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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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482 Ratings

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

Enjoyed on 7/17/11. Thanks to sgsmfdoom for trading this one as an extra. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a black, light in thickness. Half finger of head dissipates
leaving a ring around the outside

S: Lots of smoky/bacony smell. Not overwhelmingly so though. A good nose.

T: Some smoky tastes but not overwhelminlgy so. A very solid porter holds the smoke in check.

M: Lighter feel with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: A nice take on the porter. Smoke flavors could have been overwhelming in a beer like this but it was pretty close to spot on.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:31:09 | More by gregshead
Photo of match1112


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

a: pours pitch black with avery thin head that disappears just as quick as it appeared.

s: roasted coffee, chocolate, cherry and smoke.

t: malty goodness, roasted and sweet flavors from all the different malts.

m: has a nice rich creamy feel to it, even without much carbonation.

o: a pleasent surprise, bottle is from the second week of january, so i thought it might be
so so. it lost a little smokeyness but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:13:27 | More by match1112
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, smoky aroma has coffee, molasses, nutty and yeasty notes. It pours an opaque sable with a thick and fluffy light tan head. Flavor has a firm roast coffee tone as well as nutty, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate notes and a hint of licorice. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and only slightly fizzy. Finish is smoky with chocolate and nutty tones, and the tingle is slight and not persistent. However, that is the beer's weakest aspect, and does not make it any less enjoyable. If you are a stout/porter fan, look for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 15:18:39 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a dark brown/black color with a thinnish tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Smells of roasted campfire mixed with a bit of chocolate and caramel. Smell is really malty sweet with hints of cherry, plum, and a touch of alcohol. Thick chewy mouthfeel with a full body and very light carbonation. Taste is caramel and fruit right up front before the smoked malt takes over. A bit of earthy hop bite comes in then some alcohol followed by a long lingering roasted finish with hints of smokey phenol. Wow this one was good! I love it when something fly's in under the radar and wows me.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:38:40 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of Josiah2729


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tumbler

A- Dark, thick. Not much head, less than half finger.

S- Cherry Smoke, Dark Malt

T- Smokey, Dark Porter malts, some cherry, some alcohol

M- Full porter, little carbonation, cola texture

O- Nice smokey porter, nice high gravity beer

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 05:10:20 | More by Josiah2729
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this one.

A: Dark pour. Fairly thick. Almost pitch black. Half finger, tan head that quickly fades. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Burnt firewood and smoke aromas. Pretty yummy.

T: Sweet chocolate up front. Then the big smokiness takes over almost drowning out the coffee flavors. Light coffee bitterness. Tastes like you would imagine a campfire would taste.

M: Full bodied. Not super thick but great for the style. The lingering smokiness is awesome. Light carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: Awesome porter. If you love smokiness in your beer this is where it's at.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 15:43:34 | More by doughanson78
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for providing the opportunity to try this brew. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown with seemingly no head at all except for a fine line that holds around the rim of the glass. Spots of lacework sit atop the brew and on the glass. When held to the light, some ruby red is seen through the body.

The smell of this brew is like a mixture of bacon meets chocolate with smokey character throughout. After an evening of sampling some different smoked brews, this one brings a uniquely pleasant different character to the table. A faint touch of minerals is noted on the backend.

The taste is smoked roasted grain coming across like beefy bacon, chocolate and a light bitterness imparted by the roast. The bitterness seemingly comes from the roast of the grain not hops. A well rounded and enjoyable take on the style without going over the top. Very well executed and balance of flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It is smooth and creamy in the feel and never once feels like a 9% brew. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. An awesome arrangement of flavoring, I would seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 17:43:25 | More by stakem
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to sample Sue for several months. A huge thank you to mntlover for gifting me this one. Pours a deep and dark brown body, opaque to light. Two finger tan head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some patchy lace.

Aroma opens with campfire smoke, followed by roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. As it warms, there is a note of smoked meats akin to barbecue. Nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied with a creamy light medium carbonation.

Taste is a wonderful conglomeration of smoked pork, campfire smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. Earthy hops contribute an ideal bitterness that compliments the assorted dark roasty notes. Smoky aftertaste is longlasting.

Got to give this one a five for overall score. For one thing, it's the best Tennessee brewed beer I've ever tasted, by a longshot. Second, it's just that well done. Reminds me of some of the smoked beers out of Bamberg that I'm fond of. Really a pleasant surprise to see Yazoo put out such a fine brew. This is an all around excellent smoked imperial porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:20:46 | More by merlin48
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours black, smoke and grease aromas. Not as thick, but certainly as smokey and boozy as can be expected. Understated carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking, fairly one dimensional, a little roast and mollasses and complex smoke (cherry wood). Alcohol warming.Bottle from SilverX IP.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:30:58 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark bronw with ruby edges. A thin dark tan head forms, but fades to the edges. The head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and a plasticy smell.

T - Very smokey and coffee like.

D - Oily in the mouth and thin.

O - If you like smoke...

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:05:33 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to TheGordianKnot for the chance to taste this one- he told me all about Sue, and I'm thrilled to try it out. Bottled dated April 2011. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a pitch black color, tan head that fills the glass and then recedes quickly. I almost see a tinge of red in the head. Smell- this is so unique to me. Cherry sweetness, mixed with the smoke from the malt, some charcoal from the smoke flavor. Wow- very complex. Taste- wow. first you get the bitter chocolate, then you get the thick coffee grind, then you get the incredible cherry sweetness. Reminds me of biting into a fancy dark chocolate piece of candy with cherry filling. So decadent, so complex. Mouthfeel- there's a nice thick syrupy feel to this that fits well. This is a big bad imperial porter, and the mouthfeel makes that apparent. Drinkability- a sipper for sure, but enjoying every drop. Love me some Sue.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:05:25 | More by lnashsig
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very nice deep dark brown, almost black color that lets no light penetrate, even when held to light. A one-finger light brown head that recedes slowly leaves only traces of itself behind on the edges of the glass.

S: Really nice roasted malt profile that provides both a strong smokiness and chocolately aroma. Slight hit of hops in the background as well. Not overly complex, but smells fantastic.

T: Starts out with a subtle hoppiness that transitions to charred malt, deep coffee, and dark chocolate. The finish slowly fades back to the hoppy and smokey bitterness, which lingers long after each sip.

M: Full-bodied with moderately low carbonation. Creamy and smooth, yet slightly heavy. Great finish that is slightly drying.

O: This is an great porter with a great transition in flavor and an appropriate and enjoyable mouthfeel to match. I really liked this one and can't wait to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 07:14:33 | More by Mississipping
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Photekut for sending me a couple of bottles of this beer. You are a true Beer Advocate!

Pours a deep, dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger frothy light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Smokey, roasted malt aroma with hints of burnt toast, charcoal, BBQ, bacon and burnt wood. Underneath the smoked malt there are hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal and nut as well as some earthy hops. Smells nice ans smokey without being one dimensional with the chocolate notes really standing out.

Medium boded, on the fuller end with a nice toasted/smokey character that lingers throughout over the bitter dark malt notes and earthy hops into a slightly sweet, yet dry, finish. Roasty and smokey up front with hints of charcoal and hickory smoked BBQ which lingers long into the aftertaste. Slightly burnt tasting but the sweet notes and hop bitterness prevent it from becoming acrid and one dimensional. Underneath the smoke there is a nice bittersweet dark chocolate malt character along with hints of toffee, oatmeal and coffee bean. The hops compliment the dark chocolate malt, adding a nice dry, earthy bitterness toward the end of the palate. Very smokey but still complex and flavorful. One of the better smoked beers I've had in a while. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 06:40:19 | More by corby112
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jim for pouring a growler off of his keg for us, and to Aaron for sharing it!

Brownish black with tan foam that sticks to the sides, leaving concentric rings of lace in it's wake. A thin layer of foam remains on the surface, despite the relatively high abv.

Phenolic smoke, campfire, woody char and deep roasted malt in the aroma. The cherry wood lends a vague sweetness to the smoky element. Fairly straightforward smoky porter.

Earthy roast with a dry wood smoke aftertaste, light smoky phenols as in an Islay whisky, moderately bitter char with a luscious velvety feel. Impressions of unsweetened chocolate and mild coffee roast. Rich and smooth, yet light enough to have 3 pints of. The 9% is felt eventually, but absent in the flavor.

After drinking a bottle recently, it had some noticeably mellowed elements by comparison. The smoke is a bit more dry and woody in the bottled sample, less intense overall but still very tasty.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2011 02:32:38 | More by emerge077
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New York

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

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a thin layer of tan bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and smoke in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors roasted malts and smoke along with some notes of chocolate and hints of cherries.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and slightly creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 01:44:58 | More by metter98
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to BastionShaw

Pours a darkened black color with a decent layering of browned head. Retains well, some spots of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of roasted malt with smoky edges in the nose, lighter chocolate and some hoppy dashes as well.

Notes of dark chocolate right up front with some hoppy presence. Significant smoke throughout the profile with plenty of roasty malt and light warmth. The alcohol is masked well, some sweetness and layers of caramel. Finishes with some hops and smoke.

Medium full body, decent carbonation, pretty creamy and smooth on the tongue. A pretty tasty smoked porter, nicely masked booze - I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:44:05 | More by xnicknj
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was sent to me by BulbMan as an extra. Thanks dude!

A: About as black as black can be, with a massive mocha head, with an amoeba-shaped foamy head that stuff around through the session.

S: Smelled like my grill, with cedar planks, with added wood chips, and BBQ sauce... worked into meat.

T: The smokiest beer I've tasted in a LONG time... but after all... this is a smoked porter right? Even though that particular quality took center stage, I also got some others: smoked meat, smoked salmon, and smoked pork. Any questions?

M: Lots of lacing and then some, and then some, and then some. The carbonation was fine for this style, and there was no sweet element here to speak of.

O: This really reminded me a lot of the Alaskan Smoked Porter (which I've had many times). Great stuff, and thank you BulbMan for the honor!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 05:34:02 | More by Chaney
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blind courtesy of pitasoup, thanks again!

Pours a deep flat black color with a pretty good light tan head that eventually faded away.

Aromas are very chocolaty, creamy coffee, and with brown sugar.

Taste is really smoky up front, some charred malts, and burnt sugars. There is some bakers chocolate in the background, bitter, with some creamy coffee. Finish is warm, with some smokehouse flavors and bitter earthy hops. Nice tasty brew!

Mouthfeel is quite good, thick and viscous body.

Overall, I dig it. Very tasty, while smoky, it's well balanced with other flavors. This is a keeper.

I'm curious about what this beer is, possibly a really robust smoked porter, or a double smoked stout.

And the reveal shows,Yazoo brewing "Sue" a smoked imperial porter! Damn, this is quite good, and a beer from Tennessee, that's a new state for me! Thanks pitasoup, this is a treat! Dang, I was close on my guess too...

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 22:35:52 | More by flexabull
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is perhaps the smoothest 9 percenter on the planet. For that reason alone Yazoo Sue deserves serious props. This offering along with their Hop Project are probably their best.

Pours dark near black with redish highlights and a little head(no surprise given the abv)

Sue is a roasty, figgy, smokey porter that is highly drinkble at 9%.

Unlike most big, dark beers.. I like this colder and not above 45 degrees... It really hides it's abv at colder temps and can get you in a little trouble in that aspect. This is a BIG beer with a mid-beer-range flavor... the fig/raisin aspects are halted by the smoke and the dryness in the aftertaste, and the sweetness is balanced by the same characteristics...

This is a really fine offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 02:33:37 | More by witster18
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3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Super dark, black through-and-through whit just a touch of tan head. Not much lacing.

Smokiness definitely hits you right up front. The chocolatey sweetness sneaks up and balances it a little along with just a touch of caramel.

Most of the chocolate and caramel notes I got in the nose were dominated by the smokiness and bacony flavors. I love me some bacon but just dominates all the other goodies this beer could have to offer. Pretty one note to me.

Sits nicely on the palette. A little bit lighter than an RIS, just like an imperial porter should be.

I would have enjoyed this beer just a little bit more if the chocolate and caramel could have shined through more in the flavor. But a solid brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 19:09:54 | More by CaskBeerouac
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/30/11 notes. Poured into my SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smoke, bacon, roasted malts, toasted malts, and light coffee.

t - Taste again is lots of smoke and bacon. Also some roasted malts, coffee, and light dark chocolate.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - A pretty nice smoked porter. Lots of smoke and bacon in the nose and taste; reminds me of Beer Geek Bacon. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 02:25:07 | More by mdfb79
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with tannish/light brown head of about half a finger. Dissipates to a thin layer and leaves a just a trace of lacing. No light shines through the glass.

Smells of smoky bacon and sweet chocolate. What a combination!

Tastes is slightly less smoky than the nose, but there's still a good amount of smoke. Bittersweet chocolate notes as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than expected, but it has a good sticky syrupy quality (less syrupy than Yazoo's Rye porter). Medium to high carbonation. A slight amount of alcohol burn.

Overall a great smoked porter. I put it right up there with my favorites. Reminds me a lot of Left Hand's Smoke Jumper, which really got me into this style. Even at 9% I could drink several of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 21:31:00 | More by dmbsteve
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black pretty dark some light around edges when held toward a light. Decent thumb sized chocolate head falls to a ring fairly quickly with some lace left behind.

Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate covered cherries with some of liquid smoke thrown in for good measure. It almost smells creamy if thats possible.

Taste is nice roasted malts, roasted over charred wood if the flavor is any indication, nice smoke notes mingle through out chocolate like malt notes. Finish is more smoke roasted malts with some dark fruits with cherry hints and lightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is heavy medium carbonation level about medium also.

Drinkability is good very nice smoked porter, very favorable alcohol is very well hidden. Recommended trying this one many times.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:50:14 | More by mntlover
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4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled second week of January

Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head that quickly falls.

Tons of smoky malts upfront with chocolate and coffee following.

Wow. The smoke flavor hits first but is balanced perfectly against a wonderful bitter chocolate aftertaste. Taste like a bigger version of Yazoo's Sly Rye Porter. The 9% alcohol is hidden very well and there's little to no trace of it.

Good, slightly low, carbonation with a body that is very full, smooth and creamy. Excellent texture that really compliments the other elements of this very enjoyable beer.

By far one of the best, if not THE best, porters I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Everything about this beer works together perfectly and the product is something that's truly special. Great smoky aroma and flavor against a background of dark chocolate. While I haven't always been impressed with Yazoo's brews, their porters are nothing short of amazing and are among my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:46:43 | More by CrookedStill
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New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle Paul!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Sue is essentially black with a thin tan head on top. Looks pretty good.

Nice smoky BBQ aroma with some cherry wood, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Slight metallic note on the end.

Smoky and meaty on the tongue. Little bit of charred wood and dark chocolate. Same metallic note lingers. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly chalky. The ABV is almost completely hidden. Just comes through faintly. The body could use a little more thickness for a 9% porter.

Overall, this is a well executed smoked porter. Yazoo delivers on the woody smokiness that you would look for in this kind of beer and masks the ABV quite well, which makes this easy to drink. The beer could use a little more complexity and body; along with the removal of the metallic notes, but those are mostly minor complaints. Guess I've been spoiled by the Fear and Trembling series. Still a good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 00:01:26 | More by sisuspeed
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.