1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring AleOtter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

43 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 03-17-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Mick:
Photo of Mick

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in color similar to an oak stain/iced tea. Malty nose. A malty grainy taste, very tangy-tart like. An light/medium body. An average drinkability and finish. Mediocre overall. Could have had something to do with the brew/batch date, January 14, 2001. It didn't really stand out. But, I enjoyed it none the less. I'd like to try it again fresher and older aged to gauge the differences.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 12:51:14 | More by Mick
More User Reviews:
Photo of rorjets


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-25-2014 19:16:35 | More by rorjets
Photo of JTomczak


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-13-2013 16:03:04 | More by JTomczak
Photo of morrowd3


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-07-2013 01:25:46 | More by morrowd3
Photo of Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-15-2012 19:51:54 | More by Varkias41
Photo of youbrewidrink


3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany color with a light brown head, malty aroma.

Although it was a tad too sweet for me this seemed to be a well done bock with nice chocolate/coffee overtones. Mild hop comes through at the end and does not finish bitter.

This was on-tap at Two Brothers

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 18:03:17 | More by youbrewidrink
Photo of homersimpson

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish brown with a tan head.
Light bodied with fierce carbonation and a sweet toffee nose.
Very malty up front, with a crisp carbonation that leads to a nutty flavor. The nuttiness fades in a long finish with the malt. Very little hop to be found, a very easy drinker for the warm months. Peculiarly reminiscent of a nut brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2005 22:48:05 | More by homersimpson
Photo of Kookiekwan


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark mahogany has a two finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was of chocolate malt with hints of licorice in the background. The taste is malty-sweet with hints of chocolate and mild piney hops in the finish. This beer is medium bodied and full of flavor.

Reflection: Although this isn't my favorite style this is a good beer and if i'm going to drink a bock this is the one i'm going for.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 20:42:06 | More by Kookiekwan
Photo of shippos

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear brilliant brown with a thin off white head. freshly milled grain aroma that completely takes away from all the other aromas, totally overpowering. decent mouthfeel with chewy malt and dark bread. smooth clean aftertaste, very well balanced and an excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 04:00:47 | More by shippos
Photo of pezoids


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/23/04. Batch#1493.

Poured a bright and clear ruby brown color with some orangey highlights. Topped off with a thin but creamy tan head of foam. The aroma has nice caramel and chocolate notes, with touches of roasted malts. The taste has a bitter malty flavor with an oaky bitter nut character to it. Medium body of dark malts. Overall, not bad at all but is lacking some depth. An enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 16:20:45 | More by pezoids
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep copper color with head that dissipates but leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild malty aroma

Taste: Starts with a chocolately malty taste, somewhat sweet, shifting quickly to a bitter, hoppy aftertaste that lingers. The bitterness provides a startling contrast to the initial malty flavors.

Mouthfeel: A well-balanced brew that hangs around for a while providing much satisfaction.

Drinkability: There's something here for those who like both malt and hops. Nothing overwhelms; just well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 22:48:01 | More by brentk56
Photo of Stopper


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent brown with amber highlights, this brew is topped with a very thin head of fine beads that quickly dissipates. The smooth light malt aroma, laced with obvious chocolate, billows from the glass, even while very cold. The first sip reveals a malt-tilted balance that quickly brings some bitterness from dark malt. A slight, but noticeable, effervescence meets with this moderate residual malt sweetness, and a light touch of hop dryness and grain astringency in the finish to make this a refreshing, uncloyingly malty bock.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 03:16:17 | More by Stopper
Photo of Dogbrick


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample on draught at Barley’s Smokehouse. Pours a dark reddish brown with a dense and thin off-white head. Malty and fruity aroma. Thin-bodied and fairly sweet with malt, molasses and caramel. The finish consists mostly of sweet fruit, along with light bitterness. Rather uninteresting for the most part.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2004 13:57:23 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts; very nice. The taste is good. It has a nice roasted, toasty, crystal malt, "brown" flavor to it that goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. It has a grainy quality to it that only adds to the flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an awesome spring brew. It has excellent flavor; a really good brown/bock beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2004 00:40:10 | More by WesWes
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived at the table a translucent medium bown amber. The head was low and off white, but lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was caramel and chocolate and a muted yeasty aroma was also present.

The flavor was caramle and chocolate and a slight coffee. The beer had just a hint of sweetness.

The finish was dry with a slight chocolate/caramel/coffee into the aftertaste. The body was med-light and kind of thin.

Very one dimensional brew, not very interesting. Probably ale yeast.

Pint at Bass Lake Draft House in Holly Springs, NC.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2004 17:36:15 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of nomad


2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A cedary reddish brown, this ale (?) is highly carbonated under an off-white head. Lots of lace and stain, making this beer, bottle after bottle, a good-looking beer.

Nutty, nutty, nutty, but cheaply so, and some sort of unknown malt scent. Also, a sweet soda-like notes and hints of mocha but, again, neither rounded, clear, nor convincing.

Nutty through out with a soda-like flavor of thin sweetness and almost sourness. Some thin mocha chocolate flavor too, but not appetizing. Has a very sharp bite from the high carbonation as well as a bit sudsy over the thin, watery body.

Often muddled and with a cheap yeastiness akin to Saranac, I was amazed by this beer, in the wrong way. I bought a sixpack on the strength of how much I love Otter Creek beers and how fresh was the bottled date; subsequently, this was terribly mediocre. Surprising, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2004 22:51:15 | More by nomad
Photo of stewart124


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with ruby hues, a slight fizzy off-white head sits atop this brew. Earthy undertones with a toasted malty smell and bits of hoppiness. Creamy earthy taste backed up by bits of hops and a floral feel to add to the palate. Very smooth brew that finishes well with a bold nutty aftertaste. Complex character and another splendid beer by Ottercreek.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 03:34:31 | More by stewart124
Photo of scottum


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown amber with a big off-white head. Tastes bockish, but not full on bock. Malts are heavy and touch on hints of toasty, roasty, and sweet. Nice hop balance. Smooth mouthfeel, but aftertaste is not all that it should be. A decent beer, but not a stellar example of the style or of what Otter Creek can do.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 00:12:55 | More by scottum
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've said it before but can't stress it enough...otter creek's freshness on their bottled brews is damn near unparalleled. this batch, #1493, was bottled in vt on 02.23.04 and is in my fridge in nj a week and a half later. kudos to the brewery. this one pours an amber colour, a bit lighter than i remember, but very nice, with a pillowy foamy tan head that leaves a velvety stickiness. smell is of malt, earth, orange and some spice...nice. the taste is quite malty, with a smoke malt flavour dominating. it must be noted that the smoke is quite subtle and is often more of a burnt flavour. earth and wood tones are present throughout, along with a touch of sweet hop flavour right in the middle. really quite tasty and drinkable. also, drinking it a bit on the warm side just accentuates the flavour that much more. apparently, this one is very limited, as i spoke to the brewery and it's being distributed moreso locally in vt and to o.c.'s better markets (thank god nj likes o.c.). grab some if you see it, cause i probably will if you don't.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 00:22:30 | More by guinness33
Photo of chilidog


3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle I had picked up was over ten months old, dated feb. 03. So this dark wood colored ale seemed to act flat after the tan fizzy head faded to nothing rather quick. The body of the beer seemed lighter, non-active, little carbonation. The aroma was malty or muddy. The taste was roasted, toasted sweet malt with a slight alcohol hop taste toward the end. Earthy undertones (mud) show up also. Mouthfeel is dry, but yet a soft cotton feel. Strange spring brew but thinking of Vermont's season change, its very fitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 02:58:27 | More by chilidog
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark one for the spring. Deep brown pour covered in a mass of off-white foam. Big sweet malts in the nose accompanied by some nice caramel notes and just a dab of roastiness.

Smooth with light carbonation and a medium body, it may be a bit heavy for some in the warm weather, but I am a fan. It has a nice sweet flavor of malts and caramel. Some darker malts give some roastiness to make it interesting. I found it to be very drinkable and a great brew if you don't feel like going all the way dark with a nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 02:48:28 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Ahhdball


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with sweet malty nose sold me on the bock part but it was light enough to call an ale. Caramel, roasted nuts and molassas were the prominant flavors in this and I really liked it. It could've had a bit more oily mouthfeel to it but over all I appreciated the attempt.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 22:49:18 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "bottled on" date -- in this case 06/04/03 -- stamped on the rear label; $5.99/6 pack from the National and Barrington Whole Foods in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear, robust light-brown with a fine, off-white, 1/3" head; decent retention; light, unprincipled lacing.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolaty malts.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt predominates; primary characteristics are of chocolate and nuts; slight hint of wood. Nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: A pretty damn tasty nut-brown ... one of the best I've ever had. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 09:26:09 | More by Mustard
Photo of ZAP


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad to see this listed as a brown ale because it tastes more like that than a bock (although it does have some bock characteristics) and a bock isn't an ale anyhow..

With that said, this is a tasty beer...pours a mahogany color..no head...looks flat, but body is mediumish and firm....nice roasty flavor...some sticky sweet notes like a bock would exhibit..also some breadiness...nose is roasted malt...finishes with a slight herbal hoppiness but it is very soft and secondary..Actually, the more I drink this, the moe it tastes like a bock despite being an ale...it lacks the nuttiness of a brown ale...whatever...this is a good solid beer...glad i got a chance to try it....I don't think I would seek it out again though with so many outstanding beers out there...

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2003 22:08:34 | More by ZAP
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! The Mud Bock name threw me off, but I'm back on track now. Vermont spring=mud, spring=bock, mud bock=spring bock. OK. Got it. And boy am I glad I did. This is one great beer. Dark ruby mahogany is quite clear and topped by an almost non-existent tan head. The head minimizes to a lace layer and continues to leave some lacing down the glass. The nose is about malt with some hint of toasting and very light hop note. The flavor is robust and full, plenty of toasted maltiness and graininess with enough bittering hops to barely restrain the malt sweetness. The long aftertaste keeps malt on the mind, but it is not oppressive. Plenty of alcohol sense that is just barely covered by the flavor. This beer needs just a little more body as it is somewhat thin.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 12:50:43 | More by AtLagerHeads
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
85 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.