Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 174
Gots: 116 | 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 HuskyinPDX
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...

Photo of lnashsig
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.

Photo of Mississipping
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.

Photo of corby112
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!

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of xnicknj
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.

Photo of Chaney
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!

Photo of flexabull
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...

Photo of witster18
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.

Photo of CaskBeerouac
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.

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of dmbsteve
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.

Photo of mntlover
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.

Photo of CrookedStill
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.

Photo of sisuspeed
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.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beertracker
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of BriarRose
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. :)

Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.