Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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4.53/5 rDev +25.1%
From a bottle to my Pretty Things pint glass, while watching live streaming of the Tar Sands Action - No KXL!
A - deep brown color, loses head very quickly. Looks like a coke if you let the ice cubes melt.
S - alcohol smell, not surprising considering the content. nice hops coming through, a little caramel malty
T - Yummy. deep malty flavor. Alcohol not overpowering, more malty. Hops are there, but not coming through.
M - sticky and thick - I love it. Very similar in feel to Oskar Blues G'Knight, which is my favorite.
O- I like this beer a lot. A little more hops and it would be my favorite. Very tasty, and drinkable considering the alcohol content.
11-06-2011 20:08:24 | More by greenengineer
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
Otter Creek's 20th Anniversary Ale opens with a rich, malty, yeasty nose that is perfectly appropriate for a 12% ABV beer brewed with four times the hops and malts of Otter Creek's Copper Ale (the beer to which this edition pays homage). The aromas drifting from the bottle are heavily yeasty, mixed in with the distilled aromas of several pounds of fresh wet grains, smelling in this sense much like rising bread dough, only more concentrated and potent. Deep beneath this, and barely noticeable, are brown sugars and hints of cherry, apple, and apricot.
On the tongue, the beer continues its yeasty, malty slam, the opening flavors tasting much like concentrated bread dough, or perhaps raw wheat bagel dough, being yeasty and full of grain flavors, as if your entire mouth was full of stalks of raw wheat mixed with Grape Nuts cereal and toasted wheat bread crusts. The hops kick in only a half-second or so after this opening onslaught, adding grapefruit and pine layers to the beer in sufficient quantity to make themselves noticed (which is difficult, given the strength of the grain flavors). Strong brown sugars help temper the beer somewhat, and the malts do bring a good plateful of fruit esters to the mix, including fig, black cherry, apple, and raisin. The high alcohol content mixed with some of these fruit and grain flavors makes the brew seem cognac-like in certain aspects, moving slightly towards a harsher bourbon profile, though touches of vodka-like alcohol kick somewhat spoil the effect. The aftertaste is a continuation of the pure grain and yeast flavors, with fewer sugars, and a lingering, but lighter grapefruit hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is good beer, though the high ABV does somewhat detract from the overall effect, making the beer not only slightly harsh, but medicinal. Still, the flavors in here are just about as intense as you'll find in any brew, and it's obvious that huge quantities of malt and hops go into every bottle. When young--as is the bottle that I opened--these quantities produce a brew that is somewhat harsh and demanding, but I suspect that time will be very kind to the beer, mellowing the spiky bits out until, a few years from now or so, what will pour out is golden and smooth as silk. Personally, I'm cellaring the rest of my four-pack for at least two years.
10-28-2011 21:24:28 | More by jondeelee
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
Sampled on November 11, 2011. The pour is dark amber with a smallish head that becomes a long lasting ring. Sweeter malts are up front in the aroma along with plum or prune, raisins, and Otter Creek's own strain of yeast. With its high ABV I expected a more boozy aroma but that was not the case. The body is medium to heavy with decent stability. Although there is a fizzy acidity that I cannot quite explain but it is just there and not terribly important. As for the taste, I am getting that same malty character aqs the aroma with virtually no alcohol noted. So in that regard it is quite smooth. I bought a couple of these and will be cellaring one of them. I am interested in knowing how it will taste at this time next year.
11-11-2011 19:20:28 | More by puboflyons
4.22/5 rDev +16.6%
This beer poured out as a deep amber color with what looked like a rather thick looking body to it. The head was average sized and didn't create much lacing. The smell of the beer was nice and boozy with loads of sweet caramel and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer has a really big kick to it, heavy amounts of bozze and hops in this beer. It also has a really nice amount of sweetness too. The mouthfeel of the beer was rich and creamy, had a nice thick warming body to it. Overall I was very impressed with this brew. This was far better what I expected.
01-05-2012 00:50:13 | More by Knapp85
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
I just opened this a few minutes ago, and am impressed, to begin with. The beer is a rich amber to reddish brown and with a minimal head, which fades quickly.
(Un)fortunately, this beer is still very young, but at 12% it is where it should be for a barleywine. Rich malt sweetness and vanilla notes on the palate fade to a bit of alcohol bitterness on the finish. I really look forward to putting some of this away for a few years. Barleywines are meant to age, and this is no exception. I expect the sweetness to moderate, the alcohol to blend in and this beer to just get better and better for several years to come. This isn't drinking it's best, but it is what I expect for what it is at this point in its evolution.
And now, off to tilt the rest of this back and start my afternoon right. Beer ...it's not just for breakfast, anymore.
10-18-2011 16:04:29 | More by TheBigV
4.13/5 rDev +14.1%
Marked on neck 3080091311 (Bottled 9/13/11?), purchased 11/2011 and well stored.
12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter.
Pours a rapidly diminishing, light, tan colored/off white head with fair to good lacing.
The color is deep amber/brown, clean and clear of debris.
The aroma hits you with distinct, aggressive, spicy, herb and resin smelling hops followed by medium distinct malt with some depth, yeast, dried fruit, dark bread, and a slight medicinal quality finish.
The hops and malt battle for dominance but the hops win.
Crisp, somewhat aggressive entry on the palate of herbal resin flavored hops, bitter, spicy, distinct and long lasting. Medium sweetness but not overdone. The malt is pronounced, rich, yeasty and has a tinge of caramel. As the ale warms you do get a touch of alcohol but it is balance by the aggressive flavor profile. There is a distinct, crisp acidity, full body and fine carbonation.
Long bitter finish of hops and some malt. The hop oils linger forever.
This is a big ale. The resin and herbal hops are quite different, very powerful and aggressive, perhaps a little to much.
The 12% ABV is noticeable but well within the style of this big aggressive ale. At its best at 55 degrees when everything explodes from the glass. Wow. Points given just for the brewery to have the balls to produce something this unique and probably without broad appeal.
That being said it is very, very tasty.
Recommended though one is probably enough.
03-23-2012 22:50:35 | More by JTSbeerislife
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured into a golblet, appears brownish amber with very little carbonation. Smell and aroma are both pretty sweet, and unbalanced at first. This beer definitely needs to warm up a little bit to be fully appreciated. Approaching room temp this beer gives off qualities of figs and brown sugar. Kind of reminds me of a dubbel without the belgian yeast. Alcohol is present in the mouth feel, but not in a bad way. Will cellar a couple of 4packs for sure.
10-09-2011 13:24:38 | More by ericlawton007
Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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