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Sue | Yazoo Brewing Company

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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 BriarRose
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this beer when we lived close to Nashville a few years ago. AMAZING. Clean finish, lighter body, and chocolate/coffee overtones make this beer one of my favorites. Only problem? Now I live in Indiana, and they only distribute in/around Tennessee. As an overall brewery, Yazoo is young, but they DEFINITELY have potential.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from my country music star JohnQVegas. Hibernating in my neighbor's kitchen cupboard for what I was led to believe, was over a year. Bottle notch says third week of December(09?). WTF was that guy waiting for?!

Improper Carlseberg pils glass. Full, tan head. Black body, ruby hued. Minimal lace. Constant froth.

Smell is grilled, meaty charred fat, with a bit of sharp dark chocolate. Touch of lactose it seems. Spicy, though subdued hops, round it off nicely.

Taste is subtle roast, rich malt, licorice, earth & soot. A tree bark bitterness. Unwarranted coffee as it warms. Grain & ash finish.

Full feel. Mild carbonation. Balanced alcohol.

Does this come in a six pack? Nice. Send me another one D. :)

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Photo of robwestcott
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottled week 1 / november (presumably 2010) - thanks to kirkpjr for this one.

poured cold from the bottle to a surly darkness 10oz goblet a dark cola black with a short lasting, small bubbled mocha head.

big time smoky aroma followed with toasted barley and chocolate.

smoke and smoke. lots of smoke and char. also present are semi-sweet baking chocolate and perhaps black coffee from the bottom of the pot.

medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, pretty smooth and enjoyable on the palate.

drinkable - nah, not beyond a pint, maybe two.

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Photo of ncfranklin
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a nice finger tall brown head. Yup. Its a porter all right.

S: Smoke and cherry wood all over. Some chocolate notes underneath, but pretty dominant in smoke. Like a sweet sugary bbq pit.

T: Big cherry and smoke, just like the smell . Milky chocolate backbone, some toasted flavors. On the sweeter side, I suppose to balance aggressive smoke tones. Well achieved however.

M: Nice creamy body, leaves a nice smoky quality to the back of the mouth.

D: Yazoo has outdone themself here. A very finely done beer.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: pours an opaque black with some hints of red coming in around the edges on the bottom of the glass. head is 2 fingers of brown, that fades very slow to become rocky and leave creamy lacing

S: smokey, burnt toast, espresso, and hints of cocoa, piney, no strong alcohol aromas but this one has enough that it will leave your nose feeling warm and tingly.

T: very rich and bold, dark roast coffee, hint of chocolate, immediately sharp and bitter roasted malt flavor, again similar to burnt toast. finish is very smokey and buttery(i actually expected smoke to come from my mouth when i exhaled) and also pretty boozy.

M: upfront creamy then becoming crispy, and astringent with alot of alcohol warmth

Overall, a very unique and welcome break from the norm. Although i wish they would have kept the alcohol character at the original tap level(7.5), as this one seems too strong for what I think it would be best for...an afternoon of grilling with friends. Would be great with beef brisket or wings.

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

A: As dark as it gets. Even when tilted and held to light, I get very little signs of brown. Good three fingers of mocha head with big bubbles. Slowly retreats into the beer, leaving a film with bubbles around the edges.

S: Smoke, chocolate, cherry. No alcohol that I can detect.

T: Believe it or not, smokiness isn't the first thing I notice. It's more chocolatey upfront with the smoke adding a nice secondary layer. Cherry and a dark fruit flavor round out the flavors that I'm able to find. Excellent tasting beer.

M: Good carbonation adds a tingly feel. Medium when fresh out of the fridge...more creamy as it warms.

D: This is a tough one to grade because the 9.00% is not at all noticeable, but the bold flavors slow you down. Also sits a little heavy so you couldn't drink very many of these in one sitting.

I've had two vintage of the Alaskan Smoked Porter and while delicious, Sue is just a little better. I think this will take gold at this year's GABF..or at least it deserves to.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to pitasoup for this one...

Nice dark chocolate color, it looks more like cola than motor oil. Decent caramel head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

I'm not actually getting much in the way of smell with this beer. I get little hints of cherry and chocolate. Some malty sweetness and toasted grain aromas, but nothing powerful.

The taste reminds me of raisins. Tons of raisins. The chocolate, cherry, roasted malts, and grains come through a bit too.

Smooth drinkin' brew. Good mouthfeel. I could have a few of these in a row, but at 9%, the booze would catch up to me quickly. It's a decent beverage.

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

Label on bottle notched at January Week 1, so this should be about 7 weeks old. Picked up at local bottle shop in Nashville.

Poured into Yazoo pint glass (seemed appropriate). Aggressive pour gives me a large 4-finger tan head that dissipates into a small foam on top of the body with minor lacing. Deep, dark brown body that does not let any light through.

Aroma starts off smoky, of course. It is a good aroma, but in this pour it masks some of the other flavors. A hint of roasted malt in the background.

The flavor definitely exceeds the aroma. Nice complex mix of smoky roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and slighty bitter hop finish.

I detect nearly no alcohol flavor making this highly drinkable for the abv. Best Yazoo brew I've had yet.

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

Thanks for the tick, Nick.

Looks like a cup of drip coffee, dark but not opaque. The head retains fairly well for the style.

The nose is heavy on campfire smoke. There's a nice chocolate malt character beneath that, along with a note of whole grain bread.

Tastes pretty damn good. Very chocolatey, with undertones of whole grain bread and licorice. Smoke is prevalent but balanced, contributing a nice layer of flavor. Finishes with molasses and milk chocolate sweetness, slight balancing roast. Surprisingly, this was quite good.

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Photo of Onslow
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Lou, a want for quite a while and now I get to enjoy a bottle .. . Pours a black cat brown, very low foam, no lacing .. . aroma of smoke, bbq, fire baked dough, burnt sugar, that melted sugar fruit dessert, and tar .. . mouth is like velvet, the 9% is very well integrated .. . the smoke level is nice, but what makes this a winner is how complex it it .. . i don't what to write any more, the other half of this beer is waiting, and i don't have any condoms.. . Voodoo who-do, told ya' Richy! .. Thanks again Lou!!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a very dark (as in, I see my reflection in the glass!) brown/black with a 1 finger tan head that settles nicely to form a coaster on top of this smokey brew. The smoke, is well, pretty apparent in the nose as it should followed with some dark chocolate and vanilla notes. Starts off with a sweet dark roast flavor wtih some mild bitterness. The smoke is actually pretty subdued on this but lingers on for a while in the end. Medium mouthfeel. I'm not the biggest smoke beer fan, but this one I like for its well integrated smoke characteristics.

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Photo of 700Uave
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

received this in a trade with CurtisMcArthur. thanks dude.

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. mostly black pour with half inch of tan head. reddish brown around the edges when held to the light. good carbonation.

smells of roast, chocolate, alcohol. smoked scent is present for sure but I had to really search for more than the obvious smells in the nose.

aside from what I picked up in the nose, the smoke really comes out in the taste. faintly woody as well.

Surprisingly thick and chewy mouthfeel. again, good carbonation. a really smooth beer.

very drinkable for being 9%. This is my first smoked beer and I was pleasantly surprised.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Cherrywood-smoked malt in the house! Tan lace crowns the black liquid; smoky, burnt malt and a faint currant nose. Smoothness reaches new depths in this ultra-creamy, big-bodied brew. Flavors pour over with suggestions of highly roasted coffee, extremely dark chocolate, smoke charred wood and burnt marshmallows. There is some hoppiness behind the smoke and roasted grain, which tames any sweetness that arises. The alcohol warms well but is very clean. Long, smoky, roasty finish. No need to be subtle here: Yazoo hits all the right targets and balances out the smoke very well. Epic.

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