DBB – Otter Creek, Stove Pipe Porter

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Otter Creek Brewing – Stovepipe Porter

5.4 abv (not bad, esp. for a porter)

It’s refreshing to have a nice dark beer, since I’ve been drinking a lot of pale ales lately, as you can tell from my recent reviews. Porter is a very dark beer brewed with dark malts, the stout style was actually originally called a stout porter, because it is simply a strong porter. The porter originally got it’s name from it’s popularity with London’s street and river porters.

Stovepipe Porter has a dark almost black color with a roasted chocolaty flavor indicative of the style. It is a very smooth beer and if you’re a porter fan you’ll like this beer. According to their site:

“Stovepipe Porter is made in the traditional porter stlye, and is a favorite with all porter lovers. Ruby-black in color, Stovepipe Porter has a rich palate and a roasted, hoppy aroma. It is delicious on its own or with a meal, and tastes great with chocolate.”

Otter Creek Brewing is a Vermont company who is proud to brew in a very environmentally friendly manner, they also brew a line of Organic beer known as Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales. They have an online brewery tour posted on their site, which provides a good look at the brewing process. According to their site:

“Located in beautiful Middlebury, Vermont, we shipped our first keg of Copper Ale in March of 1991. Four years later, after quickly outgrowing our original site, we moved into a new state-of-the-art brewery just down the street.

In 1998, we began producing Wolaver’s Certified Organic Ales in partnership with Panorama Brewing Company. Both brands have flourished as beer drinkers throughout the northeast have enjoyed craft ales, and as the focus on sustainable farming and living has blossomed.

In May of 2002, the Wolaver family purchased Otter Creek Brewing. Otter Creek remains a family owned Vermont company and produces all Otter Creek and Wolaver’s brands for distribution throughout the country.

We brew and bottle all of our beers in small batches to ensure freshness and consistent quality. We use natural Vermont water, the best domestic malt and hops available, and our own top-fermenting yeast. All Wolaver’s beers are made with no less than 98% certified organic ingredients. Our brewery and our Wolaver’s brands are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers.

Otter Creek ales enjoy a complexity of flavor, natural carbonation, and a creamy texture that is favored by beer enthusiasts at pubs and restaurants throughout the United States.”