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

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 22 | 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 IrishRedRock
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Naes
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of karst
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Photo of JackStraw22
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of tweeder263
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

Photo of LPorter33
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Wonka
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of BrewMaster
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of fretlessman71
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of edchef1850
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of jvajda
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of apintofknowledge
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of TAMU99
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of cooter
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Shiloh
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.