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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2010
This poured a pitch black color with a moderate white head. The aroma is very smokey with some chocolate covered bacon showing up. The flavor is at first a bit malty with some chocolate and caramel and then all the smokey goodness shows up afterwards. The finish shows a little bit of alcohol coming through. Overall this is pretty damn good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle. nose is fairly smoky with light chocolate notes. black with a thin ring of brown foam. great thickness. really full mouthfeel with chocolate, roasted malt notes and tons of smoke. just short of too much. fantastic balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Rating #2,000. 12 oz bottle sent to me by my 2010 Winter Secret Santa. Bottled on MAR Week 3 according to notches on the label. Pour is black with a nice khaki one inch head that is quite lasting. Some nice carbonation bubbles stream up the slide of the glass. The aroma is fire ember smoky, along with a soft roastiness. The smoke and roast play together nicely to form a very soft smoke - subtle, but also present. Really clean. The taste follows the nose, integrated roast and dying fire smokiness, along with a bit of sweetness near the finish. The alcohol is also present in the dry chalky finish. The taste is not quite as clean as the nose, though it is really nicely balanced between the smoke and Porter elements. The palate is medium bodied, with gentle fine carbonation. The aforementioned sweetness through the finish detracts a bit, but still a really nicely constructed beer. Thanks for sending this one my way Phil!

A quick note about why I chose this beer for #2,000. This beer represents much of what I have learned and enjoyed at ratebeer. This is a style of beer (smoked) I knew pretty much nothing about brewed by a brewer (Yazoo) I had never heard of obtained through a means (trading / Secret Santa - thanks Phil!) I would have never dreamt of. I even drank it out of a glass I would never have seen without this site (Duvel mini tulip, thanks Eugene!). In short, this is a tribute to all the great knowledge I have acquired on this site, as well as the great people I have met. This one’s for my Kansas City crew, the great ratebeer folk down in Houston, and all my great ratebeer friends out in Seattle. Further, big thanks to the folks I have traded with and the admins that work tirelessly keeping this site great. Finally, thanks to Joe for making this site what it is. Like all the great spots in the world, it’s not perfect - but it’s got character and I have a lot of fun hanging out here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2010
12 oz bottle. Black with a tan head . Nose is very malty with a nice smoke aroma. Taste is sweet, very burnt malts, with an alcohol presence and thick rich body. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Growler. Poured opaque black with a medium brownish tan head. Aroma: licorice, roasted malts, notes of chocolate and faint smoke. Taste: roasted malts, licorice, smoke, nuts, chocolate... shadows of fruit and booze. Smoke and chocolate come out much more as the beer warms. Smooth mouthfeel, mild stickiness. Medium/full body, great depth, very balanced. Overall a fantastic Smoked Porter. Excellent job with this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2010 12 oz bottle, week 3, August. Dark brown with a pocked tan head. Nose is sour smoke and bitter chocolate. Medium body with a tingle and a sharp tang. Taste is red wine and chocolate syrup finishing with oily smoke and green plum. Hints of what seems like a nice brew. I was warned this batch was infected, and likely so but not undrinkable, reminding me of the SFTO’s. Need to try a good one. 6/3/5/3/15. 11/21/10 - A fresh bottle from early November. Nose is chocolate, coffee and light smoke. Taste is rich and roasty with chocolate, licorice and bitter smoke. A well-rounded porter with just enough smoke to add some character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Big thanks to jcwattsrugger for giving me this 12oz beauty. Thanks John. It pours deep darkness with weak tan head. The aroma is full with dark roasted malts and firm smokiness mixing with molasses, black licorice, a hint of chocolate and a sense of Alderwood smoked salmon. Interesting and enjoyable aroma. The taste begins with dark roasted malts, smooth smokiness and sweet molasses. It then turns only a touch ashy mixed with Alderwood smoked salmon before the finish unleashes chocolate and caramel into the fray. The after taste has rigid layers of smokiness coupled with a modest amount of a chocolaty velvet mouth feel. Yummy smoke forward brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2010
11/5/10. Thanks, lithy! Shared by me at S3. Big campfire/jerky/meaty aroma that transfers into the flavor with a big sweet candy in there as well. Pretty nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4917) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 12 oz, big thanks to Lithy! Bottled the 3rd week of March 2010. Black with a small ring of bubbles that tries. Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel, smoke and berries. Medium body is sweet and nearly sticky, but swept off the tongue nicely by the charry roast and smoke on the finish. Nearly becomes frothy with a bit much carbonation at times. Front is chocolate berry, turning to charred wood, then to the darkest espresso/mocha, with some cream and a hint of piquant green herb. Near the end of the bottle, it all blends into a nice mocha/almond espresso and charred, salty driftwood flavor.

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