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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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SueSue

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

488 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 488
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 159
Gots: 94 | 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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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.7%
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 -3.6%

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

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-17-2011 03:17:04 | More by Texasfan549
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-17-2011 01:48:28 | More by Photekut
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bastu

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-16-2011 20:16:49 | More by bastu
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-16-2011 02:45:20 | More by Magery
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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 23:35:52 | More by hippityhophead24
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ScreamForMe

Washington

3/5  rDev -27.7%

11-15-2011 21:35:38 | More by ScreamForMe
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nerdrocker101

Georgia

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 12:27:41 | More by nerdrocker101
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2011 21:11:56 | More by freduardo
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-14-2011 18:09:02 | More by JRod1969
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shuajw

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2011 14:14:14 | More by shuajw
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DCon

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ CurtisMcArthur & not sure of estimated price. Poured from the all black & white lettered bottle w/ SUE and a label saying "An Imperial Smoked Porter" into my 16oz St. Louis Cardinals Pint Glass. Has BOTTLED ON: Feb, WEEK 2 punched out on the side of the bottle.

Aroma- Has a huge Grizzlies Tobacco starting of the aroma. Are we going in for a dip or a Smoked Porter? Sheesh. Tons of smokiness behind this. Overpowers with these two attributes and not too worried. Very good!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that is dark brown and last for a great amount of time! A very opaque colored body is present and is definitely dark brown. Leaves very thick lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Strong tobacco once again but now it hits the mouth. Very smoked of course, a bit of roast (more of this tobacco), and a deep mint flavor. Has a medium hop flavor and bitterness level is light-medium. Sure do appreciate a brew that throws so much at you!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied but thinner, Medium-High Carbonation, Slick going down and then leaves this tobacco flavor in the mouth... Not sure I like this as much... Tasting it, I got over it but I definitely don't want it to linger like it is.

Overall Impression- As my second brew from Yazoo, I'm glad this one turned out awesome! Very strange tobacco aroma/taste but is great for the porter style! Would not suggest this for women OR for people who can't handle chewing tobacco or smoked beers. Good overall and am glad I was able to enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 06:10:54 | More by DCon
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 08/10/11.

A - Pours black with a soft off-white head. Fizzles away quite quickly.

S - Roasted malt and some sweet chocolate. Leathery type smell, little off putting to me, but smells nice and dark.

T - The malt gets quite smokey in the taste. Plenty of chocolate and tobacco flavors round it out. Full of flavor and quite good. Amazing they got all this in here.

M - Quite chewy and I like it. The feel overall is pretty smooth, it's just the flavors weight heavy and make it feel quite full.

O - A solid porter, and was quite surprised at how much flavor they packed into it. Perfect for a cold night and hit those dark flavors without being too overbearing like a stout. Overall, I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, the sum of the parts made for a very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:39:20 | More by Scrumtralecent
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this brew from DoctorB2B. Great friend and BA. Thanks Brandon... I like!

A- pours black with some mahogany tones. A finger of tan head presents itself with an average pour. Decent head retention.

S- starts off with a beautiful smoked aroma of brisket and smoldering cherrywood. The smoke is integrated wonderfully allowing the other componets to shine alongside it. Notes of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and roasty malt sing alongside the mellow smoke.

T- dark chocolate and gooey caramelized sugars hit the palate at first. Subtle campfire and savory BBQ like smoke mingle in like they are supposed to be there. Herbal subtle hop flavor on the finish with a cleansing balancing personality. Rich, smokey and malty.

MF- smooth slick mouthfeel with a heavy medium body and soft unobtrusive carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall an outstanding smoke beer. Wish I had some BBQ with a side of slaw and collard greens to pair with this! Corn bread need that as well. Shit, this beer makes me hungry.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 05:21:59 | More by Viciousknishs
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ksimons

New York

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black, with just a hint of brown when held up to the light, fingers worth of tan head that sticks to the glass

S-roasted malts, molasses, light smokiness, and hops

T-Rich roasted malt and bitter hops, coffee, dark chocolate, and a slight sourness that I can't place.

M-medium body, light carbonation, dry smoky finish

Overall a pretty decent beer, and a new brewery for me. Easy to drink even with a 9%ABV. Would have gotten a higher score with a fuller body, but a nice beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:20:11 | More by ksimons
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brystmar

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from a trade with pest -- thanks again!

Pours a deep, dark brown-black with plenty of tan head. Strong burnt malt in the nose. Smokey. Reminds me of Texas BBQ.

Taste follows the nose. Dominated by smokey burnt malts with hints of chocolate and caramel in the background. I don't like smokey flavors in beer for the most part, but this is pretty good.

Thick and viscous body suits the flavors well. Easy drinking for a porter this big. I'd buy this again on occasion if it were sold in NYC.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 02:26:16 | More by brystmar
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to the Nashvillian for this one! Thanks John!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a finger of mocha head. Not much lacing or head retention, but a nice viscosity to it

S: Charred grain & oaky smoke, a touch of vanilla

T: Charred, grain, much smokeyness (mesquite & oak ) & a touch of cocoa & vanilla up front. Dryness & herbal hops kick in once warms along with more smokeyness & lust a bit of vanilla. Finishes smokey with slight caramel & vanilla sweetness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, thins out a touch once warm

This one started strong, but faded as it warmed. A nice smoked porter that drinks way too easy for the ABV

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 01:44:05 | More by russpowell
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the best beer I've had from this brewery. Pours black with a relatively thick head that leaves some spotty lacing. I love the woodsmoke notes that run throughout this beer. Not bacony at all, just nice wood charcoal notes with a surprising freshness and no ashy taste at all, layered against a smooth, moderately roasty, porter base. Very smooth in the mouth with that haunting woodsmoke teasing the palate into wanting another sip. A delightful beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 22:53:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pitch black and totally opaque with a 1/8 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Smoke upfront that reminds me a BBQ food. On the backend there is some brown sugar coffee and chocolate

Taste: Upfront is a mesquite BBQ note that makes me wish I had some brisket right now. The backend really carries a lot of smoke and some coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: Pretty good imperial smoked porter. The beer has a real good flavor. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:05:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
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oline73

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with two finger of thick tan head that rises from the depths of the pour. Good retention and alright lacing.

Smell: Smoke and roast with some sweet chocolate notes. Some dark fruit notes in the background as well.

Taste: Similar to the taste. The best thing about this beer is the smoke in the middle of each sip that fades to a roasty dark chocolate smooth finish. Nice smoke and roast with smooth chocolate. Some sweetness balances out the other flavors perfectly.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with extremely smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit chalky and mildly dry.

Overall: This beer is a wonderful combination of flavors. I was very surprised how much I loved it. I will definitely have it again if I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:41:10 | More by oline73
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, campfire smoke, and some band-aid aromas. If I smell especially hard I can get some cocoa powder and roasted coffee bean notes as well. Taste is of smoked malt, smoked meats, campfire smoke, and some band-aid flavors. There is a slight smoky bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy, somewhat thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked porter with a very well done smoke presence in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 08:13:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.