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Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek 20th Anniversary AleOtter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

55 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-24-2011)
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

1.68/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - An impressive, thick pour. Dark copper, rich and vibrant looking with ridiculous off-white head.

S - Very fruity, smells fairly tart.

T - Oh my lord, I didn't expect a disaster like this. Unbelievably sweet; almost tastes candied or pralined. Maple'ish tasting dried fruits. Sip comes totally apart as you swallow it.

M - Thick like imitation maple syrup. The sip totally collapses as you swallow it into a mess of sweetness that has the body of flat pepsi. This is one of the worst things I've ever encountered.

D - Awful. Wouldn't ever get this again and I would stop others from buying it if I ever saw that they were in the store. Atrocious.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:49:45 | More by jmerloni
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bruachan

District of Columbia

1.93/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

i see this weighs in at 12%. no wonder the head fizzled in a jiffy!

the color is decent, partly rescuing the headless mein

smells boozy and fruity. smells like it was fermented fairly warm

very hot on the finish. in fact, very hot on the start. in between it tastes like booze with some raisiny backup

i have to think this is not what the brewer intended. tough to drink, in fact

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 00:39:22 | More by bruachan
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RWACKO

New York

2/5  rDev -44.8%

03-08-2012 10:53:07 | More by RWACKO
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redleaves

Maine

2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks good, no head, rather thick. Nice color though. Smell is alright, sweet and malty. Not alt at all though. The sip is thick and cloying. Like I'm drinking pure malt extract. Then a bitter from a hop that doesn't belong here. Completely wrong hop, whichever one they used, it does not complement. Overall not good took a good hour to make it through the glass. This is not an alt, this is a nasty attempt at a quad by a company who makes alts. Not recommended and it rare that I not like a beer this much.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 14:57:12 | More by redleaves
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy caramel brown with about a finger of biege head. A little bit of runny soapy lace.

Really just smells like candy such as Pez. Maybe some fouride. Perfumy and somewhat floral but this just has a sweet aroma; but not really a pleasant sweet. I'm actually a little bit afraid to taste this. Caramel malts on the pallet but I can't shake that fake sugar flavor here. A little bit of a brown sugar and raisin flavor here.

Medium body with good carbonation here. Overall a little dissapointed here. This one is just a little to sweet in the wrong ways.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:07:43 | More by Bendurgin
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-10-2012 02:19:18 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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PorterBoy14

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-03-2013 19:34:53 | More by PorterBoy14
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-03-2012 04:08:13 | More by JAHMUR
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

129oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish probably.

Poured into a small Mayflower nonic, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Thick skim of a head lasts well, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and strongly alcoholic.

Taste starts syrupy sweet, fruity in the middle, then bitterness and strong tannins take us to the close. Aftertaste and alcohol burn not particularly enjoyable. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but then the tannins and booze rip off your tastebuds, and as such, drinkability is not so great. Not much of an anniversary party here in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:52:53 | More by ppoitras
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden brown that has a reddish hue when held up to the light. Thin layer of bubbly head. Retention is short. Dark fruits and rich toasty caramel malts. Alcohol is present as well. No real hop aroma. Syrupy mouthfeel. Raisins and burnt caramel. Bitter earthy hop kick in the middle and finish. Malty, medicinal cherry/grape finish that drys out pretty hard. There is also a layer of metallic sourness but it is very light. The regular copper is good this version of it not so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 19:52:15 | More by DrinkingDrake
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle gifted by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears copper hued, displaying an inch and a half of dense, khaki colored head. Excellent lacing and retention. The aroma brings alcohol, malt, honey, fruity esters, spice. The flavor is sweet and strong, with prominent alcohol throughout. Fruity, boozy, raisins, dates, and just overbearing. These days, there are many fine examples of barleywine and strong ale, with high alcohol content gracefully integrated into the flavor profile. Unfortunately, this is not such a beer. It's a bit harsh and way too sweet. This is a headache in the making. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. Not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 03:51:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24%

08-03-2013 23:20:03 | More by mikehillman
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GeorgianBayPackr

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24%

02-03-2013 23:07:57 | More by GeorgianBayPackr
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber/caramel color with a very small quickly dissipating tan head. Smells of overly ripe dark fruits, booze, and sweet malts dominate the nose. There are some familiar aromas hinting of age. First sip is boozy, showing age – though it is only 1 year or so old, super sweet malts, ripe plums, figs, no hops present. The 12% ABV tastes like 15% and is in your face and not very well hidden. Thin bodied. This is just an OK beer - hardly the quality what a 20th anniversary should be. Disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:53:26 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Thads324

Connecticut

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : pours thick and syrupy pour. Dark bronze in color with a little white foam top that appears seconds after the pour and disappears right after.
S : super sweet. Caramel, booze, apple cider
T : starts very sweet. An apple cider like taste followed by booze and then a nice caramel toffee flavor. There's a pleasant citrus hop in the middle that adds a nice balance and bitterness in the end. Finishes with heat.
M : syrupy and smooth. Almost no carb.

Flavorful brew that desperately needs age. I'm sure it'd be enjoyable in a few years

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:50:46 | More by Thads324
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BigPlay1824

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a nice thick medium brown with a slight reddish tint to it, pours with a finger of head that dissipates immediately and leaves almost no lacing
S: smoked wood, slight caramel and maybe a bit of liccorice
T: interesting taste, begins with a bit of woodsy notes and whiskey, slight liccorice in the middle, leaves with a bit of gentle whiskey
M: gentle carbonation tingle, thick on the pallet, leaves a slight alcohol burn at the end
O: a decent brew, a bit complex and almost too much so to dicern any flavors, nice but just too much to get again

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 17:25:39 | More by BigPlay1824
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rwilde

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-10-2011 19:16:27 | More by rwilde
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

03-11-2012 23:09:45 | More by fiedler84
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-12-2013 12:07:54 | More by Travcofarms
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mozim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-18-2011 01:09:18 | More by mozim
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Sagehawk

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-18-2012 02:59:01 | More by Sagehawk
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-01-2012 22:15:54 | More by TasteTester
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ewalden

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-21-2012 16:03:04 | More by ewalden
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tommyrxc

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-07-2011 01:03:25 | More by tommyrxc
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-19-2011 13:37:32 | More by bacher468
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Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.