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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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570 Ratings

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 169
Gots: 112 | 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%.

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Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

flexabull, May 27, 2011
Photo of dmbsteve
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

dmbsteve, May 07, 2011
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

mntlover, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of CrookedStill
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

CrookedStill, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

jamie2dope, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Beertracker, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Duff27, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

CampusCrew, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

tavernjef, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of BriarRose
5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

BriarRose, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of ncfranklin
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ncfranklin, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

OlRasputin989, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

titosupertramp, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FanofHefe, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

largadeer, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Onslow
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!

Onslow, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of 700Uave
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

700Uave, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Cherrywood-smoked malt in the house! Tan lace crowns the black liquid; smoky, burnt malt and a faint currant nose. Smoothness reaches new depths in this ultra-creamy, big-bodied brew. Flavors pour over with suggestions of highly roasted coffee, extremely dark chocolate, smoke charred wood and burnt marshmallows. There is some hoppiness behind the smoke and roasted grain, which tames any sweetness that arises. The alcohol warms well but is very clean. Long, smoky, roasty finish. No need to be subtle here: Yazoo hits all the right targets and balances out the smoke very well. Epic.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown near black with a fluffy mocha colored head. ok lacing but good head retention

S: rosted chocolate, some hints of coffee. some bitter chocolate notes too

T: Bitter and roasted chocolate notes coats my tongue with a slight herbal hop note in the finish. very nice overall roastiness

M: a bit thin with a touch of heat. could use a bit more creaminess

D: Very solid overall porter that i would be happy to try again

mikey711, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Stoneyrok
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Debbie for picking this up for me is Nashville last week as a gift!
Served from bottle, chilled into pilsner

A = nice dark Deep color, can't see thru, minimal head using proper pour technique.

S = deep malt, smoky, slightly hoppy

T = first sip gives a huge smokey flavor that disguises anything else perceivable. Second sip and consecutive sips give a clean, rich, Low chocolate, Caramel, and black malt flavor. There is an unmistakable smokey cherry wood flavor that becomes nicer and nicer as you drink the beer. Finishes clean and is well balanced.

M = smooth, perfect carbonation. Creamy, nice but not at first sip, as the smoke takes you by surprise.

D = Good, therefore sold in a four pack at 9.1%, I can feel one for sure. This is good for one, maybe two a night with something else, but unique, and more drinkable than I thought it would be after the first surprising sip..

Extra = I don't generally like smoky beers, and have even emptied one down the sink. This was better than I expected and nice to have something different and unique. Would buy if local.

Enjoy. Hit me up for a trade.

Stoneyrok, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of SuperNova777
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanx to Bstaffor for this, one of the best out of his package so far!!

A:Pours a almost black color with a tan head that slowly falls leaving nice lacing hanging

S:Big smokey roasted malts up front make way for a light caramel and chocolate take
over of the nose, but then smokey senses start to take over again

T:Holy awesomeness, this was not what I was expecting. Roasted malts come up first
to make way for a big explosion of smokey bacon flavor that lingers around that backend
and dominates the palate

M:Decent mouthfeel to this with ample body as well. Palate is pretty much covered by the
smokey bacon flavor that this brew is dominated by

D:Very easy drink on this and I had no idea it was 9% till I looked at the bottle the next morning, ended up being totally not what I expected it to be but in a good way. What was that? You enjoy bacon, then get this brew. Its all I could keep saying when I was drinking it.

SuperNova777, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to SuperNova777 (Josh) for opening this the other night.

A- Pours a black color. One and half finger mocha colored head that shows good retention. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down.

S- A big helping of roasted malts in this one. When I say roasted malts I think I should state this is more like a liquid smoke with roasted malt. Caramel malts and light chocoalte malts balance out the smoked aroma.

T- Light bitter hop bite on the very front moves into a deep roasted malt. The roasted flavor kind of washes away once the middle of the beer hits showing chocolate and bready caramel base malts. The chocolate malts last into the ending of the beer which then turns up the smoked flavor into a bacon like beer flavor. Not off putting at all!

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and smoke left on the palate. Aftertaste is nothing but smoked bacon and maybe light roasted malts. Flavors are balanced until the ending of the beer where the smoke takes over everything. Clean overall but the smoke flavor would cover any infections to be honest. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This is a very drinkable smoked porter. I wouldn't be able to drink a whole six pack of this but it delivers with what it says it was going to. ABV is not apparent at all in this beer which makes it a little dangerous. If you like bacon (smoked) beers then you should put this one on your list for sure.

alleykatking, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/4/11

Bottled the 2nd week of November

Much appreciation to CruisaC; this was a long time want

Dark cherry brown color that settles with grape juice colored highlights. The head was slow to develop so I aggravated the pour, resulting in nearly three fingers of puffy, tan foam. Head retention thins; thick clumps of lace remain.

Wood smoke accounts for much of the aroma, though it isn't overbearing. I like that particular smell a lot; it reminds me of campfire clothing the day after. Beyond the smoke there are notions of roasted dark malts & earthy hops.

The flavor progresses from an initial hoppiness that manifests as subtle, rolling stimulation (as opposed to aggressive bitterness) leading into roasted, nearly burnt (or even charred), notes of coffee & dark chocolate, then finishing with a prevalent, lingering, smoked malt flavor & some residual bitterness.

The feel is full bodied, creamy (for the most part) & smooth. Gritty underpinnings. Carbonation is pretty low, offering just a slight twinge. This isn't a hot beer but no great attempts are made to disguise the abv.

I like this one a lot; drinkability is high for a smoked porter of such an abv. My only gripe is that the flavors (the feel as well, to a lesser degree) start to become muddled & focused on a thick chocolate presence. A good choice for smoky goodness. Yazoo, please come to Ohio.

Ryan011235, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of mklinger
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into a pint glass with a thick, creamy mocha head. Lovely looking beer.

Nice potent, rich smoke scent with a little roast. Quite smoky without smelling ashen as some smoked beers can.

Taste is where the smoke really shines. I thought that given that this looks like a stout and it's imperial strength (which I thought would give it a thick body) that Sue wouldn't be very porter-like. But it really is a nice porter. A bit of roast, but not too much; some sweetness but just enough for balance. Alcohol is not too present for a 9% beer. This is an excellent porter with the smoke element added on top. Perfect use of smoke in a beer -- it adds dimensions to an already great beer rather than covering up a mediocre beer.

Body is lighter than a stout (though not light). Crisp for such a dark beer. Nice carbonation. Very good beer.

mklinger, Dec 27, 2010
Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.