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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Stovepipe PorterOtter Creek Stovepipe Porter

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
28 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 500 | Ratings: 799
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black opaque beer. Period. Dry hoppy milky aroma. This is a porter?! Taste is like a porter meets a beer. Milky, chocolatey flavor that stays true to its aroma. Complex mouthfeel. Complex but much more bitter than we think it should be. Has the basic favors but doesn't take it to the next level.

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Photo of MillRat
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated October 2007. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a small tan head that recedes to a persistent ring. A slight burnt smell with some sweet malt aromas. Leads off with a slightly sweet malt flavor that is quickly dominated by a mildly acrid bite that suggests an overuse of black patent malt. Any hop bitterness is lost in the roasted malt edge. The body seems a little thick at first, but that is quickly cut away by the bitterness and carbonation. With less acridity and a bit more hop action and malt flavor, this could be quite drinkable, but that roasted malt acridity wears out its welcome pretty quick.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yikes...poor-ter. Looks like soda, with hardly any head atop and quite fizzy. Aroma has some hops and toasted malts with a bit of dark chocolate, but it's all rather faint. Has some hazlenut notes in the finish with a slightly bitter hop flavor to balance. And thin! This is one of the thinnest porters I've ever sampled. So many better examples of the style, this one is doesn't compare to many of its counterparts.

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Photo of rastaman
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Sweetish. Cookies and chocolate malt. Low bitterness, not too challenging, an easy swiller. Also tended to feel a little stale on the on sip, but it wasn't a big problem, the main problem was it was perhaps a touch too thin, but it was perfectly drinkable in the end.

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Photo of biglite351
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - looks like rootbeer. Both in color and in the larger bubble, quick vanishing head.

S - the smell is weak and a little bitter.

T - mild flavor, nothing special. It isn't bitter, which is good. No real after taste.

M - nice amount of tingle, but the brew is a bit thin.

D - it is workable but it would not be my first choice.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black color with a thin brown head and some decent lacing. Smells of roasted malts, smoke, and booze. Tastes of roasted malts, smoke, hop bitterness, coffee and burnt brown sugar. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and has good medium body and a little carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Stovepipe Porter poured an oil slick black with a single finger foam head and little if no lacing. Not much on the head retention.

I thought the aroma was the best part of this beer. Good deep roasted chocolate malts and bitter coffee.

The taste was not to my liking. I am a big fan of good coffee so maybe they used Folgers. It was like drinking a bad cup of coffee from a road side drive in. It was so dominant I couldn't get much of any other flavors.

The feel was thin and not much to it. Overall it was a beer that I don't know if I could buy again. As the last quarter of it was hard to take.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark reddish brown in color, about a fingers worth of tan head that settles to a nice ring with good lacing.

S: Just a few things here, toasted malt (if not burnt malt), with hints chocolate... not much else.

T: Like the smell... but there is a sharp bitterness that kills the good things you smell. The malt and chocolate are there but the bitterness kills it.

M: I felt the sharpness in the bitterness of the brew makes it feel over carbonated, not like other Porters I've had.

D: I love Porters, but this is not one I'm loving... the ABV is good, but the bitterness of the brew is killing the overall feel for me. This is my first Otter Creek and I'm not holding this against them... I'll be back for some of their other taste brews.

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Photo of CrookedStill
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black, deep ruby around the edge when held to a light, with a thin tan head that quickly falls.

Mild smoky malt upfront. Hints of toffee and molasses.

Follows the nose with a roasted smokey taste hitting first, finishes with a slight malt bitterness.

A bit thin for a beer that claims to be a "Full-Bodied Porter." Average carbonation for the style.

There really nothing "bad" I could say about this beer other than the thin body. I rated it average and that's exactly what it is. Not an unpleasant drink but there's nothing I found exciting about it either.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours into my glass a dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. A fizzy quarter inch of light tan bubbles form on top. This one seems quite filtered as well. Aromas start with roasted malts that greet me with a bold coffee kick right off the bat, like sniffing a bag of freshly ground beans. Somewhat grainy with a touch of cocoa and light herbal essence along with slight fruit.

First sip brings a roasted grain malt flavor upfront that cascades into some coffee and cocoa flavors, which much less coffee than the nose led on. A bit of herbal hops and some fruit accents on the way down, however it is a bit astringent. Finishes with a mellow roasted aftertaste. The overall flavor profile just isn't there for me, seems quite weak.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for a porter in my opinion along with a fast paced burst of carbonation that lends the beer some creaminess. However, the lighter, grainy body here disappoints me. Overall, this one just falls short of what I look for in a porter and was a tad bit of a letdown.

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Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured a very dark brown with a slight red hue and had a light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was of dark roasted malts, herbal hops and a leathery yeast with a strong coffee note. It tasted very mild for a Porter but but had a nice hint of coffee in the beginning and then got mildly bitter with a nice coffee overtone at the finish with the flavor lasting only a short time. Mouthfeel was medium in body and a little watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall basically an average Porter.

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Photo of Lothar666
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A very aggressive pour still yielded no head atop the dark, opaque brown liquid body that settled in my pint glass. Little bits of white bubbles and some traces of lacing around the rim were the only inclination of any carbonation whatsoever.

S- Roasted, dark barley malts, some bakers chocolate and a hint of roasted coffee. Nothing overly enticing.

T- Extremely dark roasted malts and a hint of roasted coffee. Finish is clean but bland and could have used some hop bite to balance out the malt.

M- Mouth texture is grainy, but the beer itself is full bodied. However, it is nothing that I could describe as thick or sticky.

D- Goes down easy enough but in the future I will be reaching for a porter with a bit more to offer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a medium brown with a light tan head. There is decent retention and a head of a 2 fingers. The lacing is lace.

The aroma is very light, just a note of coffee.

the taste is also light, not much comes through a little coffee and bitter.

The feel is a little watery not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of bashiba
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with almost no head to speak of or carbonation present.

Smell is a very bitter dark burnt malt and coffee smell.

Wow is this ever a hopheads porter, very dark bitter burnt malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors coming through along with a very earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is very thin for this style, the biggest downfall.

This is a different beer, almost like an IPA meets a porter. Overall its drinkable and not bad, but even being a big hop lover I still won't go out of my way for more.

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Photo of DrJay
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, dark brown beer with a quickly dissipating head. Looks kind of like a cola. And trust me, my glass was clean (the beers before and after this one had great head retention). Roasted and crystal malt aromas balanced well with the pine and floral hops. Sweet maltiness to start, followed quickly by moderate hop bitterness. A bit of roastiness and brown sugar followed. Medium length off-dry finish with lingering hop flavour. The body was on the light side with moderate carbonation and a bit of slickness. Not too bad, but it just didn't come together for me. Thanks Zithal!

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown body with a head of light tan standing about an inch high. The head fades to leave a paper-thin layer of tan cloud-like trace.

S - Slight chocolate aroma with some malty hints. Not a very robust or breathtaking scent.

T - Long roasted malt grain flavor. I think the brewer left the malt to cook just long enough so it wouldn't burn. There's a nice chocolate finish here too.

M - The texture has a medium coarseness to it. It coats my mouth in a strange way, which is where the chocolate in the finish is really noticed.

~ The taste being what it is I don't think I could push more than one back in any one sitting. I would like to sample a tap sometime.

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Photo of kinger
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Funky li'l porter we got going on here. I was initially impressed with the flavor but the other aspects are pushing average at best. Aroma is roasty and bitter but hard to detect. Medium dark amber pour with dark red edges, very little head and lacing. Oily mouthfeel not thick or filling at all. But the flavor is rather nice, chock full of roasted malts and a decent amount of bittering hops. Some of the typical chocolate and coffee notes come through as well, but this just comes across as cheaply made. This brewer is 0-2 in my book.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap with my lunch today at the Office in Morristown, NJ. I wanted to try something that I never had in the past.

It came in looking very dark with a paler foam. The body turned out to be very thin.

From the top I get lots of coffee and roasted malt. In drinking, all I had was coffee.

This basically was all coffee in each drink. I can't recommend this beer because it tasted more like coffee than beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown with a caramel, cola toned edge. A thick beige head slowly fades out into a head of 1/4" fluff. Lots of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of smoked malts, roasted barley, caramel, espresso, bitter cocoa, wet hay, and grass notes.
Taste is of the aromas but it seems to be missing something. Not sure what it even is...there seems to be a good rythmic bassline going but it's missing the charm of the melody on top of this beer. It's almost like there are hints of greatness that fall short into a somewhat bland flavor. Hmmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, with some bitter hops tingling the back of the tongue before fading to a semi-dry, thin finish.
For some reason, I remember this beer being much better several years ago. Perhaps my tastes have changed?

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of my favorite styles, arrived in BOTMC. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top this brew has a delicious smell of milk chocolate. Smells very similar to a milk stout. The brew pours to a dark brown with a big creamy head that bubbles like molten lava as it recedes. Taste is a variety of flavors: very roasted malts, bitter coffee bean and a chocolate sweetness in the background. Taste is great but this brew doesn't have much backbone. Mouthfeel is watery and doesn't do a good job of boldly putting forth the flavors. A shame, this brew had potential but lacks.

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Photo of DawnL
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Tan head with good retention. Very pretty to look at.

The nose was light and subtle. There was definite chocolate and coffee aromas. Very typical porter nose.

The flavor just didn't seem to be there. If I closed my eyes and was drinking this beer blind, I think I would have a hard time picking it out as a porter.

Again, the beer was cold and wet. Basically there wasn't a feeling of having a beer - it went down more like perrier. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but when I have a porter, I want it to be a little more unctuous.

It's definitely drinkable. It's a solid beer.

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Photo of Moxley
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small pilsner glass - both provided by my good friend and fellow beer advocate Hyland24.

A- Looks exactly like a flat cola with a very little tan head that settled almost instantly. No lacing to speak of.

S- Bitter honey aroma, with a touch of burt licorice.

T- Nice smoky, citrus flavor with hints of honey and faint licorice aftertaste.

M/D- Nice balance of carbonation and mouth coating. Not too heavy despite it's harsh appearance.

I would not consider this a session beer for myself, the flavor is nice but a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pretty dark brown, but a rather slim head on top, with less than desirable lacing.

S: Very strong, pungent aroma of roasted malt. Has a subtle sweet scent in there as well.

T: First taste reminds me of burnt coffee. Bittersweet chocolate is lurking around, but the burnt notes are overwhelming.

M: A rather thin body, with an unappealing carbonation.

D: This is one to avoid in the six pack form. I've had it before and tasted a lot better, but this batch tasted particularly burnt.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby/black from a 12oz bottle. Big thick tan head that sticks around a short while.

The smell is bread and grain with a little dark malt in there too. Taste is heavily dominated by coffee. A little too much so. Quite the hoppy finish too. Mouthfeel is on the medium side. A decent porter but nothing over the top.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with brown foam. Laces.

Sweet roasted combined smell. Caramel notes.

Roasted taste creamy with a medium botter strung throughout. Hints of an odd sour.

Subtle carbonation.

Good porter, bordering on so-so. Definitely in the bottom third of porters I have had.

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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
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