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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

500 Reviews
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Reviews: 500
Hads: 795
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
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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Reviews: 500 | Hads: 795
Photo of Ruds
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle at room temperature into a snifter to an off black, dark chestnut brown colour with a thin tan head which soon reduced and dispersed to little more than a puddle atop the glass.

Lacing present above the beer line throughout drinking.

The aroma was non too powerful. A little roasted malt with a modicum of coffee and biscuit in the background.

A solid tasting porter dominated by roast malts and chocolate, the latter which I didn't really pick up on the nose! A little tobacco and wood in the background and a sweetish malty finish.

The mouthfeel was just right for me, medium in body with a smooth finish and minimal carbonation. This beer invites you back for more with every sip and I only wished I had another bottle to crack open!

Overall a decent porter and certainly one I'd go for again. At room temperature from the off, this beer got better on each reviewing field, the appearance and smell were ok, but the all important (to me) taste and mouthfeel were excellent!

Definately one to visit again! (1,039 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint tumbler- pours pretty black- a TINY but of ruby around the edges. Two finger head after a vigorous pour- decent retention, some nice lacing.

Smells of roasted dark malt- straight and simple and pretty nice.

Taste is consistent with the smell- dark roasted malt, a little coffee-like bitterness, maybe a tint of hops towards the end but by no means easily recognizable.

Mouthfeel is a little thin- medium light body with light carbonation. I prefer porters with a little more hop kick and aroma to them and a little more robust. This one is fine for being very low ABV (good if that's what you want). (641 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gives the look of a chocolate syrup/coca cola with a nice fat two fingers of creme head. A lot of molasses and cereal in the nose. Smoky burnt cocoa and vanilla on the tongue. Sweet in the front and bitter in the back. Medium light body is a segue to a good level of medium bubble carbonation and some after stickiness on the tongue.

Overall a decent example of an American Porter. Nothing to write home about but nothing to turn away either. Slainte (451 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours black with a mocha colored head which lasts a few minuets. Lacing stays on the glass throught.

The smell is of sweet and burnt malts, toasted grains and bitter hops.

The taste starts with both sweet and roasted malts. There is a strong coffee taste followed by toasted grains. More coco bean taste then light floral hops at the end.

The mouthfeel is a bit creamy and biscut like; just a little chewy.

Overall a good porter. Well balanced with different types of malts, hops and strong coffee. Otter Creek puts out another good brew. (553 characters)

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

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: If anyone can see anything through this thing than their a friggin dark genius! Also, the head on this was quite robust, with it's lace staining all glassware around it!

S: Faint smell of charred coffee, but not much else. Still this was rather silent, yet effective.

T: This was a solid tasting, charred drink. I got a tinge of bitterness on the back end which was somewhat coffee-like.

M: The carbonation was fine for this style and the lacing left on the glass was ridiculous... just like the OC Black IPA.

O: This was a solid porter and a nice one for them to include in their snack pack. (630 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours an opaque black body with nearly an inch of light tan head that leaves some good lacing in its wake. Smells roasty to burnt with ash and espresso notes. Tastes sweet, with espresso and dark chocolate notes. Medium in body and carbonation. Not too bad, if a tad on the astringent side. (345 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a nice dark brown with a fair amount of creamy tan color rich head.. TONS of lacing (impressive!)

S - malts, oats, toasted grains, chocolate, a bit of a boozey wine smell

T - pretty much dead on with smell

M - thick and creamy, nice amount of fizz rising from the bottom

O - well, i had a few of these, and apparently some other beers and shots of whiskey this night. went off of notes. played a show, can't remember shit. i gotta say, it was a hell of a way to start off my night! (489 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of obvious carbonation – had to wait for it settle a little bit to finish the pour. Reddish brown – just leaning truly dark and quite clear. Huge light tan head of very large bubbles that turns rocky and lumpy as it settles with moderate speed to a ring that retains well and leave rather good lacing.

S: Mildly roasty, but also a bit hoppy. Descent touches of cocoa & very dark roast malts. Noticeable U.S. pine and resin hops. Hint of malty sweetness & background nutty / biscuity base malt. Just fair for richness, but really not much there for strength.

T: Roasty notes are certainly there, but none too expressive in character – just generically roasty. Minimal hints cocoa or coffee until the finish when they finally show through and linger reasonably well. Middle sees a fair bit of nutty base malt with touches of biscuit & bread crust and some very dark toffee malty sweetness. Faint hints of dark fruits accent the sweetness. Firmly balancing hops – character is herbal & resin with strong pine & woodsy hints. Bitterness is firm for a porter. Not so much as a Cascadian Ale, but there is a good bit from the hops as well as some from roast. Coffee notes does grow a bit as it warms.

M: Barely medium body with CO2 reasonably matched – just a hair over maybe. Starts sweet in a watery way, but finishes with a plenty respectable drying from both hops and roast.

D: It does have plenty of flavor for the abv. Sort of an American session porter. Drinkability is there, but it is rather un remarkable overall. Still for the abv and price point (where locally available) this is pretty darn tasty and quite good. (1,641 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Black oil looking, thick foam.
Smells of roasted malts.
Taste is of roasted coffee malts, slight coffee....oh so smooth.

When I was in college, I bought a 6 of this to celebrate my 19th bday. Even after countless brews, this one has a special place for me. I knew enough then to notice how great this brew is, and it still shines.
Just wish they would up the abv... (406 characters)

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

Poured into a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.

Pours a dark clear bubbly near black dark brown, has ruby red edges. Big fluffy light tan head. Lots of tight bubbles and good rising carbonation as it sits. Good creamy lace head sits atop and remains and settles to a wisp lace on top. Great lace and a good looking brew.

Brew smells of malty cocoa and dark roasted nuttiness. Maybe some barley and spice/herbs as well. Some caramel and slight hops in there. Good nose.

Brew is very balanced; creamy and nice carbonation. Great roasted malts here; caramel, cocoa and that barley are nicely represented. A tingling hops presence in the middle peppers the tongue. A very subtle dry finish. Brew has a good mouthfeel as well. Wow, drink it by the truckloads. Easy, easy drinker here.

This is a great American porter. Just a solid robust flavorful brew in all aspects. Perfect to session and enjoy year round. Almost wish it were around 6% abv, just so it had a little more kick (I prefer sessioning brews around 6-7%). But great none the less. Great stuff here. (1,059 characters)

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

Appearance: Clear deep amber, almost opaque, with a robust tan head that retains well, thin, broken lacing like ancient hieroglyphs, and moderate, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Dark caramel malt, some earthiness, coffee, bitter cocoa, perhaps a little faint herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with dark roasted malt, some earthiness, a bit later there is some chocolate. The toasted malt is dominant throughout the taste. Late in the taste, a backdrop of charcoal appears. Finishes with a lingering, slightly acidic roasted note.

Mouth feel: Smooth with a bit of carbonation and a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A few small flaws keep this from being a great porter, rather than merely a good porter, namely, the body is a bit thin, and the ABV a touch low. Still, its not bad by any consideration.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass. (909 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Another impressive brew from Otter Creek. Dark and roasty chocolate in the nose. Palate is balanced and delicious. Roasted malts, smoky and sweet with a good balance of bitterness. Mouthfeel is velvety with a sighty dry finish. Nice porter, start to finish. (285 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay glass.

Dark as night - pitch black in color. Very thin tan head dissipates immediately.

Smells of milk chocolate and coffee. Not a very pungent brew but overall a decent smell.

Tastes immediately of mocha. Slightly sweet with a pleasant roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation on point for a porter.

Overall a very drinkable and tasty porter. (397 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a deep impenetrable black with a thin layer of milk chocolate colored head that has very large bubbles and actually lingers for a decent amount of time given how little lacing there actually is, leaves minimal lacing
S: roasted coffee chocolate and a very slight caramel malt note
T: begins with roasted malts which stay pretty consistent throughout, depth backs off a bit towards the end which leaves a bit of a nice taste
M: medium carbonation tingle, thin, leaves the mouth with a smokey feel
O: i feel very odd rating this as i have because in the past, i have ripped this beer apart on threads here and even called it the worst beer ive ever had, i guess when i initially had it, my palate was far from being fully developed. i actually enjoy this nice little brew now, otter creek does it right (827 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (1,373 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Lucky 7 Porter.

A: Dark brown with one-finger, tan, fizzy head that lasted a minute or two. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt and fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Smokey and toasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Both of these porters were just above average. Nothing special about either one. I think they were pretty comparable - no winner here. (448 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (1,536 characters)

Photo of gestyr
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a schooner.

A: Pours a deep brown with red/garnet when held to the light The head is tan and lasts a very long time.

S: Chocolate, malty, sweet with some smoke and dark fruit/molasses

T: Sweet and malty then fruity and caramel and finally smoky and bitter

M: This is its best feature. Very smooth and silky/creamy. Refreshing and satisfying

O: A good porter. I would buy again. (414 characters)

Photo of stealth
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty average porter. Dark pour with finger-thick head. Subtle chocolates and roast in the smell, but nothing out of the ordinary, or 'nose catching'. Basic porter taste with the roasts and sweet malts, but with a hoppy finish, creating a nice balance. (255 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with garnet hues at the outermost edges of the glass. A triumphant, pillowy tan head stands tall atop the beer, and it never subsides. A slip of lacing coats the entire glass. A most attractive beer to behold.

S: Molasses, cocoa, milk chocolate, smoke. Musty, earthy yeast. Vague hint of darkfruit. Smells like a porter, but nothing really stands out on the nose.

T: Sweet and malty up front with tastes of milk chocolate, molasses, and cola. Smokey and restrained roasty tastes start to creep in mid-palate. Cocoa powder. Vague hint of slightly souring darkfruit. Very mild acidity. Sweet finish with hints of vanilla bean, cocoa powder, and charcoal.

M: Medium bodied, mild carbonation. Very creamy and full. Luscious. Wow, what a great mouthfeel!

O: A bit of an unassuming, no-frills porter, but still tasty. Sexy mouthfeel really enhances the drinking experience. Easily worth a drink, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

Notes: No date on the bottle, but I bought it from a hole-in-the-wall package store, and I suspect that it's out of date. Maybe a little loss of hop character, but it doesn't seem to have suffered too much; I think I get the gist of it. Will definitely revisit this one. (1,259 characters)

Photo of jifigz
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer appears black with ruby red mahogany highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a nice tan head that lingers for a while. The aroma is mildly chocolatey and malty. There is also a slight milky aroma. The taste is a good roasted and toasted flavor. There is a mild hop bite in the aftertaste just enough to balance the chocolatey and malty backbone. The MF is medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is nice and low and the beer feels great on the palate.

This is one of the better American Porters I've had in a while. This is delicious and top notch. (610 characters)

Photo of wac9
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

wow everybody like this beer i dont get it, does nothing for me taste a little hoppy and leaves a bad after taste too bad to each his own i know what i like and dont like. gonna keep trying new beers it pour great , it black o yeah but lacks taste except for the hop in it not for me (283 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer before and always liked it. It's a great winter standby beer. And now, the formalities.

A= Deep black with an off white head. Can't get much light through it. Looks fairly creamy. Thick but not too thick.
S= Nice roast, complimented by some piney hops. The roast is mostly of coffee, maybe a slight chocolate undertone. A good start.
T= Similar to aroma, deep roasted coffee complimented by equal amounts of hop bitterness and fresh pine aroma. I could use a little more roast against that pine, but it's definitely not overly hoppy.
M= The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Carbonation is maybe a little too high. I know this isn't a stout, but it could be just a bit heavier. Warmer serving temperatures would be good for this beer.
O= A very good beer. Would be perfect at a ski lodge or walking out of the cold into a bar with a warm fireplace. With the low alcohol and lighter mouthfeel, definitely sessionable as well. (936 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at our hotel in Burlington.

Appearance: A one finger tan head above a dark brown body.

Smell: Roasty and a hint of charcoal.

Taste: Roasted feel with coffee and slight bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Robust upfront and a nice bitterness but the body feels thin a bit.

Overall: A decent effort and nice to have an alternative at a hotel. (347 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew many times but just noticed I've never reviewed it. Currently having it at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours black with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays some retention and good lace.

Smell: Nice lightly burnt roast / charred wood presence. One dimensional but pleasing.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a light sweetness at the end. Reminds me of coffee with a dash of cream.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Lacks any sign of "heft" but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for a low abv porter.

Drinkability: Goes down incredibly easily. A classic example of the style. (630 characters)

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