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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
12oz bottle - Herring Creek beer tasting

First, a HUGE thank you to my southern brother, bluesandbarbq, for sending me this wonderful brew. Yazoo was all over this one when they made it, and the proof is in the beer. The beer pour out a mahogany brown/blackish body with a beige 1/2" cap. Aroma is smoke, tar, a litte leather, rosted malts and charred fruit. Flavor steers more towards the roasted malts, than smokey malts, and itís almost stout-like with the flavor. Woody, roasty, smokey, lightly figgy, light bitterness with bit of a twangy/alcoholic finish. Definitely blurs the lines in my mind between a smoked ale/porter/stout. Love when beers do that.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5048) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2016
bottle. Black with small head. Thereís a light smoky nature, but far more of just a roasty porter. Substantial black licorice and molasses. A bit hot. Iím not crazy about the style, but found it enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle. Clear brown with a creamy tan head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, sweet smoke, cheery, chocolate, wood, caramel and light molasses. Flavor is roasted malt, smoke, cheeey, light caramel, molasses and wood. Medium bodied, smooth with a smokey and slightly dry end.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, roasted/burnt grain), with a light note of charred wood / ash. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/creamy/watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Well, they donít seem to have used much smoked malt, because thereís not much of it in the nose. If youíre looking for something Schlenkerla-level, youíll be badly disappointed (itís even less smoky than Alaskan Smoked Porter). But I guess a lot of American breweries fear *really* making beer smoky for fear of scaring away customers...I certainly remember my first experience with Schlenkerla being off-putting, even though I eventually came to like it quite a bit. Itís basically just a boozy chocolatey beer with a little bit of burnt grain/wood character. Not bad per se, but certainly disappointing and rather dull.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1426) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 5, 2016
"Well it was Gatlinburg in mid-July / And I just hit town and my throat was dry / I thought Iíd stop and have myself a brew / At an old saloon on a street of mud / There at a table, dealing stud / Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me Sue" - Johnny Cash, "A Boy Named Sue." Life may not be easy for a beer named Sue, but it sure drinks easy. Sue is more of a malt bomb than a smoky beer. The smoke is only a savory whisper in the roasty aroma. Itís only an element in the flavor profile. It adds just a touch of woody meatiness to the toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes. Did I say woody meatiness? That sounds weird. Ah well. Full-bodied and warm yet very mellow. If only Iíd gotten to taste this beer with the brisket I enjoyed hours earlier. Still, Sue is perfectly fine all by itself.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HuskerTan (1700) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle. A- Molasses, subtle cherry, oak, subtle smoke. A- Dark mahogany color, dark liquid, off white head. T- Molasses, oak, dark berries, subtle smoke. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- Surprisingly not all that smokey. In all actuality, I could have done with some more smoke in it. Tons of molasses on the nose and palate. A bit of cherry/dark fruit syrup and only a hint of smoke. Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2016
750ml bottle - pours dark cola colored - thick, off-white lace - hearty cherrywood smoke in the nose, with underlying chocolate, caramelized sugar, cream, cherry skins - creamy texture - flavor is moderately bitter, lightly tart, with moderate underlying sweetness and a bit of charred maltiness - some earthy fruit skin and chocolate makes way for campfire smoke that comes mostly without drawbacks, although acidity is a little high on the tail end - the texture also becomes a little thin/watery as it warms up, and the alcohol becomes rather apparent in the flavor and nose - good, but not the home run I was hoping for, given the rep this beer used to have.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (10003) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2016
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt, smoke, wood. Medium mouth, chocolate, roast, smoke, boozy finish, good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2016
22 oz bomber pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, smoke and grains. Taste is chocolate, smoke, fruit and grains.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (5752) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle shared by Eric, pours plum brown with small off white head. Smell is minerals, chocolate, dark fruit, bitter hops and Taste up front is prunes, grapes, cherry wood, and lightly smoked malt. Medium body. Really nice going for a "smoked" Porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5214) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Draft pour into a snifter. The beer is a darker brown with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has mild fruity sweetness with an ashy note and a chocolate cookie nuance. The taste is very sweet and has a barely noticeable smoke note. Big body and medium to lower carbonation. Chewy. Good stuff.


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