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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

220 Reviews
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Reviews: 220
Hads: 692
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 191
Gots: 160 | FT: 18
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 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. (197 characters)

Photo of jabergess
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Taco Mac. I am not a huge smoke bomb fan so the fact this one is light on the smoke is appealing. Beer has a very small head - which means more for me. :-). Waiting on it to warm up to give me more flavor so the fact I already rated it pretty high says a lot. I don't taste 9%. I am highly doubtful of that, but maybe. It is a pleasant Porter with some smoke attributes. I think I mostly like it because the smoke is subtle which I appreciate. That is hard to do. I could drink this all day. (517 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottled 4/1/15 at 41 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, hint of smoke at 41 degrees, mostly gone as the glass warms to 48 degrees. The chocolate becomes more prominent at 48 degrees.
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy/creamy, diminishing to 5 mm frothy ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing fair – some broken archipelagoes of small to medium bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and more prominent smoke than evidenced in the nose but still much less than in a rauch beer. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, initially creamy but seems to become more watery as it warms, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75 (768 characters)

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. (348 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a very solid beer. Upon my first sip I got a little bit of smoke and lots of coffee and chocolate notes. There was a little bit of fruitiness, but it was perfectly balanced with the other flavors. For a beer with such a high % ABV, it didn't taste overly boozy either, which I rather liked. (302 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the airport in Nashville. True American Smoked Porter. Poured super dark chocolate black with 2 full fingers of tan head on a titled glass pour. Rick, dark hue. Lacing throughout. Really good lacing. You can smell the smoke, chocolate, dark fruits like raisins, malts and hops. Feels solid like a good porter should. Not as thick as a stout but the exact right fullness in the mouth. First taste is chocolate and smoked wood upfront. Almost like a camp fire. Dark fruits. Malts with a little hops on the back end. Not bitter. Very complex. Hides the big abv well. No burn until you are more than half way through. Truly excellent smoked porter. Not too much smoke flavor. Just right. Cheers! Well done Yazoo! (743 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Thick, tan colored, frothy head.

Caramel malts, smoked malts, maybe some dark fruit round out the aroma. Basically, its malty smelling. I dont notice much of a smokey aroma as I was expecting to.

Heavily smoked flavor. The sip continues to get even more smoked after I swallow it. Tough enough that it reminds me a bit of a campfire and a bit of smoked whitefish.

Bold. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Just enough carbontation. Undeniably a great beer. (466 characters)

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my all time favorite porters. Delicious.

A: Dark black. Pours with two fingers of a tan head. Beautiful spiderweb lacing.

S: Raisons, chocolate, some coffee notes. A hint of smoke.

T: A smoked porter that lives up to it. Such an awesome smokiness which complements well with the raisony, chocolate and coffee notes.

F: Fuller bodied than your average porter. Thick and chewy. Moderate carbonation.

This is what I've always wanted in a Smoked Porter. Truly a great beer. Too bad it's in Nashville, but I'm glad I stopped and brought some home. (572 characters)

Photo of rkat32
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle, date illegible. Purchased at Craft Brewed, Nashville, Tenn. Poured into Spiegelau stout glass on March 7, 2015.

L: Appearance is black with a rocky, light mocha-colored head. An impressive three-finger head retains its shape for a few minutes before subsiding. Great lacing; look is very-enticing.

S: Light campfire smoke aromas leap out of the glass. Dark chocolate, smoked malt, coffee, toffee and dark fruits are also present in the nose.

T: Caramel malts, roasted grain, earthy hops, toast, hint of smoke touches the lips. No noticeable alcohol despite the 9+% ABV. Delicious; a very fine drinker.

F: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Slightly chewy with a balanced finish.

O: The smoke is toned down a bit when compared to more rauch-forward beers like Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter. However, this point enhances the beer’s drinkability factor, in my opinion. I tend to seek out this beer whenever I’m in the Nashville area. An excellent representation of a smoked porter with a very-attractive price point (under $5 a bomber). (1,075 characters)

Photo of Jody_Lester
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm a bit partial because this is a hometown beer, but Yazoo Sue truly delivers. Black as night and drinks like a dream. This Smoky Porter is perfect to pick up for $5 a bottle after a long day at work. (209 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like smoked malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. The 9% ABV is well hidden. I thought this was a good brew, if you're into smoked beers then you should probably give this one a try! $5.99 a bottle. (622 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cameron for sharing this Tennessee treat 2 nights ago. So many Sues in the beer world.

A - This poured black and sported a beige head. Good retention, decent lace.

S - Roast, peppery steak, dark chocolate, tobacco. Big smokiness but has a nice deep savory feel to it, earthy campfire tones.

T - More chocolate coming through while maintaining a good strong roast+smoky presence, a little more balance than in the nose. Some dark fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

M - Good body with highish carbonation. Not much alcohol, feels biggish but wouldn't guess 9%. Good potent smoky flavors without being harsh.

O - The smoke goes far here and brings on some nice complex savory/woody flavors, melds well with a good roast and chocolatey base, the overall profile reminds me of De Molen's smoked stout (Hemel & Aarde). Drinks pretty easy considering. (858 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in TN at the end of the summer on a roadtrip.

A- Mostly black bodied with a few hints of brown at the very edges poured to four pint glasses for sharing. The pour reveals a head over one finger with a tan hue and thick, frothy consistency. Good retention and lacing is a mix of spots and drizzle in medium portions.

S- Smoked first with the Porter following even at this ABV. Well, a ton of smoke mostly dominates the aroma to be honest. Dark, charred malts with some chocolate in the backdrop. Mostly smoke.

T- Smoky like a campfire again, cherrywood makes up a large portion of the flavor profile. Generally smoked logs tossed into the flame with dark malts coming in after that. Chocolate is dark and any sweetness is curbed by the smokiness. Notes of raisin, caramel, ash, tobacco and pepper.

MF- Medium-heavy thickness with a medium-high carbonation level that suits the flavors presented by the beer. Puffy and slightly creamy texture that is smooth but leaves something to be desired.

Smoky, quite heavily but still enough Porter elements to keep it in touch. Cherrywood smoke and deep, semi-sweet chocolate combine for a drinkable yet big brew. (1,167 characters)

Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nose: cherrywood smoke, malt, bit of chocolate.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, malt, subtle smoke that's not artificial or burnt-rubbery.

Finish: dry, ashy, little cocoa. Nice, gently prickly bubbles.

Solid smoked porter, it avoids the burnt rubber/artificial flavor that some smoked beers get. (296 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance - The beer was a deep black color with a mocha head crowning the glass.

Smell - The smoke really is an attention getter. The smell is dominated by smoke.

Taste - My initial impressions are big smoke and chocolate. The smoke is not overly acidic, but is well balanced. Dry chocolate dominates the aftertaste. I can see this would be a great bbq beer.

Mouthfeel - The acidity of the smoke is pinned down by the thickness of the porter. The mouthfeel is important on this one.

Overall - If it is not the best, it is certainly in the top 3 of domestic smoke beers. (575 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

L - I'll call it black. No light comes through when held to the light. It is capped with an inch of tan head with not a lot of lacing.

S - The smell is great. I get chocolate and roasted malt, and, of course, smoke.

T - The taste matches the smell. I get a great chocolate porter taste up front. Then comes the smoke. It is not overpowering, but it is well represented.

F - Thick, creamy, smooth

O - This is a great smoked porter. The base porter taste is fantastic. The smoke might actually be a detriment to the wonderful porter, but it does compliment it well. I am enjoying this beer immensely and now crave barbecue. (676 characters)

Photo of M-Fox24
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with some brown boundaries. The off-white head is about an inch or two with some retention and lacing


S: Stylish combination of smoke, coffee, roast, chocolate, fruit, earth and malt


T: Absolutely love the smoke and cherry and just the overall complexity you get with this product: coffee, cocoa, caramel, chocolate, and toffee, roasted malts, leather and velvety. Sat on this a bit and enjoyed it ever so much as it warmed up a bit


M: Medium carbonation, medium body, extremely smooth and creamy, and a nice finish


O: I’m a sucker for a peaty scotch = sucker for a smoky beer, regardless of the brewers preference: rauchbier; smoked lager; smoked porter; intricacies of a smoked sour; etc. Sue is top of its class; stands out amongst the best, and if you’re a fan of the genre than it’s a must – A beautifully well-crafted, smooth, delicious, smoked beverage (898 characters)

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours black with a nice khaki head. Aroma offers a nice balance of smoke, roastiness, chocolate. coffee and toffee with a touch of grassy/earthy hops in the finish. Flavor follows suit. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I am starting to enjoy a balanced smokey beer and this has been one of the best examples of a smokey beer I have tried. Good stuff. (361 characters)

Photo of BaalDagon
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first, in what I consider, true venture into the world of "craft" beer. WOW! I cannot even begin to explain the explosion of taste that hit my mouth. Right off the bat, the intense flavor of dark chocolate that fills the palate can only be akin to the finest dark's that I have had the pleasure of sampling and baking with. Next is little hints of all kinds of flavors from licorice to cherrys and then some that I wasn't too sure about... so that will be left up to you to decide; however, they are all wrapped nicely in a wonderfully creamy body that I liken to liquid silk. Lastly, the boldness of the smoked flavor that would rival ANY fine cigar rolls over the palate like a cleansing rinse. Amazingly, there are no cloying attributes that one would figure would go with such intensity. As would stand to reason, as it got slightly warmer, it fullness of the flavors completely woke up forcing me to turn off the boobtube, dim the lights, and throw on some Monk. It is a perfect size in portion so that as you come closer to the end of the bottle, the better the experience without over staying its welcome. I have added a few more beers to my "craft" experience, but unfortunately... I feel that all I have done was try to chase the experience I've had with Yazoo Brewing Company's Sue. I heartily encourage this beer to anyone looking for a GREAT craft beer, but be forewarned... it has a habit of spoiling the taste-buds! (1,441 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Basically black. Poured a thick 3 finger head that lingered for a while. Super sticky lacing.

S- Chocolate, roast, dark fruit, earthy hop, and a touch of coffee. Muted compared to other categories.

T- Deeply complex. Many characteristics shifted in and out, changed with each sip, and varied as the temperature changed. There were multiple forms of chocolate (dark, milk, baker's), toffee, licorice, coffee, dark cherry, wood, leather, smoke, earthy hop, grapefruit, citrus rind, and spice. Virtually no trace of alcohol. As it warmed to room temp, the spiciness almost seemed minty. I specifically remember how the finish would bring a rush of grapefruit that almost swirled itself into a creamy chocolate flavor that faded into a minty like burn. At the time, I didn't have a way to document what was happening in detail, so I just tried to remember what I could.

M- Creamy, almost oily. Heavier side of medium body, but somehow easy going down. Drying, with nice subtle spice.

O- I was blown away by Sue. Its darkness, aroma, complexity, and thickness were much more Imperial Stout than American Porter to me, yet it was somehow easy drinking. One of the best Porters I've ever had. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color and impenetrable to light. Just a thin beige head covering about half of the top of the beer.aroma of chocolate and dark malt is apparent. The flavor is boldly packed with slightly bitter dark malt,chocolate,and leather. The mouth is creamy and smooth. (281 characters)

Photo of myelo
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3-14-2014. On 6-12-14 poured a dark, opaque brown with a 4 inch khaki head that gradually diminishes leaving prominent, thick lacing.

The aroma was smokey malt, similar to smoked beef or beef jerky.

Taste was smokey malt with plum and chocolate followed by moderate clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was creamy, moderate to heavy body, moderate carbonation and mild ethanol warming.

This beer strikes a perfect balance between a malt-forward porter, prominent but not overwhelming smokiness and a clean hop finish. I would serve this at 55F with grilled or smoked beef or duck or a rich chocolate desert. Would also be great on a cool night by the fire. (669 characters)

Photo of Halfbrother83
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Half Acre pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, cola like color with three fingers of fluffy tan head that fades eventually, leaving a nice lacing around the crown of the glass.

S: Dark cocoa, cherry wood, and campfire smoke really shine through.

T: Malty black coffee, smoke, and tobacco flavors permeate. Some ripened plum flavors present. Virtually no alcohol burn or flavor for 9%.

M: Exceptionally smooth, medium body, remarkably drinkable.

O: I'm admittedly not a fan of smoked beers or porters, but this beer really knocks it out of the park in terms of flavor, mouthfeel, and overall drinkability. Would be a perfect companion to a fireplace or campfire on a cool night. A really, really nice treat. (730 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I go this a few weeks back in late March on a trip from NW Arkansas to Greer, SC.
Picked it up on a whim at a random store that had a huge liquor section. More brandy that I thought would sell in the Memphis area.

I didn't realize this was so well rated when I picked it up off the shelf. Looks like a porter, came out with a generous foam that died away. Yet, that lovely foam is quick to reappear and provide a nice lace.

Stunning Cherry Smoke aroma! But there's something metallic behind it, so it's all but perfect.

Roasted chocolate porter but with a Fruity Dried Cherry body; some burnt carbonized sweetness.
Now I wish I had two of these, a wood fireplace and some perfectly cooked duck breasts.

It's a heavy dark beer that makes me wanting another. This beer is evil. You should buy it.
Then you should buy me some. (834 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,191 characters)

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.