Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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%.

Added by ckeegan04 on 07-29-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
777
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
19.04%
 
 
Wants:
205
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181
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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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Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color and impenetrable to light. Just a thin beige head covering about half of the top of the beer.aroma of chocolate and dark malt is apparent. The flavor is boldly packed with slightly bitter dark malt,chocolate,and leather. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

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

Bottled on 3-14-2014. On 6-12-14 poured a dark, opaque brown with a 4 inch khaki head that gradually diminishes leaving prominent, thick lacing.

The aroma was smokey malt, similar to smoked beef or beef jerky.

Taste was smokey malt with plum and chocolate followed by moderate clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was creamy, moderate to heavy body, moderate carbonation and mild ethanol warming.

This beer strikes a perfect balance between a malt-forward porter, prominent but not overwhelming smokiness and a clean hop finish. I would serve this at 55F with grilled or smoked beef or duck or a rich chocolate desert. Would also be great on a cool night by the fire.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Half Acre pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown, cola like color with three fingers of fluffy tan head that fades eventually, leaving a nice lacing around the crown of the glass.

S: Dark cocoa, cherry wood, and campfire smoke really shine through.

T: Malty black coffee, smoke, and tobacco flavors permeate. Some ripened plum flavors present. Virtually no alcohol burn or flavor for 9%.

M: Exceptionally smooth, medium body, remarkably drinkable.

O: I'm admittedly not a fan of smoked beers or porters, but this beer really knocks it out of the park in terms of flavor, mouthfeel, and overall drinkability. Would be a perfect companion to a fireplace or campfire on a cool night. A really, really nice treat.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I go this a few weeks back in late March on a trip from NW Arkansas to Greer, SC.
Picked it up on a whim at a random store that had a huge liquor section. More brandy that I thought would sell in the Memphis area.

I didn't realize this was so well rated when I picked it up off the shelf. Looks like a porter, came out with a generous foam that died away. Yet, that lovely foam is quick to reappear and provide a nice lace.

Stunning Cherry Smoke aroma! But there's something metallic behind it, so it's all but perfect.

Roasted chocolate porter but with a Fruity Dried Cherry body; some burnt carbonized sweetness.
Now I wish I had two of these, a wood fireplace and some perfectly cooked duck breasts.

It's a heavy dark beer that makes me wanting another. This beer is evil. You should buy it.
Then you should buy me some.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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 patre_tim
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown opaque, slight amber when held to the light, 1 finger taffy coloured head.



S: Coffee, chocolate, deep earthy, malty, stout like, slight smoke.


T: Malty, black coffee, chocolate, tar, smoke, creamy, alcohol very hidden. Light sweetness. Almost banana like sweetness. 



M: Medium bready body, light foamy carbonation.

 Very smooth.

O: Delicoius, smooth, it hides the alcohol then goes down easy only leaving a burn in the throat. There isn’t anything beyond this that would make me buy it except that it was rated the best beer from Tennessee (the reason I got it). Glad I tried it, would have preferred a bottle half this size.

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Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours Jet Black with a two finger tan head

Getting some chocolate on the nose with smoke character.

Taste is smooth with chocolate and caramel. smoke comes through and is not overpowering. Some hop bitterness but less than expected with 93 IBU. you get almost no hot alcohol its hidden very well. overall a very good beer.
I would categorize this as an imperial Smoked Stout

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Photo of Mojo
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber into snifter

A - pours up a rich brown, almost black with a towering tan head that lasts for awhile and produces some lacing.

S - the nose is sort of weak to me and is the weak link in this beer. I get a little bit of sweet molasses and not much else.

T - Impressive. At 9% this offering ought to have a perceptible alcohol burn, but the booze is hid very well. This is a malt forward offering with caramel, chocolate, and cola notes finishing with a mild bitterness and a pervasive smokiness that permeates the wholeness of the palate.

M - loaded with carbonation and a pleasing feel in the mouth, not much aftertaste considering how big of a beer this is.

O - This beats Stone's Smoked Porter to pieces.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Bottling date of 01. NOV1 ? Someone else's review listed a bottling date of November 1, 2012 so I will assume that that is the bottling date for this particular bottle. Puts this at 13 months old. Let's see if the smoke has faded shall we.

A- Pours and nice medium heavy thick black with a light tan, medium level pillowy head that dissipated slowly to a thin film.

S- Some light to medium smoke a some sweet dark roasts similar to a milk stout. Wondering how the smoke is on a fresh one of these.

T- More of the light to medium smoke and a lot of sweet roast malts, again very similar to a milk stout. Not getting a real "assertive bitterness from Galena and Perle hops" as promised on their website, perhaps the age has taken that away. Still a very tasty beer. The ABV is quite well hidden and this beer is surprisingly drinkable.

M- A nice medium mouthfeel and surprisingly easy drinking, the smoke isn't too overpowering.

O- A very good beer but can't help but wonder what the year of aging has done to it. Would the smoke and bitterness be more amped up if it were fresh, probably. As it is, it seems more of a smoked milk stout, which isn't a bad thing. Got this one as an extra in a trade so I feel lucky to try this highly rated beer that is out of my distribution area.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber serve red in a Bruery Snifter Tulip on Thanksgiving day 2013

Appearance- 2 fingers of mocha head with tiny tight bubbles. Jet black in color with nice lacing.

Smell- Some smoke with a nice hop bite. Has that porter smell to an extreme. Solid!

Taste- Lots going on here. Mocha hits the front of the tongue, followed by a sharp hop bitterness and finished with a nice mellow smokeyness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with works very nicely with the flavors especially the hops.

Overall- A super solid smoked porter that uses great balance which makes for a nice complex porter.

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Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite smoked beers. Very nice smokiness to the aroma, but not overpowering. The chocolate and roasted malt flavors are complimented nicely by the smoke in the finish. Smooth and easy drinking for the style. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours pitch black with a velvety one finger tan head. Pretty good head retention with some nice wispy lacing

A really nice mix of roast, chocolate, and smoke on the nose. There is almost a burnt character to the nose but it is not overdone. A really nice balance there and just very rich all around.

Big shot of smoke up front in the taste along with lots of roast and velvety chocolate. I really like the cherry wood and the smokyness is very gentle and not burnt and medicinal as is sometimes the case with smoked porters. Big, chewy mouthfeel with moderate stickyness. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, I really like this beer. I am a bit fan of smoked beers anyways and this one just does it right with a great balance between the smoke and roast. Even thought this is brewed in my home state, I can't get it where I live. A shame because I would buy this on a regular basis.

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.
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