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
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 3,105 |  Reviews: 1,335
Photo of DemoniChris
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Kiro
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/almost black with chestnut highlights and a fluffy, creamy tan head. Very pretty. Upfront it smells of coffee.

First impression is of a mellow, twangy, semi-sweet porter with well-developed undertones of brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of salt. Medium-bodied. Creamy, smooth finish; very silky and goes back like no one's business. Ever-so soft hop note rounds out the finish. Very tasty, extremely satisfying, and strikes me as food-friendly -- both main courses and desserts could work with this.

Delicious and smooth, this is a fantastic session porter. Well-balanced and a porter lover's dream. Excellent.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml gold foil topped clear bottle sans freshness dating. Pours a very dark ruby-tinged blackness with a voluminous tan head that persists forever and leaves lace sheets on the glass. Aromas are very muted and tough to pick out, even when warmed to near room temperature. Whiffs of chocolate, caramel, vanilla?, and even some smoked dark fruit are noted. Flavor is not a robust as I'd expected. Perhaps I am unfairly judging this style (the first "English Porter" I've sampled), but it just didn't strike me as that tasty. There's the usual suspects of choclate, some cocoa powder, a dash of bittering hops, and some caramel, but nothing astounding. Mouthfeel was on the thinner side as well. Drinkable, but not like other porters I've had.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 550 mL bottle of "The Famous Taddy Porter." The beer is a deep chestnut brown color with a few centimeters of off-white foam. The aroma is inviting with chocolate, biscuit and barely detectable dark rum. Smooth and creamy on the palate. The flavor profile is chocolate and coffee with a little twang as it finishes smoothly. Flavorful and highly drinkable, this is great porter. Another classic from the folks at Samuel Smith.

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Photo of ajs4bd
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

550ml bottle.

A- Pours a near black color with a thick white foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Some roasted scents and a touch of noble hops. A bit of smoke and coffee as well.

T- Well rounded roasted flavor with some light coffee and chocolate. Some faint toffee and caramel flavors in the finish with a touch of iron/metallic. Dark fruit flavor from the English yeast.

M- Medium/full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Very smooth and rich for such a low ABV brew.

O- Very solid English Porter. Not quite as good as Fullers London Pride (IMO) but a close second and miles ahead of anything else that I've had.

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Photo of SFNC
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hunteraw
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one along with a Samuel Smith's nonik to celebrate a scholarship to get my masters in England.

Appearance: Very dark, with some garnet highlights. Huge head, exceptional lacing and retention. A fine looking beer, especially when poured in the appropriate nonik - a friend was inspired to get his camera and take a picture.

Smell: Roasted malt, with coffee and chocolate notes. Some caramel, but I don't pick up on any diacetyl aroma.

Taste: Roast, coffee, slight caramel and smoke. Bitter, but perhaps as much from burnt grain as from hops. Avoids the too-sweet and too-much-caramel traps for the style, dangerously close to the burnt-tasting trap but avoids it deftly.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: A well-made porter from Samuel Smith.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a near black with some crimson highlights. Big tan head that rose and fell. Good roasty character to it. Cookie dough sweet notes with some vanilla and cocoa, figgy pudding and grapey aromas, too. Very easy to drink. Not too overpowering with its maltiness, just about enough to give at rich smoothness.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Solid looking brownish coloration with slight clarity and reddish hues against white surfaces! The head is caramel colored and very creamy looking, starting out around a finger in thickness and settles down to a velvet layer over the brew. Of course with this style it is hard to see how the carbonation appears to be and the lacing is modest, with several small foamy patches sliding back into the brew!

S- This one is interesting, as there is a malt sweetness that is toffee/molasses like in aroma, with the more traditional coffee and dark chocolate bitterness throughout. Caramelized brown sugar, vanilla subtleties, rummy raisin character and a dry/Earthy with coffee grind robustness!

T- Malt and fruit dominate the palate, with natural vanilla bean pod, chocolate/cocoa, and Guatemalan coffee fruitiness throughout! There is a heavy yeast/cream biscuit that seems very English of Sam Smith and I get a dry grain character, heavily roasted chocolate and black malts that bring out a very dry astringency and the finish seems clean yet it lingers on the palate.

M/O- Super creamy mouthfeel and gentle frothy carbonation provide a highly drinkable porter that overall is probably one of the prototypes for all brewers to go by! I don't know if this is my favorite, but it is a very nice drinking Ale!! Definitely right up there with the best of this style!

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of NODAK
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very rich abundance of malt and chocolate. Very powerful.

Taste is full and thick in the mouth. Carbonation is low. A lot of dark chocolately goodness...a bit sweet...some plum-like tastes present. Unlike some other beers in style, I wouldn't say the malts are overpoweringly roasted...pretty smooth, actually. Hop character is nearly non-existant. Finish is smooth and even, sweet chocolate malts in abundance.

Definitely a great porter. What I like is that it doesn't punch you in the mouth with roasted malts...and that it's so smooth. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is very dark reddish amber with a thick creamy head that sticks around. Smell of roasted malts and dark chocolates. Taste again of rich roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is medium thats smooth and creamy making it easy to swallows. So far it's been hard for Samuel Smith to dissapoint me, it's a very well balanced porter and great one to try for anybody shy of darker beers.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours out with a deep tan thick head that falls upon deep dark brownish-red liquid, gently carbonated at that. Nose is the typical Sam Smith aroma, very low level of diacetyl mixed with their strain of yeast fruitiness, a little toffee, a little roasty maltiness...all good! Taste is very distinctive, a mix of roasted malt, light coffee tones, fruitiness followed by a just-there hop bitterness. Finishes up dry and delicious, long and smooth...very satisfying, one of the most distinctive examples of the style. Not a "big" Porter, but one tasty ale!

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Photo of becktone
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Eye: Quite pleasing overall. Nice creamy head-tan in color and creamy in texture and appearance gives an appetizing look all round. Color is extremely dark brown/red. Highlights are congealed blood red. Looks like a porter should. Head retention is steady throughout, even after it starts to deteriorate from contact with my lips it still keeps a constant head. Sheets of lacing cover the sides of the glass.

Nose: Aroma fills the room...or should I say an aura of chocolate and sweet, sweet malt. Upon closer olfactory inspection I find earthy aromas here, maybe some mildly sour aromas, could they've put some bacteria in here to mimic the original porter creations of the 1700s? Under the earthy tones, chocolate, and the unique aroma that I can't attribute to any other beer I've ever smelt, is some caramel. Maybe a little bit of apple cider aroma too(sourness).

Tongue: First thing I notice is that this beer truly tastes like a blend of three beers. There aren't certain characteristics that stick out. Its more like the way a black and tan ordered at a bar is-it has a unique taste that is neither stout or pale ale. Instead it is a mixture of both. I can taste a bit of a souring agent in here, it gives it the earthy flavor and a bit more. There are some toasted and chocolate flavors in there but they don't stick out, as individuals, they are mixed in the beer as part of a whole. Wouldn't really be able to pick it out unless I was looking for it. There is also some fruitiness in here as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I was quite surprised by the mouthfeel of this beer. I quite expected more carbonation, however this beer has very little. This does makes sense to me though, the historical porter was originally a blend of three beers, a stale one, a mild and, a pale. Seems to me like there was a good chance the final product would have very little carbonation due to the stale, not to mention these were all real ales and cask conditioned to mention meaning they would have less carbonation to begin with. I believe that the mouthfeel on this engineered porter is just about perfect, seems to be very accurate according to descriptions. This is one drinkable beer, great to session. Prolly the best English porter I've ever had, well at least to date. Real impressed with this one, I will be coming back to it. Anytime I feel the need for an authentic English Porter this is where I'll look.

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Photo of klewis
2.41/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured nearly pitch black with a noisy fizz. A small head quickly bubbled up and subsided.

S: Smell is kind of weak with aromas of port and chocolate.

T: Taste is weak too. There's not much flavor, just some tartness and a slightly oxidized taste.

M: Fizzy and a little watery, although it sticks to the mouth a little bit.

D: Nothing about this beer was very appealing to me. It's very drinkable in the sense that you could chug a bunch of these quickly, but that's not usually how I prefer to drink my beverages.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep, dark garnet-brown color. The tall, foamy/frothy head has a tan tint and sticks around for awhile. A steady web of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Dark, roasty malts, with fresh chocolate brownie aroma. Solid notes of dark fruits, with a vaguely leathery quality. Some caramel and brown sugar lurk beneath the surface.

T: Chewy dark maltiness. Cocoa/chocolate brownie flavor is prominent. Also some brown sugar. Light notes of preserved fruit and leather. Perhaps a faint coffee note as well. A mild herbal hop bite provides depth.

M: Medium bodied. Could be slightly chewier. Carbonation is soft and creamy. Pleasant but also mild.

D: This is an excellent porter. A textbook example for a reason. It manages a diverse, deep flavor alongside an extremely sessionable body. Not such a hyped style, but anyone could enjoy this.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

550 ML poured into a Left Hand Brewing Company Pint Glass

A-- Aggressive pour, drat. ... Poured black with hints of ruby. Head is a near brown sugar color. Aggressive pour got a huge head that finally settled down to a one finger head that lasted a fair amount of time. Just a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. not a lot but fairly thick.

S-- Thick roasted malts, coffee, and on the leathery side. In a lot of ways like a rich chocolate brownie or tart, with only a bit of brown sugar sweetness to it. Malts become more pronounced as it warms up.

T-- What stands out is the coffee. A lot of roasted malts and the sweetness is in the background.

M-- Like and under drawn espresso. Just the right amount of bitterness in this and the right amount of brown sugar sweetness in this as well. Just a little bit thin and maybe a little it over carbonated but the flavors last a good amount of time. Like a thick and rich chocolate cake.

D-- It is 5% so being a bit thin is understandable, yet well hidden Highly drinkable and a great pairing with a chocolate cake or a big rich stew. Could also be a great night cap beer if you want one good beer. Lacks the warming sensation from a higher ABV but in a lot of ways this is a perfect beer to pair with food. Best part is can have 2 and not get tired of it. It is not perfect but it hides its imperfections very well.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickJR
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark brown, almost opaque. Thick tan head that settles to a cap with some lacing.

S - One thing specifically comes to mind; chocolate covered raspberries. Some coffee and chocolate hiding in the background.

T - In the forefront I get a strong sour-ish fruit flavor, like underripe grapes, some green apple, and again with the raspberries. Fairly sweet malt follows, with no real hops and a very mild bitterness. The alcohol does tend to shine through more as the beer warms.

M - Slick and smooth, perfect level of carbonation.

D - I could probably put back quite a few of these if not for the price. Easy to down, good flavor, and not the biting bitterness that steers me away from a lot of otherwise good beers.

I'm no expert when it comes to porter, but this is the best I've had hands down. I can actually differentiate this from a stout, a distinction I have trouble with regarding other porters.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 3,105 ratings
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