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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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782 Ratings

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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 19
Gots: 17 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001)
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Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 18:37:20 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of smcolw


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 23:22:59 | More by smcolw
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 23:01:29 | More by Gavage
Photo of imperialking


4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 19:18:06 | More by imperialking
Photo of weeare138


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:36:21 | More by weeare138
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2005 03:36:32 | More by tempest
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 20:24:20 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of woodychandler


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 22:36:58 | More by woodychandler
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-08-2013 18:36:22 | More by InspectorBob
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:53:44 | More by stakem
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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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New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2002 19:15:45 | More by jdhilt
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 01:54:43 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

09-28-2013 23:59:38 | More by ejimhof
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-29-2013 01:38:49 | More by BillRoth
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-28-2011 20:07:26 | More by brandoman63
Photo of plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 17:35:12 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 22:54:35 | More by beerthulhu
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.

Serving type: cask

04-20-2011 17:00:58 | More by smakawhat
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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 DrJay


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dark brown beer with a quickly dissipating head. Looks kind of like a cola. And trust me, my glass was clean (the beers before and after this one had great head retention). Roasted and crystal malt aromas balanced well with the pine and floral hops. Sweet maltiness to start, followed quickly by moderate hop bitterness. A bit of roastiness and brown sugar followed. Medium length off-dry finish with lingering hop flavour. The body was on the light side with moderate carbonation and a bit of slickness. Not too bad, but it just didn't come together for me. Thanks Zithal!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 20:24:03 | More by DrJay
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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
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

01-20-2013 01:07:16 | More by Kelp
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour a deep, almost brown light hazed color, massive light tan head, and sheets of lace. Nose is malt, caramel, and light toasted grains, quite sniffable. Start is sweet; top is quite thin, the finish potently hopped, minimally carbonated with a malt and coffee dry aftertaste. A bit on the thin side, wish it had just a tad more body, but a quite drinkable porter, and one well worth a sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 07:21:02 | More by Gusler
Photo of Brad007


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a thin, brown head. Aroma is nice, malty, roasty and almost coffee-like. Bottled on 8/9 so it's as fresh as can be. Taste is very rich and coffee-like, leaving a nice dryness at the back of the throat. A licorice quality is observed briefly. Otherwise, a very drinkable porter that very much reminds me of drinking a cup of strong coffee.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 23:54:11 | More by Brad007
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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