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

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 73 | 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:
Beer added by: jlpower on 10-25-2010

Traditionally untraditional, Black IPAs—also known as Cascadian Dark Ales or American Black Ales—originated here in Vermont under the auspices of American craft brewing pioneer Greg Noonan. This rich, delicious brew fuses pronounced hop aromas and darkly roasted malts in a style born in the Green Mountains.

60 IBU
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Ratings: 844 | Reviews: 275
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of vtblackdog
4.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Almost black as night, nice head

S - Awesome in the hop category, has some balance though

T - Balance is in check for my preference, at the brewery yesterday, this will now be a year round brew.

M - Not heavy but easily down the hatch.

D - One of my favorite beers.

Photo of koolex11
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome. Truly the best of both a stout and an IPA.

Starts like the tastiest of chocolate dark roasted stouts, but finishes slow with a strong kick of hoppy goodness.

From beginning to end, it is really like drinking two completely different beers. This is one of the most creative brews I have tasted, truly a masterpiece.

If you only feel like having one beer, but can't decide on malt or hops, definitely reach for this one. But good luck having only one!

I do not work for Otter Creek or its affiliates :)

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4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise. Picked up a 6 pack to try something new and have since purchased every time I needed to replenish the fridge. Pours a dark almost Stoutlike color with a fantastic aroma. Nice citrus/piney scent with a finger width mocha head. Very pleasant taste and hop linger. Could have slightly more ABV but that is the only complaint. A great seasonal beer which I would love to see sold year round! Congrats Otter Creek!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a phenomenal beer! Smooth and very tasty!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great a a a a

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new go-to beer. Very reasonable at $8.50 per six-pack. It is as black as a trojan horse at midnight, with a beautiful coffee colored head. Malty attack, with a nice dry hoppy finish. Wonderfully balanced, with enough intrigue to keep you coming back for more. In an age of extreme beers, this one has just the right blend of restraint vs. excitment. I could drink this beer everyday (and I just might).

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4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very nice silky black but upon further examination is actually a very dark brown. Whitish tan head is one finger that quickly dissipates to merely a ring. Good lacing.

S - Obvious roasted malt is the initial here with a very nice backup of spicy, piny hops. My nose says roasted coffee.

T - Roasted coffee flavors prevail but as in the nose, the hops prove to be nicely balanced with the malt, not what I would expect from an IPA, but as this is my first black IPA, I am becoming a believer.

M - Medium to slightly heavy bodied with very nice carbonation for the style, not too much, not too little. Very smooth.

D - Again, my first endeavor into the black IPA world, small as it may be, and I am very impressed. Only have one bottle of this as a sample from my favorite beer store, but after this one I am thinking I should have just bought a sixer...

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4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with mild amber highlights. Has a thick, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a great toasted malt background..

T: Hops meets toasted malts!

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I loved this black IPA. Really enjoyed the combination of hops and malts.

Photo of birdyone
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with little no no head, no visible carbonation, very dark, almost back. Nothing too exceptional

The smell!!! I haven't had much to say about the smell of a beer in a while, and thought I was just loosing my sense of smell. My nose has been awakened! The wonderful citrusy smell of an IPA, but a subtle mellow tone. It was a surprise; the color of the beer totally threw me off.

Taste was great! I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Some IPAs can have a very bitter finish, but not this case here. Other times a less bitter IPA lack flavor, but again not the case. Just great.

Mouthfeel is better than average, but it's not overly special.

Great drinkability. Smooth, great taste. Otter Creek isn't always the easiest to find, or cheapest to buy though.

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4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a = Black. You can't even see through this when put up to a light. Nice yellow/tan tint to the foam.

smell = earthy, malty, with a hoppy background note to the smell

taste = Tastes just like it smells but with a hint of fruitiness that I couldn't make out in the smell. This isn't a traditional "IPA" in the amount of hoppieness to the flavor. It is amazingly well balanced to be such a dark beer. Starts with an earthy maltiness and goes to a full flavor full of spices and a bit of fuitiness as it fills your mouth, and ends with the floral/hoppy notes at the end.

mouthfeel = smooth yet full bodied

overall = my favorite beer. If you drank this blind folded, you wouldn't know it was a black beer. This beer is the perfect example of how people generally move from lighter to darker beers as their palette becomes knowledgeable. To be honest, this is my first and only beer of this style (american black ale), and there may be others out there by different breweries that I would actually like more.

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4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color – Deep brown. A great color. Starts with a nice yellowy lacy head

A- An interesting blend of hops and roasted notes.

Taste- A balanced flavor that starts with roasted notes and finishes with a grapefruity hop flavor.

Overall- This is the gold standard of black ipa’s as far as I am concerned. If you have never had a black ipa, this one will tell you what they are supposed to taste like. It is not merely an ipa in dark clothing. Instead it takes the hop and malt notes of a good ipa and combines them with the roasted notes of a good porter.

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4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this up at Sunday River, ME on tap and loved it. Called Tully’s on the way back to Boston and picked up a six pack. As good in the bottle. One of my top two Black IPA’s. Excellent beer.
A gorgeous looking beer. Deep brown in color with some light entering at the edges. The head is a dull tan color and is thick and creamy. Rises above the rim, shows excellent retention and also leaves clumps of lace all over the glass.

Aroma hints to a nice balance between an assertive hop presence and also a wonderful dark roasted bounty. More pine comes through as well.

Balance, Balance. Nice assertive pine hop flavors and then to a nice dark roasted malt. Not burnt or ash like at all, but smooth, dark and inviting. Then the blend of the two with some dark chocolate laced in between.

Very smooth, but not creamy… A touch of substance in the mouth feel.

I just love this beer. It’s a great departure from a standard IPA and/or Stout. Not sure what you’re in the mood for? This fits the bill. I will get this whenever I can.

Photo of Richardberg
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - bottle to pint glass. Very cola looking: near black but slightly translucent. Small head is nonetheless thick, dark, and lasting.

S - big hoppy smells! Mostly in the earthy department; plenty of grapefruit too; some pine; floral notes too. Dark malts poke through occasionally. Not sure if this is my first "black IPA" but it really sticks out in my memory. Enough that after having it at a bar, I went out and bought a 6-pack. Which I never do.

T - all of the aromas stay on the tongue. Add a healthy dose of dark chocolate, a little espresso, and bitterness -- you've got something really tasty. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is pleasant -- doesn't turn bitter like really strong IPAs often can. No alky burn at all.

M - surprisingly oily & smooth for a 6% beer.

D - fantastic blend of strong flavors, yet absurdly easy to drink. Not to mention affordable. Might be my new favorite session beer...and I don't even like IPAs.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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