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:
3,072
Reviews:
1,325
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 4/13/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toast, molasses, brown bread, raisin, light roasted malt, earth, and light herbal hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; fairly light on strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, light nuttiness, earth, and herbal hops. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, toffee, roasted malt, light coffee, brown bread, raisin, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of nicely robust flavors with good complexity; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English porter. Very nice robustness and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

Pours a 2 finger head that is a dark yellow/tan head. Decent retention. Color is a dark carmel brown, nearly black.

Aroma is very roasty. Some very slightly earthy hops and carmel malts. There is some other kind of malts that I can't put my nose on.

Taste is pretty solid. Toasted malt flavor is the obvious. There is almost a tart taste that was weird for a porter. Hint of coffee as well and finally some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel comes off strong and bitter. After a few seconds it smooths out and is creamy. It ends creamy and is well carbonated.

Overall, this is an easy drinking beer with a lot of flavor. Very solid. The price is a tad high (not intended), but it was worth it.

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Photo of Boone757
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a bit of an off white head. Not much lacing to be found. Nose is overloaded with toffee and has some roasted malt, coffee, and light chocolate in the background. The taste really brings the toffee and caramel forward without regard to the better roasted characteristics that are in the background. Medium body with good carbonation. Not the best balance of flavors.

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

A - Two finger, light brown head with reasonable retention and lace. Black body with tan highlights.

S - Mild, malty aroma with some chocolate and a dark, bready note.

T - There is a weak, roasty flavor up front with lots of dark chocolate. Bready caramel malt flavors in the middle. Coffee notes and some bitterness fade into the finish.

M - Moderately thick body with slightly low carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Nice malty character with pleasing chocolate and caramel notes. Easily drinkable.

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

Pours a deep black but I did notice some slight red hues thru the glass with a thin off white head.The aroma is not very strong on this beer soome slight sweet rasiny smell to it.The taste however is bursting with complexty of flavors,very roasted flavor with some coffee notes,also a lingering raisiny sweetness in the finish.A real nice flavorful porter,a true classic.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Smith really shows what British beers can do, at least the ones imported to the U.S. They have some great beers, and here's the next one in the lineup for me.

A: A heavy pour yields a huge 3+ finger head that quickly settles in almost upsidedown waterfall, but not the same as a nitrous. A rich thick creamy head slowly subsides but very slowly, and leaves a lacing as it does. Super dark brown colored beer with just a hint of light coming through.

N: I could smell it quite a bit on the heavy pour. Lots of malts and sweet brown sugar. A heavy nose of roasted malts and dark malts. Added to that are some sweet brown sugar, and hints of molasses and a touch of nuttiness. A slight creamy lactose aroma and hint of chocolate milk. I even think I get a hint of cinnamon. A delicious nose with a really nice lightly sweet malty brown sugar.

T: Rich creamy malts to start. Some lactose with hints of chocolate malt give it a chocolate milk feel. More roasty flavors, with a touch of coffee, a little acidity and bitterness from the roast give it a slight harshness. It's semi sweet, but also a nice bitterness from both the roast and perhaps a touch of hops. Pretty smooth and creamy. A slight touch of nuttiness and cinnamon. Some sweet brown sugar and molasses, but not as much as the nose.

M: Creamy, smooth, and luscious with the medium body but seems a little watery for what I expected, and lower but good for the style carbonation.

F: Semi bitter on the finish with the roasty bitterness. Dries off a little, but it's not too sweet on the finish either. It's more creamy too, with lingering lactose finish. Some of the roasty coffee bean flavor also sticks around on the finish adding to the bitterness. I get a hint of raisin and brown sugar as well late on the finish. The bitterness seems to get a little overwhelming for what it should be at least, or perhaps I'm too in love with how luscious and creamy the oatmeal stout is.

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

550 ml bottle.

About time I got to this ale. It's pretty widely available so it's been passed up on numerous occasions in favor of new or rarer brews. Pours with a large, durable head that manages to be both kind of sudsy as well as creamy. Near black, opaque body. The head limits the aromatics. After it settles a while, there's an appealing mix of roasted grains with toffee, dates and dark dried fruits. The flavor carries a generous load of dark malts with faint smoke, no char, and some spicy hops. Full and exceptionally smooth body with a near perfect carbonation level.

Overall: rich and flavorful. An excellent English porter that's up with Fuller's London Porter as among the best of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black robe reveals mahogany highlights at the base; and around the sides when held to the light. Its rocky tan head holds exceptionally well to start; and it maintains a thin, creamy surface covering throughout the pint. The nose displays caramel, fruit and soft buttery diacetyl. The body is medium/light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it lightly creamy and soft in the mouth; and very smooth across the palate. The flavor reflects the nose with mildly sweet caramel; fruit that's a touch winey with red grape, raisins, and berries; milk chocolate; and some rounding buttery diacetyl backed by a solid bitterness. What's not to like? It finishes dry with a residual note of fruity caramel and light butter. Very well done with quite a bit of finesse - light but complex! Absolutely enjoyed best at cellar temperature!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, faint licorice & smoke. Taste sweet creamy malt, bread, cocoa, brown sugar, touch dark fruit.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty as you would expect with strong flavors of coffee and dark fruit. There are touches of vanilla and chocolate with a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice porter with a good complexity that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to black in color with some hints of brown and garnet red when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of roasted malts, sweet malts, and nuttiness.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted malts, nuttiness, and a light amount of caramel malt sweetness upfront. The finish has a light presence of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Extremely easy to drink, sessionable, and enjoyable. This is one of the first British beers that I ever tried, early in my craft beer drinking experience and I fell in love with it. Well, I have to say this really stood the test of time because I still think it is pretty amazing.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Regal gold foil covered cap on a 550ml bottle.

A: Pours dark brown with crimson highlights under a solid one-finger thick tan head. Very fine carbonation. Eventually fades to a thin cap and leaves spots of lace.

N: Roast is prominent followed by dark chocolate cream, marshmallows, vanilla, caramel, faint vanilla, dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates, etc.), and bacon. Mmm bacon.

T: Follows nose with a complex array of roast, grainy malts.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Mellow roast, smooth and creamy finish.

O: Wow - for the style this is amazing. Top notch.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dcmchew
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost black with a few dark brown notes, one finger tan head, lots of traces.
Smell of burnt malts, coffee and cocoa powder, sea salt, hint of smoke, bit of dry dark fruit and spices. A bit unusual for a porter, but certainly a Samuel Smith brew.
Incredibly rich taste of dark chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt sugar and dark roasted malts, very robust. Hints of nuts, licorice, cinnamon, some sweet toffee and plum jam. Dusty cocoa powder and woody notes (with faint vanilla). Gets a little more complex in the finish, a pinch of salt enhancing the roast and pinpointing the subtle sweet dark fruit. Not much hops in the finish.
Smooth body, a bit creamy, chewy, as "round" as the taste. Aftertaste is nice, summing up the rich malts (there's also a bit of dark fruit lingering, cool)
Might be the best thing i've had from Sam Smith so far, a porter to remember.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I needed something to take my mind off the crushing, soulless, fleeting and futile nature of existence, if only for a few brief minutes. That would be nice, yes. So, that's where the Samuel Smith "The Famous" Taddy Porter (in a brown bottle) came in.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a creamy, light khaki-colored head. No lacing.

Smell: Subtle aroma of toasted toffee with hints of chocolate, nuts, and a slight smokiness.

Taste: A true medley of malt flavors with each sip - coffee, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, molasses. The finish has a soft, light hoppiness to it, but also carries with it a toasted sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Smooth, but a bit watery on the palate.

Drinkability: For me, it could use just a bit more body, but perhaps the current recipe tested better with focus groups. So what do I know? Still, though, its a worthy English porter and exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours mahogany with a 2.5 fingers sand colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Hints of chocolate & wet cardboard & rum cake

T: Roasted malt, chocolate & bitter hops. Coffee, hops & more chocolate follows. Finishes dry & a little chalky with a hint of raisin

MF: Slick with good carbonation & okay balance

Didn't really stand out as drinkable, will get another bottle another day, this may be old or light struck

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-accented mahogany with very little light penetration. The head is large, light chocolate milk in color and semi-stiff. It's pitting like crazy on top and is taking forever to deflate. An above average amount of chunky lace decorates the glass.

The aroma is of roasted malt and cocoa/chocolate and would be better if it was stronger. A very good porter. Dark roasted malty on the palate with flavors of semi-sweet chocolate covered caramels. There's a small splash of coffee in the background and a mild hoppiness, both of which add to the complexity of the flavor profile.

The finish is shorter than I'd like. When a beer is this good, I want it to hang around a bit longer. The body is 'porter medium' at best. Even a slightly bigger body would be of benefit in keeping the wonderful flavor front and center where it belongs. The quaffability quotient is on the high side; I hadn't noticed that the bottle is nearly empty.

The Famous Taddy Porter deserves its fame. It's classic and it's damn good. Attractive appearance, subdued nose, delicious flavor, medium body, highly drinkable. Sounds like a winner to me.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a two finger, creamy head on top, beige in color. Slow dissipation to a thin layer on top and sporadic lacing down the sides.

S: The aroma has some coffee, roasted malt, and some dark fruit.

T: Some cream and a bit of coffee, there is some non-descript dark fruit. There is a little bit of chocolate and vanilla.

M: On the lighter side of medium, a little thin. Would like it to have a bit more bit and a little fuller mouthfeel.

O: A pretty good beer, solid flavor profile. Just wish it was a little thicker and creamier.

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

Dark ruby brown color. Impressive beige head with some lasting power--rocky remnants.

Caramel, cocoa smells. For some reason, it reminds me of a Christmas egg nog.

Strong cocoa and burnt toast flavors. Low hop that is present in the swallow and aftertaste. Thin body for the flavor/aroma profile, but accurate for the style. In short, this is a big porter in taste. Lots of mocha.

This may be one of my favorite porters. Lots of flavor in this beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle that has gold foil on top, no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Deep dark ruby brown with a creamy cake like head that floats on top.

Smell: Hint of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Creamy smooth mouth feel from a medium body with mid to low carbonation. Full rich palate of coffee, carob and a mild acidic twang from the roasted malts. Bit of butterscotch in the middle which lingers into the finish with an underlying fig like fruity flavour.

Notes: Textured and well structured ... a top shelf porter and worth the $$$. A classic porter worldwide, one of best in the Sam Smith brand.

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Samuel Smith's The Famous Taddy Porter from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
4.15 out of 5 based on 3,072 ratings.
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