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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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 scottum:
Photo of scottum
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a huge flowing tan headskie that won't quit. Nice and smooth with great balance. Very true to style and good at what it is. Big and malty, but still cut short. Full body rounds it out and makes for nice easy drinking. Yum! Worth checking out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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!

Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut colored with ruby highlights and a frothy head of lumpy foam that rises up an inch high and slowly settles.

Aroma of cocoa and raisin, some smoke. Flavor of cocoa, licorice, roasted dark malt, charred bark, coffee and hints of cherry.

Full mouthfeel, somewhat tannic with a powdery finish. Tasty and drinkable, but not the best of the world tour selections.

Photo of NJpadreFan
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!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've really been enjoying this "world Tour" series, each one has been really good. This winter's brew theme has been the emergence of the Baltic Porter style.

This one pours out a deep mahogony brown with crimson-red hues, plenty of carbonation gives rise to and supports a creamy-tan colored head that starts out one-finger deep and moderately dissipates to some nice clumpy foam and leaves some nice intricate lacing all around the glass.

Roasty chocolate malt hits the nose first, very smokey but then it's red grapes and raspberries topped with a vanilla-cream topping. Malt dominated for sure, with only a hint of herbal, nearly spicey scented hops...it's pretty well hidden in the malt but it's there.

The flavor is a smokey-chocolate and roasty coffee flavor, MUCHO malt complexity. Sour berries and tangy-spicey hops add a bit of balance, the heat is on the low side and very well hidden compared to say...the Smuttynose versions or the Hooker Imperial Porter's, which decreases the overall complexity. The aftertaste is very herbal, bitter-coffee like flavor and the hops really pop out later with an herbal, zesty effect that fades to a nutty-peanutbutter finish.

The feel is medium to full bodied but a bit lighter and thinner than some of the other Baltic's I've had recently. I like the big, stout-like feel of the Smutty version a bit more, but this one is actually a bit more easily drinkable, which would make for a nice "starter Baltic".

I totally dig this style and this is the "lightest" version I've had but it's still a very Bad-ass Porter. good stuff.

Photo of barefootbrewer
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.

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

appearance - Poured deep black small tan head did form.

smell - Toasted nuts, coffee, smoke, and some hops.

taste - Nice balance beer. Chocolate, smoke, and some hops present.

mouthfeel - Medium body,

drinkability - real nice tastey baltic porter

Photo of erosier
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a near black with crimson highlights when held to the light. A 1 finger light tan head floats atop the brew. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, cocoa, fresh doughy yeast, caramel, and earthy, grassy hops.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a slight dropoff and a black grape, and gummy, roasted chestnut flavor.
Mouthfeel is full boied, chewy, sugary, sweet, and tart with some complex flavors resonating.
Pretty decent example of the style. I would buy again if given the opportunity.

Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of ppoitras
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

split a cellar temp bottle of this brew with Stopper.
Poured into a snifter the beer is a clear mahogany with deep garnet highlights. Slightly lighter than I would expect. Fizzy beige head of .5 cm fades quickly to nothing. Aroma is roasted malt and some brown sugar. no hops on the nose. First sip reveals an average body with fine rolling carbonation and smooth silky texture.
Flaovr is sweet malt through and through with brown sugar and molasses and hints of roasted malt as well. no hops found on the tongue either. Very easy to drink with no hints of ABV anywhere. All roasty malt a solid baltic porter.

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Chocolate/coffee nose. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is roasted coffee, some sweetness, clean finish. 22oz bottle $3.99 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature, into a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce bottle. Pours a deep brown that looks almost black in the glass. When held up to the light it shows some dark ruby highlights. Two fingers of creamy, dense, off white head are the result of a somewhat vigorous pour. Head had great retention, and left some rings of thick lace around the glass. Nose was quite heavy with chocolate and burnt coffee. Thick roasted malt notes, a touch of charred wood, and a minor hint of hops round out the nose. Loads of thick sweet malt flavors come through out front, with some almost burnt black coffee. Just a small taste of chocolate sweetens this up a bit. Maybe just a hint of bitter hops and wood in there as well. Carbonated just enough to tickle the tongue. Alcohol, however much there may be, is pretty well hidden. Finishes smooth, almost silky, and dry. Thick, chewey mouthfeel makes this Baltic Porter a pleasure to drink. Great drinkability. A new favorite.

Photo of williamherbert
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

Photo of johnnnniee
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!

Photo of bort11
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.

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

On Tap at Clark's, Syracuse

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of roasted and chocolate malts. It's mild with no real alcohol explosion. The taste is good as well. It has a solid malt flavor. It's roasted with a slight coffee feel. It goes down extremely smooth and finishes dry with some light chocolate notes. I love these world tour beers. The brewers really get a chance to showcase their talents away from the regular lineup. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer with excellent flavor; a real treat.

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

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black and nearly opaque, with a nice light-brown head.

S- Smells malty and sweet, hints of coffee.

T- A bit sweeter than other Baltic Porters I've had but flavorful. Good coffee taste with hints of fruit throughout. Well balanced at the end.

M- Medium body, full on the tongue, not too fizzy.

D- A good drinkable beer, maybe not the perfect example of a Baltic Porter however.

Photo of Lothar666
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep, dark brown body with an off white to deep tan head. Head was two full fingers thick and very creamy. Lacing was left on the side of the glass.

S- Smell was coffee and dark roated malts with traces of brown sugar. Not overly strong.

T- Taste reminds me very much of strong black coffee with some dark roasted malts. Hop bitterness is almost completely absent.

M- Very smooth, creamy and full bodied. Mouthfeel is almost silky and very pleasant.

D- Goes down easy and is very enjoyable. Though the alcohol does not seem overly strong, the flavors alone make me wish I had grabbed another bottle.

Photo of kkipple
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Thick light tan head falls fast to crown a clear burgundy-brown rich brew. Good staying power.

S. Harmonious roast and coffee, quite nutty, with a pleasing black bread sweetness. Quite nice and mellow.

T. Mellow again, but very drinkable. Toasty, earthy, light coffee, roasted grain and a pleasing sweetness pervade everything. Hints of tobacco and creamy chocolate. This can't be more than 8%... can it? Whatever it is, it's a light and tasty take on the style.

M. Thin, lowly carbonated and finishes bitter cocoa sweet with nuts. Yummy, really.

D. Quite high for the style. I like it.

I don't know what exactly to say about Sea Otter it lacks some complexity and it's certainly one of the lighter Baltic Porters I've tried. But it's cute and pleasing and an excellent intro to the style. This is your kid sister's Baltic Porter - but that's not a bad thing.

Photo of Jayli
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!

Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a darkish brown, almost black color with a two finger head that fades.

Aroma: Very rich and malty, more like a stout than a porter here. Coffee in the nose mainly. Great aroma here.

Taste: Smooth and roasty upfront with a very sweet, coffee-ish mouthfeel to it. Somewhat chewy as well.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat dry with hints of coffee that last towards the back of the throat.

Drinkability: Very smooth! Somewhat sweet as well.

Second sip:

Let's recap. Rich, malty and roasty upfront. Sweet in the middle. Aftertaste is dry and coffee-like. Goes down very smooth as well.

Very nice example of a baltic porter that I've had.

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Otter Creek World Tour: Sea Otter from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
87 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.