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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Stovepipe PorterOtter Creek Stovepipe Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

783 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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Reviews by DawnL:
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DawnL

New York

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Tan head with good retention. Very pretty to look at.

The nose was light and subtle. There was definite chocolate and coffee aromas. Very typical porter nose.

The flavor just didn't seem to be there. If I closed my eyes and was drinking this beer blind, I think I would have a hard time picking it out as a porter.

Again, the beer was cold and wet. Basically there wasn't a feeling of having a beer - it went down more like perrier. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but when I have a porter, I want it to be a little more unctuous.

It's definitely drinkable. It's a solid beer.

02-04-2010 14:59:24 | More by DawnL
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured a nice rich,deep brown with light off-white head,smell was very roasted malt smell with light chocolate notes.Taste is burnt ans highly roasted with a nice mocha coffee flavor to it.I thought it may have been a little thin on the mouth toward the bottem but all in all a pretty nice beer.

06-10-2003 07:01:27 | More by oberon
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MadScientist

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

A: A very dark brown with ruby highlights and good clarity from what light does make it though. The rocky medium tan head lasts a long time.

S: More chocolate malt than roasted with notes of prunes and raisins. There is a bit coffee in there as well. No hops nor alcohol noted. There is a slightly unpleasant dark malt aroma in the back that just wrecks the aroma for me.

T: The flavor is dominated by a moderate roast and a moderate hop bitterness. There are dark fruit flavors of prunes and figs with a light carmel note. No hops. The balance is roasted and bitter with no malt sweetness. The finish is dry and roasty with touch of alcohol. This one might be a little past it's prime with some low oxidized, sherry notes which could be from the low turn over at the store it was purchased from.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated with a light dryness on the palate.

O: Not bad, I'd expect it to show better if I get a better handled bottle but I'm going to be buy another any time soon.

08-25-2012 01:49:08 | More by MadScientist
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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

A: Pours dark brown, near black, with minimal head that quickly reduces to an uneven ring of bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Dark coffee malts are dominant, with something, perhaps some light hops, coming in as a very distant secondary smell.

T: Complex malts primarily of coffee with some dark chocolate. The brew is mostly dry with enough sweetness to please the palate. The finish is long, with an espresso type linger.

M&D: Thick and chewy like a stout should be. Heavy and full mouthfeel is quite weighty and satisfying. Carbonation is very light and lends itself well to a very creamy disposition. A very nice representation for this style and I would definitely recommend it.

04-13-2008 23:28:47 | More by SIRIUS2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Presentation: 12 oz. twist-off brown bottle with bottled on date and batch # on the back.

Appearance: Almost black with dark brown hues. The head is a light tan foam in colour and stays quite creamy and sticky.

Smell: A bold spicy smoke flavour (jerky-like) up-front, followed by light roasted and burnt notes with a touch of coffee meet up with a slight herbal hop aroma.

Taste: A fine drying roasted malt that holds some espresso flavours and a hint of bitter acidity. Smoke flavours are all over the brew, in varying degrees throughout. A good dose of malt sweetness makes its way through, only to be knocked back down by a fresh, semi-tangy hop bitterness. Lingering burnt malt bitterness fades in the end with some smoke.

Notes: The more you drink, the more it grows on you. A lovely porter, no over use of roasted malts and an excellent use of hops -- perfectly balanced.

03-17-2001 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

This one pours into my glass a dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. A fizzy quarter inch of light tan bubbles form on top. This one seems quite filtered as well. Aromas start with roasted malts that greet me with a bold coffee kick right off the bat, like sniffing a bag of freshly ground beans. Somewhat grainy with a touch of cocoa and light herbal essence along with slight fruit.

First sip brings a roasted grain malt flavor upfront that cascades into some coffee and cocoa flavors, which much less coffee than the nose led on. A bit of herbal hops and some fruit accents on the way down, however it is a bit astringent. Finishes with a mellow roasted aftertaste. The overall flavor profile just isn't there for me, seems quite weak.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a porter in my opinion along with a fast paced burst of carbonation that lends the beer some creaminess. However, the lighter, grainy body here disappoints me. Overall, this one just falls short of what I look for in a porter and was a tad bit of a letdown.

11-12-2008 02:51:30 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours nearly black with a transparent redish, caramel color. Head was tan and just over a finger's width in thickness.

The aroma is heavy with sweet malts with bits of toasted malts which contribute a light chocolate aroma. Not the typical porter aroma. Nice nonetheless.

Taste has some oatmeal nuances initially which work well with the sweeter malt forefront. Later this transitions into a semi-sweet chocolate and then to a stronger toasted flavor which gives it a mocha coffee finish. Slightly hoppy as well which gives this a nice sharpness. Not really bitter but a bit of resin comes through. A good flavor profile, not overly complex, but well done.

Mouthfeel is decent. A little thinner than I'd like, but tolerable.

This would be a good session porter with its lighter body and good flavor. Its nothing overly done up, so its drinkability is quite high.

06-07-2005 01:58:07 | More by blitz134
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

08-15-2012 03:59:05 | More by danthehopslamman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

This beer was part of a sampler that also had their copper ale and pale ale; a good way to be introduced to Otter Creek. This beer was the star of the group. It was a very dark brown, almost black, with a small head that quickly disappeared. It had a nice roasted malt odor, and a malt/chocolate taste. There was a little hoppiness, but not much. Good mouthfeel, not too sweet and not too heavy. Very drinkable.

01-31-2006 00:56:56 | More by lordofthewiens
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Part of my Porter-Mix-A-Six I bought tonight since I have been on a huge Porter kick as of late, so I decided to pick up a few old faithfuls and a few newbies...to me. Attractive label on this one.

This one poured a dark, dark, dark brown...almost black but when held up to the light, ruby tones are noticed peaking through. The pour created a small beige-ish head that dissipated rather quickly. Looked like flat Coca-Cola in a glass....not that that is a bad thing.

Smell isn't really "in your face." Hints of coffee and chocolate as would be expected but I also pick up something else that I cant put my finger on..maybe smokiness. I'm not sure.

Taste is, again, of some coffee, dark chocolate, pretty generous on the hops, but not very all-encompassing. Not as robust as I like my porters to be. It's a good and tasty Porter for sure, no doubt about that, but as soon as you swallow your sip, it's gone...no follow through.

Mouthfeel is nice and velvety and not too carbonated.

A nice porter but not a Top-Tier Porter along the lines of Smuttynose Robust Porter, Anchor Porter, Deschutes, etc. Worth a try and a purchase if others are not to be found.

10-19-2006 21:58:54 | More by Doomcifer
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours one fingers worth of a foamy tan/mocha head. Black somewhat translucent body.

Chocolate, roast and sweet English yeast.

Big dry roast and coffee at first, some chocolate. Touch of bready malts and some earthy hops.

Medium thin body. Medium carbing. Fairly dry and a bit acrid with the roast flavor lingering.

An ok porter, a bit too roasty and a bit lacking in body. Not bad in any respect.
1.89 a single

04-23-2012 18:13:16 | More by Homebrew35
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MisterDeeds

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -26.5%

Pours a deep black with a creamy tan head.

Smells fairly malty and roasted. Some coffee and dark chocolate notes.

Hits up front with sweet malty flavors, and finishes with a dry roasted coffe bitterness.

Slighty thin for what I expected from the style and color. The aftertaste is a bit too bitter for me as well.

Worth a taste, but I don't see myself going for many of these.

08-14-2008 02:50:13 | More by MisterDeeds
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-11-2012 19:49:07 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Received in October shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial pint.

Appearance: Exceedingly dark, nearly opaque, brown with a moderate creamy tan head that recedes but leaves some nice lacing arcs behind.

Smell: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, with a slight touch of coffee and licorice.

Taste: Roasted malt character that is almost slightly musty. Some notes of dark chocolate, light coffee and a spicy herbal finish. There is a minor bitterness at the finish but not much.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation, smooth body but a little thin, dry finish.

Drinkability: There doesn't seem to be much depth here. The musty notes are a little different, but not enough to make it more than an average Porter.

11-02-2009 16:46:32 | More by bsp77
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

poured into a nonic glass from a long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Clear,chestnut brown with a reddish hue in the light.Good carbination a 1" creamy light tan head dissapated a bit quick leaving some spotty lacing.

A moderate malty nose burnt/roasty aromas with sweet carmell notes. Woody with some herbal character,pleasing and inviting.

Clean tasting with a roasted coffee taste and some burnt toffee. A good malty taste,some tartness and a bit of spicyness.Finishes with a smokey taste and some good sharp crisp bitterness.

Light,airy mouthfeel with a juicy feel. Very easy drinking,could drink a few of these, a nice porter worth a try.

03-31-2007 04:24:16 | More by jcdiflorio
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

09-12-2012 12:58:06 | More by wattoclone
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

11-15-2011 16:52:29 | More by mjtiernan
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Smells dark and thick, reminiscent of fresh-from-the-oven multigrain bread smothered with molasses.

On the tongue, there's an immediate shock of smoky, roasted malts that only gets stronger the longer the brew sits on the tongue. Dark sugars, caramels, toasted pecans, and toffees are heavily present in the first few seconds, as well as almost-burnt chocolate malts and a marbled rye bread-like flavor that I found quite irresistible. The chocolate malt notes increase in tone and quality throughout the mouthful, and almost entirely dominate the aftertaste, leaving a lovely tobacco-like burnt grain flavor that lingers for quite some time. Hops--as is to be expected with porters--are extremely light, providing only the merest shade of background bitterness. The beer is slightly viscous and medium-light on carbonation, so coats the back of the throat readily, adding to the lasting effects of the flavors.

Overall, this is a fantastic porter, and offers almost anything a fan of the style could want.

08-13-2011 19:30:56 | More by jondeelee
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-15-2011 03:42:18 | More by bpfrush
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Light-colored for a porter. Terrific aroma, nice hoppy palate. Refreshing rather than smooth, with smoky burnt flavor and the hops give it a nice kick in the distinctly American way. Otter Creek beers are always lively and, though the porter style is not always known for its boldness, this is no exception.

03-28-2002 20:54:20 | More by Thrasher
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far333

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Dark brown color with a bidge frothy head that laced the glass ALL the way down as I drank. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, followed by a rich and complex taste made up of roasted malt, chocolate, raisin, fig, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and coffee. It's all there. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The smokey flavor is subtle and not overpowering. It makes its presence known only in the finish and the aftertaste. It complements all the other flavors. Tremendous beer.

10-23-2003 02:37:57 | More by far333
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

Pours a ruby/black from a 12oz bottle. Big thick tan head that sticks around a short while.

The smell is bread and grain with a little dark malt in there too. Taste is heavily dominated by coffee. A little too much so. Quite the hoppy finish too. Mouthfeel is on the medium side. A decent porter but nothing over the top.

10-17-2003 22:27:58 | More by yankeeheel
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jefftuck47

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-04-2013 23:32:18 | More by jefftuck47
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-12-2013 19:44:53 | More by doremite
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Dark brown and opaque. Lets very little light through. Tannish head of over a 1/2 an inch and with good duration. Laces in complicated and shiny little strings. Bright aroma for a Porter, some molasses but with a leafy hop quality. Mouthfeel is lightish, carbonation about medium. Flavor follows aroma to start -- some coffee and a hint of chocolate but with a solid sense of citrusy hoppiness coming through as well. In a way, its refreshing and easy to drink with its light body and its got a nice and atypical hop/malt balance. Not as malty and smooth as some Porters run toward, though warming improves those qualities.

06-15-2005 22:49:47 | More by ADR
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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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