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

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

1.93/5  rDev -46.7%

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

06-13-2012 00:39:22 | More by bruachan
Photo of pisano


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

a: pours a deep orange brown/dark caramel color with little to no head and some spotty lacing on the glass

s: caramel, dark raisins/prunes, brown sugar, some spices, slight booze

t: malty sweetness, dark fruits, the sweetness is well balanced by the hop bitterness. some dark bready notes on the finish. alcohol is well-hidden for a 12 percenter

m: medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit of alcohol burn at the back of the throat, as to be expected

o: this is my first time having this one and i really like it. thankfully i was able to get a four pack and i'm anxious to see how the other three do over time.

06-05-2012 03:07:21 | More by pisano
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-03-2012 18:08:01 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
Photo of cowboy83

New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%

05-11-2012 14:06:19 | More by cowboy83
Photo of jweingarten

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-07-2012 16:02:13 | More by jweingarten
Photo of Exiled


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-07-2012 00:43:55 | More by Exiled
Photo of metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is a very hazy caramel brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a film of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of brown sugar and caramel in the nose along with hints of fruit.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional notes of toffee. There is lots of malty sweetness in the initial taste along with some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit boozy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation along with warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste. However, it’s a slow sipper due to all of the malty sweetness.

05-04-2012 04:00:50 | More by metter98
Photo of TheBrewo


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

04-26-2012 16:20:41 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of tuka

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-22-2012 16:49:23 | More by tuka
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-19-2012 00:47:54 | More by TheHoppiest
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-01-2012 22:15:54 | More by TasteTester
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint at Wood-n-Tap in Southington, Conn.

A: Reddish, cloudy bronze color with a thin cap of bone-white foam which hung around a good while before leaving a thin veil of off-white lacing.

S: Fruity, spicy and herbal, with hints of smoked meats, chocolate and a litany of zesty, candied and dried raisin aromas.

T: Sweet, boozy doses of caramel and toffee malts rush over the front of the palate, ushering in a spicy, hoppy and biting fruity esters. The phenol flavors crash with ripened berries, figs, plums raisin and candied citrus rinds. The finish is almost sugary-sweet, hot and boozy with some lingering, spicy booziness.

M: Rich, full-bodied with an almost chewy malt profile, this brew is a sipper and one to warm you up on a cool, early spring evening.

O: Otter Creek celebrates 20 years in style with this 12% ABV monster of an American Strong ale. Blurring the lines between malty double IPA and super fruity barleywine, this sipper has something for everybody. As long as everybody like robust, complex and dank strong ales.

03-24-2012 02:32:17 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of JTSbeerislife


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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-23-2012 01:51:01 | More by brendaniel
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-22-2012 16:15:47 | More by Tyrawlings
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-15-2012 22:34:47 | More by robieobie1
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

03-15-2012 19:32:50 | More by Varkias41
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

03-11-2012 23:09:45 | More by fiedler84
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

03-10-2012 00:50:18 | More by madisonfinlay
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-09-2012 21:05:00 | More by CoolGuy42
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New York

2/5  rDev -44.8%

03-08-2012 10:53:07 | More by RWACKO
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-06-2012 21:19:35 | More by Beerme09
Photo of AleWatcher


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Blind beer #11 from Shogo.
Calls for a pint... Served it into a nonic pint.

Reviewed completely blind, without knowledge of brewery, style, or beer.

I'm already thinking barleywine or strong ale... This is dark, rather murky, slightly purple, reddish brown. Low carbonation level with a loose soapy head.

Smells of molasses, treacle, caramel, and toffee. The toffee is even more prominent on the tongue than in the olfactory. Very dry finish...

Oily medium body with some sweetness up front before the English toffee flavor dries it out.

Overall-- I'm assuming this is a strong ale... And I isn't one that really blows me away. As we warm more; the beer has a pronounced boozy warmth that, while not entirely unpleasant, is a bit overdone.

--REVEAL-- Otter Creek Brewing's Twentieth Anniversary.
This is in fact an American strong ale. And it isn't one I've ever heard of before. At least I honed in on the right style!

Now that I know what it is, I'm going to go ahead and give it some numbers;

02-27-2012 03:21:35 | More by AleWatcher
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-24-2012 21:23:51 | More by HamGlade10
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-19-2012 21:28:07 | More by SFC21
Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.