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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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513 Ratings

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 160
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of CaskBeerouac


3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

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.

05-12-2011 19:09:54 | More by CaskBeerouac
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

05-10-2011 02:25:07 | More by mdfb79
Photo of dmbsteve


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

05-07-2011 21:31:00 | More by dmbsteve
Photo of mntlover


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

04-27-2011 00:50:14 | More by mntlover
Photo of CrookedStill


4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

04-25-2011 01:46:43 | More by CrookedStill
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

04-22-2011 00:01:26 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of jamie2dope


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

I received this as an extra from AlexFields, thanks for the opportunity. I had never heard of this beer, but there appears to be a bit of hype behind it. It comes out almost completely black with a finger of tanned heading. Inviting smoke is the first thing I notice, with some dark berry smells coming through. It is the essence of a campfire, but with some other playful things going on. Beef Jerky was the first thing I thought of upong tasting, but there is a good dose of dark fruit flavor, such as date and plum. The mouthfeel is relatively thick and heavy, and the drinkability is immaculate (assuming you are in to smoky beers). I have never had snything from Yazoo, but if this is any indication, they are one hell of a brewery. It reminds me of the first time I tried Alaskan Smoked Porter. A big thanks to AlexFields for throwing in a smoked beer on our trade.

04-20-2011 01:49:55 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of Beertracker


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Yazoo Sue pours up with a moderate carbonation that creates a modest creamy tannish-brown head that nicely crowns the dark reddish brown-near jet black body. Head retention is quite good for a smoked beer. The initial aroma is a delicate intermingling of campfire smoke and and heavily roasted malt. Secondary aromas include cherry pipe tobacco, black currants, chocolate covered bacon, black coffee, blackstrap molasses and pine needles complimented by the slightest hint of alcoholic strength. Lots of depth & complexity to this one! The flavor starts of with some sugary burnt caramel that carries into a developed roastiness from the chocolate & black malts before being balanced by an assertive earthy & spicy bitterness that carries into the robust, smoky, alcohol laced finish. This medium to medium-full bodied smoked porter is quite creamy, yet a bit oily & slick in the mouthfeel... but besides that it's a serious contender for one of the best smoked porters that I've ever had! I think a few more bottles will be needed to further explore all of the possibilities this one has to offer. It's easy to see why this one won a silver medal at last year's GABF. Yoo-hoo, it's Yazoo!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Trader's note: Many thanks to CurtisMcArthur for the Überfresh bottle.

04-19-2011 21:18:14 | More by Beertracker
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz bottle into cervoise

A - Pours a dark brown to black. Minor tan/mocha head. Slippery lacing

S - A charcoal smokiness to it. Roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate. Some lighter coffee accents

T - Very smoky, not expecting that. Woody with a some nuttiness to it. Chocolate, coffee, and leather.

M - An almost lactic creaminess. Medium to heavy. Slightly drying

O - Good overall, wasn't expecting that much smoky 'outdoor' feel to it. Interesting take on an american porter. Decent.

04-08-2011 16:42:21 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of Duff27


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A- Pours a borderline brown/black with a light mocha one inch head. (Thick looking!) Above average lacing and average head retention.

S- Can smell the smokiness and dark malts.

T- Smoke whoa! Alcohol is slightly detectable but not too bad. Mouth watering.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Has a certain creaminess to it.

D/O- Really enjoyed this one. Walks the line off a one dimensional beer but not really because the base beer is that good. Yeah! Great Tennessee tick.

04-02-2011 03:30:14 | More by Duff27
Photo of CampusCrew


4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: A mix of chocolate and coffee competing together

taste: loads of chocolate. I was wondering if this was oak aged then I read in the notes that it had cherry wood smoked malt. The flavors from the wood are there and the smoke it sublte. super dry finish is the only downfall

mouthfeel: full bodied porter

drinkability: easily one of the best porters Ive had. Very nice!

03-28-2011 22:12:37 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of tavernjef


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Pitched black porter with a finger high dark tan foam placed atop. Keeps a good skimmed amount always present with a huge sketching of whisper thin lacing across the glass.

Smokey and roasty aroma with a tender sweet chocolate side to it, but mainly campfire smoked bacon speaks to the nose in a slight roasted tone.

Solid taster, big tang of well rounded roasty malt peppered well with smokey meat tones, some wood notes to it. Big, bold, hefty, lasting flavors. Partial chocolatelyness plays with a bit of lactic milkyness of tang and tone as it soaks into a lasting light tangy finish.

Rich, smooth, quite full and very fulfillingly bold and rounded with a big tang of roasty, chocolatey, smoked meat tangyness all soaked together in a stew of boldness that seems to last stretch forever on the palate.

An impressive smokey porter that any girl named Sue would be proud of.

03-28-2011 01:31:42 | More by tavernjef
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6%

Did not really know what to think of this one when I first got it, but I normally love porters so I figured it was a worthy challenge to see where this one would hold up. Poured a very nice deep dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a smallish, maybe one inch white to off white head on top. This faded gradually leaving behind a nice amount of side glass lace. Smell was very sweet, nice hints of nuts and caramel, along with a roasted barley. The taste was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Very nice caramel flavor with a hint of coffee. Roasted nuts in the back with a very hoppy finish. This actually snuck up on me and I thought it was remnants of the IPA from dinner I thought I was tasting, but it actually had quite the dry hoppy finish.

03-24-2011 01:30:15 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BriarRose


5/5  rDev +20.5%

Tried this beer when we lived close to Nashville a few years ago. AMAZING. Clean finish, lighter body, and chocolate/coffee overtones make this beer one of my favorites. Only problem? Now I live in Indiana, and they only distribute in/around Tennessee. As an overall brewery, Yazoo is young, but they DEFINITELY have potential.

03-23-2011 20:53:15 | More by BriarRose
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Bottle from my country music star JohnQVegas. Hibernating in my neighbor's kitchen cupboard for what I was led to believe, was over a year. Bottle notch says third week of December(09?). WTF was that guy waiting for?!

Improper Carlseberg pils glass. Full, tan head. Black body, ruby hued. Minimal lace. Constant froth.

Smell is grilled, meaty charred fat, with a bit of sharp dark chocolate. Touch of lactose it seems. Spicy, though subdued hops, round it off nicely.

Taste is subtle roast, rich malt, licorice, earth & soot. A tree bark bitterness. Unwarranted coffee as it warms. Grain & ash finish.

Full feel. Mild carbonation. Balanced alcohol.

Does this come in a six pack? Nice. Send me another one D. :)

03-22-2011 07:07:21 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of robwestcott


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

bottled week 1 / november (presumably 2010) - thanks to kirkpjr for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet a dark cola black with a short lasting, small bubbled mocha head.

big time smoky aroma followed with toasted barley and chocolate.

smoke and smoke. lots of smoke and char. also present are semi-sweet baking chocolate and perhaps black coffee from the bottom of the pot.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, pretty smooth and enjoyable on the palate.

drinkable - nah, not beyond a pint, maybe two.

03-20-2011 18:18:59 | More by robwestcott
Photo of ncfranklin


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Pitch black with a nice finger tall brown head. Yup. Its a porter all right.

S: Smoke and cherry wood all over. Some chocolate notes underneath, but pretty dominant in smoke. Like a sweet sugary bbq pit.

T: Big cherry and smoke, just like the smell . Milky chocolate backbone, some toasted flavors. On the sweeter side, I suppose to balance aggressive smoke tones. Well achieved however.

M: Nice creamy body, leaves a nice smoky quality to the back of the mouth.

D: Yazoo has outdone themself here. A very finely done beer.

03-12-2011 23:53:30 | More by ncfranklin
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into pint glass...

A: pours an opaque black with some hints of red coming in around the edges on the bottom of the glass. head is 2 fingers of brown, that fades very slow to become rocky and leave creamy lacing

S: smokey, burnt toast, espresso, and hints of cocoa, piney, no strong alcohol aromas but this one has enough that it will leave your nose feeling warm and tingly.

T: very rich and bold, dark roast coffee, hint of chocolate, immediately sharp and bitter roasted malt flavor, again similar to burnt toast. finish is very smokey and buttery(i actually expected smoke to come from my mouth when i exhaled) and also pretty boozy.

M: upfront creamy then becoming crispy, and astringent with alot of alcohol warmth

Overall, a very unique and welcome break from the norm. Although i wish they would have kept the alcohol character at the original tap level(7.5), as this one seems too strong for what I think it would be best for...an afternoon of grilling with friends. Would be great with beef brisket or wings.

03-05-2011 02:16:43 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of titosupertramp


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A: As dark as it gets. Even when tilted and held to light, I get very little signs of brown. Good three fingers of mocha head with big bubbles. Slowly retreats into the beer, leaving a film with bubbles around the edges.

S: Smoke, chocolate, cherry. No alcohol that I can detect.

T: Believe it or not, smokiness isn't the first thing I notice. It's more chocolatey upfront with the smoke adding a nice secondary layer. Cherry and a dark fruit flavor round out the flavors that I'm able to find. Excellent tasting beer.

M: Good carbonation adds a tingly feel. Medium when fresh out of the fridge...more creamy as it warms.

D: This is a tough one to grade because the 9.00% is not at all noticeable, but the bold flavors slow you down. Also sits a little heavy so you couldn't drink very many of these in one sitting.

I've had two vintage of the Alaskan Smoked Porter and while delicious, Sue is just a little better. I think this will take gold at this year's GABF..or at least it deserves to.

03-05-2011 01:27:14 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Big thanks to pitasoup for this one...

Nice dark chocolate color, it looks more like cola than motor oil. Decent caramel head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

I'm not actually getting much in the way of smell with this beer. I get little hints of cherry and chocolate. Some malty sweetness and toasted grain aromas, but nothing powerful.

The taste reminds me of raisins. Tons of raisins. The chocolate, cherry, roasted malts, and grains come through a bit too.

Smooth drinkin' brew. Good mouthfeel. I could have a few of these in a row, but at 9%, the booze would catch up to me quickly. It's a decent beverage.

03-02-2011 00:29:29 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of FanofHefe


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Label on bottle notched at January Week 1, so this should be about 7 weeks old. Picked up at local bottle shop in Nashville.

Poured into Yazoo pint glass (seemed appropriate). Aggressive pour gives me a large 4-finger tan head that dissipates into a small foam on top of the body with minor lacing. Deep, dark brown body that does not let any light through.

Aroma starts off smoky, of course. It is a good aroma, but in this pour it masks some of the other flavors. A hint of roasted malt in the background.

The flavor definitely exceeds the aroma. Nice complex mix of smoky roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and slighty bitter hop finish.

I detect nearly no alcohol flavor making this highly drinkable for the abv. Best Yazoo brew I've had yet.

02-22-2011 01:10:32 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks for the tick, Nick.

Looks like a cup of drip coffee, dark but not opaque. The head retains fairly well for the style.

The nose is heavy on campfire smoke. There's a nice chocolate malt character beneath that, along with a note of whole grain bread.

Tastes pretty damn good. Very chocolatey, with undertones of whole grain bread and licorice. Smoke is prevalent but balanced, contributing a nice layer of flavor. Finishes with molasses and milk chocolate sweetness, slight balancing roast. Surprisingly, this was quite good.

02-17-2011 04:23:02 | More by largadeer
Photo of Onslow


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

Thanks Lou, a want for quite a while and now I get to enjoy a bottle .. . Pours a black cat brown, very low foam, no lacing .. . aroma of smoke, bbq, fire baked dough, burnt sugar, that melted sugar fruit dessert, and tar .. . mouth is like velvet, the 9% is very well integrated .. . the smoke level is nice, but what makes this a winner is how complex it it .. . i don't what to write any more, the other half of this beer is waiting, and i don't have any condoms.. . Voodoo who-do, told ya' Richy! .. Thanks again Lou!!

02-13-2011 19:33:06 | More by Onslow
Photo of kbutler1


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark (as in, I see my reflection in the glass!) brown/black with a 1 finger tan head that settles nicely to form a coaster on top of this smokey brew. The smoke, is well, pretty apparent in the nose as it should followed with some dark chocolate and vanilla notes. Starts off with a sweet dark roast flavor wtih some mild bitterness. The smoke is actually pretty subdued on this but lingers on for a while in the end. Medium mouthfeel. I'm not the biggest smoke beer fan, but this one I like for its well integrated smoke characteristics.

02-07-2011 23:22:35 | More by kbutler1
Photo of 700Uave

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

received this in a trade with CurtisMcArthur. thanks dude.

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. mostly black pour with half inch of tan head. reddish brown around the edges when held to the light. good carbonation.

smells of roast, chocolate, alcohol. smoked scent is present for sure but I had to really search for more than the obvious smells in the nose.

aside from what I picked up in the nose, the smoke really comes out in the taste. faintly woody as well.

Surprisingly thick and chewy mouthfeel. again, good carbonation. a really smooth beer.

very drinkable for being 9%. This is my first smoked beer and I was pleasantly surprised.

02-01-2011 04:33:44 | More by 700Uave
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.