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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 Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:49:34 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of thespaceman


4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 16:54:33 | More by thespaceman
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 12:58:32 | More by ZimZamZoom
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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:55:11 | More by katan
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 19:15:59 | More by djeucalyptus
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 22:21:02 | More by jbphoto88
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 19:22:16 | More by JayNH
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:13:05 | More by Amalak
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 02:34:29 | More by hiikeeba
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 23:19:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:41:39 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 02:41:20 | More by yesyouam
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 21:41:48 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of bcastine

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 01:26:05 | More by bcastine
Photo of morebeergood


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 01:40:26 | More by morebeergood
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3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 02:51:30 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of kinger


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 01:00:49 | More by kinger
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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:48:12 | More by allengarvin
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4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown to black until you hold it up in the light. Wonderful reds and mahogany outline and highlight this smoky sexy delight

S - Spiced smoked meat, roasted malt

T - lots of smoke but not so heavy that it overwhelms. A burnt coffee flavor. a slightly bitter finish with a campfire that hangs around between each sip

M - Creamy with just enough carbonation.

D - So very drinkable, but take your time. Its a hearty porter and gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 00:54:18 | More by yossarian14
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1.85/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (other reviews and the beer label claim a bottled on date but I couldn't find any) into a pint glass. It was black with mahogany highlights. Lots of lacing. It had a finger of tan head that slowly settled into a constant foam.

The aroma had a weird, off-putting initial smell that I could never pin down. Past that was chocolate malt and a good smoky flavor. The taste was pretty good but whatever affected the smell was impacting the taste as well. Not enough of a bite to it for me and it had a watery taste which impacted the mouthfeel. I usually love a good porter so maybe this is just a bad sample. Will need to try again.

Overall, unless I got a bad sample, this one is a bit of a mess. Weird smell and taste followed up with watery taste and mouthfeel. Will try again if I can get in a mixed six or single. Otherwise, this may be a one and done.

UPDATE: re-sampled and it was still bad. This time had a horrible bitter taste to it. One and done. Avoid

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 02:00:58 | More by TexIndy
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small head that dissipates quickly. Has a great chocolate scent with a bit of roasted malt coming through.

The taste is what a standard porter should be about. Opens with a concentrated roasted malt that trails off into a little smokiness. The mouthfeel is fantastic, there is a fair bit of carbonation that in my opinion enhances this beer well. The drinkability is not as high as with some smoother porters, the roastiness and smokiness might limit me to a few of these at a time.

A great example of a basic porter. I've had many porters before, but usually they try to incorporate something else into it like honey or oatmeal. It was a refreshing change to have a good straight-up porter for once!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 21:25:03 | More by Gish
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, almost black in color. When back lit it appears clear with amber tones

Aroma is not profound but hints at roasted malt and faint hoppiness.

Taste starts with sweet malt followed by roasted chocolate malt finishes with bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Taste hangs around a while in a good way

Mouthfeel is excellant, fine carbonation, smooth, warming and hearty.

Drinkability - I'm on #3 tonight, could possibly go one more but will probably stop here. It's getting chilly out which always steers me to the porters and stouts. Great for a cool fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 02:58:41 | More by Johnkal
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost black with thin slivers of lighter hues. Head fades quickly.

Aroma: Charcoal, chocolate, coffee, and char. Some herbal hop in there as well

Taste: Roast malt with some coffee and chocolate nuances. Woody/herbal hop. Sour English porter finish with a lingering char aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Bit thin.

Drinkability: I'm happy with the one I had.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 20:55:43 | More by donkeyrunner
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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
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4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good, solid, workaday porter. No off characteristics. Poured with a lovely frothy foamy head and lotsa lace. Very dark/opaque color. Chocolatey earthy yet soft flavor and body. Clean and balanced. Really good beer. Session as a matter of FACT. Haw. God is on my side

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:47:19 | More by drpimento
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.