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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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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a shaker pint a Pizza Paradiso DC.

A solid two finger head was given that is a nice coffee brown bubble character. Great black walnut body with dark brown hues on the edges. Beer head has killer retention.

Good solid nose of spicy roast coffee, and mild sweet chocolate.

Taste at first is a mild malts, then has a nice sweet milk chocolate finish. Body has a nice grainy chewy texture also with ovaltine feel, and even a small amout of bitter on the finish.

Overall as stupidly easy sessionable and flavorful example of this porter, light and full of taste.

Serving type: cask

04-20-2011 17:00:58 | More by smakawhat
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at RFD's, cellarish temp.

Appearance: Cloudy brown liquid topped by a frothy tannish head. A film of bubbles was left as the glass was quaffed. Thick sheets of lacing were left, though the first few sips left something that was more akin to slime in appearance.

Smell: Sulfury and almost swampy hops, chocolate, toffee and bready malt aromas.

Taste: Toasted bready malts dominate the mouth, mild British bittering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's got that "cask" mouthfeel. Kinda light, almost watery. Vaguely refreshing.

Drinkability: The swampy aromas are a titch offputting, but the taste is nice. Decent session beer.

Serving type: cask

04-14-2004 00:29:16 | More by ManekiNeko
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 CBFanWish

New York

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Monty's Crown. Poured adark ruby red colour with a thick tan head. This was a great example of an American porter. It has a wnderfully smoky taste with hints of coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. One of the top ten porters in my book. I think having it on cask made it better than I could have imagined it being.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2004 12:10:01 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped with 3414-091212. Sampled on January 20, 2014 and I have to think it is well past its expiration date.

The pour is dark brown with a short-lived tan colored head. Great color.

The aroma is of dark malts, smoke, butter, and earthy hops.

The body is in the medium range with a creamy texture.

The taste is much like the aroma with a decent dark malt forward character, mild sweetness, burnt barley, and a fairly mild hop finale. A pretty well balanced Porter that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:43:57 | More by puboflyons
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3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark color with a two finger light tan head.

Smell is robust, rich coffee and roasty flavors.

Taste is a bit roasty, some coffee, some chocolate, but very subtle. Slight bitterness, almost a bit sour.

Drinkable. Medium bodied. Decent porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:58:19 | More by Smurf2055
Photo of themind

New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Vermont breweries can brew some quality beer! Inexpensive porter that has a rich taste and is worth drinking. The mouthfeel could be heavier but its tasty for a shelf beer non the less. If you like porters this is a good beer to stock the fridge with as its highly drinkable and a bargain.

Bottom Line: Decent shelf brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 00:17:30 | More by themind
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New York

2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black opaque beer. Period. Dry hoppy milky aroma. This is a porter?! Taste is like a porter meets a beer. Milky, chocolatey flavor that stays true to its aroma. Complex mouthfeel. Complex but much more bitter than we think it should be. Has the basic favors but doesn't take it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 06:44:30 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inexpensive, high quality porter -- picked up a 6 pack for just $7.99 here in VA. Pours a pitch black with a mocha 1/2 inch head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a slight amount of lacing on the glass. Taste is heavy on roasted barley, chocolate, and caramel. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter. Very easy to drink. Great session porter. Glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 22:57:13 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a: I can't remember the last time a beer made me say 'wow' just from looking at it. It looks like black coffee but smoother and probably more viscous. Beautiful. The head is a creamy tan and sits solidly until you drink from it.

s: metallic. Nothing terribly special, but pleasant -- I like my porters to smell like cast-iron.

t: warm, toasty, coffeeish.

m: slippery and chewable, with just enough fizz to make it interesting.

o: I didn't expect to find something this nice in a grocery store twelve-pack. Who knew.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 22:39:28 | More by Antikythera
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North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a ring of light tan film around the surface. Aromas of roast coffee, sweet hazelnut, and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Flavors of bitter coffee, darkly roasted and aromatic, with some charcoal characteristics blended in there as well. Dark, bitter chocolate highlights blend with oaky highlights to bring this brew an earthy, warm feel. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, leading to a clean, smooth finish. Aftertaste of roast coffee lingers for a while after each sip. At the low ABV, this beer is very drinkable, and the flavors make it something a person would actually want to drink. Tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:13:31 | More by GarthDanielson
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 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 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 dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber to very dark brown in color (almost black) with some reddish brown notes when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and dark roasted (almost burnt) malts.

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and quite sessionable with the low ABV and lighter flavors/body. Enjoyable and definitely a decent brew for a Friday afternoon in the autumn. Decent amounts of complexity to the flavors and smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 20:57:07 | More by dbrauneis
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a nearly opaque black body with a light mocha head with nice lacing and medium retention.

S- Super inviting. Heavy coffee bean, cappuccino with some deep roasted malt characteristics.

T- Roasted coffee, deep roasted malt. The flavors in here are subtle though, not bold by any means. I expect a little more flavor from a porter.

M- Low carbonation, slightly watery and thin.

Overall, a decent porter at most. Nice flavors, I just wish they could have come through a little stronger. If you want a not so in-your-face porter, this is the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 21:40:44 | More by gcamparone
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 claspada

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown body with a thin, fizzy, off-white head.

Aromas begin with generic roasted maltiness including chocolate, coffee and scorched grains. Not much else to be honest.

The tastes follow the nose with roasty coffee maltiness coupled with a mild caramel sweetness and some lighter baker's chocolate. As it warms the burnt grain taste quietly becomes more and more forward. More of a roasty, medium bitterness than anything else.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is quite dry and roasty overall.

Overall this is just a tad too roasted and burnt grain forward with not enough toasted bready or caramel maltiness to back up the flavors. There is not enough body for a traditional porter even for such a low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 15:30:05 | More by claspada
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body leaving a one finger off white head that lasts for about thirty seconds. Some nice standard light foamy lacing appears around the sides of the glass. No carbonation is seen rising.

S: centers around the coffee with some chocolate in the background, some light honey appears.

T: pretty much the same, but in a good way.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, just an overall standard feel. With the ABV where it is, this is still a very drinkable beer.

O: this is your typical American Porter, nothing special, but nothing bad. I probably won't seek it out again, but would be okay if that was all that was served.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 11:16:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Biiig head, not the mocha brown it advertises, more of a tan. Body is dark brown with rich red flare when held directly up to light.

Smell: Nice, sweet malty smell. Caramel and brown sugary malt, with obvious cocoa as well. Maybe a teensie bit of honey, too? No real hops.

Taste: A little odd, not quite what I was expecting. It feels like a piece of the spectrum is missing -- it's got some hops, lighter caramel flavors, some roastiness, but that rich brown cocoa isn't there. It's alright, but it feels kinda incomplete. Maybe a little too watery.

Mouthfeel: Carb is a little invasive -- prickly. Body is thick and sugary.

Overall: Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:08:51 | More by fountainofyouth
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:49:08 | More by MadScientist
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
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

A - dark brown with a ruby glow; soft, brownish head that is short-lived

S - big roasty aromas with a slight coffee note

T - roasted malts, coffee, light bitterness, faint creaminess

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp at times

This is a decent, easy to drink beer with a great flavor. The roasted malts and coffee notes are forward and delicious. It's really a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 15:49:24 | More by tdm168
Photo of SouljaSaia17


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours dark like a stout, has a 2 inch caramel colored head that actually stays put in a wide glass.

S: Smell is pretty complex, first I get some dark roasted malts. Has a coal type of smell, cannot distinguish a strong coffee or chocolate aroma, maybe a mix between the two.

T: The flavor consists a lot more of a black coffee, only I am very inexperienced in such. Slight hint of dark chocolate and roasted malts on the after taste.

M: Very creamy and thick for a porter, has a very stout-like texture which is nice for this beer.

O: Was always cautious of otter creek just because of the classic "judging a label by its cover", but after having a few of their beers, this is a solid one and this brewer is very credible to me now. One of the best porters around, if you reside in the New England area!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:03:46 | More by SouljaSaia17
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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.