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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

495 Ratings
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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
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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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

07-15-2014 00:59:57 | More by CaptDavyJones
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RKing44

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-10-2014 18:09:17 | More by RKing44
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paulish

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-10-2014 00:47:21 | More by paulish
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-06-2014 14:32:22 | More by Goldfishman
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.3%

07-01-2014 23:25:40 | More by PTEdelman
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mmmbeerNY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-23-2014 11:59:29 | More by mmmbeerNY
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rlamoy

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.3%

06-13-2014 03:26:16 | More by rlamoy
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-27-2014 23:55:07 | More by Latarnik
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pants678

California

3.03/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

05-21-2014 05:43:24 | More by pants678
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-03-2014 23:39:58 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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yeaprolly

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-02-2014 18:25:29 | More by yeaprolly
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LagersAndAles

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

05-01-2014 14:50:02 | More by LagersAndAles
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.54/5  rDev -11.3%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a finger high, and tan in shade. Retention is alright for the ABV, and the creaminess is rather nice to look at. Touches of lacing are left behind.

S: Licorice-y, perfumey, boozy. These kind of imperial stouts are not my bag (see also: Narwhal, Smuttynose IS, Stone IRS), but the subtle chocolate note of this redeems it slightly. The more it opens up, the more the harsh licorice-cum-booze fades away. This will also show off a nice nutty, roasty character which blends well with the chocolate. The aroma grows on me, but it never completely grows on me.

T: The flavor is nicer than I anticipated. It's definitely focused on the licorice aspects of an imperial stout (instead of the chocolaty and umami notes I love from the style), but it's also restrained enough to not overpower the roasted and chocolaty flavors. Alcohol-wise, it's about what one would expect from a 10% RIS - gently boozy without being moronically harsh. Alcohol While the flavors are quite solid, I could use a bit more depth.

M: I love how soft and creamy this is in the mouth. And yet, it still has a dry (if faintly alcoholic) finish. The subtle booze gives it a nice warming character. If this were just a *bit* heavier, I'd give the feel a 5. More than anything, it's the gentle carbonation that helps give it its fantastic mouthfeel.

O: DAT MOUTHFEEL. It's somewhat unremarkable otherwise, but the amazing feel gives it more than enough reason for me to really like this. And that's really good considering I'm not a fan of licorice-y imperial stouts.

04-17-2014 22:45:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
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russwilliam

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

04-08-2014 02:17:51 | More by russwilliam
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SharkNado

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-30-2014 16:43:38 | More by SharkNado
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

03-20-2014 23:33:05 | More by JohnParadee
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Cook82

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

03-20-2014 15:44:19 | More by Cook82
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Pamola

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-16-2014 22:51:08 | More by Pamola
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -3.3%

Served from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black, some brown foam settles out. Tar like pour. Rich roasted nose, espresso beans. Taste is full and rich, burnt coffee, backed by a modest alcohol burn. Light licorice underneath. Earthy. Thick mouthfeel.

03-16-2014 13:40:00 | More by KTCamm
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.34/5  rDev -16.3%

A - Pours a lovely black with creamy brown head. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - Nice aroma. Roasty. Dark chocolate. Hint of alcohol, which I suppose is to be expected at this level.

T - Touch of sweetness on the tongue. Here is where I pick up the dark chocolate. Little bit of bitterness followed by an absolute wave of alcohol. The alcohol really wipes away everything else and is not overly pleasant for me.

M - Thinner than I expected. The finish is a little sticky, which maintains that alcohol-heavy aftertaste.

O - I really had high hopes for this one. I should be able to pawn some off on my wife. I wouldn't buy this one again, and I would recommend readers not to buy it if they are not fans of boozy imperial stouts. If you like that sort of thing, then have at it.

03-14-2014 00:04:15 | More by Andrew041180
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tango22

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-13-2014 22:07:48 | More by tango22
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starshockey9

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-12-2014 03:42:27 | More by starshockey9
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-10-2014 03:55:25 | More by Mattyb79
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-06-2014 21:44:24 | More by Kmlund
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-05-2014 19:12:57 | More by Davepoolesque
Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.