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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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579 Ratings

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 171
Gots: 112 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

JAHMUR, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't been a huge fan of any of their beers really. The only one I really enjoyed so far was the pale ale, although if I had to guess I would assume this would be my fav, but let's see if they screwed the pooch here too. Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this one.

Friggen SCREW CAP AAAARRRGGG!!! But... a bottled on date? Why one great thing and one horrible thing?! I don't get it. Bottled on May 14, 2012.

Pours a light creamy fizzy 1/4 finger darker colored head that fades at a med pace, not much lacing or head to be found overall but that's not too bad for a 9% beer. The beer itself is pretty much pitch black, can't find any light coming through.

Nose is actually a nice porter, some chocolate and cocoa, dark malts, some caramel and toffee too, little bready malt and some earthy hops. Creamy milk chocolate, nougat, dry dark malts.

Taste starts with some roast and hint of smoke, actually not really a hint as it increases to a nice light smoke like a smoldering log, light char, light caramel and toffee like, again hint of nougat, etc. Chocolate is there, bit of dark bitter choc, little milk choc, etc. Very light roasty acrid burnt coffee flavor with associated bitterness and char. Light earthy hops with a bit of decent bitterness with that, and more bitterness from the dark charred malts, maybe carafa? Finish is drier, slightly sticky, just a bit of warming booze washing away as the lingering biscuit and chocolate come through with a bit more burnt coffee and roast, carafa, etc. A big spicy earthy hop flavor comes through late on the finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, good carb for 6 month old beer with a screw cap, and 9% abv, and booze is mostly hidden.

Overall pretty nice, fairly impressed for what most of their beers were before. That being said, it's still not an amazing beer, just a good beer. The malts are mostly nice but the burnt coffee charred malt is not as nice, and hops are good at first but don't stay as well.

jlindros, Dec 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

GFish, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

robmoak, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

ortie, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this one.
Bottled on 27 JUL 12 Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of creamy light brown head.

S - Smoke up front that is dominant in the nose without being overpowering. Roast and chocolate notes come through as well.

T - Smoke is dominant and, just as the nose indicated, is not over-powering the other aspects of the beer. Roast, chocolate and a slight bitterness is present as well. Great balance of smoked malts.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

O - A great smoked beer. Remarkable integration of the smoked malts with regular porter profile.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 18, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kkipple for this one!

Sue pours a dark mahogany brown color. Looks like dark chocolate fudge. It’s very close to opaque. A little light reveals some burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. A tan head covers the top. It stands about a finger or so tall and is a bit slow to recede. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

The nose is quite good. It starts out with a nice mix of chocolate and roasted notes. The roasted variety smells a little stronger. A really nice smoky scent follows. It’s a very nice complement to the malt base. Roasted coffee is in there, as well. It smells a little more subtle than I’d like, but that’s nitpicking. There’s a bit of alcohol there, but it doesn’t come through all that strong. I probably wouldn’t have guessed 9% territory. Smells good!

The flavor is actually a notch better. The malt base is nothing short of delicious. It’s full of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors. The roasted notes are definitely strongest. Coffee is stronger here and definitely delivers. It even adds a bit of a charred flavor. Sue is smoky throughout. It’s a moderate smoky flavor that works extremely well with the other elements. It’s definitely the driving force in this one. Alcohol is noticeable in flavor, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes roasty, smoky, and a little burnt.

Sue has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels smooth, but I wouldn’t complain about a little more body. This is really tasty beer that’s easy to drink though. This 12 oz. bottle is simply not enough. More, please!

This is my first experience with Yazoo Brewing Company beer, and it’s been a dandy one. Sue is simply excellent beer that’s packed full of excellent flavor! The smoky flavor really makes it tick. If you’re into Porters or smoky beer at all, you simply must check this out! Thanks a ton, Dan!

prototypic, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

smutty33, Nov 12, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
9% ABV, Bottled On Date: May 11 12

Chaney holds the key to my heart; smoked beer. Bacon here I come!

A - It's nearly impossible to see any light make it through the dark, almost midnight mahogany brown-colored beer. Brief cascading of the foam leads to a tall, long-lasting mocha head that just drapes sheets of lace on the pint.

S - Sue is reminiscent of smoked beef brisket, sans the rub, and applewood smoked bacon which softly call my name and coincidentally make me incredibly hungry. Earthy notes of peat come through with some cocoa and bittersweet chocolate malt. Hoppiness be damned.

T - Paradigm shift! Sue's bold smoky aroma falls to the way to reveal a complex maltiness with rough cocoa, smooth milk chocolate with a touch of lactose, and a trace of black coffee for a unique and nicely blended flavor. Peat smoke and minor smoked wood chip play second fiddle.

M - I keep asking myself where the alcohol is hiding in this beer, cause it doesn't emerge in aroma, taste, or feel. Thick and rich-feeling with a smooth full body, Sue balances her sweetness with a roasted dry bitterness and smoke waft on the finish for a nicely done and oddly drinkable profile.

O - Sue is surprising with her beef brisket and bacon smoked aromas but more subtle, chocolate and cocoa malt-driven flavor which make this imperial porter somewhat of a training wheel smoked beer. So if you like smoked meat and dark beer, Sue is the lady for you.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 11, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark dark brown almost black with little dark tan head that quickly dissipates leaving good lacing, little bubbles, clear
S: coco, smoked hickory, huge malt, barbecued salted meat
T: sweet and smokey, caramel, malt, slight citrus hop bitterness
M: full bodied, leaves a nice coating on the tongue, small carbonation
O: a pleasing smoked porter, the 9% ABV is well hidden, good smoke flavor but missing something in the middle, hops provide nice balance to prevalent sweetness

M_C_Hampton, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

hopswap1, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

elkinbrown, Nov 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

headyhopzhead, Oct 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

joshwith, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a dark brown almost black pour, finger of tan/reddish head that dissipated immediately
smells of bacon, chipotle peppers, tobacco, chocolate
a delicious blend of dark roasted grains, chocolate, chipotle/smoked flavor, holy crap this is ThE rauchbier to drink.
medium body, low carbonation, very water based.
the taste alone makes this beer amazing. It lacks In a lot of things, but is seriously so damn tasty you feel guilty not forgiving it.

facundoCNB, Oct 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Robeerto89, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

JoostFricke, Sep 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

SDellinger, Sep 20, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

sbluerock, Sep 17, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice extra, thanks Curtis!

Poured in a Bruery tulip at a moderately cool temperature. Dark brown with minimal tan head.

Smells like sweet wood smoke with some malt, appetizing.

Very nice smoke flavor, well integrated with malty chocolate and coffee. Delicious and well balanced.

Medium bodied, the rich flavor might work with a fuller body, but it's good. Smooth, with some creaminess from the tininess of the bubbles.

A pleasure to drink, I'm glad I had the chance to try this.

Beerzebub, Sep 16, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle of Sue to celebrate the new college football season. It's been a couple weeks, so I'm doing my review from memory, but I remember this beer pretty well cause it was surprisingly good.

**First thought in the liquor store (...lame TN beer laws...I wont digress here), "Sue...interesting name for a beer...why the hell not?" So I tossed it into my cart.

Appearance - Black. Dark Soda like color. It's a Porter, so that's about what I expected. Pretty decent head, I cannot recall whether it was 1 - 2 fingers worth, but it did linger for a while. I even floated a bottle cap on it after a macro beer drinking friend of mine said, "Dude, you paid that much money for a foamy beer?" I tried to convince him that a head on a good beer was different than the foam you get at a kegger with Natty Light, but he wasn't buying...but I digress. Appearance 4.0

Smell - Wow. I immediately went back to a local bbq restaurant in memphis and that roasted smokey smell warmed me up a bit. The Yazoo website says, "The south is famous for smoking everything. Why not beer?" ..and smoked this beer they did, but it's not overpowering. Instead of overpowering the other flavors, it created a rich strong backdrop to the other more mellow characteristics of the beer. The smokey-ness makes it complex and delicious.

Taste - roasty bbq, but mellow and assertive. It's doing so many things at once, but doing them all the right way and at the right time. the high abv isn't overpowering, the strong smokey flavor is complimentary rather than dominant. the chocolate flavor is enhanced by the smoke. All of which rounds out into a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - I'm always at a loss for describing mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is one of the characteristics I consider least important when i analyze a beer. However, I would consider this a medium to full bodied beer. lingering chocolate and smoke flavors.

Overall - Definitely worth a try. Seriously, go buy one. If you like smoke, porters, and bbq (and lets be honest, who doesn't?), then this beer is right up your alley. Cheers!

TPINC3, Sep 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

beernads, Sep 15, 2012
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.