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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 BuckeyeNation


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely lucent dark walnut with copious streaks of ruby red. The ecruish head is small and unimpressive. It does maintain a one finger thickness for a bit and deposits an acceptable amount of lace in a thick, slurred collar when it eventually departs.

The nose consists of roasted malt and cocoa. There's no coffee that I can detect and very little hoppiness. I do, however, pick up a light fruitiness that I might just as well attribute to hops as to anything else.

Stovepipe is a straightforward American porter. Moderately roasted chocolate malt brings forth the flavor of... chocolate. The beer is lightly sweet with a lactic (milk sugar) character that works well against the bitter roastedness. While it's a little more hoppy on the palate than in the nose, calling it hoppy would be a stretch.

The biggest failing as far as I'm concerned is the mouthfeel. It's too light. I prefer full-bodied beer, but make every effort to judge all beer by the style guidelines. Even so, this one is too thin, which only accentuates the vigorous carbonation. Light and bubbly works well in some styles, but not in a porter.

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter is a good effort, but stumbles on its way to the winner's circle due to an unacceptable body/mouthfeel. There's plenty of flavor to work with though, so all is not lost.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 14:46:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of whynot44


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, dark reddish brown with a moderate creamy tan head.

The aroma is roasted malt, dark roast coffee with maybe a bit of chocolate and licorice.

The taste is also strong roasted barley malt and coffee with a nice licorice and grapefruit hops bite that lasts well in the aftertaste.

Dry, slightly bitter finish. Very nice, almost a cross between porter and stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 04:24:41 | More by whynot44
Photo of BrewMaster


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brownish color with an amber hue. A thin tan head that mostly swirls over the top.

Smell: Roasty, woody, burnt caramel, and alcohol.

Taste: Roasty with a distinct wood flavor. Burnt and someone like a fresh cut vine. Light hop notes are very earthy. Everything in this beer tastes burnt. Burnt toast in the middle with a burnt fruit ending (raisin/cranberrry).

Mouthfeel: Thin on the palate for a porter and sort of watery at the end.

Drinkability: Probably better with a meal. On its own it was somewhat one-dimensional (burnt) and unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 19:49:49 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of mentor


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sulldaddy for this one. 12 oz screwcap bottle received in March 2005 and consumed about a week later (02/01/05 batch #1680). Poured a half finger cream head over a very dark liquid. Smelled strongly of coffee and chocoalte. This is a porter? Perhaps best classified as a stout. Perhaps a hint of floral hops, but no sign of alcohol. Tastes sweet to start with roast prevalent with some dry baker's chocolate. A tinge of molasses and a dry hay quality which must be the hops. As the beer goes down the throat acrid carbonation forms on the tongue to amplify the roasty bitter. Immediately after swallowing is a subdued and dry caramel followed by a dry (yet gentle) bitter that clinges to the tongue. The hops smell is more prevalent now, but I can place which kind. Pretty nice offering. The flavors are all in balance and work well together. Although sweetness if present, tt's left my mouth quite dry. Not sure I'd be interested in another. Md to Md thick mouthfeel with moderate to mild carbonation. Just the way it shold be.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 03:30:42 | More by mentor
Photo of fretlessman71


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

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: A big thanks to chazwicke for providing me with this one.

Says here on the bottle that this beer is now about 6 months old. Hoping I didn’t wait too long to drink it!

APPEARANCE: Translucent dark chocolate. Nice color. Light tan, somewhat rocky yet firm head. Light lacing.

AROMA: Well-roasted chocolate malt and faint flowery hops. Hops might have been stronger in a fresher bottle.

FLAVOR: BIG roasted malt flavor – chocolate and black patent. Black coffee, good hop bittering. Roasty dry finish. Hops come out more as the beer warms. Almost like an IPA brewed with dark specialty grains.

MOUTHFEEL: Decent weight; good carbonation.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. Alcohol is only 5.4%, which lends itself to having more than one.

OVERALL COMMENTS: If I was in the mood for bitter rather than sweet (and that’s not completely far-fetched), this would make an excellent beer to have more than one of. Well done, Otter Creek!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 21:46:11 | More by fretlessman71
Photo of edchef1850

New York

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

Otter Creek makes some quality products, very accurate representations of different styles. I enjoyed the stovepipe porter. Although not my favorite style(im not a big coffee drinker and i tend to get big coffee flaveors from a lot of porters) i still like to enjoy a couple now and then for a break from my normal corral of beers. This beer looks great dark ruby tones with a nice healthy head on tap. Heavy roasted malts in the mouth, but they dont linger to long. Two pints might be my limit with this porter on a cold winter night, but i would definetly enjoy them both.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2005 20:32:41 | More by edchef1850
Photo of jvajda


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most balanced porter I've yet to try. It looks black with a small dark head, actually more like a stout than the porters I'm used to. The bitterness is accompanyed by a roasted undertone and present hop character. Very pleasing and aply named.This is my new favorite porter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2005 06:21:03 | More by jvajda
Photo of Hibernator


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. This beer is always a personal OC favorite. Bottled on date clearly labeled 01/15/05 [Batch #1662].

Pours a true dark brown color, almost black in appearance. Notice the ruby highlights. Serious umbrella-like sticky lacings are clinging all over the glass.

Whiffs of coffee or espresso, chocolate with a smokey backdrop.

Dark roasted malts with a half and half creamy finish. Significant hop presence with a smokey, roasted, bitter effect on the palate.

I really like this beer. Such a classic beer in New England with snow on the ground and biting wind chills.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 01:49:26 | More by Hibernator
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

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

Poured a deep mahogany brown, slightly viscous, with a thin tan head. The aroma had components of roasted coffee, burnt toast and milk. As for the taste, a brown-sugary sweetness on the front of my tongue and the somewhat bitter dark roasted coffee taste on the back... nice combination that contrasts well. Nice level of carbonation too, which combined with a lingering balanced flavor makes for a good mouthfeel. In all, the initial taste reminds me of a lot of a "Manhattan Special"... an espresso soda made right here in Brooklyn, though hard to find outside the NYC area.

As I drink, flavors of toasted nuts, root beer and even a little smoke and cinnamon come through. None of the milk in the aroma is present in the taste, which is fine for this nicely done sweet & bitter porter. A very good, very drinkable brew for those who love those dark roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 15:06:25 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of TAMU99


2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not bad, more stout than porter

A - Black/reddish, pours clear with a think dark tan head that leaves a heavy lace
S - malty, barley with a mild white grape (think wine) bouquet
T - Ric, strong burnt toast with hints of roasted nuts. Very little sweet flavor to balance.
M - Smooth, lingering
D - ok, if you prefer the bitter of stouts over teh sweetness of porters, then maybe this one's for you

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 01:58:41 | More by TAMU99
Photo of FenwaySquid


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz twist-off bottle (?) into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, dark brown. The head was creamy, with a light tan hue.

Smell: chocolaty, nutty aroma. Very appealing.

Mouthfeel: slightly hoppy, a nice smokey flavor.

I'm usually not a big fan of souts and porters, but I liked this one very much.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 00:35:54 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of cooter

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

DARK. Very light-colored cream head. Rich nose, with roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol notes, very enticing. Good lacing. First taste is strangely devoid of complexity...towards the back it has a little espresso, but the chocolate scents are not found now. The roast malts are a little too burnt and muted for my liking. Drinkability is harmed by the bitterness and cloying character. It's almost flat on the palate...OK, just got some grapefruit I think, an aspect of sourness.

Worth a try, but not for sessions, and not for regular quaffitude.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 02:17:48 | More by cooter
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

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

An impressive brew from Vermont and Otter Creek Brewing.
Black as coal with undertermined carbonation. The head was short and the glass cling was tall.
The body is full.
The aroma is surprizingly clean.
The taste has a multitude of flavours, foremost is a roasted smokey element which continues through out, dark chocolate, black licorice and a roasted barley are evident as well.
A very nice product.
Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 02:50:28 | More by Shiloh
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter poured a clear, deep red-brown color with creamy, light brown foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with some oatmeal and licorice and a bit of hops. The taste was full of roasted malt and hops with some licorice notes and a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was dry and malty with medium-full body and medium carbonation. The rich malty flavor lingered. This was a good, rich porter (very much like a stout).

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 21:44:03 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottling date 6/29/04. Good info on the beer and brewery on the label.

Stovepipe pours a deep chocolate brown, completely opaque in a pint glass. Tall, dark tan head forms and slumps quickly. Some smears of lace slide down the glass.

Aroma is huge with roasted malt, chocolate and hints of smoke. Some earthy hop fades in and out - great smelling Porter - very inviting.

Flavor is balls on style IMHO. Lush and semi sweet up front with complex notes of cherries, licorice, coffee and burnt caramel. Smooth and oily mouth feel, slightly thin ( draft is fuller) but nicely balanced with firm hop bittering .

Hop dryness blends with dark grain chalkiness in harmony to finish this off. Lingering bitter is off set by a tasty toffee kind of thing coating the roof of your mouth.

An outstanding porter that has long been one of the better American versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 04:22:04 | More by Shiredave
Photo of SheepNutz


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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep red, almost black color with two fingers of light tan head. There is a good deal of lacing. The smell is fairly light, but has a little bit of burnt malt and some coffee aromas. The taste has lots of roasted malt up front. Some coffee and chocolate are in the taste as well, even a hint of hops. The body is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is good as well. A nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 02:50:54 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

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

I'm not sure that any brewery actually makes a bad porter to my way of thinking, but this is a decent one. It poured a dark brown with some amber twinges. The head was medium with a vigorous pour. There was little lacing.

The aroma was the standard porter aroma, but oddly repressed here. The coffee aroma was weaker than normal, and the malty aroma was slight.

The predominant tasted is roasted malt with coffee and caramel undertones. It was medium-bodied in the mouth with a creamy feeling. I was left wanting another, which is not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 00:21:07 | More by rdrummer
Photo of Gumbafish

New York

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

Has a nice complex set of tastes to it. There is a definate roasted and malty taste to it, but not overpoweringly so. Nice finish with a crisp aftertaste, that isnt bitter or dry which I can sometimes expect from porters. Looks good in the glass, just minimal head which dissapates in instants. If you see it definately worth picking up a six pack of it to give it a try. Also if you like this give flying dog road dog a chance, even though its a scotch ale it tastes very much like a porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 19:33:28 | More by Gumbafish
Photo of longpondbeerman


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

Pours a dark coca-cola ebony with little head. The aroma is musty and there are tinges of chocolate, coffee, smoky grains, and roasted nuts. Seems pretty complex, but the taste is not quite so. It is mostly heavy on the roasted part, and it does not morph much from beginning to end. Still, it's a pleasant, rather light, taste for a porter. The mouthfeel is not too thin but a smidgeon bubbly for my palate. Generally, I'd say a good choice for autumn.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 22:34:14 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of jtw5877


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

Pours a nice brown hue with a tan head. To some degree all the usual suspects are here, Coffee, Toffee, Caramel, and Chocolate plus a nice malty roasted backbone and some hops for good measure. A quality beer that I really enjoyed. I'd recommend for porter lovers or stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 23:08:00 | More by jtw5877
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BA brownie points for extra label lingo info: Bottled 12/30/03 Batch# 1480 with a cozy cabin interior scene.

Husky pour into a Guinness pint releases a dark ruddy molasses mahogany brown with scant light shades seeping through the glass, under a khaki ¼” cover.

Cream & sugar Starbucks coffee scents with a light toffee candy nose. Hmmm…maybe some hops in there too but not positive.

First swigs: Tart roasted malt flavor. Then, mild bitter coffee beans, earthy oak wood tones. Once some warmth crept in, a bit of hops creep out with cherry notes in the fast fleeting dry burnt toast finish. Some milk stout notes jump out too.

Smooth, halfway to nitro pour style feel. After one, two tops maybe, this one hit the peak.

Last swigs: Sure it’s a porter, but not overly strong. This reminds me of a junior Victory Storm King with hops & porter malt just to a degree. Even though porters are not my favorite style, I can appreciate a decent porter. Not a session beer for my tastebuds.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 05:26:20 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark brown colour but is missing virtually any notion of a head. what gives? what's there is mildly soapy and off white. the nose is quite nice, comprised mainly of a blend of ever so slightly smoked malt and thick creamy chocolate. just good stuff overall here. the flavour expands upon the nose, with even more of a roasted/smoked malt presence it starts and finished with a smooth chocolate flavour with some caramel ethrown into the mix as well. mouthfeel and body are spot on as far as i;m concerned for a porter and this one is just easy to drink overall. a nice , basic (but flavourful) american porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 03:14:21 | More by guinness33
Photo of steelreign

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...what a fantastic surprise. I have never heard of this brew before, and when I saw it in my beer store, I had to try it. I am so glad I did! Pours a nice dark brownish red, with an off white head that dies down towards the end of the pint.

The smell had notes of chocolate malt, fruit and sweetness, with little in the way of hops. Very enticing...

The taste was the biggest surprise - a very complex and pleasing array of flavors, including dark fruit, rum, roasted malt and hops. A fine balance of all these made for an enjoyable brew.... one of which I will be having many more of!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 22:52:30 | More by steelreign
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very good, nice and black, but not quite opaque. Not much head, but I dont really expect it in a porter. Overall very good to style.
I dont pick up much on the nose, just a kind of roastiness...surprisingly not much chocolate or coffee.
I definitely expect more of a chocolate presence in a porter. I suppose there's a hint of it in there, but not much. It just doesnt seem to have a lot of identity with respect to the flavor--there's a burnt roastiness, but not much else. Slightly bitter; finishes on the dry side. It is very smooth and easy drinking, so it gets high points for mouthfeel, but it is perhaps a bit on the thin side. Has the potential to be a sessionable porter, if you like the taste.
I've had a few porters recently and this is near the bottom. I dont think its good for someone not into porters to get into them, but if you are it is very easy drinking despite the non-distinct flavor. Personal favorites are Perkunos Hammer, Anchor and Stone Smoked.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 03:39:15 | More by BrewMan13
Photo of clvand0


2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark color with an off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very strong of coffee … and then some coffee. Oh yeah, there's some coffee in the nose, in case I didn't mention it. The flavor is filled with ... umm ... yeah, coffee. Very strong coffee character. Some dark malts are there too, but they are overtaken by the ... coffee. Has a bitter hoppy finish methinks. Not bad, actually if you like coffee. Honestly a decently done beer, but it could use more hop character and some more standard dark malts. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 03:17:07 | More by clvand0
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.