bluesandbarbq (33) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A deep brown-amber pour with a nice cream head and good lacing. Sweet and slightly smoked malts, smoked cherry wood, a bit of burnt brown sugar, toffee, bittersweet chocolate and java in the aromas. The taste is much like the aroma with a nice initial sweet-slightly smokiness, hint of smoked cherry, then a bit of cocoa and java followed by a decent hops presence. Big nice smoked porter - I loved it. My favorite Tennessee beer. Period.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful in color, taste, aroma, and overall impression. Nicely done drank at suttrees in knoxville tn
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks illinismitty! Pours black with a tall frothy tan head. Roasted barley and coffee nose with light hints of licorice and smoked malt. Flavor is rich and wonderful with tons of roasted and chocolate malts, mildly sweet bread flavors and a nice wallop of smoked malt and cured meat in the finish. Why have I never heard of this stuff before? This is a permanent want.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black with a very thin tan head. Aroma is heavy smoke. Almost like a campfire. The cherry-wood offers the lightest hint of sweetness, and the malts come through near the finish. Flavor is roasty and smokey all rolled into one. Very light hops in the middle. Mainly that wonderful smokey and roasty flavor. Outstanding. Big thanks to David for this one.
SudsMcDuff (5645) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 donít what to write any more, the other half of this beer is waiting, and i donít have any condoms.. . Voodoo who-do, told yaí Richy! .. Thanks again Lou!!
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Sampled at the 8th Annual Music City Brewerís Festival. Dark brown nearly black, red hints, tan head. Aroma is roast, chocolate and a light sweet smokiness. The taste is the same big roastiness first, then chocolate, an astringent malt finish. Not really a smoked in that sense of the style but a fantastic porter, the cherry smoked malt gives it a touch of fruitiness. Re-rate. Bottle thanks to Butters. I never had much problem with the original draft version that many thought was thin. So that said, the differences to this beer donít really make it a better or worse beer in my opinion. It is still a rock solid smoked porter. Dark brown-red, tan head. Smoky aroma, woody, cherry wood, smoky but not ashy or dry, chocolate and roasted malts. Nice bigger body, smooth and creamy. Taste is roasty, sweet chocolate, bitter cocoa, light smoke, cherry wood, lingering ashiness. Original rating 8:4:7:4:16
NachlamSie (2616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 12 oz. bottle from Midtown. I have had three bottles of Sue now. I was incredibly blown away every time. See, my beef with smoked beers is they are never smoky and full bodied enough. The Schlenkerla line could probably not be any smokier, but their palate and malt flavor is nothing remarkable. The Smokejumper has a huge flavor and palate, but the smokiness is not nearly massive. Alaskan Smoked Porter, the benchmark for smoked ales, cuts the difference with a smooth and flavorful offering. What a little brewery in good old Tennessee has somehow managed to do is answer my smoked beer prayers. Sue is monstrously smoky and very full bodied. This style really loans itself to sitting out on a cold winter night and pairing with a cigar. Sue actually has the testicles to do such a thing. So much smoke in the aroma. Itís a complex and fruity smoke. Iíve used cherry wood a few times for barbeque and weíve got a textbook example of its goodness reflected in this beer. Very subtle sweet hints highlight the sturdy earthy malts while piles of meat tantalize my nose. The mouthfeel is firm and slick. The smoke is anything but subtle in the flavor. This could be one of the smokiest beers Iíve had. Somehow the bacon fat flavor I love in the style is reflected here even with the use of cherry wood rather than beech. A bittersweet fruit presence blends with a bold malt foundation of dark chocolate and coffee. I am just completely blown away right now. Not only is this arguably the best smoked beer Iíve ever had, itís also the cheapest of any reasonable quality: $6.99/ 4 pack. This is a true divine experience.
[February 6, 2010]
Bottle. This is a grossly underrated beer. What else could you want from a smoked beer? seriously. What does someone need to do to make a smoked beer better than this? The pour is attractive with its near black body and small tan head. The aroma. . .ah, that delightful smoky bouquet of meat, campfire, cherry, coffee. This just screams barbeque. The mouthfeel is dense and is an excellent vessel for all the smoky goodness to tantalize my palate. Up front I find ashy, pure smoke flavors, then some coffee and chocolate flavors I relate to a solid porter. The finish lingers with chewy smoked meats and bacon fat with a residual cherry quality that is basically identical to the flavor I get from my own barbequeing forays involving cherry wood. Absolutely stellar ale from Yazoo and itís sad it goes so under-appreciated.
[March 6, 2010]
Bottle. What an underrated brew. This beer is seriously delicious. It is holding up impeccably nearly three months later. Very heavy smoke is still delightfully potent in the aroma with solid meat, campfire and those subtle fruity tones with a chocolate twist. Mouthfeel is smooth and the flavor is meaty, smoky, and fruity. Lots and lots of delicious smoked character is in this robust ale. Start to finish this is about the smoke and meat flavor with a round and complex finish with hints at earth, chocolate and fruit. More breweries should attempt to make ales as richly smoky as this. What an underappreciated beer.
[September 27, 2010]
Bought a bunch more SUE of the 3rd week of August, 2010 batch. I am so happy to once again have this in my grasp. Iíve had a couple bottles in the weeks since my purchase and Iím currently sipping a room temperature serving. Yeah, yeah I didnít have any in the fridge and I really wanted one. It doesnít strike me to be as smoky as I recall, though it is still strong in that department. That could be attributed to the higher than optimal serving temperature. I get a lot more malt flavor now with tons of dark chocolate and coffee notes. The finish is ashy and has a delightful meaty quality. I will rerate some of this batch in the future when itís closer to cellar temp.
volbeerman (20) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 Fantastic beer from my hometown of Nashville, deep, dark, sensual, and delicious.... Enjoy as often as possible folks
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle. Black in color with a large beige head. Aroma is of smoked bacon which is one of the things in life that makes me salivate any time I smell it (this beer is no exception). My mouth waters very time I take a whiff. Itís sad...I know. The initial taste is like biting into a hunk of smoked honey ham...how in the hell!! (Crap! These folks have figured out my weakness!) the flavor fades to smoke, leather, and and roasted malts. This beer makes you think..."maybe my dream of liquid bacon really can come true!"...
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009
Source:Rerate from one of the new bottles, after the recipe change.
Appearance:Dark brown pour with a thick brown head.
Aroma:Roasted malt, meat, smoke and some cherry earthiness.
Flavor:Heavy roasted malt flavors, with a pronounced cherry smokiness.
Palate:Much fuller body than the original recipe, but not so much body that it graduates into the Imperial Stout category. Slightly lower carbonation than the original.
Overall:In the great context of things, this was pretty disappointing. It is great that we finally can get high alc Yazoo brews, but this needed more body. The first part was my original comments. I wanted to praise Linus and the gang for addressing the seemingly consistent opinon of the original beer, making the changes and churning out the BEST beer that has come from Yazoo. This beer excites the shit out of me, because it shows the tremendous potential of Yazoo on the National scene. They arenít there yet, but this beer should make Nashville proud.