Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter was one of the beers included in the Otter Creek variety pack that I picked up on a recent trip to Vermont. As it turns out, it was another one of the beers in the variety pack that was really quite enjoyable!
I found it interesting that the Stovepipe Porter is only 4.4% ABV, which makes it one of the lowest ABV beers I’ve had in a long time! As a matter of fact, I had to go all the way back to April, 2010 to find another beer with this kind of low ABV.
That beer was ‘Black Cat‘, which, I was told,at 3.4% ABV, is a favorite beer with the old-timers in England! What’s the point? I’m not sure except that its nice to see a beer once in awhile that isn’t such a ‘big beer’ and more of a sessonable beer.
OK, enough of that.
Stovepipe Porter, as I mentioned is a 4.4% ABV brew that most likely got its name from its almost-black color. (You know, like a stovepipe?) Its a roasty, malty, sessionable treat that starts with a good looking pour and impressive head! I might have over done it a little in the picture, but that head really rose to fill my glass. As it went slowly went down, it was noted that there was some decent lacing as well. So far, Stovepipe Porter is an ace in the looks department!
The smell is a mixture of roasty malts with some coffee and bitter chocolate thrown in for good measure. Hey, this is fine with me and now I’m really looking to try this beer from the Green Mountain State!
Much like the aroma, this porter sports roasted malt, bitter chocolate and mildly burn coffee flavors. I know to a non-beer drinker that must sound awful, but let me assure you this was a sweet-tasting beer. (Figuratively speaking, of course.) There’s a bit of a dry feeling toward the end of the sip, but the aftertaste was really nice and it encouraged me to have the next sip, and the next one, and the next one….hey, its a sessionable beer, right?
So, we’ve got good looks, smell, flavor, what else? Well, to me the clincher was the mouthfeel and body of this beer. Sometimes, porters can be a little on the thin side, but this beer was big on body, and had a pleasing, creamy mouthfeel that was very satisfying.
Overall, I was left very impressed with the Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter, and this may be my favorite porter at the moment. It doesn’t crush on any particular area, but all together this beer comes together in looks, taste, aroma and mouthfeel to create a very enjoyable beer. I would definitely get this one again, and I’m very happy that it was included in the variety pack. Nice job Otter Creek Brewing people! BTW, this beer is AWESOME with chocolate!