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Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

230 Reviews

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States | website

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 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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Photo of dragonWhale
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cherry-wood smoked malt, eh? I'm down.

It dominates the room, stinking up the bar, flashing fishnets, and spanking your girlfriend. The beer is angry and bold, the smoke atoning for your own shortcomings. Roastiness and a bit of chocolate accompany this angry smoke. There is a hint of fruit with the chocolate but it is quickly gone. The hops are practically absent, absolutely an afterthought.

A fantastic smoky porter and something I look forward to roasting some sweet cut o' pig in..

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Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mamacita in Nashville. I love the Johnny Cash reference in the name of this beer: "a beer named Sue."

Pours pretty much black and slightly viscous with a small tan head.

Aroma is excellent - smoky and even a little bacony with roast, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Flavor is similar to the aroma and also great. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and caramel all come through. Smoked bacon or ham is prominent as well.

Medium-full bodied with low carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.

Glad I got to try this beer. Definitely one of my favorites from my long weekend in Nashville.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from Tilley4. Thanks Jason!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a tan head that despite being thin upfront remained as a layer leaving a nice lacing pattern.

S - smokey dark malts.

T - the smoked flavor is in your face with some roasted malt and molasses flavors coming in play.

F - full bodied, robust.

D - a tasty nightcap.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Near black, vaguely red if held to light. Small tan head, minimal lacing.

S: Smoky. Cherry. A little bit like BBQ but I think it's just the smoke.

T: Malts, smoke and charcoal, a bit of cherry. Kind of bitter, but not too bitter. Cherry finish.

M: Smooth with a bit of carbonation, not too much. Full body.

D: Sipper. Due to the high level of alcohol and smoke it's a slow drinker. But incredibly enjoyable.

I've been wanting this for quite some time, and it completely lived up to my expectations.

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Photo of bort11
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this bottle for a little over a year now. I got it in a trade, but sadly I cannot remember who.

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Thick creamy tan head that recedes quickly, but also reactivates quickly with a swirl. Body color is a dense black with a thin line of chocolate brown highlights around the edges.

Smell is a bold bacon punch to the nose. Strong campfire smoke and charcoal aromas. A mild sweet cherry aroma comes in around the edges. Taste has the smoke balanced out by the chocolate malts. The cherry comes through a little more in the taste.

Body is full and leans towards syrupy. The carbonation is mild, though that may be due to the aging. This is really good, but more than one would be too much

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Photo of sommersb
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a bottling date of the 3rd week in August 2010 poured into a Yazoo pint glass.

Color was near black; very dark with just a trace of red coloring around the edges when held to light. Head was about 1 finger of off-white.

The smell was dominated by smoked malt with kind of a campfire aroma. You can really get the smoked cherry in here.

Taste was of roasted malts and more smoke, with hits of chocolate and a bit of charcoal. Some bitterness is present but the alcohol tends to smooth it out. Mouthfeel was smooth; I was left with a lingering smokiness after each sip.

Drinkability is good, although this is a beer I'd probably sip slow and just one at a time due to the strong smoke flavor and high alcohol. Overall a very good brew!

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.62/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to grownfool for sending me this as part of a recent trade. This was definitely smoky and I hate to say this but there is something about rauch/smoked beers that is similar to wet dog! Cheap beef jerky too. Band aids almost. The flavor is a little bit of chocolate then some smoky, rubbery flavors. I'm sorry but I cannot fuck with smoked beers (yet).

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
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