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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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SueSue

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

482 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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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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shufon

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-26-2011 02:32:21 | More by shufon
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beerguy36

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-24-2011 18:14:25 | More by beerguy36
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of August 10, 2011

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- Black with a one-finger khaki head that slowly fades and leaves a lacing that quickly descends down the glass.

S- Dried cherries, smoky malts, dark chocolate

T- Bitter dark chocolate, smoke, tobacco, dried fruits. The tobacco, smoke and chocolate linger at the finish.

M- Thinner than the bold aroma and black appearance led me to expect, but still medium-bodied. The carbonation is typical of a smoked porter.

O- An extremely complex brew. Most smoked beers I have tried have been very smoke-forward. This one is not. The flavors are complimented by the smokiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:15:31 | More by Ungertaker
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jbck109

Michigan

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-14-2011 03:22:53 | More by jbck109
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Almost pitch black with just a hint of brown. One finger of head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S: Very nice. Smoke and peat start off, almost like I'm smelling a scotch without the alcohol burn. In the background, I get a hint of dark cherry. The more I smell, the more dark cherry I get. I get some coffee and a bit of milk chocolate, too. Intriguing, and quite nice.

T: Wow. So complex. Again, lots of peat and dark cherry. It's well supported by some hop bitterness and a healthy portion of dark and milk chocolate. This is unlike any smoked beer I've ever had. I usually love the bacon bombs, and even though this is far from that it's quite amazing.

M: I wouldn't change a thing. Fairly thick and silky smooth with good carb.

O: I am extremely surprised by this beer. I have been passively seeking it out for some time, but I had no idea it'd taste like this, and no idea I'd like a beer so much with this flavor profile. Far beyond expectations. This is not your run of the mill Smoked Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:28:27 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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coldriver

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. One finger tan head, pours a nice opaque black. Smokey malt aroma with dark fruit and chocolate notes. Smoke really comes through in the taste but is balanced by the sweet dark fruit, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. I like the mouthfeel of this one - seems like when smokey beers are too highly carbonated you get the same mouthfeel that you have after spending an evening too close to a smokey campfire - this one is just right on the carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. Overall a nice beer, dominated by the smoke and yet balanced by the sweetness. Picked this up on a recent trip to Memphis and considering this one is from an area that is not known for craft beer innovation, a well done smoked imperial porter was a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:56:00 | More by coldriver
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robbrandes

Oregon

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-10-2011 06:51:38 | More by robbrandes
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jmponder

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-01-2011 05:12:26 | More by jmponder
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 11/2010.

A- Pours a deep and dark body, almost black. A very nice 3-finger tan head that shows good retention and very nice lace.

S- Aroma is smoke up front, burnt malts, some black licorice, and some nice chocolate.

T- The smokiness is more subdued in the flavor than the smell. Some espresso and dark chocolate.

MF- Moderate body with a very big creaminess to it. A great feel on this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 01:13:55 | More by LtCracker20
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heyta

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-28-2011 21:54:40 | More by heyta
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JimInTN

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-28-2011 21:26:51 | More by JimInTN
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akinsja

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-27-2011 22:17:47 | More by akinsja
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Diomede

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-27-2011 21:20:30 | More by Diomede
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gingersuds

California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-27-2011 04:50:47 | More by gingersuds
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-26-2011 22:35:23 | More by whartontallboy
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zrab11

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark tobacco color. with a 2 finger tan head. leaves nice lacing as well

S- Has a nice smoked aroma up front, i also smell some dark chocolate and carmel. As well as some roasted malts. The smell is quite nice

T- Alittle more sweet then i expectd from the aroma. It starts off with a nice chocolate carmel flavor and then its followed by a nice smokey tobacco flavor and then finish's with a nice roasted malts.

M-Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation

D-Overall this was a very drinkable and lovely brew. My mom was on the east coast and i told her to pick me up some wake n bake. No store had any but 1 store recommended this brew and said it was the closest they had. It def. filled my wake n bake void. I think wake n bake is better but this is pretty close. This is just a little more smokey and not as creamy. But overall this is a nice rich smokey beer that i will get again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 21:43:22 | More by zrab11
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-24-2011 06:23:16 | More by TheBishopco
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found for a reasonable price in an upscale Nashville, TN liquor shop, this attractive smoked imperial porter begins by pouring a deep black, with a sizeable tan head. Lovely, frilly, ornate lacing.

Nose says smoke, wood, dark fruit, and peat. Very malty, appealing, and complex.

Taste is at first woody and smoky, followed by more wood. This is a nicely hearty and potent brew, with the heavy flavor profile masking the high 9% alcohol content. Superb! And one I'd gladly pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 20:24:52 | More by secondtooth
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-23-2011 05:59:58 | More by ej285701
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. "Bottled on Date AUG1011" printed on side of the label. 9% ABV listed on the side. One of dozens (hundreds?) of bottles muled for me by beveritt over the year.

A- Very dark and essentially opaque. ~1 finger of light brown head. Head fades slowly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Roasted malts and a hint of coffee and smokiness. Pleasant, but a bit light on the nose.

T- Roasty and smoky....cocoa/dark chocolate....coffee....other hard to pinpoint nuances and balancing sweetness floating around, but in the end, just a bundle full of dark goodness.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel.

O- Very good. Super tasty, nice feel....9%? Wow...

Future outlook: Really digging this...wish I had a few more sitting around....but it doesn't come here, so I'll have to seek out some suitable subs...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:39:11 | More by DoctorDog
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Body pours a pitch black color, with a thick mat of frothy white head, that is a rich khaki hue. Head formation is good, but retention lacks a bit and head retreats to a almost nonexistent layer.

S: Aroma is very pleasant, with layers of roast and smoke. The smoke element is very well expressed and balanced using the cherrywood smoke malt. While some roasted and chocolate malts come through, there is a very clear dominance of the smoke. Medium to high level of intensity.

T/M: Classic robust character, roasted and chocolatey, with great balance of cherrywood. Smoke is used in good moderation, as it can get carried way very quickly. Mouthfeel is creamy and very silky on the finish.

O: Overall a very good smoke porter, that is refreshingly balanced. A nice warming sipper, and one that I would say represents the style well, smoked porters that is. Power to the cherrywood smoked malt!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:30:52 | More by GDBEERMAN
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-20-2011 17:50:27 | More by DoctorB2B
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davesway10

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-19-2011 15:46:38 | More by davesway10
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-18-2011 01:28:26 | More by nathanjohnson
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 03:17:04 | More by Texasfan549
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.