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:
3,065
Reviews:
1,323
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
245
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469
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Photo of cuvtcuv
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of danjusticeforall
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrsqc7
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gets sorta fruity when it warms up.
Looks perfect. Like Pam Grier in the birdcage.
Smooth
Very very smooth
Malty
Maltyness
No real smell tho

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Photo of erk0607
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark black, fine bubbles in the tan head, lacing that lingers
Smell: Malty hazlenut and roasted coffee, red fruit notes
Taste: Sweet cream, coffee and associated bitterness, roasted bread, toast, definite hop bitter aftertaste with different intensity than roast bitterness
Feel: Amazing. This is a dense, viscous beer. Super smooth with enough carbonation to keep your tongue interested
Overall: I am a fan. This is however, a fall/winter beer for sure.

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Photo of jheimiller
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wpreynolds
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of IckyT2012
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a black color, ruby red at the edges, with a thin but creamy beige head that leaves rings of lacing.

The beer smells of molasses, toffee, cashews, milk chocolate, black licorice, candied plums, black cherries, caramel and toast.

Upfront, you get caramel, cashews, peanuts, toffee, and deeply toasted brown bread. Toward the finish, you get black licorice, raisins, plums, dark cherries, cocoa powder, and earth. Finishes with a bitter-sweet balance of molasses and baking chocolate, and beets and earth.

The mouthfeel is medium to medium-light, almost watery toward the finish, though smooth in the middle.

This is a fine beer. I reviewed this a bit colder than I probably should, but the taste isn't quite as amazing as the nose. This is still a great beer overall, though. A classic.

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

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

Photo of invalid665
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soccercoachjames
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of akopczyk
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of craigmorris74
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Purchased #Brexit night. Celebration or commiseration is up to you. Hadn't had one in years and was shocked when I realized I had never actually reviewed it.

A: Pours a fairly dark brown that shows reddish tints when put against a light. Carbonation is difficult to see, but the head is two fingers of delicious espresso crema colored foam. Seriously. So creamy to look at. Retention is decent, as the foam slowly collapses in on itself, leaving a sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Classic. Dark fruit, chocolate, subtle hints of coffee. Low on slow on the roastiness, as the coffee and chocolate seem to have a dollop of creaminess in the nose.

T: Again, dark fruit on the tongue. Chocolate carries the mid palate, both bakers and milk, while the finish picks up a more vigorous dark chocolate and roasted coffee note that I missed in the nose.

M: Creamy in the mouthfeel as well. Carbonation is minimally felt. Does seem a bit thin on the tongue, but I am used to drinker higher octane and higher gravity 'Murican porters and stouts.

O: It's a classic for a reason. Sam Smith (along with Rogue) were some of the first beers to break me free from the yellow fizzy water and introduce me to the world of flavorful fermentables. Good to go back and visit them from time to time. They do stack up.

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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: A classic looking front label that is simple yet still eye-catching with a classic color scheme. Front label gives a bit of brewery info. Back label gives web info, a bit of brewery info, a nice description of the beer, and a nice back story on the beer. Neck and cap are gold foil wrapped. Bottle has “Samuel Smith” and “Bottled at Yorkshires Oldest Brewery est. 1758” embossed at the top and bottle of the bottle respectively.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 550ml Victorian Pint Bottle into a 16oz English Pint glass led to a thick and creamy 3 finger dark tan head atop a deep dark brown coffee colored beer. Head retention was a nice 3min 41sec before fading to a thick creamy coating and thick ring that resulted in nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of deep roasted coffee malts with nice hints of chocolate and molasses. Simple yet outstanding!

Flavor/Taste: Taste on the front-end is of roast chocolate malts with a bit of molasses/brown sugar sweetness. Mid-point is dominated by a rich, deep fresh brewed roasted coffee bitterness with a slightly sweet molasses flavor still lingering. Back-end is of roast coffee and a dark fruit, possibly fig, flavor that provides excellent balance. Roasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Full-bodied, thick, creamy, velvety, and smooth mouthfeel with a medium carbonation. This is a fairly heavy beer that is surprisingly drinkable with a nice light ABV and excellent flavors.

Overall/Comments: Simply put, this is a great beer and really a must try. I find nothing to critique this beer on, its near perfect, IMO. One of the better porters I have ever had! Consumed 1/14/16. Classified as an English Porter @ 5% ABV.

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Photo of cunning_stunt
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guppy314
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Like a proper Porter this "Taddy" has roasted Barley and malt flavors, but there is also a bit of licorice and slight chocolate. To me, this beer smelled a lot better that its actual tastes delivered …also... the after-taste leaves an empty/watery impression.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cadiazmk78
1.37/5  rDev -67%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Couldn't enjoy this beer because of it strong taste

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured in to a chalice. Extremely dark brown almost black. Carbonation consists of medium to large bubbles that develop a loose frothy creamy khaki head; head retention is low - with rapid dissipation and a little lace.

Aromatics: Nose is subtle, allusions to sweet caramel and roasted malts with hints of bitter coffee/cacao. There is no one distinctive fragrance to settle on.

Taste: Very rich and bitter on par with a good quality coffee or cacao. There is a slight tanginess at the edges of the palate when it finishes. The bitterness doesn’t hang around too long.

Feel: A very robust character that has its heft but remains creamy and finishes quite dry.

Overall: Due to its rich and bitter nature it has a lot of similarities to coffee and would make it a good choice for an early morning pick-me-up or after dinner as a digestif. I think I will save my next Samuel Smith Taddy for Thanksgiving after dinner, it just seems to have that aesthetic quality that makes me want to have it after a big dinner while enjoying time with family.

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Photo of edthehead
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If there’s one thing that Samuel Smith’s does well it is porters and stouts. This porter is pitch black with a nice white foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. There is a subtle chocolate flavor the whole way through and an interesting very slightly sour flavor to the aftertaste that I haven’t commonly experienced with porters, but is in no way off putting. This beer has a very smooth, dry, creamy quality that is reminiscent of a Guinness, but is more complex flavor wise. It is also much more drinkable. I feel like I could drink 10 of these, whereas after a couple of Guinness I feel like I have a brick in my stomach. All in all a great porter and very reasonably priced too compared to many American craft brewery porters.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,065 ratings.
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