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

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48 Ratings

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 6.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.20% 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 01-15-2008)
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Reviews by deanhead:
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep dark rich looking beer with a formidable head that acutally reduced to nothing in a matter of minutes. No ambient light was able to get through this beer.

Smelled of chocolate, and slight peat, hints of sweetness on the nose

Tasted of chocolate, and hints of peat. Oddly enough I was unable to discern any roasted flavors.

Medum bodied beer that seemed to linger on the palate.
The malt backbone combined with the hops in this beer made for a very smooth and drinakble beer.
This was a very good beer, a fabulous drinker on a cold Winter's night.
Grab a bottle while you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 21:05:14 | More by deanhead
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-09-2013 01:58:12 | More by Durge
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-29-2013 06:01:37 | More by Kelp
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-02-2011 05:28:24 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" light brown head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of froth, with lasting slow-falling lace. Aroma is dark malts with a light smokiness. Taste begins with a creamy rich sweetness that barrels on through, with more light smoke in the middle, and a light bitterness to close, with a lingering chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Only knock would be that it doesn't come across as very "imperial". Exclusive of that, a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 01:58:48 | More by ppoitras
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Baltic Porter is part of their "World Tour" Series. Poured from a bomber, it opens in a gusher of cream colored lather that quickly settles into a razor thin head. Beneath this, there is a body of deep ruby. The initial nose detects some bourbon aroma while the palate gets a heavy mouthfeel of malt and molasses accompanied by a surprisingly potent bite of alcohol - this will decrease as the temper as the beer reaches room temperature.

This was a bit lighter than one would imagine from this style. All in all, a pleasant quaff from Otter Creek.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 22:04:33 | More by jjboesen
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark brown in color, not super viscous and without a lot of depth in color. The carbonation is relatively low but that seems to be okay. Head is thin, white and thick. Looks like a pretty good pour.

Aroma - licorice, anise, Tootsie rolls, dark sugar along with some pepper and caramel. All the smells seem to be right on par with the Baltic Porters I've had thus far. Nothing too exciting and it seems like almost two years of age hasn't done too much damage to this.

Taste - a bit of a watery mouthfeel, lots of sweet maltiness along with the expected licorice and anise and definitely the Tootsie rolls. Nothing unexpected and nothing too incredible.

Overall - Dark, sweet and easy on the palate. I wish it had more body and complexity but maybe that went away over the past couple years. Decent to good.

Would I buy more of it? - Not even an option and if it was I think I'd try some of their others before going back to this one. It wasn't bad, just not memorable.

Vintage - This bottle is from January 2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 05:04:27 | More by indiapaleale
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Sea Otter is part of the "Otter Creek World Tour," yet another brewery that understands the current craft beer market.

Rich, dark brown, nearly black, with a cascading, foamy, super creamy, beige-colored head. Decent retention. Roasted cocoa beans, dark chocolate, malted milk, coffee, husky and nutty in the nose. Smooth, creamy palate, medium-bodied with a slightly roasted astringent undercurrent. Chocolaty, but overly so, and more akin to unsweetened baker's chocolate. Brown bread center that turns faintly nutty toward the end. Toasted marshmallows. Thin hop character/leafiness. Hint of grape. Clean, warming alcohol. Dry finish, lingering chocolate and breadiness.

A damn tasty and highly drinkable Baltic Porter with a very complex and interesting malt profile thanks to the use of Carafa barley malt. Definitely seek it out and try while it's around. Tervist!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:14:59 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samples on two occasions on consecutive nights:

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer is jet black with very little head - just a sliver of pure white topping the beer. Very still, no carbonation, and no lacing.

The nose is very boozy. Faint raisons, tobacco, chocolate, dark coffee, and chicory.

Taste starts off semi-sweet with notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a roasty bitterness like black coffee and pipe tobacco. Some raisons, mollasses, and rum in the finish. Not as boozy as the nose suggsts, flavors finish with liquoice and anise.

The body is medium-thin, a tad thinner that I expected, but it firm up as the beer warms. Very little carbonation.

A nice interpretation of a rarely seen style. Enjoyable for sure, but not overly memorable. Was looking for a bit more body here to compliment the boozy nose and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 17:32:27 | More by Sycodrummer
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some quick observations:

* Reddish black; thin head
* A glassy look, light comes through at the edges
* Roasted, bitter coffee malt aroma
* Additional smells of semi-sweet chocolate
* Feels smooth and oily; not at all dry
* Taste of sweetish grapes and dates. Plum with bitter coffee.
* Really more sweet than bitter
* The alcohol really busts out at the finish
* Quite a solid beer

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:50:15 | More by williamherbert
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer poured a deep brown with a small and quick falling head.

S: The aroma was roasty and sweet. It has some sour and vanilla notes.

T: The taste is bitter, coffee, licorice and malt. Coffee is the predominant flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is thin to medium with the carbonation noticed.

D: This is an easy drinking porter. It is not an incredibly exceptional brew, but definitely solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 18:37:17 | More by barefootbrewer
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jaxon53, who sent this as part of the BASS 08.

22 oz bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Rocky tan head with large bubbles recedes to a relaxed ring. Reactivates nicely with each sip. Color is black at first glance, dark ruby highlights shine when held to the light.

Smell is mild. Mostly dry cocoa powder. There is the slightest hint of orange in the back, barely there. Taste is more developed. The cocoa powder is there, but more fruits. Some dried citrus and apples, mild coffee. Bit of a pepper spice in the back.

Mouthfeel is easy and inviting. Very smooth and drinkable. I think this is more in line with a standard American porter than a Baltic porter, but really why argue.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:38:43 | More by bort11
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a loaned New York Giants glass. Ech, this beer is tainted already.

Pours black with medium beige head that quickly shuffles to the side then dissapears.

Smells mainly of black cherries and roasted malt. Some vanilla and alcohol as well.

Tastes very smooth with black cherry backed by roasted malt being the predominant flavor. Some booze in the end. Effervescent, but not overpowering, carbonation. Thin and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

The bottle describes this as being a harsh, in you face porter but I found it relaxed and enjoyable. That crazy otter, he's everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 22:50:34 | More by donkeyrunner
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from Jayli, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, black coffee, some chocolate and a little hops.

T: The taste is very malty up front as you would expect, but it's not overly think or overly sweet and some darker beers can be. There are flavors of roasted coffee, dark fruit and dark chocolate. The hops presence is very mild but is enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a good darker beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 04:05:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours incredibly deep brown. Mahogany and ruby highlights when held to the light. A thin, unkempt layer of soapy off-white bubbles rings the body, but doesn't last at all.

S - This is a fantastic smelling brew, hands down. Huge, odiferous, roasty malts... plus mocha affects. Not horribly complex, just quite intense. A slightly astringent roastiness, and faint, fruity yeast notes as it warms.

T - Surprisingly not as roasty as the nose might lead on to be. A nice, sweet malt bomb up front, that battles between sweet and roasty on the backend. Sweetened coffee, milk chocolate. Absolutely no noted alcohol in either taste or smell. Hops are BARELY noted in the finish, but they're there.

M - Slightly over-attenuated, but works for the style, and the carbonation is fine.

D - Quite drinkable... my first glass vanished way too quickly. I probably wouldn't trade for it, but if it was available at my store, I would pick it up again without question.

Notes: This snowy weather is good for one thing, that's for sure: Relaxing with a tasty, rich, deep brew. I didn't know what to expect with this one, but I wasn't dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 20:19:43 | More by SaucyA
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There is a small beige head that dissipates relatively quickly. Slight to no lacing to speak of. Strong coffee and licorice in the aroma with a good roasted malt to set the tone. At first there is a quick rush of malt flavors that are followed by a roasted malt bitterness, with strong coffee flavors. This is a nice baltic porter and worth picking up!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:31:31 | More by Jayli
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this World tour brew out of the bomber and into my glass! Very dark brown liquid but not quite opaque. A finger of tan head capped the brew briefly but dissipated to a thing ring that laced only slightly. Aromas of malted milk balls, dark chocolate and roasted malt, all quite rich. The flavors were also rounded and robust, chocolate, caramel, cookie dough and some coffee bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and medium carbonation. A good porter overall and a great example of the Baltic style (certainly the best one I've had to date on this side of the pond!).

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 04:21:37 | More by thekevlarkid
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a creamy tan head that displays some persistence and lacing

Smell: More chocolate than coffee in the aroma, with a malted milk element as well

Taste: Opens with a doughy aspect that moves in a slightly grainy chocolate and licorice direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a bit of fruity bitterness as well as some coffee that appears in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably tasty, but more like a Robust than a Baltic, as it is missing the mouthfeel, alcohol and dark fruit aspects of a quality Baltic

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 02:18:18 | More by brentk56
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, chestnut-colored highlights, decent tan head fades pretty quickly leaving a thin ring around the glass and spots of lacing. Smell is malted milk balls, cookie dough, slight smoke. Taste is quite nutty, some cocoa, faint burnt coffee, and just a tiny alcohol spice. Slight bitter finish, pretty creamy mouthfeel. This is tasty, one of the better beers I've had from Otter Creek.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 00:28:31 | More by corey0212
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New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with mahogany edging, and a quarter inch head of beige. A few streaks and dots of lacework thoughout, but the head dissapates to a ring around the goblet and a placid surface.

Aromatics lead off with nougat, caramel fudge, dark chocolate, and roasted malt.
Very rounded and smooth in the nose, with a creamy essence.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Medium to thick body.

Chocolate, caramel, and coffee on the pallet, with low bitterness and a nice balance of residual sweetness and drying acridity.
Alcohol is barely warming and the beer is highly drinkable.

Finishes with lingering caramel, chocolate, and nougat.

One of Otter Creeks better brews. It reminds me of the new Cadillac Mountain Stout, but without the Ringwood.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 01:50:12 | More by brewandbbq
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a jet black color with almost no head. There is a slight tan colored ring around the top of the beer and it has some lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is of sweet deep roasted malts mainly with hints of chocolate and coffee but they are very faint.
T: Taste is of sweet deep roasted malts and a bit more prevelent chocolate taste.
M: Vrey rich, smooth, and warming.
D: Very drinkable as I was able to drink the whole 22oz. bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 10:38:32 | More by erosier
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New Jersey

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

Otter Creek- Sea Otter

A- Deep reddish cola brown with a moderate sticky head.
S- Light dusting of cocoa powder over a creamy malt base.
T- Sweet malt with a dry cocoa powder. Smooth and creamy with a dried fruit-like flavor in the end.
M- Sweet and smooth. Good creamy coffee bean finish.

Overall- A smooth and solid porter. Highly drinkable and definitely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 22:52:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black but with dark red tinges when viewed in front of a strong light. Has a short, light tan head that dissapates quickly to a partial covering.
The smell is dark coffee and roasted malt with a hint of dried fig or prunes.
The taste is very dark roasted malt and coffee.
Mouthfeel is pleasantl medium to full bodied with some carbonation.
Drinkability is quite nice. Since the ABV is unknown you can drink these until you wobble.

This is a pretty tasty Baltic Porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 18:14:48 | More by meatyard
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New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Has a fluffy off white head that sticks around for a bit leaving some lace on the sides of the glass. Aroma is heavy cocoa and milk chocolate with a faint fig/raisin in the background. Taste is chocolate then some roasted malts. Leaves a roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little creamy and little oily, body is solid, carbonation is low, but appropriate. Decent brew that grew on me as I drank it. Smells awesome!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 21:33:59 | More by johnnnniee
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, chocolate brown that passes a slight red on the edges, hiding my otter friend on this Otter Creek World Tour pint glass. The two-inch head fades quickly to a half-inch espresso.

Sweet, roasted cocoa, much like a mocha iced coffee, and caramel with some alcohol tones.

The coffee theme continues here with some bitterness and an acid finish. This is a rich, bready brew with lots of malt.

Creamy with trace carbonation and a touch of warming alcohol.

Very drinkable, surprisingly more so for such a dark beer. I feel guilty pouring another and watching the happy little critter disappear behind the foamy head of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 21:41:06 | More by SLeffler27
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Otter Creek World Tour: Sea Otter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.