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

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1,322
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Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
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Photo of kevo237
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Beer is pitch black with a dark brown head. Looks very creamy and chocolate-y. Smelled of smoke and roasted nuts.

Taste was creamy as expected and a slight bitterness on the finish. Very sweet and coffee like. As it warmed the bitterness ramped up slightly, but didn't become anything bad. This beer tasted good cold and slightly warmed. Mouthfeel was heavy and carbonation was good. This beer tasted just as it looked; creamy and sweet. Good beer, but I probably won't revisit it.

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

335 ml brown bottle.
Diggn' the old-school look of the bottle/label. All sammy smith bottles are interesting though.
Poured black with some deep ruby in the light, 2 finger fluffy cream tan head. Looks delicious. I didnt let this brew warm up enough maybe as i wasnt getting nearly anything for aroma other than a faint coffee. Tasted some faint bitter chocolate and malt but the coffee was what really stood out to me with this guy. This was very sweet i thought, balanced and some dark fruit. It was alot lighter than i guess i figured it would be which is usually the case, i could drink motor oil sludge and still think its too light haha. Very drinkable/tastey straight forward porter though and if i was a coffee drinker which im not, id much rather have one of these in the morning with breakfast for sure, and with only a good 5% ABV it certainly wouldnt be a problem.

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Photo of redjameskidd
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good beer overall but not the most drinkable porter, to me. I think it's just a little sweet for my taste. I like brown porter, but this one seems to me like one I would never be able to drink more than one of. In general, seems like an excellent after-dinner or dessert beer. Has a lactose-like flavor (in my mind) that seems like a milk stout. Looks beautiful in the glass and is an English classic, no doubt.

As the previous poster noted, a little too rich for me to drink regularly, but excellent from time to time.

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Photo of advill88
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a slight brownish tinge and a very thick and creamy off white head.

Smell has strong notes of chocolate and coffee, with a sweetness present in the background.

Taste is a swirl of sweet malty coffee and chocolate with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich and thick, with the most deliciously beautiful creaminess present.

I could seriously drink this beer all night long, it is that good. Probably the best porter I've had so far...it puts a lot of others to shame.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug

Appearance- Pours a three-finger khaki head; the body is just about pitch black.

Smells- Notes of malt, bread, and maybe some slight molasses and coffee as well.

Taste- Has a nice black coffee sort of flavor at the forefront. Rather bitter with dark grainy notes. Nice and malty.

Mouthfeel- Slick and smooth; low carbonation.

Overall- A great beer with a deep, roasted complexity.

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Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 550 ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly pitch black - it only looks dark brown at the bottom of the glass when you hold it to the light. Has a beautiful, tan, foamy head that lingered all the way down the glass.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste and mouthfeel: Surprisingly mild. Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the dominant flavors here. The hop bitterness is definitely dominated by the malt, but the beer is not overly sweet. Smoky finish. This beer tastes better as it warms. Mouthfeel is very smooth, the carbonation is light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Modest ABV makes it very drinkable, although it is rather filling.

Notes: I think the Fuller's London Porter is more assertive, but this is still a tasty porter. Definitely let this beer warm, the flavors come thorugh a lot better.

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

A - Black with a ruby hue. The head is about an inch and it maintains its lacing throughout the drink

S - Heavenly. Subtle notes of chocolate with a hint of coffee and caramel.

T - Well balanced roasted flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present.

M - Full and creamy

D - Shockingly very drinkable. This would make a great session beer.

Notes: This is an exceptional brew. Sheer ecstasy for the palate.

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Photo of dino213aa
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, with tinges of brown around the edges. Head is thick, dense and rocky. Lacing is sparse and uneven.

S: On the first level are strong notes of dutch milk chocolate.. further down are some white pepper notes and a slight whisper of peat.

T&M: Tart at first with touches of citrus, followed by the obligatory roasted malt. Has a somewhat metallic finish which is disappointing. The mouthful is creamy, robust and befitting a porter of this calibur.

D: This beer is exceptionally drinkable. The few slight disappointments in taste would in no way prevent me from drinking another dozen pints. I find myself wishing I had bought more. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of kwill
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and dark with a nice brown head that disappeared a bit too quickly. Smell is malty with a bit of a burnt aroma and just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste immediately hits you with the burnt flavor and then finishes with a bit of the coffee taste and some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is not bad, but it has a bit too much carbonation for a beer this dark and it finishes off too dry.

Not a bad beer, but not that good of a beer either. It is worth a try, but not one that I will be drinking regularly.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...this is a great Porter!
Pour a almost pitch black with a medium head that disappears very quickly.
Aroma is of dark figs and raisins.
The taste is very complex, with hints of bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and ripe figs.
It has a tight dry mouthfeel, with small carbonation.
Probably the best Porter going. Two thumbs way up.

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Photo of MillySox
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is in a league of its own. While porters and stouts are normally not my thing, the Famous Taddy porter easily makes my top five.

The appearance does not distinguish itself from the others. The aroma alerts the drinker that this brew has something a little different. A slightly sweet and fresh scent. The taste is unrivaled. Smooth and slightly creamy. A complex mix of slight chocolate, slight coffee, slight bitterness, which lingers for a few seconds. As the taste slowly fades the glass comes back to the mouth as if it were a natural reflex.

I have seen it classified as a Northern English Brown Ale and it has changed my perception of the style.

Unfortunately since my initial review I have had this beer in a four pack of 12oz bottles and it had less flavor. Possibly due to age.

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Photo of quinnsi
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great dark chocolate brown color with a big, lumpy, puffy head of dark tan foam

Smel: Nice malty roast with plenty of chocolate aromas as well as a faint crispness.

Taste: At first I am struck by how smooth the beer is. Good roasty chocolate flavors and nice hop bite in the background, coupled with lively carbonation all balance this brew out extraordinarily well.

Mouth & Drinkability: Greay creamy fell in the mouth. This porter very drinkable.

Overall, this one of the finest porters I've ever had, second only perhaps to New Glarus' Olde English.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is another great one from Sam Smith. It's pitch black with a good, creamy head. Chocolate, coffee, malty aroma. Taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. Chocolate, molasses, malt comes through at the end, a little figgy, but finishes dry. Carbonation is excellent. I could definitely session this were I so inclined.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 02-11-2009, 355ml bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours a dark near black color with thick tan head. almost non-transparent except for the amber color that is visible on the sides of the glass.

smell: dark fruits, dark coffee, cocoa & black licorice.

taste: starts out with roasted malts, coffee, than the dark fruits (raisins, figs, plum). almost picked up some brown sugar notes.

mouthfeel: smooth/creamy with ideal carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinker if you like English porters.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic beer. A very dark ruby that was almost black. Small tan head that lasted quite well.

The aroma was devine, strong fruit cake smell with hints of rum, chocolate, and coffee. I could appreciate this beer for its aroma alone!

Taste was as you would expect judging by the aroma, with a little cinnamon thrown in for good measure and a slightly drier than expected finish.

A fine porter that comes with my highest recomendations.

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Photo of Blupoet03
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured dark brown with a light brown head from an English pint bottle. The nose is full of sweet malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate.

The taste is smooth and creamy, sweet on the tongue, with a slightly bitter tail and a drying aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and tingly, smoothing out towards the end.

One of my favorite beers, the Taddy Porter is highly drinkable and gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Newmerator
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i got a .5 liter bottle from the local spot

Pours a deep brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Rich creamy, chocolate, coffee. a brilliant porter over all. not too little carbonation (like some porters i have had). It's effing delicious. this is god damned delicious.

Cheers

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

This porter has it all. "The Famous" Taddy Porter is right. This beer is creamy, smooth, tastey and down right delicious. Compared to other porters the biggest difference in this one is the mouthfeel - at times this can be a little ambiguous with beer but when this fills your mouth you will appreciate this category. The smell and taste are the perfect Goldilocks - 3 bears blend of just right. Not too much, not enough - just right.

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

This beer looks and smells great first off. really dark black with a brown head looks creamy. the smell is sweet and rich, could smell it as soon as I cracked the cap a little. the taste is great a light roasted malt flavor a bit grainy good though, not to much on the mouthful not to strong but it is smooth over all. good drinkablity on this beer I would like to try more like it.

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Photo of tyanow
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is good reason why many compare all porters to this one. It is a classic that has held up and stayed above the pack forever.

Dark auburn with nice thick head.

Aromas of chocolate and caramel further mellow the roasted grain bouquet.

Rich roasted malt flavors that are best complemented by a bit of fruitiness and caramel.

Creamy good body (I wouldn't say full body but close) that tantalizes every part of my mouth and finishes strong with slight spiciness and dark fruit finish.

At 5% and a taste that gets better as it warms, one might be tempted to drink these all day long.

This beer is not quite in a class by itself, but it is at the very very top of the Porter class.

btw - I have found that the bigger bottles (fatty Taddy as they are known) is the way to go with this beer. Unlike some of the other Sam Smith products (i.e Winter Welcome and Nut Brown Ale etc) this one you don't want too cold, and the bigger bottle means it has more time to open up and come down to near room temperature. And of course you get more of the magical brew too.

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Photo of MECove
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with lots of lacing and froth. A promising allure in aroma, sweet, smooth but not heavy, a bite in the aftertaste. Easy to drink quickly.

"A very dark, full bodied ale with a rich, creamy head and an intense dry, tangy character. Brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still in use), malted barley, roasted malt, yeast, and hops. Fermented in 'stone Yorkshire squares.' The type of beer first brewed in the early 18th century; gained its name from being drunk by porters in the fish, meat, and other produce markets."

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Photo of RppIII
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer was poured from a 355mL bottle into a snifter after sitting at room temperature for 30 minutes. No freshness date or battling date was visible.

Appearance: The beer pours a black with a slightly translucent quality to it. The tan head quickly recedes to a mere pittance of its former glory, or lack there of, but it’s exactly what one would expect of this style. Impressive refined carbonation and a tan, chocolaty ring of head around the glass make this beer look malty and appetizing.

Smell: Simple, beautiful aroma. The Marris Otter that is immediately present reminds me of a recent brew day of a similar style of beer, the smell of grain wafting through the house, clinging to every nook and cranny for days! Bitter chocolate nibs, a slight coffee essence, and maybe some caramel malt make a presence.

Taste: This beer gets progressively better, starting with spot-on style, staying with that theme as it works its way to the impressive flavor. Really well balanced malted grains that add a bit of an acidic bite, and bitter coffee/chocolate nib flavor.

Mouthfeel: Beautiful full mouth carbonation, smooth, creamy and moderately chewy. It quickly dries your mouth out so another drink almost immediately is necessary.

Drinkability: Awesome session beer. At 5% and with such a great, simple flavor and aroma, it’s a no brainer. This is the quintessential template for this style and Samuel Smith couldn’t have done a better job.

March 4, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl

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Photo of Mayhem976
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- When I went to pour this I was surprised how thin the body was, I usually tend to shy away from porters that are not thick and robust. With that said, the body was thin but black and had a good head with almost zero lacing.

B- I pick up a slight trace of malts and coffee.

T- Very surprised, upon pouring I wasn't expecting much. As the porter hits your palette you get that familiar English thin watery taste/body and that's when it happens, you get hit with an impressive amount of coffee and chocolate notes. I would have never guessed they could pack so much punch.

M- Thin and watery.

D- Very high on the drinkability scale! Delicious, practical, and for under 3 dollars a bomber, I'll be buying this again for sure!

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Photo of sliv
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that helped me determine that my favorite style of beer is porter. I discovered the joy of Taddy when I was young and learning about beer, drinking far too many at a time, in Kenmore Square in the early 90’s. After all this time, I keep coming back to Samuel Smith’s, and this offering in particular.

Appearance:
It pours with an average sized head that subsides to light, sturdy foam quickly. The head clings to the glass very well. It is dark, dark brown color, with a touch of red when backlit. Although very dark, the beer has no cloudiness in evidence.

Smell:
There is an initial intense sweet smell followed by a smoky malt odor. It seemed like strong caramels with hints of chocolate.

Taste:
The first sip washed away my expectations of the heavy sweetness suggested by the aroma, leaving a medium smokiness with strong chocolate and malt flavors. There were hints of sweetness around the edges, making it not too bitter, which so many porters seem to forget. After the first few sips, the taste settled in to a medium coffee and chocolate flavor. The aftertaste is mild and malty, with a typical slight bitterness at the back of my tongue.

Mouth feel:
Taddy drinks very smooth, and not so creamy. It had a medium, firm texture, but was relatively light bodied, compared to some porters. It had a good amount of carbonation, but not overwhelmingly so.

Drinkability:
I poured this beer with notebook at the ready to study what is one of my favorites. Understandably, I consider it to be very drinkable, but was almost surprised that my glass was nearly empty before I had finished making notes. So it was a given that I poured the second one. I would consider this a good beer to drink all night, not too heavy, with just enough body to slow you down to enjoy it.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Large brown head on a very dark delicious looking body.
S: Very sweet smelling with hints of honey, caramel, coffee, mocha and yeast.
T: Lacks some of the intricacy that I have had in other excellent porters, but definitely has a good flavor. I notice the mocha and coffee flavors really coming out the strongest.
M: Sits heavy on the palate but also very smooth.
D: It's a decent porter that I could sit and have a few of, but nothing to rave about.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,058 ratings.
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