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:
3,080
Reviews:
1,330
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
246
Gots:
477
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 3,080 |  Reviews: 1,330
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass....

A: A near black color, when held up to the light has some red/amber hints. A two finger tan head with ample lacing.

S: Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, rich chocolate, with some nuts, caramel and fruit.

T: Roasted coffee, chocolate, prunes or raisins, with some nutty hints.

M: Lots of creamy flavor left on the tongue and mouth. Light carbonation.

D: Reminds me of a good after dinner beer, very sweet, not too filling, lower ABV makes me want to drink several in one sitting.

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Photo of RAFH
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oelergud
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a solid porter, everything I expected, just better.
Appearance is good, a dark ruby that only lets light through at the very edges of the glass and a creamy tan head.
I detected caramel and coffee in the nose
The taste was pretty darn good, sweet and bitter in perfect balance, little to no after taste which makes you drink the beer quickly which is ok considering the relatively low alcohol %. Toward the bottom of my glass I thought I tasted a hint of nut...
This beer pretty much drinks itself, the lack of aftertaste made me reach for it constantly and before I knew it it was gone.

Oelergud - Cheers!

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Photo of AJ01923
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NumberNone
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MiScusi
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle, is a dark black you can't see through with a 3 finger creamy tan head on aggressive pour. Aroma is very chocolaty, and the taste initially comes off as a lot of bittersweet chocolate. Halfway into the glass it becomes a little more roasty and acidic. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation isn't too high and enough to make it interesting.

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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jscheuf
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJ64
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
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 alelover
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mweso2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of EigenBeer
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mjurney
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Black color, ruby red highlight. Thick creamy, beige color head.

Aroma:
Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hint of dark fruit.

Taste:
Very rich and malty, dark roasted malts, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, some hint of toffee. Dark fruit character, dried prunes. Hop bitterness is mild-medium. Finish is dry, roasted. Body is creamy, silky, smooth, dry.

Overall:
A world-class beer. One of my favorite Porter. Delicious!!!

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Photo of BodiesLexus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of rale
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FreshButterbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. clear bottle.
Midnight black color. Rich creamy thick beige head. Bubbly and full. Head settled slowly and laced the glass nicely. Smell was a rich, deep roasted bitterness. Subtle roasted chocolate malt sweetness. Taste had a slightly sweet, molasses syrupy undertone, but dominated by a rich roasted bitter full flavor. Roasted bitter taste is right on, and very appealing. Highly carbonated, bubbly feel, doesn't distract. Medium to full bodied, rich, but still drinkable. Flavors don't fade or thin, but become fuller as the beer warms.
Classic.

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Photo of brheuer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of maddogruss
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a nice, solid beer.

A: A pretty dark body with a dark tan head that slows to a nice lacing that holds throughout the beer.

S: A very pleasant, coffee smell that was slightly bitter in nature.

T: A nice, porter-like slightly bitter and mouth-drying taste with a slightly coffee aftertaste that was very nice.

M: A solid, full-bodied beer.

D: This beer was solid all the way around. The bitterness gave it a nice character that complimented the smooth nature of the beer, Definitely a solid beer.

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Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of phishphorce
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d5001986
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,080 ratings.
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