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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 Darkale
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Darkale, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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!

beergeek279, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

aaronh, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

nomad, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

oberon, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

dwarbi, May 23, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

brewdlyhooked13, May 17, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

PhantomVodoo, May 12, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

AtLagerHeads, May 10, 2003
Photo of inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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!

inebrius, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of scottum
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

scottum, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

ElGuapo, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of shirfan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

shirfan, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of darklager
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

darklager, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Dark brown color with a moderate brown head that leaves lots of lace. Hoppy and roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor with moderate hop bitterness. Nice balance of malt and hops. Light bodied with a dry roasty coffee-like finish.

Definitely worth a buy and easily drinkable.

Per O.C. website: 30 IBU and O.G. of 1054

Batch #624 Bottled: 10/26/99 Tasted: 01/19/03

RBorsato, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of HossMcGraw
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%

This is a prime example of a great porter. It could stand to be a bit more bitter, but overall it is exceptional. Not too light and not too heavy, the drinkability is wonderful. The flavor is very similar to Shakespeare Stout, but this beer focuses more on the hops than the malty chocolate flavor. It is filling, yet refreshing which is a pretty rare combination. It's definitely become one of my favorites.

HossMcGraw, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of kelticblood
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%

I bought this Ottercreek Stovepipe Porter as part of a Sampler variety pack.It poured a dark solid black with a nice thick foamy white head.It smelled of hops and had a bitterness to it.I was disappointed with the taste,being it didnt really have any.It lacked in my opinion the smokey taste a Porter usually delivers.It was thick and malty but lacked any real distinctive taste.It had great carbonation,but overall it didnt impress me.

kelticblood, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of doerickson
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Dark, dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Aromas of coffee and sweet fruit. Medium carbonation. Tastes of bitter chocolate, slight smokiness, a very vague cherry-like fruitiness, and some coffee and roasted flavors. Not very complex. Tasty but not outstanding.

doerickson, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of Kwak
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Great smokey aroma, kind of sweet but not overwhelming.

Very nice head light tan very sweet to the taste, hung around for a good part of the drink.

The taste was very Smokey a little sweet but not to much kind of like a good BBQ sauce but not syrupy. Also flavors of roasted malts
and a burnt Smokey taste lingerd.a nice warming end flavor stuck with me when it was over can't wait for another!

Kwak, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of BillyBrew
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

A great combination of porter and Vermont crafting.

A shade browner than very black with a chunky, sticky, creamy light-tan head that lasts. Slighty smoked and roasted nose with dark chocolate/coffee nose. Slick, rounded roasted malts with a sweetness and chocolate and coffee flavours. Mildy smokey flavours mingle about with a solid hop balance that adds a twinge of bitterness. Wonderfully smooth and rounded medium/full body with a soft carbonation.

Not to roasted, not to sweet, with great balance and body. Drink this one for breakfast (the coffee can wait). Or night time, and any time in between. Enjoy. Cheers!

BillyBrew, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

The pour a deep, almost brown light hazed color, massive light tan head, and sheets of lace. Nose is malt, caramel, and light toasted grains, quite sniffable. Start is sweet; top is quite thin, the finish potently hopped, minimally carbonated with a malt and coffee dry aftertaste. A bit on the thin side, wish it had just a tad more body, but a quite drinkable porter, and one well worth a sample.

Gusler, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

A thin brown head sits on top of this dark ruby brew. An edging is all that is left after a few seconds. Nice rings of lace are left on the glass as I drink. Heavily burnt aroma. Chocolate accents as well. Burnt malt, black coffee, cocoa and bittersweet chocolate all meld together beautifully to give this porter one outstanding taste. It almost assaults the taste buds in a way similar to a good Imperial Stout. This porter also has some good hop contributions: bitterness and a slightly citric twang, ever so minute. The bitterness lingers and is very nice. The citric twang is reminiscent of cascades, centennials or some other NW hop variety. The body of this beer is closer to medium than full. Overall this is one enjoyable porter.

Thanks again to pbrian. You've really set me up with some great tasting, unique brews (and I've still got 2 left from you).

Bighuge, Oct 15, 2002
Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a light tan head that left some lace. It had an aroma of burnt coffee and chocolate. The flavoer was of coffee and chocolate. The body was light than some other porters I have had. This is not a bad porter, and worth checking out, but certainly not near the top for this style.

Wildman, Sep 10, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.58/5  rDev -6%

Totally weird porter...Pours a dark brown in color, with reddish tint. The head is tan, which leaves a nice sheet of lace. The thing with this brew that is surprising, is the citrus hop character in the aroma and on the palate. The citrus hop takes front seat in the aroma, slight chocolate malt notes in the background. The same on the palate I taste more citrus hops then anything else, slight chocolate hints and that’s it, gives off a slight bitterness/tartness in the finish. ...not really what I was expecting, but interesting none-the-less.

WilliamPhilaPa, Jun 17, 2002
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.