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

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500 Ratings
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Ratings: 500
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 ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Thick and viscous on the pour, and black as black gets. Motor oil for sure. One inch of tan head forms from a vigorous pour. It settles after a short while, but never fully disappears. Lacing adorns the glass in unbroken rings and small but concentrated spots.

S: Hefty dose of acrid roasted malts. Woody and smokey. Black licorice, baker's chocolate, burnt coffee. Mocha. Earthy hops. Spike of alcohol and some plum esters. This beer smells huge.

T: Dark fudge, acrid roasted malts, smoke, black licorice. Plum and black currant esters. Earthy hops. Strong spike of alcohol mid-palate brings a hit of spice. Woody. More black licorice. Burnt coffee. Long roasty finish of acrid roasted malts, baker's chocolate, and dark fudge.

M: One of the biggest bodied beers I've ever had. Thick and very heavy. Weighty and downright sludgy. Almost no carbonation. Feels as though you could cut it and eat it with a fork and a knife.

O: This is one gigantic beer, and definitely one of those 'meal in a glass' type beers. Encyclopedia definition of a sipper. It's drinking fairly well right now, but it goes without saying that this is an excellent candidate for aging. So now we have another great, readily available 4-pack Imperial stout priced very competitively at $10. Good stuff. Nicely done, Otter Creek.

Notes: It's been a long time since I've had the original, discontinued Otter Creek Imperial stout in the 22oz bottle, but I don't think this is the same beer. This doesn't taste anything like I remember. Unless I am mistaken, this should probably be entered as a different beer.

ryan1788a5, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Beermaine, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Listed as 10% ABV on the label which is different from the one pictured.

Pours out a completely opaque, viscous black. A vigorous pour results in just a small 1/4 in. layer of head that quickly fades to a ring, but the ring remains nice and tight throughout the rest of the glass. What is nice about the head is that its a nice deep tan/ light brown color. A bit of lacing and a bit of some sticky legs from a swirl of the glass.

First off, in the aroma is a deep charred, roasted malt, some alcohol, a bit of dark chocolate, black licorice, slight hints of smoked meat as it warms.

AgaIn, a deep charred roasted malt really takes center stage in the taste. Bitter- sweet. Some nice dark chocolate and a bit of some bakers chocolate. A bit of alcohol, but more in the form of warming. A bit of dark fruits on the back end. A bit basic, but defiantly tasty.

A nice thick mouthfeel that really coats the whole palate with each sip. Low carbonation which is compliments the style.

A very nice RIS, it defiantly exceeded my expectations. They seemed to have nailed everything exactly to style. Age should do this well, but this would be real magic in a bourbon barrel. Worth atleast one try.

dogfishandi, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of beer4colin
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure: I just slammed Big Eddy by Leinenkugel. I felt it was a bogus brew with them throwing in charred wood for smoky flavor.

Then I moved to Otter Creek...

This brewery has never really given me any reason to say WOW! But, this IRS changes that.

A- Nice rich opaque, espresso. Nice mahogany foam, but restrained to 1 finger when poured into a Pinter.

Taste: right up there with high ranked IRS. At least on a par With Stones IRS.

OA: get it if you can. I see it in 12 oz 6 packs in SE Massachusetts....

beer4colin, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of jwps214
4/5  rDev 0%

jwps214, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boo-yeah first review of this stuff in a growler son! Picked it up for 15 bucks (tax included) at my local six pack shop. Works out to 3 bucks a pour for a beer 10+% ABV. Whoop!

A - Well the appearance won me over it's thick, viscous, took forever to pour into the growler, and such an attractive 1/2 inch of deep mocha head.

S - Mild bittersweet chocolates next to a very dominant coffee/roast profile and some bittering hops for good measure.

T - Hops are a bit acidic at first but as it warms the beer opens up to a nice blast of bittersweet chocolate and coffee roast. Two of my favorite things. Not much room for sweet vanilla or anything and the finish is rather dry, but damn does it hide the ABV well.

M - Heavy body for sure but the acidic hops do balance some of the ABV sting.

Overall aged this could be a very exceptional brew but even fresh out of the keg it's not the worst RIS I ever had. Kind of like Storm King from Victory and everyone seems to love that shit.

DrDemento456, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

ms11781, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

PEIhop, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Solid black body with a finger of mocha head, a little loose & dropping to a thin covering, leaving patches of lacing.

Smells of a darkly nutty roast, a little husky & mildly astringent, some grinding coffee, slight licorice. There's a barely perceptible sulfur note, kinda like asparagus.

Yeah, that astringency really comes to the fore in the taste, with an accompanying bitterness like coffee grounds. Some dark fruit skin in there too, but also very bitter & a little acidic. Dark, & I'm talking DARK, chocolate. Almost no sweetness to speak of at first, just dark & bitterly roasty through & through. A little sweet emerges as it warms, but also a dry booze presence.

Nicely smooth, velvety texture, just rolls on down. Leaves a kind of heavy afterfeel, but not bad.

This was a little more challenging than I'd anticipated given the smell. So dark, so bitter. I'd try it again, but this was kind of a beast.

OneDropSoup, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Peyton5410
4/5  rDev 0%

Peyton5410, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. I’ve aged this beer for at least a couple of years, but unfortunately I don’t know exactly how long.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit and coffee.

T: The taste starts with a very hearty roasted malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a bit chalky, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good big stout to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Lukass, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev 0%

oriolesfan4, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev 0%

dunix, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

t0rin0, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

denimdemon, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of jlt6116
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

jlt6116, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

vande, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a rocky dark brown mocha head that quickly dissipates leaving only a few splotches of lacing behind.

Aromas begin with dark chocolate and burnt brown sugar. As it warms you get hint of licorice and dark fruit.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, charred grains and some fruitiness. The hops adding a bit of citrus by mid-palate, which I did not find in the aroma. As it warms the chocolate maltiness becomes the dominant flavor, although the bitter acrid dark roastiness lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and roasty with a mild earthy, dark-chocolate bitterness to balance the ample sweet underlying maltiness.

Overall, this is a decent Imperial Stout but nothing to "mind-blowing" or a must try beer but just a solid, extremely affordable example from an often overlooked brewery.

claspada, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the licorice flavors are very subdued. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and hides its alcohol well.

metter98, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light hints of dark brown when held up to the light and some extremely light hints of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark tan to light mocha head that reduces to a large patch of medium bubbles with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, and light hints of alcohol.

T: Strong flavors of dark roasted malts and chocolate with lighter notes of brown sugar sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: Enjoyable and very easy to sip on though it is much too strong to be drank quickly. There is a very nice complexity and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely one to get again.

dbrauneis, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of cjac
2/5  rDev -50%

cjac, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Almost black with a thin layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the top

S-Roasted coffee and malt, molasses, dark chocolate

T-Roasted malt, molasses, dark coffee, dark chocolate. Much fruitier than other RISs but the malt and roastedness help control it. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M-medium body, medium carbonation. Body could be a bit fuller for the style

Overall its a pretty good representation of the style, but not the best. Nice roasty flavors and malt but not as rich as others of the style.

ksimons, Jul 03, 2012
Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
89 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.