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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 CooperEllis

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz "pint" pour into a "pint" glass.

This is one of my go-to beers when supermarket shopping for beer in New England. Easy drinking out of the bottle that left me a bit disappointed from the keg.

The flavor was bland, malt with no depth that perfectly mirrored the aroma. A little coffee note but more to the acrid side.

The mouthfeel was still better than average with good carbonation but lacking the creaminess or full-on malt presence that would make it noteworthy. Certainly a palatable porter but no an exceptional one.


Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 19:30:46 | More by CooperEllis
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Strange brew, comes to the table a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish creamy off white head that doesn't last very long. Smells of chocolate and caramel with hints of roast and earthy hop. The flavor is toffee caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate, with hints of roast and earthy pungent hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice simple porter, certainly nothing that's going to rock your world, but a nice drinker just the same.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 02:37:40 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of 57md


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep, dark brown with a ruby hue. The half finger of head dissipates quickly. There is certainly a presence of roasted malt in the nose. The upfront flavor is a combination of rye bread and roasted malt. The finish is mildly dry with a touch of bitterness for good measure.

Nothing off the hook here, but if you are looking for a good, honest, straight-forward porter, this is the one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 21:40:47 | More by 57md
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a nice dark brown with a fair amount of creamy tan color rich head.. TONS of lacing (impressive!)

S - malts, oats, toasted grains, chocolate, a bit of a boozey wine smell

T - pretty much dead on with smell

M - thick and creamy, nice amount of fizz rising from the bottom

O - well, i had a few of these, and apparently some other beers and shots of whiskey this night. went off of notes. played a show, can't remember shit. i gotta say, it was a hell of a way to start off my night!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 14:19:44 | More by facundoCNB
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Quebec (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at our hotel in Burlington.

Appearance: A one finger tan head above a dark brown body.

Smell: Roasty and a hint of charcoal.

Taste: Roasted feel with coffee and slight bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Robust upfront and a nice bitterness but the body feels thin a bit.

Overall: A decent effort and nice to have an alternative at a hotel.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 03:50:01 | More by papat444
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew many times but just noticed I've never reviewed it. Currently having it at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours black with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays some retention and good lace.

Smell: Nice lightly burnt roast / charred wood presence. One dimensional but pleasing.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a light sweetness at the end. Reminds me of coffee with a dash of cream.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Lacks any sign of "heft" but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for a low abv porter.

Drinkability: Goes down incredibly easily. A classic example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 21:34:10 | More by koopa
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this at O'reilly's served in a pint.

The color is deep brown with a thick tan head with a very tight bead that places subtle lace on the inside of the glass. This porter has a big roastiness, very nutty with a slight bitter almond and light sweet caramel nose with slight yeasty tinge. The feel gives a nice mild malt with overall pretty dry texture with moderately high roast level and very yeasty toasty kind of finish.

This porter's flavor is very coffee-like with lightly nutty toasted elements and slight yeast flavor which gives a mild creamy tinge which helps balance the char. The high roast in the tastes supersedes the caramel malt and any hop flavor that is present which tends to increase into the finish. Overall a porter that is good for the amount of flavor it provides at such a relatively low abv. The slight bitter edge of the malt is dominant and yet it is still quaffable. I would say this falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for me as far as the style goes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 21:39:43 | More by Slatetank
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New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap with my lunch today at the Office in Morristown, NJ. I wanted to try something that I never had in the past.

It came in looking very dark with a paler foam. The body turned out to be very thin.

From the top I get lots of coffee and roasted malt. In drinking, all I had was coffee.

This basically was all coffee in each drink. I can't recommend this beer because it tasted more like coffee than beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 19:43:39 | More by ummswimmin
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. Mahogany highlights along the edges of this brew. An oily sheen atop the finger of tan head. Splotchy lacing is left in the top inch or so of the glass.

Solid porter nose- the expected roast and cocoa- does little justice to the intensity of the flavor. No small amount of bitterness and sharp burnt malt come pretty close to thrashing the palate. Just a hint of chocolate in the swallow, then a bone-dry lenghty roasted finish. Active carbonation seems to enhance the power of the roast and hops. Not exactly a smooth drinker, but very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 19:37:34 | More by PDXHops
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: On tap at Swifty's in town. Body is clear, dark brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. There's a small off-white head on top that leaves some lace.

S: Roasted barley malt, charcoal and a touch of chocolate. Nice nose, albeit not one that's terribly strong.

T: The word that keeps coming to mind is "roasty." Starts out with roasted coffee beans, which is followed by some char and then some dark chocolate. A touch of sweetness underneath keeps this from being too astringent. Finishes dry and - again - roasty, with a lingering sense of burnt wood or char supplying lasting bitterness.

M: The body is a bit too thin, and the carbonation a wee bit too active.

D: Solid. The thinness in some ways makes it more quaffable - you don't really feel like you're getting weighed down by this beer - though it detracts from the overall experience of the beer (this isn't a beer I'd pour to enjoy while relaxing by the fire; I'd want something of more substance for that).

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 16:50:33 | More by Kendo
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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
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A shout out to big Al from out in Wellfleet, MA were I had this beer and thanks for letting us camp in your yard!!

A: Pretty dark. It was a dark chocolate brown and was very pleasant to look at. I had no head on mine, but I think that was due to the pour.

S: Toasted odors with coffee bean hints. I loved the toasted odor. Kind of made me hungry

T: The major department in which I thought this beer was lacking. Had malty and some coffee notes, with some grains coming in the back door, but other than that not to much going on.

M: Slightly bitter but the flavors did enhance the more I drank it.

D: Moderately drinkable. Pretty light for a porter and the lack of flavors lets you drink more but in the same sense you might as well just get something cheaper that would have the same taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 22:29:04 | More by JNeider
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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 Hojaminbag


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter has a dark brown body and a cream colored head that sits around in a tight cap of bubbles on top of the body for a while, never exceeding a finger in height. A few scraps of lacing are left here and there.

The aroma just has a bunch of chocolate and roasted malt.

Stovepipe Porter tastes a lot like it smells; good, but not great. A decent amount of dark, roasted malt and chocolate malt. A little but of a citrus flavors from a dash of hops.

The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation, but is probably on the thin side as far as body goes.

Overall, a solid beer that was a great deal for 3 bucks a pint at the place I got it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 22:19:12 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of DawnL

New York

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 14:59:24 | More by DawnL
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep, dark amber color with a thick head that settles into a well retained lacing

S - dark roasted grain with some malt sweetness

T - rich roasted malt character with a noticeable, but not overwhelming hop finish; some mildly spicy hops noticed in the flavor as well

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very good porter. I think it's probably somewhere between a brown and a robust, but regardless it's tasty - very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2009 22:58:55 | More by scoobybrew
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a slightly translucent dark brown pint (showing some hints of reddish hues when held up to the sunlight). Half-inch light brown foamy head that was soon gone; no lacing.

Mild deep roasted malt aromas and a hint of smoky carbon. Wish it was a bit stronger.

Not a very deep brew. Nice charred roasted malt flavor, with a hint of sweetness balanced with a burnt edge. Has an expresso-like/french roast edge, and much like the coffee, also holds a bit of light-tart acidity as the palate clears.

Medium-light mouthfeel, and decently carbonated.

A drinker for sure. Had 2 pints (one before, and one during dinner). I first had this about 15 years ago. Just onee that you see all of the time, but pass for something else. Will have to revisit with a 6 pack. Not the most complex porter I've had, but far from the weakest -- no disappointment here. A real all-season porter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2009 22:16:34 | More by OtherShoe2
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New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Stange Brew pub in Manchester, NH. Appearance is dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and smoke notes in good balance. The taste is not very complex but nicely balanced. The smoke note and the roasted malts present equally. The flavors are light and nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is chewy and full. Drinkability is great on this beer. The flavors is not overpowering and the alcohol is not noticable.

Overall, a highly drinkable, light porter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 17:33:20 | More by Gosox8787
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark reddish brown with a small head.

S: not much smell, just dark malts and a hint of aromatic hops.

T: very crisp taste, not highly flavored, just a balanced out presentation of the smell (itself pretty reserved), with a bit of bitter hops bite at the end

M: typical fizzy ale

D: nicely crafted, if unexceptional example of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 17:45:17 | More by Richardberg
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly carbonated light-bodied beer with a slight roasted flavor. Essence of wet leaves.
Taste is roasted and somewhat dry, hints of licorice. Reminds me of a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign. Light to medium mouthfeel, highly drinkable clear, and clean beer.
I have always enjoyed this beer. It's my goto Otter Creek product.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 23:07:13 | More by deanhead
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Franny O's this beer was a nearly opaque brown/black color. The one finger tan head displayed decent retention and so-so lacing. The aroma was nice, sweetened malt and roasted malt with a background of light hops. The flavors were dominated by roasted malt and some blackened malt with notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate mixed in. Though a profile it was not all that well defined and I was under-whelmed. The body was medium/full, the mouthfeel was just a little watery and the carbonation was good. OK, but not their best product and a less-than-stellar porter in general.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2009 13:16:12 | More by thekevlarkid
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli Cannon's Taproom in Middletown. Poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful jet black with red highlights, small size head with decent lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: Some rich chocolate notes, and a floral hoppiness arises nicely. This one has that nice toasted malt tinge with a bit of esters coming through.

Taste: Alot going on in here, a nice rich malt presence shows it's caramel and toffee elements perfectly. A deep wood taste in the finish follows up to some dark fruit. Very enticing.

Mouthfeel: Nice richness from the malt makes this one smooth and creamy, a bit wet compared to other porters I've had but the carbonation is right on point.

Drinkability: This beer is like a meal in a bottle, it's got alot of properties that make this one hell of an enjoyable porter. If the malt was a bit thicker I think it would be even better, but for where it is, it's one of my favorite porter's to date.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 16:54:33 | More by thespaceman
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours almost black with reddish brown hues when held up to the light. A tannish colored head that had good retention.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a tiny bit of a smoke.

T- Follows the nose here. Very nice and well balanced. Coffee, smokey, nutty, sweet and bitter.

M- Medium in body and slightly creamy.

D- A very nice Porter. Smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 06:54:00 | More by nrbw23
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bidwell Tavern, Coventry, Conn.

A: Pours a reddish coffee color with a thin tan head. A small ring of froth forms around the edge of the glass and retains rather well.

S: Smells sweet, roasted and nutty. Some smokiness is present in the nose as well.

T: Taste is rich and full. Chock full of smoked nutty goodness. The sweet malt provides nice balance to the slightly aggressive hop content. Very easy to drink.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin, considering how robust the initial flavor is. Not its best attribute.

D: This a great session porter. The down to earth ABV ensures you could drink many of these on a chilly evening.

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter is one of my favorite porters on the market and as mentioned, a great session brew. I do recommend, however, picking it up in a growler. It just adds a bit of freshness to the flavor for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2007 05:23:46 | More by Gambrinus1184
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown/black w/ yellowish head

S- Toasted malt smell

T- Dark rich chocolately malty taste

M- Medium weight and very smooth

D- Very drinkable for any porter/stout lover

For me this is a beer that I appreciate. Good porter tastes (good roasted malts, hints of chocolate and nuts). Great porter all around.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2007 01:31:05 | More by iceball585
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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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