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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

781 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 19
Gots: 17 | 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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mschofield

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 21:02:07 | More by mschofield
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stjjoseph87

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-27-2013 03:23:54 | More by stjjoseph87
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bpowers315

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

03-04-2012 05:01:28 | More by bpowers315
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Pjev11

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-17-2011 03:54:00 | More by Pjev11
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Cyrano41

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-26-2012 20:18:49 | More by Cyrano41
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-08-2012 00:27:03 | More by rusty3335
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Kwak

New Jersey

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 00:01:15 | More by Kwak
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getmeabeer

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-12-2012 04:03:59 | More by getmeabeer
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-05-2013 23:48:55 | More by shigg85
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spicyvelveetas

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-03-2013 15:28:30 | More by spicyvelveetas
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david23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-11-2004 10:29:53 | More by david23
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churchillea

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-21-2012 21:30:34 | More by churchillea
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-04-2013 19:06:08 | More by Budinetz
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jvajda

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2005 06:21:03 | More by jvajda
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Peter

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-25-2012 05:07:34 | More by Peter
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erosier

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 19:28:07 | More by erosier
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oelergud

Virginia

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.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 00:39:55 | More by oelergud
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LeoPanna

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 00:54:15 | More by LeoPanna
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LordHammer

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 19:12:22 | More by LordHammer
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 01:04:23 | More by beerluvr
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Hoagie1973

New York

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 22:54:29 | More by Hoagie1973
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 20:37:59 | More by Bighuge
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Wonka

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 21:33:02 | More by Wonka
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rwrk42

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:37:55 | More by rwrk42
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CBFanWish

New York

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-24-2004 12:10:01 | More by CBFanWish
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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