Otter Creek World Tour: Otter Mon - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
purchased in 22 oz bottle from Ward's Supermarket
A: pours a very dark brown with a thin head that quickly disappears
S: clean but slightly smokey roasted grains with hints of chocolate & ripe fruit
T: dark toasty malt, sweetness of rum and subtle bitter hops - very well balanced
M: smooth, full, and lively on the tongue
D: more of a meal than most stouts, and not one I could drink all evening
I was a little concerned that this is called a Jamaican style stout, since some can be quite sweet. This Otter Mon was a very pleasant surprise. I'll be back for more.
09-06-2010 01:00:56 | More by MisterE
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an Otter Creek glass. That came as part of a three pack gift set. The bottle itself has no freshness date or abv% on the label but it has a nice description of the beer.
Appearance: The body is solid black and completely opaque. It pours thick and slowly, raising a tall tan head. The head has good retention and hangs on long after the first sip making lots of cool lace patterns on the glass.
Small: It has deep rich chocolate notes with dark roasted malty sweetness.
Taste/Palate: There are lots of nice roasted malt notes up front and throughout. In it there are notes of dark roasted barley, dark/milk chocolate and even some coffee notes as well. It has only a mellow sweetness before some of the hop notes move in and they add there bitterness, dryness and leafy almost metallic flavor notes. The body has a solid feel with a smooth texture and mild carbonation.
Notes: Overall it's an enjoyable stout and it's very much in keeping with the style.
05-09-2010 17:58:11 | More by generallee
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
Look: Pours a dark black body with a thin tan foam head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.
Smell: Coffee and roasted malts primarily. Picked up a little chocolate notes.
Taste: Lot of coffee up front with a nice chocolate ending.
Mouth/Drink: Very smooth and easy to drink. Otter Creek is continuously putting out some fine brews.
02-19-2010 03:35:37 | More by travduke
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a two finger tan head. The head clung to the sides of the glass where it left decent lacing.
The aroma has some of the coffee, chocolate and roasted flavors that I expected when I opened this but it is also pretty sweet. the sugar cane comes through in the nose and does add a little of the Rum like character they describe on the bottle.
The taste shows a little more of the roasted, chocolate and coffee bitterness then the nose did, but like the nose it is also somewhat sweet. The sugar cane comes through especially in the finish, but is pretty well balanced so it doesn't become too sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, I enjoyed this one but it probably wouldn't be my one of my top choices for a stout though. I will say that the sugar cane was an interesting addition that I don't think I've had before and I'm glad I got to try it.
02-14-2010 00:47:20 | More by billab914
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
Received as an extra in a trade with Travduke...poured it into my Otter Creek World Tour pint glass that he ALSO included as an extra in our trade. Thanks Travis! As a side note - the label on this thing cracks me up...an otter with some scruff, a rasta hat and dreads, holding a pint glass on the beach...quality.
Poured a deep brown with purple edges. A good two fingers of very dense mocha foam perched on top of this one. The head dissipated fairly rapidly leaving a small cap on the top along with a thick splotchy lace.
The most notable presence is a very sweet chocolate with pleasant malts. Wow, it does smell extremely sweet...like caramel. Whew, not sure if I'm going to be able to handle it if the beer tastes as sugary as it smells.
The taste is not what I was expecting. It definitely starts with the sweet cocoa taste, but not quite as much as was implied by the smell. It is a very thin beer that just seems a bit too mild. The flavor, while pretty good, really needs to be cranked up a bit. There is not a strong hop finish...this one just fades away. There is some vanilla in there as well - again, very mild. The finish has an almost berry-like taste that pops me in the glands at the back of my mouth.
Very low carbonation and hoppiness. This is an easy beer to drink quickly. While I enjoyed this one, I was expecting a bit more punch.
01-23-2010 03:19:03 | More by hayesez
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Otter Creek- Otter Mon
A- Dark thin black with a huge frothy light tan head. Thick lacing and a good head retention.
S- Very milky creamy with light chocolate malts and cereal grains and a touch grassy.
T- Very milky creamy chocolate malt, chocolate is light but dominant throughout. Mild toasty grainy malts with a slight dry chalky malt and earthy hop ending.
M- very smooth and creamy. Creamy dry chocolate body and finish. Sweet malt in the throat.
Overall- Nice stout here. The mouthfeel makes this 1!
01-13-2010 22:57:05 | More by NJpadreFan
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a 3 oz. Sam Adams sampler.
A: A deep ruby brown, near black color with a bubbly cap of tan foam which left a little clingy lace.
S: Smells of carob, black licorice and espresso beans.
T: Slightly sweet and nutty at first before giving way to a nice roasted coffee flavored with bittersweet cocoa and earthy hop bitterness.
M: Mouthfeel is on the full side but still pretty smooth and bubbly.
D: Very full flavored stout in the wheelhouse for any coffee stout or export stout fan. Easy to down but probably wouldn;t session because of lingering flavors.
01-06-2010 02:34:41 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
22oz bomber, no dating. New to my local beer store, so I'm assuming a fresh bottle.
Pours a dark brown/black with a thin wisp of brown head. Foam quickly dissipates leaving a rather unimpressive lacing, mostly of random air-bubbles.
Scents of dark, bitter cocoa and raw sugarcane add to the dry roasted malt character.
Flavor much more subtle than the nose. Somewhat tangy, somewhat burnt malt overall with the sweet cocoa striking first and disappearing into a cola-like element. Finishes with a dry, chalky yet simultaneously quenching bittersweet cocoa.
The body is more thin than one would initially expect but in this manner it well represents a Caribbean stout, which are full enough in body to deliver, but thin enough to quench one's thirst in a hot-weather environment.
And in that respect, it is quite drinkable and well done for the goal they set forth. Like the Dragon Stout it emulates, perfect alternative to a lager in warm weather.
12-30-2009 13:15:51 | More by Natural510
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Beige head that settles into a fine layer of bubbles. Leaves spotty lace. The liquid dark, dark brown where no light shines through.
Dark malt aromas with oak and brandy notes. Dark chocolate smell.
Rich flavor of black patent and chocolate malts. The finish is lasting tastes of burnt toast and modest hop. The body is as expected. I suspect the alcohol is elevated but it blends well with the strong flavors. Overall, an easy stout to drink.
12-14-2009 01:25:58 | More by smcolw
District of Columbia
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
from the word tour series (of which i was totally oblivious), a cool idea
dark in color. kinda stout-colored. head is not so great
aromas of molasses and a slightly rummy vanilla. deep roasting and herbal hops
i have a tough time discerning what makes this particularly jamaican. it's tasty and i get what's written on the bottle (english stout plus sugar cane from the colony. meh...tenuous), so, whatever. bigger vanilla-rum character, with a lovely deep coffeeish roast
not quite stout gravity, but sluggish enough to keep the flavors around appropriately. don't get me wrong...not exactly pilsnerish in feel
10-02-2009 02:24:21 | More by bruachan
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
Appearance: Pours a darkish brown with some ruby highlights; the foamy beige head leaves copious lacing as it fades
Smell: You can clearly smell the cane sugar amidst the roasty chocolate and dark fruit flavors
Taste: Starts out with chocolate and dark fruit but by mid-palate, the cane sugar takes over and dominates through the finish, although the other flavors linger underneath
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: What smells good on the nose isn't always so on the tongue, as the cane sugar sweetness becomes cloying, particularly by mid-palate, overwhelming the early promise of the chocolate and roasty coffee flavors; the complexity is there, but the sweetness is just a bit too much
08-03-2009 01:48:51 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +2.8%
I have been to Jamaica numerous times, and have had more than my share of the Jamaican "go-to" bier, Red Stripe. In addition, I have had the pleasure of downing a few Dragon Stouts and a good deal of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout while there. With that in mind, and keeping an open mind, I hereby dive into Otter Creeks Jamaican Stout, Otter Mon. Picked up this 22oz bottle in April, at their brewery. Label has a nice description of the ingredients, but no freshness info or ABV.
Poured it into an imperial pint glass. Color was a deep, dark chestnut, truly opaque. The edges had glimmers of bright mahogany, but it was mostly midnight in a glass. Head was a creamy beige, but rapidly receded to a miniscule gathering of bubbles near the edges, without much lacing at all. Aroma was pleasant, with inviting malts, chocolate and toffee sweetness, and hints of dark fruit. Body and mouthfeel were medium across the board; no more, no less. Would have liked more oomph there, but I can't complain.
Creamy, sweet chocolate starts things off on the palate, with some toffee assisting things. We also have some roasty touches present. It is lightly sweet taste, not as much as the aroma suggested, though. Intimations of rummy chocolate cake come to mind. The finish has some light floral hopping going on, too, which is nice. This is sort of a cross between Dragon and G-FES, with the sweetness kicking things off followed by the nice hop action later on. A decent stab at somewhat infrequently found style.
Ya mon! Irie!!!
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
07-09-2009 21:34:01 | More by Bierman9
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
Otter Mon! Irie!
It's got a great label but it doesn't pack the solid malt punch of a true Jamaican-style stout, or should we just say just about any other foreign-extra stout as that's pretty much what it is. But more specifically, there are only two breweries in Jamaica, and Desnoes and Geddes Limited is the better known and longer running - famous for Dragon Stout (as well as Jamaican Guinness Foreign Extra and Red Stripe) - so, basically what we're doing here is reproducing Dragon Stout.
Otter Mon is definitely lighter in body and flavor than Dragon Stout, and even Stone Brewing's Jamaican Stout. But it's not bad, it's just not to style.
It pours an opaque black body beneath a full head of big-bubbled light tan foam. It looks OK, but the head should be denser, and more creamy; and even darker in color to be a Jamaican-style stout.
The aroma is a kind of a generic dark beer aroma, which is wrong, because it should be more roasty. On the other hand, it's cleaner than Dragon Stout, which is a bonus.
The flavor is similar in a way. Dragon stout doesn't touch the depth of the Guinness Foreign Extra, and this is similarly thin - well, even a bit thinner. The head wouldn't display big bubbles if it had the right final gravity to it, but I guess we're cutting a few corners here so OK. It's roasty, but the malt base is not solid. There's a nice chocolate note to it, but again, the malt just doesn't have enough depth. It's got a good, kind of sweetish 'thin-and-cheap coffee' flavor to it (I know that sounds contradictory - "good" vs. "thin-and-cheap" - but I'm refering to the coffee flavor alone). Beyond that some murky leaf hops (finally to style!) and a stiff bitterness help to balance it. The alcohol shows, but hey, it's a Jamaican-style stout and that's OK. In fact, here, I'd say Otter Creek takes one step forward. There's also a bit of nice fruitiness from the yeastiness.
Overall, it's a decent enough semi-bitter stout, but nothing to write home about. Have a Dragon Stout instead. Or a Guinness Foreign Extra.
06-02-2009 02:49:54 | More by NeroFiddled
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours black with slight ruby highlighes around the edges. It has a tan to light brown thin, lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.
The sell is sweet with chocolate and some roasty/ashy notes.
The taste is of sweet chocolate with some roasty/ashy notes. Some acidity slows it down. I was between scores, to be honest, but it has some earthy bitterness to keep sweetness in check, and a nice overall taste that pushes it to the higher of the two scores I had in mind, especially as it progresses.
Carbonation on the more agressive side. The body is such that I would have bought into a more robust porter, had I not known otherwise. Still I could buy into "stout". Something slows down drinkability a bit (acidity?), yet I would certainly put into "drinkable"/enjoyable category. Sweet, ashy, chocolatey, a bit acidic. I don't know the abv, but it's pretty well-hidden. Fits foreign/export stout well enough! An enjoyable stout!
05-14-2009 00:39:43 | More by jwc215
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
22 oz bottle
Pours very dark brown with creamy brown head. Heavy faded but left nice lacing on glass.
Chocolate malt come through strong with sweet malt notes. Hint of smoke/oak in the back end.
Again, you can taste the chocolate malt is up front with nice roasted malts to create a robust stout flavor. Hops offer a good balance to the malt. Smoke flavor in the background.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a full body with dry/crisp finish. Carbonation is on the lighter side. Very nice.
Drinkability is very good. Nice job balancing the malt and hops. I like the subtle smoke flavor. The crisp finish brings me back for more after each swallow. Very good brew.
05-01-2009 23:40:14 | More by HopTroll
3.65/5 rDev -6.2%
drank this beer at room temp in a standard glass. The beer poured a dark cola brown with fizzy fast fading tan head.
Aroma was a little grainy, mostly roasty with just a hint of brown sugar. Not very robust on the nose, but pleasant.
The first sip reveals a fairly light and drinkable body with fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is milder than expected and I also thought their may be some chocolate milk quality a la dragon stout, but none was to be found.
Mostly roast grains and a little coffee bean mixing with just a little bakers cocoa on the finish. The beer would be drinkable even on a hot summer day and was well made, I was hoping for more sweetness but that doesnt make it a bad beer. Another decent brew in the Otter Creek World Tour series.
04-07-2009 00:56:23 | More by sulldaddy
3.5/5 rDev -10%
Pours a deep brown to near black colour with a big frothy, semi-creamy head that actually looks a bit thin overall. A decent amount of residue is left on the glass after each sip.
Aroma is fairly light, with some malt, chocolate, earth and a bit of meatiness to it...maybe some cereal as well?
Flavour is, again, malty in the general sense, with a good amount of earthiness, some chocolate, and a bit of a tart sweetness to it. There's a roasted dry finish to each sip that is nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a touch thin for a stout, but that's how I've found foreign stouts to be overall, or at least the one's I've sampled.
This one reminded me of the Guinness in Jamaica...but better. It's got more flavour and is more full-bodied than said Guinness. It's not as good as, say, a Dragon Stout, but still nice nonetheless.
04-03-2009 19:31:42 | More by SixpointJMH
Otter Creek World Tour: Otter Mon from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.