Yazoo Sue Imperial Smoked Porter

I understand that this beer shares a lot with the very good Americana Fest Ale that I enjoyed a little while ago. It is for that reason that I decided to try this out. Well, that and the fact that I really like a good porter. But I want to find more good local beers here in Nashville. So far, Cool Springs Brewery is leading the way, but I figure we should give Yazoo a fighting chance.

Black as a moonless night, the thick, semi-sticky head leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the sides while the aroma of scorched oats wafts from my side table to delight my senses. While I'm not a fan of most imperial stouts, I am still really looking forward to this porter. A good porter, in my humble opinion, cannot be beat by anything else. Let's see how good this one is.

It seems almost a shame to sip this beer, but I am trying it anyway. The sip is complex and smokey as heck. It tastes like sitting at a campfire with friends while roasting marshmallows. Okay, I may be exaggerating. In fact, a little marshmallow sweetness might help out the bitter aftertaste a little bit. Perhaps a full gulp might improve matters.

Tip-in is smoked cherry, wood, and oats. The middle is a delicious and smokey with a bit of bitter chocolate and coffee. I'm not a fan of coffee, but it seems to work pretty well here. As the finish hits, more smoke comes out and there's the distinct taste like coffee that has been caught in a fire, dripped down the scorched wood, and landed in my mouth. The bitter waves after the drink is gone is a bit off, but the rest of it is tremendous.

Bottom Line: Impressive. Yazoo stumbled on something very good.



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