Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

236 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 Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thank you Brandon.

The beer is a deep, dark mahogany, appearing black in low light. Opaque. Atop the beer is a half inch of oily beige head. The aroma offers chocolate, roast, licorice, molasses, smoke. Smoke and roast with lovely chocolates. Fabulous aroma and flavor. Medium bodied and a bit chewy, coating the palate. Smooth and creamy with fairly low carbonation. A terrific beer and superb example of a porter.

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Photo of qchic
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this $6 bomber to show TN a lil love. A black beauty in the glass that initially was topped by a billowy tan head that dissipates. My schnoz is getting smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and some spiced nuts. The smoke does not overwhelm in the aroma, but has a cumulative effect on the flavor. Every now and then some fruity esters pop up, but the dry, bitter cocoa has the upper hand. Smoke is there all along, especially on the back end, but balanced nicely. Plenty going on to mask the 9%. I'd say a good representation for the less ubiquitous style, but I'd recommend sharing this one.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

thanks to MSquared2 for the hookup on this one. enjoyed from a spiegelau glass. bottled may 14th, 2012

a - beer poured jet black with generous off white, almost yellowish head that dissolved shortly after the pour but left nice lacing on the glass.

s - nice roasted chocolate malts with good amount of smoke. charred wood.

t - yowza, not yazoo...that's a tasty beer. again, big smoke notes and nice chocolate malt with big roast character. camp fire in your mouth, but i love it.

m - roasty and charred, but big so kind of feels borderline RIS.

o - overall, really nice beer. much better than i expected. great body brings it all together. super enjoyable. cheers.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a very dark slightly viscous liquid with a nice light tan head. Head is pretty dense and stands at about half and inch. Almost capuccino-like.

Aroma starts off with some nice smoked malts. Malty body for sure. Nice notes of cherry wood and the remnants of a good campfire. Interesting. Some slight notes of coca as well as some nice bitter and roasted coffee notes.

Flavor starts off with that sharp burnt smoke note. This note is quickly supplanted by some nice dark fruit notes and some good bready sweetness. Sweet milk cocoa notes dominate and yet blend so well with some lingering smokey notes. There is some nice roast and the finish is nice and bitter with some dark cocoa notes. Mouthfeel is nice and silky and smooth.

Pretty good porter. Im not the biggest fan of smoked brews but this is very nice.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Tulip Shaped Glass

Appearance: Dark chocolate black with a thick creamy brownish head.

Smell: dark roasted malts with a nice blend of smokiness a hint of caramel and chocolate, but the smokiness smell is the most dominating.

Taste: sweet roasted malt, hint of vanilla and chocolate, with a smokiness blend to it, and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy bodied with slight carbonation and a dry smoky finish.

Overall: This is my favorite beer from Yazoo Brewing Co. The best American Porter I've ever had, hands down. It is well balanced with the sweetness and the smokiness and I can barley taste the alcohol, but I can tell that there is an alcohol presence in it. This beer would be perfect for a grill cook out and I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of harrymel
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2012

It's dark brown on black with a hourglass shaped tan silkscreen. Smells of smoke, prunes, cocoa, hersheys syrup, a little dates as well as vanilla. Flavor is smoke, leather, sweet dark malts, some dried dates and a touch of prune juice. Full bodied with a silky feel and a dry finish. Good beer, really good beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer I was seeking out most when in middle Tennessee last weekend.Poures a deep dark chocolate brown with a tinge of ruby when held to the light,a frothy beinge head that left a few broken rings of lace as it slowly.Alot of nice stuff going on in the aromas,smoke and brine are the first things I notice followed by bitter chocolate and earthy hops,a little alcohol sweetness as it warms.Complex flavors with a decent amount of smoke but not in your face,there is some chocolate sweetness but there is a big earthy component keeping the sweetness from becoming over bearing,there is some molasses and sweet alcohol in the finish detected as well.This is as good and maybe better than what I was hoping for,well done Yazoo.

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Photo of Volsdawg10
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a 750ml. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Chocolate brown in color. Has a two finger creamy brown head upon pouring. Lots of lacing.
S: Roasted malts that leads to some chocolate, caramel, and finishes with some a smoke smell.
T: Smoke flavor, Roasty chocolate, hint of some vanilla.
M: Medium to heavy but very drinkable. Some creaminess to it. Can't taste the alcohol.
A very good, drinkable smoked porter. One of Tennessee's best.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was given a 750ml bottle by one of my good beer customers, so thanks to him for sharing something we don't get in our area.
Poured in a Sam Adams 'perfect pint' glass.
AP: 3/4" froathy cream coloured head that dissipated down to 1/4", rich dark brown to near black colour
AR: Chocolate was the first aroma to hit me followed by a subtle hint of smoked ham then molasses takes over with hints of brown bread. For a smoked beer I was expecting more of it in the aroma and if it had been more prominent I would have given a higher score for the smell.
T: As with the aroma, I found the smoke aspect lacking. However, the rest of the flavours I found very enjoyable. Again with chocolate and molasses with a bit of brownie batter and at the finish a slick oily soft hint of smoke, but not enough IMO to balance the sweeter flavours. The warmer this brew gets the smoke flavour starts to poke through a little more, but not quite enough for me.
M: Very creamy with low/moderate carbonation and a bit silky on the tongue.
OV: An enjoyable tasty beer, but when I compare this to what it's supposed to be (a smoke beer) I can't rate it as high as I'd like. If the smoke flavours were more pronounced in the taste this would be an exceptional beer, but I just didn't get enough of it.

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Photo of weonfire
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black as night. Huge light mocha head, excellent lacing, sticks to high beer mark. very impressive.

S - Roasted barley, grassy, nutty malt

T - initial: roasted malt, barley, grassy, nutty. finish: hops are real mellow (3/10 bitter), smokey taste lingers a tiny bit

M - really nice froth, mellow cream, viscosity is high

O - This is much better that i expected. I normally don't like smoked porters but this i would order again. I believe the 93 IBUs, while don't make this beer 'hoppy', do a great job balancing this beer and make it not too smokey or roasty but very drinkable. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip. Purchased at frugal mcdougals for $4.99.
Pours a deep black color with tan chunky chewey head. Lots of lacing...
Smell is roasted malts and lots of smoke. Its not overly done, but obvious.Nice chocolatey roasted malt flavor with a nice dose of smoke...its creamy and soooo smooth. There must be a bit of oats in this grist for such a nice creamy feel.
Its an awesome smoked porter, one of the best smoked stout/porters ive had to date. Well worth a try.

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Photo of richj1970
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pitch black with nice three finger tan head wit lots of nice lacing.

S: A bit of smoke mixed with roasted malts, coffee, and sweet chocolates.

T: More smoke in taste than was apparent in the nose. Nice roasted flavors with slightly bitter coffee and chocolate tones. A faint hint of sweetness in the background.

M: Full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely like a good porter should.

O: Very enjoyable. I have had several beers attempt at doing smoky, but this one gets it right. It's nice to see a regional brewery turn out a nice product!

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4


This is one of the best looking beers that I have ever seen. Tons of tannish head that laces and sticks and soothes the tongue

The smoke characteristic in the nose is quite mild in comparison to the smoke bomb of taste. The nose overall is filled with roasty toasty malts, very complex but not extremely impressive. There is definitely a big hit of Benton's Bacon.

I don't know why, but I keep checking this bottle for something that says cherry something because that is what I am overwhelmingly getting sip after sip. It is almost more cherry infused than Cherry Rye. The flavor begins with a cherry-like sharpness that is instantly swept away by huge malts with the hop profile coming thru in spurts. The effect is actually quite devastating, but I just wish that actual flavor profile were more my thing. The espresso like finish is very nice

The mouthfeel is totally where its at. So, so, so, creamy; so, so, so, smoooth.

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Photo of davey101
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Date: Nov 01 2012. 750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. Thanks to sommersb for this one! I'll preface this by saying I HATED this beer the first time I tried it about two years ago. Giving it another go with a proper review.

A - Pours a pitch black body that lets almost zero light through. Massive mocha head that sticks around for a long time. Gobs of sticky lacing and lasting retention. Pretty beer for sure.

S - Well. Smoke. Smoke and lots of it. It isn't artificial or over the top, it oddly has layers. Starts off a bit sweet and salty and finishes with a bit of cinnamon spice. Maybe a touch of coffee and chocolate, but those are very secondary. Long lasting char burn.

T - Opens up with soft smoke. Quickly washed away by bitter coffee beans and some milk chocolate. The finish returns to that smoky wood that works nicely against the mineral quality of the porter base. Finishes clean without giving the impression of chewing on a piece of charcoal.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty spot on for a porter.

O - Well I'm a changed man. From drain pour to somewhat impressed, this is a very solid smoked porter. The aroma is big and smokey but the flavor itself is clean, light, and the smoke never overwhelms. I figured a beer like this in a large format is a terrible idea. Nope, it totally works.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped 01.NOV1
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a lumpy sticky head that last and last. There is a few bubbles that become visible and trail up the side of the glass.

S- The wet stone smell quickly turns to roasted dark malt and a gentle mellow smoke note grows in the finish. There is a woody quality to the smoke as it opens but it always stays soft.

T- The rich slightly dry dark roasted malt flavor has some dark graham malt flavors underneath with mellow roasted bitterness that lingers after the slightly dry finish. There is a gentle smoke flavor that supports the blended malt flavors.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a thick creamy finish.

O- The full roasted porter is big but drinkable and smooth. There is a good malt support but lets the malts be the star of the show. Thanks to Coldchill for this gem.

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

Pours very dark brown-black with light tan head and lots of sticky lacing along sides of tulip.

Smell is plum, chocolate, coffee, oak, banana and smokiness. Smells fantastic!

Taste is sweet chocolates, toasted malts, oak, caramel and mild pleasant smokiness. Nice light bitterness in the finish. Very complex and balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Full-bodied with light carbonation.

Overall this was superb! Will definitely buy again.

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

Appearance - Poured dark (into a pub glass). Dark head

Smell -Smoke is the dominant smell. There is a little hint of chocolate as well.

Taste -This beer is smokey with a roasted malty after taste. There is a hint of chocolate and this is heavy on malts. Not bad.

Mouthfeel - Its stout with a little creaminess; feels like a milkstout

Overall - I haven't had many smoked beers, let alone porters. The first sip is a shock, but this beer grows on you. It is definitely a "smoked" porter and a pretty good imperial porter.

Served from a bottle

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Mississipping for sharing this one at a tasting while he was in town! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was told by MSquared2 that I HAD to try this one. I’m glad she convinced me to. This was a really good brew for the style. The flavor and aroma was spot on and had a nice kiss of sweetness going on to keep your palate interested as well as your nose. Definitely worth your time trying this one or seeking it out.

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

Poured into an Alpine pint glass. Dark black color without any highlights. Head is two fingers and dark mocha in color with a creamy appearance. Lace is quite sticky at the moment in a patchy pattern.

Smell is dark roasted malts, dark fruits, some charred wood, maybe just a hint of dark chocolate and some spice.

Taste is quite nice. There is some sweetness and dark fruit taste first, cherries or figs come to mind. Then comes the smoke, kind of like smoked pete moss. Imagine Alaskan Smoked but cut in half. Then the rest of the flavors are there, mild bitter chocolate, some char.

Mouth is quite mild with decent carbonation and a thin body. Finish is smooth and on the long side.

Overall I think this is a pretty solid Smoke Porter. Not a huge fan of the category but respectful of it. This is better than Alaskan's but not better than Stone's. I'm looking at a price tag on the bottle cap at $5.99. At that price, anyone in range to buy this, should. Thanks to injuredreserve for this surprise extra.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting some time to try something from Yazoo. This is a good one to start on.
It’s a nice robust porter that has a bit of a zing to it that strikes kind of a bright tone. Very consistent flavor profile that doesn’t drop off at all. It very much lingers. Carbonation is pretty good; could be a touch lower, but who cares. Overall, an extremely nice production and an easy drinking porter that doesn’t get obnoxious to make a point.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this one.
Bottled on 27 JUL 12 Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured black with one finger of creamy light brown head.

S - Smoke up front that is dominant in the nose without being overpowering. Roast and chocolate notes come through as well.

T - Smoke is dominant and, just as the nose indicated, is not over-powering the other aspects of the beer. Roast, chocolate and a slight bitterness is present as well. Great balance of smoked malts.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation.

O - A great smoked beer. Remarkable integration of the smoked malts with regular porter profile.

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

Thanks to kkipple for this one!

Sue pours a dark mahogany brown color. Looks like dark chocolate fudge. It’s very close to opaque. A little light reveals some burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. A tan head covers the top. It stands about a finger or so tall and is a bit slow to recede. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

The nose is quite good. It starts out with a nice mix of chocolate and roasted notes. The roasted variety smells a little stronger. A really nice smoky scent follows. It’s a very nice complement to the malt base. Roasted coffee is in there, as well. It smells a little more subtle than I’d like, but that’s nitpicking. There’s a bit of alcohol there, but it doesn’t come through all that strong. I probably wouldn’t have guessed 9% territory. Smells good!

The flavor is actually a notch better. The malt base is nothing short of delicious. It’s full of bittersweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malt flavors. The roasted notes are definitely strongest. Coffee is stronger here and definitely delivers. It even adds a bit of a charred flavor. Sue is smoky throughout. It’s a moderate smoky flavor that works extremely well with the other elements. It’s definitely the driving force in this one. Alcohol is noticeable in flavor, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes roasty, smoky, and a little burnt.

Sue has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It feels smooth, but I wouldn’t complain about a little more body. This is really tasty beer that’s easy to drink though. This 12 oz. bottle is simply not enough. More, please!

This is my first experience with Yazoo Brewing Company beer, and it’s been a dandy one. Sue is simply excellent beer that’s packed full of excellent flavor! The smoky flavor really makes it tick. If you’re into Porters or smoky beer at all, you simply must check this out! Thanks a ton, Dan!

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
9% ABV, Bottled On Date: May 11 12

Chaney holds the key to my heart; smoked beer. Bacon here I come!

A - It's nearly impossible to see any light make it through the dark, almost midnight mahogany brown-colored beer. Brief cascading of the foam leads to a tall, long-lasting mocha head that just drapes sheets of lace on the pint.

S - Sue is reminiscent of smoked beef brisket, sans the rub, and applewood smoked bacon which softly call my name and coincidentally make me incredibly hungry. Earthy notes of peat come through with some cocoa and bittersweet chocolate malt. Hoppiness be damned.

T - Paradigm shift! Sue's bold smoky aroma falls to the way to reveal a complex maltiness with rough cocoa, smooth milk chocolate with a touch of lactose, and a trace of black coffee for a unique and nicely blended flavor. Peat smoke and minor smoked wood chip play second fiddle.

M - I keep asking myself where the alcohol is hiding in this beer, cause it doesn't emerge in aroma, taste, or feel. Thick and rich-feeling with a smooth full body, Sue balances her sweetness with a roasted dry bitterness and smoke waft on the finish for a nicely done and oddly drinkable profile.

O - Sue is surprising with her beef brisket and bacon smoked aromas but more subtle, chocolate and cocoa malt-driven flavor which make this imperial porter somewhat of a training wheel smoked beer. So if you like smoked meat and dark beer, Sue is the lady for you.

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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 797 ratings.
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