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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:
#1,941
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
831
pDev:
10.44%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
198
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, smoke and grease aromas. Not as thick, but certainly as smokey and boozy as can be expected. Understated carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking, fairly one dimensional, a little roast and mollasses and complex smoke (cherry wood). Alcohol warming.Bottle from SilverX IP.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, campfire smoke, and some band-aid aromas. If I smell especially hard I can get some cocoa powder and roasted coffee bean notes as well. Taste is of smoked malt, smoked meats, campfire smoke, and some band-aid flavors. There is a slight smoky bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a creamy, somewhat thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good smoked porter with a very well done smoke presence in the smell and taste.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BulbMan for sending this over. The beer poured out with a nice deep blac color with a foamy tan head on top. The retention and lacing were both very good on this. The smell of the beer is smokey, there is some roast in there too and hops. The taste of the beer has a great balance of subtle smoke, chocolate and bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy, and very soft. Overall it's a great beer. Really wasn't sure what I would think of it but I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit!!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a thin layer of tan bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts and smoke in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors roasted malts and smoke along with some notes of chocolate and hints of cherries.
M: It feels medium-bodied, very smooth and slightly creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nashville's premiere brewery puts forth such a dark ale, that it epitomizes all that's masculine in taste- then calls it "Sue" much like a Johny Cash song but in beer form.

Toasted and chocolaty, the beer's upstart is robust but shies away from roast. Dark coffee, cocoa, nuttiness and the whimsy of campfire resonate on the nose and laying firmly on the early palate. Its creamy sweetness is laden with toffee and root beer character.

Its middle really opens up with more complex fruit and spice notes- grilled grape, apple, plum and date meld seamlessly with a fennel, aniseed, mesquite and overall licorice note that gives rise to the more dominant bittersweet chocolates, coffee and charred toast flavor.

Spicy and semi-dry, the beer trends toasty with woodsy bitterness, smoky cocoa and a spicy alcohol warmth. its long and marginal savoriness keeps the next sip beckoning though the first sip extends indefinitely.

Sue borrows the fruit and sweetness from British porter roots, but can't ignore its drier, toastier, more bitter and warmer American indigenous character. And that's all evident in the beer's dry honeycomb structure of a head that hovers over an espresso-dark body.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jim for pouring a growler off of his keg for us, and to Aaron for sharing it!

Brownish black with tan foam that sticks to the sides, leaving concentric rings of lace in it's wake. A thin layer of foam remains on the surface, despite the relatively high abv.

Phenolic smoke, campfire, woody char and deep roasted malt in the aroma. The cherry wood lends a vague sweetness to the smoky element. Fairly straightforward smoky porter.

Earthy roast with a dry wood smoke aftertaste, light smoky phenols as in an Islay whisky, moderately bitter char with a luscious velvety feel. Impressions of unsweetened chocolate and mild coffee roast. Rich and smooth, yet light enough to have 3 pints of. The 9% is felt eventually, but absent in the flavor.

After drinking a bottle recently, it had some noticeably mellowed elements by comparison. The smoke is a bit more dry and woody in the bottled sample, less intense overall but still very tasty.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with a rather modest head that leaves a nice pattern of squiggly lace around the sides of the glass

Smell: Chocolate covered cherries and wafts of smoke

Taste: The smoke reaches out from the get go, with the cherry wood flavor complementing the chocolate malt; by mid-palate, the effect is of a smokey confection of chocolate covered cherries which after the swallow, become even more pronounced in a malty fashion, though the smoke lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I always knew Yazoo had it in them and I am so glad to have found a beer where the brewery seems to be reaching its potential; the sweetness and the smoke limits the drinkability a bit, but this is still a fine brew

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Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with two finger of thick tan head that rises from the depths of the pour. Good retention and alright lacing.

Smell: Smoke and roast with some sweet chocolate notes. Some dark fruit notes in the background as well.

Taste: Similar to the taste. The best thing about this beer is the smoke in the middle of each sip that fades to a roasty dark chocolate smooth finish. Nice smoke and roast with smooth chocolate. Some sweetness balances out the other flavors perfectly.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with extremely smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit chalky and mildly dry.

Overall: This beer is a wonderful combination of flavors. I was very surprised how much I loved it. I will definitely have it again if I get the chance.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

Thanks for the tick, Nick.

Looks like a cup of drip coffee, dark but not opaque. The head retains fairly well for the style.

The nose is heavy on campfire smoke. There's a nice chocolate malt character beneath that, along with a note of whole grain bread.

Tastes pretty damn good. Very chocolatey, with undertones of whole grain bread and licorice. Smoke is prevalent but balanced, contributing a nice layer of flavor. Finishes with molasses and milk chocolate sweetness, slight balancing roast. Surprisingly, this was quite good.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 zestar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

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

Poured into bruery snifter

Pours a light layer of khaki head that fades down. Color is nearing black. Leaves some nice lace.

Aroma: Smoked malts and bacon. Very roasted. Some caramel and light chocolate.

Taste: Pretty much identical to the nose, but the smoke is magnified. Big smoke and roasted malt profile with some bacon flavors. Has light chocolate with some caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and smokey.

Overall, a decent smoked beer. I like the smoke characteristics here and yazoo did a good job with not over-doing it. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2x. Surprisingly smoky aroma overpowers everything else (older bottle and tasting) but seems much lighter in the 2015 bottle.

This carries over to the flavor which is as not as smoky as a rauchbier.

Overall: about the right level of smokey for my taste.

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

Haven't been a huge fan of any of their beers really. The only one I really enjoyed so far was the pale ale, although if I had to guess I would assume this would be my fav, but let's see if they screwed the pooch here too. Thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit) for this one.

Friggen SCREW CAP AAAARRRGGG!!! But... a bottled on date? Why one great thing and one horrible thing?! I don't get it. Bottled on May 14, 2012.

Pours a light creamy fizzy 1/4 finger darker colored head that fades at a med pace, not much lacing or head to be found overall but that's not too bad for a 9% beer. The beer itself is pretty much pitch black, can't find any light coming through.

Nose is actually a nice porter, some chocolate and cocoa, dark malts, some caramel and toffee too, little bready malt and some earthy hops. Creamy milk chocolate, nougat, dry dark malts.

Taste starts with some roast and hint of smoke, actually not really a hint as it increases to a nice light smoke like a smoldering log, light char, light caramel and toffee like, again hint of nougat, etc. Chocolate is there, bit of dark bitter choc, little milk choc, etc. Very light roasty acrid burnt coffee flavor with associated bitterness and char. Light earthy hops with a bit of decent bitterness with that, and more bitterness from the dark charred malts, maybe carafa? Finish is drier, slightly sticky, just a bit of warming booze washing away as the lingering biscuit and chocolate come through with a bit more burnt coffee and roast, carafa, etc. A big spicy earthy hop flavor comes through late on the finish.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, good carb for 6 month old beer with a screw cap, and 9% abv, and booze is mostly hidden.

Overall pretty nice, fairly impressed for what most of their beers were before. That being said, it's still not an amazing beer, just a good beer. The malts are mostly nice but the burnt coffee charred malt is not as nice, and hops are good at first but don't stay as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
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