Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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599 Ratings

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 174
Gots: 116 | 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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Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle. This has been on my wants list for several years.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a ton of smoke, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. I get a ton of meaty, BBQ smoke up front. I also get some chocolate and a hint of roasted malt, but this is definitely all about the smoke - and the smoke is very well done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked beer that didn't disappoint.

Photo of elspaniard
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku Glass

A-pours an opaque black body. Similiar to an imperial stout. Nice light brown head.

S-huge smoke notes come off this beer, with nice undertones of woody earthiness. Very delicious smelling.

T-wow this beer is good. Great smoke flavor with wonderful secondary flavors of vanilla and dark chocalate bitterness.

M-intense body on this beer. Really heavy and creamy for a porter. Medium carbonation.

O- this beer is wonderful. If you love smoked beers this should be at the top of your list for must haves. I do understand though if it might be a hard one to like if you don't crave the smoke flavor, but I do and I think it's phenomenal. Truly a great beer that I can't wait to have again. Easily my favorite yazoo beer.

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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%

Photo of JHeskew
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of estlinska
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker from the bottle. The color is deep black with tan head that dissipates quickly with nice lacing. The nose is full of charred wood, heavily roasted malts; all smokiness really. The taste is again of char, roasted meat sweetness with almost no semblence of the 9% ABV (which gets on you later in the beer). The mouthfeel is full, a little creamy, minimal carbonation. Overall, the smoke just owns this beer; very enjoyable, but it's just a touch heavy on the smoke.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small tan head and little lacing.

Very smoky nose. It smells like someone is frying bacon. A little bit of burnt malt as well.

Smoke dominates the flavor as well. Not as much bacon as the nose, but more of a general wood smoke flavor. Bitter coffee and roasted malts also play in with a little hop presence.

Pretty good creamy mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

There are some good things going on here, but the smoke is a bit too overpowering to let everything else shine through. If it were dialed back just a hair, this beer would be fantastic.

Photo of ackleydg
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of smoke and chocolate, very nice.

Opaque, dark brown, nearly black in color. Tan head hangs around for quite a while.

Taste is like the smell: chocolate with a smoky finish. There's some very clean hops bitterness, but not as much as I expected for 93 IBUs. Sweeter notes develop with each sip. A tiny bit of roasted barley astringency.

Feel that 9% alcohol, but not on the taste.

Medium-full bodied, medium-light carbonation.

Great beer! Well-worth the $2.99 a bottle!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cresant
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

SErved this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Tulip pint glass. Bottled on: FEB 17 12. A vigorous pour created only a finger of head that left a ring but no lacing. The body was very dark brown. When swirled it left a leggy film to glide down the glass.

The smell was smokey. Lightly sweet roasted malts. Actually it smells like barbecue sauce.

The taste was creamy, malty and smokey. Roasty bitterness and caramel sweetness, but not too much. Steel, walnuts, and salt. Smokiness peaks near the end but the aftertaste is lightly sweet with a clean, hoppy linger. Well masked alcohol. Very interesting and tasty. Semi-dry.

The mouthfeel is rich and silky, bigger than expected for a porter.

Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mullincs
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, let me say I was really excited to try a porter from Yazoo while at the Cannery Ballroom.

Served in a 12oz bottle.

Appearance - Pitch black from what I could tell.

Smell - Had a nice, strong smokey smell mixed in with heavy malts.

Taste - The smokey flavor was great for the first couple of drinks, but then began to completely overwhelm any other characteristics of the porter. By the end of the bottle, I felt like I was drinking charcoal. I simply found the smokiness too overwhelming. Also, I never tasted the higher than avg. ABV

Mouthfeel - Nice full-bodied feeling with a good balance of carbonation. It really felt like a substantial drink.

Overall - I really wanted to like this beer. I love Yazoo, and I love American Porters, but the smokiness was just too overwhelming. Hopefully, I'll have a glass available next time; maybe it just needs to breathe a little.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zachary80
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 93 IBU, 9% ABV. Twist-off cap.

Black body, slight reddish hints, brownish tan head. Head is large at first but falls before drinking.

Can smell the smokiness as soon as I popped open the bottle. Aroma is predominantly smoke, maybe a little heat, some sweetness, maybe light alcohol.

Flavor is very smokey, but the smoke is much more complex than I've had in other smoked beers. Lingering bitterness. Could maybe use a little bit more roastiness or malt presence, but its understandable with the smoke and high bitterness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, carbonation is fine. Don't feel the alcohol except slightly on exhaling.

Overall a very good smoked beer. The bitterness and smokiness overwhelm some of the other character of the beer, which if it came through more would earn Sue a few more points.

Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.