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Otter Creek World Tour: Double Decker - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Otter Creek World Tour: Double DeckerOtter Creek World Tour: Double Decker

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BA SCORE
87
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%


Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 11-23-2005)
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Reviews by Hhawk06:
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 12:45:45 | More by Hhawk06
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-26-2013 23:55:14 | More by jaxon53
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -48.5%

03-21-2013 00:02:03 | More by BGsWo22
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-14-2011 17:48:23 | More by jak
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-02-2011 05:25:39 | More by rab53
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-18-2011 16:29:01 | More by waiting4lunch
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-14-2011 20:39:08 | More by BelgianDip
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a 3 oz. Sam Adams sampler.

A: Poured a hazy, brownish amber color with a thin fizzy head of off-white foam. Little lacing.

S: A little caramel and toffee sweetness with hints of brown sugar, plum and cinnamon.

T: Semisweet and sugary grains up front with faint berry and muted raisin flavors.

M: Fairly crisp and sweet with a slight chewy feel.

D: Not a bad winter brew, though some of the typical spiciness I would have hoped to find. Worth a shot if you can find some.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 03:27:36 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Durge

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep, cloudy brown rust color with a fair light tan head and good lacing. The aroma offers nice roasted malt and some woodsy nut. The first taste comes on with grainy malt and some raisin. Somewhat thin bodied with some very light but spritzy carbonation. This immediately reminds me of a diluted version of Otter's wee heavy which I liked much more. But this is reasonably tasty, drinkable and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 07:12:38 | More by Durge
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sort of murky, slightly hazy brown/dark amber color with a fairly thick white head. Looks like a homebrew...

Smell is quite toasty, a bit of coffee, some caramel, brown sugar and honey. It actually sort of reminds me of a combination of a honey cough drop and a fresh cup of coffee. I also catch a faint whiff of alcohol at the end.

Tastes very bready and biscuity. Very malty, almost like a scotch ale, very sweet and sugary in the finish. Its a bit thin in mouthfeel but very easy to drink.

I'll be very honest, this is not very fresh so I definitely think this beer has been changing a bit for the worse in the bottle. Nonetheless, not a bad a beer and probably a good to very good beer when it was fresh quite a bit ago.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:58:16 | More by indiapaleale
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 00:15:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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JoKo

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this beer as part of an Otter Creek gift package. I was fortunate enough to try this before they stopped brewing it, at least for now.

Appearance - Pours a brown color with an off white soapy head. It is thick in appearance just like their Scotch ale.

Smell - This beer is relatively clean to the nose. I get some hints of caramel but that's about it.

Taste - Taste is all malts up front with a very, very faint hint of hops in the background. There are some caramel notes with what I detected to be a slight cocoa aftertaste.

Mouth feel - This beer is thick with moderate carbonation.

Drink ability - For what this beer is, I am honestly surprised at how drinkable it is. I was expecting it to be much heavier given the appearance and the ABV. With an ABV of 7.50 the alcohol was very well masked. I would definitely have another one.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:02:23 | More by JoKo
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erosier

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 13:57:18 | More by erosier
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bort11

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 20:06:36 | More by bort11
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another unique and intriguing offering from the Otter Creek World Tour series. This one is a British style Old Ale and it poured out of the bomber a deep brown color with a nice tan head. Good retention formed a small cap and laced well throughout the sample. Aromas of caramel malt and chocolate malts with some earthiness. Perfectly representative of the flavors that were mostly sweet malts balanced with some piney hops that became a little more pronounced near room temperature. Dried fruits and some bread, the hops provide a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and the flavors are bold enough to mask the higher (7.5%) alcohol content. A well balanced brew and quite drinkable as Old Ales go.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 13:55:18 | More by thekevlarkid
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thryn

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a winter warmer in the summer in Florida.

Dark copper/caramel color. Nice off-white lacing. Smell is malty, biscuity, sweet raisiny, faint hints that are almost maple syrup. A little bit of warm alcohol in the nose. Inviting. It's delicious. The alcohol is masked nicely. A little slick. It seemed watery at first, but definitely improves with warmth. If it were not 77 degrees in my apartment, I would drink this (sippingly!) all night. I hope ABC still has that other box set on clearance, 'cause I'll buy it to shelve one of these until winter.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 05:37:43 | More by thryn
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MrRetardedMonkey

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 17:39:46 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
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Walken

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek: Double Decker, English Old Ale
(06/02/08)
22 oz. bottle: poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy ruby with a large, flat off white head. Moderate retention.
Odor: Malt and yeast, featuring a bouquet of toasted grain, bread, plum and figs. There's some soft spice in the background, cinnamon, nutmeg and whiffs of alcohol.
Consistency: Medium body. Velvety on the palate, soft & dry, almost papery. Carbonation seems a little off for the style.
Taste: This beer is quite the hodgepodge. Flavors come on all at once, nutmeg, cardboard, nuttiness from the yeast, roasted caramel malt, molasses and faint chocolate. Hop flavors seem a little out of place with everything else, despite being pretty subdued. Finishes pretty clean with some roasted chocolate & bready flavors lingering.

Notes: This might have been a great beer if there was one central, dominant flavor that was bold enough to tie the beer together. As it is, it's a very bland interpretation of the style, but not completely undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 01:21:52 | More by Walken
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DrinkinBuddy

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a world tour holiday 3 pack (on sale for only $5 at a local store, bought 4) with a nice glass to boot. Pours a nice dark brown with ruby tint. An impressive 2 finger head that dissipated to a 1 finger and left plenty of lacing for the entire session. Smells faintly of sweet malts with grainy breads and an alcohol kick. Taste is delightful, dark fruits on buttered sweet bread. Alcohol is cleverly masked. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy with good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is great for this one. Can't wait to drink the rest.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 19:58:49 | More by DrinkinBuddy
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 23:01:08 | More by mikesgroove
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet roasted malt

T - Is of sweet malt with a slight bit of hops

M - This brew is a little thick with medium carbonation

D - This is a good winter warmer it has a different taste than the other winter brews out there and not in a bad way

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 19:58:19 | More by armock
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Enola

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 23:33:58 | More by Enola
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Kendo

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. The result? A slightly murky -- I wrote "murky, not cloudy or hazy; murky" -- amber-brown body with hints of ruby when held up to the light. A 1-finger tan head dissipated fairly quickly. No real lacing.

S: Predominantly malt-type characteristics: caramel and molasses with a faint hint of some sort of unidentifiable spice somewhere.

T: Like the nose: sweet malt flavors up front -- brown sugar, molasses, maybe gingerbread cookies. A slightly metallic bite at the end, maybe like bitter coffee. Not bad for a "winter style" English Ale.

M: A bit thin, I thought. Fairly low carbonated. Some chalkiness in the feel.

D: Good. At 7.5% ABV, this goes down feeling lighter than that.

Notes: I bought this beer last summer, aware that it was the previous winter's offering. The price was right (I paid $2.99 for the bomber) and I was curious, given a solid ABV level, if it would hold up. I'm guessing I would have been a little more impressed had I drank it fresh. But still, even a year out, I didn't think this was a bad brew from Otter Creek at all -- a brewery whose beers generally haven't impressed me much. If they made this an annual offering, I could see myself buying it to bring to holiday parties -- especially at $2.99 a bomber. . . .

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 17:11:17 | More by Kendo
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 05:11:40 | More by guinness33
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

9/10/06
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 00:41:40 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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Otter Creek World Tour: Double Decker from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.