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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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226 Reviews

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 719
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 19.04%
Wants: 203
Gots: 163 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 07-29-2009

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%.
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Photo of ArrogantB
2.62/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to grownfool for sending me this as part of a recent trade. This was definitely smoky and I hate to say this but there is something about rauch/smoked beers that is similar to wet dog! Cheap beef jerky too. Band aids almost. The flavor is a little bit of chocolate then some smoky, rubbery flavors. I'm sorry but I cannot fuck with smoked beers (yet).

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Photo of gathersome
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours dark and the foamy head has a sweet smell. The taste is very smoky and has a nice blend of smoky malt, and a mix of hops that really comes off with a lot of flavor. There is not much carbonation, I think what's in there, goes to form the head. Anyway, this beer goes down smooth, and if you belch, you will taste some grill smoke.

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Photo of NODAK
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly smoky aroma overpowers everything else.

This carries over to the flavor which is as smoky as a rauchbier.

Overall: too smokey for my taste.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of mlockman
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Granted, I am pretty averse to hop-flavor, but I thought the hops really overpowered the sweet malt flavors in this brew. While hop-lovers may enjoy, it was only barely palatable for me personally.

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Photo of KevinHollowell
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack here in Nashville for $6. I waited until I drank all 4 to review this.

The appearance is good, pouring a brown color with a generous head that slowly fades into a ring of bubbles. Smells like wood that was burned 2 days ago. I expected this to be similar to a scottish-style ale, which I like, but it wasn't at all. It tastes too much like actual wood. It literally tastes like liquid smoke, which isn't necessarily a terrible thing. This beer defintely has a very unique flavor. The mouthfeel is very thin but goes down smooth. It is a very different beer and not one that I would buy again.

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Photo of CaskBeerouac
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of otto251068
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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

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Photo of Lare453
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
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....

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is nearly black, a roasted deep ruby red color. Those red highlights come out only when the glass is held up to light. A half a finger of tan head gradually whittled down to a thin band.

S: The nose is unusual, very sweet with a sour cherry and smoked malts tandem. The aroma has vinegary highlights, a New Glarus olde English porter touch (although not nearly as sour). Syrupy caramel is evident underneath.

T: Acrid malts, burnt and bitter, define the porter aspect. Plenty of caramel syrup sweetness helps to smooth out the rougher burnt flavors. Mild fruits, alongside the smoke, have a vinegary Flemish taste. The result is an interest flavor, olde-tymey and all. The goodness is that the strength isn't in your face.

M: The mouthfeel is both well-roasted and sweetly sour. I'm not sure what to think but the ale kinda works.

D: Very drinkable despite the 9% price tag. The sour aspect, intentional or not, works within the dark confines of the porter.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to freethyhops for throwing this one in as an extra in a recent trade. 12 oz. bottle poured into my Stone RIS tulip.

A: Pretty much black but with ruby highlights. The pour creates a thick, nickel size tan head that fades, but leaves little lace.

A: Smoke is dominate in the nose. I get a healthy dose of chocolate and roasted malts, with notes of earthy hops, cherry wood, and vanilla.

T: Notes of vanilla, tart cherry, chocolate, roasted nuts, and of course the smoke. The tart smokiness is something unique and much appriciated. Finishes very dry.

M: I think this is the best part of the beer. Creamy, smooth, and viscous. Full bodied with good amount of carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is limited due to the high amount of smoke. Overall, this is a very original take on a smoked porter. I think the cherry wood and the chocolate malt play well with each other, it's just not one I would seek on a regular basis. But good though. Skal.

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Photo of witster18
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of mullincs
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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...

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Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark mahogany toned brown with a dark tan head that slowly fades into a small cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of smoked malt, cocoa, roasted nuts, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of beef jerky.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, and meaty with light booziness showing itself.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into bruery snifter

Pours a light layer of khaki head that fades down. Color is nearing black. Leaves some nice lace.

Aroma: Smoked malts and bacon. Very roasted. Some caramel and light chocolate.

Taste: Pretty much identical to the nose, but the smoke is magnified. Big smoke and roasted malt profile with some bacon flavors. Has light chocolate with some caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and smokey.

Overall, a decent smoked beer. I like the smoke characteristics here and yazoo did a good job with not over-doing it. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for this bottle. Consumed on 11.07.2010.

Poured into a snifter. Color is near black with an initial two-finger light mocha head that recedes somewhat quickly and leaves behind a bit of lace. Nose is a bit smoky along with quite a bit of roast. Light chocolate and coffee as well. Taste is lighter with some mild smoke as well as light coffee. Feel is quite thin with low carbonation. Detracts a bit from the flavor. Drinks fairly well and is a nice porter. Glad I finally got to try this one. Thanks again, Matt.

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.