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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 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 horndecker

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark reddish-brown, not quite black. Has a small to middling head but leaves a bit of lace. Nothing fancy.

Smells of rather bright hops, wasn't expecting that, along with tar, touch of soy, cocoa and espresso as well. Flinty, with some dark fruit lurking well in the back.

Taste hits bitter with a mineral wash, very bright on the tongue, grain and malt flavors quickly surface. These slide away to ghosts of cocoa powder and iced coffee.Aftertaste is slightly bitter and herbal.

It's light to medium body and pronounced hops make it more refreshing than expected. Very drinkable, nicely put together, but much of what's there is muted. I'd certainly drink it again, but there are others I'd drink first.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 04:53:27 | More by horndecker
Photo of marcobrau


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

Pours with a loose off-white head that rises and falls fairly slowly. This brew is not quite black, but real, real dark brown, with just a hint of ruby showing through. The delicate aroma suggests dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of burnt toast. The body is a bit and the carbonation a touch fizzy, but tasty chocoate and coffee flavors are quite evident. Roasted grains show up towards the finish, which is rather tart and and with some grainy, hoppy bitterness that seems to stick in back of the mouth. A little pricey at $8.49 a six-pack, but I'd probably drink the beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 20:18:11 | More by marcobrau
Photo of Matthew


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a very dark brown with an almost copperish type color in the light. Nice fluffy white head with only the slightest bit of off whiteness in it.
Smells of roasted malt and has a very smokey aroma
Very smooth. Nice smokey flavor that matches well with the lightly roasted malt character that follows. There is a hint of a hoppy bite on its way down but is very subtle.
Mouthfeel is thin, not sticky like some other porters I've had but not in a bad way.
This is a very drinkable beer and is tastey as well. Nice example of a all around good porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 19:18:00 | More by Matthew
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice tan head, that went into a average lace. Smell was of roasted malt, and was inviting.Mouthfeel is light,and flat no carbination. This beer was light,but flavorfull. You could easily down quite a few of these. My Favorite of the Otter Creek products I've tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 01:57:57 | More by riversider76
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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good porter to drink on a cold winters day by the fire. Pours black, but not jet black--has tints of red when held up to the light. Head stays hight throught the drink and leaves good lace. Smells of chocolatey and roasty malt with tastes of the same coupled with a coffee flavor. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Could drink a bunch of these on a nice cold sunday while watching some football.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 00:54:00 | More by bjohnson
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer awaits me in my goblet. It has a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark malts, chocolate, with a slight tinniness in the background. The taste on this is basically the quintessential porter. Sierra Nevada Porter and this are very similar and I look at both as nice solid examples of the style. The taste is dark malt and chocolate, the same as the aroma, there are no surprises. The roasted malt bitterness of a stout is absent. I detect a metallic element in the aftertaste when it is served too cool. The mouthfeel is on the the thin side. If you're a fan of porters, the drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 22:56:08 | More by Hagbard
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown, almost black color with very attractive tannish puffy head. Smell is a mixture of molasses, coffee, and toasted grains. Slight metallic smell. Taste is extremely good, with the chocolate, coffee and roasted grain notes blending with a slight hop bitterness to exude a fantastic taste. Finished with just the right sweetness and dryness combined. An excellent offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 23:48:29 | More by tgbljb
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/28/05

It pours a dark brownish black, semi-transparant, with ruby hints at the edges. Nice color- though not exemplary. The head is a solid two-fingers, slightly tan, and pretty long lasting.

Aroma is roasted malt coffee with a touch of chocolate. Some spicy/floral hops are present but faint. The roasted qualities give way after a minute or two to a creamy caramel character. Some dried fruit ( figs/raisins) show up after a while, as does some alcohol.

The roasted malts are perhaps too forceful on the palate- the bitterness and acidity hit you right away. The flavor is a nice blend of mocha/floral hops and a heavy dose of dark caramel. Hop bitterness seems to take a back seat to the roasted malt. Residual sugars are enough to keep everything in check, but may be a bit too sweet.

This is a good beer; it could use some tweaking, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 03:05:25 | More by TongoRad
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date and Batch # on bottle
A: Brown with a little light coming through. Thin head that quickly receded. Light lacing.
B: Smelled like a campfire.
T: Excellent beer. Burnt coffee taste. Just the perfect amount of bitterness. Very well balanced.
M: A little thin for a porter. Well carbonated.
D: Very drinkable, b/c of it's nice balance of bitterness and smoothness. Just enough bite.
Very good beer. Makes me want to try more from Otter Creek.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 18:09:15 | More by wcudwight
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well carbonated porter, very roasty in aroma and toast, medium mouthfeel.Coffee roast and woodsmoke. Refreshing, though missing something. Initially some sourness that disapeared in the roastiness as it warmed to room temperature. Bottled in June of this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 03:42:50 | More by Sammy
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has the date it was bottled, and batch number on the back. When poured the beer is dark brown in color. Pours with nice head, which doesn’t stick around long. If you’re near a light source you may see a brown glow around the sides. Beer smells of roasted malt. Very nice. This beer is smooth with a nice tingle and a Carmel taste. Seems a bit light compared to other porters. A drinkable beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 20:39:34 | More by LucaBrasi
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with ruby like tints. The thick fluffy tan head fades slowly leaving few laces. This beer smells very strongly of roasted malts. I detect a slight molasses aroma. The hop aroma is low. It smells slightly chocolate like, with a faint liquorice aroma. It has a very malty taste. I really enjoy the roasted malt flavor of this beer. It also tastes like liquorice. There is a very slight chocolate flavor also. The hops are not very noticable in the flavor. This beer is rather thin for a Porter. It is not very creamy. It is more like a Brown. It leaves a very desirable malty aftertaste. I think this beer would make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is not too aggressive. You could drink quite a few of these. If you get a chance to try this one, you should. I am glad that I did. Thanks again karst for hooking my up with a good beer, as usual.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 00:29:41 | More by OStrungT
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2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yikes...poor-ter. Looks like soda, with hardly any head atop and quite fizzy. Aroma has some hops and toasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate, but it's all rather faint. Has some hazlenut notes in the finish with a slightly bitter hop flavor to balance. And thin! This is one of the thinnest porters I've ever sampled. So many better examples of the style, this one is doesn't compare to many of its counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 22:31:50 | More by IrishRedRock
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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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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and opaque. Lets very little light through. Tannish head of over a 1/2 an inch and with good duration. Laces in complicated and shiny little strings. Bright aroma for a Porter, some molasses but with a leafy hop quality. Mouthfeel is lightish, carbonation about medium. Flavor follows aroma to start -- some coffee and a hint of chocolate but with a solid sense of citrusy hoppiness coming through as well. In a way, its refreshing and easy to drink with its light body and its got a nice and atypical hop/malt balance. Not as malty and smooth as some Porters run toward, though warming improves those qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 22:49:47 | More by ADR
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown body (light shines through showing an amber color) with a vanilla head that clings to the glass quite effectively, but then vanishes after about a minute.

This beer gives off a sweet malt aroma, but it is gone with the head.

Taste is malty followed by the hops. Hints of coffee do show through.

Mouth feel is smooth and well carbonated. An easy drinking beer that could easily be followed by another.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 01:35:08 | More by Naes
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
Porter pours black
As black can be

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-oo!
Good aromas arise when
I shake 'ands with you
So show me your lace
And that's hoppy too

Now as the ladder of life
'As been strung
You may think a porter's
From the bottom of a tun.

With me malts roasted
In the ashes and soot
In this 'ole wide world
There's no 'appier bloke

Caramel, coffee, chocolate and malt
All billered and curled
'Tween pavement and stars
It's a chimney porter world

When the's 'ardly no day
Nor 'ardly no night
There's tastes 'alf in shadow
And 'alf way in light
Of coffee and malts
Oh, what drinkable delight!

I choose me brews with food
to please
A brew for the meat
And a brew for the cheese

Though he as dark as soot
From his 'ead to his toes
This porter knows 'e's welcome
Wherever 'e goes

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee!
When you're with a Stovepipe
You're in glad company

No where is there
More 'appier blokes
Than them wot drinks
from Otter Creek folks.

"Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!"
On the chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ee
Chim cher-oo!
I'll bet your ready
to try one or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 19:36:52 | More by karst
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a transparent redish, caramel color. Head was tan and just over a finger's width in thickness.

The aroma is heavy with sweet malts with bits of toasted malts which contribute a light chocolate aroma. Not the typical porter aroma. Nice nonetheless.

Taste has some oatmeal nuances initially which work well with the sweeter malt forefront. Later this transitions into a semi-sweet chocolate and then to a stronger toasted flavor which gives it a mocha coffee finish. Slightly hoppy as well which gives this a nice sharpness. Not really bitter but a bit of resin comes through. A good flavor profile, not overly complex, but well done.

Mouthfeel is decent. A little thinner than I'd like, but tolerable.

This would be a good session porter with its lighter body and good flavor. Its nothing overly done up, so its drinkability is quite high.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 01:58:07 | More by blitz134
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3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a nice dark brown with reddish hues. The head is quite fizzy and leaves quickly.

Smell: The smell consists mostly of well-hopped burnt chocolate notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is your average chocolate and coffee porter flavor, pretty hoppy, with a slight burnt feel to it. Nothing about the flavor really stands out to me, but it is decently robust. I think I'd enjoy the taste more if it weren't for the super thin mouthfeel. It's like I'm drinking water here.

Drinkability and Overall: While this beer has it's strong points (robust flavor being the biggest one), the mouthfeel is killing me. Maybe this was just a bad bottle, and I kinda hope it is. This would've been a very nice beer if it weren't for that mouthfeel. I've got 4 left downstairs, so if the rest of them are better, I'll change my review accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 23:34:55 | More by santoslhalper
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring at room temperature into a pint glass, it pours a deep dark brown color with ruby tones letting some light through which I find interesting for a porter; most i have had let ZERO light through. A pretty aggressive pour gives a 1/2" light tan head that clings to the glass like flies on poop!

Aroma is slightly smokey, but mostly of dark roasted malts with some slight mocha chocolate and some caramel. Maybe some spice comes through as well on the nose.

Taste is pretty sweet for a porter. Sweet roasted malts with some coffee and caramel flavors also, and very smooth throughout the tasting. The finish is as smooth as the head on top of the beer!

I could easily drink more and more of these! Another NorthEastern Treasure!!! I definitely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 22:26:02 | More by Fish113d
Photo of JackStraw22


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, nearly black. 1/2 inch of head, went down quickly.

Smell: Smoky aroma combines with sweet malt aroma, very simple, but pleasent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This feels really thin, not a whole lot of body. Smooth, not a ton of carbonation. The hop bitterness really dominates, it doesn't have enough malt to balance it I don't think. Slight metallic aftertaste. Taste really improves on warming, more sweetness comes through.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 22:52:14 | More by JackStraw22
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2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured out dark but transparent with a nice dark ruby color.Aone finger tan head.Smells of dry coffee.I wish i could say more for the taste but its almost watery,dont get me wrong theres nothing wrong with it,but,it tastes of a watered down bland porter.Dry coffee flavors mostly come through.Tight slightly bitter finish.Mouthfeel,,watery. An ok porter,,theres many others id reach for besides this,,not very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 01:39:10 | More by tweeder263
Photo of LPorter33


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = dark, thick, rootbeer like brown.

Smell = Rich chocolate malt, a little bit of sour hops mixed in

Taste = Darn good tasting porter. Not too heavy but full of flavor. Malty chocolate taste with a bit of hoppy flavor coming in at the end. Leaves a good dark chocolate taste in the back of the mouth.

Overall = I'm not a huge fan of Porters but I respect this one a lot and highly recommend it to Porter fans. Otter Creek is quickly becoming my all time favorite micro brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 03:53:24 | More by LPorter33
Photo of Wonka


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NET 12 FL. OZ.
Bottled on 3/28/05
Batch # was blurred (possibly 1697)

Appearance – mostly black body with much of the permeability expected in a porter (in fact a bit too much); light tan, micronized head starts strong and could be stronger later; terraced lace is rather impressive

Smell – great big smoky nose; black coffee; light hoppy background

Taste – burnt malts; smoke; black coffee; dark chocolate; hops pop in and out with some force and roll back to mix in the aftertaste with the dominant smoke

Mouthfeel – pleasant moderate body with some crispness and a brief lush moment; carbonation is suitable and under control

Drinkability – really easy to drink; not disturbed by imbalance; close isn’t too dry; predominant smoke that’s present in the transition remains on the tongue for a while, creating your imbibe interval timing

What a pleasant surprise. Stovepipe is one heck of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 21:33:02 | More by Wonka
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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