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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

499 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 499
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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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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4/5  rDev 0%

Mikeluzzjr, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

yeaprolly, May 02, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

ThisWangsChung, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

russwilliam, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

SharkNado, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

JohnParadee, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Cook82, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of Pamola
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pamola, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

KTCamm, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Andrew041180
3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Andrew041180, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

tango22, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

starshockey9, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Mattyb79, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

Kmlund, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Jnashed
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter creek Russian Imperial stout.

Poured in a snifter.

A: not much head. Black as midnight. Thin lacing. Thick looking if that makes sense as it looks dense but not a lot of brown head or lacing. Syrup like.

S: Coffee, chocolate, Figs.

M: thick and syrup as its look.

T: figs, but not really sweet. Dark dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. Lots of alcohol on the back end. You know it's 10%. Maybe some time would have helped.

O: good not great. Pales behind Founders Imperial Stout and Bells Expedition. North Coast old Rasputin as cleaner. Liked though.

Jnashed, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Moses_Malone, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

MJSJr, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev 0%

NonicPanic, Feb 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

dbnrhino, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

ubufan2112, Feb 16, 2014
Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.