Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter | Otter Creek Brewing

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

Bottled on 09/11/03, batch #1417

Appearance: This beer poured a little thin for a porter. It was dark brown in color and still let some light through as it sat in the glass. With an aggressive pour, the light tan head rose up to just under two fingers and dissipated quickly. As it settled, its stickiness was apparent by the way the foam clung to the side of the glass. There was some light lacing as I drank.

Smell: The overriding aroma was that of very dark, almost burnt, malt. This was mixed with notes of dark chocolate (especially right after the pour) and sweet cream. There was an underlying layer of cracker-like malt that seemed to be the foundation that supported the other aromas.

Mouthfeel: This one was a little thin, but it had a coating creaminess to it that was nice. It was buttery smooth upfront and gained some texture and roughness as it moved back in the mouth.

Taste: This beer was simply a full-on assault of dark malt. Heavily roasted, burnt flavors were evident from start to finish. There was a little bit of creamy sweetness on the finish, along with a rise of hops bitterness that continued into the aftertaste. It was rather dry, compelling me to drink more.

Stovepipe is a fitting name for this brew that is chock full of deep roasted flavor. Almost too much, though. It didn't leave enough room for any other components to emerge and contribute to the flavor. As a result, this beer turned out to be lacking complexity. It was enjoyable, though. This is one of those brews where the logical side of the brain was saying, "This beer lacks depth" and the other side was going, "Damn, this isn't bad at all! Can I have another?"

A big thanks to noclueaboutbeer for hauling this one out to Kansas all the way from Connecticut.

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Photo of WesWes
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a lacey tan head. The aroma is good. It is sweet with crystal malts and has a black roasted flavor from black patent and roasted malts. It has a bit of chocolatey scent. The taste is average. Again, it has all the aromatic qualities, but it is weak and watery. It is not nearly as bold as the smell. The mouthfeel is good it is a full bodied beer with just the right amount of carbonation to make it have a smooth, clean finish. It is a decent porter, but I've had much better.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Small white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A medium to lighter bodied Porter. Malts are chocolate and toffee. Hops are a little spicy. Nicely balanced. It perhaps a little thin tasting for a porter, but I’ve noticed this “fault” a lot lately. Is it a trend or a redefinition of style? Still it a nice very drinkable porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Pours a dark brown with a nice tight head. Smell is medium chocolate with some coffee notes. Taste of chocolate is light on the tounge and goes down smooth. Easy drinkability alone or pairs nicely with a variety of meats or cheeses. Probably one of Otter Creeks best products.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good dark porter color, not opaque but close. Nice tan head forms but does not hang around too long. No lacing either.
Healthy aroma of roasted malts and coffee.
In addition to the malts and coffee, I get some smokiness in the taste. As it rolls off the tongue and down the hatch there are hints of hops as well. A nice way to finish the hardy flavor.
Mouthfeel is fine. My only complaint would have to be that it is a little thinner than I like a beer with this much dark flavor.
None the less I could easily drink a few.

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Photo of ZAP
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish black...tan head...nice nose...strong coffe grounds aroma...also chocolate and even a little java....body is about medium..real creamy mouthfeel....very nice taste...also some good chocolate flavors....I detect some subtle, but well placed hopping on the finish....

Ths is a very good Porter...more complex than some....creamy, tasty and it smells great...solid offering here that I would buy again...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was black in the glass with ruby coloring when held up to the light. I tried and tried, but the aroma was hard to come by. After the beer warmed there was a slight roasted/chocolate aroma, not much more. The body was medium light and the flavor chocolate, roasted, and coffee, but also slightly sour. The beer finished dry with a light chocolate flavor that lasts and lasts.

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

This was a sold porter that poured an opaque dark brown colour with a tan head. The aromas were right on and consisted of dark roasted malts, chocolate, hops, and a hint of caramel. The taste was slightly bitter, coffee-like, chocolate-y, and malty. The mouthfeel was thick and just right, and the drinkability was excellent. A damn fine cup of porter!

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

Poured a nice light tan head. The beer itself is pitch black like oil. The smell is like rich burnt grains. The taste builds off the smell and ends in a hops infused coffee flavor. This a rich, smooth beer that is balanced out in the end by just a little bit of hops. It's not too thick, and thus easy drinking. Pick up a sixer on a cold fall day.

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

Poured a deep but clear ruby black with an inch of creamy white head. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet fruit hints. Full roasted malt upfront, slightly acidic finish, with coffee notes and a balance of sweet and bitter flavours. The body is rather on the thin side for a porter, not that I'm holding that against it. An easy drinkin' brew that I could find myself having a bunch of.

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Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a bidge frothy head that laced the glass ALL the way down as I drank. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, followed by a rich and complex taste made up of roasted malt, chocolate, raisin, fig, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and coffee. It's all there. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. The smokey flavor is subtle and not overpowering. It makes its presence known only in the finish and the aftertaste. It complements all the other flavors. Tremendous beer.

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Photo of pio
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep ruby color, bubbly. white head dies down to a whit halo but is easily aroused back on top. scents of honey, molasses, smokeiness, a woody malt and hints of cranberry. flavor is delicious, not vfery sweet at all, very light mouthfeel alot of crispy bubbles, maybe a bit watery. alot of toastiness all over and a bitter malt and this abides with the roasty toasty on the palate. a plesant woodiness and some french roast coffee in the finish. i detected an aftertaste that was like asprin. and a slight metallic taste in my cheeks. the aftertastes might get to me after a while but it could be a good session beer.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby/black from a 12oz bottle. Big thick tan head that sticks around a short while.

The smell is bread and grain with a little dark malt in there too. Taste is heavily dominated by coffee. A little too much so. Quite the hoppy finish too. Mouthfeel is on the medium side. A decent porter but nothing over the top.

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Photo of silks636
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle. Bottled on date printed on label. Batch #1339.

Umber with a slight tinge of red. Frothy taupe head that fades quickly. Nose gives hints of ripe fruit, chocolate, and burnt coffee. Starts off bitter with tastes of burnt malt. Flashes of hop provide some light citric contrast, but for the most part they are smothered by the smoky bitterness. Very faint unsweetened chocolate malt is detectable before the lingering dry charred earthy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery.

Not a bad Porter, but for my tastes it might benefit from just a touch more sweetness. Drinkable enough, but probably not one I would try again.

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Photo of stirgy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a very dark brown color and is nearly opaque, although some tints of light came through when held up to the light. Roasted grains in the aroma with some citrus notes, but overall nothing overwhelming. Has a decent body with an assertive but pleasant bitterness that is right on the mark. Crisp and clean. There’s also a hidden fruitiness in there somewhere. Perfectly matched with the fine rich maduro cigar I’m enjoying. A very nice porter. I like the bitterness, and the dry finish, rather than a sweet one. Well made.

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Photo of cokes
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, raspberry brown with a solid tan dome.
Roasty, smoky, dirt-filled aromatics. Nice.
Begins with a sensation akin to that of smoked, dried leaves. Watery coffee enters next. Stays earthy tasting all the while. Hopping adds increased herbal bitterness that seems joined to the smokiness of the malts rather than a seperate entity. Just a suggestion of milk chocolate, otherwise there is no sweetness to speak of.
Thinnish mouthfeel hurts thing here. I don't expect a porter to be coating, but this one seems pretty dilute.
This is stardard stuff, but sessionable.

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Photo of Darkale
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, musty aroma, slightly sharp. Nearly black body, clear, with a good tan head. Excellent lacing. Very sharp mouthfeel, with a taste almost like a good cheddar cheese. Nice residual sourness. Not very sweet tasting at all; more sour than sweet.

I prefer my porters to be a bit more sweet, but this is a solid and commendable attempt.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was dark brown, with a good tan head. The smell is a very rich malt. The taste is very coffee-ish, with hints of chocolate and other rich malty flavors. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have quite a few of these!

This porter is amongst the best beers I managed to get from McHenry, and easily the best Otter Creek beer of the 3 of them. A wonderful porter and certainly one I'd get again!

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown topped by a tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Taste is very enjoyable, with strong coffee notes and a nice bitterness. Smoked wood chips drizzled in chocolate lead to a slightly bitter charcoal finish. Aftertaste is fairly clean, with just a bit of sweetened coffee. Mouthfeel is solid. Dirnkability is worthy of any BA. A nice, solid porter. Not complex, just straight-forward and well crafted.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby almost plum hue with a foaming tan head that leaves desireable scattered lacing with each sip of this fine brew. The aroma is a blend of sharp sweet tones of malt with the slightly harsh deep roasts present in this porter additional fireworks is the prevalent amount of hops in the smell along with some mellow fruit tones just enough to note very nice. Flavor is mainly dark roasts full of chocolate, coffe esque presence along with a lighter fruit tone provided by the ale yeast some dunkel like characteristics but this well made handcrafted quality porter is something to brag about. Flavor becomes a bit thin, but overall it's hard to beat this medium bodied brew carries a enough aroma and texture to keep everyone happy very good, one to save for my brother a purveyor of stouts and porters. He is usually a one or two brew type of guy but I believe a brew like this could turn into a session for him.

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Photo of nomad
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'll just describe this beer as black. Had a cream/off-white colored head that was bubbly and foamy, leaving some serious stain behind. Had some good lace, too, but most of this beer's good looks faded away except for the lace.

Smelled of layers of malt: regular ol’ paris otter malt, caramel malt, chocolate malt, a touch of black malt maybe, and some roasted barley kind of scents. Also, notes of chocolate and toffee and a few slight herbal/floral notes toward the end. The beer opened to some real nuttiness, too. Didn't try too hard to overpower, instead was calm and balanced.

Taste was nice and easy: a real thin feel right away, with some additional creamy feel and flavor from the head. Quietly the roasted malt flavors came up with a tip of sugar up front. Built up a toasty flavor as well as a little fruity/acrid taste from the hops, or maybe from some black malt. (?) A patiently dry finish left a soft feeling but quite roasty coating in my mouth. Could use a little more body to the flavors.

Mouthfeel was nicely enough viscuous: not too oily or creamy or watery, but a nice balance of all. Very drinkable, as this good porter is a great beer to have around if you’re in New England.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice rich,deep brown with light off-white head,smell was very roasted malt smell with light chocolate notes.Taste is burnt ans highly roasted with a nice mocha coffee flavor to it.I thought it may have been a little thin on the mouth toward the bottem but all in all a pretty nice beer.

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

The head is pretty white. It goes away for the most part, but provides lovely lacing. The beer is colored a very dark amber (almost opaque). Smells smoky and hoppy, not as much nut and chocolate as most porters. Tastes better than average. Burnt. Not as hoppy as I expected. The hops are there, but you have to taste quick before the the smoke screen masks it. The campfire also dominates the mouthfeel. Pretty light, though. I enjoyed this beer and would have it again. I'd love to try in on cask.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter pours out dark brown and looks opaque, but when held up to a light, you will see a cherry/burgundy color. Very little head, nothing to retain there, I won't expect much carbonation...

Sweet and malty aroma, coffee/mocha coming through, too.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, adequate body for a porter, but could be better. Low carbonation as I thought, the smoky burnt charcoal roastiness is easily more prominent than the coffee/chocolate flavors trying to peek through.

A pleasant hop finish (about as pronounced as I've ever tasted in this style) rounds out perhaps only a slightly above average, but very drinkable session porter.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 800 ratings