Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

very good
501 Reviews
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: 501 | Ratings: 800
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown in color with a light brown head.
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hops, and alcohol.

Taste shows heavily roasted malt flavors. Well hopped for a porter. Slight coffee and chocolate notes.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid porter.

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

Oooo doggies, I liked this little black liquid meal. Qpaque black with hints of ruby 'round the edges, mediocre beige head that slithered down to a wisp before setting the lace, this is a good looking beer that just misses on appearance. I should have slipped it down a notch but I liked the smoky aroma and the lovely roasty flavors that greeted my lips. Smooth, creamy feel with lots of rich body makes one feel real cozy sipping this brew.

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Photo of inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wouldn't mind a little more smoke in my stovepipe. Pours a deep ruby-edged black under sticky thin beige. Nose of Easter bunny memories and dry reeds. Full roasty, mocha trimmed porter with a pleasant hop bite that clamps on your buds for a spell. Smooth, drinkable, a choice porter. I like!

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Photo of scottum
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good porter, but nothing outstanding. Very dark brown with a a very small head. Nice heavy smoke flavor. But not balanced well enough. Burnt flavors come in and different smokey hues take shape. The hops even taste smoky if that is possible. There is even a smokey aftertaste. I generally like smokey brews, but I think this one goes a touch too far without enough balance to keep the smoke in check.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a pretty big off-white head that dies after a bit to a lace and leaves its trail all over the glass. Delicious chocolate aroma with a blend of nuts and coffee. Also, malty sweetness hits the nose.

Flavor is chocolatey, but I would say that the nuts are in greater proportions. Coffee is in there in a noticable amount to make this a fairly complex porter. Smooth and creamy, the mouthfeel is excellent. It has a medium body which makes it a little thin for a porter, but since the flavor is there, it is not detrimental to the brew.

Once again, Otter Creek has provided me with an interesting beer that is not outstanding, but definitely a brew that will be found in my possesion.

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Photo of shirfan
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an odd beer.

It pours extremely dark brown, yet clear, with a decent tan head.

Smell is sweet and chocolatey with a hint of hops.

After sampling several beers from Otter Creek, I've noticed the same yeast flavor in all of them, and it's starting to bother me to the point that I don't plan on trying others. Not that the beers are bad, I just don't care for that slightly dusty, organic, almost peppery flavor it imparts.

This tastes almost like a pale ale that just used darker malt; it's very well hopped and finishes suprisingly bitter. Malt is roasty and starts a bit sweet, but gets non-descript in the balance of hops and ever-present yeast.

A good beer in all respects, but there are plenty of other dark beers I enjoy more. A non-favorite due to personal preference; if you like the yeast Otter Creek uses, this is worth a try.

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

This beer is a nice dark color and when looking through it, you can see shades of reddish-brown. It had a small tan head that left a decent lacing on the way down. This beer had a burnt aroma and flavor which is fitting considering its name. The smoky burnt flavor goes really well with this beer and it finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Overall a good tasting beer that tastes better with each drink.

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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 HossMcGraw
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a prime example of a great porter. It could stand to be a bit more bitter, but overall it is exceptional. Not too light and not too heavy, the drinkability is wonderful. The flavor is very similar to Shakespeare Stout, but this beer focuses more on the hops than the malty chocolate flavor. It is filling, yet refreshing which is a pretty rare combination. It's definitely become one of my favorites.

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Photo of kelticblood
2.66/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this Ottercreek Stovepipe Porter as part of a Sampler variety pack.It poured a dark solid black with a nice thick foamy white head.It smelled of hops and had a bitterness to it.I was disappointed with the taste,being it didnt really have any.It lacked in my opinion the smokey taste a Porter usually delivers.It was thick and malty but lacked any real distinctive taste.It had great carbonation,but overall it didnt impress me.

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Photo of doerickson
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Aromas of coffee and sweet fruit. Medium carbonation. Tastes of bitter chocolate, slight smokiness, a very vague cherry-like fruitiness, and some coffee and roasted flavors. Not very complex. Tasty but not outstanding.

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Photo of Kwak
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great smokey aroma, kind of sweet but not overwhelming.

Very nice head light tan very sweet to the taste, hung around for a good part of the drink.

The taste was very Smokey a little sweet but not to much kind of like a good BBQ sauce but not syrupy. Also flavors of roasted malts
and a burnt Smokey taste lingerd.a nice warming end flavor stuck with me when it was over can't wait for another!

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great combination of porter and Vermont crafting.

A shade browner than very black with a chunky, sticky, creamy light-tan head that lasts. Slighty smoked and roasted nose with dark chocolate/coffee nose. Slick, rounded roasted malts with a sweetness and chocolate and coffee flavours. Mildy smokey flavours mingle about with a solid hop balance that adds a twinge of bitterness. Wonderfully smooth and rounded medium/full body with a soft carbonation.

Not to roasted, not to sweet, with great balance and body. Drink this one for breakfast (the coffee can wait). Or night time, and any time in between. Enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of Gusler
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour a deep, almost brown light hazed color, massive light tan head, and sheets of lace. Nose is malt, caramel, and light toasted grains, quite sniffable. Start is sweet; top is quite thin, the finish potently hopped, minimally carbonated with a malt and coffee dry aftertaste. A bit on the thin side, wish it had just a tad more body, but a quite drinkable porter, and one well worth a sample.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thin brown head sits on top of this dark ruby brew. An edging is all that is left after a few seconds. Nice rings of lace are left on the glass as I drink. Heavily burnt aroma. Chocolate accents as well. Burnt malt, black coffee, cocoa and bittersweet chocolate all meld together beautifully to give this porter one outstanding taste. It almost assaults the taste buds in a way similar to a good Imperial Stout. This porter also has some good hop contributions: bitterness and a slightly citric twang, ever so minute. The bitterness lingers and is very nice. The citric twang is reminiscent of cascades, centennials or some other NW hop variety. The body of this beer is closer to medium than full. Overall this is one enjoyable porter.

Thanks again to pbrian. You've really set me up with some great tasting, unique brews (and I've still got 2 left from you).

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a light tan head that left some lace. It had an aroma of burnt coffee and chocolate. The flavoer was of coffee and chocolate. The body was light than some other porters I have had. This is not a bad porter, and worth checking out, but certainly not near the top for this style.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Totally weird porter...Pours a dark brown in color, with reddish tint. The head is tan, which leaves a nice sheet of lace. The thing with this brew that is surprising, is the citrus hop character in the aroma and on the palate. The citrus hop takes front seat in the aroma, slight chocolate malt notes in the background. The same on the palate I taste more citrus hops then anything else, slight chocolate hints and thatÂ’s it, gives off a slight bitterness/tartness in the finish. ...not really what I was expecting, but interesting none-the-less.

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

Very dark brown, tan head. Coffee and ~vanilla~ on the nose, quite pleasant. A mix of (light) coffee, cooking chocolate, malts, and (very light) milk. I find the mixture quite nice. Very slight bitterness. Just thick enough and smooth finish.

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Photo of aracauna
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, but not the best example of a Porter, perhaps. It's a bit on the light side for coloring in a Porter, but has nice roasty, chocolately flavors and a surprisingly strong citrus hopping that took it from just being average to being pretty good. I've also got a food pairing here. This beer goes extremely well with Lays KC Masterpiece Barbecue Potato Chips. The flavors of the two seem to complement each other perfectly. Yeah, it seems weird, but it's true.

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Photo of Murph
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark browish amber with a creamy tan head. The smell has hops, roasted malt bitterness, and some chocolate?. This beer is loaded with flavor. It starts with roasted malt bitterness but then the bitterness changes to the hops which make themselves known very well. There is also som sweetness that I can't quite pick out. Maybe bittersweet chocolate but I am not sure. The Moutfeel is creamy and clean and the brew is very drinkable. This is definitely going to merit being bought again by me. A very nice porter.

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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 Thrasher
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light-colored for a porter. Terrific aroma, nice hoppy palate. Refreshing rather than smooth, with smoky burnt flavor and the hops give it a nice kick in the distinctly American way. Otter Creek beers are always lively and, though the porter style is not always known for its boldness, this is no exception.

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Photo of pbrian
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There are a ton of flavors going on in this brew. Nice fresh hops flavors greet you at the door, roasted malts take you around and the trademark Otter Creek yeast bite says hello now and again. Take away the Otter Creekness and you have something very similar to Sierra Nevade Porter. A great beer.

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Photo of John
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very tasty porter. Probably the hoppiest porter I've had. One might argue that the hoppiness takes away from the traditional characteristics of a porter. A touch thin on the palate.

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Photo of hbis2gut
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With the exception of some Scandinavian porters I have had,
Synbrychoff, etc..)
Vermont easily comes in second place for best Porters. Both Otter Creek and
Catamount brew porters the way I believe they should be.

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