Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

237 Reviews

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

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%.

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Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown near black with a fluffy mocha colored head. ok lacing but good head retention

S: rosted chocolate, some hints of coffee. some bitter chocolate notes too

T: Bitter and roasted chocolate notes coats my tongue with a slight herbal hop note in the finish. very nice overall roastiness

M: a bit thin with a touch of heat. could use a bit more creaminess

D: Very solid overall porter that i would be happy to try again

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Photo of Stoneyrok
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Debbie for picking this up for me is Nashville last week as a gift!
Served from bottle, chilled into pilsner

A = nice dark Deep color, can't see thru, minimal head using proper pour technique.

S = deep malt, smoky, slightly hoppy

T = first sip gives a huge smokey flavor that disguises anything else perceivable. Second sip and consecutive sips give a clean, rich, Low chocolate, Caramel, and black malt flavor. There is an unmistakable smokey cherry wood flavor that becomes nicer and nicer as you drink the beer. Finishes clean and is well balanced.

M = smooth, perfect carbonation. Creamy, nice but not at first sip, as the smoke takes you by surprise.

D = Good, therefore sold in a four pack at 9.1%, I can feel one for sure. This is good for one, maybe two a night with something else, but unique, and more drinkable than I thought it would be after the first surprising sip..

Extra = I don't generally like smoky beers, and have even emptied one down the sink. This was better than I expected and nice to have something different and unique. Would buy if local.

Enjoy. Hit me up for a trade.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanx to Bstaffor for this, one of the best out of his package so far!!

A:Pours a almost black color with a tan head that slowly falls leaving nice lacing hanging

S:Big smokey roasted malts up front make way for a light caramel and chocolate take
over of the nose, but then smokey senses start to take over again

T:Holy awesomeness, this was not what I was expecting. Roasted malts come up first
to make way for a big explosion of smokey bacon flavor that lingers around that backend
and dominates the palate

M:Decent mouthfeel to this with ample body as well. Palate is pretty much covered by the
smokey bacon flavor that this brew is dominated by

D:Very easy drink on this and I had no idea it was 9% till I looked at the bottle the next morning, ended up being totally not what I expected it to be but in a good way. What was that? You enjoy bacon, then get this brew. Its all I could keep saying when I was drinking it.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks to SuperNova777 (Josh) for opening this the other night.

A- Pours a black color. One and half finger mocha colored head that shows good retention. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it down.

S- A big helping of roasted malts in this one. When I say roasted malts I think I should state this is more like a liquid smoke with roasted malt. Caramel malts and light chocoalte malts balance out the smoked aroma.

T- Light bitter hop bite on the very front moves into a deep roasted malt. The roasted flavor kind of washes away once the middle of the beer hits showing chocolate and bready caramel base malts. The chocolate malts last into the ending of the beer which then turns up the smoked flavor into a bacon like beer flavor. Not off putting at all!

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and smoke left on the palate. Aftertaste is nothing but smoked bacon and maybe light roasted malts. Flavors are balanced until the ending of the beer where the smoke takes over everything. Clean overall but the smoke flavor would cover any infections to be honest. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This is a very drinkable smoked porter. I wouldn't be able to drink a whole six pack of this but it delivers with what it says it was going to. ABV is not apparent at all in this beer which makes it a little dangerous. If you like bacon (smoked) beers then you should put this one on your list for sure.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/4/11

Bottled the 2nd week of November

Much appreciation to CruisaC; this was a long time want

Dark cherry brown color that settles with grape juice colored highlights. The head was slow to develop so I aggravated the pour, resulting in nearly three fingers of puffy, tan foam. Head retention thins; thick clumps of lace remain.

Wood smoke accounts for much of the aroma, though it isn't overbearing. I like that particular smell a lot; it reminds me of campfire clothing the day after. Beyond the smoke there are notions of roasted dark malts & earthy hops.

The flavor progresses from an initial hoppiness that manifests as subtle, rolling stimulation (as opposed to aggressive bitterness) leading into roasted, nearly burnt (or even charred), notes of coffee & dark chocolate, then finishing with a prevalent, lingering, smoked malt flavor & some residual bitterness.

The feel is full bodied, creamy (for the most part) & smooth. Gritty underpinnings. Carbonation is pretty low, offering just a slight twinge. This isn't a hot beer but no great attempts are made to disguise the abv.

I like this one a lot; drinkability is high for a smoked porter of such an abv. My only gripe is that the flavors (the feel as well, to a lesser degree) start to become muddled & focused on a thick chocolate presence. A good choice for smoky goodness. Yazoo, please come to Ohio.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a perfect pint glass, thanks to Chris...Light black pour with a light tan head, good retention and lacing...The aroma and taste are all smoke, but its charcoal and ashy smoke, ciggarette ash like, but not that bad. Some coffee notes to try balance this, but the ash dominates. A few sips of this is enough, not very drinkable. You can always tell which is the last tick of the night.

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

Appearance: Slips out a dark brown, near black with a sudsy, somewhat smallish, off-white head.

Smell: Ashen roasted barley notes gnarled with smoke fumes and smoothed over with simple chocolate and caramel sauce.

Taste: Sugar-flecked roastiness with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, spent coffee grinds, and light caramel. Particularly sweet, this Sue beer. Subtle underlying fruitiness. Big taste of smoked malt throughout. Small helping of spicy, earthy hops and overall bitterness. Smokey, sugary, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An interesting brew, Yazoo. The ratcheted up sweetness hampers the drinkability somewhat, but, overall, it's still pretty good.

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Photo of mklinger
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black into a pint glass with a thick, creamy mocha head. Lovely looking beer.

Nice potent, rich smoke scent with a little roast. Quite smoky without smelling ashen as some smoked beers can.

Taste is where the smoke really shines. I thought that given that this looks like a stout and it's imperial strength (which I thought would give it a thick body) that Sue wouldn't be very porter-like. But it really is a nice porter. A bit of roast, but not too much; some sweetness but just enough for balance. Alcohol is not too present for a 9% beer. This is an excellent porter with the smoke element added on top. Perfect use of smoke in a beer -- it adds dimensions to an already great beer rather than covering up a mediocre beer.

Body is lighter than a stout (though not light). Crisp for such a dark beer. Nice carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of haddon
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

aggressive pour into a pint glass that was black as night with little to no head

wow, with all this smoke on the nose it feels like I'm sitting around a campfire. malts, coffee, dark chocolate... but mostly smoky.

smoke flavor hits hard and quick. there is an interesting chocolate covered cherry that follows. mild bitterness with a leathery finish

medium body with a velvety feel. one of the more fuller bodied porters I've ever had

although I wouldn't have more than one in a setting, I found this quite unique. the sour cherry wrapped in leathery smoke was something I've never experienced before. I usually find porters a little too watered down for my liking but I will definitely go back to Sue. proud to call myself a Nashvillian.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in the mood for something heavy and dark. Thanks to pitasoup for this one!!

Poured an inky dark black, blacker than night, with a one-ish finger head that dissipated into a sheen with nice lacing.

Smells great! Dark smoky malts dominate the nose along with wisps of dark chocolate and coffee.

On the tongue it's a taste explosion of great smoky malts, coffee, leather, dark brown sugar and blackstrap molasses with woody notes.

Mouthfeel is very rich and thick with a bittersweet, lingering aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

A genuine delight, truly a great beer and my favorite so far from this brewery!! So easy to drink you'll forget it's 9%!

I must try more yazoo beers!!!

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Photo of ztaylor1
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- opaque brown. No light escapes! Light tan head that leave slight chunky lacing.

Smell- the sweetest of malts. Slight smokiness.

Taste- dark malts with heavy coffee and espresso notes. Crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel- smoothest porter I've had.

Drinkability- dangerously good.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

YES! A non-infected bottle! My first Sue a couple of weeks ago whats SOUR. This is a re-review of a good bottle.

A - Black. Not Sludge-like, but black all the same. Head is a light brown, nice lacing, and excellent retention.

S - Tons of smoke and a nice woody character. Bit of sweetness and roasted malts.

T - Starts out a bit woody, with some bitterness up front. The smoke is tamed a bit more and much more appropriate. It moves to a lot of roasted and sweet malts, chocolate, and a nice coffee finish. There's some leathery tastes at the end.

M - The feel is solid medium in body, very creamy, low carbonation, and coating.

D - Good drinkability. Very yummy, and a couple would be great in a setting.

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Photo of malty
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3rd wk. of Aug. Received this as a bonus in a trade from unclejedi - thanks man!

Pours a midnight brown with a handsome loose & creamy settled 2" tan head. Looks very sturdy, solid and unmoving. Smatterings of broken walls of lace all the way down.

Smells like fresh Fig Newtons dipped in chocolate. An interesting and complex combination of toasted raisin bread, Whoppers malted milk balls and dark chocolate caramel. Fresh brewed coffee with cream also. Very appealing nose for sure!

Holy smokes Bat Man! Very smokey upfront flavors storm the gates. Shoe leather supports the charge and acrid woody notes bring in the rear. Deep, charred dark malts entrench the palate and puffs of smoke fill in the corners. Deep, dark & smokey.

Mouthfeel is a tad heartier than med. bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. THe carbonation is low and quite English in feel. A bit of a chalky, yet silky finish.

Drinkability is okay. One and done for me.

Overall a smokey, robust porter for sure. It is very fitting for a blizzardy Sunday afternoon sitting in front of the fireplace. Leather flavors are interesting. Intense and hearty. I'm full.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Tilley4 for hooking me up with this one in a recent trade. I love the simplicity of the label, just a beer named Sue. Awesome. Review is from notes taken on 12/10/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is the standard deep, dark brown/near black; starts with a full one finger creamy tan head; body is entirely opaque; head fades to a thin and uneven skim; only a couple of spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Definitely smokey, big time; some roasty and burnt maltiness and just a touch of bittersweet chocolate; it really smells pretty good and robust, and it's what I was expecting.

Taste: The smokiness dominates and it is clearly up front, but there really is some balance that comes into play as well; the bittersweet chocolate sneaks in behind the smokiness as well as some smooth, near milky, creaminess; the roastiness is in there as well, and just a touch of dark fruitiness (perhaps cherry?, but not tart); for a beer that's 9%, the alcohol is very well hidden and barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: Body is a solid, medium weight; carbonation is there, but it's rather soft, keeping the body very smooth and creamy; a thin, moist coating that's a little gritty is left on the roof of the mouth and teeth; belly is left a little warm from the 9%.

Drinkability: Super solid, and really an all night kind of sipper, but definitely a sipper being 9%. I would happy to get through 2 in a night, but I would take my time with it.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality product from Yazoo. Bright, fresh malt flavor, well balanced between the roasted grain and smoke flavors. Hopping adds a sharp punctuation to the middle. Use of cherry wood makes for an interesting smoke note, and the level of smoke is judiciously moderated. ABV adds a touch of pepper at the finish.

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Photo of beer2day
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a hint of deep cream head. No retention at all and no lace. None.

Could not pick out the dominant flavor until I read the description online. Cherrywood? Who knew? Definitely an interesting aroma, with a strong woody smell. Lots of smoke and a bit of oil in the nose. Smoke covers up any hint of alcohol.

Slightly thin up front. Cherrywood really takes over midway through and dominates. Bright cherry tart flavor, lots of smoked wood, a bit of ash in the finish. Dry and tart in the finish as well.

Typical feel for the style. Too light for my taste, though.

Very interesting interpretation and well worth trying if you like smoked porter.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into an imperial pint

Pours a medium-dark brown. It looks like a porter, basically. It's porter brown, you could say. Not much head here; it's just darker than eggshell in color. Solid lacing, though. Average looking beer.

Subtle smoke, but yeah, you do smell the smoke first. Tobacco leaf and new leather. It is vaguely reminiscent of a Black & Mild; there's some slight vanilla and whispers of stonefruit. Milk chocolate, obviously. Chicory. Some ham, to be quite honest. All these aromas go for the taste, too. This beer tastes like it smells, only more intensely and harmoniously. This is quite the porter, actually. Quite the porter indeed.

Mouthfeel seems solid. The carbonation gives out too soon, which is problematic with the smoke flavor, but a good showing overall. For a smoked beer, this is absurdly drinkable.

Very, very good offering here. I was surprised by this one. I will seek it out in bottles to see if it compares to how delicious it is on-tap.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In honor of today's facebook reunion with a long lost friend (who happens to live in Nashville, TN), the bottle of Sue (thanks, Jim/unclejedi, for the recent tag-along to Portland) spoke to me.

A 12 oz. twist-capped brown bottle (stuck tho', so a cap-popping was required); notched at Bottled On: 'Dec', 'Week 4' - so it's approaching one year old. Still good? Let's see...

Label: "The South is famous for smoking almost everything. Why not a beer? Yazoo 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. Alc. 9% by Vol. 93 IBUs."

A: Very dark...could be 'black' but for a smoldering mahogany-red swath. Fizzy head grows to a half-finger, but withdraws quickly. Star-shaped film, but really no lace to speak of, outside a few pinpoints that glide down the glass.

S: Heady aroma of sweetness and smoke. Carobs and caramel and fudgy notes surround a sugary and woody smokiness. Good strength and kinda heavenly, as in 'could sniff this for a long time'.

T: Chewy chocolate malts, a little raisin, then a substantial smoked malt jolt. Fruitiness (I know cherrywood doesn't taste like 'cherry'...or does it?) comes through a thickening dark cacao and coffee roast. Something a little metallic and tinny embarks as well, though nothing to denigrate much. Very enjoyable flavors and exceeding complexity.

M: This could be a little tired from 11+ months in the bottle. Very mellow carbonation, bordering on non-existent. Feel is ultra-smooth, however: a thick and taste bud-twisting juiciness follows. Can't stop salivating, due to all the sticking smokiness and bittering hops. Whatever negatives come from a worn-out carbonation are made up for by that long-lasting finish.

D: Well, as much as enjoy the confounding flavors found in a wonderful smoked porter like this (haven't tasted a better one, with the exception of the Alaskan Brewing's amazing version), it's certainly a sipper. What a treat to try the first of Yazoo's 'big' beers; I'd love to have it again and give it a hearty recommendation for those who may find it.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in Nashville.

A: opaque, poured a nice rocky head that dissipated within a few minutes to a thin lacing
S: medium body, smokey, almost ash-like
T: very nice, rich, deep roasted malt, with a nice smattering of smokiness, good hop bitter finish, almost as good as my homebrew of the same style!
M: very nice, velvety smooth with a nice hop bitterness bite
D: decent

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Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was black with no highlights. It poured with a large, light tan colored head.

s: Big and completely lacking in subtlety. Just what I was hoping for in an imperial smoked porter with 93 ibu's. Lots of smoke with hints of caramel, cherry, and chocolate.

t: Wow. The smoke is subtle up front allowing rich chocolate and a little cherry to come through. The finish is much smokier and the 93 ibu's make their presence felt. Hugely flavorful and very complex, damn near perfect.

m: Full bodied and richly carbonated with a wonderful lingering, coffee like smoky bitterness.

d: This was bottled only about 3 weeks ago, so I considered aging this one. I'm really glad I opted to experience the 93 ibu's fresh however. What a treat, thanks to titosupertramp for a chance to try this amazing beer.

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Photo of inpursuitofhops
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a four pack for Turkey day from my dad. Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark. Could not see through it. Small tan head when first poured, but nothing after a few sips. Very little spotty lacing.

S: Smoky Malts, I smell the cherry-wood.

T: Like a normal porter at first, then a smooth wave of smoky bitterness. A lasting flavor for sure.

M: Nice, light carbonation, and smooth over the tongue.

D: I can tell this is 9%. I drank mine nice and slow.

Didn't like this one at first, but by the end of the glass I was ready for another. Still, it must be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is nearly black, a roasted deep ruby red color. Those red highlights come out only when the glass is held up to light. A half a finger of tan head gradually whittled down to a thin band.

S: The nose is unusual, very sweet with a sour cherry and smoked malts tandem. The aroma has vinegary highlights, a New Glarus olde English porter touch (although not nearly as sour). Syrupy caramel is evident underneath.

T: Acrid malts, burnt and bitter, define the porter aspect. Plenty of caramel syrup sweetness helps to smooth out the rougher burnt flavors. Mild fruits, alongside the smoke, have a vinegary Flemish taste. The result is an interest flavor, olde-tymey and all. The goodness is that the strength isn't in your face.

M: The mouthfeel is both well-roasted and sweetly sour. I'm not sure what to think but the ale kinda works.

D: Very drinkable despite the 9% price tag. The sour aspect, intentional or not, works within the dark confines of the porter.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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 TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Yazoo beer courtesy of photekut (thanks JR). It pours a dark brown-black color, opaque, with a 1 finger dark tan foam. A little bit of lacing, not much.

It smells exactly as I'd hoped, dark roast and sweet malts, a modest dose of smoked malts, a little cocoa maybe excellent. And it only gets better in taste. All of the above, and the smoked flavors are at a perfect level. I've learned to love rauch biers, and so I think I could stand even more in this beer, but really it's perfectly constrained as is. Cherry wood based on the label, and it works very well.

The body is medium-heavy, lightly carbonated, not quite chewy but going in that direction. Absolutely delicious and I wish I had many more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for this bottle. Consumed on 11.07.2010.

Poured into a snifter. Color is near black with an initial two-finger light mocha head that recedes somewhat quickly and leaves behind a bit of lace. Nose is a bit smoky along with quite a bit of roast. Light chocolate and coffee as well. Taste is lighter with some mild smoke as well as light coffee. Feel is quite thin with low carbonation. Detracts a bit from the flavor. Drinks fairly well and is a nice porter. Glad I finally got to try this one. Thanks again, Matt.

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 798 ratings.
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