew. Pours black, motor oil style, smells of toasted coffee. Dark, toasted flavor, super creamy palate. A meal of a beer. Great winter brew, will definitely revisit this in the colder months, warms the belly very nicely.

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Photo of flr0605
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding porter. Smells of toffee, coffee, roasted nuts, and chocolate. Another buttery offering with a nice head and some lacing. Also has a scent of caramel. Taste is great, of bittering hops and coffee. Some nice butterscotch flavoring to it as well. An interesting beer and again, at a lower price I would buy this all the time.

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Photo of Jugdish
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,099 ratings
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