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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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4.17/5
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3,105 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,296
Reviews:
1,335
Ratings:
3,105
pDev:
11.27%
Bros Score:
4.64
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
486
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,105 |  Reviews: 1,335
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" head which dissipated to 1/4". Clear dark raw umber color. The smell is divine with ample coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste is a little more subdued than the smell but still has all those same things, plus a little tart zing and a pretty long finish. Not really unique or special but nonetheless a classic example of a good porter.

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

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

appearance - dark brown colour with a mocha coloured head

aroma - smells of coffee, cocoa, molasses

taste - coffee, molasses, toffee, chocolate

moutfeel - smooth, lowly carbonated, slightly watery, slightly sweet

drinkability - this is a beverage you can drink a couple and not be knocked out
'

a nice beer overall

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Photo of Tdenham
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Appearance, nose, good porter flavor
Lows: None

Pours pitch brown with light brown head that seems to fade quickly. No visible yeast residue, though nose is sweet and yeastie with a hint of honey and another a malty presence. Flavor of malt/sorghum along with toasted chocolate; mouth is quite substantial with a nice tiny bubble texture. There’s a bit of chocolate on the finish, which is also slightly bitter. Drinkability is good.

Overall: A good porter; recommended.

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Photo of endless1408
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Punisher
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jamie2dope
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot believe I have never reviewed this beer before. This is one of the first beers that got me in to craft brewing. I poured this in to a standard English pint glass. Color is chestnut brown, with a tall white head to cap things off. Deep chocolate and dark fruit dominate the smell, with some charcoal thrown in to the mix as well. Taste is full of chocolate, and more dark fruit, It also gets a bit metallic at times, which strangely enough really works for this beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinks as easily as any beer I have ever come across. This beer reminds me of why I first fell in love with traditional English Porters. I think sometimes English Ales get a bad rap for being too mild, but this brew proves that notion wrong. Indeed, this beer could stand up to any American Porter or Baltic Porter easily. Cheers

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Photo of corywalston
1.51/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Photo of tmm313
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of beerme626
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Big Cat Liquors in Lexington, poured into a porter/stout glass (oversized drinking glass)

A: Opaque near-black brown. Nice dark tan head, with decent lacing. Looks nice.
S: I, who can smell next to nothing, love the smell of this beer. It has a rich, chocolately nose with hints of easy malt. Lovely. Exquisite.
T: Thick, rich porter taste, though sweeter than some.
M: A little flat on the tongue, but still full and fantastic
O: An excellent beer. Wowza.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken 12/18/16:

Deep, dark reddish brown, basically black in indirect light. Mostly clear in spite of very little light coming through due to color. Desert mud looking head, very frothy, filmy, and dense, with good retention but weak lacing. Strong dark fruit aromas, for a porter at least, some small amount of molasses or toffee, caramel, and a general roastiness. On palate, roastiness much stronger with sweeter fruit (dark fruit but also a bit of red apple) and sugar qualities more subdued but still a huge part of this beer. Roastiness and fruitiness present throughout with light smoky tartness blending well with fruitiness at first and then mostly disappearing. Roastier finish and smoky aftertaste. Hops seem to be earthy or leathery or spicy, hard to tell as they are lost in the balance for me apart from retro-olfaction, which is also slightly mentholated. The head, it is worth noting, tastes like dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, somewhat thick, an almost nitrous carbonation, but still tingly. Seems to just soak into sides of throat as I swallow, as opposed to going down the tube. Overall, more like an Oatmeal Stout to me than a Porter, but then I haven’t had too many in the English style.

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Photo of whynot44
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head which hangs around nicely and leaves some decent lacing behind.

The aroma is dark roast malt, caramel, nuts, dark chocolate and coffee.

Rich roasted malt flavor, slightly burnt caramel, licorice and chocolate, a hint of fruity sweetness with a dry finish. A lot of flavor with aroma to match.

Maybe not for everybody, but for those who like a rich malt flavor, this is definitely recommended.

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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a tan head with good retention that leaves a nice lacing
S-faint coffee and chocolate
T-More of the same with the flavors melting together and leaving a nice coffee flavor on the palate
M-medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-such a solid beer. could drink this every day.

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Photo of Bill235
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of July2Nov
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 18.7oz bottle into 20oz Guinness branded tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a large, creamy brownish head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a little bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted coffee aroma backed up by slight herbal hints.

Taste: Begins sweet and sugary, finishing with more milky sweetness and a roasted coffee flavor. Slight hop hints in the finish make this a very well-rounded beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with light carbonation and a smooth finish that sticks.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter and one that I would strongly recommend to any beer drinker. Possibly the best porter I've had- I could drink this every day.

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Photo of Nurt20
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLapadura
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of mrchrisray
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mikus
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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