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 Dewey0603
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a jet black with a large tan two finger head. The smell has a some roasted malt,but it's pretty weak. The taste has alot of coffee and roasted malt. This is better tasting than I expected. The m/f is medium and the flavors are well balanced. Overall,this is a good porter from a brewer who's beers are better than I expected.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek- Stovepipe Porter

Appearance- the usual dark brwon almost black, very little to no head. More of a creamy tan ring around the edges.
Smell- Light roasted coffee beans, very light.
Taste- creamy coffee lighty sweetened with sugar.
Mouthfeel- incrediblely smooth with a warming effect.

Overall- a pleasure to drink. Very good Porter here.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a simple, classic style porter, with little futzing around. It's kind of refreshing to see, in a way. This beer pours a deep brown, bordering on black, with some mahogany showing around the edges. Nice head with lacing, too. The nose is simple roasted malt -- lots of bitter, burnt chocolate. The flavor is quite dry, with a nice hop character (a substantial amount of hops, given that this is an American porter). The predominant feeling this beer conveys is bitterness. Very nice. Mouthfeel is above average -- medium bodied and not watery. This porter is highly drinkable. It's a simple beer, but one that's fun and interesting nonetheless. Each sip elicits a desire for another sip. A very good beer.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

for some reason in my mind I had this beer mixed up with Butte Creek Organic Porter. Probably because of the creek in the name or something. Finally grabbed this one today. This beer is great, much better than the Butte Creek Porter. Silly me.
appearance: pretty light for a porter. Without holding it to the light it's still looks a dark red rather than black. Still, just within range for style though. The head is fab on this one, and there some nice lacing

smell: roasted coffee, chocolate. The hops sort of bring the smell's out a bit, it's nice. These smell like earthy english style hops.

Taste: simple porter. This is a good pick for a brainless porter, that is still very good. The hops are felt, but not really seen. The roasted coffee and chocolate are the main players here. I like how this beer isn't too sweet. I'm enjoying this beer much more than the Stone Smoked Porter I had last nite, for what's it worth.

mouthfeel: best described as "chewy". It's quite a light mouthfeel but it works great with the flavor

drinkability: sky high, this is a solid session porter. Ok, I won't lie I drank this whole 6 pack in one evening. I can't believe I never got this beer before. A good choice for going out to a party. Oh by the way the bottle date is 2/10/04 making this beer two years old. I wonder if it is just as good or even better fresh?

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Photo of akahn
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a just-about-black reddish brown with a sticky beige head, which collapses to a bubbly collar. Full sheets of lace are left behind.

Pleasant aroma of dark, roasted barley and chocolate.

The malt flavor of this beer is a little bit thin and a little bit plain, but this is made up for by a strikingly strong earthy hop bitterness in the finish that is complemented by some residual sweetness, leaving the mouth coated but also dry. Strong, constant carbonation, despite a vigorous pour, also supports this beer, making it's medium body a bit lighter and cutting some of its sweetness. As it warms up, some subtle sweet chocolate notes emerge in flavor and aroma... definitely let this beer warm up.

Conclusion: this is an excellent beer. Balanced, interesting, drinkable. Easily the best porter of the handful I've had, and the best I've had from Otter Creek. Definitely check this one out.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle serving. Bottled 10/05/05.

Deep, dark brown body with ruby highlights. 1 solid finger of off-white/tan head. Clings to the sides of the glass pretty well, but leaves only mild lacing.

Nose is sour malt and nutty.

Flavor is slightly metallic roasted malt, sour and nutty. Some presence of coffee/chocolate, but mostly smoky and slightly bitter. The bitterness does seem to be from hops, so I consider it to be a good thing.

Mouthfeel is medium, but very highly carbonated. Could be thicker and richer.

Drinkability is OK. I enjoyed this one, along with the rest of the sixer, but there are other porters that I enjoy more.

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

Clear garnet-brown with solid yet undulating beige foam cap. Roasty caramel malt aroma with floral hop and chocolate notes. Medium body, smooth-as-silk mouthfeel. Robust dark malts abound, spiked by earthy floral hop flavor. As the beer warms, a slight chocolate sweetness emerges but never comes through too strongly -- a good thing, as I like the bitterness of the hop bill in this one. A sturdy, well-made porter. Very easy to drink. Will buy again!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was part of a sampler that also had their copper ale and pale ale; a good way to be introduced to Otter Creek. This beer was the star of the group. It was a very dark brown, almost black, with a small head that quickly disappeared. It had a nice roasted malt odor, and a malt/chocolate taste. There was a little hoppiness, but not much. Good mouthfeel, not too sweet and not too heavy. Very drinkable.

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

Appeared opaque and very dark in my pint glass. Soft head that dissipated quickly and left behind little evidence of its existence. Aromas of chocolate, butter, and roasted malt seem to come out, but nothing extraordinary or different than other beers in the is style. However, the different aromas did blend together nicely. The taste was smooth with a moderate level of hops that adds texture and bite to the brew without making its drinkability suffer nor its roasted flavors from dominating. Excellent drinkability due to its smoothness without being too filling or overly flavorful. Coats my tongue nicely and leaves sweet flavors in my throat.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Very dark, opaque, even when held to a light. Plenty of tan fine bubble head. Some lacing on the sides of the glass

s - Unremarkable, chocolate malt

t - Taste is dark, roasted barley with chocolate, coffee overtones. I am drinking this beer while eating asiago cheese which is a rather strong cheese. The taste of the Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter stands up very well to strong cheese.

m - Good mouthfeel not as visous as other porters but the carbonation does good job of clearing the pallette making it an excellent compliment to strong cheese.

d - Very drinkable, a good paring with robust foods. The flavor stands up well and though this porter can be enjoyed on it's own it is at it's best as a complimented by flavorful food.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a beautiful shade of reddish brown with a tan head

Smell: roasted malt aroma got me ready for the coffee taste to come

Taste: rich coffee taste, starts sweet and finishes w/ a nice bitterness

Mouthfeel: Again a bitter finish, but preceded by a smooth journey on the palate, nothing too exciting

Drinkability: I found this easy and fun to drink, tasty, with the slight finishing hops keeping me drinking

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Photo of akajimmyd
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark, dark brown. Beige head, large at first, dissipates rather quickly.

Smell – Dark malty aroma.

Taste – Smoky and roasted malt flavors. Smallest hint of coffee. Slight hop on the finish (I could have used a bit more.)

Mouthfeel - Not the thickest in the style. Bitter finish.

Drinkability/Notes – Just a nice porter. Sessionable and easy to drink. Label says its certified organic, if that’s your thing. (“bottled on” dating)

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Photo of Enola
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid brew from my wife's homestate. The color is a very deep red. The beer had a medium sized tan head. The smell is somewhat like brown sugar. The taste is great. It is well balanced between being malty and hoppy. The mouthfeel gets a bit of a lower score due to a small bit of bite in the end. However, I could drink these all night and have on occasion done just that. A good beer from a good brewery. I always look forward to Otter Creek beers.

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Photo of DrJay
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
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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Photo of Dithyramb
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, served in a pint glass at Frisco's in Columbia. Looks dark brown, but it lets in a lot of light with a good deal of red highlights. Had some good lacing, but the head was pretty rocky and not as solid as one would expect
Aroma is full of malt, lots of caramel with some smoke tossed in.

Very nice tasting medium bodied beer, one that would be excellent as a session brew. Roasted malts run the show, with a bunch of caramel and milk chocolatey goodness. There is also a nice hint of smoke washing around that gives it a tinge of complexity that a lot of porters are missing. Hops come through on the back end to remind you that they are there.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass, this is a dark opaque brown with just a slight hint of red on the bottom, small head with no real retention, little lacing. Smell is slightly hoppy over a roasty malt, with a hint of smoke. Taste is a nice bitter roast with some milk chocolate notes and a slight underlying smokiness, all ending with a medium sized bite of hops. Medium bodied with a slightly oily feel. Overall this is a pretty solid porter, tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee brown with ruby highlights and a foamy tan head that persists and leaves shards of lace

Smell: A nice roasty nose with some unsweetened chocolate and a touch of hops

Taste: Starts out with a nice roasty flavor that builds throughout but provides a very nice bitter balsa wood complement once the hops kick in; there is an interesting herbal element in there, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very well-balanced with an intriguing herbal roastiness that I find really pleasing

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., batch 1672. Pours a deep reddish brown - not quite black - with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells of green/citric/herbal hops and dark malts (raisins?). It has a medium body with a bitterness that coats fairly nicely. It tastes like black/burnt malts that contribute their own bitterness, green/herbal (minty?) hops, coffee, a perhaps notes of smoke, anise, and raisins. Pretty good but the bitterness may be a bit too high for some of the other flavors to come through.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 horndecker
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark reddish-brown, not quite black. Has a small to middling head but leaves a bit of lace. Nothing fancy.

Smells of rather bright hops, wasn't expecting that, along with tar, touch of soy, cocoa and espresso as well. Flinty, with some dark fruit lurking well in the back.

Taste hits bitter with a mineral wash, very bright on the tongue, grain and malt flavors quickly surface. These slide away to ghosts of cocoa powder and iced coffee.Aftertaste is slightly bitter and herbal.

It's light to medium body and pronounced hops make it more refreshing than expected. Very drinkable, nicely put together, but much of what's there is muted. I'd certainly drink it again, but there are others I'd drink first.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a loose off-white head that rises and falls fairly slowly. This brew is not quite black, but real, real dark brown, with just a hint of ruby showing through. The delicate aroma suggests dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of burnt toast. The body is a bit and the carbonation a touch fizzy, but tasty chocoate and coffee flavors are quite evident. Roasted grains show up towards the finish, which is rather tart and and with some grainy, hoppy bitterness that seems to stick in back of the mouth. A little pricey at $8.49 a six-pack, but I'd probably drink the beer again.

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Photo of Matthew
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a very dark brown with an almost copperish type color in the light. Nice fluffy white head with only the slightest bit of off whiteness in it.
Smells of roasted malt and has a very smokey aroma
Very smooth. Nice smokey flavor that matches well with the lightly roasted malt character that follows. There is a hint of a hoppy bite on its way down but is very subtle.
Mouthfeel is thin, not sticky like some other porters I've had but not in a bad way.
This is a very drinkable beer and is tastey as well. Nice example of a all around good porter.

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Photo of riversider76
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice tan head, that went into a average lace. Smell was of roasted malt, and was inviting.Mouthfeel is light,and flat no carbination. This beer was light,but flavorfull. You could easily down quite a few of these. My Favorite of the Otter Creek products I've tried to date.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good porter to drink on a cold winters day by the fire. Pours black, but not jet black--has tints of red when held up to the light. Head stays hight throught the drink and leaves good lace. Smells of chocolatey and roasty malt with tastes of the same coupled with a coffee flavor. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Could drink a bunch of these on a nice cold sunday while watching some football.

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

A black beer awaits me in my goblet. It has a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is of dark malts, chocolate, with a slight tinniness in the background. The taste on this is basically the quintessential porter. Sierra Nevada Porter and this are very similar and I look at both as nice solid examples of the style. The taste is dark malt and chocolate, the same as the aroma, there are no surprises. The roasted malt bitterness of a stout is absent. I detect a metallic element in the aftertaste when it is served too cool. The mouthfeel is on the the thin side. If you're a fan of porters, the drinkability is great.

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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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