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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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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 msubulldog25
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In honor of today's facebook reunion with a long lost friend (who happens to live in Nashville, TN), the bottle of Sue (thanks, Jim/unclejedi, for the recent tag-along to Portland) spoke to me.

A 12 oz. twist-capped brown bottle (stuck tho', so a cap-popping was required); notched at Bottled On: 'Dec', 'Week 4' - so it's approaching one year old. Still good? Let's see...

Label: "The South is famous for smoking almost everything. Why not a beer? Yazoo 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. Alc. 9% by Vol. 93 IBUs."

A: Very dark...could be 'black' but for a smoldering mahogany-red swath. Fizzy head grows to a half-finger, but withdraws quickly. Star-shaped film, but really no lace to speak of, outside a few pinpoints that glide down the glass.

S: Heady aroma of sweetness and smoke. Carobs and caramel and fudgy notes surround a sugary and woody smokiness. Good strength and kinda heavenly, as in 'could sniff this for a long time'.

T: Chewy chocolate malts, a little raisin, then a substantial smoked malt jolt. Fruitiness (I know cherrywood doesn't taste like 'cherry'...or does it?) comes through a thickening dark cacao and coffee roast. Something a little metallic and tinny embarks as well, though nothing to denigrate much. Very enjoyable flavors and exceeding complexity.

M: This could be a little tired from 11+ months in the bottle. Very mellow carbonation, bordering on non-existent. Feel is ultra-smooth, however: a thick and taste bud-twisting juiciness follows. Can't stop salivating, due to all the sticking smokiness and bittering hops. Whatever negatives come from a worn-out carbonation are made up for by that long-lasting finish.

D: Well, as much as enjoy the confounding flavors found in a wonderful smoked porter like this (haven't tasted a better one, with the exception of the Alaskan Brewing's amazing version), it's certainly a sipper. What a treat to try the first of Yazoo's 'big' beers; I'd love to have it again and give it a hearty recommendation for those who may find it. (2,176 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Nashville.

A: opaque, poured a nice rocky head that dissipated within a few minutes to a thin lacing
S: medium body, smokey, almost ash-like
T: very nice, rich, deep roasted malt, with a nice smattering of smokiness, good hop bitter finish, almost as good as my homebrew of the same style!
M: very nice, velvety smooth with a nice hop bitterness bite
D: decent (374 characters)

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

a: This was black with no highlights. It poured with a large, light tan colored head.

s: Big and completely lacking in subtlety. Just what I was hoping for in an imperial smoked porter with 93 ibu's. Lots of smoke with hints of caramel, cherry, and chocolate.

t: Wow. The smoke is subtle up front allowing rich chocolate and a little cherry to come through. The finish is much smokier and the 93 ibu's make their presence felt. Hugely flavorful and very complex, damn near perfect.

m: Full bodied and richly carbonated with a wonderful lingering, coffee like smoky bitterness.

d: This was bottled only about 3 weeks ago, so I considered aging this one. I'm really glad I opted to experience the 93 ibu's fresh however. What a treat, thanks to titosupertramp for a chance to try this amazing beer. (800 characters)

Photo of inpursuitofhops
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a four pack for Turkey day from my dad. Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark. Could not see through it. Small tan head when first poured, but nothing after a few sips. Very little spotty lacing.

S: Smoky Malts, I smell the cherry-wood.

T: Like a normal porter at first, then a smooth wave of smoky bitterness. A lasting flavor for sure.

M: Nice, light carbonation, and smooth over the tongue.

D: I can tell this is 9%. I drank mine nice and slow.

Didn't like this one at first, but by the end of the glass I was ready for another. Still, it must be enjoyed slowly. (569 characters)

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. (1,019 characters)

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. (628 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Yazoo beer courtesy of photekut (thanks JR). It pours a dark brown-black color, opaque, with a 1 finger dark tan foam. A little bit of lacing, not much.

It smells exactly as I'd hoped, dark roast and sweet malts, a modest dose of smoked malts, a little cocoa maybe excellent. And it only gets better in taste. All of the above, and the smoked flavors are at a perfect level. I've learned to love rauch biers, and so I think I could stand even more in this beer, but really it's perfectly constrained as is. Cherry wood based on the label, and it works very well.

The body is medium-heavy, lightly carbonated, not quite chewy but going in that direction. Absolutely delicious and I wish I had many more. (712 characters)

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. (531 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cherry-wood smoked malt, eh? I'm down.

It dominates the room, stinking up the bar, flashing fishnets, and spanking your girlfriend. The beer is angry and bold, the smoke atoning for your own shortcomings. Roastiness and a bit of chocolate accompany this angry smoke. There is a hint of fruit with the chocolate but it is quickly gone. The hops are practically absent, absolutely an afterthought.

A fantastic smoky porter and something I look forward to roasting some sweet cut o' pig in.. (490 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mamacita in Nashville. I love the Johnny Cash reference in the name of this beer: "a beer named Sue."

Pours pretty much black and slightly viscous with a small tan head.

Aroma is excellent - smoky and even a little bacony with roast, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Flavor is similar to the aroma and also great. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and caramel all come through. Smoked bacon or ham is prominent as well.

Medium-full bodied with low carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

Glad I got to try this beer. Definitely one of my favorites from my long weekend in Nashville. (584 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Tilley4. Thanks Jason!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that despite being thin upfront remained as a layer leaving a nice lacing pattern.

S - smokey dark malts.

T - the smoked flavor is in your face with some roasted malt and molasses flavors coming in play.

F - full bodied, robust.

D - a tasty nightcap. (371 characters)

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Near black, vaguely red if held to light. Small tan head, minimal lacing.

S: Smoky. Cherry. A little bit like BBQ but I think it's just the smoke.

T: Malts, smoke and charcoal, a bit of cherry. Kind of bitter, but not too bitter. Cherry finish.

M: Smooth with a bit of carbonation, not too much. Full body.

D: Sipper. Due to the high level of alcohol and smoke it's a slow drinker. But incredibly enjoyable.

I've been wanting this for quite some time, and it completely lived up to my expectations. (547 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this bottle for a little over a year now. I got it in a trade, but sadly I cannot remember who.

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Thick creamy tan head that recedes quickly, but also reactivates quickly with a swirl. Body color is a dense black with a thin line of chocolate brown highlights around the edges.

Smell is a bold bacon punch to the nose. Strong campfire smoke and charcoal aromas. A mild sweet cherry aroma comes in around the edges. Taste has the smoke balanced out by the chocolate malts. The cherry comes through a little more in the taste.

Body is full and leans towards syrupy. The carbonation is mild, though that may be due to the aging. This is really good, but more than one would be too much (732 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a bottling date of the 3rd week in August 2010 poured into a Yazoo pint glass.

Color was near black; very dark with just a trace of red coloring around the edges when held to light. Head was about 1 finger of off-white.

The smell was dominated by smoked malt with kind of a campfire aroma. You can really get the smoked cherry in here.

Taste was of roasted malts and more smoke, with hits of chocolate and a bit of charcoal. Some bitterness is present but the alcohol tends to smooth it out. Mouthfeel was smooth; I was left with a lingering smokiness after each sip.

Drinkability is good, although this is a beer I'd probably sip slow and just one at a time due to the strong smoke flavor and high alcohol. Overall a very good brew! (754 characters)

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). (362 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review. Turns out the first bottles of this I had was from an infected batch. I had it before the infection really took off but it would explain the lactic quality I was picking up.

12oz bottled 2nd week of November 2010. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown/black with a large light brown head that leaves lots of lacing, slowly recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is quite smoky with a lot of campfire and charred wood as well as smoked ham/bacon, also some chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, a touch of dark fruit and anise, very good strength.

Flavor is smoky and chocolaty, smoked ham/bacon, campfire, charred wood, chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit, noticeable alcohol on the finish but is integrated well (EDIT: 3 month old bottle has little to no alcohol taste). Huge flavor, lingering finish, semi-sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation at times prickly.

Ahhh very nice, no lactic qualities like the first go-round. Also enjoyed a Fade to Black Vol. 2 tonight and like them both a lot. Each is unique in their smoky qualities, this one more as a straight-up smoked brew. Very tasty and enjoyable.

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12oz bottled 3rd or 4th week of August 2010. Served at around 55-60F.

Pours very dark brown/black with a fizzy and foamy two finger light brown head that fades quickly to a light cap and ring and leaves only a few spots of lacing. I notice some white specks of sediment collecting at the bottom of the glass.

Smoky aroma of both wood and meat, bacon/ham, a lot of chocolate, and a strong lactic quality, a lot like cottage cheese, which I wasn't expecting at all, but it blends nicely with the smoke and I find myself quite enjoying the aroma.

Flavor of smoked ham and bacon, some chocolate and roasted malts, a lactic sourness, a good deal of sweetness and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is absent. Smoke is stronger on the tongue than the nose.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, somewhat creamy, medium carbonation.

Interesting for sure, I'm only beginning to dabble in smoked beers and this is the smokiest I've had yet, although I'm not a big fan of the lactic nature of this one (or any sweet/milk stouts in general). I'm getting more of a Smoked Sweet/Milk Stout than Smoked Porter, FWIW...

Reviewing this to style is difficult since it isn't in a Smoked category and instead is grouped together with all American Porters...heck at 9% it doesn't even really fit the Porter category either.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Taste 3.5, Feel 4, Drink 3.5, Score 3.65 (2,657 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a near black with a thin, though persistant, tan head. Good lacing.
S- The smell is rather chocolatey and coffee like, with definite smoke wafts.
T- Smokey right away, and the nice wood smoke. Chocolate malt plays a big role with coffee and hop flavors lingering in the background.
M- Slightly full body, good carbonation.
D- For a smoke beer and one at 9%, this is quite drinkable. I will daresay it's the best beer I've had from Yazoo to date. Really dug it and could definitely enjoy a few more. (508 characters)

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. (559 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from JohnQVegas a while back... I actually drank 3 of these and forgot all about this 4th bottle tucked in my fridge. Just saw it and thought it would make a nice departure from all the IPAs I've been digging into lately. Thanks Dustin!
Served into a snifter after allowing it to warm for 15 minutes from fridge temps.

Pours up a deep brownish black with some red hues along the edges and in the legs. The tan head started as 2 fingers and settled into a tight cap of lazy bubbles... leaving behind some spotty chunks of lace.

Smells of coffee, bitter cocoa, smoke, a little earthiness (I'm guessing from the smoke?), and some fruit notes-- dark, ripened fruits. The taste has much of these notes from the smell-- some sweetness that reminds me of caramel and brown sugar gives way to a dry smokiness with hints of the dark fruits at the finish.

Body is pretty full. This is a nice thick porter-- one of those beers that blurs the line between stout and porter-- and does so in a great way. This is very easy to drink-- enjoyable, complex enough to keep me interested, and a crazy 9%!! I must say that this beer scores a little extra due to the high ABV. There isn't a trace of booziness in here. Perhaps if this warmed all the way to room temperature, I could pick it up... but in the 15 minutes I have sat enjoying this, there remains a well-balanced brew that hides its ABV well. (1,394 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stubby 12 oz bottle with a twist off cap.

Pours a dark mocha brown, near black with a nearly non-existent coffee colored head that immediately fades to a thin crown with a few bubbles and no lacing. Aroma is front loaded with a strong smokey punch before a more traditional robust coffee and roast malt porter notes. Mouthfeel is rich, thick, silky and smooth with light carbonation. Finish is lingering blend of sweet molasses and roasted coffee. Flavor isn't much different than the aroma, but the smoke and roast flavors are dominated by chocolate and molasses sweetness. A very nice, full bodied porter, but a little too big and sweet. (640 characters)

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! (1,040 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a thin tan head.

S: Smoky in a good way, like prepped wood ready for bbq rather than just burnt ash. Also coffee and hints of tobacco.

T: Smoke in the beginning, then the standard coffee-ish porter malts. Faintest bit of cherry and chocolate comes through at the end.

M: Light on carbonation, slightly heavier than medium body.

D: Overall, very drinkable for a style (smoked) that I do not particularly enjoy.

This one was bottled on 03/10.

The 01/10 version I had earlier was much less smoky, had a smoother mouthfeel, and had much sweeter malts. Still a great offering from Yazoo. (611 characters)

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

Thanks goes out to JohnQVegas for this brew.

Bottled On: 3rd Week Of March

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy dark tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is nice, malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee/caramel, and slight coffee notes, some licorice. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, some vanilla, lots of dark stuff. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Very Drinkable, this one surprised the shit out of me, very well done, way to go Yazoo! (505 characters)

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

A: Poured a jet black with good carbonation and a nice white head.

S: Smoke, leather, meat and booze

T: Immediate smoke, meat, chocolate and warming booze plus some wood

M: Very hearty and good to me.

D: While very tasty I can not see myself drinking more than one at a time but I would try againa nd recommend (315 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alex(masterski) gave me this bottle a few weeks ago, thanks dude! I poured it into a Three floyds nonic.

This beer pours a nice black with rootbeer brown highlights. There's a finer of tan head that fades to a thin layer and leaves some decent spotty lacing.

The nose is full of sweet smoked malts, campfire, coffee, and dark chocolate. It's making me thirsty.

The taste follows with sweet cherry wood, sticky campfire smoke, char, roasty coffee and baker's chocolate. I'm also picking out some dark fruit skins as well. There are some really delicious cocoa notes that play with the the sweet cherry wood notes. It finishes a little dry. Excellent!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has just enough bubble bite to refresh and prepare for the next sip.

An excellent smoked porter from a relatively unknown brewery. I really dig the cherry wood smoked malts and the ABV was not a problem. I wish I had some more bottles! (921 characters)

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