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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 178
Gots: 124 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
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
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of match1112
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours pitch black with avery thin head that disappears just as quick as it appeared.

s: roasted coffee, chocolate, cherry and smoke.

t: malty goodness, roasted and sweet flavors from all the different malts.

m: has a nice rich creamy feel to it, even without much carbonation.

o: a pleasent surprise, bottle is from the second week of january, so i thought it might be
so so. it lost a little smokeyness but still a solid beer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich, smoky aroma has coffee, molasses, nutty and yeasty notes. It pours an opaque sable with a thick and fluffy light tan head. Flavor has a firm roast coffee tone as well as nutty, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate notes and a hint of licorice. Full-bodied texture is smooth as almond milk and only slightly fizzy. Finish is smoky with chocolate and nutty tones, and the tingle is slight and not persistent. However, that is the beer's weakest aspect, and does not make it any less enjoyable. If you are a stout/porter fan, look for it.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a dark brown/black color with a thinnish tan head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Smells of roasted campfire mixed with a bit of chocolate and caramel. Smell is really malty sweet with hints of cherry, plum, and a touch of alcohol. Thick chewy mouthfeel with a full body and very light carbonation. Taste is caramel and fruit right up front before the smoked malt takes over. A bit of earthy hop bite comes in then some alcohol followed by a long lingering roasted finish with hints of smokey phenol. Wow this one was good! I love it when something fly's in under the radar and wows me.

Photo of Josiah2729
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tumbler

A- Dark, thick. Not much head, less than half finger.

S- Cherry Smoke, Dark Malt

T- Smokey, Dark Porter malts, some cherry, some alcohol

M- Full porter, little carbonation, cola texture

O- Nice smokey porter, nice high gravity beer

Photo of doughanson78
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this one.

A: Dark pour. Fairly thick. Almost pitch black. Half finger, tan head that quickly fades. Not much lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Burnt firewood and smoke aromas. Pretty yummy.

T: Sweet chocolate up front. Then the big smokiness takes over almost drowning out the coffee flavors. Light coffee bitterness. Tastes like you would imagine a campfire would taste.

M: Full bodied. Not super thick but great for the style. The lingering smokiness is awesome. Light carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: Awesome porter. If you love smokiness in your beer this is where it's at.

Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for providing the opportunity to try this brew. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears dark brown with seemingly no head at all except for a fine line that holds around the rim of the glass. Spots of lacework sit atop the brew and on the glass. When held to the light, some ruby red is seen through the body.

The smell of this brew is like a mixture of bacon meets chocolate with smokey character throughout. After an evening of sampling some different smoked brews, this one brings a uniquely pleasant different character to the table. A faint touch of minerals is noted on the backend.

The taste is smoked roasted grain coming across like beefy bacon, chocolate and a light bitterness imparted by the roast. The bitterness seemingly comes from the roast of the grain not hops. A well rounded and enjoyable take on the style without going over the top. Very well executed and balance of flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. It is smooth and creamy in the feel and never once feels like a 9% brew. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. An awesome arrangement of flavoring, I would seek this one out again.

Photo of merlin48
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to sample Sue for several months. A huge thank you to mntlover for gifting me this one. Pours a deep and dark brown body, opaque to light. Two finger tan head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some patchy lace.

Aroma opens with campfire smoke, followed by roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. As it warms, there is a note of smoked meats akin to barbecue. Nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied with a creamy light medium carbonation.

Taste is a wonderful conglomeration of smoked pork, campfire smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. Earthy hops contribute an ideal bitterness that compliments the assorted dark roasty notes. Smoky aftertaste is longlasting.

Got to give this one a five for overall score. For one thing, it's the best Tennessee brewed beer I've ever tasted, by a longshot. Second, it's just that well done. Reminds me of some of the smoked beers out of Bamberg that I'm fond of. Really a pleasant surprise to see Yazoo put out such a fine brew. This is an all around excellent smoked imperial porter.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, smoke and grease aromas. Not as thick, but certainly as smokey and boozy as can be expected. Understated carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking, fairly one dimensional, a little roast and mollasses and complex smoke (cherry wood). Alcohol warming.Bottle from SilverX IP.

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...

Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.