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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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SueSue

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

553 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 166
Gots: 107 | 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 PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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 -9.9%
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 -13.5%
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 -11.1%
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 -21.5%
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
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of haddon
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into a pint glass that was black as night with little to no head

wow, with all this smoke on the nose it feels like I'm sitting around a campfire. malts, coffee, dark chocolate... but mostly smoky.

smoke flavor hits hard and quick. there is an interesting chocolate covered cherry that follows. mild bitterness with a leathery finish

medium body with a velvety feel. one of the more fuller bodied porters I've ever had

although I wouldn't have more than one in a setting, I found this quite unique. the sour cherry wrapped in leathery smoke was something I've never experienced before. I usually find porters a little too watered down for my liking but I will definitely go back to Sue. proud to call myself a Nashvillian.

haddon, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

akorsak, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

mothman, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of lespaulrocker
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

lespaulrocker, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
2.63/5  rDev -36.5%
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).

ArrogantB, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

weeare138, May 26, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Gtreid, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of KevinHollowell
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

KevinHollowell, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of bmoraymond
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%

bmoraymond, Wednesday at 12:07 AM
Photo of helios7
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

helios7, Tuesday at 05:11 PM
Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Elicoleman, Tuesday at 06:44 AM
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

JohnnyHopps, Sunday at 01:28 AM
Photo of treznor
3/5  rDev -27.5%

treznor, Saturday at 07:01 PM
Photo of ronricorossi
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ronricorossi, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of monitorpop
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

monitorpop, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Adamostella, Oct 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Sarnford, Oct 21, 2014
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.