Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

very good
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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: 501 | Ratings: 800
Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew many times but just noticed I've never reviewed it. Currently having it at the Copper Mine Pub.

Appearance: Pours black with a 1 finger khaki crown that displays some retention and good lace.

Smell: Nice lightly burnt roast / charred wood presence. One dimensional but pleasing.

Taste: Same as the nose but with a light sweetness at the end. Reminds me of coffee with a dash of cream.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Lacks any sign of "heft" but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for a low abv porter.

Drinkability: Goes down incredibly easily. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of my most trusty porters. pours coal black with an average tan head. a patient beer, smells like a woodstove no doubt, also coffee, caramel, hickory, and earth. taste is really complex for a porter, and bold as can be. espresso and smokey wood dominate, bitter hops in the finish a bit. it my opinion this is one of the best porters going. great to cook with in maranades, braised short ribs, chili, anything. otter creek's best beer

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

I had a bottle last night and then again right now and my impressions were about the same.

A= very dark mahogany, minimal head, modest rimming after it settles.

S= not much nose that I can find-- lightweight. Burnt molasses, a little chocolate, and then moderate IPA hops floral notes plus a little laundry starch after it sits or gets slurped for 5 minutes.

T= dry dark malts, even a slight burnt taste, balanced hops although bordering on a brown IPA during the first few gulps. Slight caramel in the finish although a bit dry and chewy.

M= sour, dry, astringent, some lingering hops florals.

O= interesting but I'm not all that impressed, too many better Porters out there. This is more like a brown IPA in my opinion, not bad but...

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 16, 2011

A: Dark reddish brown, clear, nice head with lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate and vanilla.

T: Milk chocolate and vanilla with some smoke and earthy hops on the finish. The flavor is a bit tame but well balanced.

M: Slightly thin for the style and fairly heavily carbonated.

O: Very drinkable and surprisingly tasty for the low abv. This is something to keep in the fridge regularly as a session beer.

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

I enjoyed this at O'reilly's served in a pint.

The color is deep brown with a thick tan head with a very tight bead that places subtle lace on the inside of the glass. This porter has a big roastiness, very nutty with a slight bitter almond and light sweet caramel nose with slight yeasty tinge. The feel gives a nice mild malt with overall pretty dry texture with moderately high roast level and very yeasty toasty kind of finish.

This porter's flavor is very coffee-like with lightly nutty toasted elements and slight yeast flavor which gives a mild creamy tinge which helps balance the char. The high roast in the tastes supersedes the caramel malt and any hop flavor that is present which tends to increase into the finish. Overall a porter that is good for the amount of flavor it provides at such a relatively low abv. The slight bitter edge of the malt is dominant and yet it is still quaffable. I would say this falls somewhere in the middle of the pack for me as far as the style goes.

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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 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 barleyroad
2.36/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown in appearance. This beer has a strong coffee smell. The mouthfeel is less desirable, leaves a bitter taste, not a desireable result. The coffee takes over with this porter. We here at barley road have had better. Average to best. The taste is very strong with coffee. If you like your porter in this style you will not be disappointed. Overall this is a drinkable beer if you know what you are in for. Enjoy.

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Photo of micmillon18
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

A - Pours a deep black with some slight mahogany tones where light attempts to shine through. Big tan and chunky head sits atop the beer with tons of lacing around the glass.

S - Toffee, caramel, faint bitter chocolate smells, with burnt maltiness. Very full aroma.

T - Burnt malty flavors give way to sweet and bitter chocolates ending with a slightly smokey aftertaste. Quite exceptional in its layering. Finishes semi dry.

M - Excellent carbonation, light to medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel.

O - A delicious porter and a sessionable one at that. Despite a lower abv, it packs quite a bit of tastiness and though a darker ale, it's not so full bodied to make your buttons burst.

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

Part of an Otter Creek sampler case.

Poured jet black into a glass, with nice thick head which persisted. Looked wicked good.

Smell was roasted, with some chocately edges

Taste was very good, somewhat thick, with a slightly burnt edge around the tongue.

Mouthful was smooth

Really enjoyed this one, Can see getting it again. Looking forward to the other 4 in the case (Sadly, one was destroyed when I dropped half of the case. A moment of silence, please)

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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 nhindian
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Bottle generously provided by CharlieMurphy as an extra, thanks man!

A - Pours an oily black color, before setting in on a dark, rustic brown around the edges. Completely opaque besides when I take a sip, when I can peer into the thinner parts and can see some slight carbonation. Only about a half-finger of head on this beer, with okay retention. Lacing is sporadic at best.

S - Most of the nose consists of a rich, roasted espresso smell that permeates the entire length of the aroma. A noticeable smokiness is also present, and smells strangely like cigarillos and tobacco leaf. A slight spiciness rounds out the rest of the nose.

T - While the nose seems a bit disjointed at times, the taste does an adequate job of unifying most of the notes. It starts with the same roast as in the nose, but the tobacco and spicy hops join it soon after to create a more harmonious character. Still getting a cigar flavor here as well. About halfway through the taste, the flavors conspicuously drop out for a moment, leaving a watery feeling and taste before transitioning into the finish, which is spicy and smoky.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with relatively low carbonation. Probably the worst part of this beer, Stovepipe Porter doesn't exactly feel great on the palate, at times being too thin and imparting a watery feel. The lack of substantial carbonation makes it feel lifeless at times.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I have to see, this beer grew on me throughout the bottle. I'm glad I refrained from writing it off completely, as it allowed me to really dig into the nuances as it warmed. Still, the mouthfeel is a big problem in an otherwise solid beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 5/4/11

Appearance: Dark, dark brown, nearly black - not much of a head, decent lacing

Smell: Not particularly interesting, but good - burnt, chocolate malts - kind of herbal, grassy - not exactly robust

Taste: Nicely simple - chocolate malts with an undertone of cooked malts - burnt, somewhat roasted - nicely bitter - hops are herbal/grassy - not complex, but solid

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium bodied, a little thin but also a bit creamy - good, not great

Overall: A good porter, but not very exciting

There are a lot of good things about this beer. Unfortunately, it is mostly boring. It is worth a try, but there are better porters out there (especially in New England).

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Photo of musicforairports
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty much black in color, small head and minor lasting lacing.

Smells is roasty, full of chocolate and smooth roasted malt.

Taste is smooth, chocolate, some nuttiness and coffee, faint bitterness from the roasted character. Not very robust, but not watery either.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and reasonably light for the style.

All things considered, this is a good, flavorful porter for being under 4.5 percent ABV. The feel is a bit light and the flavor could be amped up, but what's here is really quite drinkable and a good find in their mix 12-pack.

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

On tap in a shaker pint. Mahogany highlights along the edges of this brew. An oily sheen atop the finger of tan head. Splotchy lacing is left in the top inch or so of the glass.

Solid porter nose- the expected roast and cocoa- does little justice to the intensity of the flavor. No small amount of bitterness and sharp burnt malt come pretty close to thrashing the palate. Just a hint of chocolate in the swallow, then a bone-dry lenghty roasted finish. Active carbonation seems to enhance the power of the roast and hops. Not exactly a smooth drinker, but very tasty.

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

The coloration is almost black, thick head that didn't last long. Full bodied and rich with roasted malt hoppy combination with a subtle slightly lavender or herbal scent.

Even though it is from Vermont, you should kick back and listen to "Sweet Home Alabama" while drinking this one!

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

Smells dark and thick, reminiscent of fresh-from-the-oven multigrain bread smothered with molasses.

On the tongue, there's an immediate shock of smoky, roasted malts that only gets stronger the longer the brew sits on the tongue. Dark sugars, caramels, toasted pecans, and toffees are heavily present in the first few seconds, as well as almost-burnt chocolate malts and a marbled rye bread-like flavor that I found quite irresistible. The chocolate malt notes increase in tone and quality throughout the mouthful, and almost entirely dominate the aftertaste, leaving a lovely tobacco-like burnt grain flavor that lingers for quite some time. Hops--as is to be expected with porters--are extremely light, providing only the merest shade of background bitterness. The beer is slightly viscous and medium-light on carbonation, so coats the back of the throat readily, adding to the lasting effects of the flavors.

Overall, this is a fantastic porter, and offers almost anything a fan of the style could want.

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

Bottle was one of four beers included in the Otter Creek Variety Case.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass

A - Pours a deep brown, almost black color. Totally opaque. A one finger mocha colored head on the initial pour that fades to a thin, light brown skim on top of the beer. A decent lacing on the glass.

S - A smokey, slightly sour smell.

T - A really good beer. The initial taste is of smoke, reminds me of a mild tasting rauchbier. There is also a mix of burnt malts, coffee and a mild sweetness. A slightly sour aftertaste. Very tasty indeed. The alcohol is not noticeable even after warming up a bit.

M - A thinnish consistancy. Not a heavy beer at all.

O - I enjoyed this beer. This variety case was an "unknown" buy on my part. I was simply looking for something new to try. This beer is one of the better beers in the case so far. I'm looking forward to reviewing the remaining beers.


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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights with a two fingers head. Pleanty of retention which lends to the mouthfeel, moderate lacing throughout.

S-Dark fruits, coffee and ash with a slight chocolate tone.

T-chocolate and ash with a heaping dose of dark fruits.

M- medium bodied and intensley creamy giving it an extremely pleasant mouthfeel.

D- This beer drinks big without having an extremely high abv. very satisfying.


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Photo of MrOH
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

REALLY dark reddish brown, light comes through the edges. Single finger tan head, drippy rings of lace.

Raisins, cocoa, plum, caramel, toast in the nose, lots of dark fruit.

Good amount of dark fruit, strange roast flavor, kinda thin but round at the same time.

Nice and full-bodied, low carbonation.

Goes down pretty easy, but the ashy, sharp roast flavor just doesn't sit well with me.

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

12oz bottle. Pours a black color with brownish ruby hues. No head. No lacing. Aroma is earthy with some malts, smoke, chocolate and maybe a bit of hops. Taste has some smokiness to it upfront. Roasted malts and earthy tasting. Maybe a hint of burnt coffee. Creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink. Overall, a solid Porter worth getting in a mix 12 pack or on its own.

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

12 oz bottle with lot number.

appears almost black, just a bit of brown color in the edges. 1/2" cream colored head, good retention. aroma is roasty, with a bit of smoke.

taste is dominated by roasted malt flavor, some coffee, and some acidity. lower carbonation, pretty smooth. overall, a tasty, solid porter.

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