Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

very good
800 Ratings
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 gentlebubbles
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Utter black with a dense tan head. Sweet smell like chocolate. The smoky, roasty malt has strong tones of coffe and chocolate in it. Just a bit of sourness in the finish. Full bodied. Damn good, a great companion for chocolate mousse. I'm keeping an eye open for this one.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a nice white head. Couldn't smell much at all. Got a whiff of malts and maybe some coffee but nothing that jumps out at you. Pretty bland tasting. I think the carbonation was a little overpowering. I tasted malts and roasted coffee. I guess it tasted like carbonated hazelnut coffee. It was easy drinking so I give it credit for that. Overall, a below average porter. I haven't had much luck with the Otter Creek line.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one of those beers that is so black when you pour it that you almost fear it. The head rises low to the body of the beer with minimal lacing.

There is a caramel aroma and a noticable malt influence happening. The two aren't competing smells though; very balanced.

Taste is surprisingly dry offering a big bitter tongue that sort of breathes vapors of sweet malts into the mouth. An interesting taste - good sip after sip.

The body is a little thin for a porter, giving it the quality of a small brewery that is trying not to specialize and wants a dark beer on the menu.

That being said, this beer is highly drinkable - you can enjoy putting down several of these in a session. But it really doesn't offer a "porter" experience if you are looking for a slow drinking single beer for a cold night.

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

Deep amber, bordering on a light shoe brown in color, with a thin, off-white head. Some roasted malts, perhaps some oatmeal noted on the nose. Dark roasted malts, very rich in flavor and pleasantly creamy. A decent hop bite, which adds a great quality to this beverage. Some caramel and toasty offerings in the body. Medium bodied, full flavored. The hops seem a little more noticeable as she warms. Simple to drink, a near text-book porter, very well done, looking forward to more from the Otter Creek line.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a lightly tan head about a half inch in depth. Lacing is very slight, but the head lasts in some form for a majority of the session.

Aroma: Strong coffee and chocolate tones. Slight herbal hoppiness to it as well.

Taste: Chocolate is predominant with a hint of coffee. Some munich-like maltiness also present, but not as much as some other porters I have sampled so far--making it a nice addition instead of an oktoberfest-like distraction.

Mouthfeel: Good, medium-bodied brew. Slight creaminess also present enhances the style.

Drinkability: Alcohol not overpowering (well, it isn't high at all), and not so thick that you can't sit down and have a few more.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering from Otter Creek. This brew is a beautiful dark amber color, almost black, with a deep tan head that has fair retention. The smell was very coffee like, with small hints of chocolate, but also had some strong roasted maltiness to it. The taste was similar to the smell, but had a little more in the area of coffee. The bottle said that there was some aromas of herbal stuff, but I didn't really catch any. Overall a nice brew, not the best, but still quite drinkable.

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

Creamy deep tannish head, clear light brownish red liquid. Nutty, coffeeish nose. Flavors of light chocolate and weak coffee wash over the palate. Some malty body appears too. Hops blend perfectly with the coffee notes making or a very poundable beer. Finishes up roasty/dry and delicious. I reccomend this one whole-heartedly!

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Photo of ngandhi
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cold cup of coffee. Well, more than that, really, but first impressions go a long way. Stovepipe fools you into criticizing it: "Nay, young BA. Taste this swill and smote me. But know that I test thine patience and, for those who have none, may ye be smitten as well!"

It's a developing brew that, with a little more body, could be special. I might just be jaded, however, by all the imperials I've been drinking of late.

The coffee is touched with chocolate -- those little British chocolate eggs covered in a thin candy shell, like M&Ms, but not exactly.

Good roast character without any malty bite that truly defines this as a porter instead of oh so many examples that are really stouts. It's chocolately, very liquid, and easy drinking with a hop character (never bitter) that adds as much flavor as the malts do.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of tar
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, although a bit of a reddish color comes through in the light. A very thin, light tan, head tops off the beer initially, but diminishes rather quickly to nothing more than a skim of bubbles. A great smelling beer. A nice strong chocolate malt aroma can be detected without even drawing up the glass. The taste is somewhat less impressive. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present, although they seem mild compared to the aroma. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Relatively smooth and easy drinking. This is a beer I often see, but have only recently tried, and while it wasn't overly impressive, I think I will make an effort to have it again.

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Photo of mschofield
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/black with red highlights, two finger creamy light-tan head, leaves rings of lacing w minor webbing connecting the rings.
Herbal and roasted malt nose, earthy, very roasted in overall character.
A bit acrid taste, very earthy, full of roasted malt, anise, coffee, dark caramels, and a bit of dark fruit (burnt cherry or raisin), very "dark" in the aroma and taste.
Full bodied, good bitterness from the earthy and herbal hops. An interesting earthy porter and another winner from Wolavers/Otter Creek

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at RFD's, cellarish temp.

Appearance: Cloudy brown liquid topped by a frothy tannish head. A film of bubbles was left as the glass was quaffed. Thick sheets of lacing were left, though the first few sips left something that was more akin to slime in appearance.

Smell: Sulfury and almost swampy hops, chocolate, toffee and bready malt aromas.

Taste: Toasted bready malts dominate the mouth, mild British bittering hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's got that "cask" mouthfeel. Kinda light, almost watery. Vaguely refreshing.

Drinkability: The swampy aromas are a titch offputting, but the taste is nice. Decent session beer.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep black, with a ruby color when held up to the light. A very good, thick head, but not as long lasting as I would have liked. Smells of hops and some sort of fruit - melon perhaps? Taste is a little disappointing. It has good hops and carbonation with a dry aftertaste, but also has a slight sourness I'm not very fond of. I found this sourness in their Copper Ale as well, so perhaps it is from the yeast they use? Not a bad beer, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of david23
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this Porter from the bottle so when they put the cask on at The Old Toad and the owner asked if like to have a pint with him, how could I say no? Smooth luxiurious head and an aroma that is blended with smokiness and malt. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and just feels good!
Roasted coffe and caramel flavors but not overpowering. This one just gets better with each sip! Probably the most enjoyable Porter I've ever had.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown twist cap. Bottling date printed on back label.

Dark chestnut brown with lumnous ruby tinted highlights. Topped by one finger of dense tan foam.

Chocolate, hints of coffee, along with some interesting herbal notes.

Coffee, chocolate, dark malt, some hints of fruit. Finishes off dry with some herbal hop qualities, along with some vegtable flavours. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Monty's Crown. Poured adark ruby red colour with a thick tan head. This was a great example of an American porter. It has a wnderfully smoky taste with hints of coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. One of the top ten porters in my book. I think having it on cask made it better than I could have imagined it being.

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Photo of Skidz
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Back of Label: Bottled on 09/02/03 Batch#1413

Pours out brown, and looks like a dark, smoky brown with a small, light tan head that is gone before you can take the time to admire it, and after that, there's nothing left of it. Maybe a millimeter's worth around the edge, but that's it, nothing else. Lots of crimson showing through all around.

Smells of roasted malts and raisins, with tiny bits of chocolate and vanilla showing through. (Very similar to the Sammy Smith Taddy Porter). Also fair to note is a bit of creaminess that sits behind all the major tones this brew shows.

Starts out with some light chocolates and coffee which really dominate this beer. Quite sweet at first taste, but evens out into a nice, strong bitterness that really gets under your tongue. The flavors aren't very complex. There isn't much to this porter, but it sure tastes good.

Nice, smooth mouth with excellent carbonation that compliments the whole experience. Moves very well around the mouth and can easily be drunk for any period of time. A good porter, but not outstanding. I definately reccomend serving this chilled to around 45-55 degrees F where the flavors come out much stronger than at cold temperatures. A pair of these would be nice on a snowy winter day, but not much more than that.

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Photo of travolta
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.
Apperance: No head, or head retention. Black in color, but reddish brown in the light.

Nose: Sweet carmel, Coffee, Brandy.

Taste: Sweet at first, toffee, and roasted coffe. i didnt get much flavor out of this one.

Notes: I enjoyed drinking this, but as I said i didnt get much flavor, it was a simple dark beer. i hate that.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deppe, thick maron color with black highlights. Minimal head but small patches of gooey lace form on the glass and slide off quickly.
Aroam of brown sugar, honey ?, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley and hint of bread.
Flavor is wonderful thck coffee and a mild chocolate hit followed by a powerful bitter finish. Excellent transition and great balance.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy upfront, finishes just a tad thin no real issue.
Drinkability is superior, give me a 12-pack and a couch and I'll be a happy man.
Thanks to Pbrian for this beauty. Xaipe Bro.

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

It pours a dark mahogany with a medium-sized beige head and a fair amount of sticky lace.
A smoky smell permeates the air upon first pouring. A dry malty smell begins to develop and sticks around for a while. A light citrusy aroma is noticed early, but it fades rather quickly.
The malt is toasty and smoky. A light sweetness does very little to counter the strong smokiness (not that itÂ’s a bad thing). Strong coffee and a mild dark chocolate taste
A tea-like bitterness, along with an edgy citrus taste provides a dry sharpness. The taste is raw and wild.

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Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark black with ruby hints and a nice tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, burnt malts, and a herbal aroma. The taste is of a roasted/burnt malts and a slight taste of chocolate. Nice nutty flavor with a thick body and great creamy aftertaste. This beer goes down very well. Another beer well done by Ottercreek.

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

Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy tan head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, roasty chocolaty malty aroma. Roasted malty mild coffee flavors, nice dry burnt and smokey bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a full and smooth mouthfeel, I really like this porter.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Blackish-brown with a tan head. The head left some lacing up top and then seemed to wholly stick to the side of the glass the rest of the way down.

Smell: There is a very interesting and unusual hop aroma. Other than that, malty coffee and vanilla.

Taste: A substantial vanilla flavor upfront and in the aftertaste. Hints of coffee. The hops are kind of in the background but fairly obvious. Something is going on that makes for a satisfying hop profile with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Not very pleasant on my tongue but a nice consistency.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy. The vanilla flavor is subtle but it might get to be too much after a while.

Beef Notes: The Otter Creek lineup seems to be solid but not overly impressive. This is another example. I would gladly drink it again but I wouldn't buy it.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brew with a nice creamy tan head, could have better retention but the lace is impressive.
Smell is spice, strong roasted grain and coffee scents and maybe some hint of bread and herbs.
Hoppy roasted coffee and grain, some smokyness and a good lingering hop aftertaste. Some very faint chocolate and caramel flavors.
heavy good body, very full and smoth mouthfeel.
Definitely high drinkability, very good brew with a strong presence about it.


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

The beer is very dark brown, if not black, shining a limpid red through light. A thin ivory head sits on top, keeping steady almost until the end, where it diminishes to a fat ring around the glass.
The aroma is a very pleasant coffee roastiness, with a bit of burnt toffee and some smooth, unassuming herbal hops. A touch of plum fruitiness enhances the malt, with a suggestion of cherry.
The flavor is very, very pleasant. Rich coffee maltiness up front, changing into a baker's chocolate bittersweetness. Slightly grainy, with a definite chocolate malt presence. Some faint plum esters come through in the middle, lending a mild sweetness to the burnt maltiness. The flavor thins out a little in the end, with some mild herbal hopping adding a touch of bitterness. Dryish and grainy in the end, with a lingering herbal hop and coffee ground aftertaste sticking around for ages. Light to medium bodied with middling, nondescript carbonation. A grainy, somewhat powdery mouthfeel, but not at all unpleasant.
This is easily my favorite beer from Otter Creek. I don't care much for their lighter colored styles, but they do a great job with this one. A solid porter by any standard. I don't care for the bottles as much, but I've ordered draught pints of this many a time.

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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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