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

Otter Creek Stovepipe PorterOtter Creek Stovepipe Porter

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very good

778 Ratings

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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Photo of Bowersm


4.98/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Used to drink this beer over lunch in the winter while working downtown in Rochester, NY as a respite from the daily monotony of my editorial job. I didn't have it for many a moon until two nights ago and found it to be even better than I remember it. The taste is not overly complex, but strong and flavorful with a nice roasted aftertaste. It goes down really easy and despite being a dark porter is the sort of beer that I could drink many of without getting too filled up. I rate this beer as one of the highest quality that I have had in a long time and look forward to having many more! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 22:26:47 | More by Bowersm
Photo of pbrian


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are a ton of flavors going on in this brew. Nice fresh hops flavors greet you at the door, roasted malts take you around and the trademark Otter Creek yeast bite says hello now and again. Take away the Otter Creekness and you have something very similar to Sierra Nevade Porter. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2002 08:48:35 | More by pbrian
Photo of PatriotsRule


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellently crafted brew.
A: Deep mocha with a quarter inch off white head and light beautiful lacing
S: Hints of caramel and chocolate, smoke
T: This is truly elite in its balance. An aptly named porter.
M: Crisp and smooth.
O: One of my favorite Otter Creek beers and beers from anywhere ever!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:10:23 | More by PatriotsRule
Photo of hbis2gut

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With the exception of some Scandinavian porters I have had,
Synbrychoff, etc..)
Vermont easily comes in second place for best Porters. Both Otter Creek and
Catamount brew porters the way I believe they should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2001 11:09:05 | More by hbis2gut
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottling date 6/29/04. Good info on the beer and brewery on the label.

Stovepipe pours a deep chocolate brown, completely opaque in a pint glass. Tall, dark tan head forms and slumps quickly. Some smears of lace slide down the glass.

Aroma is huge with roasted malt, chocolate and hints of smoke. Some earthy hop fades in and out - great smelling Porter - very inviting.

Flavor is balls on style IMHO. Lush and semi sweet up front with complex notes of cherries, licorice, coffee and burnt caramel. Smooth and oily mouth feel, slightly thin ( draft is fuller) but nicely balanced with firm hop bittering .

Hop dryness blends with dark grain chalkiness in harmony to finish this off. Lingering bitter is off set by a tasty toffee kind of thing coating the roof of your mouth.

An outstanding porter that has long been one of the better American versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 04:22:04 | More by Shiredave
Photo of dragonclan15


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At first I was not sold. I actually didn't care for the beer. But following a few more sips I realized just how good it is. I think it was the "smokey" flavor that threw me off originally.

A nice dark color with a nice malty smokey aroma. The beer goes down well and the more I drank it the more I found I really enjoyed it.

Has a fantastic coffee and toffee taste to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 04:15:05 | More by dragonclan15
Photo of Murph


4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark browish amber with a creamy tan head. The smell has hops, roasted malt bitterness, and some chocolate?. This beer is loaded with flavor. It starts with roasted malt bitterness but then the bitterness changes to the hops which make themselves known very well. There is also som sweetness that I can't quite pick out. Maybe bittersweet chocolate but I am not sure. The Moutfeel is creamy and clean and the brew is very drinkable. This is definitely going to merit being bought again by me. A very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2002 09:41:46 | More by Murph
Photo of jellis00


4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Quite dark. Almost in penetrable.

S: Coffee ish. Some burnt hints. You can smell the malt.

T: Very tasty. Intense. Bitter and smoky. Lots of burnt flavors.

M: Pleasant with an acidic punch. Not overpowering. Medium carbonation.

O: One of my new favorite porters. Very surprised by this beer and I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 02:08:28 | More by jellis00
Photo of HossMcGraw


4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a prime example of a great porter. It could stand to be a bit more bitter, but overall it is exceptional. Not too light and not too heavy, the drinkability is wonderful. The flavor is very similar to Shakespeare Stout, but this beer focuses more on the hops than the malty chocolate flavor. It is filling, yet refreshing which is a pretty rare combination. It's definitely become one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 21:43:31 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it from a bottle into a Guinness style pint glass.

It poured dark brown almost black with a inch thick tan head similar to a creamy root-beer. It showed ruby hue's when held up to the light. The lacing stuck to the sides of the glass and remained throughout in circles showing the level at each sip.

The smell was malty, with strong coffee scents and a slight smokiness.

The taste is great. Strong immediate coffee, followed by serious smoke. Creamy coffee holds strong finishing with a slight hoppy bite. The aftertaste is equally as good with the smoky, nutty flavor remaining long after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is top notch. The porter is medium to full bodied and well carbonated for this style of beer. It coats the mouth completely leaving a long lasting pleasant smoky aftertaste.

This porter is a must have. The perfect example of this style of beer. The taste is complex with several different layers of flavor that all mix extremely well. I highly recommend this beer to everyone wether you like porters or not.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 01:28:33 | More by hyland24
Photo of CaptYellow

New York

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a lovely porter with a nice, sweet smell and black colour. However, I suggest you try it mixed too. With a lager, the colour is still blck. Perhaps a cream ale would give it a nice, balancing creaminess. As it is, it's a very drinkable porter. It has a bitter taste upfront that rounds out its otherwise mild taste. The bitter is followed by caramel notes. And the aftertaste is enjoyable and long lasting- enjoyable enough to want another swig.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2009 15:55:37 | More by CaptYellow
Photo of klink40


4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stovepipe is an phenomenaly well-brewed, highly drinkable porter. It is super smooth and carries subtle coffee/cocoa flavors that become more intense during the aftertaste. Overall taste is not overbearingly strong and mouthfeel is much lighter than your average porter. Alcohol level is average and well-balanced for this readily available porter.

I love imperial porters/stouts as well but if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere. This pairs great with steak, bbq, or any hearty meal.

I highly recommend this beer, especially in the cooler months but I think you'll find it enjoyable year-round.

Ice cold and on draft is best for this beer(I always prefer draft) if purchased from bottle be sure to drink from glass (pint) for full satisfaction.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 03:28:16 | More by klink40
Photo of yisseroff

New York

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a shiny dark brown in my trust Woodstock pint glass with beige/brown head that didn't stick around for the ride but left some lacing on the side in its memory.

S- At first classic malt. Then, rich and dark toffee and coffee combo. Pretty nice.

T- My first 5.0! After each cleansing-of-palate I was full-on attacked by this beer's arsenal of flavor. Dark chocolate, toffee, fresh coffee, with the perfect nuance of sweetness all combine for an intense yet very handleable taste here.

M- I would have expected a porter like this to be a bit fuller, but it's pretty OK. Nice amount of carbonation.

D- I was halfway through the beer before I realized I should slow down. I'm loving this beer right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 01:44:57 | More by yisseroff
Photo of yossarian14


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown to black until you hold it up in the light. Wonderful reds and mahogany outline and highlight this smoky sexy delight

S - Spiced smoked meat, roasted malt

T - lots of smoke but not so heavy that it overwhelms. A burnt coffee flavor. a slightly bitter finish with a campfire that hangs around between each sip

M - Creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - So very drinkable, but take your time. Its a hearty porter and gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:54:18 | More by yossarian14
Photo of RugbyGreg

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer for the first time in Boston at the Barking Crab. Reservations ment nothing, so we sat at the bar and ordered appetizers. I asked the bartender his recommendation and afterwards I thanked him repeatedly. This beer is dark and rich, but paired well with oysters. Stuck with the beer all night. Fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 16:35:08 | More by RugbyGreg
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great smokey aroma, kind of sweet but not overwhelming.

Very nice head light tan very sweet to the taste, hung around for a good part of the drink.

The taste was very Smokey a little sweet but not to much kind of like a good BBQ sauce but not syrupy. Also flavors of roasted malts
and a burnt Smokey taste lingerd.a nice warming end flavor stuck with me when it was over can't wait for another!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 00:01:15 | More by Kwak
Photo of david23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this Porter from the bottle so when they put the cask on at The Old Toad and the owner asked if like to have a pint with him, how could I say no? Smooth luxiurious head and an aroma that is blended with smokiness and malt. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and just feels good!
Roasted coffe and caramel flavors but not overpowering. This one just gets better with each sip! Probably the most enjoyable Porter I've ever had.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2004 10:29:53 | More by david23
Photo of mschofield


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/black with red highlights, two finger creamy light-tan head, leaves rings of lacing w minor webbing connecting the rings.
Herbal and roasted malt nose, earthy, very roasted in overall character.
A bit acrid taste, very earthy, full of roasted malt, anise, coffee, dark caramels, and a bit of dark fruit (burnt cherry or raisin), very "dark" in the aroma and taste.
Full bodied, good bitterness from the earthy and herbal hops. An interesting earthy porter and another winner from Wolavers/Otter Creek

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 21:02:07 | More by mschofield
Photo of jvajda


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most balanced porter I've yet to try. It looks black with a small dark head, actually more like a stout than the porters I'm used to. The bitterness is accompanyed by a roasted undertone and present hop character. Very pleasing and aply named.This is my new favorite porter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2005 06:21:03 | More by jvajda
Photo of oelergud


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brew with a nice creamy tan head, could have better retention but the lace is impressive.
Smell is spice, strong roasted grain and coffee scents and maybe some hint of bread and herbs.
Hoppy roasted coffee and grain, some smokyness and a good lingering hop aftertaste. Some very faint chocolate and caramel flavors.
heavy good body, very full and smoth mouthfeel.
Definitely high drinkability, very good brew with a strong presence about it.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 00:39:55 | More by oelergud
Photo of erosier


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with a thick tan head that laces the glass all the way down. It smells of deep roasted malts, some hints of chocolate and some light bittering hops. The taste is exactly what would be expected from the aroma. It has a very deep and rich roasted malt taste with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. It has a very creamy velvety mouthfeel and the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is very good as I would have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 19:28:07 | More by erosier
Photo of LordHammer

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz twistoff into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Very deep brown, almost black, with about an inch of tan head that fades to a thick lace that stays down the glass.

S: Roasted grain, some smoke, and a strong hop presence.

T: Really brilliantly balanced here, with the roasted grains and smokiness out front, and a solid dose of hops at the finish. Consistent bitterness throughout coming from different sources which combine to make a beautiful beer.

M: Appropriately chewy for a porter, with subdued carbonation.

D: A delicious sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 19:12:22 | More by LordHammer
Photo of LeoPanna

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at New Beer Distributors in Lower Manhattan. This place is an oasis...

Pours pitch black and creamy into my tulip, tan head rises and sizzles away quickly, leaving minimalist strokes behind

you expect roasted malts in the nose and get malts, coffee beans and raisins

perfectly balanced mouthfeel, creamy... perfect distribution of malt, espresso and woody flavors. Leaves a spicy, raw chocolate aftertaste. It tastes more than 4.4%ABV but I can believe it, Otter Creek has great resources and quality ingredients.

it's true to the style, and for the price, drinkability, flavor I have to put this on list of regular session porters.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:54:15 | More by LeoPanna
Photo of Bighuge


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin brown head sits on top of this dark ruby brew. An edging is all that is left after a few seconds. Nice rings of lace are left on the glass as I drink. Heavily burnt aroma. Chocolate accents as well. Burnt malt, black coffee, cocoa and bittersweet chocolate all meld together beautifully to give this porter one outstanding taste. It almost assaults the taste buds in a way similar to a good Imperial Stout. This porter also has some good hop contributions: bitterness and a slightly citric twang, ever so minute. The bitterness lingers and is very nice. The citric twang is reminiscent of cascades, centennials or some other NW hop variety. The body of this beer is closer to medium than full. Overall this is one enjoyable porter.

Thanks again to pbrian. You've really set me up with some great tasting, unique brews (and I've still got 2 left from you).

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 20:37:59 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy deep tannish head, clear light brownish red liquid. Nutty, coffeeish nose. Flavors of light chocolate and weak coffee wash over the palate. Some malty body appears too. Hops blend perfectly with the coffee notes making or a very poundable beer. Finishes up roasty/dry and delicious. I reccomend this one whole-heartedly!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 01:04:23 | More by beerluvr
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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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