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 beerluvr
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ngandhi
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tar
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RocketWidget
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of david23
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of CBFanWish
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Skidz
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of travolta
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
Apperance: No head, or head retention. Black in color, but reddish brown in the light.

Nose: Sweet carmel, Coffee, Brandy.

Taste: Sweet at first, toffee, and roasted coffe. i didnt get much flavor out of this one.

Notes: I enjoyed drinking this, but as I said i didnt get much flavor, it was a simple dark beer. i hate that.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deppe, thick maron color with black highlights. Minimal head but small patches of gooey lace form on the glass and slide off quickly.
Aroam of brown sugar, honey ?, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley and hint of bread.
Flavor is wonderful thck coffee and a mild chocolate hit followed by a powerful bitter finish. Excellent transition and great balance.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy upfront, finishes just a tad thin no real issue.
Drinkability is superior, give me a 12-pack and a couch and I'll be a happy man.
Thanks to Pbrian for this beauty. Xaipe Bro.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of stewart124
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.


Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of UnionMade
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of beernbbq
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of hungryghost
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

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