Otter Creek Black IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
3.91/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass. And what a pour it was. Dark brown, near black body upon which sat a billowy, white-brown head that lasted quite a while and left pretty, intertwining lacing. Gorgeous.
Despite me serving this beer fairly warm (55-60 degrees?), the nose was understated. What was there was enticing. Roasted chocolate malt with pine notes as well as something smoky and fatty (bacon?) beneath. Maybe a faint note of dark citrus.
The taste was surprisingly complex. The piney, grapefruity hops hit right away, but they quickly give way to the malts. A lot of malt character here: bitter chocolate, cocoa, caramel, black cherry, and that smoky (bacony!!) hint. Some peppery spice hits on the way down. It sounds like there might be too much going on, but that's really not the case. The flavors blend together quite well for the style.
It has a velvety, porter-like texture, yet is well-carbonated. Finishes dry. Some coffee bitterness at the end, as well as a moderate hop sting. Again, sounds like a load of contrasts, but it is remarkably easy-going.
This beer sits somewhere between a porter and a black IPA, but finds a way to work. It's certainly challenging enough to take your time with, yet drinkable enough to put several away. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 05:28:14 | More by NedShakeshaft
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3.58/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a standard pint glass: color is dark brown to near black, head is light tan, small bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a thick ring and top.
Smell is very enticing: nice malt forward aroma, good roast, toast and some chocolate, not too sweet, grassy and subtle fruity hop aromas.
Taste is a little thinner or maybe dryer than expected: malts are roast and some chocolate, maybe some toffee and touch of caramel; hops are subtle, grassy, not overpowering in flavor but some noticeable bitterness.
Mouthfeel is where it seems to trend towrads IPA status instead of stout, it maintains the dryness and bitterness from the taste.
Overall, a solid brew, not too sweet for dark ipa but not quite enough hop presence to get it too stand out, yet very drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 02:54:49 | More by mvanaskie13
Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.