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Otter Creek Black IPA - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Otter Creek Black IPA
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BA SCORE
86
very good

804 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 01-10-2012)
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Reviews by brewtus:
Photo of brewtus
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours jet black with a single finger light tan head that doesn't stick around much

S- smell is hoppy,piney, smokey, some sweet dark fruits.

T/m- starts with a dry smokey flavor that opens up to a little bit of hop bitterness. It tastes pretty dry. There's a nice coffee taste to it too.

O- this was enjoyable but bit super complex you decide whether that's good or bad but I liked it. Definately worth a try, but not the BIPA I've ever had.

brewtus, Jan 05, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam 50/50 on American black ales,some I have really liked,some didnt work very well for me,this was great.Poured into a stansard pint glass a deep cola color with a thinner but retentive beige colored head.Aromas of black malt and a big grapefruit rind shot,not much sweetness was detected.A real nice mix of in your face citric hops and unsweetened bitter chocolate,I was surprised at how well the dry chocolate held up to the hops,the malt profile is quite dry.With the big hops and sweetness in check this a very drinkable and very well made beer,I really liked this one.

oberon, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm still not sure what to make of this style; it seems schizophrenic to me. However, I do like beer, and this is a likable beer.
In a pint glass the beer is so very dark brown it's nearly black. Some red at the sides when held up to the light. A small mocha head with a bit of lace
Roasted malt aroma. Both floral and citrus hops. Peppery in the nose.
Kind of a nutty caramel taste. Hops came through nicely, both pine and grapefruit.
A little thin in the mouth, but still an enjoyable beer.

lordofthewiens, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -21.1%

TTripp725, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful black color with great head that forms with a tan color and lace very well

The aroma is intriguing nice earthy and sweet flower hops with a slight chocolate and coffee but the hops are the star

The taste is mild it has a earthy hop taste to start a citrus and flowery hop taste follows with a mix of roasted undertones.

Its body is mild but the mouth is smooth and its taste is full of flavor making it easy to drink

bishopdc0, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Guden
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with no light shining through. An off white creamy head fades into some big bubbles.

S- Lots of strong smells: charred wood, licorice, alcohol, medicinal/tape, and a bit of caramel.

T- Not nearly as complex as the nose, but the medicinal off flavor also doesn't carry over. Starts off with a bit of hops and caramel, which gives way to woody bitterness and a touch of roasted coffee flavor.

M- A medium bodied with some carbonation, not quite IPA characteristics but I like this in a black IPA.

O- This is a touch roastier and a touch lower in hop aroma and flavor than I would have liked but all around this is a nice black IPA. A style I enjoy and one of the better ones in the style that I have had.

Guden, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the mixed 12-pack, no freshness date.

Head reaches four fingers high and nearly spills over but it has the integrity to hold strong and not dribble down the side of the glass. A shade or two away from complete darkness. An ever so soft nose of roastiness meets a thicker hop resin minty smell. Smooth and creamy with a lush medium body. Oily hoppiness to kick things off, mild roasty / toasty maltiness brings cocoa, chicory and bread crust to the palate. Hop bitterness gives a quick sting though the flavor seems to blanket the palate with a more subtle oily coating. Finishes bitter and a little sweet with that long linger of hop oil.

A good run at this new-ish style, slightly above the middle of the pack IMO and I am glad I tried it.

Jason, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication

Pours black, with a mocha head that goes to a thick film, then blotchy foam, and leaving plenty of scattered bits of lace.

I'm getting mostly dark malts in the nose with a hint of spruce infused hops.

Hopped up ale, plenty of dark malts, dark chocolate, and some smoke. Hops dry things out, but dont leap out all over the malts. Balance is the deal here and I'm liking it. Nice job here by the Otter Creek crew.

Billolick, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.75 for a single.
Black body with deep red edges when held up to the light. Off white two finger frothy fluffy head. This fades to a nice white cap, big and small bubbles. Smells of one or two American citrus hops, chinook and maybe Columbus but it's just a guess. Taste is quite complex. Citrus, clean hop bitterness, roasted malt, piney notes,'tobacco, leather, black tea. Quite bubbly and prickly going down. Very balanced even though it feels thin bodied. I'd definitely pick this up again. Give it a try.

Homebrew35, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mctizzz, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown/red in color, clear

Smell: roasted malt and pine hops

Taste: follows the smell--lots of pine and roasty malts

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, light body, sweet start bitter middle, with a less bitter end

Overall: Very good and not overly bitter American Black Ale. I could have several of these and this is one of the better examples in the style I have found so far. I like the pine flavors.

tigg924, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

olradetbalder, Monday at 01:35 PM
Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tall pint glass.

Pours a dark almost jet black with a nice thick and creamy dark brown head that turns into lots of nice light lacing all the way down the glass. Nose is very nice, fresh and hoppy - lots of piny notes.

Taste was also quite hoppy and a bit grainy but nice. Lots of that pine resin flavor along with a good malty backbone. Really solid and very drinkable.

kingcrowing, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Milkysunshine
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Milkysunshine, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of alexkeil
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a tan, mocha colored head that did last along the edges. The aroma is a muted American hop bouquet. It seems like the roasted malts keep the aroma down a tad. The longer the beer sits the more the roasted malt comes through. The inital taste is the American hops: slightly piney, some grapefruit. The finish turns to the roasty malt and chewy sweetness much like a porter. The mouthfeel is medium with too much carbonation and too much alcohol warmth. I love the idea of this style but I haven't had one yet that I thought really brought everything together with the IPA hoppiness and roastly malt finish. I think this would be improved with English hops and a less attenuating yeast.

alexkeil, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque, with a big fat frothy head of light brown foam that lingers long and send ringlets of lace up the sides of the glass.

Bright and inviting aroma of tangerine and oranges, just a tad piney, not picking up any dark malts.

Initial flavor of toasty malt, not too dark, followed quickly by orange rind and pine, then moving back to understated nutty and cocoa malt. Some honey notes ride beneath. Moderate bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is full and rich and creamy, very satisfying. Overall seems more IPA than black, but a very tasty and drinkable beer. Seems like most Cascadian Darks are big and robust, whereas this one is a more quaffable version.

far333, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of SinutabRamirez
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

SinutabRamirez, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

doremite, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my trusty becker pint glass; beautiful jet black with a fluffy dark brown head that fades relatively slowly but leaves lots of lacing. Smell is malty, with coffee and chocolate; smells more like a stout than a cascadian dark ale. Only some slight grassy/herbal hops in the background. Hopefully the taste will be a little more balanced towards the style...and it's not. While this might be able to fall under the category hoppy black ales are put on here, this is certainly not any sort of IPA as the bottle says. No hop flavor at all, save for a very slight grassy/minty/herbal flavor in the aftertaste. Other than that, you could tell me this was a stout/porter and I'd believe you. It's almost like they put one of their stouts in the wrong bottle, that's how off this tastes.
It's not a bad beer, but it is no Black IPA. The fact that Black IPAs are put under the style American Black Ale on here muddies the waters even further. I'm wary of falling into the trend of calling every hoppy beer "India ___," but there really needs to be two separate styles; if it were up to me, I'd call any regular black ale an ABA, and call hoppy black ales Cascadian Dark Ales.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful ebony deep black body with no ruby highlights seen through the glas, solid even coating of tan head lacing as it dwindles down. Aromatics are nice, a combo of dark chocolate and subtle herbal/citric hop attacks colliding into an almost chocolate mint/pine combination. Mike the brewmaster formerly of DFH Rehoboth location, knows how to combine the dark malts in the hops this version is really nice. Strong bitter dark chocolate with herbal/mint/citric/pine flavored hops going on, finishes nice and dry a very well meshed combination of different flavors. The best Otter Creek offering I've had in quite some time, I'm looking forward to trying their Kolsch this spring. Medium bodied smooth carbonation, I noticed a good amount of yeast sediment. Natural bottle conditioned beer gives this beer an edge. Drinkability is very nice a sessionable hop head satisfying, cool weather dark beer that I really enjoyed. Will get a whole sixer if I see it out and about.

WVbeergeek, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle; code may indicate Sept. 2012 bottling.
A: Pours clear, very deep and dark mahogany in color, looking almost black in the glass. There’s a very short-lived tan head that reduces to some very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. A bit of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle (mostly added to the pour).

Aroma: Very dark roasted malts and fruity/earthy hops fight for dominance. Hints of chocolate, charcoal, peat, and citrus fruit: Complex but, like most black IPAs, lacks integration and finesse.

T: Loads of dark and very dark roasted malts with a trace of smoke. Hints of dark chocolate, pine, grapefruit, caramel malt, and bitter chocolate. Mild bitterness ramps up a bit, but is well controlled, in the finish. A rather pleasant smokey-earthy-grapefruit aftertastes lingers on and on, with hops and dark malts in good balance.

M: Medium+ body and carbonation. Clean with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A tasty black IPA featuring more darkly roasted malts, yet with only a limited and quite acceptable burnt quality. Rich and moderately complex, this is a very big beer for 6% ABV.

chinchill, May 08, 2013
Photo of JustinTauscher
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JustinTauscher, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

acurtis, Oct 13, 2012
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Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.