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

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Wolaver's Brown AleWolaver's Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

341 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 04-01-2002)
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BrewMaster

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4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz bottle aged for about 7 months. Bottled on 9/29/04 and consumed today. Batch number looked like 1626 but it may have been 41626. Part of the label was scratched.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a tall but wide 14 oz crystal glass. The beer is a clear amber with reacily visible carbonation. The fluffy tan head is a sticky 2 centimeters that holds tight to the glass and lasts a long time. This beer is splendid to look at in one of my favorite pieces of glassware.

Smell: Malty, fruity nose with a nice layer sesame oil scent and a bit leather scent.

Taste: Malty (caramel malt?) and diacetyl fruitiness open it up but it is quickly overtaken by a light but distinct hop bitterness. It is sandy, earthy, woody, and dry. The hops are also floral. There is a marvelous combination of hops in this beer that give it a lot of character. The maltiness that supports the crisp hop flavors is fluffy and readily relinquishes the spotlight. This beer is good because it has a good malt profile to stand on. This beer is great because it is well hopped to balance well with the malt profile. I don't know what effect the aging had on this beer, but I suspect it served to mellow out any unruly flavors and make this beer into something fabulous. I certainly enjoyed every sip of it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sandy on the palate with a nice, chewy malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very nicely hopped to balance out the malt. Enjoyable and very good. Quite honestly this is more like a pale ale than a brown ale in my opinion. It loses some for missing the mark on the style, but still this is a fantastic beer, whatever style one wants to group it with. Give it 7 months in the fridge and it is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 05:24:49 | More by BrewMaster
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Wolaver's Brown Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
80 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.