Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
819 Ratings
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
Ratings:
819
Reviews:
242
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
Wants:
211
Gots:
195
For Trade:
21
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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbehlar
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crawmcgraw
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mattsucks
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no apparent date:
Pours easily into the glass, the black body filling about 60% of the glass as the head strains to crest the lip. A nice light brown head that seems creamy but falls at a moderate pace. Thick tan collar doesn't provide any lacing, but does give a little show of froth on each sip.

Wondering if the bottle was originally clear before the fire struck the warehouse, turning the glass brown and the beer a nice, lingering smoked note - like the fire was out long ago, but the smoke was not let to escape quickly. I more coffee-leaning malt roastiness sneaks through this, but it does have a woody to maybe just slightly citrusy hop note.

A bit watery up front, while the flavors seem to sit back, figuring out how to hit my palate. The smoke starts walking towards me first, yelling across the field. As I really start to hear what he is yelling, a charge of all flavors comes - light brownie, weak coffee, cigar tobacco, and smokiness from a smoker in the backyard on the weekend. A little on the malty side in front behind the shroud of smoke, it becomes bitter in the back - citrus rind and lightly charred wood (no doubt smoke influenced).

I think I am a fan of cherry wood smoked beers. Made one with a friend once, and am getting a little bit of what I thought I had forgotten about that beer. If this beer had a little more feel - either heft or carbonation - to go with the nice flavor levels, it'd probably be get a tenth or more points from me.

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Photo of JDizzle
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcotom
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold from 22-ounce bottle into a small snifter. Deep brown coffee-colored pour, with a couple of fingers of tan head. Complex aromas and flavors of dark roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, and light smoke, plus a little fruity tartness. Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel that becomes slightly silky as the beer warms from fridge temperature. Finish is on the dry side, with a touch of tannic astringence and a little lingering burnt-coffee bitterness. There is a box on the label for the bottling date, which on my sample had been left blank. Very smooth after a year of cellaring, with almost no alcohol presence. Overall, an outstanding and flavorful Baltic porter.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.12/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VAbrookiechaser
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottiethebody
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
2.84/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An incredibly muted, underwhelming aroma of malt, a smoky quality and hops.

T: Tasted of a bit of the smokiness, light hops notes, the advertised cherry wood notes (not as much as I expected), a good amount of malt, a bit of chocolate, and coffee. A surprisingly bland, watery flavor with little character to recommend it. Not nearly as aggressive as other Baltic porters and quite tame.

F; A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: The overall ratings of this beer are perplexing, It's very forgettable. Wouldn't try it again.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boogerisu
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brunsojw
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely love the smokiness. Once they raised it to 9%, it was a game changer. Slightly bitter, which makes it not uqie a smooth, but this is an great beer.

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

Photo of Grizzarky
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AllyearKG
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger desne khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, molasses, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, cherry, date, tobacco, leather, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, molasses, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, cherry, date, tobacco, leather, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, nuttiness, caramel, toffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, light dark fruit/herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is a fantastic smoked Baltic porter! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/smoked malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A perfectly executed style representation with the addition of cherrywood smoked malts. A really amazing offering.

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Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsbeer
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 819 ratings.
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