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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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543 Ratings

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 165
Gots: 105 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

whartontallboy, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark tobacco color. with a 2 finger tan head. leaves nice lacing as well

S- Has a nice smoked aroma up front, i also smell some dark chocolate and carmel. As well as some roasted malts. The smell is quite nice

T- Alittle more sweet then i expectd from the aroma. It starts off with a nice chocolate carmel flavor and then its followed by a nice smokey tobacco flavor and then finish's with a nice roasted malts.

M-Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation

D-Overall this was a very drinkable and lovely brew. My mom was on the east coast and i told her to pick me up some wake n bake. No store had any but 1 store recommended this brew and said it was the closest they had. It def. filled my wake n bake void. I think wake n bake is better but this is pretty close. This is just a little more smokey and not as creamy. But overall this is a nice rich smokey beer that i will get again for sure.

zrab11, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheBishopco, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found for a reasonable price in an upscale Nashville, TN liquor shop, this attractive smoked imperial porter begins by pouring a deep black, with a sizeable tan head. Lovely, frilly, ornate lacing.

Nose says smoke, wood, dark fruit, and peat. Very malty, appealing, and complex.

Taste is at first woody and smoky, followed by more wood. This is a nicely hearty and potent brew, with the heavy flavor profile masking the high 9% alcohol content. Superb! And one I'd gladly pick up again.

secondtooth, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

ej285701, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. "Bottled on Date AUG1011" printed on side of the label. 9% ABV listed on the side. One of dozens (hundreds?) of bottles muled for me by beveritt over the year.

A- Very dark and essentially opaque. ~1 finger of light brown head. Head fades slowly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Roasted malts and a hint of coffee and smokiness. Pleasant, but a bit light on the nose.

T- Roasty and smoky....cocoa/dark chocolate....coffee....other hard to pinpoint nuances and balancing sweetness floating around, but in the end, just a bundle full of dark goodness.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel.

O- Very good. Super tasty, nice feel....9%? Wow...

Future outlook: Really digging this...wish I had a few more sitting around....but it doesn't come here, so I'll have to seek out some suitable subs...

DoctorDog, Nov 23, 2011
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Body pours a pitch black color, with a thick mat of frothy white head, that is a rich khaki hue. Head formation is good, but retention lacks a bit and head retreats to a almost nonexistent layer.

S: Aroma is very pleasant, with layers of roast and smoke. The smoke element is very well expressed and balanced using the cherrywood smoke malt. While some roasted and chocolate malts come through, there is a very clear dominance of the smoke. Medium to high level of intensity.

T/M: Classic robust character, roasted and chocolatey, with great balance of cherrywood. Smoke is used in good moderation, as it can get carried way very quickly. Mouthfeel is creamy and very silky on the finish.

O: Overall a very good smoke porter, that is refreshingly balanced. A nice warming sipper, and one that I would say represents the style well, smoked porters that is. Power to the cherrywood smoked malt!

GDBEERMAN, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

davesway10, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bastu
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bastu, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Magery, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of hippityhophead24
5/5  rDev +20.8%

hippityhophead24, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ScreamForMe
3/5  rDev -27.5%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

nerdrocker101, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

shuajw, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

DCon, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Scrumtralecent
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Scrumtralecent, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Viciousknishs, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of brystmar
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

brystmar, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Oct 12, 2011
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.