Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The south is famous for smoking everything. Why not beer? Sue is a big, rich, smoky malt bomb of a beer, with mellow smokiness coming from barley malts smoked with cherry wood, and assertive bitterness from Galena and Perle hops to cleanse the finish.

Original tap version was 7.5% ABV, bottled version is up to 9%.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greenhousedrummer
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's more on the bready-smoky side than the meaty-smoky side if that makes sense. It's a deep black cocktail of fantastic malty, smoky, and woody flavors. This is one of the best beers to drink with good southern food, and damn good on it's own as well. Not an every day beer, but a great weekend or special occasion beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring out a sturdier brown than just about anything from the South that isn't a Cigar City beer. Although that Lazy Magnolia brown was respectable too. Anyways, 1/3" lighter brown head on top of an assertive browner base.

Taste is surprisingly good, its got plenty of base malt, but the smoked malt is really in the proportion I like, not a giant rauchbier style, but not insignificant too, and with a variety of smoked malt and cherrywood and whatnot, you get a relatively complex but not muddled malty beer. The non conventional hop usage works to give a relatively generic bitterness to it that doesn't clash with the smoked malts, but further enhances the beer with a moderate bitter backbone. Carbonation done right.

This stands out as a phenomenal pairing with campfire and meat. While there is a little bit of sticker shock price wise with a non proprietary hopped beer topping $15/6 pack, I have to say its worth it. I could easily see multiple purchases of this, especially if I know I'm gonna do some camping or drinking around a fire.

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Photo of Rseanchardy
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad at all just not perfect. Slight smokey flavor a little bite to it.

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Photo of MattinHouston
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Imperial smoked Porter. Excellent! I'm usually just a DIPA / Imperial Stout / Tripel drinker. Now there's a 9% Porter that tastes excellent. Why don't they sell this in Texas? Grabbed a 6 pack in Tennessee since it was local and was shocked it tasted so good. $16 for 6 but I'd say it's worth it. Try it if you can find it (and you like Porters)

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Photo of KensWorld
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A HUGE body with a warmth that lingers long after the final drop. Makes me sleepy in the same way that a fireplace does. It’s too bad Tennessee’s winters are mild because this goes wonderfully with snowy evenings.

Also, I’m not big on beer/food pairings but this one absolutely must be paired with smoked meats.

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Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of smoke, roasted malts. Taste is of a campfire, smoked meats, some alcohol is present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at the brewery. It poured an opaque dark with thin white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had smoke and roast presence. The taste was smoke base with roast/coffee accents. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

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Photo of ianglso
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of chris826
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying in draft. This beer is a pitch black brew with one finger worth of medium tan colored crown. Crown has great retention. The smell is some balanced smoke mixed with some oak notes and slight hop presence. The taste isn't too much on the smoke and more of just balanced roasty malts. Definitely wish there was more smoke in there for something that is a smoked beer. The mouthfeel and body is a little too light and thin as well on a beer this dark for me as well. Overall, I really like the balance of this drink but do wish for more smoke when grabbing this as an option.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, short retention, plenty of lacing. Smell is the slightest smoke, roasted malt, milk chocolate, a slight bit of lactose, light espresso. Flavour follows- milk chocolate, more smoke than the nose suggests, a bit of earth, light espresso. Balanced. Not ashy or overly smoky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy, light earthy smoke on the finish. Very solid beer for sure, with the smoke adding a bit of nuance and character but not overwhelming it.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of singletary
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a deep rich black with a tan head that leaves nice lacing to the glass. The smell is of malts then a sweet smokey smell. The taste is sweet malt then a smooth easy smoke flavor. Overall is was a pleasant experience, nice easy to drink with the smoke adding a difference to it.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaceBeagle
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TNPhillips
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very unique. Smokey quality lingers long after the beer but doesn’t overwhelm. Very smooth and low carbonation. Head doesn’t last long after drinking but was short and fairly firm after pouring.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mystery Beer received in NBS BIF #7 Blind Taster
Aroma is Mmmmm. Do I detect smoke? Why yes, I do. But not heavy handed. Strong enough to make me think it may be a rauchbier, but somebody who knows what they're doing because although that was my initial noticing, I'm picking up some malt notes akin to sweet leaning brown bread, like squaw bread. Like the stuff I get when driving up 395 on the eastern side of the Sierras. Funny thing, I tried smelling it in the bottle right at the moment of opening, I got some of what I'm getting now, but some of the brown paper bag that John wrapped it in.

Taste time. Ok here I'm getting smoke again, but some dry stout notes as well. The malt is smooth, only hints of sweet to carry the smoke. Brown bread notes are still there if I search for them. A little bit of peat comes through as well. And so I sniff again, and now I'm getting some peat on the nose. A hint of prune comes through as well. Finishes a tad dry and a bitter smoky slick hangs out near the back of my tongue.
Mouthfeel is more porter than stout. Less viscous and medium to less on the feel. Carbonation was present during the first few minutes but tapered off completely at the end.
Overall, my guess is a smoked porter, or maybe a rauchbier, albeit one that's lighter on smoke than what I've experienced.

And the reveal is....Yazoo's Sue Imperial Smoked Porter.
The label mentions, "mellow smokiness coming from barley malts smoked with cherry wood..."
I would say mellow smokiness is an apt descriptor. This is quite good. I went through a smoke phase many years back and burned myself out for a few years. Now, when I get the craving, it seems that some are more pronounced in smoke than I prefer. This one really represents a firm but soft touch on the smoke. Thanks John.

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Photo of shrimply_pibbles
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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