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

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Otter Creek Stovepipe PorterOtter Creek Stovepipe Porter

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Reviews: 500
Hads: 795
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | 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 Gavage
3.63/5  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. (598 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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? (811 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (705 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (163 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown in colour with light foamy head that disappeared quickly.

S - Wow. Chocolaty! An instant burst of chocolate & sweet malt with a hint of coffee.

T - Lots of malt and coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected, but it is apparent in the taste.

M - Carbonation instantly hits the tongue. Average/medium body.

D - A very drinkable beer. Slightly over carbonated, but no other complaints. Would definitely buy this one again! (442 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of my old standbys, going back quite a ways to my college years..and my introduction to craft in general. This is one delicious but light and easy drinking porter. Nothing profound here but it’s a quality take on the style.

Blackish/brown color. Tan head with solid retention and lace. Lovely aroma of dark roast malt. Definite coffee notes in there; vague traces of both hops and bitter chocolate underneath.

Taste is very pleasing, with the roasty malt flavor in the fore, prominent coffee, and a moderate dose of hop bitterness to balance things out. Not overly hopped to the point of distracting from the roasted flavor I love so much in a porter.

Medium carbonation, just shy of being too much (for me). Not a fan of the super spritzy porters. There’s a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel that’s quite pleasing. Maybe a tad watery. Slightly lingering bitterness in the finish although fairly dry overall.

This isn’t one of those big bad bombs of a porter, just an easy drinking, solid example. (1,021 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/23/07 Lot#2043.

A: Black with ruby highlights, light tan head; good retention & lace.

S: Floral hops, roasted grain, hints of coffee.

T: Dark roasted grain, floral hop flavour, roasted acidity, balanced to the bitter side. It may not have any roasted barley (unmalted), but I think the flavour is closer to a dry stout than a porter.

M: Moderate body is fairly smooth, yet the finish is dry & slightly acidic.

D: I'm not fond of dry stouts. (465 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
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! (580 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee and a hint of chocolate coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer. (296 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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). (865 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a near pitch black with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine ring and layer.

The smell has good roastiness to it with strong chocolate notes.

The taste is of roasted malt with a bit of chocolate up front and some hoppy bitterness comes through near the end but the finish is actually on the sweetish side.

All of the flavours I mentioned are on the light side so this is one very smooth American Porter. I'd say, give it a try. (489 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with some tan highlights. The head is alright but fades away within an average timeframe. The nose is pretty hoppy with some lightly roasted malt notes. The flavor is a shot of hops mixed with coffee-like malts that hint at cinnamon and mocha. A pretty hoppy porter and a bitter palate to finish with some nut roasted tones. (344 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very black tinted brown. Almost pitch except for a slight ruby tint. Head has a slight cocoa color with nice sticky lacing.

S - Mostly roast or coffee with a touch of vanilla.

T - Not a bad porter at all. Taste is moderate roast with a touch of coffee and sweetness to keep it in check. Little to no bitterness or smoke makes it enjoyable.

M - Has a solid medium body I am puzzled to find this at 4.4% (session ale) level

Overall this is a very flavorful porter without much distracting alchohol to deal with. Next time I am at a six pack shop I will look for one! (580 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a medium brown with a light tan head. There is decent retention and a head of a 2 fingers. The lacing is lace.

The aroma is very light, just a note of coffee.

the taste is also light, not much comes through a little coffee and bitter.

The feel is a little watery not terribly drinkable. (356 characters)

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
85 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.