Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in an unmarked goblet. The beer showed a deeply rich looking maroon coloring. It sported a half finger tall head of tan bubbles that showed medium retention. No lacing was left around the glass. Carbonation appeared light, and there was a slight haze to the liquid. The nose opened with huge booze-soaked cherries, figs, and plums. A cotton candy sweetness effectively cut this flame. Helping this additional sweetness was the malts, which were roasty, caramel, and in themselves, very sweet. Our first impression upon sipping was in regards to the deep complexity of the malts. The flavoring began with coffee malts which became deeply coppery with warmth. Plum and lime sweetness crashed in to help balance the bitterness of the grain. The middle peaked immediately with huge fusel booze, with black pepper and fire. A big mix of pale, barley, and caramel malts attempted to curb this explosion, along with some toffee sugar and more of the fruit from the front. These all clashed, bringing us to a syrupy sweet finish of strawberry and black cherry extracts. The aftertaste burned of fusel vodka alcohols, crystallized strawberry, white sugar sweetness, and coffee malts, to play off the insane bitterness of the continued malts through the end. The body was thicker, full, and syrupy, and the carbonation was medium to high. Due to the bitterness, booze, and sweetness, this guy puckered the mouth hard, with a sugary coating left around the mouth. There was nice slurp, but little creaminess to the sip. The abv was high, but appropriate, and this beer drank s a definite sipper.
Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the fruity inclusions, and the syrupy thickness to it. The sweetness really helped to cut the insane amount of booze flavoring that got through. The malts showed a surprising number of faces, with deep complexity to each layer. This, however, became lost in the overwhelming booziness which, in the end, was too hard to balance out.
Serving type: on-tap
04-26-2012 16:20:41 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Otter Creek's 20th Anniversary American Strong Ale (Retired).
The 20th tied for our 8th highest average score of the 12 brews tasted at 4.06.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2014 19:02:53 | More by ricknelson
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
a deep amber pour, a finger of off-white head which quickly dissipated. smells of barley, caramel, brown sugar, lots of sweet grains. a bitter-sweet malty flavor with a huge alcohol kick. slight roasted flavors give off nutty like taste, mixed with what seems like pure barley juice. it feels like there's rye in here as well - almost a chocolatey flavor. full body with low carbonation.. somehow it feels a bit watered down for its strength, which makes it easy to drink - and dangerous.
there is an overall sense of booze in this beer, which is a bit intimidating. the taste is much bitter than the aroma given off by the sweet sugars of the grains. the mouthfeel wasn't all there.. for an anniversary beer, this is kind of a disappointment. otter creek is capable of much more, i think.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 08:22:38 | More by facundoCNB
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: A dense burgundy red shows some chunky particulate yeasty matter floating about. A bronze-tan head is slight and frothy, with a low to moderate retention rate. Some spotty speckled lacing adheres to the glass.
S: Dark fruit of plums and prunes with some boozy sweet caramelization with spicy herbal notes of tarragon and parsley. Some sweet figs are also well noted here.
T: The flavor was lighly boozy, not as strong as the 12.0% you would think, the sweetness hides most indication. Some plums and cocoa and again spicy herbal notes of tarragon are evident along with the sweet sugary figs.
M: The mouthful had a gentle warming of sweet dried boozy fruit with a syrupy texture and an average rate of carbonation.
O: Overall the alcohol is very managable here hidden behind its malt sweetness and sweetened dark fruit. Good mid range offering.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2013 23:42:12 | More by beerthulhu
Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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