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Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
Smoked Porter
Ranked #7
Ranked #5,458
4.12 | pDev: 10.44%
May 29, 2023
Jul 29, 2009
Notes: 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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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pours a blackish, motor oil shade of brown with a decent, frothy, one finger head of beige foam. Laces the glass moderately well and has little head retention.

Aroma: Really lovely nose to this. Sweet caramel dipped red apples amongst cigar shop / walk in humidor like notes of tobacco. A touch of raisins and tamarind.

Taste: Semi-sweet milk chocolate off the bat with very delicate notes of tamarind and savory, rich, smoky peat. Very mild aftertaste of Columbian coffee and hints of treacle / turkish delight. Moderately bitter.

Feel: Mouthfeel is silky smooth and velvety. Low carbonation and full bodied for the style (still not to the degree of an imperial stout).

Overall: Top tier smoked porter.
May 29, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by red_5_sooner from Oklahoma

May 10, 2023
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not memorable as a smoked beer, the smoking is pretty mild. A fairly good strong Porter though!!! As an added bonus, I get to add to my beer bottle cap map with a Tennessee beer. It is getting harder and harder to get a cap from every state as almost everything is in a 16 oz can these days!!!! Poured from a 12 oz bottle, this beer is a dense black color. A moderate pour gets you nothing in the way of head or lacing, but a strong pour produces a dark medium sized head frothy head with average retention and one or two bands of lacing. As I said, the smoke was there but minimal. This is primarily a strong Porter with chocolate and coffee notes and surprisingly strong bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich, initially a little harsh once the hops kick in, and then more smooth. There is some alcohol presence but not enough to be a negative factor. If you are looking for smoked beer, Schlenkerla products and Alaskan Smoked Porter are still the top choices. Still, a fairly good Porter.
Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Nhb55840

Aug 06, 2022
Rated: 3.13 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
An imperial porter that combines a heavy dose of cherry wood smoke, 90% dark chocolate & hopped bitterness. Overall, the smooth & medium to full bodied texture combined with the sweet, smoky bitterness flavor with 9% ABV makes this a very good smoked imperial porter.
Aug 28, 2021
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: It pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: There is some moderate smoke in the aroma with a low level of chocolate. There are hints of dark fruits in the background.

Taste: The smoke is strong in the flavor with some chocolate. There are some bacon like flavors with a hint of burnt in the background. The dark fruits are very low with some low roast.

Feel: It has a medium body with a bitter smoky aftertaste.

Overall, the smooth is the star of the show with the other elements in support.
Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by Argail from Louisiana

Apr 14, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by animal69 from Louisiana

Feb 13, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Dbot from Delaware

Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Sep 30, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottled 07/10/20 ( about a month old) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 9% ABV 93 IBU per label. The beer pours dense black with mocha brown head. The head recedes slowly to a quarter inch cap and leaves behind a partial lacing. The aroma is smokey up front with dark chocolate and coffee notes coming in behind. The taste is savory & smokey with notes of ham, coffee, very dark chocolate and tobacco before an earthy and fully bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, very good smoked beer. Less satisfying as an imperial or smoked porter as the smoke is first, without being totally dominant. I would purchase regularly if this were available locally.
Sep 04, 2020
Rated: 4.01 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, no legible date, into Carpe Brew Em snifter.

Pours an inky black with some crispy brown edges and a tall khaki-beige head of 2 fingers. Very creamy, and leaves lots of lace on the glass. The beer is just a sight to behold.

Aroma brings wonderful rauch-like smoke notes with subtler hints of dark chocolate and sticky sweet figs.

Flavor is roasty, full, and heavy. Brings notes of roasted malt, smoke, salt, dark chocolate, cashew, and fig. Has a subtle herbal hop presence that balances things out nicely and builds on the palate. (Word of caution : if you do not like smoked beers, do not buy this one)

Feel is full and roasty, the heavy spiky carbonation makes it feel more like a medium bodied beer though. Has a lot of drying roastiness on the back end with lots of hop resin as well. Moderate heat, moderately warming.

Overall, this drinks like a world champion of 2010-2014 era beers where craft beer was just beginning to take hold in mass markets. Think Founders Breakfast Stout or Anchor Porter. Nowadays we've been so blessed with great beer that this is easily eclipsed by a lot of other great beers from other breweries - but make no mistake this still stands as a mile marker porter. Respectable. (Respect yo' elders!) Would definitely have again, this was enjoyable.

Price paid : $2.99 / bottle
Would buy again : yes
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

We interrupt this brewery horizontal, already in progress, to bring you this recent find in the Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody! We would not be interrupting this all-important programming were it not for the match-up in styles. We appreciate the kind generosity of our local, in-person benefactor, @tone77 for providing us with this beer. Please stay tuned for all details, brought to you live & in real-time!

From the Bottle (!): "An Imperial Smoked Porter"; "The south is famous for smoking almost everything. Why not a beer? Yahoo 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."; "93 IBUs"; "Silver Medal, 2010 GABF - Smoked Beer"; "'Epic' - Beer Advocate Magazine".

I was so excited to be drinking this! My fave styles of beer are 1) hoppy AIPA; 2) ADIPA; 3) Czech Pils; 4) GER Pils & 5) Smoked Beers. I only learned of the last in the late-'90s, but once I realized that such a thing existed, I was off & (often) running!

I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I watched in rapt fascination as it foamed up to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with excellent retention, taking forever to fall away. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with cola highlights at the edges. Nose held a mild smokiness, but it was not as pungent as with the previous Thirsty Dog's Rail Dog. Fair dinkum, as the proof of this pudding will be in the tasting. Mouthfeel was medium, which would be okay for a "Smoked Beer", but this is an "American Imperial Porter".

Now, I was on the horns of a dilemma - Change Request or no? I'm going to submit one since it won a medal in the "Smoked Beer" category, so the brewery clearly thinks of it as such.

Once I had some on my mouth, I swirled it around on & with my tongue to allow it to warm. This one was subtle, slowly blossoming open like a flower! I understood why the GABF judges would have liked this - instead of being a roaring, in-your-face Smoke bomb, like the previous beer, this one had the low & slow kind of flavor that Southern BBQ is known for.

One of the best meals I had in my road trip of 2008 was at the now-closed ( 8=( ) Uncle Billy's Brew & Que in Austin, TX. From my review: "Food: I went with the BBQ Tray, choosing smoked ½ chicken, glazed carrots, and green beans. The meat was so tender as to be falling off of the bone and so smoky as to make me weep. The combos were endless, but this was a good fit."

This beer began to remind me of that meal & I was ready to begin weeping anew, both for their closing & for how good this beer tasted. Mmm. Its subtle smokiness was creeping northward with each sip, filling my mouth & sinuses with its flavor.

This was becoming VERY akin to the more smoky of the three Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbiers! Such is why "Smoke Beers" are a polarizing style - they run the gamut from lightly-smoky to forest fire-smoky & it is definitely NOT for everyone as evidenced by only a select few attending my Smoke 'em If You Got 'em soirees.

Finish was dry with a lingering smokiness that gave me pause. I am going to have to take a break & eat something neutral before my next review. No problem! It was a great way to start my day. YMMV.

We now rejoin the originally scheduled brewery horizontal, already in progress.
Apr 25, 2020
Rated: 3.35 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Mar 31, 2020
Rated: 3.77 by AngEo from Texas

Mar 31, 2020
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Nashville airport Yazoo beer kiosk

Dark cola brown , thin taupe layer quickly recedes to a ring and a few bubbles few rings

Aroma is toasted malts

Taste is toasted malts , not harsh or bitter

Roasted malt taste nicely lingers , medium sudsing

Good beer
Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by tedho21 from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 4.52 by mg97 from Mississippi

Oct 29, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Oct 18, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by LisaPizza from Florida

Sep 23, 2019
Rated: 3.57 by DamionP93 from Mississippi

Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Matte black with brown edges and a fuzzy light tan head settling to a thick collar.

The smooth medium-light body delivers flavors of cigar and tobacco, chocolate and cocoa powder, with a cola-esque dark fruit accent, finishing semi-dry.
Aug 21, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Aug 18, 2019
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Rated by KelseyKKahne from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
It tastes like the dentist.
Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by jtk21351 from California

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2019
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Reviewed by greenhousedrummer from Tennessee

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.
Dec 26, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.
Dec 25, 2018
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Rated by Rseanchardy from Tennessee

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.
Nov 23, 2018
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Reviewed by MattinHouston from Texas

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)
Nov 17, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by KensWorld from Florida

Nov 12, 2018
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Reviewed by The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop from Wyoming

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.
Nov 12, 2018
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.
Oct 24, 2018
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

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.
Aug 31, 2018
Rated: 4.92 by ianglso from Alaska

Aug 19, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by chris826 from Mississippi

Aug 19, 2018
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