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Otter Creek World Tour: Otter Kilter - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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57 Ratings

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 02-01-2007)
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Reviews by scottum:
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a large off-white headskie. Sweet, but a wee bit heavy. Balance slightly off to the sweet side, but still a nice flavor for the style. Goes down smooth and is drinkable, but not in mass quantities. Certainly worth checking out when found on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 01:42:17 | More by scottum
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Otter Kilter is the latest release in the Otter Creek World Tour of specialty beer releases. This one is a Wee Heavy, or Scotch Ale, which is a Strong Ale style that's rarely brewed anymore. Our guess is that beer geeks have abandoned big malt for big hops.
Pours into a thistle glass as a rich, dark, amber brew with ruby hues. A wonderful cascading carbonation rises to a three-inch tan, foam head with a healthy stay.

Soft aroma with suggestions of sweet, floral nectar. Nice malt base is laid out up front, with a near-chewy mouthfeel and fullness on the palate. Creamy carbon- ation. A rather bold, malty caramel profile, ample sweetness, top notes of toffee and honey and backing notes of herbs and pith. An enjoyable tea-like flavor runs throughout. Some chocolaty flavors pull through as things warm. Faint hints of smoke. Hops are slightly detectable, which is a good thing. Light spiciness, underripe, jammy fruits, with alcohol beneath. Lingering smokiness, some wood, and a wicking caramel in a bone-dry finish.

Maltheads and Scotch Ale lovers rejoice. This is one fine Wee Heavy. Indulge with some shortbread fingers or butter cookies. And go ahead, nobody's looking-- dip it in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 20:29:49 | More by BeerAdvocate
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been loving the World Tour series and I haven't seen this pone yet, gotta try it. Poured the 22oz bomber into an Otter Creek World Tour pint glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany, nice 2 finger fluffy head.

Smell: Malts, caramel, sweet.

Taste: Very sweet, which is traditional for the style. Very malty.

Drinkability: I'm not sure what the ABV is but I would guess 6% which makes this quite drinkable, if you like a sweet beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 15:32:00 | More by travduke
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4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark, somewhat hazy mahogany color with a modest off-white head and fair but thin traces of lace. The aroma is big time malt and some herbal root with hints of deep cocoa and maple syrup. Yum. The flavor brings more malt and more herbal beauty. It's mid-bodied plus, tangy with fine carbonation. There are chocolate raspberry hilights. But this is mostly a malt extravaganza as it should be, deep and earthy, mellow and bright all at once. It's medium drinkable and very flavorful. Very good stuff, almost a barleywine here.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 07:14:56 | More by Durge
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $4.49.

A: Deep, hazy chestnut brown with 1-finger light beige head with good retention and a thin line with icicles of lace and a smattering of other formations down the glass.

S: Very malty with lots of toastiness and a light peat-smoke edge with herbal hops

T: A great tasting ale with loads of toffee, caramel, and toasted caramel and dark malt flavors mingling with a small amount of peatiness. The hops are supporting cast but are nutty and earthy. Alcohol is not at all detected.

M: A medium-full bodied beer that is filling but still light enough in the feel to keep from weighting you down. Carbonation is low and adds to the drinkability of this horse of a brew.

D: A very good Scotch ale. The second of two good shots from the Otter Creek World Tour (the Maibock is even better though I think). This is a very good Sctoch ale with a lowish ABV whic is just fine by me. Malt-lovers are in for a filling treat with this superb brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 04:18:40 | More by argock
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Willimantic Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Poured a dark amber color with very bright orange and golden highlights to it. A medium-sized head of light tan foam formed atop the brew. Carbonation seemed low and it provided some sticky lace.

S: Smells sweet, floral and fruity, with a full nose of roasted and smokey caramel malt and oak mixed with berry.

T: Taste is full on sweet roasted caramel malt and fruity malted hop flavors. A rich and bittersweet flavor of oak and vanilla mixes with a boozy and fairly robust fruity palate. A deep ale flavored with smoked dark fruit and fermented brown sugar.

M: Mouthfeel is full and velvety.

D: This is a nice wee heavy, but it might be a little too sweet and fruity to stick with. It's nice with a meal, mine went with Easter ham, but I'd get get exhausted by it after two.

Not a bad wee heavy at all and actually a nice addition to the OC World Tour. A heavy and sweet brew with equal parts roasted, sugary malts and a solid fruity ale taste with low hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 03:42:43 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep, dark brown with a very nice looking fluffy head. Not a bad looking pour at all.

Smell is caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt, lots of malt...

Taste is definitely that very upfront sweetness from a strong Scotch Ale. I get a lot of brown sugar, cotton candy, caramel, molasses etc...its a bit cloying at times.

Not a bad Scotch Ale but a bit sweet for my taste. The condensed sweetness may however come from this one being a bit old, hard to day.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 02:43:25 | More by indiapaleale
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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep red-brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that takes some time to fade and laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet and bitter roasted malts, a hint of smokiness, and some vanilla.
T: Tastes of roasted and toasted malts, some sweet and some bitter, some vanilla flavor, some dark fruit, and a nit malty bitter at the end.
M: Rich, smooth, warming, right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty good, I would have liked it a bit sweeter, but it was still a good version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 11:37:48 | More by erosier
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Otter Kilter is a clear, solid red ale with a quickly fading tan-orange head. The aroma is of malt: sweet, sour, and dark. There is perhaps a dusting of some grassy hops and peat. It the mouth, it is full bodied and smooth-- almost syrupy. It has prickly carbonation and a quick, dry finish. It tastes the way it smells. There's a little peat late in the taste. It's quite sweet. I can't really taste any hops. Warmth from the alcohol is present. It's very much a malt showcase.
(rated Jun 28, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 02:38:59 | More by yesyouam
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy reddish-brown. No real head. Bit of cream-colored lacing.

Nose is biscuity malt, a hint of smoke, and something slightly metallic. I don't know why that's happening with some of my beers lately. May be that they're a skosh too cold?

Taste is sweet biscuity malt. The smoke isn't really there, but fortunately, neither is the metallic aspect. There's maybe a hint of raisin. It's solid, but I'm not blown away. I like SA Scotch Ale quite a bit better. Maybe a bit of raisin. I'm not really getting much else in this. Faintly bitter, but not in a hoppy way.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good for the style. I'd rate it a bit higher on D if the taste did more for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 07:05:44 | More by thryn
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger very light tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is caramel and alcohol which is unusual with the low (6.5%) ABV but a decent scotch ale. 22oz bottle part of 3-pack $12.99 from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:23:11 | More by jdhilt
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Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic and contains caramel, vanilla, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, dark fruit, tea and vanilla. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. There's a mild hops presence that bring a little bit of balance, but not much. The flavors don't seem to be too harmonious. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth and a little watery for the style, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, this beer isn't one of better "Scottish-Style Wee Heavy Ales" that I've had. I don't think I'd pick this one again unless my choices were very limited.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 04:12:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, dark chestnut toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly fades into a bubbly cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of smokey malts, caramel, toffee, cocoa butter, vanilla, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of caramel, sweet cocoa, toffee, fruit, and some smoked notes pulling through along the palate.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with decent amounts of carbonation. This is about what I expected for a Scotch Ale from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 19:47:59 | More by weeare138
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a murky mahogany. nice light tan head. light retention rate. mild lacing.

S: banana and clove mostly. deep rich malts provide a great nose, some caramel.

T: good flavored scotch ale. bananas and clove from the sweet malts. big malty flavor. good wee heavy flavor. caramel all over this.

M: medium bodied for the style. medium carbonation level. very silky.

D: very nice brew, although the bomber was a little too much. good rep of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 18:21:23 | More by paulthebeerguru
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2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep redish-brown color with moderate tannish head. Good retention.

Smell shows some nice molases notes, combined with roasted malt.

Taste is a bit too extreme for my liking. There is a strong alcohol presence that overshadows the roasted malt and molasses.

The flavor left in the mouth is too overpowering.

There are not many beers that I am unable to finish, but this is one of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 21:37:24 | More by tgbljb
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of their 'World Tour' brews. Out of the bomber this one was a deep cherry-wood color with a two finger head of off-white foam. Decent retention but minimal lacing. The nose was very sweet, caramel, molasses and some candy sugar over the usual malt and hops. The flavors were dominated at first by the caramel but the balanced by some heavy malts and a hoppy bitterness that rounded it out. Some alcohol heat as the brew warmed up. Smooth mouthfeel but just a little light for a 'heavy.' Well organized in general and a nice example (especially for an American brewer) of the Scottish Wee Heavy style.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 13:19:14 | More by thekevlarkid
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark and roasty looking with very good carbonation. The head is tall almost 3 fingers light tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is very good very roasty with smoke and a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows with a very good roasty malt that includes ,chocolate caramel and a great smokiness. Bravo, this brew does note hold back on what I love, this is reall an enjoyable craft brew, nicely complex and allaround a very delicious brew.

The mouthfeel is good, nice better then medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good this is an outstandingly flavor full brew that stands out is a very flavorable style.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 04:13:35 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Otter Creek World Tour: Otter Kilter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.