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

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
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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Bendurgin

Maine

2.45/5  rDev -32.3%

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.

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

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

Bottled 9/13/11.
In a pilsner glass this beer was a mohogany color with a small tan head and a little lace. It had a viscous appearance.

Aroma of dark fruit and caramel. Very sweet. Alcohol noticeable. Very hot.

Toffee and caramel taste. Raisins. Booze.

Not bad, will probably age . A little too sweet and a little too hot.

10-24-2011 16:30:42 | More by lordofthewiens
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BigPlay1824

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

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

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

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours with a very short, and quickly fading off-white head over a deep, dark maroon body.

Aromas are pretty faint for the ABV. Rich, mulled spices and dark fruit - not dissimilar to a BSDA.

Comes through fairly thick, as expected, but not Impy Stout like. Flavors carry a dull syrup, charred caramel, tree bark bitterness, faint bittersweet chocolate, and oatmeal. Nearly all malt, as it should be. Did not notice the alchohol, though, so points for that.

Mouthfeel is very chewy, sticky and cloying. Leaves a film on the tongue.

Sure, it's not representative of the style, cause it's as Imperial as you can get. Good for them for going deep on their 20th. After all, who DOES an Impy Alt? Good for you Otter Creek.

10-22-2011 03:01:35 | More by BeerImmediately
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

A- Pours a deep brownish copper body with a good 2-fingers of an off white head that shows good retention, but little lace.

S- A little buttery, pretty sweet, some huskiness, slight alchohol/grainy aroma.

T- Pretty damn sweet, but just a touch below over-powering. A slight touch of the 12%, but nothing overwhelming. The grainy/husky flavor is in the finish.

MF- A little on the thicker side. I can't even call it heavy bodied, but it's definately thick.

O- Not sure what exactly they were going for here, but it doesn't really fit an altbier style. Not saying it's bad, cause it's not, just not sure what it wanted to be: An "extreme" alt, or just their copper ale juiced up.

10-19-2011 21:59:44 | More by LtCracker20
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TheBigV

Massachusetts

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
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ericlawton007

Connecticut

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
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

1.68/5  rDev -53.6%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.26/5  rDev -9.9%

9/28/2011
Pours a deep reddish copper color with a stingy beige head that dissipates almost instantly. Very lackluster aroma. Smells like caramel, brown sugar, butter, and rubbing alcohol. This is going to be harsh. Wow, yeah, this one tastes just like it smells. Caramel dark sugar and a hint of dark fruit hit up front then the ethanol comes at you in spades. I can feel the alcohol start to burn on my tongue then I can trace it's route into my stomach. Surprisingly light body and carbonation level with a sweet paint thinner mouthfeel. This one is harsh like someone spiked a beer with vodka, I wish I hadn't bought the 4 pack.

10/08/2013
Reddish copper color with a quickly disappearing head. Aromas of caramel brown and burnt sugars, lots of apricots and cherries with a faint alcoholic nose. The flavor is sweet with lots of fruity sugars and a present warming alcohol note. Medium body light level of carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Aged has done this beer some good, the alcohol is not nearly as overpowering and now simply provides a nice warming. The beer feels like a triple with some caramelized sugars added, its an odd beer that I enjoyed a little tonight.

09-29-2011 03:00:07 | More by johnnnniee
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Brad007

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

I had heard the buzz about this ale from my friend, a Middlebury native and dedicated fan of Otter Creek Brewing. This beer is now available in 4 packs.

Pours a reddish brown color with a thin head into my glass. Not the similarities between it and Copper Ale (of which it is based off of).

Sweet, chewy malt greets the nose followed by a bit of alcoholic heat. It is a young beer after all.

Alcohol burn persists in the mouthfeel followed by sweet, chewy malt.

What we have here is a solid beer. What we need is to age it in order to allow the true flavors to supersede the alcoholic heat. I would recommend doing so.

09-24-2011 02:56:54 | More by Brad007
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Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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