Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

Otter Creek Stovepipe PorterOtter Creek Stovepipe Porter
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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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Ratings: 800 |  Reviews: 501
Photo of NHJim
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz twistoff into my Harpoon Liviathan Baltic Porter glass.

Appearance: Very darker brown, with see through amber color and one finger tan head that broke into lace.

Smell: Chocolate and mild coffee.

Taste: Some malt and smoth mild coffee came through. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink and good carbonation.

Drinkability: For a porter you could dring a few of these in a row. Great with the pork sholder I just brought in off the smoker.

This was a suprise for me since I was not a big fan of this brewery. The flavor did not take over and shock you into thinking this is not how a porter should be. Most of the ones I have tried try to give you to much. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, tan head, some lacing.

Aroma is roasty, coffee, toffee. Taste is similar, not too sweet, very well balanced beer.

Feel is right on for style, not watery, not chunky, slides right down.

Overall it has a really nice balance, sweetness is balanced and neither too bitter or too sweet. Finishes very smooth with no lingering off tastes. I could see getting a 12er of these.

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Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade from Ranbot... big thanks.

- Looks like cola with a bit of dark mocha head.. mild lacing.

- Very grainy smell with a touch of coffee and chocolate.. light bitterness.

- Very mild.. bitter.. and smooth.. very good session. Slight roasted flavor.. not as grainy tasting as it smelled..

- Not dry, not chewy.. just a bit of coffee leftovers...

- Way easy to drink, and a very decent porter.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark reddish brown with a small head.

S: not much smell, just dark malts and a hint of aromatic hops.

T: very crisp taste, not highly flavored, just a balanced out presentation of the smell (itself pretty reserved), with a bit of bitter hops bite at the end

M: typical fizzy ale

D: nicely crafted, if unexceptional example of this style.

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Photo of britzdog
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark dark brown with a slight head . medium roasted malt aroma. slightly too much carbonation but maybe a later batch will be better. mild chocolate taste hiding in the background. i sampled two bottles from a six pack and found it overall an outstanding beer

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Photo of deanhead
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly carbonated light-bodied beer with a slight roasted flavor. Essence of wet leaves.
Taste is roasted and somewhat dry, hints of licorice. Reminds me of a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign. Light to medium mouthfeel, highly drinkable clear, and clean beer.
I have always enjoyed this beer. It's my goto Otter Creek product.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not quite black. More like a very dark brown with an amber hue and a reddish glow around the edges. I could still faintly see my fingers wiggling through the glass. Very little head even when poured straight down the middle. Lacing wasn't substantial.

Malts on the sweeter side. Notes of espresso beans, and dark chocolate... but not as prominent as found in many other porters. (This is good in my book).

The same malts you smelled a moment ago follow through the tasting nicely. This is also smokey, and even has a bit of hops show through.

Relatively thin, with noticeable carbonation.

Two thumbs up here. I actually had mine with a meatloaf and the pairing was great. Then I had another :)

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised in the end. Once I saw that it wasn't quite black, and the head was almost non-existent, I thought, "uh-oh". But it's actually a beautifully restrained lighter porter that offers bold taste. I think many porters try to do too much and go out of their way to be bold...just because the porter style is supposed to be bolder than most. It's not necessary! A refined and well-made porter will be bold enough naturally, and not a gimmick.

Anywho, I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black, some red tint. Nice creamy head leaving nice amount of lacing. Smells of roasty coffee, chocolate sweetness, some woody smoke. Tastes of roasted sweet coffee up front followed by a nice dry carmelized bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a touch of smokiness. Nice moderate carbonation that doesn't overshadow the flavors.

A very nice sessionable porter. Nice roasty flavors without being too heavy. Love it.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Franny O's this beer was a nearly opaque brown/black color. The one finger tan head displayed decent retention and so-so lacing. The aroma was nice, sweetened malt and roasted malt with a background of light hops. The flavors were dominated by roasted malt and some blackened malt with notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate mixed in. Though a profile it was not all that well defined and I was under-whelmed. The body was medium/full, the mouthfeel was just a little watery and the carbonation was good. OK, but not their best product and a less-than-stellar porter in general.

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Photo of LordHammer
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz twistoff into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Very deep brown, almost black, with about an inch of tan head that fades to a thick lace that stays down the glass.

S: Roasted grain, some smoke, and a strong hop presence.

T: Really brilliantly balanced here, with the roasted grains and smokiness out front, and a solid dose of hops at the finish. Consistent bitterness throughout coming from different sources which combine to make a beautiful beer.

M: Appropriately chewy for a porter, with subdued carbonation.

D: A delicious sessionable beer.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty pours a rich, red-hued, very dark brown. A creamy tan one-finger head retains pretty well and filmy lacing remains throughout the entire drink.

A little spicy on the nose with some nice toasty, smoky notes. Very interesting meaty tinge, like beef jerky. Hops are also detectable.

There's a little hops bitterness right up front that just balances very well with the toasted, smoky flavor. It's almost espresso-like. There's a tinge of sweetness that sort of dances around with the bitterness for a nice complexity. A lingering finish leaves me able to smell smoke in my nose. Delicious.

The feel is at once thick and smooth with no harshness despite the inherent espresso acidity. Again, a tribute to its near-perfect balance.

Try this one. Porters are really starting to grow on me and this one is a great example of why. If you like mesquite, coffee, jerky...anything with a roasted, smoky, toasted flavor, this is for you.

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Photo of rwrk42
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date: 11/17/08 Lot:2401
Pour: Dark brown like a maple syrup color with a light beige colored head
Smell: Roasted, almost burnt coffee aroma with light spices
Taste: Roasted malt and coffee flavors are abundant with slight bitter acidity. Slightly bitter smooth finish
A very good solid, tasty porter

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Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown, forming a good 1 inch mocha colored head. Light lacing clings to the glass.

S - Dominate aroma of roasted malts with a hint of coffee.

T - Roasted malts coat the palate, creating a nice coffee flavor, with a light chocolate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied. Smooth clean finish.

D - Great full flavor on this porter, along with a good mouthfeel and sessionable alcohol content. Definitely a sessionable porter.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for this one via Black Booty 09. Bottled on 11.17.08. So, this one is fresh.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges a dark, chocolate, amber color with a small white head. Looks like there is plenty of carbonation going on.

Aroma is roasty, slightly chocolatey. A touch of fruit and earthiness.

Very nice flavor. Roasty and chocolatey. Some decent coffee as well. Seems like there could be some oatmeal in here as it is somewhat creamy and slightly oaty in the taste.

A little too much carbonation for my tastes. Rather bubbly and foamy on the tongue. Really nice beer here. The flavor is unbelievable but the mouthfeel slightly detracts from the overall experience. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks again to DrDogbeer for this one.

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Photo of CaptYellow
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a lovely porter with a nice, sweet smell and black colour. However, I suggest you try it mixed too. With a lager, the colour is still blck. Perhaps a cream ale would give it a nice, balancing creaminess. As it is, it's a very drinkable porter. It has a bitter taste upfront that rounds out its otherwise mild taste. The bitter is followed by caramel notes. And the aftertaste is enjoyable and long lasting- enjoyable enough to want another swig.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Dark brown/black color shows some clarity with a good head that lasts.

S) Little black licorice, some mild hops

T) Dark roasted grain tea with a mild citric hop edge to mellow the bitter. Nice flavor combination.

M) Prickly carbonation with a medium light body

O) Solid beer. I'm no porter fan, but I can drink this. I think it's the lack, or light touch of Fuggles.

Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

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Photo of Beejay
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep brown with a little bit of red.. White head..

S: Roasted Barley, hops.. Not a lot of character here.

T: A little sour at first.. just enough bitter and malt to balance it out.. A little lighter than some other porters..

A good over all beer, a little more bitter than some porters, and slightly on the watery side.. overall a good beer, but not sure it is something I will buy a lot of..

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only thing wrong with this beer is that the head is small (even with an agressive pour) and doesn't last. Other than that, it's beautiful.
Reeks of dark roasted coffee and cocoa, with a touch of vanilla.
Rich taste of coffee beans, bakers chocolate, and smoke. It has an acidic tangyness and a moderate sweetness in the middle. Goes powdery dry for an instant, then finishes with a lingering sweetness tempered by a roasty bitterness. Hops are there and lend to the balance, but don't assert themselves much (and don't need to).
Full bodied and creamy smooth; a little slick.
Complex and tasty. Has everything a good porter should except the head. Something I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A dark reddish brown color with a medium sized, creamy tan head with nice retention. Lacing is solid.

S: A somewhat spicy, roasted coffee smell. Herbal and leafy hops. Some lactic, burnt aromas as well.

T: Even roasted malt flavor, not too sweet. Coffee and some mild dark chocolate. Leafy and earthy hops provide nice balance. Smoke and woodlike notes.

M: Medium-light bodied and a bit tangy. A soft, creamy dryness into the finish. Interesting; not sure if I like it or not.

D: Quite well balanced. This beer is nicely done. It's not one of my most favorite American Porters, but I'd drink this again in the future. I'll have to check out some of this brewery's other offerings.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eli Cannon's Taproom in Middletown. Poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful jet black with red highlights, small size head with decent lacing throughout the glass.

Smell: Some rich chocolate notes, and a floral hoppiness arises nicely. This one has that nice toasted malt tinge with a bit of esters coming through.

Taste: Alot going on in here, a nice rich malt presence shows it's caramel and toffee elements perfectly. A deep wood taste in the finish follows up to some dark fruit. Very enticing.

Mouthfeel: Nice richness from the malt makes this one smooth and creamy, a bit wet compared to other porters I've had but the carbonation is right on point.

Drinkability: This beer is like a meal in a bottle, it's got alot of properties that make this one hell of an enjoyable porter. If the malt was a bit thicker I think it would be even better, but for where it is, it's one of my favorite porter's to date.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams high tech glass. Pretty brown with ruby hues, nice and clear. The tan head was fairly strong and lacing was evident.

Aroma is of dark roasted malts, and rich chocolate. Some nice hoppy floral notes as well. Enticing. Taste is very balanced between that roasty malt character and the earthy hops. Rich and chocolaty and delicious. Some nice hop bitterness in the finish and it lingers for some time.

Medium bodied, noticeable carbonation, but so much as to fill you up. This porter is easily sessionable.

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Photo of katan
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2/19/08

A - Pours a an almost completely opaque black with a hair of redish hues. Head formation is light and quick at roughly one mm. The color is mocha. Carbonation isn't very obvious.

S - A sweet chocolate flavor dominates. There is almost a hint of hops there - a floral note. Certainly has a roasted background.

T - It opens with a flat roasted malt. Has some sour acidity there. Bitterness starts to develop. Finishes with a strong assertive hop flavor. In my opinion, it doesn't match the style. Aftertaste is very bitter.

M - Moderate body - can feel thin at times. Carbonation is obvious and a bit biting. The aggressive hop profile does leave some oily alpha acids on the tongue.

D - Not difficult to wash one of these down. As I approach the end of the bottle I do feel it weighing down my stomach. This may be a "one and done" beer for me.

I always appreciate Otter's intention to try to be differentiated. Just not seeing that this one was true to the American Porter roots.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light nut brown out of the bottle, building into a rich dark brown-nearing-black in the glass. A light creamy head emerges before fading back to a few bits of lacing.

Aroma is roasty, malty, earthy and a bit smoky. Just a touch of subtle hops are there as well, and a hint of old coffee beans. A tad musty and earthy.

Taste is roasted malt all the way. Hints of coffee and chocolate creep in here and there, as well as some of that smoky and earthy flavor detected in the aroma. On the whole, roasted malts and a bit of grain dominate this one. Some day old coffee. There's a fairly present hop finish with some clean neutral bittering verging on herbal and floral. Then a touch of milk chocolate and caramel creep back at the finish. Almost a touch baltic porterish.

Moutfeel is good. Average carbonation and a medium body. Full and drinkable, without anything funky goin' on.

maybe it's the name. Maybe I was predisposed toward expecting something that this brew wasn't. Or maybe it just doesn't quite rub me the right way. It's definitely a decent example of the style, and it does it's job nicely. There's nothing outlandishly bad about it, but there's nothing that really stands out either. I can think of a handful of other solid porters with a rich, slightly smokey flavor... there's nothing really memorable about this one.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut brown with ruby highlights on this clear brew. A less then lofty tan head peeks out but quickly hides back to some thin lacing and light cover. Not a bad looking brew but a little on the thin side for a porter. I would expect a beer that I couldn't see through for a "stovepipe porter."

The smell is mostly roasted malts and again is a little on the thin side. There are hints of chocolate and coffee but they aren't big players in this brew.

Taste is on the wuss side of porters. It has some nice roasted malt flavors but ends up being a little to metallic for my taste. There are some coco and coffee notes but it's very thin and doesn't compete well with the malts.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean, there is a sharp carbonation and a slight bitterness that has a little bite to it. I kind of wish this beer was a little bit bigger then what it is. It's not bad but it isn't much more then middle of the road.

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

A- Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan foamy head.

S- some roasted/ smokey malts, but the hoppiness really stands out.

T- dark roasted coffee well balanced with an earthy hoppiness.

M- smooth and slightly creamy, medium bodied.

D- an excellent well balanced session porter.

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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 64.5% out of 100 with 800 ratings
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