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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

789 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | 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 rwrk42
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 11/17/08 Lot:2401
Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma with light spices
Taste: Roasted malt and coffee flavors are abundant with slight bitter acidity. Slightly bitter smooth finish
A very good solid, tasty porter

rwrk42, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of beeragent
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, forming a good 1 inch mocha colored head. Light lacing clings to the glass.

S - Dominate aroma of roasted malts with a hint of coffee.

T - Roasted malts coat the palate, creating a nice coffee flavor, with a light chocolate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth clean finish.

D - Great full flavor on this porter, along with a good mouthfeel and sessionable alcohol content. Definitely a sessionable porter.

beeragent, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one via Black Booty 09. Bottled on 11.17.08. So, this one is fresh.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a dark, chocolate, amber color with a small white head. Looks like there is plenty of carbonation going on.

Aroma is roasty, slightly chocolatey. A touch of fruit and earthiness.

Very nice flavor. Roasty and chocolatey. Some decent coffee as well. Seems like there could be some oatmeal in here as it is somewhat creamy and slightly oaty in the taste.

A little too much carbonation for my tastes. Rather bubbly and foamy on the tongue. Really nice beer here. The flavor is unbelievable but the mouthfeel slightly detracts from the overall experience. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again to DrDogbeer for this one.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of CaptYellow
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a lovely porter with a nice, sweet smell and black colour. However, I suggest you try it mixed too. With a lager, the colour is still blck. Perhaps a cream ale would give it a nice, balancing creaminess. As it is, it's a very drinkable porter. It has a bitter taste upfront that rounds out its otherwise mild taste. The bitter is followed by caramel notes. And the aftertaste is enjoyable and long lasting- enjoyable enough to want another swig.

CaptYellow, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Dark brown/black color shows some clarity with a good head that lasts.

S) Little black licorice, some mild hops

T) Dark roasted grain tea with a mild citric hop edge to mellow the bitter. Nice flavor combination.

M) Prickly carbonation with a medium light body

O) Solid beer. I'm no porter fan, but I can drink this. I think it's the lack, or light touch of Fuggles.

Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

HardTarget, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with a little bit of red.. White head..

S: Roasted Barley, hops.. Not a lot of character here.

T: A little sour at first.. just enough bitter and malt to balance it out.. A little lighter than some other porters..

A good over all beer, a little more bitter than some porters, and slightly on the watery side.. overall a good beer, but not sure it is something I will buy a lot of..

Beejay, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only thing wrong with this beer is that the head is small (even with an agressive pour) and doesn't last. Other than that, it's beautiful.
Reeks of dark roasted coffee and cocoa, with a touch of vanilla.
Rich taste of coffee beans, bakers chocolate, and smoke. It has an acidic tangyness and a moderate sweetness in the middle. Goes powdery dry for an instant, then finishes with a lingering sweetness tempered by a roasty bitterness. Hops are there and lend to the balance, but don't assert themselves much (and don't need to).
Full bodied and creamy smooth; a little slick.
Complex and tasty. Has everything a good porter should except the head. Something I would definitely buy again.

Hoagie1973, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A dark reddish brown color with a medium sized, creamy tan head with nice retention. Lacing is solid.

S: A somewhat spicy, roasted coffee smell. Herbal and leafy hops. Some lactic, burnt aromas as well.

T: Even roasted malt flavor, not too sweet. Coffee and some mild dark chocolate. Leafy and earthy hops provide nice balance. Smoke and woodlike notes.

M: Medium-light bodied and a bit tangy. A soft, creamy dryness into the finish. Interesting; not sure if I like it or not.

D: Quite well balanced. This beer is nicely done. It's not one of my most favorite American Porters, but I'd drink this again in the future. I'll have to check out some of this brewery's other offerings.

Clydesdale, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli Cannon's Taproom in Middletown. Poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful jet black with red highlights, small size head with decent lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: Some rich chocolate notes, and a floral hoppiness arises nicely. This one has that nice toasted malt tinge with a bit of esters coming through.

Taste: Alot going on in here, a nice rich malt presence shows it's caramel and toffee elements perfectly. A deep wood taste in the finish follows up to some dark fruit. Very enticing.

Mouthfeel: Nice richness from the malt makes this one smooth and creamy, a bit wet compared to other porters I've had but the carbonation is right on point.

Drinkability: This beer is like a meal in a bottle, it's got alot of properties that make this one hell of an enjoyable porter. If the malt was a bit thicker I think it would be even better, but for where it is, it's one of my favorite porter's to date.

thespaceman, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams high tech glass. Pretty brown with ruby hues, nice and clear. The tan head was fairly strong and lacing was evident.

Aroma is of dark roasted malts, and rich chocolate. Some nice hoppy floral notes as well. Enticing. Taste is very balanced between that roasty malt character and the earthy hops. Rich and chocolaty and delicious. Some nice hop bitterness in the finish and it lingers for some time.

Medium bodied, noticeable carbonation, but so much as to fill you up. This porter is easily sessionable.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of katan
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2/19/08

A - Pours a an almost completely opaque black with a hair of redish hues. Head formation is light and quick at roughly one mm. The color is mocha. Carbonation isn't very obvious.

S - A sweet chocolate flavor dominates. There is almost a hint of hops there - a floral note. Certainly has a roasted background.

T - It opens with a flat roasted malt. Has some sour acidity there. Bitterness starts to develop. Finishes with a strong assertive hop flavor. In my opinion, it doesn't match the style. Aftertaste is very bitter.

M - Moderate body - can feel thin at times. Carbonation is obvious and a bit biting. The aggressive hop profile does leave some oily alpha acids on the tongue.

D - Not difficult to wash one of these down. As I approach the end of the bottle I do feel it weighing down my stomach. This may be a "one and done" beer for me.

I always appreciate Otter's intention to try to be differentiated. Just not seeing that this one was true to the American Porter roots.

katan, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light nut brown out of the bottle, building into a rich dark brown-nearing-black in the glass. A light creamy head emerges before fading back to a few bits of lacing.

Aroma is roasty, malty, earthy and a bit smoky. Just a touch of subtle hops are there as well, and a hint of old coffee beans. A tad musty and earthy.

Taste is roasted malt all the way. Hints of coffee and chocolate creep in here and there, as well as some of that smoky and earthy flavor detected in the aroma. On the whole, roasted malts and a bit of grain dominate this one. Some day old coffee. There's a fairly present hop finish with some clean neutral bittering verging on herbal and floral. Then a touch of milk chocolate and caramel creep back at the finish. Almost a touch baltic porterish.

Moutfeel is good. Average carbonation and a medium body. Full and drinkable, without anything funky goin' on.

maybe it's the name. Maybe I was predisposed toward expecting something that this brew wasn't. Or maybe it just doesn't quite rub me the right way. It's definitely a decent example of the style, and it does it's job nicely. There's nothing outlandishly bad about it, but there's nothing that really stands out either. I can think of a handful of other solid porters with a rich, slightly smokey flavor... there's nothing really memorable about this one.

djeucalyptus, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with ruby highlights on this clear brew. A less then lofty tan head peeks out but quickly hides back to some thin lacing and light cover. Not a bad looking brew but a little on the thin side for a porter. I would expect a beer that I couldn't see through for a "stovepipe porter."

The smell is mostly roasted malts and again is a little on the thin side. There are hints of chocolate and coffee but they aren't big players in this brew.

Taste is on the wuss side of porters. It has some nice roasted malt flavors but ends up being a little to metallic for my taste. There are some coco and coffee notes but it's very thin and doesn't compete well with the malts.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean, there is a sharp carbonation and a slight bitterness that has a little bite to it. I kind of wish this beer was a little bit bigger then what it is. It's not bad but it isn't much more then middle of the road.

jbphoto88, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of JayNH
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan foamy head.

S- some roasted/ smokey malts, but the hoppiness really stands out.

T- dark roasted coffee well balanced with an earthy hoppiness.

M- smooth and slightly creamy, medium bodied.

D- an excellent well balanced session porter.

JayNH, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black with solid foamy head out of the bottle. It had a deep malt/chestnut kind of scent. To be honest, at first it kind of had a stale smoked taste, but that could just be because I don't drink to many porters. I'm not the biggest porter fan, but this was definitely solid.

Amalak, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of hiikeeba
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours up almost black, with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head that disspates slowly

S - Aroma dominated by roasted grains. No hops detected

T - Roast malt flavor is supported by a creamy sweet background flavor. Leaves a coffee like flavor in the finish.

M - Feels a little thin with a bit of carbonation

D - While I'm not a big fan of the roast flavor, this is a drinkable beer. A couple of these would be a pretty good thing.

hiikeeba, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle received as part of the World Market, beers of the world gift pack.

This beer is really something, it took me about twenty minutes just to pour the entire bottle into my glass. The head on this thing is so bubbly it reminds more of a Duvel than a porter, it has that same rich, pillowy, root beer float kind of head whose only difference is a burnt toffee color instead of Duvel's pure whiteness. Given time though the head eventually settles into a half inch thick cap. I am already anticipating a major amount of hops in this beer.

And I was right, as soon as you hold your nose over the edge of the glass you are greeted with a bouquet of grassy and earthy hops, but what saves this beer for me is what happens to the aroma when it warms. Given time to breathe the beer takes on an intense roastiness, charred malts and bitter chocolate, but the hops remain the dominate area of attention here.

Roasty, really roasty, again charred malts, not really any smoke but a very dry, very bitter hop presence that reminds me of the driest of dry Irish stouts, or to be more accurate, the driest of dry porters. Very grassy hop character mixes with very dry, very bitter chocolate to form a earthy and charred flavor profile. Mouthfeel is intensly dry and long lasting, clings onto the back of your throat like smoke at a campfire, though I do feel that this beer could stand to be just a bit chewier.

I was happily suprised by this beer. I'm a big fan of the porter as a style and this one follows the guidelines and also provides a handsome looking, super roasty tasting, deceptivly easy drinking beer to the table. Would probably pair insanely well with any kind of smoked or grilled red meat.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It carries a roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate. It is well bittered with grassy hops. The mouth feel left a little to be desired. In seemed slightly thin and perhaps a bit basic. Overall, a good example of an American Porter. This would make a decent session ale.
(rated Jan 26, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 5/8/08. Bottle. Pours a dark black with a light mocha head that leaves pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, coffee. Flavor of the same, some chocolate, some alcohol (weird, since this is only 5.4%) also a weird taste I can't quite place. Thin, watery palate. This is ok, I guess. I wouldn't get this again though.
6/4/5/3/13 (3.1/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of bcastine
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a reddish hue, 1 finger head that stuck around just enough to leave some very impressive lacing, sip lines top to bottom.

S: Smokey, chocolate, roasted coffee and malt

T: Sweet smokey malt, bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted sunflower seed. Very good.

M: Came across as a little watery at first but that sensation left quickly as the flavor stuck to the pallet. Good level of carbonation and goes down silky smooth.

D: Very drinkable, could easily drink multiples of these. Way better porter then what I was expecting, the twist cap really lowered my expectations, However immediately after the pour I knew I was in for a treat. Great New England winter cold night beverage.

bcastine, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer as a pre-dinner drink at Parrish Cafe. Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass (all they had clean I guess). Dark brown color, fairly decent sized white head. Roasted malt smell. Strong taste, with lots of dark chocolate and burnt coffee flavors. This porter is a lot more bitter than others I have lately. While not bad, it certainly stands out. Some porters I could drink all night, but this brew was nice to have once, and that's it. A unique but average porter.

morebeergood, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours into my glass a dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. A fizzy quarter inch of light tan bubbles form on top. This one seems quite filtered as well. Aromas start with roasted malts that greet me with a bold coffee kick right off the bat, like sniffing a bag of freshly ground beans. Somewhat grainy with a touch of cocoa and light herbal essence along with slight fruit.

First sip brings a roasted grain malt flavor upfront that cascades into some coffee and cocoa flavors, which much less coffee than the nose led on. A bit of herbal hops and some fruit accents on the way down, however it is a bit astringent. Finishes with a mellow roasted aftertaste. The overall flavor profile just isn't there for me, seems quite weak.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a porter in my opinion along with a fast paced burst of carbonation that lends the beer some creaminess. However, the lighter, grainy body here disappoints me. Overall, this one just falls short of what I look for in a porter and was a tad bit of a letdown.

orbitalr0x, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Funky li'l porter we got going on here. I was initially impressed with the flavor but the other aspects are pushing average at best. Aroma is roasty and bitter but hard to detect. Medium dark amber pour with dark red edges, very little head and lacing. Oily mouthfeel not thick or filling at all. But the flavor is rather nice, chock full of roasted malts and a decent amount of bittering hops. Some of the typical chocolate and coffee notes come through as well, but this just comes across as cheaply made. This brewer is 0-2 in my book.

kinger, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this into a pint-sized mug. While it has a great reddish-tinted dark color, the head faded away very quickly. The nose offers delectable dark chocolate hints with a cocoa backbone. The flavor, however, leaves something to be desired: a rather harsh maltiness, a touch of sourness that doesn't fit, though the finish is nice and dry. The body is thin and watery.

allengarvin, Nov 05, 2008
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.