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

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Otter Creek Russian Imperial StoutOtter Creek Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

501 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of keithmurray
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in December 2012

Appearance - almost jet black body with a small amount of mahogany head

Smell - dark chocolate, fudge, espresso, roasted malts, black licorice

Taste - dark chocolate, fudge, espresso, roasted malts, black licorice

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, high carbonation, chocolate sweetness upfront, roasty and sweet in the finish, good bitterness in the finish as well

Overall - pretty good eample of an RIS, certainly worth a try for fans of the style

Price point - $2.75/12 oz single

keithmurray, Sep 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

eblythe1, Sep 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ZenBiscuits, Sep 03, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Jason, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Toddcbrf2
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Overall pretty good and enjoyable Slight bitterness to it which may be why I don't rate it slightly higher.

Very dark with nice chocolate head. Nice malty texture and smooth thick but not syrupy

Very drinkable and goes nicely with a cigar

Toddcbrf2, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

malfunxion, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

DrBier, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

DrewRPS, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Phished880, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Jaybirdbrew, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know that I bought this over at The Fridge a while back, fully intending to "Enjoy with Comrades", but they never came by and it has been in my fridge far too long. The Great Bottle Purge of 2014 continues unabated and now, it is the Imperials' turn to fall!

From the bottle: "Inspired by the 18th century English offering to the Russian Czar. Big malt flavoring and overtones of chocolate and dark roasted malts. Finishes on a smooth and warming sweet note."; Handcrafted in Vermont"; "Enjoy with Comrades. [undersigned] Mike Gerhart Master Brewer"; "Otter Creek Limited Edition"; "Located in historic Middlebury, Vermont, Otter Creek Brewing is the proud brewer of the finest quality, handcrafted ales since 1991."

I used a gentle pour to avoid rousing any les, and then I swirled the beer in the glass to with some cgauge its carbonation. I got a finger of deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention for my efforts. Color was a dense, deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was rich with chocolate, very reminiscent of freshly baked brownies and much more in keeping with my expectations. Warming, I was beginning to notice fusel alcohol heat, but the chocolate was still prevalent. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not as dense as my previous RIS, The taste was very much of a freshly-baked brownie, chewy, dark chocolaty, slightly smoky. I realize that aficionados of the style would find this one less complex, but I found it much more pleasant and therefore more drinkable. Finish was dry, leaving a slightly bittersweet chocolate taste with a slight charcoal smokiness.

woodychandler, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

SuperHop18, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

pat_usher, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

CaptDavyJones, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

RKing44, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

paulish, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Goldfishman, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

PTEdelman, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

rlamoy, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of pants678
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black body, receding brown head.

Booze first and foremost on the nose, roasted malts are well behind that.

Dark chocolate's sorta sharp, teetering into dark fruit--licorice might be the best descriptor. Alcohol's part of that, at 10%. Robust without being rich, doesn't have that desert sweetness. Needs an additive, perhaps.

Smooth.

pants678, May 21, 2014
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Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.