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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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very good

794 Ratings

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Ratings: 794
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

28 IBU
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Ratings: 794 | Reviews: 500
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
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!

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of mydeadguy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of pio
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of silks636
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of pezoids
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Darkale
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.

Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown topped by a tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Taste is very enjoyable, with strong coffee notes and a nice bitterness. Smoked wood chips drizzled in chocolate lead to a slightly bitter charcoal finish. Aftertaste is fairly clean, with just a bit of sweetened coffee. Mouthfeel is solid. Dirnkability is worthy of any BA. A nice, solid porter. Not complex, just straight-forward and well crafted.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby almost plum hue with a foaming tan head that leaves desireable scattered lacing with each sip of this fine brew. The aroma is a blend of sharp sweet tones of malt with the slightly harsh deep roasts present in this porter additional fireworks is the prevalent amount of hops in the smell along with some mellow fruit tones just enough to note very nice. Flavor is mainly dark roasts full of chocolate, coffe esque presence along with a lighter fruit tone provided by the ale yeast some dunkel like characteristics but this well made handcrafted quality porter is something to brag about. Flavor becomes a bit thin, but overall it's hard to beat this medium bodied brew carries a enough aroma and texture to keep everyone happy very good, one to save for my brother a purveyor of stouts and porters. He is usually a one or two brew type of guy but I believe a brew like this could turn into a session for him.

Photo of nomad
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'll just describe this beer as black. Had a cream/off-white colored head that was bubbly and foamy, leaving some serious stain behind. Had some good lace, too, but most of this beer's good looks faded away except for the lace.

Smelled of layers of malt: regular ol’ paris otter malt, caramel malt, chocolate malt, a touch of black malt maybe, and some roasted barley kind of scents. Also, notes of chocolate and toffee and a few slight herbal/floral notes toward the end. The beer opened to some real nuttiness, too. Didn't try too hard to overpower, instead was calm and balanced.

Taste was nice and easy: a real thin feel right away, with some additional creamy feel and flavor from the head. Quietly the roasted malt flavors came up with a tip of sugar up front. Built up a toasty flavor as well as a little fruity/acrid taste from the hops, or maybe from some black malt. (?) A patiently dry finish left a soft feeling but quite roasty coating in my mouth. Could use a little more body to the flavors.

Mouthfeel was nicely enough viscuous: not too oily or creamy or watery, but a nice balance of all. Very drinkable, as this good porter is a great beer to have around if you’re in New England.

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice rich,deep brown with light off-white head,smell was very roasted malt smell with light chocolate notes.Taste is burnt ans highly roasted with a nice mocha coffee flavor to it.I thought it may have been a little thin on the mouth toward the bottem but all in all a pretty nice beer.

Photo of dwarbi
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is pretty white. It goes away for the most part, but provides lovely lacing. The beer is colored a very dark amber (almost opaque). Smells smoky and hoppy, not as much nut and chocolate as most porters. Tastes better than average. Burnt. Not as hoppy as I expected. The hops are there, but you have to taste quick before the the smoke screen masks it. The campfire also dominates the mouthfeel. Pretty light, though. I enjoyed this beer and would have it again. I'd love to try in on cask.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours out dark brown and looks opaque, but when held up to a light, you will see a cherry/burgundy color. Very little head, nothing to retain there, I won't expect much carbonation...

Sweet and malty aroma, coffee/mocha coming through, too.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, adequate body for a porter, but could be better. Low carbonation as I thought, the smoky burnt charcoal roastiness is easily more prominent than the coffee/chocolate flavors trying to peek through.

A pleasant hop finish (about as pronounced as I've ever tasted in this style) rounds out perhaps only a slightly above average, but very drinkable session porter.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown in color with a light brown head.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hops, and alcohol.

Taste shows heavily roasted malt flavors. Well hopped for a porter. Slight coffee and chocolate notes.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid porter.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooo doggies, I liked this little black liquid meal. Qpaque black with hints of ruby 'round the edges, mediocre beige head that slithered down to a wisp before setting the lace, this is a good looking beer that just misses on appearance. I should have slipped it down a notch but I liked the smoky aroma and the lovely roasty flavors that greeted my lips. Smooth, creamy feel with lots of rich body makes one feel real cozy sipping this brew.

Photo of inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wouldn't mind a little more smoke in my stovepipe. Pours a deep ruby-edged black under sticky thin beige. Nose of Easter bunny memories and dry reeds. Full roasty, mocha trimmed porter with a pleasant hop bite that clamps on your buds for a spell. Smooth, drinkable, a choice porter. I like!

Photo of scottum
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good porter, but nothing outstanding. Very dark brown with a a very small head. Nice heavy smoke flavor. But not balanced well enough. Burnt flavors come in and different smokey hues take shape. The hops even taste smoky if that is possible. There is even a smokey aftertaste. I generally like smokey brews, but I think this one goes a touch too far without enough balance to keep the smoke in check.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a pretty big off-white head that dies after a bit to a lace and leaves its trail all over the glass. Delicious chocolate aroma with a blend of nuts and coffee. Also, malty sweetness hits the nose.

Flavor is chocolatey, but I would say that the nuts are in greater proportions. Coffee is in there in a noticable amount to make this a fairly complex porter. Smooth and creamy, the mouthfeel is excellent. It has a medium body which makes it a little thin for a porter, but since the flavor is there, it is not detrimental to the brew.

Once again, Otter Creek has provided me with an interesting beer that is not outstanding, but definitely a brew that will be found in my possesion.

Photo of shirfan
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an odd beer.

It pours extremely dark brown, yet clear, with a decent tan head.

Smell is sweet and chocolatey with a hint of hops.

After sampling several beers from Otter Creek, I've noticed the same yeast flavor in all of them, and it's starting to bother me to the point that I don't plan on trying others. Not that the beers are bad, I just don't care for that slightly dusty, organic, almost peppery flavor it imparts.

This tastes almost like a pale ale that just used darker malt; it's very well hopped and finishes suprisingly bitter. Malt is roasty and starts a bit sweet, but gets non-descript in the balance of hops and ever-present yeast.

A good beer in all respects, but there are plenty of other dark beers I enjoy more. A non-favorite due to personal preference; if you like the yeast Otter Creek uses, this is worth a try.

Photo of darklager
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice dark color and when looking through it, you can see shades of reddish-brown. It had a small tan head that left a decent lacing on the way down. This beer had a burnt aroma and flavor which is fitting considering its name. The smoky burnt flavor goes really well with this beer and it finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Overall a good tasting beer that tastes better with each drink.

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