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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom
samuelsmithsbrewery.co.uk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,076
Reviews:
1,326
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
476
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,076 |  Reviews: 1,326
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours jet black has a two finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is wonderful coffee, molasses, vanilla, and caramel I can't wait to try it! The taste is not what I expected the coffee was there but it tasted old and musty. (bad beer?) This beer is medium bodied and crisp but the musty flavor makes it a bit harsh to drink.

Reflection: After reading some of the other reviews on this beer I have to assume that I tried a bad one. Will review again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a nice tan head. In the aroma, sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee notes. In the taste, sweet roasted malt and chocolate and coffee hints, a bit watery though. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry roasted malt in the aftertaste. Nice roast, but a bit thin, although still good for and English Porter.

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Photo of aleigator
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a big, fluffy beige head.

Smells of milk chocolate, fudge, earth and dried raisins. Roasted hazelnuts mingle into a pleasant malt foundation, which produces a nice sweetness.

Has a soft carbonation, together with a very light, slighty metallic mouthfeel among a good amount of fluffy cream and chocolate.

Tastes of rustic bread dough, earth and toffee malts with a glazed caramel topping, soothed by cream and a metallic carbonation. Finishes with even more cream and a subtle tartness among scented wood.

Very light, creamy and chocolate driven with a strange metallic carbonation.

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Photo of SigEp
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Porter is such a vast category that knocking this on it's stylistic merits would seem kinda wrong. I guess I just don't like that buterscotchy-caramelly-sweetish flavor that all the sam smiths I've tasted have had---this one escpecially. Pours dark dark brown and goes down very smoothly.
I am not a big fan of this one. It does seem, however, and thankfully, that SS imperial stout actually benefits from this quality. There they stepped up the hops to accomodate there thick sweet beers.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was hoping to be impressed, however I just cant bring myself to really enjoy a porter.

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Photo of kkipple
3.12/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a tall glass. Color was a deep, burnt caramel brown with a half inch foamy head. Nearly opaque. Very pretty.

Smelled of malt and hops, with maybe a touch of grape scent. I must admit I have trouble picking out diverse smells, but the overall aroma was good.

Taste: sweet at first, reminded me of sugared coffee, malt, and molasses. Moist and slightly bitter, but with an unpleasant sour aftertaste. Consistency was thin. Quite filling, much like a stout.

This is the first English porter I've tried, and I can't say I was terribly impressed. The bottle may have been off a bit, as there was a decidedly sour aftertaste that may not be typical. All in all not a terrible beer; I wouldn't decline it if free, but can find better brews for $3. I would like to try it on tap to see if the sour flavor remains or if I simply had bad luck.

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Photo of RonaldWilsonReagan
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour looked like a nice dark stout should. The smell of dark chocolate. Taste was metallic, not extremely pleasant at all. I purchased 3 Sam Smith varieties and all three have been underwhelming. Either they were out of date and shouldn’t have been distributed or this brewery is tremendously overhyped.

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Photo of theopholis
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very dark brown/black body. When held up to the light, looks like a very dark cherry cough syrup. The head is a fluffy light tan affair with a lot of staying power and some lacing.

Aroma - Lots of sweetness, and I don't mean malt sweetness either. Strong roasted coffee notes, and some chocolate. Smells a little sweet for a porter, but I usually drink American porters.

Taste - Nice. Stong roasted flavor with a sweetness in the middle. Some chocolate flavors, not as sweet as I expected. Nice acidic burn to.

Mouthfeel - For a porter, I'd say the body is a bit light, and the carbonation a bit high. Overall, pretty good though..

Drinkability - Pretty good. There are much better, but much worse porters out there.

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Photo of HurrahBeer
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was a bit underwhelmed, but may be adjusting to the difference between English Porter and American Porter. Didn't detect much flavor or complexity in the taste and left not much of a mouthfeel.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.

A: Pours jet black with massive 4 finger tan head

S: Slight roast, coffee, hint of chocolate, a bit of hops and a bigger caramel sweetness, but all pretty muted.

T: Slight roast, touch of coffee and a bit of a hoppy aftertaste, but mostly just a briny sourness and bittersweet taste going on

O: Very average porter. Wouldn't buy again and not SS's best.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is very disappointing to say the least. First off, let me ask the question, "Why does Samuel Smith continue to use clear bottles?" Without a doubt it effects the flavor. Dark brown/black with a tan head. Not a very strong nose. Smells lightly of buttery coffee and chocolate. Flavor is rather flat, and not what I expected. Coffee and slightly acidic, although it has a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Call me crazy, but I just didn't care for this too much.

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Photo of DamnYankeeHeadHunter
3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not one of my favorite Porters

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Photo of Raime
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Samuel Smiths Tardy Porter.

Alright the Porter I drank before this was a disgusting drain pour that may have been infected or years upon years old. Or maybe it just sucked. Anyway, Samuel Smiths usually doesn't impress me at all but I'm hoping this is more like Fullers example of the style. Let's do it

Look - From the 355 ml bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours a deep black as expected though it is still penetrable when held up to the light. The head amounts to a solid two fingers of mocha which dies down to a thick cap amongst the swill within a few minutes. Carbonation is unreadable due to the depth of the drink. Remaining lacing is minimal.

Smell - Definitely not picking up a lot here. Some subtle chocolate deep into the distance with a touch of cherry like sweetness. Weak and uninspired. Nothing more to say about this category.

Taste - The chocolate notes thankfully turn up here but there still isn't much of anything going on. Some of the cherry aspects come through as well alongside a metallic twang that I find in the majority of Samuel Smiths beers. Once again, bland and uninspired but not offensive so at least that'll keep it ' average '.

Feel - The body is fairly nice with a heavy thickness and an exceptionally creamy feel but the bitterness as it sits just seems completely out of place. Carbonation is very light and the brew swallows easily with an unwarranted bitterness .

Overall - Another overrated beer out of these guys. I will simply never understand why in the hell beers from this brewery are rated so highly. Must be a large difference in palates between me and most reviewers. It isn't an old beer either. Oh well, I'll finish it and forget it ever crossed my lips..

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, some vegetal notes, and bready malt. Flavor is predominantly bready malt and some roasted notes, but this really isn't like your typical porter. Weak palate. Meh, I'm not digging this.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great slick black appearance, slightly oil looking. Light brown colored head with some minor lacing on the sides. A burnt milk chocolate smell was nicely permeating from the drink. If only the taste was equal to the nice aroma: a little watery and light compared to a dense chocolate taste I was hoping. Mouthfeel, perhaps, is the main culprit in the odd taste with its light, watery texture with no real creamy aspect. The carbonation is also a bit off for my palate. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel allows it to be light enough not too much of a brick in the stomach. Overall, surprisingly imbalanced.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a bit of an off white head. Not much lacing to be found. Nose is overloaded with toffee and has some roasted malt, coffee, and light chocolate in the background. The taste really brings the toffee and caramel forward without regard to the better roasted characteristics that are in the background. Medium body with good carbonation. Not the best balance of flavors.

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Photo of jar2574
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black and the light that gets through is a ruby red shade. Big cream colored head that dissolves slowly and leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Very unique smell. Malts. Something sweet - smells a little like yeast but it's a type I'm not familiar with.

The beer, unfortunately, comes off as a little flat and uninteresting. More like a mild English ale than a porter. This porter doesn't come at you with smokiness or chocolate flavors. And that's fine, but I'm also not getting the "dry, tangy character" mentioned on the bottle. I'm not getting much "character," period. It's just an average tasting beer. The mouthfeel is boring - too watery.

For all that, it's a drinkable beer - inoffensive, easy to drink, looks quite nice on the way down.

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Photo of Benish
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IPAescotch
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its been awhile since ive had anything on par with this. dont usually venture into the porter realm. Might be an old bottle, appears slightly overcarbonated and under hopped.
Smells a little bit corn-meally which i did not anticipate. The nutty malts dont taste stale though. Honestly a little of a let down after the first sip, starting to think i should have poured it colder. Very dry, almost harsh finish. Unique, but not special

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Photo of andpit
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of John_Squires
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of kbrown
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of winningwes91
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another middle of the road transition beer

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Photo of ChicagoNick
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,076 ratings.
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