Otter Creek World Tour: Double Decker - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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Reviews by Hhawk06:
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
I've thoroughly enjoyed my World Tour with Otter Creek thus far; England, Mexico, what's next? From a 22 oz. bomber....
It poured with a large tannish head that's remarkably consistent and a clear creamy quality. The deep russet color is complimented by a delicious nose; fresh malt, caramel, and brandy notes exist. The body is heavy and the mouthfeel is silky smooth...a delight. The nutty sweetness plays the central role here. Playing second fiddle are the big malty notes and the enlightening fresh bread quality. The high alcohol is neatly tucked in and barely visible. It finishes with the same nutty edge with a touch of caramel and a peppery alcohol presence. Bravo, a solid brew and well done.
03-04-2006 12:45:45 | More by Hhawk06
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4.15/5 rDev +7%
Pours a deep amber with a fizzy-like off white head wich I have to say was quite a suprise,seems to be pretty heavily carbonated for an old ale.Some nice complexities aroma wise,brown sugar,caramel,and orange rind,even aa note of spicey hop wich was very nice.Flavors start on the sweeter side but not overly so,roasted nuts, and caramel, and leather hit up front with a big drying earthy/spicey hop finish that lingers nicely.A littly fizzy and a tad thin but the flavors and drinkablilty is really there.A pretty nice old ale to be had.
12-24-2005 01:14:47 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
Bomber bottle, pours ruby dark amber cloudy/murky with a darkish tan head and leaving lots of thick, sticky lacing. Nose is of fresh cookies, malty, notes of more cookies, toffee, nutty, almost minty, sweetness balanced by a late hoppy dryness. Sort of thin bodywise in the middle, not my favorite style and this one was not overly impressive
06-14-2006 00:48:42 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Hazy mahogany brown with nice tan head that lasts as a nice creamy layer over the beer. Sweet caramel and light fruit to the nose. Nice taste. Deeply malty. Roasted nuts, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of hazelnut. Really nice mix. Good mouth and easy to drink.
A nice choice.
01-28-2006 02:38:57 | More by tastybeer
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
A dark brown body is capped by a thin tan head that holds fairly well but leaves less lace than might be expected. The nose is malty with a nice waft of fruit. In the mouth it's medium bodied with an average carbonation level. The flavor offers dark caramel, fruit, and deeply roasted chocolate along with a balanced bitterness that keeps the maltiness in check. Some nuttiness and more caramel appear in the finish. Overall it's quite an enjoyable beer that would be perfect on a cold winters night!
01-08-2006 13:33:31 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
Picked up the last bottle at Table and Vine for 3.99.
Deep amber in color, virtually no head when poured. Very ominous corduroy brown that seemed to come up from the belly of the glass.
I am not sure if it is the category of "old ale" that preempting me to say the nose was musty or if it actually was. Very sweet aroma, almost like aged bourbon.
I rate the taste so highly because I had had several beers before this one- it characteristics were fantastic. Keeping with the aged bourbon angle, it was deep and warming, with hints of cinnamon and malt.
A pleasant surprise to say the least. I will definitely revisit this one.
Same stash from the previous review. Many of the buobonesque characteristics seem to have increase over nine months. To say the least, a very uniques and delicious offering. The biggest increase in characteristics is in its sweetness.
09-11-2006 00:41:40 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
Opaque deep amber brown with a thin creamy head. Aroma is sweet malts and fruit. Taste is malty sweet upfront followed by some roasted caramel, nuts, and subtle fruit flavors. Rather full bodied and slick with moderate carbonation...a touch of bitterness in the finish.
Not super exciting but still a good beer...seems to fit the British style. A good way to start off the world tour...
01-28-2006 02:35:55 | More by wedge
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
Picked this one up a while back and had not had the chance to try it yet. Decided to open it up last night and give this one a whirl. The pour was a deep thick brown with a good amount of clarity to it. Some decent carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass. A nice three finger high head of off white foam formed on the top and gradually settled down, but never fully dissipating, leaving behind a small white pillow across the top and some nice side glass lacing.
The aroma was massively sweet, in a good way though. Lots of sugary malts, with hints of grains and a touch of earthy hops present as well. Nice amount of cinnamon hint to it, though nothing terribly extreme. The flavor followed suit almost exactly. The first note was of a sweet caramel flavor that welcomed you in, and followed with a good bit of earthy tones and a nice roasted nut like back. Some nice touches of hops in the finish, with a sort if English bitter like taste that lasted throughout. The feel was nice and smooth, with good carbonation and a medium body. There was a touch of alcohol in it, but more as a warming then a distraction, and as it warmed this quickly faded. I was easily able to polish off the bottle, though a few of them might have been more of an effort.
Overall not bad at all, I really enjoyed this and thought it was by far my favorite of the world tour so far. I would love to get this one again, really has a nice holiday feel to it. In addition, at $4.00 you really cannot go wrong here.
04-16-2008 23:01:08 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours a nice, ever so slightly hazy amber to brown colour with a creamy tan head that's nice and sticky and leaves its share of residue on the glass.
The aroma is primarily of dark fruit with hints of caramel and spice. There is a decent malt base to this one as well that's fairly rugged overall. Some semi-sweet chocolate notes are present as well.
The flavour has a touch more chocolate than the aroma and the malt is more noticeable as well, but the fruit notes that were moreso prevalent in the aroma are indeed still here, just pushed to the back a bit, as is the caramel. There is a touch of alcohol in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for this medium bodied brew.
I liked this one. It's certainly my favourite of the World Tour series thusfar, and is up there amongst my favourite Otter Creek beers overall. It's full of flavour and is well balanced overall. It's definitely worth picking up a bottle or two if you can still find it.
11-04-2006 05:11:40 | More by SixpointJMH
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, this is a murky violet-brown with a finger of off-white head, decent retention, almost no lacing. Nose is very malty, slightly roasted, with a slight bit of dark fruit, rather plumlike. Taste is very rich and malty, slightly nutty, a good dose of caramel, and a slight bit of fruitiness all give way to a moderately bitter piney hop finish. Medium/Full bodied with a fairly low carbonation. This is a really good effort from Otter Creek, probably their best tasting offering, a nice easy drinker.
01-23-2006 23:35:47 | More by cubedbee
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
L: Pours a nice amber-brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of vinous fruits, and a hint of sweetness from some spices perhaps.
T: Nice roasted malt bill under some cinnamon mixed with vinous fruit taste, then some caramel flavor, and a hint of earthy hops to finish.
M: Full bodied, warming, sweet, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, liked this one a lot.
12-28-2008 13:57:18 | More by erosier
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
They say timing is everything. I was in a liquor store in Massachussetts this weekend and found this bottle. Normally I enjoy a strong winter / spiced ale in winter. Given the cool day and hard driving rain I thought why not.
A - copper red with a tan and frothy head.
S - Malty and nuttywith undertones of toffee and spice.
T - An interesting bite initially. Not quite what I thougt I'd get from the smell and label description. The beer had a malty / toffee character with undertones of spice and burnt grains.
M - Not quite full bodied, not quite medium bodied. A copout I know. It is not a heavy drink but by the end of the bomber you know you've had a filling beer.
D - Nice brew to drink on a cool / cold lousy weather day. I prefer this type of beer in winter proper, but it was a nice experiment on a lousy rainy spring weekend.
06-05-2006 13:08:17 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
Served in a pint glass at Friscos in Columbia, this is apparently a new offering from the folks at Otter Creek. Poured a murky dark brown capped by a weak tan head. The brew showed limited retention, but fairly decent lacing. All malt and ripe fruit on the nose.
This is a very interesting beer, by far the best Otter Creek brew that Ive hadfinding most of their lineup to be a bit pedestrian. Though it starts out as being quite malty, with an undertone of dark malts, nuttiness, caramel and fruits, there is a sharp bitterness on the finish to give a bit of complexity and keep it honest. Not necessarily what I would think of when I went for the old ale, as it came off as more of a complex IIPA.
Mouthfeel was just right. Medium bodied, with a little bit of carbonation zing and a puckering, drying hop bitterness on the finish. Went down way too smooth, with the ABV being well hidden. Could find myself having several of these. Went well with a sausage burrito, but would equally go well with a pizza and NFL playoffs
01-18-2006 20:53:09 | More by Dithyramb
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright coppery red color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, brown sugar, nuts, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is pretty sweet with flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruits and nuts. The malt character is very hearty and there's a touch of smokiness to it. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a little balance. The after-taste is sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.
D: Flavorful, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a sweet and decently strong brown ale.
04-12-2009 00:15:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.53/5 rDev -9%
22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" tan head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Doughy head lasts well, with plentiful sticky lacing. Aroma is baked bread, spicy yeasts, and fruitiness. Taste is dominated by the fruit notes, although malts and spicy yeast are both also present. Little to any alcohol noted. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both not bad, but nothing is knocking me over either. Style is a stretch, although I didn't take that into account for the rating. Nonetheless, nice to see brewers trying new things, and I wouldn't throw this bottle away full...
02-16-2006 23:13:37 | More by ppoitras
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a reddish brown with a two-finger beige head that fades slowly to a thin cap. No lacing.
Smell is prunes, raisins, dried apricot, toffee, a hint of bubblegum, and the faintest bit of vinegar. Some sweeter fruits notes become stronger as it warms; there's some cherry with a touch of chocolate.
Taste starts off with dried fruit and bready malts, which give way to some earthy, almost nutty, flavors. Finishes bittersweet with some red wine-like fruits.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation was a bit distracting.
Overall, a pretty decent, enjoyable beer.
07-04-2008 17:39:46 | More by MrMonkey
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Otter Creek has an impressive lineup of brews and this beer is just a continuance of that. Pours a nice brown and there was a thick head at first which has fallen to just a ring around the edge. The smell has hints of raisens, molasses, and brown sugar. The taste is like a winter warmer crossed with a brown ale. The alcohol behaves itself for the most part. Just a hint of the abv as it warms. The mouthfeel is qquite smooth and this beer is pleasant to drink. The best of the World Tour beers I have had yet. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle of this if you get the chance. Otter Creek brews some nice beers and the prices aren't too bad. $3-$3.50 range for these speacial bombers.
02-01-2007 23:33:58 | More by Enola
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
I am sampling a 22oz bottle courtesy of ppoitras. I am pouring into a snifter at room temperature.
The beer pours a clear mahogany color with a fizzy let soft beige head of 2 cm foaming up easily. The head fades gradually to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is mostly malt driven with caramel and toffee with a background of chocolate and some dark fruit as well. I would say red grapes.
There is a very lite resiny hop hit buried in the back.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine tingly carbonation that fizzes up as I swirl in my mouth.
The flavor starts off sweet and malty as expected, there is some toffee and chocolate and again a bit of dark fruit. The beer finishes with a bit of a bite and I think it is again a mild hop finish. This time I would say it is more rindy but not citrusy, just the white rind of an orange. This bitterness is very mild and actually makes me want to take another sip to bring back the sweet malt.
The beer is easy to drink and the 7.5% is no where to be found. I find it very drinkable and from the english brews I have tasted I find it true to style.
A nice brew, that is worth trying especially if you like English ales.
02-23-2006 03:02:50 | More by sulldaddy
3.33/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
This beer pours a brown color with a slighly burgundy undertone. A thin head forms and sticks around for a bit. The nose is malty, maybe chocolate or another type of roasted malt. There is a small fruit aroma, cherries come to mind. The first taste is smooth on the palate and warming going down. Hmmm...a medium mouthfeel, just a bit chewy on my palate. Again chocolate, dark malt and now spice, clove maybe. The finish is slightly bitter. The alcohol is well hidden, there is no heat despite a 7.5% ABV. Drinkability is good. This is not a brew I would have several of but I enjoyed sipping this bottle.
03-06-2006 04:46:15 | More by slap
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
I haven't seen too many speciality beers by Otter Creek so when I saw this bomber of Double Decker I had to pick it up. It pours a dark mahogeny color with a creamy light tan head on top. The foam dissolves to a ring around the surface of the beer leaving some clumps of lace on the sides of the glass. A malty aroma with a bit of nuts and chocolate mixed in greets you before each sip.
This medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate, with a mild carbonation tingle on the middle of the tongue. The flavor begins with a good amount of caramel malt. Fruit flavor of raisin and grape soon take over. It finishes with some alcohol and hop bitterness leaving behind a tea like flavor.
I found this beer to remind me of a 'light' barleywine. The combination of malt and fruit flavors balanced well with the 7.5% alcohol.
03-05-2006 20:25:36 | More by WanderingFool
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
I've been wanting to track this one down for some time now. Big thanks to jaxon53 and the BA Secret Santa for this one.
22 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Tan head stands a quarter inch and recedes to a film lace. Spots of lacing on the glass. The real beauty of this beer is in the color. Rich dark chestnut brown. Very warm and inviting color.
Smell has a rich dark malt character with woody features. Slightly nutty and sweet. Taste has a dark sweetness to it. Brown sugar, a bit of maple syrup. Dark spices of ginger and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel is thick, though goes does slick. Very warming and enjoyable on a cold winter night.
12-27-2008 20:06:36 | More by bort11
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and creamy English malt scent that boasts of Maris Otter, crystal, and roasted malts along with English noble hops. It is warm and complex. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty flavor that boasts of roasted malts. It is sweet with a grainy/nutty feel. It goes down easy and finishes with a rich, warm toasted flavor. The taste is quite complex and full of flavor. The elevated abv. is hidden well. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I like the roasted flavor and the elevated abv. . It drinks well and is a very smooth/enjoyable beer. Good job guys.
01-17-2006 22:25:45 | More by WesWes
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
Pours a hazed brownish with a tanskie of a head. Yum! Tastes good. Nice and sweet and well malted smoothlike. Way rich and very warming. Hops are to the point and don't go beyond their duity. But this is the malt show. A yummy yummy Olde Ale which I'm stoked on. I'll be buying a case of this one!
11-23-2005 03:30:46 | More by scottum
Otter Creek World Tour: Double Decker from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.