Dec 15, 2006

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter

I’m convinced that there aren’t too many things better than an excellent porter after a long day at the office. I picked this one up on a recent trip to the store without really knowing too much about it. I suppose that I am such a sucker for porters, that I pull them off the store shelves with reckless abandon. The added bonus with this one was the artwork on the label depicting an old country store sitting area. It’s just as inviting as the beer looks poured into a pint glass.


This one smelled great right out of the bottle. There was plenty of earthy, roasted coffee characteristics with swirling hints of toffee and caramel. I knew right away that this glass wasn’t going to last too long.


The beer poured nearly black. It let a little light show through which highlighted a red tone. The head was initially thick and light brown in color.


After enjoying this one, I suggest letting it warm for a bit prior to drinking. The initial swallows didn’t present too much flavor, but after the glass had warmed, the beer had plenty to share. The beer has an excellent smoked coffee main course with a slight sweetness and an earthy finish. None of the flavors are over powering, making for a very well balanced brew.


Honestly, upon writing the initial draft of the review, I found myself wanting to classify the Stovepipe Porter as one of the best porters that I have ever had. The beer didn’t start off well (mostly to being too chilled), but finished strong and flavorful, leaving quite an impression on me. I will definitely be picking this one up again soon. Rating: 3.5/5