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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

594 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 173
Gots: 115 | 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 danedelman
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Bulbman for adding this as an extra in our trade!!

A-deep dark black with a tan head

S-like a rauchbier and a good one too. lots of smoked malts with a hint of lox(good way). A hint of astringent too.

T-smokiness hits first with a hop bite and a very smokey aftertaste. Dark malt is up there too.

Overall, I am not a huge Rauchbier fan but this one is very good and complex. I could use a bit less hops on this one. Definate american way of doing this style. Porter it may be but Rauchbier is how I will see this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bkmosely
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Brianito
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of psychotia
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of kevinscott
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Merkur
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at 12 South Taproom.

Beer pours a very dark brown with a slight bit of khaki head.

The initial smell is definately the smokiness. A bit of malt and chocolate is also detectable.

Beer tastes much like it smells. The smoke is very powerful upfront, but then mellows out and the roasty taste of chocolate and dried fruit starts. Nicely balanced.

Beer has a good texture and mouthfeel.

Overall, one of the best smoked porters out there

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to iguenard for this

Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malts, dark fruits, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate/coffee mixed with malts and a smokiness. I can also taste some dark fruits.. maybe raisins or plums. It ends with a chocolate and malt aftertaste with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall – A very drinkable an tasty porter. Other than the slight amount of bitterness during the aftertaste, this beer is very smooth to drink. It's got a big taste but doesn't come across as cloying. Good stuff.

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

12oz bottle given to me as a gift by grassblue thanks!

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown to barely black with a 1 finger off white crown that displays moderate retention and some lace.

Smell: Smoked cherry malt, caramel, and roast.

Taste: Same elements of the nose but a bit more disjointed. The smoke isn't as pronounced in the flavor profile. The malt has more graininess which doesn't work very well with the decent light caramel note I taste, and the hops are slightly faded (I've had the bottle for a while).

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer in theory that could probably be tweaked into a good beer.

Photo of Kavon
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mjw06
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The unique and very distinct cherrywood smell is dominant and gives way to what is going to be the overall experience of this beer. I love smoked beer. Yet this beer managed to present a very distinguished smokiness without overpowering. The smoke taste authentic, like my beer was literally hung over a grill. The 9% abv is nearly unnoticeable. It's a slow sip, and some might find the smokiness unpleasing, but if you like smoked beers, this is a winner.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Ungertaker
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date of August 10, 2011

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- Black with a one-finger khaki head that slowly fades and leaves a lacing that quickly descends down the glass.

S- Dried cherries, smoky malts, dark chocolate

T- Bitter dark chocolate, smoke, tobacco, dried fruits. The tobacco, smoke and chocolate linger at the finish.

M- Thinner than the bold aroma and black appearance led me to expect, but still medium-bodied. The carbonation is typical of a smoked porter.

O- An extremely complex brew. Most smoked beers I have tried have been very smoke-forward. This one is not. The flavors are complimented by the smokiness.

Photo of jbck109
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Almost pitch black with just a hint of brown. One finger of head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S: Very nice. Smoke and peat start off, almost like I'm smelling a scotch without the alcohol burn. In the background, I get a hint of dark cherry. The more I smell, the more dark cherry I get. I get some coffee and a bit of milk chocolate, too. Intriguing, and quite nice.

T: Wow. So complex. Again, lots of peat and dark cherry. It's well supported by some hop bitterness and a healthy portion of dark and milk chocolate. This is unlike any smoked beer I've ever had. I usually love the bacon bombs, and even though this is far from that it's quite amazing.

M: I wouldn't change a thing. Fairly thick and silky smooth with good carb.

O: I am extremely surprised by this beer. I have been passively seeking it out for some time, but I had no idea it'd taste like this, and no idea I'd like a beer so much with this flavor profile. Far beyond expectations. This is not your run of the mill Smoked Porter.

Photo of coldriver
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. One finger tan head, pours a nice opaque black. Smokey malt aroma with dark fruit and chocolate notes. Smoke really comes through in the taste but is balanced by the sweet dark fruit, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate flavors. I like the mouthfeel of this one - seems like when smokey beers are too highly carbonated you get the same mouthfeel that you have after spending an evening too close to a smokey campfire - this one is just right on the carbonation. A bit dry on the finish. Overall a nice beer, dominated by the smoke and yet balanced by the sweetness. Picked this up on a recent trip to Memphis and considering this one is from an area that is not known for craft beer innovation, a well done smoked imperial porter was a nice surprise.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LtCracker20
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 11/2010.

A- Pours a deep and dark body, almost black. A very nice 3-finger tan head that shows good retention and very nice lace.

S- Aroma is smoke up front, burnt malts, some black licorice, and some nice chocolate.

T- The smokiness is more subdued in the flavor than the smell. Some espresso and dark chocolate.

MF- Moderate body with a very big creaminess to it. A great feel on this one.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.