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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown opaque, slight amber when held to the light, 1 finger taffy coloured head.

S: Coffee, chocolate, deep earthy, malty, stout like, slight smoke.

T: Malty, black coffee, chocolate, tar, smoke, creamy, alcohol very hidden. Light sweetness. Almost banana like sweetness. 

M: Medium bready body, light foamy carbonation.

 Very smooth.

O: Delicoius, smooth, it hides the alcohol then goes down easy only leaving a burn in the throat. There isn’t anything beyond this that would make me buy it except that it was rated the best beer from Tennessee (the reason I got it). Glad I tried it, would have preferred a bottle half this size.

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Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Jet Black with a two finger tan head

Getting some chocolate on the nose with smoke character.

Taste is smooth with chocolate and caramel. smoke comes through and is not overpowering. Some hop bitterness but less than expected with 93 IBU. you get almost no hot alcohol its hidden very well. overall a very good beer.
I would categorize this as an imperial Smoked Stout

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Photo of Mojo
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber into snifter

A - pours up a rich brown, almost black with a towering tan head that lasts for awhile and produces some lacing.

S - the nose is sort of weak to me and is the weak link in this beer. I get a little bit of sweet molasses and not much else.

T - Impressive. At 9% this offering ought to have a perceptible alcohol burn, but the booze is hid very well. This is a malt forward offering with caramel, chocolate, and cola notes finishing with a mild bitterness and a pervasive smokiness that permeates the wholeness of the palate.

M - loaded with carbonation and a pleasing feel in the mouth, not much aftertaste considering how big of a beer this is.

O - This beats Stone's Smoked Porter to pieces.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottling date of 01. NOV1 ? Someone else's review listed a bottling date of November 1, 2012 so I will assume that that is the bottling date for this particular bottle. Puts this at 13 months old. Let's see if the smoke has faded shall we.

A- Pours and nice medium heavy thick black with a light tan, medium level pillowy head that dissipated slowly to a thin film.

S- Some light to medium smoke a some sweet dark roasts similar to a milk stout. Wondering how the smoke is on a fresh one of these.

T- More of the light to medium smoke and a lot of sweet roast malts, again very similar to a milk stout. Not getting a real "assertive bitterness from Galena and Perle hops" as promised on their website, perhaps the age has taken that away. Still a very tasty beer. The ABV is quite well hidden and this beer is surprisingly drinkable.

M- A nice medium mouthfeel and surprisingly easy drinking, the smoke isn't too overpowering.

O- A very good beer but can't help but wonder what the year of aging has done to it. Would the smoke and bitterness be more amped up if it were fresh, probably. As it is, it seems more of a smoked milk stout, which isn't a bad thing. Got this one as an extra in a trade so I feel lucky to try this highly rated beer that is out of my distribution area.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber serve red in a Bruery Snifter Tulip on Thanksgiving day 2013

Appearance- 2 fingers of mocha head with tiny tight bubbles. Jet black in color with nice lacing.

Smell- Some smoke with a nice hop bite. Has that porter smell to an extreme. Solid!

Taste- Lots going on here. Mocha hits the front of the tongue, followed by a sharp hop bitterness and finished with a nice mellow smokeyness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with works very nicely with the flavors especially the hops.

Overall- A super solid smoked porter that uses great balance which makes for a nice complex porter.

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Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite smoked beers. Very nice smokiness to the aroma, but not overpowering. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors are complimented nicely by the smoke in the finish. Smooth and easy drinking for the style. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a velvety one finger tan head. Pretty good head retention with some nice wispy lacing

A really nice mix of roast, chocolate, and smoke on the nose. There is almost a burnt character to the nose but it is not overdone. A really nice balance there and just very rich all around.

Big shot of smoke up front in the taste along with lots of roast and velvety chocolate. I really like the cherry wood and the smokyness is very gentle and not burnt and medicinal as is sometimes the case with smoked porters. Big, chewy mouthfeel with moderate stickyness. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, I really like this beer. I am a bit fan of smoked beers anyways and this one just does it right with a great balance between the smoke and roast. Even thought this is brewed in my home state, I can't get it where I live. A shame because I would buy this on a regular basis.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from a trade, can't read date. Pours dark opaque brown with a tall dark kahki brown head. Aroma of coffee, smoke, booze, and lots of toasty roasty malt. Big smoke flavor and roasted malts dominate. A but of coffee in the background and not too much bitterness. Blows Stone's version out if the water if you ask me. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Goes down easy but certainly not a light beer. Pretty good stuff and I would have this again for sure. They really combined the right amount of smoke with the right amount of sweet from the malts.

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

Many thanks to richj1970 for this bottle.

A - Pitch black pour (big surprise) and a thick lacing ring that's toffee colored. When I swirl the tulip there's a generous amount of tiny cascading bubbles dashing to the surface and sticks on the side of the glass.

S - Black licorice, light molasses, dark roasted malt, and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Follows the nose - flavorful and even across the entire sip. Bittersweet chocolate malt, molasses, and black licorice with a little bit of smoke. Flavor lingers for a short period of time from a coating of licorice and molasses in the mouth.

M - Full medium body, gentle carbonated presence, and some smokiness and surprisingly little to no alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Very glad for the opportunity to try this beer, it got better as it warmed to room temperature.

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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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Photo of qchic
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this $6 bomber to show TN a lil love. A black beauty in the glass that initially was topped by a billowy tan head that dissipates. My schnoz is getting smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and some spiced nuts. The smoke does not overwhelm in the aroma, but has a cumulative effect on the flavor. Every now and then some fruity esters pop up, but the dry, bitter cocoa has the upper hand. Smoke is there all along, especially on the back end, but balanced nicely. Plenty going on to mask the 9%. I'd say a good representation for the less ubiquitous style, but I'd recommend sharing this one.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to MSquared2 for the hookup on this one. enjoyed from a spiegelau glass. bottled may 14th, 2012

a - beer poured jet black with generous off white, almost yellowish head that dissolved shortly after the pour but left nice lacing on the glass.

s - nice roasted chocolate malts with good amount of smoke. charred wood.

t - yowza, not yazoo...that's a tasty beer. again, big smoke notes and nice chocolate malt with big roast character. camp fire in your mouth, but i love it.

m - roasty and charred, but big so kind of feels borderline RIS.

o - overall, really nice beer. much better than i expected. great body brings it all together. super enjoyable. cheers.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a very dark slightly viscous liquid with a nice light tan head. Head is pretty dense and stands at about half and inch. Almost capuccino-like.

Aroma starts off with some nice smoked malts. Malty body for sure. Nice notes of cherry wood and the remnants of a good campfire. Interesting. Some slight notes of coca as well as some nice bitter and roasted coffee notes.

Flavor starts off with that sharp burnt smoke note. This note is quickly supplanted by some nice dark fruit notes and some good bready sweetness. Sweet milk cocoa notes dominate and yet blend so well with some lingering smokey notes. There is some nice roast and the finish is nice and bitter with some dark cocoa notes. Mouthfeel is nice and silky and smooth.

Pretty good porter. Im not the biggest fan of smoked brews but this is very nice.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Tulip Shaped Glass

Appearance: Dark chocolate black with a thick creamy brownish head.

Smell: dark roasted malts with a nice blend of smokiness a hint of caramel and chocolate, but the smokiness smell is the most dominating.

Taste: sweet roasted malt, hint of vanilla and chocolate, with a smokiness blend to it, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied with slight carbonation and a dry smoky finish.

Overall: This is my favorite beer from Yazoo Brewing Co. The best American Porter I've ever had, hands down. It is well balanced with the sweetness and the smokiness and I can barley taste the alcohol, but I can tell that there is an alcohol presence in it. This beer would be perfect for a grill cook out and I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of harrymel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2012

It's dark brown on black with a hourglass shaped tan silkscreen. Smells of smoke, prunes, cocoa, hersheys syrup, a little dates as well as vanilla. Flavor is smoke, leather, sweet dark malts, some dried dates and a touch of prune juice. Full bodied with a silky feel and a dry finish. Good beer, really good beer.

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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 BlueMoon10
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a 750ml. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Chocolate brown in color. Has a two finger creamy brown head upon pouring. Lots of lacing.
S: Roasted malts that leads to some chocolate, caramel, and finishes with some a smoke smell.
T: Smoke flavor, Roasty chocolate, hint of some vanilla.
M: Medium to heavy but very drinkable. Some creaminess to it. Can't taste the alcohol.
A very good, drinkable smoked porter. One of Tennessee's best.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was given a 750ml bottle by one of my good beer customers, so thanks to him for sharing something we don't get in our area.
Poured in a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.
AP: 3/4" froathy cream coloured head that dissipated down to 1/4", rich dark brown to near black colour
AR: Chocolate was the first aroma to hit me followed by a subtle hint of smoked ham then molasses takes over with hints of brown bread. For a smoked beer I was expecting more of it in the aroma and if it had been more prominent I would have given a higher score for the smell.
T: As with the aroma, I found the smoke aspect lacking. However, the rest of the flavours I found very enjoyable. Again with chocolate and molasses with a bit of brownie batter and at the finish a slick oily soft hint of smoke, but not enough IMO to balance the sweeter flavours. The warmer this brew gets the smoke flavour starts to poke through a little more, but not quite enough for me.
M: Very creamy with low/moderate carbonation and a bit silky on the tongue.
OV: An enjoyable tasty beer, but when I compare this to what it's supposed to be (a smoke beer) I can't rate it as high as I'd like. If the smoke flavours were more pronounced in the taste this would be an exceptional beer, but I just didn't get enough of it.

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Photo of weonfire
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black as night. Huge light mocha head, excellent lacing, sticks to high beer mark. very impressive.

S - Roasted barley, grassy, nutty malt

T - initial: roasted malt, barley, grassy, nutty. finish: hops are real mellow (3/10 bitter), smokey taste lingers a tiny bit

M - really nice froth, mellow cream, viscosity is high

O - This is much better that i expected. I normally don't like smoked porters but this i would order again. I believe the 93 IBUs, while don't make this beer 'hoppy', do a great job balancing this beer and make it not too smokey or roasty but very drinkable. I enjoyed this.

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