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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

569 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 168
Gots: 112 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The south is famous for smoking everything. Why not beer? Sue is a big, rich, smoky malt bomb of a beer, with mellow smokiness coming from barley malts smoked with cherry wood, and assertive bitterness from Galena and Perle hops to cleanse the finish.

Original tap version was 7.5% ABV, bottled version is up to 9%.

(Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 07-29-2009)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nashville's premiere brewery puts forth such a dark ale, that it epitomizes all that's masculine in taste- then calls it "Sue" much like a Johny Cash song but in beer form.

Toasted and chocolaty, the beer's upstart is robust but shies away from roast. Dark coffee, cocoa, nuttiness and the whimsy of campfire resonate on the nose and laying firmly on the early palate. Its creamy sweetness is laden with toffee and root beer character.

Its middle really opens up with more complex fruit and spice notes- grilled grape, apple, plum and date meld seamlessly with a fennel, aniseed, mesquite and overall licorice note that gives rise to the more dominant bittersweet chocolates, coffee and charred toast flavor.

Spicy and semi-dry, the beer trends toasty with woodsy bitterness, smoky cocoa and a spicy alcohol warmth. its long and marginal savoriness keeps the next sip beckoning though the first sip extends indefinitely.

Sue borrows the fruit and sweetness from British porter roots, but can't ignore its drier, toastier, more bitter and warmer American indigenous character. And that's all evident in the beer's dry honeycomb structure of a head that hovers over an espresso-dark body.

BEERchitect, May 08, 2014
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was given a 750ml bottle by one of my good beer customers, so thanks to him for sharing something we don't get in our area.
Poured in a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.
AP: 3/4" froathy cream coloured head that dissipated down to 1/4", rich dark brown to near black colour
AR: Chocolate was the first aroma to hit me followed by a subtle hint of smoked ham then molasses takes over with hints of brown bread. For a smoked beer I was expecting more of it in the aroma and if it had been more prominent I would have given a higher score for the smell.
T: As with the aroma, I found the smoke aspect lacking. However, the rest of the flavours I found very enjoyable. Again with chocolate and molasses with a bit of brownie batter and at the finish a slick oily soft hint of smoke, but not enough IMO to balance the sweeter flavours. The warmer this brew gets the smoke flavour starts to poke through a little more, but not quite enough for me.
M: Very creamy with low/moderate carbonation and a bit silky on the tongue.
OV: An enjoyable tasty beer, but when I compare this to what it's supposed to be (a smoke beer) I can't rate it as high as I'd like. If the smoke flavours were more pronounced in the taste this would be an exceptional beer, but I just didn't get enough of it.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, May 07, 2013
Photo of Lare453
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle

12 oz poured into a def glass

a dark coffee black, minimal head, light brown ring around the glass. no lacing.

s heavy malt, coffee, grain, light booze

t Heavy dry erase marker throughout... Light coffee, chocolate...

m medium... very smooth, light carbonation.

o eh....

Lare453, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of estlinska
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker from the bottle. The color is deep black with tan head that dissipates quickly with nice lacing. The nose is full of charred wood, heavily roasted malts; all smokiness really. The taste is again of char, roasted meat sweetness with almost no semblence of the 9% ABV (which gets on you later in the beer). The mouthfeel is full, a little creamy, minimal carbonation. Overall, the smoke just owns this beer; very enjoyable, but it's just a touch heavy on the smoke.

estlinska, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small tan head and little lacing.

Very smoky nose. It smells like someone is frying bacon. A little bit of burnt malt as well.

Smoke dominates the flavor as well. Not as much bacon as the nose, but more of a general wood smoke flavor. Bitter coffee and roasted malts also play in with a little hop presence.

Pretty good creamy mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

There are some good things going on here, but the smoke is a bit too overpowering to let everything else shine through. If it were dialed back just a hair, this beer would be fantastic.

jmarsh123, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of mullincs
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, let me say I was really excited to try a porter from Yazoo while at the Cannery Ballroom.

Served in a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Pitch black from what I could tell.

Smell - Had a nice, strong smokey smell mixed in with heavy malts.

Taste - The smokey flavor was great for the first couple of drinks, but then began to completely overwhelm any other characteristics of the porter. By the end of the bottle, I felt like I was drinking charcoal. I simply found the smokiness too overwhelming. Also, I never tasted the higher than avg. ABV

Mouthfeel - Nice full-bodied feeling with a good balance of carbonation. It really felt like a substantial drink.

Overall - I really wanted to like this beer. I love Yazoo, and I love American Porters, but the smokiness was just too overwhelming. Hopefully, I'll have a glass available next time; maybe it just needs to breathe a little.

mullincs, May 13, 2012
Photo of NODAK
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is certainliy smoky, with undertones of burnt malts and dark chocolate. But certainly a lot of wood-fired smoke smell.

Pours completely black with a nice, tight black head in my glass.

Taste is perhaps even smokier than I thought it would be. Basically, there's a roasted/burnt malt backbone with a lot of liquid smoke (or so it tastes) poured in. Wow. They weren't kidding around when they said that this is a smoked beer on the label. Nice bitterness on the finish, though I wouldn't say it's assertive. It's enough to finish out the beer somewhat dryly at least.

This is the type of beer that I would drink one of, and one of only. It's so smoky it's almost novelty to me.

NODAK, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of otto251068
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. "Bottled on date" is printed on the label but no date is printed on the space where it should be.

Appearance: Pours a very dark chocolate brown, bordering on black but definite brown around the edges. Stunning milk chocolate colored head rises an inch, then slowly fades. The head itself is packed with large and tiny bubbles which leaves a great lacing. After the head fades a thin layer is all that is left.

Smell: Rich bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and smoke kick things off. Very pleasant with a balanced malt aroma. Quite a bit of earthy hops come out on the pour.

Taste: Plenty more bittersweet chocolate, along with some cocoa nibs hit the tongue immediately. Very rich and in your face. More smoky/roasted/burnt flavors that match the aroma. The flavors are bold and really wake the taste buds. Quite a bit of earthy hops fight through to provide bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Maybe a little on the lighter side when it comes to the body. Carbonation level is surprisingly high but pleasant.

Overall: Very flavorful and rich. The overwhelming flavors make this one a sipper. The 9.0% ABV is well hidden. The smokiness is harsh and bold, but this beer is good overall.

otto251068, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black showing a little deep red around the edges. No head with a vigorous pour, just a touch of foam along the sides of the glass.

Sharp nose of smoke, a bit of cherry and alcohol. Barbequed porter!

Smoked roasted malt character dominates the taste. Just a bit of sweetness and cherry manage to show through the main smokey note.

Mouthfeel is a little light compared to the big flavor and abv.

An interesting porter, probably better classed as a smoked beer.

CliffBrake, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of koopa
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me as a gift by grassblue thanks!

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown to barely black with a 1 finger off white crown that displays moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Smoked cherry malt, caramel, and roast.

Taste: Same elements of the nose but a bit more disjointed. The smoke isn't as pronounced in the flavor profile. The malt has more graininess which doesn't work very well with the decent light caramel note I taste, and the hops are slightly faded (I've had the bottle for a while).

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer in theory that could probably be tweaked into a good beer.

koopa, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black, with just a hint of brown when held up to the light, fingers worth of tan head that sticks to the glass

S-roasted malts, molasses, light smokiness, and hops

T-Rich roasted malt and bitter hops, coffee, dark chocolate, and a slight sourness that I can't place.

M-medium body, light carbonation, dry smoky finish

Overall a pretty decent beer, and a new brewery for me. Easy to drink even with a 9%ABV. Would have gotten a higher score with a fuller body, but a nice beer nonetheless.

ksimons, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to the Nashvillian for this one! Thanks John!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of mocha head. Not much lacing or head retention, but a nice viscosity to it

S: Charred grain & oaky smoke, a touch of vanilla

T: Charred, grain, much smokeyness (mesquite & oak ) & a touch of cocoa & vanilla up front. Dryness & herbal hops kick in once warms along with more smokeyness & lust a bit of vanilla. Finishes smokey with slight caramel & vanilla sweetness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

This one started strong, but faded as it warmed. A nice smoked porter that drinks way too easy for the ABV

russpowell, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of mocha colored head that has nice retention.

S: Quite smokey. A touch of salt along with the burnt wood and smoke. Lots of roasted malt with a hint of cocoa. There's a light fruitiness to the aroma as well, which I wasn't anticipating.

T: Sweet toffee and dark fruits up front before the smoke takes over. Lots of smoke, wood, and a light saltiness. A bit of nuttiness, mostly almonds, with mild chocolate flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Never really a fan of smoked beers, but this one adds a nice little fruitiness.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, smoke and grease aromas. Not as thick, but certainly as smokey and boozy as can be expected. Understated carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking, fairly one dimensional, a little roast and mollasses and complex smoke (cherry wood). Alcohol warming.Bottle from SilverX IP.

Sammy, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark bronw with ruby edges. A thin dark tan head forms, but fades to the edges. The head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and a plasticy smell.

T - Very smokey and coffee like.

D - Oily in the mouth and thin.

O - If you like smoke...

HuskyinPDX, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of witster18
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is perhaps the smoothest 9 percenter on the planet. For that reason alone Yazoo Sue deserves serious props. This offering along with their Hop Project are probably their best.

Pours dark near black with redish highlights and a little head(no surprise given the abv)

Sue is a roasty, figgy, smokey porter that is highly drinkble at 9%.

Unlike most big, dark beers.. I like this colder and not above 45 degrees... It really hides it's abv at colder temps and can get you in a little trouble in that aspect. This is a BIG beer with a mid-beer-range flavor... the fig/raisin aspects are halted by the smoke and the dryness in the aftertaste, and the sweetness is balanced by the same characteristics...

This is a really fine offering.

witster18, May 15, 2011
Photo of CaskBeerouac
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Super dark, black through-and-through whit just a touch of tan head. Not much lacing.

Smokiness definitely hits you right up front. The chocolatey sweetness sneaks up and balances it a little along with just a touch of caramel.

Most of the chocolate and caramel notes I got in the nose were dominated by the smokiness and bacony flavors. I love me some bacon but just dominates all the other goodies this beer could have to offer. Pretty one note to me.

Sits nicely on the palette. A little bit lighter than an RIS, just like an imperial porter should be.

I would have enjoyed this beer just a little bit more if the chocolate and caramel could have shined through more in the flavor. But a solid brew overall.

CaskBeerouac, May 12, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/30/11 notes. Poured into my SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, bacon, roasted malts, toasted malts, and light coffee.

t - Taste again is lots of smoke and bacon. Also some roasted malts, coffee, and light dark chocolate.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - A pretty nice smoked porter. Lots of smoke and bacon in the nose and taste; reminds me of Beer Geek Bacon. Would have it again.

mdfb79, May 10, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle Paul!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Sue is essentially black with a thin tan head on top. Looks pretty good.

Nice smoky BBQ aroma with some cherry wood, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Slight metallic note on the end.

Smoky and meaty on the tongue. Little bit of charred wood and dark chocolate. Same metallic note lingers. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly chalky. The ABV is almost completely hidden. Just comes through faintly. The body could use a little more thickness for a 9% porter.

Overall, this is a well executed smoked porter. Yazoo delivers on the woody smokiness that you would look for in this kind of beer and masks the ABV quite well, which makes this easy to drink. The beer could use a little more complexity and body; along with the removal of the metallic notes, but those are mostly minor complaints. Guess I've been spoiled by the Fear and Trembling series. Still a good beer all around.

sisuspeed, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into cervoise

A - Pours a dark brown to black. Minor tan/mocha head. Slippery lacing

S - A charcoal smokiness to it. Roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate. Some lighter coffee accents

T - Very smoky, not expecting that. Woody with a some nuttiness to it. Chocolate, coffee, and leather.

M - An almost lactic creaminess. Medium to heavy. Slightly drying

O - Good overall, wasn't expecting that much smoky 'outdoor' feel to it. Interesting take on an american porter. Decent.

OakedCanuck, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my country music star JohnQVegas. Hibernating in my neighbor's kitchen cupboard for what I was led to believe, was over a year. Bottle notch says third week of December(09?). WTF was that guy waiting for?!

Improper Carlseberg pils glass. Full, tan head. Black body, ruby hued. Minimal lace. Constant froth.

Smell is grilled, meaty charred fat, with a bit of sharp dark chocolate. Touch of lactose it seems. Spicy, though subdued hops, round it off nicely.

Taste is subtle roast, rich malt, licorice, earth & soot. A tree bark bitterness. Unwarranted coffee as it warms. Grain & ash finish.

Full feel. Mild carbonation. Balanced alcohol.

Does this come in a six pack? Nice. Send me another one D. :)

PEBKAC, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottled week 1 / november (presumably 2010) - thanks to kirkpjr for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet a dark cola black with a short lasting, small bubbled mocha head.

big time smoky aroma followed with toasted barley and chocolate.

smoke and smoke. lots of smoke and char. also present are semi-sweet baking chocolate and perhaps black coffee from the bottom of the pot.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, pretty smooth and enjoyable on the palate.

drinkable - nah, not beyond a pint, maybe two.

robwestcott, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to pitasoup for this one...

Nice dark chocolate color, it looks more like cola than motor oil. Decent caramel head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

I'm not actually getting much in the way of smell with this beer. I get little hints of cherry and chocolate. Some malty sweetness and toasted grain aromas, but nothing powerful.

The taste reminds me of raisins. Tons of raisins. The chocolate, cherry, roasted malts, and grains come through a bit too.

Smooth drinkin' brew. Good mouthfeel. I could have a few of these in a row, but at 9%, the booze would catch up to me quickly. It's a decent beverage.

trxxpaxxs, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark (as in, I see my reflection in the glass!) brown/black with a 1 finger tan head that settles nicely to form a coaster on top of this smokey brew. The smoke, is well, pretty apparent in the nose as it should followed with some dark chocolate and vanilla notes. Starts off with a sweet dark roast flavor wtih some mild bitterness. The smoke is actually pretty subdued on this but lingers on for a while in the end. Medium mouthfeel. I'm not the biggest smoke beer fan, but this one I like for its well integrated smoke characteristics.

kbutler1, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a perfect pint glass, thanks to Chris...Light black pour with a light tan head, good retention and lacing...The aroma and taste are all smoke, but its charcoal and ashy smoke, ciggarette ash like, but not that bad. Some coffee notes to try balance this, but the ash dominates. A few sips of this is enough, not very drinkable. You can always tell which is the last tick of the night.

jrallen34, Jan 01, 2011
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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.