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Otter Creek Winter Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Winter AleOtter Creek Winter Ale

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113 Ratings

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sraimondi on 11-06-2007)
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place.

3.5 A: Hazy dark amber/medium brown color. 1 1/2 fingers of thick creamy tan head with average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: The malt part is just fine. However, the raspberry part is weak and what is there is medicinal. Lots of caramel and darker crystal malts. Slight nutty toastiness to it.

3.5 T: I expected to be disappointed by the taste. Every "regular-lineup-esque" fruit beer I've ever had has half-assed the fruit. This beer three quarter asses it. Slight raspberry taste that adds a slight tartness. Malts give a light toasty flavor and a caramel sweetness. Not bad, but would be better with either no fruit or much more.

4.0 M: Medium body. The carbonation is good. Very smooth. No problems here.

4.0 D: One of the few fruit beers that I don't hate drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:28:58 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle during the Outback Bowl.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head without much in the way of lacing or retention. The nose is pretty light with a mild malty sweetness, a bit of caramel, and a faint hint of the raspberry from the label. This comes out a bit more in the taste. Really faint though. Other than that, some sweet caramel malt. Feel is light to medium with sweetness pervading. Nothing really all that good about this beer, though nothing is offensive either. I do like the touch of raspberry.

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01-04-2011 12:03:02 | More by Thorpe429
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random single picked up at the local bottle shop. Beer is brown / red and clear with a thin head of off white bubbles, leaves a little lacing on the glass, carbonation moderate.

Aroma is nice and sweet with subtle hints of spice.

Well I don't know where I was getting spice in the nose, there is no spice on the palate. It's mostly a bready, malty, sweet beer with a little candy flavors. The beer is relatively pleasant and overall pretty drinkable. I like it, I don't know if I'd have it again because basically it's a sweet brown ale...

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01-03-2011 21:04:19 | More by drabmuh
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3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Otter Creek's latest "Special Release" brew with crystal and chocolate malt and "a touch of raspberry."

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown with medium thick off-white head that fades quickly to okay lacing. I had to work hard to find much scent in the nose, but managed some raspberries, roasted nuts and malt chocolate. Motuhfeel was thin and watery, which unfortunately took away from the fruit and malted flavors in the taste, which were otherwise okay. Finish was longer than I expected, and actually pleasant. Not a bad beer, especially for a fruity seasonal.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice amber colour with some visible carbonation and next to no head (a few white foam bubbles formed on the top).

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured brown, little head ,little lace, almost looks like a flat cola product. A tiny bit of raspberry smell was the only scent. That's it.

Mouth had a little creamy foam, but mostly water with raspberry after, not sweet at first, but with a slight aftertaste, like after drinking a pop.

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A: Pours a bright reddish brown with big tan head that dissipates nicely into a small pool leaving some good lacing behind.

S: Strong smell of raspberry with chocolate in their too, very malty as well.

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M: Smooth, but rather on the thin side. Fairly low carbonation.

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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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S: Chocolate covered cherries. I like the nose quite a bit. Some dark fruits. Very candy like.

T: Medium bodied. On the sweeter side. Some cocoa flavors. Gives way to a candy flavor that thins out rather quickly.

M: A rather slick mouthfeel. Goes down rather smooth. Carbonation is about right, if a little bit low.

D: You could drink quite a few of these, but the candied flavors will catch up to you quickly.

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01-13-2010 22:57:42 | More by Newkie
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Otter Creek Winter Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.