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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

794 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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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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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crimson.brown - almost black. Rather than a head, there is a tan lacing that remains fairly steady for most of the drink.
The smell is not powerful, but yet still inviting. It has the aroma of sweet chocolate.
The taste is well-balanced. Smoky, sweet, but dry at the finish. Hints of chocolate and coffee. It is a bit watery at first, but the flavors become more pronouced at the drink goes on. Not bad at all!
Pleasant mouthfeel. Despite a bit of thinness, it leaves a flavor that is typical of a good porter. Smoky, creamy, silky and rich.
This is a good porter. Nothing outstanding, but certainly drinkable and a worthwhile porter!

Photo of WesWes
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a lacey tan head. The aroma is good. It is sweet with crystal malts and has a black roasted flavor from black patent and roasted malts. It has a bit of chocolatey scent. The taste is average. Again, it has all the aromatic qualities, but it is weak and watery. It is not nearly as bold as the smell. The mouthfeel is good it is a full bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation to make it have a smooth, clean finish. It is a decent porter, but I've had much better.

Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, light beige head. Recedes rockily and leaves good ring lace. Color is deep ruby brown where the barest of light passes.

Good aroma, but mild. Some burnt malts give it a touch of coffee. There's also a sense of cream.

This is nearly a transition porter; it has many of the qualities of a good stout--lots of burnt grain (black patent), particularly in the aftertaste. Yet, the body is closer to the porter (i.e. not as thick). No creamy flavors, this is almost all bitter, over done toast. If you like bitter stouts, you'll likely like this one.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with some burgandy highlights. A short 1/4" head disappear quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: light roasted malt tones are all the nose can pick up.

Taste: a simple and solid porter, as roasted malts, weak coffee, light chocolate bits, a drop of vanilla extract, and mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: light crisp overall with some mild dryness at the finish. Roasted tones linger briefly on the tongue. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: very easy drinking porter. Won't blow away the tastebuds, but this is a nice version.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a SA sensory glass. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew appears dark brown with brown clarity around the edges and indications of deep ruby red through the body. A finger of lightly tanned head sits atop the brew and slowly fades leaving a webby pattern of lacing effect on the glass.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly roasty giving way to some scents of chocolate that is lightly sweet with a mild backing of something along the lines of vanilla. More roast elements are present with a bit of citrus-like inclusion of coffee. This is a very smooth and sweet smelling brew.

The taste is a bit perplexing based off of the expectations from the aroma. There is a roasty quality present that blends into more of a nutty grain taste with a very mild chocolate inclusion. There is a pretty strong bitterness present that seemingly comes from a mixture of the char to the grain and also bold usage of hops. The bitterness gets a bit grassy and leafy towards the back mixed with some mineral elements. The aftertaste is a bit dirty with earth and a nuttiness that just doesn't quite fit in.

This brew started off strong but sort of fell apart half way through the experience. It is medium to light bodied (despite the advertisement on the label stating this is full bodied.) It boasts a moderate amount of carbonation which also lightens up the already lower than expected feel. The alcohol is absent in character as expected for less than 5%. Unfortunately this one just came up short for me.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out with a medium head that was a deep tan/light brown in color. It had a good chocolaty nose. The color was a deep reddish-brown that reminded me of cola pop. It had a creamy mouthfeel with lots of chocolate in the mouth. The finish is tangy with a taste of charcoal. As it warmed, it took on a flavor and mouthfeel not unlike melting chocolate ice cream. Interesting, but just a couple at a time would be plenty.

Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown with a caramel, cola toned edge. A thick beige head slowly fades out into a head of 1/4" fluff. Lots of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of smoked malts, roasted barley, caramel, espresso, bitter cocoa, wet hay, and grass notes.
Taste is of the aromas but it seems to be missing something. Not sure what it even is...there seems to be a good rythmic bassline going but it's missing the charm of the melody on top of this beer. It's almost like there are hints of greatness that fall short into a somewhat bland flavor. Hmmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, with some bitter hops tingling the back of the tongue before fading to a semi-dry, thin finish.
For some reason, I remember this beer being much better several years ago. Perhaps my tastes have changed?

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

Poured on-tap at the Blue Tusk without head.

Left a little bit of lacing despite the lack of head. Looks black at first, deep ruby red when held up to the light.

Slighty smokey and roasty smell with a little note of coffee. Taste has a little chocolate with sweetness, followed by a touch of hops. Fairly subtle flavor overall. Very easy drinking, surprisingly refreshing for a porter. Goes down easy.

A good, but not great porter. It covers all the bases of what you'd ask of an american porter, but nothing more. No zip, no surprise. Good, solid porter nevertheless.

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of smakawhat
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.

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark, slightly sweet porter. Usually sold as a 6-pak in northern New England but found at the Common Man Restaurant which is a good change from the macros.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, real nice touch of toffee/coffee, and caramel. The taste is malty, nice tones of toffee/coffee. The finish is slightly bitter and a touch dry. Medium body. Drinkable, the brew surprise me, very tasty, recommended, Thanks Joe.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a rich coffee and toasted malt aroma. Hints of caramel and flowery hop as well.

The taste was mainly roasted grain with a noticable citrusy hop presence. Coffee, caramel and a touch of toffee. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was average and clean.

Overall, a nice hoppy porter. Very drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, near opaque ruby red with a dirty white head that was moderately lasting.

S: roasted caramel, coffee, and chocolate aroma.

T: The initial taste had a dry chocolate flavor to start things out. There was some roasted grains and coffee that soon followed and dominated the tongue. There was a light smokiness and woodiness as well. The hopping was very earthy and bitter.

M: a nice roasted warming to it with active carbonation but was a little light per style.

D: Overall a solid example per style with a good flavor and was very drinkable.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of johnnnniee
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.

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