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Otter Creek Quercus Vitis Humulus - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Quercus Vitis HumulusOtter Creek Quercus Vitis Humulus

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BA SCORE
82
good

132 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-30-2009)
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Reviews by DawnL:
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DawnL

New York

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really wanted to like this beer. I tried to like it. I just couldn't get into it.

The deep amber/red color was very pretty. The pale head had good retention and great lacing.

The aroma was good. It was clearly a beer that wanted to be smelled. Great aroma of yeast, cakey-bread, brioche characteristics. Good hop characteristics - spicy, with that touch of grape juice to round out the boldness and the oak sweetness.

The flavor was just lost in the components. It came across as muddled and confused. The oak wanted to be vanilla and spice from the tannins. The sauvignon blanc is tart and juicy. The hops are spicy and fruity with a citrus kick and the champagne yeast wants to be brioche.

The mouthfeel was good - slightly unctuous from the alcohol - definitely knew you were drinking beer.

The drinkability of this beer was none too good. Maybe if it had less ingredients vying for attention, it would be better?

Again, I really wanted to like this beer. I may have to revisit it again and see how I feel.

(Doesn't taste like a barley wine. It tastes more like a Belgian beer.)

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 15:13:14 | More by DawnL
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Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grapes, champagne yeast, caramelized malts, oak essence and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out mild burst of grape sourness followed by some caramel sweetness. Then a significant alcohol sting comes in along with a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

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Otter Creek Quercus Vitis Humulus from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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