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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- Very dark with ruby highlights when held to light. Very little head.

S- Kinda bitter and roasty. Smelled very deep if that makes sense.

T- Roasted malts, hints of chocolate. Aftertaste was like a smokey campfire.

M- A little fizzy but still smooth.

D- Very easy to drink. I'd have no problem polishing off a six pack in one go.

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Photo of ph2001
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle in pint glass

poured smoothly with not much head development. very dark in color.

this one is very smooth and drinkable. a nice creamy sweeter taster, but a nice bite to it as well. it seems well balanced. a nice light mouthfeel to it. nothing crazy, but it is good.

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

This beer is a nice dark color and when looking through it, you can see shades of reddish-brown. It had a small tan head that left a decent lacing on the way down. This beer had a burnt aroma and flavor which is fitting considering its name. The smoky burnt flavor goes really well with this beer and it finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Overall a good tasting beer that tastes better with each drink.

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

Wow...what a fantastic surprise. I have never heard of this brew before, and when I saw it in my beer store, I had to try it. I am so glad I did! Pours a nice dark brownish red, with an off white head that dies down towards the end of the pint.

The smell had notes of chocolate malt, fruit and sweetness, with little in the way of hops. Very enticing...

The taste was the biggest surprise - a very complex and pleasing array of flavors, including dark fruit, rum, roasted malt and hops. A fine balance of all these made for an enjoyable brew.... one of which I will be having many more of!

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

Highly carbonated light-bodied beer with a slight roasted flavor. Essence of wet leaves.
Taste is roasted and somewhat dry, hints of licorice. Reminds me of a Pennsylvania Dutch hex sign. Light to medium mouthfeel, highly drinkable clear, and clean beer.
I have always enjoyed this beer. It's my goto Otter Creek product.

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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 pmcadamis
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black-as-pitch brew topped with a two finger khaki head that eventually recedes to a nice thick collar and some oily film. A quick swirl brings back a finger of creamy foam. Some nice lace remains on the glass.

S - Roasted grains, caramelized sugar, wood smoke, charcoal, fireplace and campfire aromas abound! Wonderfully smoky, earthy, outdoorsy, and roasty! I also smell some nice cheese notes hidden behind the smoke, and some solid hops are there too.

T - Again, very smoky and roasty with some musty flavors that taste like a dog smells when coming in from the rain. Very burnt, roasted, and charred flavors. A welcome hop presence plays the supporting role, and balances this porter nicely.

M - Beefy and meaty with a dry ashy finish.

D - Excellent! I could down a few of these no prob! The extremely dry and burnt characteristics detract a little from drinkability, but I will surely buy this again.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours dark like a stout, has a 2 inch caramel colored head that actually stays put in a wide glass.

S: Smell is pretty complex, first I get some dark roasted malts. Has a coal type of smell, cannot distinguish a strong coffee or chocolate aroma, maybe a mix between the two.

T: The flavor consists a lot more of a black coffee, only I am very inexperienced in such. Slight hint of dark chocolate and roasted malts on the after taste.

M: Very creamy and thick for a porter, has a very stout-like texture which is nice for this beer.

O: Was always cautious of otter creek just because of the classic "judging a label by its cover", but after having a few of their beers, this is a solid one and this brewer is very credible to me now. One of the best porters around, if you reside in the New England area!

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Thinner than I expected. Nice dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Smokey chocolate and coffee smells.

T - Just like the smell nice and smokey. Good malt flavor with a hoppy and slightly bitter finish.

M - medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. Easy to drink and the low alcohol content makes it easy to drink a couple and not feel stupid afterwards.

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Photo of nomad
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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 letsgopens
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was purchased from a, shall we say, somewhat less than reputable establishment that would be great if it weren't for the fact that no one knows it exists. Needless to say they have a slow turnover. This bottle, for instance is from early 2006. With a moderate 5.4% abv, I'm concerned about its quality. Nevertheless, here I go...

It pours deep woody brown, near black, with a relatively short head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lace (contrary to other reviews of this brew).

The aroma is moderately malty with some dark fruit and vanilla. I slight hint of roastiness and very pleasant overall.

Initially there is some fruity sweetness and molasses. A slight hint of light woody smoke arises on the back of the tongue. Some mildly roasted malt and vanilla rounds out a well balanced but only moderately flavorful porter.

The mouthfeel is relatively light and carbonated. A clean finish that may be improved overall by a bit more creaminess. Mild all around. A solid selection but, for the most part, uneventful.

***Its been 2 years now and I've got an updated review with a fresher bottle this time around and much different results...

What an appealing pour. This deep brown/near black American Porter displays some thin ruby brown highlights and a thick, creamy mocha head. The head holds its shape well and leaves some very nice lacing.

The aroma is substantial but not exactly pungent; very solid with some toasty, roasted, chocolate malts and slight coffeeish char. Some sweet vanilla is present as well.

Wow, such an enjoyable flavor. Exactly what I'm looking for in a porter. Full flavored and well balanced. Creamy and smooth with roasty cocoa and mild coffee. A hint of char is present along with vanilla and a note of licorice. Some mildly bitter hops in the background and a hint of warmth to round it out. Very nice.

Smooth and creamy with soft but moderate carbonation. Even though the ABV is modest the warmth in the finish is present and welcomed. Soft and smooth with a rather slick finish. Excellent from start to finish. One of the most solid, well rounded representations of the style that come to mind. A must try in my book.

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Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 micahgoldfus
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a slight amber tint. 2 finger cream-colored head. Smelled of rich roasted coffee malts, with a slight sweetness to it. The taste is delicious, what a porter should be. The taste has a deep smokey flavor, strong but not overbearing, with hints of caramel, burnt malts, and bitter hops that all blend well together. Medium body, medium carbonation, goes down smooth and warm. One was enough for today, but I would like another tomorrow.

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Photo of NHJim
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz twistoff into my Harpoon Liviathan Baltic Porter glass.

Appearance: Very darker brown, with see through amber color and one finger tan head that broke into lace.

Smell: Chocolate and mild coffee.

Taste: Some malt and smoth mild coffee came through. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink and good carbonation.

Drinkability: For a porter you could dring a few of these in a row. Great with the pork sholder I just brought in off the smoker.

This was a suprise for me since I was not a big fan of this brewery. The flavor did not take over and shock you into thinking this is not how a porter should be. Most of the ones I have tried try to give you to much. I would definitely buy this again.

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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 pjwilson
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 SixpointJMH
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark brown colour but is missing virtually any notion of a head. what gives? what's there is mildly soapy and off white. the nose is quite nice, comprised mainly of a blend of ever so slightly smoked malt and thick creamy chocolate. just good stuff overall here. the flavour expands upon the nose, with even more of a roasted/smoked malt presence it starts and finished with a smooth chocolate flavour with some caramel ethrown into the mix as well. mouthfeel and body are spot on as far as i;m concerned for a porter and this one is just easy to drink overall. a nice , basic (but flavourful) american porter.

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Photo of eberkman
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I tried this on a chilly night to accompany lentil soup, grilled chicken sausages and crusty bread.

It poured a dark brown, almost black, with subtle reds when held up to the light. It took a vigorous pour to get a one-finger beige head that dissipated within two minutes. Very little lacing.

The aroma was one of dark-roasted coffee beans with a faintly detectable malty sweetness.

The taste was definitely the strong point. It tasted strongly of dark chocolate and, again, dark-roasted coffee beans, but the finish had a nice, but not overwhelming, hoppy bitterness to balance things out.

Mouthfeel was a weakness -- the consistency was pretty thin for a porter -- much more so that personal favorites like Sierra Nevada Porter and Sam Smith's Old Taddy.

Drinkability was excellent -- this would be a great session beer on a chilly night. Great taste and not overwhelmingly heavy.

It went perfectly with the meal too.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance, slight amber when shown through light. The drink also has a very thin head lacing. Great aromas of chocolate, caramel and some spices. The taste has a sort of bitterness found in dark chocolates, but with a great hoppy/smoked flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit crisp, helping the tastes really show themselves. Overall, a fine porter indeed.

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

Dark brown color with a moderate brown head that leaves lots of lace. Hoppy and roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor with moderate hop bitterness. Nice balance of malt and hops. Light bodied with a dry roasty coffee-like finish.

Definitely worth a buy and easily drinkable.

Per O.C. website: 30 IBU and O.G. of 1054

Batch #624 Bottled: 10/26/99 Tasted: 01/19/03

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Photo of Antikythera
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a: I can't remember the last time a beer made me say 'wow' just from looking at it. It looks like black coffee but smoother and probably more viscous. Beautiful. The head is a creamy tan and sits solidly until you drink from it.

s: metallic. Nothing terribly special, but pleasant -- I like my porters to smell like cast-iron.

t: warm, toasty, coffeeish.

m: slippery and chewable, with just enough fizz to make it interesting.

o: I didn't expect to find something this nice in a grocery store twelve-pack. Who knew.

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