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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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794 Ratings

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 794 | Reviews: 500
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well carbonated porter, very roasty in aroma and toast, medium mouthfeel.Coffee roast and woodsmoke. Refreshing, though missing something. Initially some sourness that disapeared in the roastiness as it warmed to room temperature. Bottled in June of this year.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber in color (near black) with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with flavors of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee brown with ruby highlights and a foamy tan head that persists and leaves shards of lace

Smell: A nice roasty nose with some unsweetened chocolate and a touch of hops

Taste: Starts out with a nice roasty flavor that builds throughout but provides a very nice bitter balsa wood complement once the hops kick in; there is an interesting herbal element in there, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very well-balanced with an intriguing herbal roastiness that I find really pleasing

Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer by Otter Creek, so don't really know what to expect. What I got was a very clean and safe Porter. Though nice with cocoa and coffee notes and a medium malt base, the beer just seems under malted both with base malts and specialty grains. The cocoa would be better with bitter-sweet and chocolatey smoothness. The coffee notes should be more espresso-like. Though medium textured for ease of drinking, I would prefer a richer, heavier beer. The alcohols are well blended and the bready / yeasty flavors are consistant. Delicate and well balanced. Nearly a Brown Ale.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium black color porter with a big foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of coffee is dominating and provide an interesting edge to this porter. Taste is a well balance mix between roasted malt and coffee. Body is a bit light and carbonation is too lively for the style IMHO. Good offering overall and something that I wouldn’t mind drinking again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't too bad. The beer was given to me from a friend and I gladly accepted because I'd never had it before. The pour was a deep brown that only shows up as black once it's in the glass. The head was durable and tan. The smell was rich and roasted much like coffee but more burnt smelling. The taste was very burnt, surprising how much of that bitter burnt toast was in there. Very interesting taste. The mouthfeel was pretty light so you can have more than one of these in a sitting without filling up too much. Good stuff!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely lucent dark walnut with copious streaks of ruby red. The ecruish head is small and unimpressive. It does maintain a one finger thickness for a bit and deposits an acceptable amount of lace in a thick, slurred collar when it eventually departs.

The nose consists of roasted malt and cocoa. There's no coffee that I can detect and very little hoppiness. I do, however, pick up a light fruitiness that I might just as well attribute to hops as to anything else.

Stovepipe is a straightforward American porter. Moderately roasted chocolate malt brings forth the flavor of... chocolate. The beer is lightly sweet with a lactic (milk sugar) character that works well against the bitter roastedness. While it's a little more hoppy on the palate than in the nose, calling it hoppy would be a stretch.

The biggest failing as far as I'm concerned is the mouthfeel. It's too light. I prefer full-bodied beer, but make every effort to judge all beer by the style guidelines. Even so, this one is too thin, which only accentuates the vigorous carbonation. Light and bubbly works well in some styles, but not in a porter.

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter is a good effort, but stumbles on its way to the winner's circle due to an unacceptable body/mouthfeel. There's plenty of flavor to work with though, so all is not lost.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my most trusty porters. pours coal black with an average tan head. a patient beer, smells like a woodstove no doubt, also coffee, caramel, hickory, and earth. taste is really complex for a porter, and bold as can be. espresso and smokey wood dominate, bitter hops in the finish a bit. it my opinion this is one of the best porters going. great to cook with in maranades, braised short ribs, chili, anything. otter creek's best beer

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

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Smell: Roasted malt aroma smelling of chocolate, coffee, and scorched grains.

Taste: Starts with roasty coffee tones which yield to a mild caramel sweetness and taste of baker's chocolate. Eventually a burnt grain taste quietly sneaks into the taste, like a thieving otter determined to cheat me out of my honestly earned crustaceans. More of a roasty, medium bitterness than anything else. Finishes dry and predictably roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium, somewhat fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Just a touch too thin and fizzy for my tastes. A fine, respectable mix of flavors that could greatly benefit from a dialed up body and dialed down carbonation. And where the hell is their well-traveled otter mascot at? Wise up, Otter Creek, that lil' guy really helps push the product.

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled @ Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

Pours a dark burnt umber/black. Some foam present.

Smells of earthy roasted malt, mild, no coffee or chocolate aroma.

Taste is fairly average, roasted caramel malt, mild bittersweet chocolate. Faint hint of coffee, but it's a stretch. Seems like a lager version of a stout... a weak Baltic Porter?

Easy to finish one 12 oz. but not compelling enough to have another.

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a dark black with a small tan head. A little lacing.

S - Smelled of roasted malt and coffee.

T - It had a sweet chocolate flavor mixed with a roasted malt taste. It had a little burnt taste to it.

M - It was dry and crisp. Medium-bodied.

D- I thought it was a pretty good porter. I think it may be one of Otter Creek's best brews.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stovepipe Porter pours a mahogany-black body with a crimson cast and chestnut highlights beneath a frothy head of tan that holds quite well and leaves some remarkable, thick and creamy walls of lace about the glass.

Ash and charred wood greet you in the nose along with a delicate note of chocolate; perhaps explaining the name.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body, and just lightly crisp on the palate with a very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The charred roastiness returns in the flavor, softened a bit at the start by a touch of yeasty fruitiness. Some leafy hops are perceptible at mid-palate, followed by another flash of soft fruitiness. The bitterness rises, drying it severely, and increases the perception of roastiness as it fades into a long-lingering, dry and ashy finish.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is smoky with roasted coffee and dark chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and a little smoky with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, the finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a porter.

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with 3 fingers of frothy mocha colored head. This retains with a creamy ½ finger, leaving back a heavy cascade of spotty lacing that slowly drips down the sides of the glass. A combination of smoky burnt roast and fresh green citrus pack quite a punch here in the nose, while more of a coca and light toffee sweetness fills out the edges. The roasted character here is really leaving a favorable impression on me.

That sweetness picks up in the taste, with light chocolate and caramel notes that surround and help balance out a moderately assertive hop profile of earthy bitterness and then a steady dry roasted finish. Those hops probably have the most strength here and really stick to the tongue at times. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness to the carbonation up front but then smoothes and mellows out a good bit along the back. This has a nice combination of textures to it that fit the flavor profile just right.

I don’t know why I’ve never sat down with a bottle of this, because it ended up being a REALLY solid take on an American Porter. This was maybe a little more burnt tasting than what you would find in the style but I didn’t mind it one bit and thought that it actually went quite well with the bitterness from the hops here. I’ll be seeking this one out again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby almost plum hue with a foaming tan head that leaves desireable scattered lacing with each sip of this fine brew. The aroma is a blend of sharp sweet tones of malt with the slightly harsh deep roasts present in this porter additional fireworks is the prevalent amount of hops in the smell along with some mellow fruit tones just enough to note very nice. Flavor is mainly dark roasts full of chocolate, coffe esque presence along with a lighter fruit tone provided by the ale yeast some dunkel like characteristics but this well made handcrafted quality porter is something to brag about. Flavor becomes a bit thin, but overall it's hard to beat this medium bodied brew carries a enough aroma and texture to keep everyone happy very good, one to save for my brother a purveyor of stouts and porters. He is usually a one or two brew type of guy but I believe a brew like this could turn into a session for him.

Photo of Slatetank
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice porter here, nothing too extraordinary but gets the job done. Nice jet black color in the glass and a nice spice filled head. Taste is of sweet malts and goes down very smooth with a nice mouthfeel. Kind of has a smokey sort of taste to it I detected. An above average porter.

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

Appearance: murky deep brown, leaning on black, with red tints at edges, and a lush crown of cream-in-the-coffee foam that looms large, then settles to a slim ring.
Aroma: right off, a perfect mesh of cocoa and espresso, a lovely mocha java in the nose, and, in the mouth?...
..light hops, full malt, with that great flavor described from the nose washing all over the palate, rinsing the mouth with this ideal match of dark delights, while still being incredibly smooth, very easy drinkability. Full bodied, with a lond, delectable, chocolate-laced finish. Great coffee/cocoa flavor never flags, sags, or even sighs, it just keeps on pleasing.
Great porter, one I'd happily turn to if the option were mine.
Since it's not, I have Mr. Rabidawg to gratefully thank!

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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.