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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, campfire smoke, and some band-aid aromas. If I smell especially hard I can get some cocoa powder and roasted coffee bean notes as well. Taste is of smoked malt, smoked meats, campfire smoke, and some band-aid flavors. There is a slight smoky bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy, somewhat thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked porter with a very well done smoke presence in the smell and taste.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a thin layer of tan bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and smoke in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors roasted malts and smoke along with some notes of chocolate and hints of cherries.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and slightly creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BulbMan for sending this over. The beer poured out with a nice deep blac color with a foamy tan head on top. The retention and lacing were both very good on this. The smell of the beer is smokey, there is some roast in there too and hops. The taste of the beer has a great balance of subtle smoke, chocolate and bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, and very soft. Overall it's a great beer. Really wasn't sure what I would think of it but I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit!!

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with a rather modest head that leaves a nice pattern of squiggly lace around the sides of the glass

Smell: Chocolate covered cherries and wafts of smoke

Taste: The smoke reaches out from the get go, with the cherry wood flavor complementing the chocolate malt; by mid-palate, the effect is of a smokey confection of chocolate covered cherries which after the swallow, become even more pronounced in a malty fashion, though the smoke lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I always knew Yazoo had it in them and I am so glad to have found a beer where the brewery seems to be reaching its potential; the sweetness and the smoke limits the drinkability a bit, but this is still a fine brew

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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.

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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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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the tick, Nick.

Looks like a cup of drip coffee, dark but not opaque. The head retains fairly well for the style.

The nose is heavy on campfire smoke. There's a nice chocolate malt character beneath that, along with a note of whole grain bread.

Tastes pretty damn good. Very chocolatey, with undertones of whole grain bread and licorice. Smoke is prevalent but balanced, contributing a nice layer of flavor. Finishes with molasses and milk chocolate sweetness, slight balancing roast. Surprisingly, this was quite good.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jim for pouring a growler off of his keg for us, and to Aaron for sharing it!

Brownish black with tan foam that sticks to the sides, leaving concentric rings of lace in it's wake. A thin layer of foam remains on the surface, despite the relatively high abv.

Phenolic smoke, campfire, woody char and deep roasted malt in the aroma. The cherry wood lends a vague sweetness to the smoky element. Fairly straightforward smoky porter.

Earthy roast with a dry wood smoke aftertaste, light smoky phenols as in an Islay whisky, moderately bitter char with a luscious velvety feel. Impressions of unsweetened chocolate and mild coffee roast. Rich and smooth, yet light enough to have 3 pints of. The 9% is felt eventually, but absent in the flavor.

After drinking a bottle recently, it had some noticeably mellowed elements by comparison. The smoke is a bit more dry and woody in the bottled sample, less intense overall but still very tasty.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer I was seeking out most when in middle Tennessee last weekend.Poures a deep dark chocolate brown with a tinge of ruby when held to the light,a frothy beinge head that left a few broken rings of lace as it slowly.Alot of nice stuff going on in the aromas,smoke and brine are the first things I notice followed by bitter chocolate and earthy hops,a little alcohol sweetness as it warms.Complex flavors with a decent amount of smoke but not in your face,there is some chocolate sweetness but there is a big earthy component keeping the sweetness from becoming over bearing,there is some molasses and sweet alcohol in the finish detected as well.This is as good and maybe better than what I was hoping for,well done Yazoo.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did not really know what to think of this one when I first got it, but I normally love porters so I figured it was a worthy challenge to see where this one would hold up. Poured a very nice deep dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a smallish, maybe one inch white to off white head on top. This faded gradually leaving behind a nice amount of side glass lace. Smell was very sweet, nice hints of nuts and caramel, along with a roasted barley. The taste was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Very nice caramel flavor with a hint of coffee. Roasted nuts in the back with a very hoppy finish. This actually snuck up on me and I thought it was remnants of the IPA from dinner I thought I was tasting, but it actually had quite the dry hoppy finish.

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with two finger of thick tan head that rises from the depths of the pour. Good retention and alright lacing.

Smell: Smoke and roast with some sweet chocolate notes. Some dark fruit notes in the background as well.

Taste: Similar to the taste. The best thing about this beer is the smoke in the middle of each sip that fades to a roasty dark chocolate smooth finish. Nice smoke and roast with smooth chocolate. Some sweetness balances out the other flavors perfectly.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with extremely smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit chalky and mildly dry.

Overall: This beer is a wonderful combination of flavors. I was very surprised how much I loved it. I will definitely have it again if I get the chance.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slips out a dark brown, near black with a sudsy, somewhat smallish, off-white head.

Smell: Ashen roasted barley notes gnarled with smoke fumes and smoothed over with simple chocolate and caramel sauce.

Taste: Sugar-flecked roastiness with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, spent coffee grinds, and light caramel. Particularly sweet, this Sue beer. Subtle underlying fruitiness. Big taste of smoked malt throughout. Small helping of spicy, earthy hops and overall bitterness. Smokey, sugary, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An interesting brew, Yazoo. The ratcheted up sweetness hampers the drinkability somewhat, but, overall, it's still pretty good.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't been a huge fan of any of their beers really. The only one I really enjoyed so far was the pale ale, although if I had to guess I would assume this would be my fav, but let's see if they screwed the pooch here too. Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this one.

Friggen SCREW CAP AAAARRRGGG!!! But... a bottled on date? Why one great thing and one horrible thing?! I don't get it. Bottled on May 14, 2012.

Pours a light creamy fizzy 1/4 finger darker colored head that fades at a med pace, not much lacing or head to be found overall but that's not too bad for a 9% beer. The beer itself is pretty much pitch black, can't find any light coming through.

Nose is actually a nice porter, some chocolate and cocoa, dark malts, some caramel and toffee too, little bready malt and some earthy hops. Creamy milk chocolate, nougat, dry dark malts.

Taste starts with some roast and hint of smoke, actually not really a hint as it increases to a nice light smoke like a smoldering log, light char, light caramel and toffee like, again hint of nougat, etc. Chocolate is there, bit of dark bitter choc, little milk choc, etc. Very light roasty acrid burnt coffee flavor with associated bitterness and char. Light earthy hops with a bit of decent bitterness with that, and more bitterness from the dark charred malts, maybe carafa? Finish is drier, slightly sticky, just a bit of warming booze washing away as the lingering biscuit and chocolate come through with a bit more burnt coffee and roast, carafa, etc. A big spicy earthy hop flavor comes through late on the finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, good carb for 6 month old beer with a screw cap, and 9% abv, and booze is mostly hidden.

Overall pretty nice, fairly impressed for what most of their beers were before. That being said, it's still not an amazing beer, just a good beer. The malts are mostly nice but the burnt coffee charred malt is not as nice, and hops are good at first but don't stay as well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to pitasoup and the Donald in Mathmagicland BIF for this bottle!

Funny, I know a Sue who smokes quite a bit... This chick pours a straight jet black topped by nearly a finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose leads with a healthy dose of smoked sausage, backed by comparatively weaker notes of biscuits, roasted malts, light suede, and nutmeg. The taste also showcases those lovely smoked malts, adding some molasses, brown sugar, some of those seemingly omnipresent roasted malts (they do get around, don't they?), rye bread, and a hint of figs. The smoke is decidedly up-front and in command, but it does not abuse its authority vis-a-vis the other flavors. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a fairly chewy feel (crispy?), and a relatively dry finish. Overall, a delightful smoked porter. I'm interested to see what difference would have been made if it had been brewed with a different smoked malt, but the cherry is pretty damn tasty regardless. Get some!

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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 RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting some time to try something from Yazoo. This is a good one to start on.
It’s a nice robust porter that has a bit of a zing to it that strikes kind of a bright tone. Very consistent flavor profile that doesn’t drop off at all. It very much lingers. Carbonation is pretty good; could be a touch lower, but who cares. Overall, an extremely nice production and an easy drinking porter that doesn’t get obnoxious to make a point.

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Photekut for sending me a couple bottles of this one. I've been seeking out more under-the-radar brews these days and this is one of them.

A - Looks pretty similar to the Simple Malt Stout I just had. A midnight black body with the slightest hint of brown at the fringes. The foam is a slightly lighter tan sliver that dissipated to a thin ring and some haze.

S - Smoky! However, it's not the overwhelming hickory and meat you get from a rauchbier - instead it's more of a sweet smokiness, perhaps from the cherrywood, on top of a dark fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt backbone.

T - I actually like the taste better, as it amps up the cherry sweetness and attenuates the smoke character. A good balance of cocoa, hickory, dark fruit, and earthy hops. More of a 4.25, but I was a little tough on the smell & appearance.

M - Prickly active carbonation, somewhat gritty, sticky, finish. Maybe a touch thinner than I prefer. It's definitely more appropriate for a porter than for a stout, and a appreciate the accurate naming. Not much heat, even at 9%.

D - One of the more drinkable smoke beers I've had. I would gladly have drank the bottle on my own, and I'm looking forward to sharing my other bottle with friends. The feel is a bit raw, but Yazoo will get better at the bottling process as time goes on.

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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 drabmuh
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Dustin, one of Yazoo's year round. Poured into my DFH signature glass. Beer is black / brown at the corners with nearly no head or lacing. Carbonation, no idea.

Aroma is smoky, quite smoky. Its roasty but mostly its smoky. Not what I expected at all.

Beer is medium in body, not overly smoky in the palate but definitely more than your standard porter. Its not bad though. There is some roast in the back of the mouth, minimal sweetness up front. Interesting beer, absolutely not what I was expecting. Well done Yazoo, I am pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for providing the opportunity to try this brew. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown with seemingly no head at all except for a fine line that holds around the rim of the glass. Spots of lacework sit atop the brew and on the glass. When held to the light, some ruby red is seen through the body.

The smell of this brew is like a mixture of bacon meets chocolate with smokey character throughout. After an evening of sampling some different smoked brews, this one brings a uniquely pleasant different character to the table. A faint touch of minerals is noted on the backend.

The taste is smoked roasted grain coming across like beefy bacon, chocolate and a light bitterness imparted by the roast. The bitterness seemingly comes from the roast of the grain not hops. A well rounded and enjoyable take on the style without going over the top. Very well executed and balance of flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It is smooth and creamy in the feel and never once feels like a 9% brew. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. An awesome arrangement of flavoring, I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thank you Brandon.

The beer is a deep, dark mahogany, appearing black in low light. Opaque. Atop the beer is a half inch of oily beige head. The aroma offers chocolate, roast, licorice, molasses, smoke. Smoke and roast with lovely chocolates. Fabulous aroma and flavor. Medium bodied and a bit chewy, coating the palate. Smooth and creamy with fairly low carbonation. A terrific beer and superb example of a porter.

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