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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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482 Ratings

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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 158
Gots: 91 | FT: 8
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-17-2012 02:11:08 | More by uvm2003
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-15-2012 21:15:08 | More by DocAJ
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught in Chattanooga Mellow Mushroom: This was served in a 10 oz. goblet that was unfortunately frosted (BOO!). It pours an opaque dark brown. There was a wisp of a tan head on it that left some lacing. Chocolate and some roasty notes to the nose. Also a hint of earthy hops. The taste is good. Fairly full bodied. Chocolate malt, caramel, some roastiness. Minimal sweetness: lots of hops in here to balance it nicely. Very Good!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 00:37:29 | More by Boto
Photo of Pencible


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-11-2012 19:59:26 | More by Pencible
Photo of otto251068


3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. "Bottled on date" is printed on the label but no date is printed on the space where it should be.

Appearance: Pours a very dark chocolate brown, bordering on black but definite brown around the edges. Stunning milk chocolate colored head rises an inch, then slowly fades. The head itself is packed with large and tiny bubbles which leaves a great lacing. After the head fades a thin layer is all that is left.

Smell: Rich bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and smoke kick things off. Very pleasant with a balanced malt aroma. Quite a bit of earthy hops come out on the pour.

Taste: Plenty more bittersweet chocolate, along with some cocoa nibs hit the tongue immediately. Very rich and in your face. More smoky/roasted/burnt flavors that match the aroma. The flavors are bold and really wake the taste buds. Quite a bit of earthy hops fight through to provide bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. Maybe a little on the lighter side when it comes to the body. Carbonation level is surprisingly high but pleasant.

Overall: Very flavorful and rich. The overwhelming flavors make this one a sipper. The 9.0% ABV is well hidden. The smokiness is harsh and bold, but this beer is good overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:32:00 | More by otto251068
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-09-2012 00:28:37 | More by stonequarrywest
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

02-08-2012 06:01:41 | More by khargro2
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-06-2012 03:05:05 | More by UNCCTDawg
Photo of BierBliss

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial tulip

Aroma: strong smoke flavor

Appearance: pours black no head or lacing

Flavor: hoppy, smokey and a bit of chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: smooth feel, no burn from high alcohol

Overall: I'm not a smoked beer fan. Doesn't burn the tongue out like many smoke porters do.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:57:03 | More by BierBliss
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-05-2012 01:48:39 | More by stampfler07
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black showing a little deep red around the edges. No head with a vigorous pour, just a touch of foam along the sides of the glass.

Sharp nose of smoke, a bit of cherry and alcohol. Barbequed porter!

Smoked roasted malt character dominates the taste. Just a bit of sweetness and cherry manage to show through the main smokey note.

Mouthfeel is a little light compared to the big flavor and abv.

An interesting porter, probably better classed as a smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 00:23:05 | More by CliffBrake
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-01-2012 23:11:35 | More by freehafe
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2012 17:33:49 | More by OldTime
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Bulbman for adding this as an extra in our trade!!

A-deep dark black with a tan head

S-like a rauchbier and a good one too. lots of smoked malts with a hint of lox(good way). A hint of astringent too.

T-smokiness hits first with a hop bite and a very smokey aftertaste. Dark malt is up there too.

Overall, I am not a huge Rauchbier fan but this one is very good and complex. I could use a bit less hops on this one. Definate american way of doing this style. Porter it may be but Rauchbier is how I will see this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 00:05:12 | More by danedelman
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-22-2012 21:59:17 | More by bjtr
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-16-2012 23:08:10 | More by bkmosely
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-16-2012 04:29:14 | More by Brianito
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

01-15-2012 22:24:26 | More by psychotia
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-12-2012 17:13:06 | More by kevinscott
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at 12 South Taproom.

Beer pours a very dark brown with a slight bit of khaki head.

The initial smell is definately the smokiness. A bit of malt and chocolate is also detectable.

Beer tastes much like it smells. The smoke is very powerful upfront, but then mellows out and the roasty taste of chocolate and dried fruit starts. Nicely balanced.

Beer has a good texture and mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the best smoked porters out there

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 01:27:54 | More by Merkur
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to iguenard for this

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malts, dark fruits, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate/coffee mixed with malts and a smokiness. I can also taste some dark fruits.. maybe raisins or plums. It ends with a chocolate and malt aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall – A very drinkable an tasty porter. Other than the slight amount of bitterness during the aftertaste, this beer is very smooth to drink. It's got a big taste but doesn't come across as cloying. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 18:20:16 | More by spinrsx
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me as a gift by grassblue thanks!

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown to barely black with a 1 finger off white crown that displays moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Smoked cherry malt, caramel, and roast.

Taste: Same elements of the nose but a bit more disjointed. The smoke isn't as pronounced in the flavor profile. The malt has more graininess which doesn't work very well with the decent light caramel note I taste, and the hops are slightly faded (I've had the bottle for a while).

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer in theory that could probably be tweaked into a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:13:15 | More by koopa
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-05-2012 16:22:53 | More by Kavon
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-30-2011 17:44:45 | More by imperialtommy
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The unique and very distinct cherrywood smell is dominant and gives way to what is going to be the overall experience of this beer. I love smoked beer. Yet this beer managed to present a very distinguished smokiness without overpowering. The smoke taste authentic, like my beer was literally hung over a grill. The 9% abv is nearly unnoticeable. It's a slow sip, and some might find the smokiness unpleasing, but if you like smoked beers, this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:47:29 | More by mjw06
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.