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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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784 Ratings

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | 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 BrewMan13
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

BrewMan13, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of clvand0
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

clvand0, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of PiratePete
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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!

PiratePete, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

NEhophead, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

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!"

Sixpoint, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

kmpitz2, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.85/5  rDev +1%

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

TinusTime, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Suds, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

mntlover, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

gentlebubbles, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

mattcrill, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

GuinnessSmurf, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

GeoffRizzo, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of PartyHatjo
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

PartyHatjo, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

JISurfer, May 26, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Creamy deep tannish head, clear light brownish red liquid. Nutty, coffeeish nose. Flavors of light chocolate and weak coffee wash over the palate. Some malty body appears too. Hops blend perfectly with the coffee notes making or a very poundable beer. Finishes up roasty/dry and delicious. I reccomend this one whole-heartedly!

beerluvr, May 25, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

A cold cup of coffee. Well, more than that, really, but first impressions go a long way. Stovepipe fools you into criticizing it: "Nay, young BA. Taste this swill and smote me. But know that I test thine patience and, for those who have none, may ye be smitten as well!"

It's a developing brew that, with a little more body, could be special. I might just be jaded, however, by all the imperials I've been drinking of late.

The coffee is touched with chocolate -- those little British chocolate eggs covered in a thin candy shell, like M&Ms, but not exactly.

Good roast character without any malty bite that truly defines this as a porter instead of oh so many examples that are really stouts. It's chocolately, very liquid, and easy drinking with a hop character (never bitter) that adds as much flavor as the malts do.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, May 08, 2004
Photo of tar
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dark brown, although a bit of a reddish color comes through in the light. A very thin, light tan, head tops off the beer initially, but diminishes rather quickly to nothing more than a skim of bubbles. A great smelling beer. A nice strong chocolate malt aroma can be detected without even drawing up the glass. The taste is somewhat less impressive. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present, although they seem mild compared to the aroma. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Relatively smooth and easy drinking. This is a beer I often see, but have only recently tried, and while it wasn't overly impressive, I think I will make an effort to have it again.

tar, May 07, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Pours a deep brown/black with red highlights, two finger creamy light-tan head, leaves rings of lacing w minor webbing connecting the rings.
Herbal and roasted malt nose, earthy, very roasted in overall character.
A bit acrid taste, very earthy, full of roasted malt, anise, coffee, dark caramels, and a bit of dark fruit (burnt cherry or raisin), very "dark" in the aroma and taste.
Full bodied, good bitterness from the earthy and herbal hops. An interesting earthy porter and another winner from Wolavers/Otter Creek

mschofield, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Served in a pint glass at RFD's, cellarish temp.

Appearance: Cloudy brown liquid topped by a frothy tannish head. A film of bubbles was left as the glass was quaffed. Thick sheets of lacing were left, though the first few sips left something that was more akin to slime in appearance.

Smell: Sulfury and almost swampy hops, chocolate, toffee and bready malt aromas.

Taste: Toasted bready malts dominate the mouth, mild British bittering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's got that "cask" mouthfeel. Kinda light, almost watery. Vaguely refreshing.

Drinkability: The swampy aromas are a titch offputting, but the taste is nice. Decent session beer.

ManekiNeko, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep black, with a ruby color when held up to the light. A very good, thick head, but not as long lasting as I would have liked. Smells of hops and some sort of fruit - melon perhaps? Taste is a little disappointing. It has good hops and carbonation with a dry aftertaste, but also has a slight sourness I'm not very fond of. I found this sourness in their Copper Ale as well, so perhaps it is from the yeast they use? Not a bad beer, but not my cup of tea.

RocketWidget, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of david23
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Love this Porter from the bottle so when they put the cask on at The Old Toad and the owner asked if like to have a pint with him, how could I say no? Smooth luxiurious head and an aroma that is blended with smokiness and malt. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and just feels good!
Roasted coffe and caramel flavors but not overpowering. This one just gets better with each sip! Probably the most enjoyable Porter I've ever had.

david23, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of xgrigorix
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Twelve ounce brown twist cap. Bottling date printed on back label.

Dark chestnut brown with lumnous ruby tinted highlights. Topped by one finger of dense tan foam.

Chocolate, hints of coffee, along with some interesting herbal notes.

Coffee, chocolate, dark malt, some hints of fruit. Finishes off dry with some herbal hop qualities, along with some vegtable flavours. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

On cask at Monty's Crown. Poured adark ruby red colour with a thick tan head. This was a great example of an American porter. It has a wnderfully smoky taste with hints of coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. One of the top ten porters in my book. I think having it on cask made it better than I could have imagined it being.

CBFanWish, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Skidz
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

From Back of Label: Bottled on 09/02/03 Batch#1413

Pours out brown, and looks like a dark, smoky brown with a small, light tan head that is gone before you can take the time to admire it, and after that, there's nothing left of it. Maybe a millimeter's worth around the edge, but that's it, nothing else. Lots of crimson showing through all around.

Smells of roasted malts and raisins, with tiny bits of chocolate and vanilla showing through. (Very similar to the Sammy Smith Taddy Porter). Also fair to note is a bit of creaminess that sits behind all the major tones this brew shows.

Starts out with some light chocolates and coffee which really dominate this beer. Quite sweet at first taste, but evens out into a nice, strong bitterness that really gets under your tongue. The flavors aren't very complex. There isn't much to this porter, but it sure tastes good.

Nice, smooth mouth with excellent carbonation that compliments the whole experience. Moves very well around the mouth and can easily be drunk for any period of time. A good porter, but not outstanding. I definately reccomend serving this chilled to around 45-55 degrees F where the flavors come out much stronger than at cold temperatures. A pair of these would be nice on a snowy winter day, but not much more than that.

Skidz, Mar 21, 2004
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.