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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 druptight
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of hyland24
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured it from a bottle into a Guinness style pint glass.

It poured dark brown almost black with a inch thick tan head similar to a creamy root-beer. It showed ruby hue's when held up to the light. The lacing stuck to the sides of the glass and remained throughout in circles showing the level at each sip.

The smell was malty, with strong coffee scents and a slight smokiness.

The taste is great. Strong immediate coffee, followed by serious smoke. Creamy coffee holds strong finishing with a slight hoppy bite. The aftertaste is equally as good with the smoky, nutty flavor remaining long after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is top notch. The porter is medium to full bodied and well carbonated for this style of beer. It coats the mouth completely leaving a long lasting pleasant smoky aftertaste.

This porter is a must have. The perfect example of this style of beer. The taste is complex with several different layers of flavor that all mix extremely well. I highly recommend this beer to everyone wether you like porters or not.

Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 stjjoseph87
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bpowers315
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Pjev11
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Cyrano41
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rusty3335
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of getmeabeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of spicyvelveetas
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of churchillea
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jvajda
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most balanced porter I've yet to try. It looks black with a small dark head, actually more like a stout than the porters I'm used to. The bitterness is accompanyed by a roasted undertone and present hop character. Very pleasing and aply named.This is my new favorite porter.

Photo of Peter
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of david23
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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 erosier
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with a thick tan head that laces the glass all the way down. It smells of deep roasted malts, some hints of chocolate and some light bittering hops. The taste is exactly what would be expected from the aroma. It has a very deep and rich roasted malt taste with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. It has a very creamy velvety mouthfeel and the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability is very good as I would have a few of these.

Photo of oelergud
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.


Photo of LordHammer
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz twistoff into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Very deep brown, almost black, with about an inch of tan head that fades to a thick lace that stays down the glass.

S: Roasted grain, some smoke, and a strong hop presence.

T: Really brilliantly balanced here, with the roasted grains and smokiness out front, and a solid dose of hops at the finish. Consistent bitterness throughout coming from different sources which combine to make a beautiful beer.

M: Appropriately chewy for a porter, with subdued carbonation.

D: A delicious sessionable beer.

Photo of LeoPanna
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at New Beer Distributors in Lower Manhattan. This place is an oasis...

Pours pitch black and creamy into my tulip, tan head rises and sizzles away quickly, leaving minimalist strokes behind

you expect roasted malts in the nose and get malts, coffee beans and raisins

perfectly balanced mouthfeel, creamy... perfect distribution of malt, espresso and woody flavors. Leaves a spicy, raw chocolate aftertaste. It tastes more than 4.4%ABV but I can believe it, Otter Creek has great resources and quality ingredients.

it's true to the style, and for the price, drinkability, flavor I have to put this on list of regular session porters.

Photo of beerluvr
4.42/5  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 Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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).

Photo of Wonka
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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

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