Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a deep rich cloudy amber, thin head no lace. Smells of lovely caramel malt, cinamon and candied fruit. This has really aged well; wish I would have kept more for next year. The alcohol burn is 25% and deep malt flavors bounce back and forth across the tongue with each sip. Still a bit of burn at the end. But a great coming of age beer...
12-02-2012 02:44:17 | More by templar316
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into a snifter, this heavy hitter is dark ruby red, impervious to natural light, and completely foreboding in appearance. The body is still and deep - no carbonation; it is crowned with a thin vanilla crown.
The nose is inundated with subtle whiffs of bubble gum, honey and wax; the palate is overwhelmed by intense maltiness supplemented by the aforementioned honey. The body is rather syrupy and sweet. A deceptive beer, this one lures in the victim with a taste of honey until a harsh blast of alcohol arrives to finish them off.
Certainly not a session beer as I can see how difficult it would be to quaff more than one. In any case, Happy Anniversary Otter Creek!
11-24-2012 23:28:22 | More by jjboesen
2.73/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
10-16-2012 01:52:53 | More by ppoitras
2.8/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
09-05-2012 00:53:26 | More by ATLbeerDog
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
Big, Big beer!!!! Pours a fairly dense amber color with a lot of light coming through. A regular pour provides no head or lacing. A pretty violent pour gives a big tan head with fairly good retention and a bit of lacing.
Smell is fairly mild, a little dark fruit (raisins), sweet caramel malt and alcohol.
Taste is very good. Not all that complex, sweet caramel malt, warming alcohol and dark fruit. Expertly blended, the sweetness and alcohol are not overdone.
Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with just the right amount of warming alcohol. Seems light (dangerously so) without being watery or weak.
A nice simple slow sipper.
08-03-2012 02:17:07 | More by JayQue
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
On-tap at the brewery. Pours a deep amber color, very clear, with a small cream colored head that settled quickly. Slippery alcohol legs rather than lacing per se. Smells like a barleywine; quite sweet, syrupy, malty, lots of brown sugar and booze. Vague flowery hops underneath.
Big sweet flavor; again tons of syrupy brown sugar and toffee, booze bordering on fusel; caramel and mild floral hops. Low bitterness, big time sweetness. Some dark fruity flavors of raisin and prune. Dries up a little in the finish, thankfully, and has some residual bitterness as the aftertaste fades.
Full bodied, sticky, low carbonation. Beer syrup. I kinda liked it but a shared glass was plenty. A bit simple and one-dimensional, a hefty and sugary strong ale to be sure.
07-12-2012 13:44:29 | More by tobelerone
4/5 rDev +10.5%
3080091211bottle code. Poured in to a pint glass.
Hazy and translucent copper color. Left behind a one finger tan head that vanished into a thin layer of foam rather quickly. Didn't leave any lacing.
Sweet malt and caramel. Some dark fruits. Not too much going on in the nose.
Malt hits you up front, followed by some caramel and toffee. There is a subtle taste of orange peel and cream. It's rounded out with some sharp bitter hops and some minor booze.
Smooth, but a little bit syrupy. Medium bodied and finishes pretty clean with a bit of alcohol warmth.
The beer took on more fruity tones as it warmed, which made it very interesting. The alcohol became more apparent as well with a little bir of warmth, but it didn't get super hot or anything. A very awesome brew that I might have to try and seek out.
07-03-2012 20:41:13 | More by jeremy13586
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
A solid brew that needs a bit of time. I got a pair of four packs and the beer is just cooling off and evening out from the strange hop combo they started with.
It be honest I didn't like the beer when it first came out about 3 months ago. The beer now exhibits the creaminess and sweetness that I assumed the brewer was going for. Just give it some time and you will be rewarded.
06-19-2012 00:30:14 | More by TubaManJack
Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.