Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
800 Ratings
Otter Creek Stovepipe PorterOtter Creek Stovepipe Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
800
Reviews:
501
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 800 |  Reviews: 501
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby almost plum hue with a foaming tan head that leaves desireable scattered lacing with each sip of this fine brew. The aroma is a blend of sharp sweet tones of malt with the slightly harsh deep roasts present in this porter additional fireworks is the prevalent amount of hops in the smell along with some mellow fruit tones just enough to note very nice. Flavor is mainly dark roasts full of chocolate, coffe esque presence along with a lighter fruit tone provided by the ale yeast some dunkel like characteristics but this well made handcrafted quality porter is something to brag about. Flavor becomes a bit thin, but overall it's hard to beat this medium bodied brew carries a enough aroma and texture to keep everyone happy very good, one to save for my brother a purveyor of stouts and porters. He is usually a one or two brew type of guy but I believe a brew like this could turn into a session for him.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Strange brew, comes to the table a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish creamy off white head that doesn't last very long. Smells of chocolate and caramel with hints of roast and earthy hop. The flavor is toffee caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate, with hints of roast and earthy pungent hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice simple porter, certainly nothing that's going to rock your world, but a nice drinker just the same.

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Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a SA sensory glass. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this. The brew appears dark brown with brown clarity around the edges and indications of deep ruby red through the body. A finger of lightly tanned head sits atop the brew and slowly fades leaving a webby pattern of lacing effect on the glass.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly roasty giving way to some scents of chocolate that is lightly sweet with a mild backing of something along the lines of vanilla. More roast elements are present with a bit of citrus-like inclusion of coffee. This is a very smooth and sweet smelling brew.

The taste is a bit perplexing based off of the expectations from the aroma. There is a roasty quality present that blends into more of a nutty grain taste with a very mild chocolate inclusion. There is a pretty strong bitterness present that seemingly comes from a mixture of the char to the grain and also bold usage of hops. The bitterness gets a bit grassy and leafy towards the back mixed with some mineral elements. The aftertaste is a bit dirty with earth and a nuttiness that just doesn't quite fit in.

This brew started off strong but sort of fell apart half way through the experience. It is medium to light bodied (despite the advertisement on the label stating this is full bodied.) It boasts a moderate amount of carbonation which also lightens up the already lower than expected feel. The alcohol is absent in character as expected for less than 5%. Unfortunately this one just came up short for me.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with a ruby glow; soft, brownish head that is short-lived

S - big roasty aromas with a slight coffee note

T - roasted malts, coffee, light bitterness, faint creaminess

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, a bit crisp at times

This is a decent, easy to drink beer with a great flavor. The roasted malts and coffee notes are forward and delicious. It's really a solid porter.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a shaker pint a Pizza Paradiso DC.

A solid two finger head was given that is a nice coffee brown bubble character. Great black walnut body with dark brown hues on the edges. Beer head has killer retention.

Good solid nose of spicy roast coffee, and mild sweet chocolate.

Taste at first is a mild malts, then has a nice sweet milk chocolate finish. Body has a nice grainy chewy texture also with ovaltine feel, and even a small amout of bitter on the finish.

Overall as stupidly easy sessionable and flavorful example of this porter, light and full of taste.

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Photo of jwc215
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours crimson.brown - almost black. Rather than a head, there is a tan lacing that remains fairly steady for most of the drink.
The smell is not powerful, but yet still inviting. It has the aroma of sweet chocolate.
The taste is well-balanced. Smoky, sweet, but dry at the finish. Hints of chocolate and coffee. It is a bit watery at first, but the flavors become more pronouced at the drink goes on. Not bad at all!
Pleasant mouthfeel. Despite a bit of thinness, it leaves a flavor that is typical of a good porter. Smoky, creamy, silky and rich.
This is a good porter. Nothing outstanding, but certainly drinkable and a worthwhile porter!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: murky deep brown, leaning on black, with red tints at edges, and a lush crown of cream-in-the-coffee foam that looms large, then settles to a slim ring.
Aroma: right off, a perfect mesh of cocoa and espresso, a lovely mocha java in the nose, and, in the mouth?...
..light hops, full malt, with that great flavor described from the nose washing all over the palate, rinsing the mouth with this ideal match of dark delights, while still being incredibly smooth, very easy drinkability. Full bodied, with a lond, delectable, chocolate-laced finish. Great coffee/cocoa flavor never flags, sags, or even sighs, it just keeps on pleasing.
Great porter, one I'd happily turn to if the option were mine.
Since it's not, I have Mr. Rabidawg to gratefully thank!

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Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, ruby highlighted brown coloring with a ring of light tan film around the surface. Aromas of roast coffee, sweet hazelnut, and dark, bittersweet chocolate. Flavors of bitter coffee, darkly roasted and aromatic, with some charcoal characteristics blended in there as well. Dark, bitter chocolate highlights blend with oaky highlights to bring this brew an earthy, warm feel. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, leading to a clean, smooth finish. Aftertaste of roast coffee lingers for a while after each sip. At the low ABV, this beer is very drinkable, and the flavors make it something a person would actually want to drink. Tasty brew!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with some burgandy highlights. A short 1/4" head disappear quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: light roasted malt tones are all the nose can pick up.

Taste: a simple and solid porter, as roasted malts, weak coffee, light chocolate bits, a drop of vanilla extract, and mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: light crisp overall with some mild dryness at the finish. Roasted tones linger briefly on the tongue. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: very easy drinking porter. Won't blow away the tastebuds, but this is a nice version.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, real nice touch of toffee/coffee, and caramel. The taste is malty, nice tones of toffee/coffee. The finish is slightly bitter and a touch dry. Medium body. Drinkable, the brew surprise me, very tasty, recommended, Thanks Joe.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee and a hint of chocolate coming through. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Blue Tusk without head.

Left a little bit of lacing despite the lack of head. Looks black at first, deep ruby red when held up to the light.

Slighty smokey and roasty smell with a little note of coffee. Taste has a little chocolate with sweetness, followed by a touch of hops. Fairly subtle flavor overall. Very easy drinking, surprisingly refreshing for a porter. Goes down easy.

A good, but not great porter. It covers all the bases of what you'd ask of an american porter, but nothing more. No zip, no surprise. Good, solid porter nevertheless.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep brown in colour with light foamy head that disappeared quickly.

S - Wow. Chocolaty! An instant burst of chocolate & sweet malt with a hint of coffee.

T - Lots of malt and coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected, but it is apparent in the taste.

M - Carbonation instantly hits the tongue. Average/medium body.

D - A very drinkable beer. Slightly over carbonated, but no other complaints. Would definitely buy this one again!

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 800 ratings.
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