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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

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Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2000

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very, very dark brown, not much light passed though. It had a small tan head and smelled a little of perhaps coffee? chocolate? perhaps a mix of the two. Taste was malty, coffee and a bit chocolatey but not as good as I expected from Sam Smiths as their other beers are GREAT. This was onlt good at best. You want a real Porter..go for Rogues Mocha Porter

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Photo of wl0307
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB July 09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: nearly black in colour, showing some dark mahogany glows when placed against light; the huge rocky khaki foam retains the thickness well, settling only reluctantly to a 0.5cm blanket throughout the drink.
S: compared with my previous notes, the aroma this time is predominantly fruity, featuring lots of jammy dark fruits, black date flesh, black prunes, raisins, burned nuttiness, treacle, even thick soy sauce, a tinge of moulded cheese, and a assertive sour edge more like an old ale could give... as the heavier fruity tinge softens, a rich oat-biscuity aroma sneaks through... overall the aroma is just phenomenal and beautifully complex for an English Porter! For a bottled Porter, now I really don't know which one is my favourite, Fuller's London Porter or this...
T: cobweb? (... don't know why this springs to mind, maybe it's the mould and stuff...) then roasted nuts, the bitter edge of treacle, a touch of moulded cheese, soothingly-textured roasted malts, bitter dark chocolates and bitter licorice roots roam freely on the palate alongside very mixed dark fruitiness... the flavour is so well-integrated and somewhat clean(!) that I can't tell where the roast-maltiness ends and the fruitiness starts. The lingering moderate-level bitterness of hops, burned nuts and black malt together lend a superb length in the slightly dry aftertaste.
M&D: utterly smooth, even rounded, greatly helped by microscopic fizziness that sustains throughout the drink. If I am to choose one bottled-version English Porter as a session beer that gives me all the flavour with a healthy balance, pleasure of quaffing, yet also from time to time a little something that I would pause to have a good sniff of... this is the one.

Tasting Date: 31/08/05
BB date: Jan. 06.
4 A: in a goblet it pours a deeply dark brown to nearly black colour; the tan head quickly settles to a thin layer with good retention.
4.5 S: deeply chocolatey, roasted nutty and toffeeish with a very good depth, supported by an intense, aromatic dark-fruit aroma and a tinge of leather, licorice, even blue-cheese(!), and some lively coffeeish note. Overall, the nose is settled, complex yet also aromatic~~
4.5 T: a roasted-barley and dark malty flavour prevails upfront--very smooth palate, with nuttiness, dark chocolate's rich flavour at the back along with a hint of savoury flavour and very mild hoppyness. In the aftertaste the profound nutty flavour lingers only too well, but is balanced with a medium-bitterness and leads to a slightly dryish finish.
4.5 M&4.5 D: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth, even rounded, but has a refreshing texture, thanks to the tiny yet invisible bubbles in the black nectar; medium-bodied, with full flavour yet staying low-profile, this is a balanced porter with some excellent yet subtle characteristics. It takes time to explore this beer fully. Excellent beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark opaque chocolate color with a creamy light tan head.

S: big, rich chocolate nose, some roasted aroma and smokiness topped off with fresh coffee and a light dried fruitiness.

T: For flavor there was rich cocoa beans, dark rich chocolate and some dried cherries. Overall a porter that was rich, robust, and perfect per style, enjoyable to drink as well ease.

M: The mouthful was very smooth for a porter with a nice roastedness and coffee flavor coming through upon warming with some milkiness.

D: Well rounded balanced with full flavors makes this a stand out and a joy to consume.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black opaque body with a thick cinnamon tan head that last and last. A nice carbonation of tiny bubbles sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- During the pour the smell of dark roasted malt and some earthy, coffee notes came through. There are some soft notes of fresh cigar tobacco and a hint of tar.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor with good complexity. Not as complex as the smell but very nice. Notes of lighter toasted malts are in the background with a light sourness that finishes the beer. There is some earthiness in the taste as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture. It is a bit watery in the finish.

D- Very nice complexity with good flavors. The complexity of the malt really comes through in the smell and it would be nice to see all of the complexity make it to the taste.

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

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper for US$3.70

This pours from 550ML bottle a very nice amber with a large head of foam that *also* just won't quit. And yeah, there's plenty of lacing there to give this Nutbrown Ale very good marks for appearance.

The smell has a sweetish nose to it. I'm getting notes of sweet malt and some fruit.

The taste has a big sweet malt profile up front and some nuttiness in the background. A few more sips in and I get some chocolate flavour and some hop zest that balances out the sweetness very nicely. Man, this is heck of a drinker and at 5%abv, this is one fine session brew. Oh, now I'm getting a touch of molasses and more of the lemon zest. Wow. This is another Samuel Smith offering that I could drink all night long. Well done! Highly recommended!!

Bottom line: Samuel Smiths certainly can crank out the fine brews. No wonder they are my favourite brewery from the UK!

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

550ml Bottle from Party Source in Syracuse

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, roasted/toasted nuts, currants/raisins, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and caramel/toffee. There are also notes of dark fruits - currants or raisins and a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty roasted aftertaste.

Overall - This beer is very drinkable and has lots of flavours going on, but none of them very potent or cloying. Worth trying and I'd have it again anytime.

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

550ml bottle poured into pint glass jan16 2010

A dark cola, clear enough too see lots of bubbles that feed a thumbs width of light beige head that has great retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S raisins and chocolate with a hint off coffee and a slight fruity aspect I can't quite place

T what I smell but with less chocolate more dried fruit and some molasses

M silky upon entry and the bubbles cream it up a bit before it hits you stomach and the flavors linger

D great session brew and ever so close to a few 4.5's so I can't help but drop one here

a solid classic brew that everybody should drink every now and then, not my favorite from this brewer but a great porter nonetheless

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours bright brown under a very fluffy 2” light tan foam collar with a very fine bead. The collar recedes slowly to a thin film and leaves excellent intricate lace.
S: chocolate and malt aromas.
T: Rich malt flavors with chocolate, a slight nuttiness, a slight tartness on the finish with a bitter hop accent. Nothing burnt or harsh.
F: Very creamy soft palate, medium full body, medium low carbonation.
O: A world class porter.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a sturdy somewhat radiant brown which is surprisingly transparent when held up to a light. The beer boasts an attractive dark ruby color under light. Lighter tan head sits and stays. Leaves minimal lacing.

S-I think it smells much like super sweet toffee. Almost like a caramel hard candy. Chocolate/coffee combo are here but I find the caramel/toffee to be the big ticket here. Cocoa powder as well. Quite sugary in the nose.

T-Caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate like in the nose. Also picking up some milky lactose flavors as well. Dark fruits as well. Surprisingly a bit bitter which is nice. A pretty unique taste. Stronger than the %5 alcohol level would suggest. No alcohol traces however.

M-A light porter. Not a detractor. Still creamy but definately leaning toward the lighter mouthfeel direction.

D-Oh so easy to drink. No alcohol burn.

I have begun to really grow a taste for porters and while this isn't my favorite, I must say it is pretty good. Easily worth a try.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/black with garnet highlights when held to light and a frothy tan head that dissipates slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Nutty, toasted malt, soy, chocolate, and roast malt form the initial aroma. Underlying fruity notes of dark cherries, fig, and plum add complexity.

Flavor is roast malt dominant throughout, with an umami character surfacing mid palate. The finish is chocolatey and a touch dry. Heavily toasted malt and burnt breadcrust form the backbone. Sherry notes are evident at the base.

Body is moderate to a touch light. Carbonation is moderate, and there's a bit of harshness in the aftertaste.

Good roast malt character, with enough chocolate for the style. Fairly complex, with the sherry and dark fruit notes. It's a little bitter at the finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a small off-white head. It smells like chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruit. It tastes the same way to me, but in addition to the initial malty sweetness, there's a bitter coffee-like finish. The mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's a bit creamy and smooth. The drinkability is good, but not great. Overall it's a good beer, but I've had better porters.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for about $3.50. I have had this before but never reviewed it until today

A - Massive head like 1/2 inch of deep mocha goodness. Very dark for such a low ABV porter just a mild bit of ruby hue at the base.
S - Classic dry porter yeasts, smokey body with mild ash, some chocolate and cocoa notes. Mildly sour but mostly sweet. A great mesh of everything.
T - Not as sweet as state side porters but it has a great mesh of mild roasts and chocolates. Some dark fruit notes meet a but of fruity dry yeasts. Tasty.
M - Light to medium in no way watery. Somewhat session able.

Overall quite a tasty porter worth picking up but at the price I would stick to local offerings.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet, biscuity malt as per usual for the English style. Slight alcohol fume.

T- Nice roasted malt characteristic that's a bit sweet and bready. Very drinkable and very tasty at the same time. Notes of milk chocolate, toffee and dark bread. Mild bitterness complements the rest of the flavor profile.

M- Standard porter feel with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- An excellent porter that could keep me satisfied over multiple sessions.

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

Perfect pour into my Carlsberg imperial pint glass. Great two finger that is almost perfectly even with the lip of the glass. Creamy, tan, bread dough head amidst dark coffee hues. Good porter aromas hit the nostroil. Plenty of roasted and creamy vanilla like malts. Great passover to the mouth with more developed creaminess. More light brunt malt notes in the back of the throat as well. Very smooth palte. But lets you know you are packing on the calories.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. This beer had a deep, dark brown hue and texture so thick you can't see through it. There was a decent head and good lacing.

This had a subtle smell, like most of Samuel Smith's beers. Malt, coffee and something I couldn't put my finger on.

Tasted of malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe some fruit. Complex, but didn't beat you over the head with it.

Nicely done carbonation and a dry finish made for a good, solid mouthfeel.

If you're into porters, this is a good beer to get. I only drink them but so often, but this is a good one. It has a nice taste and isn't overly heavy.

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

When poured, the glass is filled with pale brown foam. After a while, it settles into a ½ finger head, leaving massive amounts of lacing. The clear liquid is pitch-dark.

The smell got some hoppy notes that make me think of an IPA. Some cream and nuts, the roasted notes are milder than expected. Some tart hints.

The body is medium to light, making this beer gulpable, the liquid is creamy. Nutty flavours, some berries (currants), fresh hops but almost no bitterness at all, but a fine malty flavour with a mild note of dark toast. Overall, clean, fresh and very balanced.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles small. The liquid is just a little thick.

This is the way I like an English porter. Hurrah!

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

Clear, dark chestnut, nearly opaque. Creamy, light tan head. Very chocolatey aroma, roasted coffee and toffee as well. Roasted malts are the dominant flavour, but there's a bit of hop presence along with some acidity. Dried fruit shows up at the midpoint and carries through to the end, where bitterness becomes more apparent as well. Creamy, smooth texture due in part to medium body and light carbonation. Also a bit buttery on the palate. Overall, a great porter. I didn't realize that this was the target I was shooting for in brewing my own porter all these years!

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

Pours a dark, muddy brown color with great cap of khaki brown head, great retention and lacing. Scent is earthy, notes of bakers chocolate, pumpernickle bread, dark roasted nuts, day old coffee. Taste is wonderfully smooth and combines the components of scent into a very good beer. Fuller side of medium bodied, a touch over carbonated. Ingredients are plain and simple, no flavors stand out but a good beer all around that shows craftsmanship is important.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and chocolate

Taste: bitter and sweet chocolate with toasted malt and a hint of coffee

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter backbone--the sweetness and bitterness arereally well mixed, medium/high carbonation, medium/light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and rich porter that is layered nicely. Good for the style. This did not blow me away like I have been by other Samuel Smith offerings. Could have a couple but would buy others first.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a nicely burnt sienna brown color. Produced a lovely cap of tan froth. Good retention too.

(S)- A nicely rich combo of mildly roasted bread and raisin. It actually reminds me of raisin bread toast (minus the butter).

(T)- Deeper elements of raisin, prune, and molasses present that what was in the smell. Finishes slightly dry and with some subtle toasted nuts.

(M)- A classic mouthfeel for a porter. A bit lighter in body than most of our american interpretations of this style, but it makes it smoother and easier on the palate.

(O)- Its really a classic. Porter lovers need to have this at least once.

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

Picked up a bottle of this over at A & J in Brewster, NY

Appearance is dark brown with big off-white head. Taddy Porter smells like roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate; very low-key. It tastes quite nice, with roasted barley, plum, dark chocolate and other flavors coming across. MF is just right for a porter with a proper carbonation level. This classic from Sam Smith drinks well, another very good beer from them.

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Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick black color with an ample brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some hints of coffee/chocolate in the nose. Taste starts out simple upfront and then fades to a mild smokiness/coffee flavor at the back of the throat. Has the complexity of a chocolate malt beverage. It's certainly very drinkable and true to the style. Decent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.42/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is standard porter, deep dark brown almost black. Tan head, 3/5". Aroma wafts a serious amount of alcohol, and lesser roast beyond that.

Taste was brown malt and alcohol. I can't understand why this seems so hot to me, the mouthfeel is just that dark fruit bitter alcohol heat, with some roast as an afterthought. Bottle format is expensive. Toffee earthiness. This tastes just as much like a quad as it does a porter. My least favorite Samuel Smith beer.

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