Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
1,307 Reviews
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,307 | Ratings: 3,019
Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Massive white-brown head, solid black body.

Smell: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild dark fruits, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Taste: Chocolate, brown sugar, mild coffee, note of acetone.

Feel: Creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, lightly sweet.

 256 characters

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 550 mL bottle of "The Famous Taddy Porter." The beer is a deep chestnut brown color with a few centimeters of off-white foam. The aroma is inviting with chocolate, biscuit and barely detectable dark rum. Smooth and creamy on the palate. The flavor profile is chocolate and coffee with a little twang as it finishes smoothly. Flavorful and highly drinkable, this is great porter. Another classic from the folks at Samuel Smith.

 428 characters

Photo of merlin48
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque, deep dark brown with a modest tan head. Lacing had a smooth, silky appearance as it left sheets down the glass. Aroma and taste surprised me with a complexity that was somewhat unique. Roasted coffee and chocolate were dominant, with earthiness, smokiness, and black walnut on the nose. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, carbonation just barely adequate. Taste was much like the nose, but with some interesting twists that made for one of the best tasting dark beers I've ever tried. There's definitely a hint of cherries in this, and the twang of those funky English hops. I can't decide if it's licorice or cinamon, or some other bittersweet spice, but there's something here that melds perfectly with the chocolately malts, cherry fruitiness, and buttery walnut to produce an exceptional flavor profile. Just enough bittering hops to balance the many other flavors going on in this fine porter. Finishes smooth, and goes down so fine. High drinkability with the low abv. Finest porter that I've sampled to date.

 1,030 characters

Photo of TownDunkel
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this one and figured it was the one to try (not to mention the higher than average price tag)

Appearance - A down right sexy dark drown with swirles of red and golden in the light

Smell - Robust and woody, really great scent of yeast, alchol, and light or very mild spices

Taste - Now that is what any beer drinker is talking about. Deep wood and mahongy notes that mellow out to a nice porter flavor.

Mouthfeel - Stays with ya and perfect carbonation for it.

Overall - Maybe the king of porters, don't think I have had a better one

 543 characters

Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is the deepest ruby you can get before it becomes opaque, the head is Herculean in size with a spumescent texture, the color a beauteous light tan and after decomposition a thick and chunky sheet of lace clings mightily to the glass. The aroma of lightly toasted grains and sweet malt dominate the nose, crisp and fresh with a malt laden and sweet start, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, Crisply acidic, the hops personable in their spiciness, with the aftertaste quite dry and a bit tart, one of my all time favorites, and one I consume with much gusto on a regular basis.

 597 characters

Photo of oelergud
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid porter, everything I expected, just better.
Appearance is good, a dark ruby that only lets light through at the very edges of the glass and a creamy tan head.
I detected caramel and coffee in the nose
The taste was pretty darn good, sweet and bitter in perfect balance, little to no after taste which makes you drink the beer quickly which is ok considering the relatively low alcohol %. Toward the bottom of my glass I thought I tasted a hint of nut...
This beer pretty much drinks itself, the lack of aftertaste made me reach for it constantly and before I knew it it was gone.

Oelergud - Cheers!

 621 characters

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 18.7 oz bottle into a SA lager pint glass.

Brew poured an ink black, much darker than I expected. A big butterscotch colored head formed, about two fingers, and hung around for some time, eventually settling in a thin head oil spill. This brew is really sticky, leaving suddy spots all around the glass. Nose is of a dark caramel, with smokey whiffs of roasted nuts.

Impressive flavor palate for such a low ABV. Roasted malts give off hints of coffee, millk chocolate, and a smokey caramel. Aside from the creamy texture, you also notice some nice viscosity throughout the sip. A funky finish keeps you curious to taste more.

I really enjoyed this, as I paired it with a steak dinner, and then snacked on some dark chocolate covered nuts. Really went well with each, and presented it's own excitement on its own. Most impressive is the flavor and complexity you pull from this low ABV. I am not a huge stout/porter fan, but this has me grinning. Two thumbs up.

 977 characters

Photo of PapaEugene
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky. De Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen managed to get their hands on some Sam Smith classics. I chose the Taddy Porter just to stay away from their Barley Wine and Imperial Stout for once.

A: Black but saw some dark ruby shining once it came close to the candle. One finger thick light brown head.

S: Roasted malts, slight caramel, chocolate and some red fruits.

T: GREAT. Dark roasted malts, notes of cacoa and a bit of coffee. Some citrus and woody bitterness in the aftertaste. All in a great balance and natural occurence.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation and a nice silky mouthfeel.

D: Another great natural Samuel Smith. Great taste without adding chocolate or coffee... with Sam Smith they come naturally and in perfect balance.

 746 characters

Photo of taez555
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark opaque black body with a white head.

Nose is simply ambrosial. Very sweet rich milk chocolate, fruits, cold sweet smoke, toasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, pears, apples, burnt malts. Samuel Smith has such a classic smell and this porter just exemplifies that.

Taste is medium bodied and very smooth. A cold chimney like smokey, wood stove type flavor. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, stale coffee and dark malts. Definitely taste a mild butterscotch in the middle and towards the end. Hop bitterness is present and just enough to give balance.

Why don't I drink this beer more? Simply amazing, one of the most flavorful and drinkable porters out there. I can only imagine what this beer tastes like fresh, or not in a clear bottle, or... dare I say... on cask? Amazing beer.

 814 characters

Photo of jacobseyb
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Deep dark brown/amber color, very clear, tan head that laced very well and dissipated quickly

S=Malty notes of coffee and caramel

T=Coffee, caramel malts, little to no aftertaste

M=very nice, carbonation lingered and was tight in nature

D=very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

 280 characters

Photo of BBM
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice black color, with ruby red highlights and a nice, creamy tan head. The aroma is of roasted nuts, coffee, and molassess.

The taste is extraordinary. There is a certain burnt grain taste up front, accompanied by coffee, chocolate, and a syrupy sweet malt flavor. There is an ever so slight bitterness to the finish for balance. This brew is smooth, rich, and complex. Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy. It is incredibly drinkable. This is by far my favorite Porter I've tried, and another outstanding beer from Sam Smith.

 548 characters

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head that recedes. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mildly roasty with light coffee and caramel smells.

Taste is roasty upfront leading into light coffee and toffee flavors. A wonderful blend of flavors that really enhance each other. Only a very light bitterness midway through that disappears as it finishes with a lingering blend of all of the flavors contained within. Superbly crafted and balanced as it's by far the best of it's style.

Medium body, creamy texture, ideal carbonation.

An excellent beer overall and extremely sessionable drinkability. Not many better ways to spend an evening that with a few of these. If you enjoy English porter (or any porter for that matter), make sure you experience this beer.

 811 characters

Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful looking beer, everything a porter should look like. Nice dark brown, nearly black body with a big fluffy tan head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt, slightly fruity and smoky. Taste is smooth and full. Smoke and dark fruit flavors, chocolate and a slight porter-acidity. Vanilla flavors on the conclusion. What a great porter, I can;'t believe it has taken me this long to try it. Defintely one of the best porter's I have tried.

 443 characters

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No dates to be found on the bottle, poured into nonic pint

A: Deep, barely transparent mahogany with a fine, tan 1.5 finger head. Slight patchy lacing.

S: Caramel and coffee malts with earthy English hop undertones. Dark chocolate and slight hint of dried figs.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with dark roasted espresso beans. Sweet, faint, caramel and dried figs and raisins. Barely anything in the way of hops. Slight bitterness from the roasted malts lingers in the finish with a tiny hint of honey as well. Excellent.

M: Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Low to moderate carbonation. Sweet, warm, boozy sensations follow.

O: An outstanding English porter; Sam Smith’s doesn’t disappoint. This beer is fairly easy to find, which is a plus, because I could drink this all the time. Drink this proper English beer out of a proper English pint glass and enjoy!

 860 characters

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 18.7oz bottle into 20oz Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a large, creamy brownish head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a little bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted coffee aroma backed up by slight herbal hints.

Taste: Begins sweet and sugary, finishing with more milky sweetness and a roasted coffee flavor. Slight hop hints in the finish make this a very well-rounded beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth finish that sticks.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter and one that I would strongly recommend to any beer drinker. Possibly the best porter I've had- I could drink this every day.

 681 characters

Photo of mdm4584
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at an AJ's in Scottsdale, AZ.

A top notch porter.

A tad watered down leaves an easy drinking brew. Easy to consume a lot of these. Thick, lasting head. Coppery aftertaste. ABV of 5% is surprisingly low.

Light chocolate, light coffee, roasted malts.

Another is a line of great brews.

 296 characters

Photo of BDTyre
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ranks right up there with Fuller's London Porter. Amazing black-brown body with a light cream head that starts off thin but for some reason expands quite quickly. Dense and creamy.

Chocolate, roasted malt smell. Traces of coffee. Slighty buttery scent, not unlike their oatmeal stout. Tastes of rich chocolate, dark roast coffee with a buttery toffee taste. Buttery notes ask for attention: rich on the diactyl, very much like their oatmeal stout.

Lovely body: thick, but not lacking in carbonation. Very drinkable, esp. for desert or after dinner.

 554 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

550ml bottle served in an English (20oz) pint glass.

L - deep brown color with a creamy tan head that left nice globs of lacing behind.

S - roasted malt and molases sweet aroma.

T - sweet molases, toffee and fig flavors all make up for a delghtful tasting brew.

F - smooth and creamy all the way through.

D - extremely easy to drink and delicious to boot.

 360 characters

Photo of wvsabbath
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, nice creamy 1 inch head, some lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, barley, mild hops and yeast. Some chocolate and dark fruits. Smoked spices, and some sugars.

Taste - Creamy, malty, and very smooth, the world class taddy porter. Incrediblly tasty yet balanced and smooth. Everything is perfectly balanced, you get a hint of every flavor. Theres a nice cocoa flavor that adds some bold sweetness but nothing overboard. A mild bitterness from the yeast and hops finishes this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Coats mouth with many flavors. its thick but smooth so you dont have to worry about mouth getting ruined from hops and malts. Tounge is left slighty bitter but there is a flavor of cocoa also present.

Overall - Fantastic. All you could want in a beer. Flavor, balance, low alcohol and seems to be avaible most places. Easy a top 5 porter on the planet.

 895 characters

Photo of burnerfinger
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the 18.7 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: root beer , cola dark brings up a nice thick and rocky head of more than 2 fingers. nice.really superior lacing

S: sweet - choco- coffee.

T : just what the nose predicts. a bit shy of the follow - up though.

M: not as thick as I might have expected but GOOD, and the abv is well hidden

D: slosh em down!

 370 characters

Photo of stealth
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured in a tulip. Fresh bottle, I assume.

Thin (finger) head, dark, nice lacing. Solid head/carbonation retention around the glass edge the entire time.

Smells like a porter, with a bit of coffee. The taste is wonderful. What got me is the metallic zing that really makes my mouth water and pucker. I'm a sour nut, and while this isn't sour at all, that metallic-ness brings out that similar mouth watering sensation that sours have. Real nice.

 454 characters

Photo of beer2day
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a stout 2-fingers worth of dark khaki head. Decent retention, with a 1/4 finger still left mid glass. Arching lace all around.

Nose is strong with chocolate and lighter with roast malt. The two aromas mix very well.

The taste is truly outstanding. Chocolate malt again, with light roast notes. Just the right amount of bitters in the finish. Light tea flavor with hints of tannin.

Feel is solid. Creamy, without being heavy. Could easily throw down several of these.

Overall, very tough to beat.

 521 characters

Photo of skrib09
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown, borderline black pour. tan head... dense.

smells chocolatey.

i bet if this brew was put on a nitro tap or in a nitro can it would parallel young's double chocolate. lots of chocolate sweetness. plenty of cream in the sweetness of the roasty malts. fairly well balanced though.

a bit carbonated on the mouth.

good drinkability.

 342 characters

Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew. It's been years since I've had this until now, and lately when I've needed a porter I've reached for Ithaca Gorges, but I was feelin' this (thank you wegmans in penfield for having the craft your own pack section). It's just what you want a porter to be. I feel like everyone has said what needs to be said about it, just throwing in my two cents. One of Sammy Smith's best, and a quintessential porter.

 417 characters

Photo of Nesued
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

550ml clear bottle that has gold foil on top.

Appearance: Dark Black/Brown in color. A well-formed head that is fluffy in body. lacing present after the first few pulls. The head degrades to a small presence for the remainder of the time it sits in the glass.

Smell: Not much to speak of. A hint of chocolate perhaps.

Taste: A bit of a bite but not much overall. I do taste a bit of a fig or fruity presence as mentioned by other reviewers. Very creamy smooth with the low carbonation adding a bit, but not much. Coffee, perhaps, chocolate more so. A bit of a smokey finish.

Mouthfeel - Dense feel that warmly fills your mouth. Very heavy, but smooth, feel. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable!! I'm not finished with this one yet due to the fact that I only bought one and I want to savor the taste! This is an outstanding porter.

 879 characters

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,019 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!