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 DrinkingDrake
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this with a nice steak and was very satisfied. Poured out a pitch black and with about a half inch of head that dissipated quickly to leave almost nothing behind. The nose was descent with hints of roasted barley, some black patent and some coffee tossed in. Taste was a lot better than expected. A smooth combination of the roasted barley and other dark malts with a solid amount of earthy hop bitterness to back it up(right up front but fades but finishes strong). The body had a thickness that was balanced well between the dark textures of the roasted/black malts, sweet creamy burnt caramel/coffee middle and the sharp bite from the hops. This has always been a confident 6-pack buy for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wasn't too bad. The beer was given to me from a friend and I gladly accepted because I'd never had it before. The pour was a deep brown that only shows up as black once it's in the glass. The head was durable and tan. The smell was rich and roasted much like coffee but more burnt smelling. The taste was very burnt, surprising how much of that bitter burnt toast was in there. Very interesting taste. The mouthfeel was pretty light so you can have more than one of these in a sitting without filling up too much. Good stuff!

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Photo of DoctorDog
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Deep brown with ruby highlights. 1+ finger of light brown head, which fades to a thin, oily cap.

S- Earthy hop note upon pouring that fades quickly. Roasted malts, and a slightly acrid hint of coffee.

T- Some roasty maltiness and stale coffee with a bit of an astringent acrid twang. Otherwise, fairly bland. Not really working.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Quite a bit too light on feel....fairly watery. Definitely detracts.

O- Meh. Looked and smelled ok, but weak body and an insipid flavor profile make this one a failure in my book.

Future outlook: I don't foresee any effort towards getting more of this.

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

This is my first beer in five days. I had a chest cold and I wanted to focus more on drinking water to get rid of my cold. I usually like to analyze the beer before the first sip but I had to get the beer taste immediately after the pour since I missed it so much.

Dark ruby, very bubbly and a nice light creamy brown head. Not so much of the way of lacing but not a bad looking beer.

Caramel, hazelnut and some coffee. Pretty nice aromas coming through even with my nose being slightly stuffed.

Burnt Coffee, chocalate, caramel all in the beginning and then just enough bitterness at the end to make this an above average tasting brew.

Light to medium body. Kind of falls flat for a porter. Leaves the lips a little sticky. Average at best with the feel in the mouth.

Overall this is not a bad Porter. It's easy to drink, the body is average and it has a decent taste. I don't know if I would purchase it again since they're so many other better Porters out there but I would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in an English pint]

Poured a very dark brown with a slight red hue and had a light brown frothy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was of dark roasted malts, herbal hops and a leathery yeast with a strong coffee note. It tasted very mild for a Porter but but had a nice hint of coffee in the beginning and then got mildly bitter with a nice coffee overtone at the finish with the flavor lasting only a short time. Mouthfeel was medium in body and a little watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall basically an average Porter.

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Photo of dragonclan15
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At first I was not sold. I actually didn't care for the beer. But following a few more sips I realized just how good it is. I think it was the "smokey" flavor that threw me off originally.

A nice dark color with a nice malty smokey aroma. The beer goes down well and the more I drank it the more I found I really enjoyed it.

Has a fantastic coffee and toffee taste to the beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown with a caramel, cola toned edge. A thick beige head slowly fades out into a head of 1/4" fluff. Lots of scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of smoked malts, roasted barley, caramel, espresso, bitter cocoa, wet hay, and grass notes.
Taste is of the aromas but it seems to be missing something. Not sure what it even is...there seems to be a good rythmic bassline going but it's missing the charm of the melody on top of this beer. It's almost like there are hints of greatness that fall short into a somewhat bland flavor. Hmmm.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, with some bitter hops tingling the back of the tongue before fading to a semi-dry, thin finish.
For some reason, I remember this beer being much better several years ago. Perhaps my tastes have changed?

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours readish-brown with a tanned, foamy head. Aroma is of dark fruit, toasted malt and hints of coffee. Medium, tangy, slightly oily body. Flavor is of toasted, nutty malt, dark fruit and citrus hops. Medium, dry finish. Simple, drinkable porter.

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Photo of tzieser
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into an otter creek pint glass i got for free from the local liquor store.

a: pours almost pitch black in color with a one finger white foamy head. pretty standard for the style.

s: notes of roasted malts...a bit of coffee in there and subtle chocolate notes. again, pretty standard for the style.

t: lots of delicious roasted malt with coffee/chocolate (mocha) character...subtle notes of smoke and grassy/herbal hoppy notes. more on the "robust" side of porters (not as sweet as some).

m&d: creamy, chewy mouthfeel; good drinkability....pretty sessionable for a porter @ 4.4% (yes Ding, i know porters are not session beers per se)

a solid porter. recommended, but its not my favorite in new england...that award goes to Mayflower Brewing's Porter. still, this is delicious and by far my favorite in the winter mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of yisseroff
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a shiny dark brown in my trust Woodstock pint glass with beige/brown head that didn't stick around for the ride but left some lacing on the side in its memory.

S- At first classic malt. Then, rich and dark toffee and coffee combo. Pretty nice.

T- My first 5.0! After each cleansing-of-palate I was full-on attacked by this beer's arsenal of flavor. Dark chocolate, toffee, fresh coffee, with the perfect nuance of sweetness all combine for an intense yet very handleable taste here.

M- I would have expected a porter like this to be a bit fuller, but it's pretty OK. Nice amount of carbonation.

D- I was halfway through the beer before I realized I should slow down. I'm loving this beer right now.

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Photo of Franz4
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours what you would expect, dark, with a nice head and leaves good lacing as well, very nice

S- touch of smoke, molasses, and a little musty, very pleasant and inviting

T- mild chocolate and molasses here, very drinkable

M- very smooth with a semi-dry finish, very nice

D- A very nice porter, I would pick this one up when I want something dark that's not as heavy as a RIS or other stout.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Small but solid head over a black brew with mahogany hues when held to the light. Spiderweb lacing.

S: Aromas are pure mocha goodness. Great balance of coffee and chocolate. Heavily roasted. Really prominent smells, as if all the raw ingredients were sitting right under my nose. I don't know what that means but I have no better way to describe it.

T: Very roasty, and what I can't pick up on in the aroma is here in the flavor. There's an acidity that really helps to round out the hops and malts. The bigger espresso notes dominate from time to time. The chocolate and coffee are so intertwined...I can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. More florals come out with warmth.

M: Light body and good carbonation. The mouthfeel leaves behind roasted and bitter flavors for me to enjoy after each sip!

D: Easy to drink, leaves me craving others. Highly underrated, in my opinion! This could easily become a staple, what without having access to Black Butte and all...

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Photo of Wamesit
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with touches of brown in the light. Thick tan head that gives way to solid lacing.

S - Smokey wood and roasted malts in the nose. Deeper dusty chocolate further in. Not a very strong aroma but it does get that dark porter sweetness across.

T - Roasted malts abound. Deep rich chocolate with hints of coffee. The almost dextrin sweetness that rises up, especially after a bit of warming, is balanced out by a bite of hops the lingers in the finish. A very well balanced and simple porter.

M - The lighter side of medium, light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. As many others have said, this would make a fine session porter.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

what a nice looking session porter. Great head and lengthy retention.

What a nose of roasted chocolate malts.

The flavor profile is straight porter and on the subdued side with dark roasted malt and burnt toast with a very drying hop smack on the palate. definitely some husk astringency in the malt.

Mouthfeel is on lighter side and drinkability is up there.

I would say that this beer could be a little more complex on the malt side of things and mouthfeel could be improved a bit.

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Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was part of OC variety 12 pack from a trip to VT.

Appearance is black with a small mocha head. Smell is a mix of roasted malts, some coffee & chocolate too. Stovepipe porter tastes a bit metallic in addition some of the aforementioned elements from the aroma that continue as you sip. MF is medium, low carbonation level. This porter from Otter Creek drinks fairly easily. It is a solid beer and goes well with some dessert.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(abv on label listed as 5.4%)

Pours dark brown, translucent red when held to the light. Attractive beige head rests on top, very bubbly and creamy looking. Retains at a half finger easily leaving nice lacing.

Has the porter scent pretty locked. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee with cream, some grassy and fruit notes from the hops, along with some odd danky notes later on.

Taste is great, a really well-done beer. It's more hop forward than the nose led on but they are kept in check, getting herbal/grassy/citrus. Unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, milky notes. Slightly smoky. Sweetness starts to linger after many sips reminding me of the aftertaste of a chocolate chip cookie. The scent is nice but the taste definitely beats it.

Good mouthfeel, not as watery as lots of porters and has a nice silky smoothness.

Pretty damn good porter in my opinion. Nothing shocked me flavor-wise, but the balance is great, although the hops become more intense as it warms.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip - No best by date visible.

Poured a deep black with two finger head that descended into a thick tan lacing that left decent webbing as it lowered, decent carbonation.

Smell - toasted malts, mocha chocolate, slight hops.

Taste - bitter coffee flavors with mild roasted malts , slight hops,slight mocha chocolate.

Drinkability -
A very well blended porter with just enough hops to give it some complexity .

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Photo of Kendo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: On tap at Swifty's in town. Body is clear, dark brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. There's a small off-white head on top that leaves some lace.

S: Roasted barley malt, charcoal and a touch of chocolate. Nice nose, albeit not one that's terribly strong.

T: The word that keeps coming to mind is "roasty." Starts out with roasted coffee beans, which is followed by some char and then some dark chocolate. A touch of sweetness underneath keeps this from being too astringent. Finishes dry and - again - roasty, with a lingering sense of burnt wood or char supplying lasting bitterness.

M: The body is a bit too thin, and the carbonation a wee bit too active.

D: Solid. The thinness in some ways makes it more quaffable - you don't really feel like you're getting weighed down by this beer - though it detracts from the overall experience of the beer (this isn't a beer I'd pour to enjoy while relaxing by the fire; I'd want something of more substance for that).

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights and a thin tan head. The aroma has a nice mix of dark malts and hops, with notes of chocolate, coffee, molasses, burnt bread and dark fruits as well as some piney and citrusy hops, very nice. The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, with big roastiness upfront, along with some chocolate and coffee, a touch of molasses, piney and citrusy hops, burnt bread, and some dark fruits. The mouthfeel is nice and light, and drinkability is very good. Pretty damn tasty porter, a bit of a pleasant surprise since I'm normally not a big fan of Otter Creek.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark black with a mountainous tan head. Leaves a nice thick lacing.
S - First a hit of cut grass, foliage (not that kind of grass!!). Nutty afterwards. Very interesting odor - frankly unsure whether I like it or not!
T - Toasted malt and a hint of metal - but not the point of unpleasantness. Again, a bit of a fresh green herbal flavor. Very interesting - unsure of where it comes from. Not from hops.though. Pleasant taste. Surprisingly complex. Coffee as well.
MF - Thin and bubbly. Not to a fault though.
DB - Easily could have a few.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- rich black and a dark deep red when held to a light. nice foamy 1 finger head that stays for a little bit.

Smell- i like the smell, malty with a little bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee. not an overwhelming scent but its there and nice.

Taste- malty and creamy. hoppy and aftertaste of coffee is there with a nice hop lingering. good porter, i like the hoppyness.

Mouthfeel- feels nice on the tongue, rich and creamy with a good carbonation that tingles.

Drinkability- fanastic, smooth, great tasting, doesnt sit heavy in the in the belly.

wasnt sure what to expect from this one. i liked the subtly hops in the porter. good beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a frothy, 1 finger light coffee head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, very dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is patchy and spotty with excellent stick.

S: Nose is heavy on liquorice, coffee beans, and roasted malt, along with a sprinkle of chocolate in the back. Subtle but flavors are pretty spot on for the style.

T: Opens liquorice, coffee, and roasted malt. Slight chocolate and cocoa powder towards the middle as the coffee beans start to sour just a bit. Finish is coffee beans and dark chocolate with a slight sour coffee bean aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little prickly on the palate but smoothes out quickly. Silky and smooth going down but a bit thin overall. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: This one's kinda plain. Great looking beer and made very strictly to style but there's nothing out of the ordinary either good or bad here. Body is a bit thin and slightly overcarbonated. I probably won't revisit this one, not because its not good, but because there's so many other offerings to try in the porter department and this doesn't stand out in any way.

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Photo of gskitt
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this offering from Otter Creek. Deep brown, nice head. Smelled of baking chocolate, not as sweet. Tasted balanced, had chicory come through, earthy flavors and seemed dry. This is a Porter than can be consumed, its a drinkable beer. Thinner than I wold have hoped but still a good choice from Otter Creek.

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

Poured a really dark brown with a decent one finger tan head from a 12 oz bottle, with the freshness date on the bottle.
Aroma is mostly dark, roasted, bitter coffee and some malts.
Taste is predominantly bitter coffee, roasted malts blended well with a smoked finish. Lacing is good around the glass.
Mouthfeel is on the thinner side and the carbonation makes it's presence felt. Very good drinkability.
All in all, a very good tasty porter from Otter Creek. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BrunnerG
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favourites

pours an opaque brown with about 1/4 to 1/2 inch head

aroma is good, but not exceptional of porters. can detect coffee and malts

taste is a welcome affirmation of the smell and not too strong.

a slight carbonation makes itself known, but its all about the flavour

rare to find a bottle beer that I have consistently enjoyed this much.

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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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