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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

500 Reviews
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Reviews: 500
Hads: 795
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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). (865 characters)

Photo of Wonka
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NET 12 FL. OZ.
Bottled on 3/28/05
Batch # was blurred (possibly 1697)

Appearance – mostly black body with much of the permeability expected in a porter (in fact a bit too much); light tan, micronized head starts strong and could be stronger later; terraced lace is rather impressive

Smell – great big smoky nose; black coffee; light hoppy background

Taste – burnt malts; smoke; black coffee; dark chocolate; hops pop in and out with some force and roll back to mix in the aftertaste with the dominant smoke

Mouthfeel – pleasant moderate body with some crispness and a brief lush moment; carbonation is suitable and under control

Drinkability – really easy to drink; not disturbed by imbalance; close isn’t too dry; predominant smoke that’s present in the transition remains on the tongue for a while, creating your imbibe interval timing

What a pleasant surprise. Stovepipe is one heck of a porter. (925 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 11/17/08 Lot:2401
Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma with light spices
Taste: Roasted malt and coffee flavors are abundant with slight bitter acidity. Slightly bitter smooth finish
A very good solid, tasty porter (306 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only thing wrong with this beer is that the head is small (even with an agressive pour) and doesn't last. Other than that, it's beautiful.
Reeks of dark roasted coffee and cocoa, with a touch of vanilla.
Rich taste of coffee beans, bakers chocolate, and smoke. It has an acidic tangyness and a moderate sweetness in the middle. Goes powdery dry for an instant, then finishes with a lingering sweetness tempered by a roasty bitterness. Hops are there and lend to the balance, but don't assert themselves much (and don't need to).
Full bodied and creamy smooth; a little slick.
Complex and tasty. Has everything a good porter should except the head. Something I would definitely buy again. (691 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of JOE9113656
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is simply the best bottled porter I have drank. It pours medium-heay bodied with the right amount of carbonation. It smells a bit smoky and heavily roasted. It is slighly sweet, not too much hoppiness. I dislike when breweries need to over-hop every creation. A porter should be mildly sweet and low IBUs. This is done correctly with the stovepipe porter. Basically is a slightly smokey, super-malty, nourishing porter that satisfies till the last drop. (458 characters)

Photo of BillyBrew
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (626 characters)

Photo of Maestro
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter takes me back to the reason I started drinking good beer. Porter was my first love when it comes to craft beer and this is a prime example of a great american porter. With an almost black color and a thin, bubbly, tan head that leaves an amazing speckled lacing on the glass, I haven't seen a better porter. As for smell, there is a great balance of bright hops and dark malts. Some chocolate and coffee comes through in the nose as well. The taste of this beer is rich and refreshing at the same time. The malts come through at the back of the tounge and seem to anchor the history and nostalgia contained in this ale. As for mouthfeel, this beer seems very smooth and refreshing, while maintaining a complex flavor profile. Pour me another, please. (762 characters)

Photo of Applesauce1
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of this up at the Pit Sop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: dark, dark brown (typical porter color) with a nice 1/2" off white head

Smell: chocolate and coffee

Taste: chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, slight hoppiness

Mouthfeel: light to medium body with a great creamy feel

Drinkability: could do two in a night

This is a great beer....ranks up there with Great Lakes Edmund Fitz, Stone Porter, and some of the other big names of the style....will get it again! (482 characters)

Photo of thespaceman
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli Cannon's Taproom in Middletown. Poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful jet black with red highlights, small size head with decent lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: Some rich chocolate notes, and a floral hoppiness arises nicely. This one has that nice toasted malt tinge with a bit of esters coming through.

Taste: Alot going on in here, a nice rich malt presence shows it's caramel and toffee elements perfectly. A deep wood taste in the finish follows up to some dark fruit. Very enticing.

Mouthfeel: Nice richness from the malt makes this one smooth and creamy, a bit wet compared to other porters I've had but the carbonation is right on point.

Drinkability: This beer is like a meal in a bottle, it's got alot of properties that make this one hell of an enjoyable porter. If the malt was a bit thicker I think it would be even better, but for where it is, it's one of my favorite porter's to date. (954 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

been on an otter creek kick lately.. aren't otters cute?

eyes...
dark but not dikembe mutumbo dark, thin head which is espresso colored.. and sticky. not much else to say about the look. it says porter, it looks porter, it is a porter, the head that remains holds a grudge against you and just sits there staring at you....

nose...
wow. awesome burnt flavor right up front, no bones about it. it is strong and aromatic. It isn't a "smoked" flavor like smokehouse sausage or the like but more like burnt malts or burnt chocolate. excellent. coffee and chocolate notes combine for an intense blast to the nostrils. the best description is a night by the fire in a bottle. This is frankly wowing me. it is like taking the char sticks of a hiking fire and jamming them up my nose. I'm reminded of the Dragonslayer by middle ages but honestly this is more intense. there is a really nice malt layer here also.

taste etc...
a bit light feel for a porter but that would be my only complaint. enough carbonation to make this work, drying roasted flavor makes this like coffee. I can hardly get over the smell of this one, still. it has active bitterness on the pallette but yet finishes with the roasted/burnt flavor. This could rival some brewer's russian imperials flavor wise. Needless to say I am impressed. The bitters from the hops make this better for sure, they are there.

verdict?
great beer. For the price as nice as it gets for complexity in the style. Excellent. (1,482 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Not quite black. More like a very dark brown with an amber hue and a reddish glow around the edges. I could still faintly see my fingers wiggling through the glass. Very little head even when poured straight down the middle. Lacing wasn't substantial.

Smell:
Malts on the sweeter side. Notes of espresso beans, and dark chocolate... but not as prominent as found in many other porters. (This is good in my book).

Taste:
The same malts you smelled a moment ago follow through the tasting nicely. This is also smokey, and even has a bit of hops show through.

Mouthfeel:
Relatively thin, with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability:
Two thumbs up here. I actually had mine with a meatloaf and the pairing was great. Then I had another :)

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised in the end. Once I saw that it wasn't quite black, and the head was almost non-existent, I thought, "uh-oh". But it's actually a beautifully restrained lighter porter that offers bold taste. I think many porters try to do too much and go out of their way to be bold...just because the porter style is supposed to be bolder than most. It's not necessary! A refined and well-made porter will be bold enough naturally, and not a gimmick.

Anywho, I would definitely buy this again. (1,271 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. One inch of off white head appears over a body that's one shade off black. Tons of lace remain after head has descended to surface of the beer along with some webbing along the walls of the glass. Plenty of bubbles throughout the visible portion of the beer.

Nose: Healthy, robust aroma: roast malts, plums & raisins, sea water & toffee, and a combination of kitchen herbs.

Mouth: Plenty of roast flavors abound. Feel is smooth and thick. Burnt toast & coffee characters rounded up by a warming alcohol touch. Sweet lingering notes of toffee and fruit flavors complemented by a basic hop balance. Excellent mouthfeel.

In a week of East Coast porter tasting this one is by far the best. Cheers to organic! (746 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (272 characters)

Photo of jifigz
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

This beer appears black with ruby red mahogany highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a nice tan head that lingers for a while. The aroma is mildly chocolatey and malty. There is also a slight milky aroma. The taste is a good roasted and toasted flavor. There is a mild hop bite in the aftertaste just enough to balance the chocolatey and malty backbone. The MF is medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is nice and low and the beer feels great on the palate.

This is one of the better American Porters I've had in a while. This is delicious and top notch. (610 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. twist-off brown bottle with bottled on date and batch # on the back.

Appearance: Almost black with dark brown hues. The head is a light tan foam in colour and stays quite creamy and sticky.

Smell: A bold spicy smoke flavour (jerky-like) up-front, followed by light roasted and burnt notes with a touch of coffee meet up with a slight herbal hop aroma.

Taste: A fine drying roasted malt that holds some espresso flavours and a hint of bitter acidity. Smoke flavours are all over the brew, in varying degrees throughout. A good dose of malt sweetness makes its way through, only to be knocked back down by a fresh, semi-tangy hop bitterness. Lingering burnt malt bitterness fades in the end with some smoke.

Notes: The more you drink, the more it grows on you. A lovely porter, no over use of roasted malts and an excellent use of hops -- perfectly balanced. (889 characters)

Photo of dbmcrorie
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation:
12 oz brown long neck twist-off bottle; bottling date is completely indecipherable, but is printed. Poured into an American pint glass.

Visual:
Pours thick and black into a coal-black body with a few brown hues trying to peek through, but dammit anyways if the body isn't so thick! Had to really agitate this brew to get even a one-finger khaki head.

Aroma:
Heavily roasted malt with toffee and espresso fill the nostrils with light herbal hops in suite. Faint hickory smoke is hiding around the edges, but stays put with all that nice nutty and earthy cocoa.

Taste:
Plenty of dark roasted malts in this brew. Soft diacetyl - reminiscent of buttered toast, rich coffee, caramel, faint cinnamon sweetness, and a mocha-like dark chocolate profile seem to jump-start and tame your tongue at the same time. Thick creamy mouthfeel with loose carbonation; light bitterness in the finish with a toasted grain and coffee aftertaste.

Overall:
Great porter! Reminds me more of a java stout as it is heavier than most porters and uses less hops and more malt. Would love a few of these on hand during the cold months at the end of fall.
Would pair excellently with hearty chowders, white pizzas (especially with clams), and roast beef and/or game. This is also a perfect beer to compliment rich desserts such as chocolate truffles, tiramisu, chocolate cheesecake, etc.

Cheers! (1,384 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- rich black and a dark deep red when held to a light. nice foamy 1 finger head that stays for a little bit.

Smell- i like the smell, malty with a little bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee. not an overwhelming scent but its there and nice.

Taste- malty and creamy. hoppy and aftertaste of coffee is there with a nice hop lingering. good porter, i like the hoppyness.

Mouthfeel- feels nice on the tongue, rich and creamy with a good carbonation that tingles.

Drinkability- fanastic, smooth, great tasting, doesnt sit heavy in the in the belly.

wasnt sure what to expect from this one. i liked the subtly hops in the porter. good beer. (653 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a thin, brown head. Aroma is nice, malty, roasty and almost coffee-like. Bottled on 8/9 so it's as fresh as can be. Taste is very rich and coffee-like, leaving a nice dryness at the back of the throat. A licorice quality is observed briefly. Otherwise, a very drinkable porter that very much reminds me of drinking a cup of strong coffee. (382 characters)

Photo of ericj551
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter pours a dark black that shows ruby red when held up into the light. The off-white head fades quickly to a thin layer. The aroma is roasty upfront with hints of chocolate and caramel. The dry roastiness dominates the taste without being overpowering, almost hiding the caramel and toffee flavor. The slight astringency works well with the light hop bitterness. Definitely a nice beer from Otter Creek. (429 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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! (459 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Small but solid head over a black brew with mahogany hues when held to the light. Spiderweb lacing.

S: Aromas are pure mocha goodness. Great balance of coffee and chocolate. Heavily roasted. Really prominent smells, as if all the raw ingredients were sitting right under my nose. I don't know what that means but I have no better way to describe it.

T: Very roasty, and what I can't pick up on in the aroma is here in the flavor. There's an acidity that really helps to round out the hops and malts. The bigger espresso notes dominate from time to time. The chocolate and coffee are so intertwined...I can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. More florals come out with warmth.

M: Light body and good carbonation. The mouthfeel leaves behind roasted and bitter flavors for me to enjoy after each sip!

D: Easy to drink, leaves me craving others. Highly underrated, in my opinion! This could easily become a staple, what without having access to Black Butte and all... (987 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque reddish brown with lots of tan head. It didn't have much of a scent through all the head, but it did smell slightly of malt and very dark chocolate. It tasted like smoky roasted coffee with malt. It was fairly watery and quite carbonated with a noticeable dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this beer had a very nice and unique flavor, but the carbonation kept it too fizzy for me to consider it a favorite. (447 characters)

Photo of u2carew
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz long neck poured into a Sam Adams drinking glass
A) Pours with a thick two finger head, between tan and off-white in color. Sticky, thick and creamy. Nearly opaque body.
S) Roasted coffee. Bready with hints of brown sugar and chocolate.
T) Roasted grain and mellow malty sweetness. Smoky in the finish with just a touch of hop bite.
M) Creamy up front then fizzy then dry. Full bodied, yet not too filling. Smooth overall.
D) A great porter. An easy downer for sure, and delicious. (487 characters)

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
85 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.