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Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

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235 Reviews

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

Style: American 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 rjd722
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark brown, essentially black and has a nice size tan foam head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves a little lacing. Outstanding smokey aroma, filled with chocolate, vanilla, and cherrywood malts. Amazingly well balanced porter; the malts hit up front and then the bitter hops ride through at the end. Vanilla, dark chocolate, various smokey/roasty notes. The smokiness is apparent across all aspects of this brew, really great stuff. The smokey and bitter hops are what's left to complete the mouthfeel...medium carbonation and not too thick for a porter.

Brought this one home from a work trip to Nashville, I'll need to be bringing home a few more next time!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint and 9.4 ounces into a snifter.

Foamy, creamy, oatmeal-colored head. Deep brown body. 5

Rich smoky aroma. Dark chocolate and caramel and vanilla. 4.25

Creamy dark and milk chocolate, vanilla and caramel, and some dark fruit flavor on the finish. 4

Body lacks some oomph, but it's creamy, smooth, smoky and medium-caronation. Light acidic note on the finish. 3.75

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Photo of mabermud
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark brown body, thicker creamy-mocha head. Nice moving legs and clingy lacing.
Smell: Lactose, roast, and a touch of smoke.
Taste: Roast, lactose, and some superb smokiness. Bitterness is absent. Smoothness.
Feel: Thin

Overall - This is nice. I like it. Very good mouth feel and the touch of smoke gives this a leg up.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight, thanks man.

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells nice and sweetly smoky, like cherrywood smoke, with some chocolate, a bit of piney hops, and a good helping of roasted malt. Can't wait to dig into this one.

This is one of the best smoked beers I've ever had. The cherrywood smoking lends a rich smoke complexity I don't usually find in these sort of beers. The smoke is sweet and woodsy, with a good chocolate and very roasty malt backbone behind it. It's 90 IBUs, and that shows- with a big bitter kick at the end of each sip. This is an absurdly well crafted porter here- everything is done the way it should be. Beer at it's best.

This is medium bodied, with a nice and creamy mouthfeel.

An exemplary example of a dark smoked beer. Really tasty and memorable.

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Photo of mlockman
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Granted, I am pretty averse to hop-flavor, but I thought the hops really overpowered the sweet malt flavors in this brew. While hop-lovers may enjoy, it was only barely palatable for me personally.

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Photo of jabergess
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Taco Mac. I am not a huge smoke bomb fan so the fact this one is light on the smoke is appealing. Beer has a very small head - which means more for me. :-). Waiting on it to warm up to give me more flavor so the fact I already rated it pretty high says a lot. I don't taste 9%. I am highly doubtful of that, but maybe. It is a pleasant Porter with some smoke attributes. I think I mostly like it because the smoke is subtle which I appreciate. That is hard to do. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottled 4/1/15 at 41 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, hint of smoke at 41 degrees, mostly gone as the glass warms to 48 degrees. The chocolate becomes more prominent at 48 degrees.
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy/creamy, diminishing to 5 mm frothy ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing fair – some broken archipelagoes of small to medium bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and more prominent smoke than evidenced in the nose but still much less than in a rauch beer. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, initially creamy but seems to become more watery as it warms, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75

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Photo of gathersome
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours dark and the foamy head has a sweet smell. The taste is very smoky and has a nice blend of smoky malt, and a mix of hops that really comes off with a lot of flavor. There is not much carbonation, I think what's in there, goes to form the head. Anyway, this beer goes down smooth, and if you belch, you will taste some grill smoke.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a very solid beer. Upon my first sip I got a little bit of smoke and lots of coffee and chocolate notes. There was a little bit of fruitiness, but it was perfectly balanced with the other flavors. For a beer with such a high % ABV, it didn't taste overly boozy either, which I rather liked.

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Photo of uvachief
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the airport in Nashville. True American Smoked Porter. Poured super dark chocolate black with 2 full fingers of tan head on a titled glass pour. Rick, dark hue. Lacing throughout. Really good lacing. You can smell the smoke, chocolate, dark fruits like raisins, malts and hops. Feels solid like a good porter should. Not as thick as a stout but the exact right fullness in the mouth. First taste is chocolate and smoked wood upfront. Almost like a camp fire. Dark fruits. Malts with a little hops on the back end. Not bitter. Very complex. Hides the big abv well. No burn until you are more than half way through. Truly excellent smoked porter. Not too much smoke flavor. Just right. Cheers! Well done Yazoo! OBTW, this is the BEST bang for your buck beer. It is $7 for a bomber.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black. Thick, tan colored, frothy head.

Caramel malts, smoked malts, maybe some dark fruit round out the aroma. Basically, its malty smelling. I dont notice much of a smokey aroma as I was expecting to.

Heavily smoked flavor. The sip continues to get even more smoked after I swallow it. Tough enough that it reminds me a bit of a campfire and a bit of smoked whitefish.

Bold. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Just enough carbontation. Undeniably a great beer.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my all time favorite porters. Delicious.

A: Dark black. Pours with two fingers of a tan head. Beautiful spiderweb lacing.

S: Raisons, chocolate, some coffee notes. A hint of smoke.

T: A smoked porter that lives up to it. Such an awesome smokiness which complements well with the raisony, chocolate and coffee notes.

F: Fuller bodied than your average porter. Thick and chewy. Moderate carbonation.

This is what I've always wanted in a Smoked Porter. Truly a great beer. Too bad it's in Nashville, but I'm glad I stopped and brought some home.

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Photo of rkat32
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle, date illegible. Purchased at Craft Brewed, Nashville, Tenn. Poured into Spiegelau stout glass on March 7, 2015.

L: Appearance is black with a rocky, light mocha-colored head. An impressive three-finger head retains its shape for a few minutes before subsiding. Great lacing; look is very-enticing.

S: Light campfire smoke aromas leap out of the glass. Dark chocolate, smoked malt, coffee, toffee and dark fruits are also present in the nose.

T: Caramel malts, roasted grain, earthy hops, toast, hint of smoke touches the lips. No noticeable alcohol despite the 9+% ABV. Delicious; a very fine drinker.

F: Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Slightly chewy with a balanced finish.

O: The smoke is toned down a bit when compared to more rauch-forward beers like Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter. However, this point enhances the beer’s drinkability factor, in my opinion. I tend to seek out this beer whenever I’m in the Nashville area. An excellent representation of a smoked porter with a very-attractive price point (under $5 a bomber).

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Photo of Jody_Lester
4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm a bit partial because this is a hometown beer, but Yazoo Sue truly delivers. Black as night and drinks like a dream. This Smoky Porter is perfect to pick up for $5 a bottle after a long day at work.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch and a half tan head that stayed around a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like smoked malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. It tastes like smoked malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and a bit of licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. The 9% ABV is well hidden. I thought this was a good brew, if you're into smoked beers then you should probably give this one a try! $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Cameron for sharing this Tennessee treat 2 nights ago. So many Sues in the beer world.

A - This poured black and sported a beige head. Good retention, decent lace.

S - Roast, peppery steak, dark chocolate, tobacco. Big smokiness but has a nice deep savory feel to it, earthy campfire tones.

T - More chocolate coming through while maintaining a good strong roast+smoky presence, a little more balance than in the nose. Some dark fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

M - Good body with highish carbonation. Not much alcohol, feels biggish but wouldn't guess 9%. Good potent smoky flavors without being harsh.

O - The smoke goes far here and brings on some nice complex savory/woody flavors, melds well with a good roast and chocolatey base, the overall profile reminds me of De Molen's smoked stout (Hemel & Aarde). Drinks pretty easy considering.

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Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in TN at the end of the summer on a roadtrip.

A- Mostly black bodied with a few hints of brown at the very edges poured to four pint glasses for sharing. The pour reveals a head over one finger with a tan hue and thick, frothy consistency. Good retention and lacing is a mix of spots and drizzle in medium portions.

S- Smoked first with the Porter following even at this ABV. Well, a ton of smoke mostly dominates the aroma to be honest. Dark, charred malts with some chocolate in the backdrop. Mostly smoke.

T- Smoky like a campfire again, cherrywood makes up a large portion of the flavor profile. Generally smoked logs tossed into the flame with dark malts coming in after that. Chocolate is dark and any sweetness is curbed by the smokiness. Notes of raisin, caramel, ash, tobacco and pepper.

MF- Medium-heavy thickness with a medium-high carbonation level that suits the flavors presented by the beer. Puffy and slightly creamy texture that is smooth but leaves something to be desired.

Smoky, quite heavily but still enough Porter elements to keep it in touch. Cherrywood smoke and deep, semi-sweet chocolate combine for a drinkable yet big brew.

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Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Nose: cherrywood smoke, malt, bit of chocolate.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, malt, subtle smoke that's not artificial or burnt-rubbery.

Finish: dry, ashy, little cocoa. Nice, gently prickly bubbles.

Solid smoked porter, it avoids the burnt rubber/artificial flavor that some smoked beers get.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance - The beer was a deep black color with a mocha head crowning the glass.

Smell - The smoke really is an attention getter. The smell is dominated by smoke.

Taste - My initial impressions are big smoke and chocolate. The smoke is not overly acidic, but is well balanced. Dry chocolate dominates the aftertaste. I can see this would be a great bbq beer.

Mouthfeel - The acidity of the smoke is pinned down by the thickness of the porter. The mouthfeel is important on this one.

Overall - If it is not the best, it is certainly in the top 3 of domestic smoke beers.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

L - I'll call it black. No light comes through when held to the light. It is capped with an inch of tan head with not a lot of lacing.

S - The smell is great. I get chocolate and roasted malt, and, of course, smoke.

T - The taste matches the smell. I get a great chocolate porter taste up front. Then comes the smoke. It is not overpowering, but it is well represented.

F - Thick, creamy, smooth

O - This is a great smoked porter. The base porter taste is fantastic. The smoke might actually be a detriment to the wonderful porter, but it does compliment it well. I am enjoying this beer immensely and now crave barbecue.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with some brown boundaries. The off-white head is about an inch or two with some retention and lacing

S: Stylish combination of smoke, coffee, roast, chocolate, fruit, earth and malt

T: Absolutely love the smoke and cherry and just the overall complexity you get with this product: coffee, cocoa, caramel, chocolate, and toffee, roasted malts, leather and velvety. Sat on this a bit and enjoyed it ever so much as it warmed up a bit

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, extremely smooth and creamy, and a nice finish

O: I’m a sucker for a peaty scotch = sucker for a smoky beer, regardless of the brewers preference: rauchbier; smoked lager; smoked porter; intricacies of a smoked sour; etc. Sue is top of its class; stands out amongst the best, and if you’re a fan of the genre than it’s a must – A beautifully well-crafted, smooth, delicious, smoked beverage

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours black with a nice khaki head. Aroma offers a nice balance of smoke, roastiness, chocolate. coffee and toffee with a touch of grassy/earthy hops in the finish. Flavor follows suit. A creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I am starting to enjoy a balanced smokey beer and this has been one of the best examples of a smokey beer I have tried. Good stuff.

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Photo of BaalDagon
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first, in what I consider, true venture into the world of "craft" beer. WOW! I cannot even begin to explain the explosion of taste that hit my mouth. Right off the bat, the intense flavor of dark chocolate that fills the palate can only be akin to the finest dark's that I have had the pleasure of sampling and baking with. Next is little hints of all kinds of flavors from licorice to cherrys and then some that I wasn't too sure about... so that will be left up to you to decide; however, they are all wrapped nicely in a wonderfully creamy body that I liken to liquid silk. Lastly, the boldness of the smoked flavor that would rival ANY fine cigar rolls over the palate like a cleansing rinse. Amazingly, there are no cloying attributes that one would figure would go with such intensity. As would stand to reason, as it got slightly warmer, it fullness of the flavors completely woke up forcing me to turn off the boobtube, dim the lights, and throw on some Monk. It is a perfect size in portion so that as you come closer to the end of the bottle, the better the experience without over staying its welcome. I have added a few more beers to my "craft" experience, but unfortunately... I feel that all I have done was try to chase the experience I've had with Yazoo Brewing Company's Sue. I heartily encourage this beer to anyone looking for a GREAT craft beer, but be forewarned... it has a habit of spoiling the taste-buds!

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Photo of tmm313
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Basically black. Poured a thick 3 finger head that lingered for a while. Super sticky lacing.

S- Chocolate, roast, dark fruit, earthy hop, and a touch of coffee. Muted compared to other categories.

T- Deeply complex. Many characteristics shifted in and out, changed with each sip, and varied as the temperature changed. There were multiple forms of chocolate (dark, milk, baker's), toffee, licorice, coffee, dark cherry, wood, leather, smoke, earthy hop, grapefruit, citrus rind, and spice. Virtually no trace of alcohol. As it warmed to room temp, the spiciness almost seemed minty. I specifically remember how the finish would bring a rush of grapefruit that almost swirled itself into a creamy chocolate flavor that faded into a minty like burn. At the time, I didn't have a way to document what was happening in detail, so I just tried to remember what I could.

M- Creamy, almost oily. Heavier side of medium body, but somehow easy going down. Drying, with nice subtle spice.

O- I was blown away by Sue. Its darkness, aroma, complexity, and thickness were much more Imperial Stout than American Porter to me, yet it was somehow easy drinking. One of the best Porters I've ever had.

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 791 ratings.
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