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Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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89
very good

490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 32
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 01-09-2009)
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25.3%

08-13-2013 02:15:13 | More by timjim1327
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Beerman72

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-06-2013 04:52:16 | More by Beerman72
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unibrew

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! The Russian Imperial Stout is perhaps the best RIS on the market today. I had a taste of it in Brooklyn at Mugs Ale House last month. I found it on sale at Oliver's Beverage Store in Albany NY. I picked up 2 bottles and had one of them last night. It is just sooo good! Smooth, creamy and chocolatey. If the 2nd bottle was cold, I probably would have drank it as well. I pray I can buy it here in Brooklyn. Also, it didn't give me a hangover. I don't know why.. that never happens! Honestly, I found it to be even better than Yeti and better than Black Ops, especially for the money.
Dave

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 18:05:18 | More by unibrew
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01121987

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is absolutely incredible.
it has an incredible roasted malt/barley character that is not at all in any way cloying or overwhelming with a welcomed alcohol warmth that is not at all harsh. this is the most "drinkable" imperial stout i have ever tasted and is on my top ten best beers ever tasted list. i would recommend this beer to anyone and everyone who likes darker and stronger beers, and even those who don't.
this might be the best beer i have ever had from otter creek and i used to live in vermont so iv had just about al of them.
great beer. if you see it buy more than one!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:15:55 | More by 01121987
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Brad007

Vermont

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Part of the Otter Creek Imperial Series.

Pours a motor oil black color with a thin brown head into my pint glass.

Aroma is thick and creamy with a strong whiff of roasted coffee and mild chocolate in the nose.

Taste is creamy at first followed by a strong amount of roasted coffee and chocolate. Creaminess is very nice. Hop bitterness seems subdued. Astringency is pretty low, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is full of residual creaminess, chocolate and coffee notes. There isn't much alcohol warmth.

First of all, this imperial stout is very drinkable. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Second of all, the creaminess is just top notch. Mouthfeel is right as well. I honestly can't think of what would make this beer better and it's proof that Otter Creek can create great beer, even bigger beers.I strongly recommend you pick this up.

Again, to me, this is perfection for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:18:34 | More by Brad007
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MarkSmithVT

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.3%

01-24-2013 01:26:28 | More by MarkSmithVT
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Frost-Mountain-Brew

Vermont

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

5.0. For the style, I think this beer is absolutely perfect. There is something I relish about "creamy" mouthfeel and this has it. It's hard to get something that has 10% ABV to feel smooth on the tongue but this is so well balanced that nothing is jarring to the tastebuds. Notes of caramel, coffee work well in the creamy stout. The appearance is spot on, dark dark dark with a nice small head that lingers. Well done Otter Creek. This is one of my favorites and I have a case in my basement. I'm really intrigued to see how it tastes in a year's time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 17:18:21 | More by Frost-Mountain-Brew
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.91/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a bomber at the Brattleboro food co-op for $6.29. The label has lots of info, including all ingredients, abv and IBU's.

This is totally black, opaque with obvious carbonantion around the edge, the head is massive, at least 2" high, very bubbly and frothy with creaminess on the very top. dissipation is moderate for the style. There's plenty of dark brown foam still left over long after the liquid is gone. Lacing is sticky and intricate. right on.

The nose is huge, it's as bold and complex as any RIS I've ever had, including such big-boys as Dark lord and the Abyss. Very dark roastie malt right off, grahm crackers, meaty, nutty, peanutbutter with spicey, herbal hops, mellow peppery black berry jam. As the liquid warms you've got, brownies straight from the oven. Well balanced with the hops really providing a unique spiciness, instead of the leafy-bitter scent you get from many huge stouts. a very subtle aroma of dark fruits pops out even later.

After being totally rocked by the aroma of this brew i was affraid the flavor would fall short. NOT!!! This is extremely complex with mulit-level malt flavor's of dark baker's chocolate, dry brownies, peanutbutter, coffee with cream and a another chocolate current that is a bit sweeter, like milk chocolate. The really unique aspect of this RIS is the bold, spicey and earthy hop effect that is bold but not overly bitter. The hops provides the most sublime balance I've ever noticed in this style. 65 IBU's seems Just right. The heat is pretty subtle and adds a nice warming effect but becomes a bit more hot later on. Chocolate covered blueberries pops out as the stout warms up. highly complex, and enjoyable!!

This big-ass stout is full bodied with a crispy middle body, finishing hefty and smooth, then dry. My lips are sticky. smooth and creamy.

Honestly, Otter creek has NAILED the RIS, I'm blown away. Huge complexity with something unique to offer in the spicey and not bitter hop balance. Impressive!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 17:21:31 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout (2013 Barrel-aged version), poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

NOTE: This is not the same beer that is being reviewed on this thread, this is a barrel-aged version aged in maple whiskey oak barrels for a year.

Look - Pours motor oil black thick with a thin soapy mocha head. Tons of splotchy lacing.

Smell - Rich creamy aroma. Maple and bourbon with oaky vanilla notes behind it.

Taste - So creamy, rich maple, some roasted malts overtaken by the oak vanilla and then ending whiskey. Yessss.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body with low carbonation. Surprisingly not boozy for 10% but it will catch up later, make no mistake. Great drinkability.

Overall - Wow. I am legitimately blown away by this Otter Creek offering! I am not huge into BA beers but now I am beginning to think I have just been having the wrong ones. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:44:56 | More by JMScowcroft
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark dark black with no light coming through what so ever, very nice tan brown head that starts thick and slowly fads down, very menacing and drawing in appearance

Smell- This one smell is out of control, so strong and so good and power hits you instantly, i cant even get past the smell of coffee, if you were to put a coffee cup next to me and this stout I could tell you which was which literally that crazy

Taste- COFFEE wow, this is one flavorful imperial stout, all you can taste is that espresso and coffee, some roasted malts and slight hops throw touch of small bitterness on the finish, this is a special long lasting finish beer, slight alcohol can be noticed but it really just gets lost in the coffee flavors

Mouthfeel- smooth full bodied, creamy and moderately carbonated

Drinkability- An incredible sipping and savoring stout, if you like stouts with the strong espresso and coffee essence then this is one you must try, my first ever beer by this brewery and I was blown a way by a nice piece of work, if you can find this give it a try a winner of a russian imperial

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:54:53 | More by Stunner97
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mctizzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-31-2013 23:54:09 | More by mctizzz
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Boardshort_Brewer

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +19%

10-14-2013 16:21:32 | More by Boardshort_Brewer
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19%

06-16-2013 06:54:12 | More by shockrocker65
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +19%

10-22-2013 18:40:13 | More by RBorsato
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agreenman19

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +19%

01-25-2013 03:22:23 | More by agreenman19
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Lukass

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19%

12-29-2012 19:42:49 | More by Lukass
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Lunch

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Maryland as part of Baltimore Beer Week (10/13/2009). Served rather cold in a snifter, but I allowed it to warm up quite a bit to around cellar temperature.

Appearance: Very typical for a RIS as it was virtually black likened to that of motor oil with one finger of espresso brown head. Decent, but unremarkable lacing that left a slight oiliness on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Fairly complex nose that was dominated by chocolate and coffee giving off a roasted bouquet of toffee, vanilla, raisins, and just the faintest soupçon of graham cracker along with a flutter of alcohol ("Sideways", it was true and I just couldn't resist).

Taste: Oh my. This is a wonderful treat that crushes the smell in terms of complexity. Chocolate and roasted coffee comes through first quickly followed by oat, molasses, maple syrup, and rich malt. A slight hop bitterness is also present, but is far less dominant than many of its other American RIS brethren. As the beer warms, a minor alcohol tinge becomes subtlety apparent, but never comes through anywhere close to that of its lofty 10.6%.

Mouthfeel: A thick feel that is quite pleasing and oily. If I had one minor critique, it would be that I wish that it was just slightly thicker, but that is truly splitting hairs.

Drinkability: Truly excellent for its style as alcohol never really gets in the way and each sip seems to bring across new characteristics. I had no problem putting away two of these on tap, but as with any higher alcohol beer, the alcohol, even though it is hidden quite well, will catch up to you.

Overall this is an excellent and unique offering from a brewery that is seemingly headed in the right direction concerning its Imperial Series. I look forward to not only revisiting this beer again and again (as well as its Imperial IPA brother), but also to the hopes that they expand their Imperial Series lineup. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 14:59:29 | More by Lunch
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The foil-necked 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into a small snifter produces a tar-black body capped with a chubby finger's thickness of stained khaki foam. The head retains at a chunky-collared sheet and deposits a film of extremely fine-bubbled lacing onto the glass.

The smell is amazing. Notes of fresh black coffee, dark chocolate covered pineapple, unsulphured molasses, caramel-covered peanuts (?), and a touch of anise roll over a dark, savory base of roasted barley, dark caramel malt, and vanilla-perfumey alcohol. A hearty note of dark-toasted pumpernickel reinforces the dominant graininess and layers of chocolatey caramel come to the forefront as the drink warms a bit.

The taste is equally amazing. Rich dark chocolatey sweetness is beset with bitter burnt roast and a splash of strong, unsweetened black coffee. Alkaline and drying, cocoa powder lingers in the aftertaste, sticking to the palate, thoroughly chocolatizing a touch of lingering brown-sugary stickiness. Silky smooth vanilla caramel softens the pleasantly-harsh scratchiness of roasted grain, and a note of French roast rises in stature with each additional sip. Alcohol is masked in vague dark fruitiness, or possibly disguised as mild sherry. Otter Creek's RIS has lots of big flavors, yet is still very well-balanced.

Silky, fullish in body, and mildly carbonated, the brew is extremely quaffable for style, but I can't really say that I would want to drink it from a beer bong. No, no... well... no, not at all. This brew is a beauty and a "snifter beer" all the way--best when thoroughly examined, thoughtfully savored, and highly respected. It's magnificent.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 12:59:06 | More by cvstrickland
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle purchased from AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a thick, dark black into my Rooster Fish tulip. Light coffee colored head sits on top of the beer for a while, foamy and nice.

Smells strongly roasted and malty. Pretty simple, but effective.

Tastes incredible. Earthy dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight tea-like hoppiness, a bit of sugary sweetness that never gets cloying. This is a serious strong stout! No alcohol is really present, which is amazing considering the intensity of malt flavors.

Full, thick body. Low but appropriate carbonation.

Awesome, under the radar stout. Otter Creek is quietly a pretty damn good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 00:51:49 | More by GreesyFizeek
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NewGeneric

California

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier this week and took notes. Poured an opaque black color with soapy hazelnut head that faded somewhat slowly and left light lacing. Smelled of caramel, roasted coffee, chocolate, light hops, and malt. Tasted the same with hints of fruit. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 20:54:07 | More by NewGeneric
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oddfire

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a snifter an wow this beer looks awesome. Pitch black with a chocolate head. Good head retention.
S - Chocolate and licorice with a hint of cloves.
T - Wow this beer is good. You get a taste of it and then you are hooked. This is a well done beer. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, and malt. What more can you ask for.
M - velvet.
D - Very easily put down. But you feel it in the morning. I will continue to drink this as long as they brew it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:36:04 | More by oddfire
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DMcPhee33

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep black with a solid coffe-colored head.

S- Coffee, chocolate & maybe a hint of licorice.

T- Outstanding. 10.6% ABV & no "hotness". There's a continuation of the coffee & chocolate and it resonates after the sip.

M- It has a great balance for an RIS. Not too thick, yet in no way thin. Well rounded, soft & malty with a slight bitterness that accents the tastes very well.

D- A perfect slow-sipper on a cold night. The 22oz. bomber is the perfect amount of this beer.

Very, very impressed with this one. It really makes up for the dissapointment of the majority of the World Tour 22oz. bombers of last year, and then some.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 00:05:51 | More by DMcPhee33
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ShamasUVA

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on Cask at the CT Real Ale Festival, January 2009. This was probably the best beer of the day, which is really saying a lot, considering the level of competition (Hooker Imperial Porter, Victory Unfiltered Pils, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout Trooper, Paulo Santo Marrone, all on cask!).

The remarkable thing about this beer is that it is extremely rich, without being overly roasty, the way some Imperial Stouts can be. Served cool, with a respectable level of carbonation. Balanced, and amazing.

Serving type: cask

01-27-2009 22:02:50 | More by ShamasUVA
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hreb

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liberated this bottle from my collection today, after several months of waiting. Cold 22oz bomber poured into tapered pint glass. Beer pours black, like motor oil, with a thick, ice-cream-float-like mahogany head, which grows as it rests. Rich hazelnut-coffee aroma. Toasty.

Initial sip has a creamy mouthfeel with a mouth-coating roasted coffee flavor. The beer would do well to warm up a bit. Carbonation and hops are appropriately distant. Doesn't betray even a hint of alcohol. Lots of thick brown lacing already coat the glass.

As the beer warms it gets even more mellow. It also becomes even more apparent that the aroma, initial flavor, and aftertaste are pure roasted barley, while the middle of the palate uses hops to subtly take the edge of the sweetness of the brown sugar. Fantastic. And in no way does it reveal the over 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 20:33:38 | More by hreb
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shizzdog

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch Black Pour with a nice tan head.

Smell: Delicious chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste: Comes in a little warm but is quickly subdued by chocolate and roasted espresso beans followed by a nice tingly hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Sits nice, Great Carbonation, Dry finsh

Drinkability: Yum Yum getting a few more of these

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:25:56 | More by shizzdog
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Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.