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
Reviews:
1,315
Ratings:
3,042
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a 2" tan colored head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: hints of chocolates and roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: nice roasted malt profile with some softer chocolates, hints of strong coffee, and some caramel. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, smooth and dry at the finish. Medium bodied, but it is a bit thinner than other porters. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: nice session porter. Easy to quaff and a nice beer that I pick up every now and again.

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

Has a bottle with my bison at Craft in Victory Park, Dallas. Served in a wide pilsner glass. Appears, in the lower light, pitch black with a tan head.

Man, what a beer. Rich chocolate with toffee and a bit of mocha java around the edges. The aroma is full of the same candy and cocoa flavors and the aftertaste has a hint of herbal hops to it. This is easily the best English porter, maybe just porter, I've had. Damn.

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

Poured into pint glass.
Nice dark brown color, tints of red/orange. Good head, laced.
Not a strong aroma--roated malt, smoked wood, hops
Tastes about the same; roasted malt, smoke, hops, with some hints of chocolate. Not a fantastic taste, but it will grow on you and want more. Good feel, not too thick, not to light, just the right amount of bitterness/sweetness.
Could pound a few more.

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

Pours a clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger plus tan creamy head which lasts a little while, nice small islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is roasted malts, and toffee. The taste is very nice of malts/toffee. Medium body. Very drinkable, this brew really surprised me, very tasty. Will definitely add this one to my list.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick tan head. The aroma is decent, but a bit on the dark side. It is full of roasted and black malts; a hearty porter. The taste is good. It has an elevated abv. taste with black malt flavor and a creamy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent porter; definately not my favorite. I just can't get into these super black porters.

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

There's something mysterious about these Sam Smith's bottles. Is it the design of the bottle? The label? It's actually the size (which could qualify as the former as well), giving you a few extra sips versus the standard 500 ml bottles. Time to give it a ride:

I'm already liking this as I pour it into a pint glass. As black as a stout with an attractive whipped head. Mocha and chocolate in the aroma, quite sweet. A little roasted character too. Okay now, first sip...mmm. Delightful. Not too heavy and not too light. Flavors are soft, some roasted flavor and baking chocolate, a little smokiness on the side. It's somewhat sweet too. Very pleasant indeed.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell has som e choco;ate, roasted malts. Taste is the same, roasted malts with chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods, North Central Phoenix. 12oz bottle into a hotel room tumbler at room temperature, classy.

Pours a dark brown with a nice fluffy head of a dusty offwhite foam. Great voluminous retention and some decent lace, even for the serving vessel. Nose has some cocoa, some Sam Smith hard water/metallic notes, a creamy sweetness with even a hint of tartness. Taste has some copper, some dark fruit notes and a bit of milk chocolate and again, a shade of some tartness. Mouthfeel is medium light, with a bit of roast in the finish. Low carbonation. A nice porter, but I can't seem to get past these copper notes - it's like sucking on a penny. I've experienced this to differing degrees in Sam Smith beers, but this one (or at least this bottle) seems to have it in substantial amounts.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Jine's Restaurant in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark black, with a half inch mocha head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like roasted malt, smoke, and chocolate.

The taste is similar. Some dark chocolate flavors up front, followed by smoke, then a little bit of coffee, roasted malt, with a tiny fruity twang at the end of each sip. The sour twang is very welcome and does not detract.

Medium bodied, good body for a porter. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, goes down very easy. Medium carbonation.

A great classic example of a porter, one that will always be tasty.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With this rating, I have officially rated all 100 beers on the Beers of Fame list.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a small off-white head. The aroma has quite of bit of chocolate and brown malt, as well as a hint of mint. The flavor is similar. What comes through the strongest is a slightly smokey chocolate character, with a hint of mint and dark fruit. The beer is very creamy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger thick, light brown colored head that leaves some lacing on the side of the glass as it falls back into the brew. The brew is an opaque, deep, dark chocolate brown color that is approaching black. Rich concentrated aromas of malt are readily evident from the get go. A mix of treacle, toffee, toasted grain, sweet chocolate and a rich concentrated malt note that is usually found in much stronger imperial stouts and is often confused with soy-sauce type flavors.

The body of this beer is a bit lighter than I expected from the assertively malty aroma. It is still rich and even a bit creamy though. Notes of concentrated malt intermingle with notes of chocolate, black coffee, toffee, and lots of rich, umami type notes. The umami type flavors almost lend a sort of saltiness to this brew, though not quite. This beer really does drink a lot richer than it's strength would suggest; a mini meal in a bottle, and I can remember back in my early beer drinking days, being shocked by the flavors packed into this brew. Even now the flavors are still quite jarring; still this is a tasty tipple and one I am happy to revisit again.

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

Poured from a 550mL bottle into a pint glass; I'm looking forward to reviewing this beer.

Appearance: very dark amber with a very thick head on pouring which subsided quickly. Quite appetizing.

Smell: roasted malts with some caramel sweetness. Not overpowering, but not so subtle that it can't be appreciated.

Taste: very nice flavor; there is a subtle coffee flavor and the hops seem almost floral. It is nicely bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel: a nice medium body overall, it seems a little more substantial than the average porter. Very satisfying.

Drinkability: it's a little thick to swill pint after pint of it, but a few of these in a long session would be quite nice.

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Photo of dar482
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in dark black color with a mocha head.

The aroma has sweet brown sugar, toasted and roasty malt along with some fruity notes hidden in there.

The flavor has a good amount of brown sugar, toasty malt, a bit of chocolate, with a light to medium body. A good amount of bready and toasty notes along with sweet sweet caramel and brown sugar.

A smooth drinking beer. Another example of Sam Smith's well crafted beers.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.7 oz bottle picked up Tuesday at the Coop for $3.50 ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Beautiful 2" tan head... rings of lace.. deep brown reveals crystal clarity when held to a light with deep ruby highlites.

Milk Chocolate and cold coffee with hints of yeasty fruitiness in the nose... caramel reveals more as it warms.

Flavor is mild roastiness ... with pronounced chocolate throughout. Pretty rich ... toasty .. maltiness masks indentifiable hop flavors... very mild but present spicy finish.

Perfect body and very drinkable.

It's been at least a few years since I've had a Taddy Porter and damn glad I picked another up.... This brew could easily be a session or a sipper depending on my mood.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

550 mL gold foil topped bottle.

Mostly opaque, but clear dark brown color with rub highlights with a thick, creamy light tan head that has little retention or lacing. Aroma is sweet and creamy, prominently features milk chocolate, cocoa, roast malt notes but overall mild. Medium bodied with smooth, light carbonation and a slightly bitter, cloying aftertaste that ends quickly and is slightly watery. Flavor is pleasant, balance of chocolate/malt sweetness and mild dark fruit bitterness, but overall the slightly thin mouthfeel and short finish detracts from the fullness of the flavor. I don't know, I hoped for more from this, not a bad porter but not exceptional like anticipated.

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

Ah, the classic English porter. I’ve been drinking this beer for years but only now getting around to reviewing it.

Appearance is pitch-perfect; totally opaque black color, with a big tan head that has excellent retention and leaves a lot of clingy lace on the glass.

Nose is also pretty much perfect, with tons of roasted malt upfront; noticeable bitterness, and subtle coffee undertones. Faintly sweet and chocolaty.

The taste has all the aspects of the nose without being too big; it’s easy to drink and pairs well with food. Roast, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Very lightly sweet and figgy.

Moderately creamy but with a body that’s on the thinner side, medium carbonation, very sessionable. Not as profound and complex as some of the contemporary porters but still an exemplar of the style.

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Photo of Zorro
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black brew with the standard ruby color when held up to a strong light.

Smell is sweet and very fruity, VERY similar to Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Lots of cherry, plum and black licorice scent.

The flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, with chocolate and coffee. Taste is well rounded for a Porter; this one isn't a dark beer syrup like some others. It also isn't a harsh beer with a burned flavor.

Exceedingly drinkable brew, tasty with no harshness, and a moderate alcohol content.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark, dark brown/black with a soft white mocha head, good retention, a classic pint.

S: Chocolate, tar and sugar plums.

T: Dark bitter chocolate, but no roast as it should be with a porter. Great minerality/hard water characteristics. Handsome notes of dark fruit and licorice are intertwined throughout.

M: Very soft carbonation and easy on the palate as a good session beer should be. Creamy and smooth with lots of subtle nuance.

D: While Fuller's is the star of this style for me, Sam Smith's version is excellent and much more widely available, I can get this anytime at the corner liquor store whenever I want a good and tasty traditional English ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The usual 500ml brown bottle, this one was poured into a half pint glass (I asked for a half pint glass) in the lovely ‘Citte of Yorke’, a Sam Smith’s historic pub in Holborn, London. I think this is their most expensive beer, still cheap though when compared to the prices in non-Sam Smith’s London pubs for a similar drink.

Black bodied beer and poured how I did into a half pint glass (three times), it produces a huge tan coloured head that lasts and lasts.

Imagine your nose is surrounded by a peat bog smothered in dark chocolate, hazel nuts and mashed toffee apples and you’ve got the smell.

Now imagine adding some caramel and taking away some of the sweeter elements from the aromas and you’ve got the taste.

Smooth, almost creamy in texture, this slides down the throat far to easily, luckily it leaves a rich film of the aforementioned flavours on your teeth. This leads you into thinking it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but you can’t tell because you’ve already taken another great swig of the beer; and so it goes on until you are spent and there is no more. A great beer and so, so easy to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 13, 2013.

The pour is about as black as it can get with a delicate beige head that builds up quickly and then fades down a bit at the end but never really goes away.

The aroma is very sweet and full of milk chocolate, a little smoke, yeast, and dark malts. Hops are in the background but they do emit a slight bite.

The body is medium and very smooth and creamy.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests with a nice chocolate thing up front and a mellow but well balanced dry hopped finish. It feels more like an Irish dry stout at points. But this is the Porter that many try to emulate.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic of the style. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy, tan head that fades to a ring. Smells roasty and winey with notes of chocolate and dark sherry. Tastes beautifully balanced between the firm malt, roastiness, slightly bready flavor in the background, and a touch of graininess. Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice to revisit an old favorite.

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Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black, with only a slight ruby tinge. Plenty of off-white/tan head, some retention & lacing.

S: Mocha, raisins, a little port.

T: Well balanced. Dark chocolate, caramel, bready malt, with a little cherry. A hint of sourness (<1% sour factor?), mainly in the aftertaste. Probably similar to the classic porters from over a century ago (when they were a blend that included an older brew that presumably had some lactic sourness from the barrel aging). Although it's not entirely to my liking, I can certainly appreciate its depth of flavour.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation. Slightly acidic and syrupy.

D: Quite good.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears as a darkish brown, almost black body with two-finger creamy head that leaves a lace ring as the beer goes down. An intense coffee malt smell with some chocolate malts behind it.
While it smells like it might be a rough and dry and heavy brew, it is actually closer to medium-bodied than fullish. The coffee, chocolate and hints of roasted malt mix with something buttery to make for a very smooth and somewhat creamy offering that is very tastey and flows down your throat. Finishes with only a slight dry backbite with some sweetness on it. I haven't had too many porters, and I might not have to have another one. This beer tastes great, is filling and with a low ABV I culd sit and drink this ALL day. Top notch.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black as coal. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts and finishes with a roasted chocolate/coffee flavor with a slight lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $2.32 for a 12 oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH. Really an excellent porter and can be a part of your regular inventory.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger tan colored head. Smell is coffee, dark chocolate and butterscotch. Taste is of roasted malts and butterscotch with notes of coffee rounding it out. Overall this is a great porter and another great brew from this brewery.

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