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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)
United Kingdom (England)

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 DenisKolkin
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Initial "had" review done back in May 2014 scored a 4, revisiting this just now. 550 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a tulip.

Appearance - Pours a pitch black color topped by a finger and a half of creamy tan colored head. Frothy head and long lasting, leaving behind a plethora of lacing.

Smell - Treacle and molasses in a big way, maybe some licorice too. Underlying sweetness in the nose promises good things to come. I did get a slightly metallic aroma, which is strange since it came from a glass bottle.

Taste - Wonderously complex, treacle and molasses to start, with some licorice thrown in and then some coffee in the aftertaste. All of which somehow hint at sweetness yet remaining moderately bitter throughout. A beer that improves as it warms too, releasing more flavors.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated, but like liquid velvet going down your throat. So smooth. Body is slightly heavier than average with with the big malt flavors its easy to drink.

Overall - I'm kinda of surprised with myself that I only gave this a 4 last time. Amazing complexity, super easy to drink, this is a beer I could enjoy at any time of the year for any occasion. Certainly worth the dough and a special treat. Now if they can only start bringing this to Ontario on even a semi-regular basis.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lovely dark porter, rich roast grain flavor, medium weight body, thick beige creamy head. Billowing aroma and taste; dark chocolate, coffee, dried fruit,roast nuts. Delicious!

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Photo of Reema
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22 oz into a pint glass

Pours pitch black with lighter brown edges. Smells of roasted malt, baked bread, coffee grounds, dark chocolate, with a small smoky scent. Taste reflects the smell much better with a semi-sweet coffee chocolate tasty leading into a pleasant roasted taste that lingers. This is such a pleasant drink. The mouthfeel was a bit of a disappointment, it's a bit light and watery for me. It doesn't suit the flavor profile well. It doesn't detract from how tasty this beer is. Overall, this is an excellent porter that is tasty and easy to drink. The only nitpick I have is the watery feel.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light tan head that persists with very nice lacing over a dark, slightly red in the light, but mostly dark brown body. Smells all malts, not getting any hops here. Feels creamy, tastes of chocolate and maybe a hint of metallic. Slightly bitter, in a nice way that keeps the taste of the beer in your mouth after swallowing. Strong porter.

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Photo of PhillyB
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the first of the Samuel Smith beers I tried. Oatmeal Stout is likely to follow.

Look: A very dark beer with a tan head. Head is slightly bubbly and dissipates rather quickly.

Smell: Chocolate, dried fruit, coffee, cream

Taste: Dark chocolate, dried fruit, cream, slight metallic.

Feel: Smooth, creamy.

Overall: Another beer I enjoy. The slightly fruity flavor was unexpected but welcome, and the metallic is more of an afterthought than a gripe. A solid brew I recommend you try.

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Photo of ViciousFishes
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thin, tan head that quickly dissipates. Fruit notes on the nose. Light, full-bodied and drinkable. Fruit/esters on the palate early surrounded by hints of chocolate. Slightly metallic, though smooth finish that goes on and on. No hints of the bitterness common with black patent. Nice. Very English. Surprised by the 'fruitiness'. Very sessionable.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

AROMA: Light Coffee Aroma
LOOK: Dark Black Color, Small White head-fades quickly, but some light head and lacing remain.
TASTE: Roasted malt, Coffee.
FEEL: A little flat, but a smooth sipper.
This one loses the side by side battle with Fuller's London Porter, but it's close.

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Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

550 ml bottle.

About time I got to this ale. It's pretty widely available so it's been passed up on numerous occasions in favor of new or rarer brews. Pours with a large, durable head that manages to be both kind of sudsy as well as creamy. Near black, opaque body. The head limits the aromatics. After it settles a while, there's an appealing mix of roasted grains with toffee, dates and dark dried fruits. The flavor carries a generous load of dark malts with faint smoke, no char, and some spicy hops. Full and exceptionally smooth body with a near perfect carbonation level.

Overall: rich and flavorful. An excellent English porter that's up with Fuller's London Porter as among the best of the style.

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Photo of Myotus
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled 24Feb15) into a pint glass. Consumed on 20Oct15.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that shrivels to a line after 30 seconds. Black in color with a ruby luster. There are no rising bubbles that are visible. Lacing is thin and low in quantity.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sweet coffee, molasses, white bread, and vanilla meet with subtle aromas of sweet chocolate and tree nuts along with hints of bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: Strong sweet chocolate along with mild vanilla and sweet coffee flavors enter initially. Mild flavors of molasses, bready malts, and tree nuts immediately follow to bring a balance to the initial sweetness. Subtle spicy hop (didn't detect those in the smell) flavors and bitter roasted malts finish off this amazing display of a brew as all previous flavors persist, except chocolate, which fade to mild.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down ridiculously smooth, but is too thin to be considered creamy. Ends with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: My first of its style. A simply amazing beer. Well balanced between sweetness and bitterness, with the latter allowing the prior to somewhat dominate without creating any cloying.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Nearly opaque brown/black with 2-3 fingers of tan head that leaves some film and a bit of lacing
Smell: chocolatey, malty, roasty
Taste: Rich, malty roasty chocolate, tangy, an almost root-beer like earthiness, moderate herbal hops finish. Fairly dry, great balance and complexity
Feel: medium-full body with a moderate amount of smooth carbonation

Overall: The only other porter I've had that tastes remotely like this is the Fuller's London Porter - both have that soft earthiness that must be related to the malts they're using. This is a really fine porter with richness, balance and complexity. A must try for porter lovers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown pour with lasting beige 1/2 finger. Amazing roasted aromas mix with candied fruit. One of the best smelling brews I’ve sniffed. Flavor is less complex though delicious - mostly malty with the softest dry bitter at the finish. Kinda perfect for the style.

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Photo of nicholas2121
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter brewed by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), with an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out deep brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. I like the color of this brew. The smell of Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy is rich with roasted grains, malts and hops. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is bold with flavors. You pick up on some nice smooth roasted grains and malts. There is a smoothness of hops at the end of this brew. The mouthfeel of Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter is Rich, Full bodied and smooth. This is one of the smoothest porters that I have. Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter, has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The end of the mouthfeel is just smooth. This is one brew that you want to go back to. I can find nothing wrong with this brew. Overall I'm giving Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter a solid 5 out of 5. I would buy this porter again.Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster), did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn. It is the beer version of Mexican Coca Cola. Just plain dope. Do you like beer? Then you will like this. It is perfect, nuff said. Get one, enjoy it, get a few more, enjoy them. Because you will.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby accents at the edges; appears to be crystal clear; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy, caramel, sweet malt, nutty; mild roasted notes;

T: earthy up front, then caramel and sweet malt; mild roasted notes at mid-palate; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: a great match for food;

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Photo of utopiajane
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black and clear. Had some creamy mocha colored foam Caramel and some roasty character on the nose. Body is not smooth but more like gritty. Had a hint at robust was but was quite bland. Full chewy mouthfeel on not that much flavor. There was chocolate on the nose and enough on the palate. Bitterness from roast is weak and from hops is nondescript. It finishes dry.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster). Poured from the glass into a nonic tumbler, this brew's head is two fingers thick and has a lather-esue frothiness to it, with spottier lacing, and a classic very dark reddish brown body.

I smell nicely roasted malts, hearty grains, coffee, molasses, dark fruits and chocolate. Not much hop bitterness in this discipline.

Tastes like very much as I've described above, along with a nice helping of caramel to mellow this out even more. There is just a small bit of hop bitterness just at the very end of the swig. I like how it arrived fashionably late and still pulled through with its obligations to balance all of these sweeter tastes.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is smooth and surprisingly clean for as much that goes on in terms of flavor. Nice and refreshing for an undisputed full bodied porter.

Overall, I'll give Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter - Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) a 4.75. I've had a professor from Sheffield, England praise this brew to high heavens and I've wanted to get my hands on this brew ever since. I guess one could say this has been my closet white whale, and I'm very vlad to have made the catch.

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Photo of gopens44
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks very nice after a fairly aggressive pour with it's big root beer float head and opaque body.

Nose isn't massive as grainy with a touch sweet is all I'm getting.

Taste immediately makes me happy. Sweet caramel, dates and earthy bitterness prevail. Finishes less cloying and cumbersome than I would have thought in this medium bodied beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet, biscuity malt as per usual for the English style. Slight alcohol fume.

T- Nice roasted malt characteristic that's a bit sweet and bready. Very drinkable and very tasty at the same time. Notes of milk chocolate, toffee and dark bread. Mild bitterness complements the rest of the flavor profile.

M- Standard porter feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- An excellent porter that could keep me satisfied over multiple sessions.

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Photo of gonzo000
2.77/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I am guessing I had a bad bottle of this beer, because I did not get any of the taste profiles outlines by the others rating this beer. Extremely bitter and vinegary. It was all down hill after the pour.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours bright brown under a very fluffy 2” light tan foam collar with a very fine bead. The collar recedes slowly to a thin film and leaves excellent intricate lace.
S: chocolate and malt aromas.
T: Rich malt flavors with chocolate, a slight nuttiness, a slight tartness on the finish with a bitter hop accent. Nothing burnt or harsh.
F: Very creamy soft palate, medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: A world class porter.

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Photo of Carrier4
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I prefer their oatmeal stout more. Different style beer by definition yes. However, it has a good head, and nice color. Pours really good, and sits well in the stomach. However its missing a little bit of flavor. But i do like the bitterness and the taste is still very good.

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Photo of Foyle
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from 550 ml bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 3" sudsy cream colored head that drops slowly with mild lacing. Color is dark reddish brown.

Aroma: cocoa, raisins, ripe fruit, a hint of pecan, molasses and some earthy & floral hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a very dry finish.

Flavor: rich roasted barley, a bit of char, cocoa, molasses, ripe fruit, tangy hop bite.

Overall: another excellent offering from a terrific brewery.

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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 WastedYouth
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes of traditional steel-works with a hint of days gone by. The old gentleman come in from a brisk spring day and ordering a pint of lovely Porter. I'm not old or a gentleman, go figure.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.56/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Yuck: No disrespect to the bros and others who consider this a top-flight brew, but for yours truly, complete bilge water. Burnt and bitter coffee to the point of being "puckery" sour. Had a decent head and of course a very dark brown color.

So as an enthusiast, how did I end up with something so contrary to my styles??

Get this - The "Mrs" goes to "Total Wine" as a birthday surprise: Tells one of there "aisle" experts that I like "sweet stouts"--Mackeson being my all-time favorite--and this is what they recommend to her for me! ;)

Hated to do, since I know she spent a pretty penny, but used this was one as draino.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,011 ratings.
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