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

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90
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541 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 34
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 01-09-2009

Every so often we brew this tasty treat that clocks in at 10% ABV. A silky smooth, motor-oil black pour reveals rich, roasty notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Like the first stouts brewed for Russian Czars, this offering is big, bold and built to last. Grab a few for the cellar, a couple for your comrades and enjoy because—like those Czars of yesteryear—this beer may be gone soon.
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Ratings: 541 | Reviews: 281
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czarkazm
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from February 2013. Pours like motor oil, opaque with the slightest hint of deep chestnut brown around the edges. The head was dark khaki while it lasted. Very rich smelling, bold dark roasted malts, an rich earthiness, faint touch of booze still, dark fruits, licorice, and bitter chocolate. Lots of roasted malts in the flavor, almost burnt, stale hop earthiness, charred mocha with thick creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Would need to try this fresh but an extremely well crafted RIS and a bit underrated, in my opinion.

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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

A massive brew that ends up being a sheer pleasure to sip. A resurrected beer that was last brewed back in 2009, not to be brewed again until next winter … perhaps they should rethink that, as it will be missed. If you are lucky enough to find some, you’ll want to save a bottle or two, as the brewery states it is a great candidate for cellaring.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Awesome brown head, pitch-black hue

SMELL: Chocolaty, charcoal, dark roast coffee, creamy, blackberries, molasses, hermit cookies, alcohol

TASTE: Bold roasty character, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, espresso, dark fruit, slow alcoholic warmth, underlying hoppiness, fudge brownies, faint oily resin, bittersweet finish

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4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this RIS. It is currently one of my favorites. In fact, I prefer it to Founders Imperial Stout and Ten Fidy. I particularly like the dark fruit. I've stocked up and look forward to seeing how it ages.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dstanmyer
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet type glass. Pours like motor oil; dark and heavy with limited carbonation. Roasty and Rich, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Boozy undertones but readily drinkable for a 10%. Aged two years makes it devine.

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3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 123112, into a modified tulip glass.
A - No light gets though, dark and deep. Gentle parade of fine carbonation can be coaxed into a thin cap. Laced with the finest of threads is the only trace remaining.
S - Bakers chocolate, dried tobacco, plums, hint of charred wood, and mint. Leaves me a little intrigued.
T - Surprisingly smokey, that chocolate from the nose is buried way behind, dark fruits,
and an earthy roasted malt body. There is a piney bitterness that exits leaving that lonely bakers for dessert.
M - Round and smooth to begin, the fringes of the palate, take the heat at mid sip, Mouth is fully coated at the exit, leaving a strong earthy lingers. At this point the 10% ABV is quite present with that alcohol cooking off.
O - This Stout is well constructed, a little confounding. A limited offering that could
be touched up some. I am glad to have some left.

Cheers all

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4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
90 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.