Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

3,066 Ratings
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 bryantan
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vendetta
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -2.7%

Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -2.7%

Photo of AdamBear
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown with a nice thick tan head and some lacing

S-just dark malts but as the beer warms, a good scent of belgian milk chocolates start to come through. its a quality but faint scent.

T-comes in with a good taste of really dark roasted malts. tastes like burnt chocolate almost. it slowly transitions in to a good matching after-taste along with some bitterness and even more burnt character. there are even some sugars in there that remind me of belgian beers. its a fairly complex porter that seems to change with every sip.

M-good medium creamy carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-one of the few beers that continues to get better as you drink it. if i were to suggest one thing, it'd be to drink this warmer than colder. it is a smooth a great drinking porter, much more easy to drink than some of the more flavorful porters. my 12 ounce bottle disappeared rather quickly and i was sad when it was gone.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of slk22
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black-brown color with a tan/cream colored head leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma is yeast, roasted malt, and chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Very pleasant. Taste begins with a nice mellow roasted malt, sweet, and then a bit tangy in the middle with a dark chocolate finish. Body is medium and smooth. Overall, another solid offering from Samuel Smith's of which I could easily have several.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black/brown with a tan-brown head that begins at about 1" and then settles somewhat. Nice head retention for this beer type. Aroma- roasty malty, and slightly smoky. A little chocolate. Flavor is not as strong as you would think by looking at it. Nice and malty with strong reminders of sweet German black bread. Aroma profiles also follow through into the flavor. Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability is very good.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a classic very dark brown colour with an off white head that retains well.

S - Nice aromas of malts and yeast and a little dark fruit.

T - Nice maltiness to it that has a nice balanced sweetness. Plenty going on with toffee, and caramel.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - Hard to beat this porter as it offers a lot

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Photo of baiser
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque dark brown, with a creamy, fluffy tan head. Smooth, mellow and full of dark, roasty, coffee flavours. Delicious aroma of rich toffee, dark malt and sweetness. Some metallic flavour, but almost not noticeable. Some bitterness from the hops. Finishes dry. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, slightly brownish along bottom. It has a thin, lasting off-white head.

The smell is of earthy toast and lightly roasted coffee.

The taste is of toast, lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. Sweet with a balancing earthy, almost floral, bitterness. Slightly acidic. Long, sweet semi-dry finish.

It's creamy and coating.

This is a classic English porter for sure. Makes for a nice "session".

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Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint.

A: Very dark brown. As a matter of fact, completely opaque. Very little carbonation produces virtually no head. What it does have settles very quickly. Thin layer of bubbles on surface, and off-white ring around edge. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: Grainy malt. Licorice and hit of chocolate, and an indistinguishable vegetable smell that I can't pin down.

T: Hops and chocolate. A little bitter and a little sweet.

M: Starts with bittersweet, then malt takes over and hangs around throughout experience. Feels heavy and thick in the mouth.

D: Very solid drinkability. Good clean flavor. Easy drink

Robust, good strong straight-forward flavor. No strong alcohol to overwhelm. Complex aroma, nice atmosphere. A good quaff to sit around and sip. Or power through and get another, whatever does it for ya'; as this one drinks easily enough to have another one.

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Photo of zrab11
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark brown with a 1 finger offwhite head

S-Has a creamy chocolte smell up front, also picking up on some roasted malts and maybe also some woody aroma

T- Has a nice creamy chocolate beggining then comes the roasted malts and finish's with a dry coffee character.

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Overall i like this brew, It was very creamy and smooth but still had great balance and great flavors coming out. It might have felt alittle thin at times even with the creamyness comin through. Would get this again for sure

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Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle into an imperial pint. Pours a cola brown w/ a thick tan head that settles to a dense pillow. Looks like a root beer.

Aroma is sweet roasty chocolatey malt with a whiff of smoke.

Taste is both bitter and sweet, silky smooth. Nice and dark, roast and smoky.

Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes dry.

Overall, a reference-quality English porter. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but this one is good and always readily available.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 550mL bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $3.79 in Summer 2011.

Pours a dark brown color with a slowly disapating head. Scent is that of mixed malts, some roasted, a little hazelnut, and other roasted scents. Taste is smooth with a bit of a bitter/dry tone. Not exactly watery but the taste feels very light on the taste buds. A nice slow drinking pub kind of beer that drinks great. Very easy to see why it's called The Famous Taddy Porter.

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Photo of Premo88
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

18.7 oz. bottle poured into nonic pint glass (550 ml)
(SF27M1 printed on bottle = June 27, 2013 born-on date)

L: huge dark tan head pops up from almost pitch black brew; the head is over an inch, pushing 1 2/3 inches and super thick; brew shows amber around edges when held up to light but otherwise 100% black; slight amount of stick off the head, but generally not a ton of lacing; big bubbly collar

S: suprisingly yeasty for all the malt, and the malt is suprisingly light considering the color; prunes and a hint of raisin as it warms, but there's a lot of buttery walnut/bready malt sweetness like a standard brown ale; screams "English ale!"; dark chocolate

T: burnt malt ... it's got that fantastic charred-wood taste, like smoke from a barbecue pit firing pecan wood; chocolate, a hint of raisin, though the taste doesn't follow the nose 1-to-1 on the raisin note (much more raisiny in the nose, way less in the taste)

F: silky but not lumpy; holds on to just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat; suprisingly light

O: my stout/porter experience is skewed to the higher ABV/American end of the spectrum, so a lot of things about this one surprise me; it's overall a bit lighter than my expectations -- "lighter" meaning closer to sweet bready malts than licorice/raisins. bottom line: it's everything you could want in a good English malt bomb with a fantastic smoky sweetness that tends almost to feel nutty, like a roasted brown ale

for some personal context, i like Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout better. it's a cross-style comparison but the Oatmeal Stout is a bit more like chocolate and coffee; the Taddy Porter here is darker, a bit more burnt. BOTH are fantastic.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another home run from Samuel Smith. These are expensive in
B.C. $5.50 a bottle but worth it for a special tasting. The burnt
caramel nose is matched with the black colour and big storm
tossed head. I enjoyed the balanced mid body and the chocolatey
dry finish. This is not a huge porter but rather a well made one that
deserves a good food match.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,066 ratings.
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