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

It pours a dark mahogany with a medium-sized beige head and a fair amount of sticky lace.
A smoky smell permeates the air upon first pouring. A dry malty smell begins to develop and sticks around for a while. A light citrusy aroma is noticed early, but it fades rather quickly.
The malt is toasty and smoky. A light sweetness does very little to counter the strong smokiness (not that it’s a bad thing). Strong coffee and a mild dark chocolate taste
A tea-like bitterness, along with an edgy citrus taste provides a dry sharpness. The taste is raw and wild.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 04:47:29 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark black with ruby hints and a nice tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, burnt malts, and a herbal aroma. The taste is of a roasted/burnt malts and a slight taste of chocolate. Nice nutty flavor with a thick body and great creamy aftertaste. This beer goes down very well. Another beer well done by Ottercreek.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 14:45:41 | More by stewart124
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy tan head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, roasty chocolaty malty aroma. Roasted malty mild coffee flavors, nice dry burnt and smokey bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full and smooth mouthfeel, I really like this porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 15:57:06 | More by maxpower
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Blackish-brown with a tan head. The head left some lacing up top and then seemed to wholly stick to the side of the glass the rest of the way down.

Smell: There is a very interesting and unusual hop aroma. Other than that, malty coffee and vanilla.

Taste: A substantial vanilla flavor upfront and in the aftertaste. Hints of coffee. The hops are kind of in the background but fairly obvious. Something is going on that makes for a satisfying hop profile with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Not very pleasant on my tongue but a nice consistency.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy. The vanilla flavor is subtle but it might get to be too much after a while.

Beef Notes: The Otter Creek lineup seems to be solid but not overly impressive. This is another example. I would gladly drink it again but I wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 05:27:50 | More by BeefyMee
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4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brew with a nice creamy tan head, could have better retention but the lace is impressive.
Smell is spice, strong roasted grain and coffee scents and maybe some hint of bread and herbs.
Hoppy roasted coffee and grain, some smokyness and a good lingering hop aftertaste. Some very faint chocolate and caramel flavors.
heavy good body, very full and smoth mouthfeel.
Definitely high drinkability, very good brew with a strong presence about it.


Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 00:39:55 | More by oelergud
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: murky deep brown, leaning on black, with red tints at edges, and a lush crown of cream-in-the-coffee foam that looms large, then settles to a slim ring.
Aroma: right off, a perfect mesh of cocoa and espresso, a lovely mocha java in the nose, and, in the mouth?...
..light hops, full malt, with that great flavor described from the nose washing all over the palate, rinsing the mouth with this ideal match of dark delights, while still being incredibly smooth, very easy drinkability. Full bodied, with a lond, delectable, chocolate-laced finish. Great coffee/cocoa flavor never flags, sags, or even sighs, it just keeps on pleasing.
Great porter, one I'd happily turn to if the option were mine.
Since it's not, I have Mr. Rabidawg to gratefully thank!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 08:05:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark brown, if not black, shining a limpid red through light. A thin ivory head sits on top, keeping steady almost until the end, where it diminishes to a fat ring around the glass.
The aroma is a very pleasant coffee roastiness, with a bit of burnt toffee and some smooth, unassuming herbal hops. A touch of plum fruitiness enhances the malt, with a suggestion of cherry.
The flavor is very, very pleasant. Rich coffee maltiness up front, changing into a baker's chocolate bittersweetness. Slightly grainy, with a definite chocolate malt presence. Some faint plum esters come through in the middle, lending a mild sweetness to the burnt maltiness. The flavor thins out a little in the end, with some mild herbal hopping adding a touch of bitterness. Dryish and grainy in the end, with a lingering herbal hop and coffee ground aftertaste sticking around for ages. Light to medium bodied with middling, nondescript carbonation. A grainy, somewhat powdery mouthfeel, but not at all unpleasant.
This is easily my favorite beer from Otter Creek. I don't care much for their lighter colored styles, but they do a great job with this one. A solid porter by any standard. I don't care for the bottles as much, but I've ordered draught pints of this many a time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2004 09:37:14 | More by UnionMade
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 09/11/03, batch #1417

Appearance: This beer poured a little thin for a porter. It was dark brown in color and still let some light through as it sat in the glass. With an aggressive pour, the light tan head rose up to just under two fingers and dissipated quickly. As it settled, its stickiness was apparent by the way the foam clung to the side of the glass. There was some light lacing as I drank.

Smell: The overriding aroma was that of very dark, almost burnt, malt. This was mixed with notes of dark chocolate (especially right after the pour) and sweet cream. There was an underlying layer of cracker-like malt that seemed to be the foundation that supported the other aromas.

Mouthfeel: This one was a little thin, but it had a coating creaminess to it that was nice. It was buttery smooth upfront and gained some texture and roughness as it moved back in the mouth.

Taste: This beer was simply a full-on assault of dark malt. Heavily roasted, burnt flavors were evident from start to finish. There was a little bit of creamy sweetness on the finish, along with a rise of hops bitterness that continued into the aftertaste. It was rather dry, compelling me to drink more.

Stovepipe is a fitting name for this brew that is chock full of deep roasted flavor. Almost too much, though. It didn't leave enough room for any other components to emerge and contribute to the flavor. As a result, this beer turned out to be lacking complexity. It was enjoyable, though. This is one of those brews where the logical side of the brain was saying, "This beer lacks depth" and the other side was going, "Damn, this isn't bad at all! Can I have another?"

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 03:30:47 | More by Quaffer
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a lacey tan head. The aroma is good. It is sweet with crystal malts and has a black roasted flavor from black patent and roasted malts. It has a bit of chocolatey scent. The taste is average. Again, it has all the aromatic qualities, but it is weak and watery. It is not nearly as bold as the smell. The mouthfeel is good it is a full bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation to make it have a smooth, clean finish. It is a decent porter, but I've had much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 18:25:20 | More by WesWes
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Small white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A medium to lighter bodied Porter. Malts are chocolate and toffee. Hops are a little spicy. Nicely balanced. It perhaps a little thin tasting for a porter, but I’ve noticed this “fault” a lot lately. Is it a trend or a redefinition of style? Still it a nice very drinkable porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 03:42:14 | More by beerguy101
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice tight head. Smell is medium chocolate with some coffee notes. Taste of chocolate is light on the tounge and goes down smooth. Easy drinkability alone or pairs nicely with a variety of meats or cheeses. Probably one of Otter Creeks best products.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 12:12:10 | More by beernbbq
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District of Columbia

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

Good dark porter color, not opaque but close. Nice tan head forms but does not hang around too long. No lacing either.
Healthy aroma of roasted malts and coffee.
In addition to the malts and coffee, I get some smokiness in the taste. As it rolls off the tongue and down the hatch there are hints of hops as well. A nice way to finish the hardy flavor.
Mouthfeel is fine. My only complaint would have to be that it is a little thinner than I like a beer with this much dark flavor.
None the less I could easily drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 05:20:22 | More by hungryghost
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish black...tan head...nice nose...strong coffe grounds aroma...also chocolate and even a little java....body is about medium..real creamy mouthfeel....very nice taste...also some good chocolate flavors....I detect some subtle, but well placed hopping on the finish....

Ths is a very good Porter...more complex than some....creamy, tasty and it smells great...solid offering here that I would buy again...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 05:26:58 | More by ZAP
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was black in the glass with ruby coloring when held up to the light. I tried and tried, but the aroma was hard to come by. After the beer warmed there was a slight roasted/chocolate aroma, not much more. The body was medium light and the flavor chocolate, roasted, and coffee, but also slightly sour. The beer finished dry with a light chocolate flavor that lasts and lasts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2003 01:44:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a sold porter that poured an opaque dark brown colour with a tan head. The aromas were right on and consisted of dark roasted malts, chocolate, hops, and a hint of caramel. The taste was slightly bitter, coffee-like, chocolate-y, and malty. The mouthfeel was thick and just right, and the drinkability was excellent. A damn fine cup of porter!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 15:24:17 | More by francisweizen
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice light tan head. The beer itself is pitch black like oil. The smell is like rich burnt grains. The taste builds off the smell and ends in a hops infused coffee flavor. This a rich, smooth beer that is balanced out in the end by just a little bit of hops. It's not too thick, and thus easy drinking. Pick up a sixer on a cold fall day.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 02:54:11 | More by HappyHourHero
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep but clear ruby black with an inch of creamy white head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet fruit hints. Full roasted malt upfront, slightly acidic finish, with coffee notes and a balance of sweet and bitter flavours. The body is rather on the thin side for a porter, not that I'm holding that against it. An easy drinkin' brew that I could find myself having a bunch of.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 12:11:10 | More by mydeadguy
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a bidge frothy head that laced the glass ALL the way down as I drank. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, followed by a rich and complex taste made up of roasted malt, chocolate, raisin, fig, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and coffee. It's all there. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The smokey flavor is subtle and not overpowering. It makes its presence known only in the finish and the aftertaste. It complements all the other flavors. Tremendous beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2003 02:37:57 | More by far333
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep ruby color, bubbly. white head dies down to a whit halo but is easily aroused back on top. scents of honey, molasses, smokeiness, a woody malt and hints of cranberry. flavor is delicious, not vfery sweet at all, very light mouthfeel alot of crispy bubbles, maybe a bit watery. alot of toastiness all over and a bitter malt and this abides with the roasty toasty on the palate. a plesant woodiness and some french roast coffee in the finish. i detected an aftertaste that was like asprin. and a slight metallic taste in my cheeks. the aftertastes might get to me after a while but it could be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 01:30:04 | More by pio
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby/black from a 12oz bottle. Big thick tan head that sticks around a short while.

The smell is bread and grain with a little dark malt in there too. Taste is heavily dominated by coffee. A little too much so. Quite the hoppy finish too. Mouthfeel is on the medium side. A decent porter but nothing over the top.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 22:27:58 | More by yankeeheel
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle. Bottled on date printed on label. Batch #1339.

Umber with a slight tinge of red. Frothy taupe head that fades quickly. Nose gives hints of ripe fruit, chocolate, and burnt coffee. Starts off bitter with tastes of burnt malt. Flashes of hop provide some light citric contrast, but for the most part they are smothered by the smoky bitterness. Very faint unsweetened chocolate malt is detectable before the lingering dry charred earthy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery.

Not a bad Porter, but for my tastes it might benefit from just a touch more sweetness. Drinkable enough, but probably not one I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 01:58:55 | More by silks636
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3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a very dark brown color and is nearly opaque, although some tints of light came through when held up to the light. Roasted grains in the aroma with some citrus notes, but overall nothing overwhelming. Has a decent body with an assertive but pleasant bitterness that is right on the mark. Crisp and clean. There’s also a hidden fruitiness in there somewhere. Perfectly matched with the fine rich maduro cigar I’m enjoying. A very nice porter. I like the bitterness, and the dry finish, rather than a sweet one. Well made.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 04:14:19 | More by pezoids
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, raspberry brown with a solid tan dome.
Roasty, smoky, dirt-filled aromatics. Nice.
Begins with a sensation akin to that of smoked, dried leaves. Watery coffee enters next. Stays earthy tasting all the while. Hopping adds increased herbal bitterness that seems joined to the smokiness of the malts rather than a seperate entity. Just a suggestion of milk chocolate, otherwise there is no sweetness to speak of.
Thinnish mouthfeel hurts thing here. I don't expect a porter to be coating, but this one seems pretty dilute.
This is stardard stuff, but sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 23:45:36 | More by cokes
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, musty aroma, slightly sharp. Nearly black body, clear, with a good tan head. Excellent lacing. Very sharp mouthfeel, with a taste almost like a good cheddar cheese. Nice residual sourness. Not very sweet tasting at all; more sour than sweet.

I prefer my porters to be a bit more sweet, but this is a solid and commendable attempt.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 15:57:26 | More by Darkale
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was dark brown, with a good tan head. The smell is a very rich malt. The taste is very coffee-ish, with hints of chocolate and other rich malty flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have quite a few of these!

This porter is amongst the best beers I managed to get from McHenry, and easily the best Otter Creek beer of the 3 of them. A wonderful porter and certainly one I'd get again!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 00:55:29 | More by beergeek279
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.