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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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SueSue

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

618 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 179
Gots: 123 | FT: 12
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bomber

This is one of the best looking beers that I have ever seen. Tons of tannish head that laces and sticks and soothes the tongue

The smoke characteristic in the nose is quite mild in comparison to the smoke bomb of taste. The nose overall is filled with roasty toasty malts, very complex but not extremely impressive. There is definitely a big hit of Benton's Bacon.

I don't know why, but I keep checking this bottle for something that says cherry something because that is what I am overwhelmingly getting sip after sip. It is almost more cherry infused than Cherry Rye. The flavor begins with a cherry-like sharpness that is instantly swept away by huge malts with the hop profile coming thru in spurts. The effect is actually quite devastating, but I just wish that actual flavor profile were more my thing. The espresso like finish is very nice

The mouthfeel is totally where its at. So, so, so, creamy; so, so, so, smoooth.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date: Nov 01 2012. 750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. Thanks to sommersb for this one! I'll preface this by saying I HATED this beer the first time I tried it about two years ago. Giving it another go with a proper review.

A - Pours a pitch black body that lets almost zero light through. Massive mocha head that sticks around for a long time. Gobs of sticky lacing and lasting retention. Pretty beer for sure.

S - Well. Smoke. Smoke and lots of it. It isn't artificial or over the top, it oddly has layers. Starts off a bit sweet and salty and finishes with a bit of cinnamon spice. Maybe a touch of coffee and chocolate, but those are very secondary. Long lasting char burn.

T - Opens up with soft smoke. Quickly washed away by bitter coffee beans and some milk chocolate. The finish returns to that smoky wood that works nicely against the mineral quality of the porter base. Finishes clean without giving the impression of chewing on a piece of charcoal.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty spot on for a porter.

O - Well I'm a changed man. From drain pour to somewhat impressed, this is a very solid smoked porter. The aroma is big and smokey but the flavor itself is clean, light, and the smoke never overwhelms. I figured a beer like this in a large format is a terrible idea. Nope, it totally works.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BulbMan for sending this over. The beer poured out with a nice deep blac color with a foamy tan head on top. The retention and lacing were both very good on this. The smell of the beer is smokey, there is some roast in there too and hops. The taste of the beer has a great balance of subtle smoke, chocolate and bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, and very soft. Overall it's a great beer. Really wasn't sure what I would think of it but I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit!!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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

Bottle stamped 01.NOV1
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a lumpy sticky head that last and last. There is a few bubbles that become visible and trail up the side of the glass.

S- The wet stone smell quickly turns to roasted dark malt and a gentle mellow smoke note grows in the finish. There is a woody quality to the smoke as it opens but it always stays soft.

T- The rich slightly dry dark roasted malt flavor has some dark graham malt flavors underneath with mellow roasted bitterness that lingers after the slightly dry finish. There is a gentle smoke flavor that supports the blended malt flavors.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a thick creamy finish.

O- The full roasted porter is big but drinkable and smooth. There is a good malt support but lets the malts be the star of the show. Thanks to Coldchill for this gem.

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown-black with light tan head and lots of sticky lacing along sides of tulip.

Smell is plum, chocolate, coffee, oak, banana and smokiness. Smells fantastic!

Taste is sweet chocolates, toasted malts, oak, caramel and mild pleasant smokiness. Nice light bitterness in the finish. Very complex and balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Full-bodied with light carbonation.

Overall this was superb! Will definitely buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured dark (into a pub glass). Dark head

Smell -Smoke is the dominant smell. There is a little hint of chocolate as well.

Taste -This beer is smokey with a roasted malty after taste. There is a hint of chocolate and this is heavy on malts. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - Its stout with a little creaminess; feels like a milkstout

Overall - I haven't had many smoked beers, let alone porters. The first sip is a shock, but this beer grows on you. It is definitely a "smoked" porter and a pretty good imperial porter.

Served from a bottle

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

Big thanks goes out to Mississipping for sharing this one at a tasting while he was in town! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was told by MSquared2 that I HAD to try this one. I’m glad she convinced me to. This was a really good brew for the style. The flavor and aroma was spot on and had a nice kiss of sweetness going on to keep your palate interested as well as your nose. Definitely worth your time trying this one or seeking it out.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.