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

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a full khaki he'd that leaves lacing. Nose is powdered cocoa and some sweet malts, but is somewhat muted. Taste is a soft rounded, mildly bitter with a bit of chocolate and coffee, but dull. Overall, this is a good beer, but not any better than most other 5% stouts in the UK.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma is cocoa, fig, and blueberry. Hints of coffee. Pumpernickel bread, cinnamon. Something about it reminds me of bread pudding. Perhaps some banana. Hop character is mild, slightly fruity.

Pours quite black with just a hint of deep amber highlights. Large creamy head with decent retention. Some lacing.

Big and fruit forward upfront. Berries, fig, somewhat jammy. Followed by bitter chocolate, toast, and cookies. Enough hop bitterness to balance. Finish is mostly dry with lingering dark fruits and cocoa.

Medium heavy body, low carbonation. Very creamy and full of flavor, particularly for the ABV.

Complex and rich. It often surprises me how much flavor English brewers can pack into a 5% beer.

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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.

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Photo of gam3
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I like everything about this beer. The taste is quite complex.
Lovely malt flavor with a small amount of roasted flavor.
The smell is subtle and about the same as the taste.
The head this amber and can be thick, but it is not hard to pore with a thin head.

A really fine porter.

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Photo of James954
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint bottle
L: Pitch black, blocks out the light, thin caramel head

S: Toasty malt and molasses with dark fruit and some raisin

T: Same as the smell, but well balanced.

F: a bit thin, but with the proper amount of carbonation to even things out. This is either an issue for some, or a benefit... hard to judge.

Overall: One of the best porters I've had. This one is a dark fruit note more than a coffee/chocolate note on the end... but it's too well done to not like it either way.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 2d2despuma. In Teku glass. Watching True detective 2x01. Very, very, very drinkable. With a soft and pleasant sip that compensates its watery texture making it matter little

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best porters I have ever had. Just a wonderful representation of a classic English Porter. Pours dark brown with a huge head that slowly dissipates. Chocolate, coffee, earthy. Just a fantastic beer. It does not disappoint.

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Photo of davidperez
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, it pours a very dark brown with a one-finger head with low retention. Good lacing.

The bouquet is interesting, predominantly dark fruits, chocolate and a little bit of roastiness. Earthy aroma too after an energetic swirl.

The flavor follows the nose. It begins with chocolate and dark fruits, cherry, and the sweetness fades to balance itself with an earthy bitterness. You can feel a high carbonation, but it is not unpleasant. The aftertaste is semi-dry, not very long, and it finishes clean on the palate. After a few sips though, the bitterness starts coating your mouth. Medium to light body.

A very nice porter that I am happy to taste, and hope to taste again.

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Photo of Petekohio
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from 355 ml bottle rich deep dark brown 1 finger mocha head that faded away to a thin cover; OK lacing. Smell was fairly light with hints of roasted malt and light cherry. As begin to drink the taste is earthy with coffee moving to light sweetness finishing with just the right level of bitterness. Carbonation is very light and drinks easily. Overall a very good porter - nice change from the American Porters so readily available.

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

From bottle, Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, nutty and coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruit. Very nice.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly dark (as though it was black), though there's a clear hue of brown when held up to light (which doesn't actually come through.) There's a reasonably small espresso head that retains the thinnest of caps. I smell chocolate on the nose with a touch of earthy malt. The taste is incredible: creamy and dark without being heavy, with just enough sweetness to balance things out. The feel could almost be taken for a melted milkshake, it's so creamy, but there's just enough carbonation sharpness to keep it feeling like a beer.

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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 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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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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