Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

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SueSue
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
yazoobrew.com

Style: Baltic 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%.

Added by ckeegan04 on 07-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,147
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
855
pDev:
10.44%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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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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4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of SaltofOH
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber dated 2/1/17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours an opaque black with 1 finger tan head and some carbonation mildly visible along the edges. When held to the light a little gets through at the rim, just barely. Not much lacing, but a little.

S: sweet, dark roasted malt and yes, a little wood smoke. Given the age of this bottle it's a miracle any is left. Nose really smells like an RIS.

T: initial arrival is sweet, but not as sweet as it smells. There is a weird savory note up front like soy sauce or meat umami, then transitions to sweet malt and a touch of woody smoke. Mild herbal hops and a lingering woody smoke and mild dark roasted malt on the finish. This tastes a year old; the malts are complex, the smoke present but subdued. More on the nose and finish than the palate. No alcohol on the taste. Sweet, but not too sweet.

M: lighter end of full bodied, well-carbonated and pretty clean, for a 9%-plus dark beer. This is actually kind of dangerous.

O: I saw this beer on the shelves of two local beer stores and thought, "I need to try that," for so long. Then it disappeared from one store, and I bought the next to last bottle at another. Glad I did. Really well-crafted high ABV dark beer, drinkable with a funky smoky twist. I've seen 4-packs online. I'd have been more inclined to buy that sooner.

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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pav42
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alexsergio
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vol4life88
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bryan12345
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbell23
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerucee
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good. Final beer of the tour.

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3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Bottle Date: purchased a year ago
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Can't get any more black. Can't get any more opaque. The head does have a brown tinge.

First scent I get is olive oil. Most of the rest of it is charcoal. Odd combination, especially considering the style. As it warms up, there's more wood (of an undetermined type) than char.

Taste is bitter chocolate, like the 90+% kind. Lots of smoked wood, and it's far more pleasant than the nose seems to suggest. Powdered coffee creamer, although it's not as dairy-ish as it should be. I'll concede that there's a little fig back there, but it's really concentrated, if ultimately weak. It does get better, even slightly sweet, as it warms up.

Carbonation is moderately coarse and slightly prickly. Aftertaste is smoky fruit, at least to me.

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 855 ratings