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 UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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).

Photo of Shiredave
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of rdrummer
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Gumbafish
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of steelreign
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of BrewMan13
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of clvand0
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of PiratePete
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beautiful creamy very light brown head. It stayed for a long time and stuck to the side of the glass. The rest was a very dark, dark red when held up to the light. The two folks I was with said that it was a bitter taste that they both noticed at first taste. For me it was the chocolate and very light hint of tobacco. I am a real porter/stout/bitters fan so I can't say I noticed anything bitter in the Stovepipe. Nice sense of hops in the flavour too. Aftertaste was dry; not sweet. Mild, but still pleasant. A serious beer. It was, for me, a light drink, but a very pleasant one. Not my favourite porter but certainly a very good one worth having a second. In fact, I did have a second. Cheers to Otter Creek!

Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy 1" burnt, off white head. Very dense and layered lacing with a lot of strength. Dark brown in color with a red tint.

Sweet and malty chocolate aroma in addition to a high level of hops. Also some faint caramel tones.

Lots of dark chocolate flavors driving this porter. Leads to a bold hop bitterness. Medium malt sweetness that finishes quite dry and leads to a pleasant bitterness.

A very thin malty chewiness captures the palate. The dark chocolate tones bulk this porter up to a hearty/well bodied brew.

Bold flavors make up this hearty American porter. Surprisingly easy to drink. I enjoyed this one a lot after letting it warm up to almost room temperature. Definitely a porter I'd be happy drinking again in the future. Probably my favorite Otter Creek offering.

Photo of Sixpoint
2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer.... hmmmm....

Well, I don't like it. Here's why:

There is little to no head retention.

The smell is very faint...and all I get is a little chocolate malt and roast barley?

Taste is not good. Where's the caramel taste to balance the hops and charcoal burntness? The label proclaims it has plenty of roasted barley? Roasted? This is not a stout. Porters should not be roasted. A porter should be made with black malt... that's why its a porter?

Overall, the beer is not drinkable. There's too much sharpness/acidity from the roasted barley? and hops, and not enough caramel sweetness or finish. An average beer, at best.


Quote from my friend:

"This beer tastes like soy sauce!"

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark, nearly opaque brown. The head is about a half an inch quickly disappearing to a ring just around the top of the beer. The nose is mostly coffee with a bit of toffee without much hint of hops. The taste is okay with hints of toffee and coffee with a sharp bitter hop at the end that stick on the sides of my tongue. The beer is somewhat thick but not syrupy; a good feel. There is a little more carbonation that I would like. This is a nice beer to sit down to on a fall or winter night, but more than a few will fill me up quick. Overall, I recommed trying this beer, but try and get it in a mixed 12 pack so are not locked into 6 of them.

Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights. Nice dark khaki head. Smell is of dark roasted malts with some coffee notes. Taste is suprisingly dry for a porter. Rich maltiness is balanced well with enough hops to keep the beer from becoming too cloying. Some roasted coffee notes as well as a little bit of burnt sugar also a hint of subtle smokyness. Mouthfeel is a bit light for what I expected. Not a heavy porter at all. This thinness helps with the mouthfeel though. This would make a wonderful late fall session brew. Would go well with some sausage and carmelized onions. Not fantastic, but will definately drink again

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An intensely smoky, roasted malt aroma is the most prominent feature of this beer. There’s a bit of hop aroma in the background. It’s a solid, nearly black liquid with ruby hues in the light. The head it thin, tan, and a moderately stable. The taste is similar to bitter coffee and baking chocolate, with a serious graininess and roasted, nutty flavors. Although the taste is good, I expected a more intense flavor after the smell. The finish is bitter and dry. This is a terrific, reasonably priced porter.

Photo of mntlover
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark with brown hues with a tan head that falls to ring of foam that leaves a light lacing. Aroma is that of roasted malt with a light hint of citrus but not much else. Taste of roasted malt with a slightly bitter coffee flavor that leads to a bitter hop bite and flavor enhanced by a burst of carbonation. In fact the little bubbles mixing with the hops is the best part of the beer in my mind. Mouthfeel a little light for a porter . Drinkability is good overall but just a average beer worth trying if you haven't but there are better porters to be had.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Utter black with a dense tan head. Sweet smell like chocolate. The smoky, roasty malt has strong tones of coffe and chocolate in it. Just a bit of sourness in the finish. Full bodied. Damn good, a great companion for chocolate mousse. I'm keeping an eye open for this one.

Photo of mattcrill
2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a nice white head. Couldn't smell much at all. Got a whiff of malts and maybe some coffee but nothing that jumps out at you. Pretty bland tasting. I think the carbonation was a little overpowering. I tasted malts and roasted coffee. I guess it tasted like carbonated hazelnut coffee. It was easy drinking so I give it credit for that. Overall, a below average porter. I haven't had much luck with the Otter Creek line.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one of those beers that is so black when you pour it that you almost fear it. The head rises low to the body of the beer with minimal lacing.

There is a caramel aroma and a noticable malt influence happening. The two aren't competing smells though; very balanced.

Taste is surprisingly dry offering a big bitter tongue that sort of breathes vapors of sweet malts into the mouth. An interesting taste - good sip after sip.

The body is a little thin for a porter, giving it the quality of a small brewery that is trying not to specialize and wants a dark beer on the menu.

That being said, this beer is highly drinkable - you can enjoy putting down several of these in a session. But it really doesn't offer a "porter" experience if you are looking for a slow drinking single beer for a cold night.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, bordering on a light shoe brown in color, with a thin, off-white head. Some roasted malts, perhaps some oatmeal noted on the nose. Dark roasted malts, very rich in flavor and pleasantly creamy. A decent hop bite, which adds a great quality to this beverage. Some caramel and toasty offerings in the body. Medium bodied, full flavored. The hops seem a little more noticeable as she warms. Simple to drink, a near text-book porter, very well done, looking forward to more from the Otter Creek line.

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a lightly tan head about a half inch in depth. Lacing is very slight, but the head lasts in some form for a majority of the session.

Aroma: Strong coffee and chocolate tones. Slight herbal hoppiness to it as well.

Taste: Chocolate is predominant with a hint of coffee. Some munich-like maltiness also present, but not as much as some other porters I have sampled so far--making it a nice addition instead of an oktoberfest-like distraction.

Mouthfeel: Good, medium-bodied brew. Slight creaminess also present enhances the style.

Drinkability: Alcohol not overpowering (well, it isn't high at all), and not so thick that you can't sit down and have a few more.

Photo of JISurfer
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering from Otter Creek. This brew is a beautiful dark amber color, almost black, with a deep tan head that has fair retention. The smell was very coffee like, with small hints of chocolate, but also had some strong roasted maltiness to it. The taste was similar to the smell, but had a little more in the area of coffee. The bottle said that there was some aromas of herbal stuff, but I didn't really catch any. Overall a nice brew, not the best, but still quite drinkable.

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