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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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523 Ratings

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 161
Gots: 100 | FT: 7
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

11-05-2011 06:10:54 | More by DCon
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

10-30-2011 01:39:20 | More by Scrumtralecent
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

10-26-2011 23:20:11 | More by ksimons
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

10-18-2011 02:26:16 | More by brystmar
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

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

10-15-2011 01:44:05 | More by russpowell
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

10-12-2011 22:53:44 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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

10-12-2011 01:05:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

09-29-2011 01:41:10 | More by oline73
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

09-25-2011 08:13:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.4/5  rDev +6%

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fully black body under a 3/4" head of frothy, creamy light-brown foam. Decent retention, nice lace. Attractive beer.

S: Luscious woodsmoke, chocolate, coffee, malted milkballs. A touch of dark fruit (does cherrywood smell like cherries at all?). The smoke is dominant without being the least bit overbearing, which is exactly what I look for in a smoked porter. Terrific aroma.

T: Sweetness is up front, with both vanilla and caramel leading in to the smoke, fruitiness, and finally some rich dark chocolate. Light booze on the finish. Very, very tasty, but perhaps a bit unbalanced with all the sweetness.

M: Rich, thick, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Perfect.

O: This is a terrific beer, plain and simple. I still can't believe that I was able to pick up a case of this for $42, and I'm kind of wishing that I hadn't traded so much of it away. Oh, well, spread the wealth, eh? This is definitely one of the premier brews made south of the Mason-Dixon.


09-13-2011 00:59:28 | More by woosterbill
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

bottled in January during the 2 week.

poured into a glass stien.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer almost light black. Mocha / tannish colored head.

Smell: Smokey, earthy, and a nice peat quality to it. Slightly fruity nose and moderately sweet smelling malts.

Taste: Similiar to the nose. Moderately smoke and peat. Its got a nice earthy quality that keeps the smoke in balance. This porter is also sweet and roasty. Raisins and carmel and the slighest hints of a coffee note. Finish is a nice lingering smoke and a mild sweetness from the malts. Almost a perfect finish for a tasty porter.

Mouthfeel: Its this beer drinks like a session porter, but its 9%. No booze. On the light end of a Medium bodied beer with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: What a well made porter. This ranks up with the Deschutes Black butte porter. This may be the tastiest american porter I have had in some time. What a pleasant beer, take this beer in and sip it slowely to savor every taste. Its worth your time!

09-07-2011 02:11:15 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Thanks to UrbanCaver for the 12 ounce! Bottled on December, week 1. 2010, I suspect.

A. Very black, real black. Super black. Dense, small bubbled, Belgian-y tight dark tan head. No lace. Decent head retention.

S. Well now... this is different. Mouthwatering ham and peaty Islay scotch greet the nose! Smokey, oaky, well rounded, soft, gently sweet and puffy. Smoke pervades everything. The toasty roasty malts and a very nice boozy rap to the nostrils are wrapped up in a smokey blanket.

T. Exactly like it smells - full bodied, medium sweetness, dense and roasty, - but never sharp and always smooth and soft - and over the palate, smoke and smoked flavors. Peaty, meaty, conjuring up visions of ham hocks and Canadian bacon, Lagavulin and other succulent smoky whiskeys. Cocoa, a cool burnt flavor, mocha - but always, the smoke. I love this.

M / O. Sue boasts a long finish which, if you like smoke, is to die for. Soft till the end, slightly dry at the very last, with a lightly fruity, sweet / sour (red grape) tannin note that adds interest. The mouthfeel is as fuzzy and easy as the rest of the beer.

No two bones about it - Sue is a knockout! Yazoo has this one nailed, I hope they don't change a thing. One of the best smoked beers I've had the pleasure to enjoy, this cries out for real pit BBQ or sipping around campfire in the snow. Get you some Sue, you'll be glad you did.

09-06-2011 03:00:50 | More by kkipple
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of mocha colored head that has nice retention.

S: Quite smokey. A touch of salt along with the burnt wood and smoke. Lots of roasted malt with a hint of cocoa. There's a light fruitiness to the aroma as well, which I wasn't anticipating.

T: Sweet toffee and dark fruits up front before the smoke takes over. Lots of smoke, wood, and a light saltiness. A bit of nuttiness, mostly almonds, with mild chocolate flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Never really a fan of smoked beers, but this one adds a nice little fruitiness.

09-04-2011 03:28:03 | More by womencantsail
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a deep black color with a fluffy khaki head that fades to some lacing.

Smells like liquid smoke and lots of rye malt. Noticeable hop aroma mixed up with burnt chocolate.

Tastes follow through with chocolate, coffee, tobacco and a mild hop bite.

Mouthfell is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall is really good. Makes me very proud of my hometown Nashville for haveing this kick ass brewery.

09-02-2011 21:03:17 | More by daveytheformer
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Picked this up in Nashville on a business trip

Poured pitch black with no light penetrating through. 2 fingers of dark khaki colored head, excellent retention.

The smoked barley and cherry wood dominate the smell, with nice dark chocolate and coffee notes mixed in.

Taste follows the nose but with some much welcomed bitterness. Dark chocolate takes the wheel here with coffee sitting in the passenger seat. The smokiness is abundant and very well done in my opinion. Great tasting beer for sure.

Medium to full bodied beer with an ample amount of carbonation, borderline overkill. The smoke and the bitterness makes for a great sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this was a great surprise of a beer. Quite possibly the best smoked porter that I have had. I think that it might have been slightly over carbonated, but not enough to turn me off by any means. Very glad I picked up a four pack of this on my way out of town.

08-28-2011 21:16:44 | More by dcloeren
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-27-2011 02:31:09 | More by gregshead
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-26-2011 02:13:27 | More by match1112
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

08-21-2011 15:18:39 | More by Cyberkedi
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New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

08-19-2011 22:38:40 | More by johnnnniee
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

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

08-19-2011 05:10:20 | More by Josiah2729
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

08-13-2011 15:43:34 | More by doughanson78
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

08-05-2011 17:43:25 | More by stakem
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

07-20-2011 02:30:58 | More by Sammy
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.