Otter Creek World Tour: Mud Bock - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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BA SCORE
85
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2009)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 7/22/09

A - Hazy brown with caramel-colored highlights. A porous 1/2 inch head dissipates quickly, leaving hardly any lacing.

S - Toasty caramel malts. Subtle nose.

T - Surprisingly enough, the most poignant flavor I am picking out is an odd tartness; to say sour-apple would be an overreach but it kind of reminds me of cider. There is a bit of baked bread & roasted coffee; something grassy, as well.

M - The crisp carbonation well lends itself to the tartness. Medium body & mouthfeel.

D - A shade too tart for me; at least for a bock. I did find the flavor more enjoyable as the beer warmed, as the malts were more prominent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with reddish highlights and a low beige head. Low aroma of toasty malt.

Flavors of cocoa and dark malts, some caramel and toffee. Not overly rich or sweet, but soft and subtle. Some earthy notes, mild hop bitterness.

Even mouthfeel, smooth carbonation, finishes a bit powdery and tannic. Good drinkability.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice session brown definitely built for the 22oz portion, it appears a muddled mahogany deep brown with ruby highlights shining through. Big and thick collar of lacing forms nicely, khaki colored and slowly dissipating lacing forms thick and sporadically with each sip. Aromatics contain creamy slightly nutty edges with a touch of milk chocolate roasted malt character. Light herbal hops barely trickle through with mild notes of mint and evergreen. Almost tart mildly metallic sour note characteristic, in a good way. Flavors run wild in capacity of flavor but remain cohesive the entire session. Deep malt layers border on caramel, skip across dark chocolate and land in between coffee roasts and vanilla bean. Happily the creamy texture adds much complexity to the overall feeling that this brew instills. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied solid well acclimated carbonation level nothing too over the top or too watery this is a great overall sensational experience. Overall one of my favorite American browns I've come across kickin with flavor and style points this one is sure to win you over, smooth as all hell and incredibly flavorful at the same time a rare feat especially with the moderate alcohol by volume goin on.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ooh...this is an old classic from Otter Creek, i still have the original lable from about ten years ago. (12 oz. bottle) nice to see some resurgence from once-popular brews! Only $2.99 for a bomber!)

22 oz bomber > Otter creek World Tour Glass

Deep, dark brown color, clear with a dense, light tan colored head with long, solid retention. Very dark looking overall and semi-sticky lacing.

The nose has a nice combo of of herbal, spicey hops and dark, roastie cocoa chocolate in the malt. Oats and charred wheat with a sweet, vanilla edge. The yeast is very herbal scented and strong.

This heavy-looking medium bodied brew has a wonderful balance of deep all-spice hops, with no fruity edge, the hops are all Herbal and earthy. The malt complexity is really good, with a roastie chocolate-cocoa and sweet vanilla current underneath. Oats and wheatie flavor's give a crispness that keps this from being cloying. There's a mild cocoa and spicey hops and yeast in the really clean, crisp finish.

Really drinkable stuff!! and at a really sweet price! Keep that Otter Touring!

Photo of blaje
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear, dark brown in colour. Nice creamy mocha head on top but vanishes too quikly. This beer runs almost flat a few minutes after serving!

Nose is quite malty. Nuts and fruits which sour apples dominates certainly. Brown sugar and molasses smell are present too.

Mouthfeel is ok, average. Carbonation is fizzy, somewhat bizarre for a brown beer. Unfortunately, flavours feels a bit artificial.

Photo of GregPearson33
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark, dark brown with a thin quarter inch lasting head. Smelled nutty (muddy?), not really all that enticing to be honest. The taste was much better though; light carbonation with a drinkable, smooth, very nutty/malty taste. Similar to a nut brown, but I thought it had a thinner mouthfeel. Not syrupy like I typically attribute to browns. Not quite my style, but a decent brew.

Photo of u2carew
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A) Brown color, some reddish hue. Pours with a thick and creamy head that settles a bit but still holds strong.
S) Sour citrus aroma with just a touch of yeast and malty sweetness.
T) A sour, floral taste, similar to some Lambics, in the nose. Then the brew shifts to an earthy flavor.
M) Creamy, medium body. Feels a little thin initially but moves to a fuller body feel.
D) A nice, bock-ish brown with some interesting flavoring.

Photo of nebula1999
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites from Otter Creek is back! It's just how I remembered it. Smooth, roasty, malty, hint of hops, slightly sweet. Nice to have it in a bomber bottle. Wish they'd bring it back as their spring seasonal like old times. Too good for just this go 'round. Get it while you can. Now, if the folks at Otter Creek would just revive my all time favorite "Hickory Switch Smoked Amber Ale", I'd be in beer heaven.

Photo of endincolorado
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark chestnut brown with a fizzy, tan head and decent lace.

Rich hazelnut, molasses, sweet malt, and little to no hop aroma.

Interesting blend of caramel malt and some strange fruity tartness like sour apple or cherry. Moderately dry finish with some faint cocoa.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation.

An interesting brew with a fruity flavor that I found a little odd and off-putting. Was hoping for something a little maltier and with more sweetness.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, dark brown with a large tan head. Superthick foam retention and sticky lace aplenty.

Smells primarily of sweet and sour sauce. There's carmelized sugar, acorns, oak and soil under there the s&s sauce.

Tastes of sweet and sour melon (like from a Thai restaurant) with tea-like undertones. Very nutty with some hickory. Aftertaste is fruity and lingering.

Has a wet and juicy mouthfeel. Great complexity for a brown but low drinkability do to the sourness: I just can't get over the sweet and sour melon.

Photo of tj4288
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz shared with my uncle. poured from bottle into champagne glass.

at first sip i was tempted to rate 5's across the board but i realize that would not be fair. only points deducted because of SLIGHTLY weak smell, and SLIGHTLY light, SLIGHTLY watered down body. an amazing beer that i had low expectations for but was surprized! BUY ONE!

a- dark but clear, golden amber/ruby, decent head leaves minimal lacing. looks very alive and inviting.

s- mostly chocolate and some coffee, roasted malts, slightly hoppy.

t- chocolate! taste like sweet chocolate, notes of coffee and roasted malt. . . . pleasantly bitter finish.

m- fairly light body, smooth sweet finsh, med - high carbonation.

d- goes down amazingly smooth, crisp/ refreshing, decently priced. a beer i WILL come back to again and again.

Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from the brewery in Middlebury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear dark reddish copper brew. Head is promptly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with goodly amounts of lasting lace. Aroma is nutty malts and light hops character. Taste follows the nose, with the depth of malt flavor very nice, countered by moderate hopping. Mouthfeel is smooth albeit a bit prickly from the hearty carbonation, and drinkability is excellent. Glad it's back, even if only for a visit.

Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Brown/black color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is sweet and sour apple almost medicinal. Different bock. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Manchester Wine & Beer Manchester, CT.

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a deep brownish red beer with great clarity. A fat finger of light mocha holds for a few minutes before settling to a thin cover and collar. Some thin lacing in broken patches.

Aroma - good roasted malt scent on the pour, some nuttiness as well.

Taste - good malt roastiness outta the gate. A solid nutty flavor supports the malt very well. The expected brown ale sweetness up front is balanced by some mild prickly hops on the swallow. Great balance, a slight twang on the finish. Ends roasty with hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel - bigger than average body. A little over-carbonated at first, let it sit and warm a little to release some of those bubbles.

Drinkability - a very sessionable brown ale, I could see this as a great fall beer.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful crystal and roasted malt scent that's dry and toastey. The taste is good. It has a smooth caramel taste with a bone dry roasted finish. It's an easy drinking beer with a well balanced malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good brown ale. The mix of sweet and roasted flavors is superb.

Photo of bamadog
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up on a recommendation from someone who told me that it is comparable to Celebrator - I may not trust this person's opinions again :( Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice cola brown with some slight amber highlights; comes with a huge 3 finger head (but to be fair, I did pour quite hard) that fades to a pretty thick skim and leaves a fair curtain of lacing on the sides of the glass as it dwindles; body shows some light carbonation and is fairly clear.

Smell: Smell is of warm toasty malts with some slight hints of burnt sugar -- not much beyond that and the nose is just a tad weak.

Taste: Taste is fairly weak and I'm not overly impressed - there is some toasty and grainy maltiness and there is a faint hoppy aspect that holds an amount of grassiness/earthiness to it that comes across as a little stale.

Mouthfeel: Body is watery and there is a mild carbonation that keeps it a little lively; there is a mild stickiness that is left on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Overall, it's not bad, but the flavor doesn't strike me as something that I would intentionally seek out.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date on neck. I reviewed this thinking the whole time that it did not resemble a bock, and was more of a brown ale. Well, looks like I'm right according to BA. Makes my original review commentary about bocks useless. Oh well, looks like I'll need another one of these.

Pours a dark mahogany with a red hue around the edges. Head is creamy and boned color with great lacing.

Light, milk chocolate on the nose with herbal hops detected. Very good. Taste also has an unmissable cocoa character. Malty beer but surprisingly light bodied. Malt sweetness is in the middle while the hop bitterness pleases but fails to wash it out.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and while the beer has great malt character it doesn't have the richness I'd expect. But I say that as a good thing. Drinkability is insane. This is a great session beer, and the price is definitley right. I need a six pack of this. Don't think your getting a bock with this beer, but do expect something great.

Photo of gfreed
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks rather amber when pouring out of the bottle, but is stout-black in the glass, topped by a loose brown head. Mostly dark malt in the nose with a hint of hops, maybe a little toffee. The taste, however, was a winner: dark and roasty with a pleasantly medium body, but the surprise was the fruity hops that were totally masked by the malty aroma, evident almost exclusively as an aftertaste. The hops were very much like those found in ales from England, like Bluebird or Harviestoun B&T-- lemony, not grapefruity. Very smooth, and very much worth a try.

Photo of NEhophead
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Pours a clean, deep maple brown in color beneath a quarter-inch high creamy, off-white head. Some condensed lacing but not much strength.

Caramel, semi-sweet malt with a bit of heavy cream. Earthen phenols along with a 'muddy' floral hop aroma; touches of peppery spice. Notes of lingering peat that add a hint of smoke.

Peat smoke up front over a creamy, caramel, coffee, and milk chocolate malt profile. Very earthen, floral hops that add a moderate bitterness before being overtaken again by the smokey, caramel malts. Earthen, phenolic flavors add an odd spice to the floral hops. Notes of peat and caramel in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; earthen, muddy, and slightly filmy on the palate. Not the most appealing textures for the style, but it does provide enough stability for the given flavors.

Very flavorful, just not the flavors that I really enjoy in a Brown Ale. I am glad to have tried this one, but would not bother buying a six pack.

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is rich and even creamy. There are some characteristics of a bock along with a chocolate/sweet malt consistency.

Taste is smooth and nutty with the sweetness of a bock and some caramel upfront.

Mouthfeel is made up of nut and caramel that just barely fade at the back of the throat. Carbonation is a bit high but not bad.

I had this beer years ago and I think that it was a wise choice for the World Tour Series. Hands down, one of Otter Creek's better session ales at 5.6%.

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug a dark brown with a finger of head. Head quickly evaporated to a film on top of the beer. Some light hop scents, which originally threw me off a bit, as it didn't seem characteristic of such a dark ale. Taste is slightly sweet, not quite chocolaty in nature. Slightly malty with a bit of hop bitterness to go with the earlier smell. Much lighter and smoother than I would normally expect from a brown makes this one very easy to drink.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into an SA pint glass.

A: Poured a reddish brown color with ruby highlights under a 1.5" head of white foam. Carbonation was modest and lacing was very nice.

S: Smells of roasted caramel malts and a bit of herbal, grassy hop bitterness.

T: For the color and malt in the nose, one of the absolute cleanest and drinkable brews I've had to date. A very light, nutty malt flavor blends with the slightest touch of herbal hop leaf flavor. The aftertaste is a bit of cocoa, weak coffee, topsoil and charcoal.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and still rather smooth.

D: The aftertaste grabs you a bit more than the actual sip itself, but this brown is so smooth and drinkable, you'll appreciate it all that much more. A really great session brew, even if it's not a real bock.

Don;t know where the name came from, but the look is about the closest thing to mud about it. A nice roasted malt profile and herbal hop zest lends a bit to the idea of "mud bock," but truly, it's just a well-crafted brown ale.

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Otter Creek World Tour: Mud Bock from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.