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
Reviews:
1,314
Ratings:
3,040
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
461
For Trade:
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Photo of DESTRO
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out extremely dark, almost black. nice red tint when held to the light. decent off white head, looks tastey. aromas are rich, coffee and toffee, dark malt...dark chocolate, light hopping. nice. smooth in the mouth, has good body, a hefty brew but not overly so. flavors are much like the nose with a def. semi sweet/dark chocolate flavor, some sweeter toffee like notes come in as well. a small but balanced hop bitterness seems to even things out and it finishes with a light coffee aftertaste. pretty damn drinkable, there are better porters out there IMO, but this is still a top notch brew that deserves the respect it seems to get. high five sammy smith.

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Photo of Doiv
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby to tan with a big creamy tan head. Aroma is of roasted hops, dark fruits like black cherries, and a little coffee.

Taste is of roasted hops, marmite/vegemite, coffee, honey, and something more leafy, a little like cabbage, that I couldn't quite identify.

Finish is warm with dark fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, like a good porter should be, and the drinkability is great.

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

appearance: deep brown almost black in color. Nice head and a beautiful looking porter
smell: smells of carmel, coffee, and malt make it tempting the nose
taste: wonderful taste of carmel and very easy to drink.
One of the best porters I've had. Lives up to it's reputation

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

It pours a deep, dark brown with crisp, rich ruby highlights glinting at the edges. A dense three fingers of light tan head bursts upwards and ebbs gradually to a frothy crater. Sticky loops of lacing cling valiantly to the inside of the glass.

The rich aroma of chocolate blankets a roasted malt sweetness. A vinous quality lurks underneath, along with a mellow coffee bitterness. A lighter cocoa note lingers at the finish.

On first sip, a rounded roasted malt sweetness slinks in and soon mingles with chocolate and an earthy dark coffee presence. A grapey sherry character flexes a bit in the middle along with a well-cooked dark caramel note. The finish is populated by an understated lingering hops bitterness.The overall flavor is rich and warm. It's balanced and artfully blended.

Medium bodied, it slides across the palate, slick and a little oily, and leaves a pleasant memory of what it delivered.

Let's face it, it's a legend, and it is damned good. That said, it's not tremendous, but still, as a long-time standard, it is a classic. It has the rich earthy elements you want in a porter, in a nice balance. Strong across the board, it's just what you expect, and drinking another is easy, enjoyable, and very likely. It's maybe not as big as many of its American brethren, but it is faithful to the style and it goes down smooth. It's a trusty beer to turn to when you want to get down to basics.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe the clear bottle had encouraged some ill flavors to develop, but I wasn't as impressed by this beer as I had hoped to be. The appearance was wonderful -it was dark with good head retention. It smelled of coffee and chocolate. The flavors began with a nice medley of coffee and chocolate but the long finish passed through some rougher territory - almost whiskey alcohol notes and some buttery flavors. It was a complex porter, but not exactly ideal.

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Photo of PSUDREW
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

hmmm...not impressed by 1st 3 impression. I may need more time to get used to this beer, but, after sampling things like winter warmer, and (personal fav) oatmeal stour, this was, quite frankly a big let down.

It pours a nice deep brown color, with a thick creamy tan head. Smells sweet and it has hints of licorice.

When I think porter, I think a rich, chocolately taste. I think a nice deep immersionin it, to boot. This was an odd licorice/chocolate mix, that didn't come out quite right.

Eh, I would say go for the oatmeal stout, but, you should at least try this, for the sake of trying it

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was looking forward to cracking one of these open all the way home from work. Clear bottle appears to be brown, pours dark chocolate brown, no light getting through, but rosy at the bottom. Odor is very pleasant and warm with a wine-like aroma. Head was minimal on my first bottle poured; faint hints of lace speckle the glass.

Taste is mildly chocolate with an aftertaste of coffee. Very smooth and very drinkable. Excellent beer and definitely one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of IceAce
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: An agressive pour from bottle to beer-clean Imperial pint glass resulted in a two finger collar of quality tan foam. Hints of excellent lacing as the head begins to slowly dissipate. The brew is jet-black and my mouth was agape upon discovering that this beer is packaged in clear glass!!

Aroma: Very earthy nose with hints of chocolate (brownie mix). The aroma of this beer leaves the taster longing for a visit to the much- -revered English brewery.

Taste: Calling the taste complex is like referring to sex as reproduction. The taste is nutty, grassy, and heavy with malt. The hop notes are muted, yet well-balanced...happy to be singing harmony with the stellar malts.

Mouthfeel: Balance is the key...and this quality porter is balanced. The long finish leaves a delicate sweet coating on the lips and fore-tongue.

Drinkability: I could do this one all day, all night, and all day tomorrow.


Seldom do I rave...I can only hope my ancestors has access to beer this good!!!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear bottle, gold foil, no head, jet black body.
Charred malt and chocolate aroma.
Charred malt and chocolate flavor, also vanilla.
India ink silkyness, this is the real magic of this brew. It is so creamy and silky it is almost erotic.

Despite this beers mildness, something reminded me of Stone Imperial Stout. Not intensity, but in livelyness. Maybe it was the type of hops (not amount) or perhaps just that both of these beers sing to me.

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Photo of babyhobbes
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown almost black with a big tan head. Smells of caramel, chocolate and spicy. (maybe clove?) The smell is great. There are caramel and slight spice taste and small sweetness to this brew. The mouthfeel is much ligther than anticipated and quite unlike its heavy scent. This is a very smooth beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of necoadam
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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 BierManVA
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep and dark but not at all syrupy as one might assume. The aroma is burnt and sour. Extremely smooth accross the palate and a nice charcoal flavor to boot. Aftertaste is strong and slightly alcoholic.

Quite delicious but not a session bier.

John

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

Pours out a fair brown that sits nearly black with a bit of crimson shining through on the sides. A light brown head sits atop this nice looking beer, big lacings on the sides, lots of character.

Smells of sweets and fruits; chocolate, vanilla, a tad of cinnamon, apple sauce like tones and raisins. Maltiness is present as well along with some bits of roasted grains. A very strong nose on this one, very impressive.

Tastes initially sweet; chocolates blended with a bit of coffee flavors bring an initial bitterness to your pallate. Moves gradually into apples blended with some more bitterness from cinnamon-like flavors, then to dark, carmelized sugars that ease you into a subtle bitterness that is actually quite smooth and desireable. This is a nice, sweet and fruity porter that has loads of character, and keeps you thirsty for more. It's no wonder why this is one of the greats.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth, but packs quite a carbonated punch. The carbonation didn't get in the way too much, as it seemed to come out more when swallowing, but it did contrast well against the slightly smooth body this beer had.

It's just so easy to drink. The rasins in the nose blend very well with the overall flow of this beer. One of my favorite porters now, but it is much different from my other favorites, as the particularly fruity nose and taste set it apart from the others. I want to eat a steak and drink this at the same time....

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Photo of Cwrw
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mollasses brown and black, with a great deal of thick, reddish brown head and stringy sticky lacing. The aroma is very rich, with many nuances. It is somewhat similar to Samuel Smith's other beer Oatmeal Stout, both in aroma and taste: the difference is that Oatmeal Stout is much sweeter. Coffee, chocolate, subtle fruits, vanilla, cream, raisins, and even slight spicy notes greet the nose. The aroma even carries some smells more common in fruit brandies . The smell, to me, is the outstanding characteristic of this beer. The taste is balanced well, sweet yet dry. Initially it has a crisp sweet syrup flavour, but gives way to a coffee-like dryness in the finish; and the middle is where you taste the medium alcohol presence. There seems to be a slight oak taste on the front of the tongue; yes, definite wood flavours slowly reveal themselves upon subsequent sips. I sense a strong graininess on the palate, almost as if there are coffee grains in the beer, and it adds delightfully to the character of the brew. The taste lingers on the mouth for quite some while, which makes this a highly drinkable and sociable beer: relax after dinner with one, slowly sipping and savouring. As a classic, this is not meant to be consumed rapidly.

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 550 mL. bottle, gold foil top, looks impressive even before it's poured.

Very dark brown, big bubbly tan head.

Very smooth aroma. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and a touch of sweetness.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, perfect for a porter. Nice roastedness with a light coffee flavor and a weak sweetness. Very nice crispness too. Finishes with a roasted, sweet taste.

Excellent porter, my new favorite. Definitely something to try.

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Photo of jwilli7122
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black in color, with a large puffy tan head and good lacing. smell is burnt malt and chocolate/butterscotch and some alchohol. taste is similar...malty, with some chocolate, butterscotch and brown sugar tastes. There is some bitterness - I assume it comes from black malts, but hops are also distinguishable...but regardless of what causes it, the bitterness is very overshadowed by the malty brown sugar/chocolate flavors. mouthfeel is right... full but not rich. A good beer, although quite expensive.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a clear glass 12 oz. bottle at "The Alchemist and the Barrister" in Princeton, NJ. The appearance was excellent. Dark brown with a tan/offwhite medium head. Nice lacing that clung to the side of the glass in patterns that looked to be made by a spider spinning a web in zero gravity. The smell was good, toasted malt and coffee. But the taste was where this beer really shined. Toasted burnt malts, dark espresso and buttery toffee. Especially the nutty, buttery toffee flavors. Amazing. Very well balanced with the hops. I haven't been this pleasantly surprised in a while. Something about that toffee flavor just got me, I was in love. And I rarely drink Porters. Mouthfeel was great, not too carbonated but very plush and satisfying. Drinkability was excellent as well. If I wasn't driving I would have certainly had a few. This is defiantly going in my fridge next time I make a run.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the clear 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was dark brown, with a foamy tan head. The smell was a dry coffee/hop bitterness. The taste was quite dry, with a coffeeish/hopish taste, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a nice thickness. As for drinkability, could have several of these.

A delicious porter from Sam Smith, especially for those who are fans of the very dry, hoppy finished porters. Quite good, and certainly one that I'd look for again in the future.

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

Poured from a 550 mL bottle a dark brown with deep purple-red highlights. Formed a nice large bubbled frothy tan head. Long withstanding head left ample lace.

Mixed aromas of cafe mocha, nuts, dark fruit and an earthy vegetable smell.

Taste is of chocolate malt and nuts. Has a dark fruit and bitter hop finish. Tasty...

Creamy medium mouthfeel. A little dry in the finish... so take another sip.

A good beer and an excellent Valentine's gift.

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Photo of stewart124
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with dark red tints and a thick frothy head. There is a bit of lacing. The smell is very sublte but good aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Burnt taste of malts and slight hints of coffee and toffee. Sweet chocolate taste with very smooth very rich taste of roasted malts. The aftertaste is creamy and outstanding. Quite enjoyable. Great blend of malts.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a graham cracker brown color into my glass with a medium head that laced pretty well. Smelled of coffee, carmels and bitter chocolates. Tastes hits the tongue with a bit of malt and alcohol and a fruit surprise at the finish - I say surprise because throughout the duration of this beer I never could nail what fruit or spice I was tasting to get this effect. The body was nice and thick and I'd drink this beer again - especially with a steak and potatos kind of meal.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour creates a deep dark brown color. A minimal head of beige is erected. Staying power is not good. Slight aroma of cocoa and java and european malts. The flavor is not really on. It's not horrible, but it's just a little bland and perhaps a little light struck. Bland maltiness dominates and is accentuated by a slight sourness and some light roasted tones. This is just not a good porter.

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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.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest shade of brown known to man. The head is just as it should be for the style-not overwhelming,yet always hanging in. A bit more lace would be nice though. Aromatics are of creamy bittersweet chocolate-strong black coffee, and black licorice. The roast is quite dark. Smooth and very creamy in the mouth with a mild fruityness, bitter coffee and more black licorice. The bitter is quite unique and appreciated. This is a tasty porter that I will be sure to pair with fod upon the next visit.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown just shy of black. Small creamy tan head and good lace. Aromas of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and coffee.
Sweet roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate, prunes and a bit of coffee. Finishes with some fruit and a slightly tart (yeast?) taste that gave it an almost vinuous character.
Medium bodied with a velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,040 ratings.
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