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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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631 Ratings

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 182
Gots: 128 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 07-29-2009

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%.
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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!

Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ksimons
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brystmar
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.


Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of kkipple
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of dcloeren
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gregshead
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.