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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of Noelito76
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a whim at the beer store in Manhattan. By far the best porter I've ever had.

The color was a deep and rich brown. There was a small head that hung around for a few seconds, perfect. The amount of carbonation was perfect as well. But the taste, clearly the best balance of hops and malt dominance. As a result mouthfeel is very good and it makes you want to savor every sip. I wanted more after my 2 pint+ bottles but the store is just too far away.

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Photo of iwanturgrlfrnd
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith is without a doubt in my top 3 favorite breweries. I have yet to have anything from them that i did not like. On a trip to London in March '05, i was ecstatic to find it on tap at more than a few places and even more excited to try everything possible. only thing i didnt do that i might have liked to was take a tour of the brewery while i was in england. But i digress...

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a gold foil top, the taddy porter looks great in a glass. Deep brown, like black coffee. A pillowy tan head swelling on top leaving some lacing on the glass. Malts come through as dark as you take in the wonderful smell, as does some toffee or caramel. that toffee/caramel smell come through at first in the taste, continuing with some earthy warmth, and ending with a bit of shortly lingering hops. Comfortable mouthfeel, easy to have more than one. And the easy drinkability of this beer will make you want to have another.

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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 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 sliv
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that helped me determine that my favorite style of beer is porter. I discovered the joy of Taddy when I was young and learning about beer, drinking far too many at a time, in Kenmore Square in the early 90’s. After all this time, I keep coming back to Samuel Smith’s, and this offering in particular.

It pours with an average sized head that subsides to light, sturdy foam quickly. The head clings to the glass very well. It is dark, dark brown color, with a touch of red when backlit. Although very dark, the beer has no cloudiness in evidence.

There is an initial intense sweet smell followed by a smoky malt odor. It seemed like strong caramels with hints of chocolate.

The first sip washed away my expectations of the heavy sweetness suggested by the aroma, leaving a medium smokiness with strong chocolate and malt flavors. There were hints of sweetness around the edges, making it not too bitter, which so many porters seem to forget. After the first few sips, the taste settled in to a medium coffee and chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is mild and malty, with a typical slight bitterness at the back of my tongue.

Mouth feel:
Taddy drinks very smooth, and not so creamy. It had a medium, firm texture, but was relatively light bodied, compared to some porters. It had a good amount of carbonation, but not overwhelmingly so.

I poured this beer with notebook at the ready to study what is one of my favorites. Understandably, I consider it to be very drinkable, but was almost surprised that my glass was nearly empty before I had finished making notes. So it was a given that I poured the second one. I would consider this a good beer to drink all night, not too heavy, with just enough body to slow you down to enjoy it.

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Photo of cracgor
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black with ruby edges. Tan, thick, creamy head. The head reduces but just never goes away and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Butter, Nuts, and Coffee. Very good contrast and balance. Sweet and woodsy are other descriptions.

Taste: Awesome Taste. Coffee is the main flavor, the nutty flavor accents this very well. Tastes smooth and...

Mouthfeel: ...feels velvety smooth with a medium to full body.

Drinkability: As good as I have had in this style. Low abv lends itself to session drinking in the winter. Coupled with great looks and flavor, I'll take it out any time of the year.

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Photo of Luigi
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Big cakey light brown head with good retention. Smells rich with coffee, chocolate, and a hint of molasses. The mouth feel is rich with a slight amount of carbonation. Taste is dominated by coffee and bitter-sweet chocolate. Some fruity hop and butterscotch flavor can be detected as well. The fruit twang last a little in the aftertaste. A damn good Porter!

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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.

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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 AlexJ
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black color which reveals crimson highlight when held to the light. A creamy head of tightly knit light brown suds puffs up to 2 fingers and retains quite well. Lace is spotty and minimal.

The aroma is a bit more subtle than I remember. There's the usual roasted dark malt aromas, very light coffee, chocolate, leather, and a chalky mineralality.

The flavor is a bit more pronounced with creamy toasted malts, licorice, dark caramel, light chocolate, and a lively hop finish. A very classic and mild example of the style.

The body is on the light side of medium, with a smooth creamy body accentuated by moderate corbonation. It went fantastically well with the tiramisu cheesecake we had for dessert. Overall, a tastey porter, but not as rich as Fullers or Anchor.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very deep dark brown pour accented by ruby highlights through a seemingly clear liquid. The head is slim but creamy and reduces to a compact film within minutes. No trace of lace but the film survives.

Aromas were somewhat underwhelming even after warming. Dominated by roasted notes and malty chocolate over a slightly hoppy underpinning. Expected more of an aromatic profile.

First taste reveals a firm and crisp brew of medium body. It fills the mouth assertively and rightly paves the way for sound notes of cocoa and roasted grains. The middle and end are slightly fruity but are mostly dominated by a lingering hops and drying burnt bitterness that fades lazily for several minutes.

A decent session porter for those who are just getting into the style.


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Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real good one. I sometimes overlook Sammy Smith because it seems to be around all the time, but I've recently been enjoying their beers. Appears to be "pitch brown," my new term for almost black, or very dark brown and opaque. Can't really see any light through this one. Big thick foamy head that lasts. Taste is well balanced for a porter. Roasted malts up front, and a burnt bitterness and coffee bean hint that is really nice. Part of the bitterness might be the hops, of which there are plenty, for a porter. Nice and spicy profile. Mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as the stouts, but that's kind of a nice quality for a porter. Nice, solid, drinkable, tasty brew.

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

Large clear bottle, no freshness dating noted. Pours a very dark shade of brown, minimal light getting thru, head is tan and quickly turns to a film. Moderate lacing left behind on the glass. Nice smokey nose, smooth bodied classic porter. Notes of burnt malt, minerals, slate, vanilla.More smoke and burnt raisins. Yummy and refreshing, fine stuff. Worth getting to know

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Photo of mynie
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours perfect black. Completely opaque. Big, brown head that stays and stays. Excellent.

Smells of deep chocolate and coffee with hints of raisins with some vanilla extract. Wonderfully complex and rich.

Big on the bitterness, a very earthy taste all around. Coffee upfront, moving into some raw molasses and finishing with a wonderful spurt of roasted hops and some vanilla extract. Very nice.

This beer is rough where it should be. Not rough like a bad neighborhood in Detriot, rough like a wooden rollercoaster. A fun, carefully designed kind of roughness.

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Photo of elricorico
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Famous Taddy Porter way back in the beginning of my beer advocacy, and thought it was just alright, but lately, the porters have been giving me much joy, so I figured it was time to come back for another try.

Pours a uniform, solid looking black. It looks like my glass is painted that colour. It had a big tan head, but that faded back to a thin creamy cap.

Smells... coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, citrus. The chocolate may be the strongest of the smells, and that is in no way disappointing. Lots of aroma here, all of it good.

Taste is good too, but I don't think it quite lived up to the smell. There is a sweet and sour sort of mix to begin with, followed by a long drawn out roasted finish. Hints of soy, vanilla, and chocolate up front with coffee and bitter chocolate in the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, though the carbonation takes a little away from the creaminess if the beer is left on your tongue. The beer goes down nicely, I certainly am having no trouble putting it away.

Best porter I've had? Could be close. It certainly was worth revisiting this beer.

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Photo of horndecker
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark dark dark brown, nearly black, with reddish-brown edges and a puffy, fine tan head. The head lingers a bit and leaves fine bubbles about.
The smell is of bittersweet cocoa and espresso, a hint of cherries, and roasted, almost burned malt.
The taste has a bitter beginning, unsweetened cocoa powder and roasted coffee beans, with a mild hop prescence producing a very dry, dusty finish. It has a medium body, but still manages to be tongue-coating and mouth-filling.
A treat, this one. Toasty and chocolatey, nicely balanced and complete.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to an extremely dark brown with a nice fluffy head. It shrank but never disappeared, and it's leaving a few nice lines of lace.

The taste is mostly of roasted malts, and they come through in a smooth and solid fasion. The smell is strong and brings hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is another high point, and drinkability is very good too.

In short, this is good.

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Photo of theozag
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Medium but very long-lasting head over a pitch black body; pours a matte black and is always completely opaque. Smell is a mix of coffee and chocolate; subdued but distinguishable. Starts thin and flat but settles on the tongue velvety smooth and full-bodied - although lacking a particularly distinct flavor. Egresses to the stomach VERY sour with a heavy weight to the aftertaste.

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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 Rastacouere
2.8/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Off-white cover tops a dark brown hue. Aroma is of growing distaste. Lactic soy beans soaked in yogurt a bit too long. Sweet chocolate and roasted bread fights the palate dominance over with a strong anise component. Sweet vanilla is barely mellowed by an unpleasant vegetal touch. At the same time, the palate is pretty light and proposes dull mellow carbonation. A bit disappointing compared to their stouts..

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Photo of ramrod666
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this english porter pours dark ruby with a nice tan head that stands tall and immobile until you start to drink it, then it falls slowly while coating the glass in a thick lace. the smell is....well, i dunno, strange. it has some medicinal qualities along with a hint of old fruit. the taste is also has a few strange notes. malty and smokey at first, but with a strange acidic middle followed by an intense bitterness. maybe a bottle on the bad side? well, they are clear. mouthfeel had more carbonation than expected from a porter. drinkability is rated not so hot because i'm now convinced of the bad bottle.
will review again.
update: i had one of these last night and it was terriffic. much better thn the previous sample. a definite classic porter.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured perfect with almost 2 fingers of head and stood for quite a long time. Plenty of carbonation can be seen and this beer produced some of the best lacing I've seen in a porter. Very malty aroma with hints of toffee and molasses. Astrigent flavor that is strong with an unexpected strong bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but favorable since beer had strong aftertaste. I expected much more from the taste after taking in the aromas and witnessing this beer dance.

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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 beertastegood
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very similar to some of the well-known stouts out there, such as Young's Double Chocolate and Mackeson's. It has a bit more astringent flavor, however, and really assaults your taste buds. If you are into strong dark beers this one is worth a shot. I find it a nice balance between a dry irish stout and a sweet milk stout.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep,deep burgundy color. Nice reddish highlights when held to the light. Small tan head atop. Good,somewhat sweet malt aroma. Slight roasted/coffee notes. Nice roasted flavor-very well balanced with the sweetness of the malt. Slight hop bitterness. Good body for style-some of the British porters can be a bit thin. An extremely drinkable beer-definately one to measure other porters against.

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