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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 WesWes
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a lacey tan head. The aroma is good. It is sweet with crystal malts and has a black roasted flavor from black patent and roasted malts. It has a bit of chocolatey scent. The taste is average. Again, it has all the aromatic qualities, but it is weak and watery. It is not nearly as bold as the smell. The mouthfeel is good it is a full bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation to make it have a smooth, clean finish. It is a decent porter, but I've had much better.

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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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a rich coffee and toasted malt aroma. Hints of caramel and flowery hop as well.

The taste was mainly roasted grain with a noticable citrusy hop presence. Coffee, caramel and a touch of toffee. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was average and clean.

Overall, a nice hoppy porter. Very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of my old standbys, going back quite a ways to my college years..and my introduction to craft in general. This is one delicious but light and easy drinking porter. Nothing profound here but it’s a quality take on the style.

Blackish/brown color. Tan head with solid retention and lace. Lovely aroma of dark roast malt. Definite coffee notes in there; vague traces of both hops and bitter chocolate underneath.

Taste is very pleasing, with the roasty malt flavor in the fore, prominent coffee, and a moderate dose of hop bitterness to balance things out. Not overly hopped to the point of distracting from the roasted flavor I love so much in a porter.

Medium carbonation, just shy of being too much (for me). Not a fan of the super spritzy porters. There’s a bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel that’s quite pleasing. Maybe a tad watery. Slightly lingering bitterness in the finish although fairly dry overall.

This isn’t one of those big bad bombs of a porter, just an easy drinking, solid example.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped with 3414-091212. Sampled on January 20, 2014 and I have to think it is well past its expiration date.

The pour is dark brown with a short-lived tan colored head. Great color.

The aroma is of dark malts, smoke, butter, and earthy hops.

The body is in the medium range with a creamy texture.

The taste is much like the aroma with a decent dark malt forward character, mild sweetness, burnt barley, and a fairly mild hop finale. A pretty well balanced Porter that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Derek
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/23/07 Lot#2043.

A: Black with ruby highlights, light tan head; good retention & lace.

S: Floral hops, roasted grain, hints of coffee.

T: Dark roasted grain, floral hop flavour, roasted acidity, balanced to the bitter side. It may not have any roasted barley (unmalted), but I think the flavour is closer to a dry stout than a porter.

M: Moderate body is fairly smooth, yet the finish is dry & slightly acidic.

D: I'm not fond of dry stouts.

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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 jdhilt
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark, slightly sweet porter. Usually sold as a 6-pak in northern New England but found at the Common Man Restaurant which is a good change from the macros.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, near opaque ruby red with a dirty white head that was moderately lasting.

S: roasted caramel, coffee, and chocolate aroma.

T: The initial taste had a dry chocolate flavor to start things out. There was some roasted grains and coffee that soon followed and dominated the tongue. There was a light smokiness and woodiness as well. The hopping was very earthy and bitter.

M: a nice roasted warming to it with active carbonation but was a little light per style.

D: Overall a solid example per style with a good flavor and was very drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a near pitch black with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a fine ring and layer.

The smell has good roastiness to it with strong chocolate notes.

The taste is of roasted malt with a bit of chocolate up front and some hoppy bitterness comes through near the end but the finish is actually on the sweetish side.

All of the flavours I mentioned are on the light side so this is one very smooth American Porter. I'd say, give it a try.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark brown. Tan head is tight and compact and leaves bubbled rings of lacing on the glass. Outer edges seem to be translucent.

S- Roasty enough, but the chocolate tones are what represent the strength of the nose. Dark maltiness teams up with the chocolate aromas.

T-More roasted coffee notes in the flavor than in the aroma. Chocolate and coffee roastiness play well together. An almost fruity middle. Lightly bitter hops on the back end.

M- Medium body with a lightly creamy feel. The carbonation is somewhere between mellow and moderate.

O/D-Not a bad porter. Easy drinking and a good style representative. Not spectacular, but still a good drink.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very black tinted brown. Almost pitch except for a slight ruby tint. Head has a slight cocoa color with nice sticky lacing.

S - Mostly roast or coffee with a touch of vanilla.

T - Not a bad porter at all. Taste is moderate roast with a touch of coffee and sweetness to keep it in check. Little to no bitterness or smoke makes it enjoyable.

M - Has a solid medium body I am puzzled to find this at 4.4% (session ale) level

Overall this is a very flavorful porter without much distracting alchohol to deal with. Next time I am at a six pack shop I will look for one!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a moderate brown head that leaves lots of lace. Hoppy and roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor with moderate hop bitterness. Nice balance of malt and hops. Light bodied with a dry roasty coffee-like finish.

Definitely worth a buy and easily drinkable.

Per O.C. website: 30 IBU and O.G. of 1054

Batch #624 Bottled: 10/26/99 Tasted: 01/19/03

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with some tan highlights. The head is alright but fades away within an average timeframe. The nose is pretty hoppy with some lightly roasted malt notes. The flavor is a shot of hops mixed with coffee-like malts that hint at cinnamon and mocha. A pretty hoppy porter and a bitter palate to finish with some nut roasted tones.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with hints of red around the edges. Weak, thin cap of head sit atop the body that is mildly carbonated. Decent lacing halfway down that clings to the glass.

S - Coffee. Roasted malts are there too with a burnt sugar element. Typical porter. Coffee dominates.

T - One of the first porters I've had where there is no element of overly roasted coffee. I get cola and roasted malt with a little coffee but it's all very balanced. Bitter finish. Slightly sweet. I'm quite suprised by the flavour of this. It might be because of what they call a 'generous amount of hops' but I like that they found a way to get around the element that I typically don't enjoy in porters.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Slightly creamy.

D - Pretty good on this. Not great but I could have a few on a chilly evening like tonight. This has showed me that porters can be better than I've previously experienced.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark brown with ruby highlights. Thin khaki colored head, ok lacing. Smell is light, roasted grains, smoke, earth. Hints of chocolate and toffee. Taste is a little more assertive than smell with the same general roasted malts, smoke, earth, hints of sweet toffe and hops, minimal chocolate and coffee flavors. Body is medium, slightly thicker than expected. Smooth. Overall a good classic porter where nothing overpowers. Sessionable porter.

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Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was part of OC variety 12 pack from a trip to VT.

Appearance is black with a small mocha head. Smell is a mix of roasted malts, some coffee & chocolate too. Stovepipe porter tastes a bit metallic in addition some of the aforementioned elements from the aroma that continue as you sip. MF is medium, low carbonation level. This porter from Otter Creek drinks fairly easily. It is a solid beer and goes well with some dessert.

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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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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
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