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

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Otter Creek Black IPAOtter Creek Black IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

743 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | 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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AgentZero

Illinois

1.7/5  rDev -55.4%

A - Black beer with a tan head. Bottle was a slow gusher, not a good sign, particularly on a 12 oz bottle.

S - Might smell like a black IPA, if it didn't smell infected. There's some crystal malts, and some hops, but infection overwhelms.

T - Tastes infected. Fuzzy infection taste, some black IPA characteristics. Not going to drink much of this though.

M - Over carbonated, medium bodied.

O - Well, I'll re-review if I ever get a better bottle. The infection kills this one. It tastes bad, and that's why.

12-30-2011 23:49:35 | More by AgentZero
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -47.5%

11-06-2012 19:46:22 | More by cfalovo97
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TroyFarrar

Virginia

2/5  rDev -47.5%

11-02-2012 03:13:49 | More by TroyFarrar
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chippo33

Vermont

2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

09-20-2013 18:18:52 | More by chippo33
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -38.3%

This Black kick is thanks to tone77 who wants to see me keep my bottle numbers in line with The CANQuest (TM). I postulated in my last review that an addictive personality such as mine might have difficulties with the adage "Once you've had Black, you won't go back" and sure enough, here we are! I'm doomed.

From the bottle: "A rich and delicious Black India Pale Ale featuring a pronounced hop aroma followed by darkly roasted malts topped with a mocha head."

I wonder why these black beers have such a propensity to created such a big, dense head. Here, it was two rocky fingers of deep-mocha head with enviable retention. Color was ... talk about truth in advertising ... jet black. There was no light penetration whatsoever. That's OK since some of my friendliest beers are Black. They CAN come over to my house any time. In fact, some of them are really liked by my sister. She's into Black. Nose was initially bursting with piney hops, but a second whiff gave me smoke and dark chocolate. This is what bothers me about the style - it is like the old Reese's commercial - "Hey, you got your chocolate in my peanut butter! No, man, you got my peanut butter on your chocolate!" with the tag line being "Two great tastes that taste great together." Yeah, well, keep your roasted malts OUT of my AmeriCAN IPAs, dang it. Mouthfeel was medium but there was a fistfight on my tongue. Smoke then bitter then chocolate then more bitter until the melange tasted like a hangover morning. This is NOT my bag, baby! What happened - some genius got bored and thought that this would be a good idea? Epic fail! The finish left me gasping for breath and not in a good way. It tasted like the fire in the hops plant that caused the dry spell a few years back. Jeez-O, man. Color me not a fan.

05-26-2011 22:51:20 | More by woodychandler
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Milkysunshine

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-13-2012 00:35:03 | More by Milkysunshine
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trigger467

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

06-01-2013 22:21:33 | More by trigger467
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draftpunk

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

03-08-2013 20:06:45 | More by draftpunk
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-03-2014 04:07:42 | More by TheBigBoy
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HopsintheSack

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

07-26-2013 18:52:03 | More by HopsintheSack
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ejw127

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

12-29-2011 22:02:17 | More by ejw127
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Mtkimes


2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

07-22-2012 04:28:07 | More by Mtkimes
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DaveONan

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

12-23-2011 01:59:20 | More by DaveONan
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Kitt

Delaware

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%

Deep, dark chocolate, with a thin brown head. Weak but persistent lacing.

Aroma, thick, rich, humid, and heavy malt with a licorice undertone.

Stout-like more than IPA-like. Heavy malts. A slight bitter linger.

Full bodied and heavy, goes down slow.

This is a stout beer with some extra hop kick. This is not an IPA. Let's stick to stouts being stout and IPAs being IPAs. Please don't try to mix -- each is terrific in its own right, but they aren't made to be married. The flavor just isn't doing it for me.

07-02-2011 02:42:22 | More by Kitt
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SinutabRamirez


2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

08-06-2012 05:04:16 | More by SinutabRamirez
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

05-18-2012 01:12:23 | More by Goldfishman
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skiit13

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

07-16-2012 22:24:43 | More by skiit13
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CaverDave

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

04-26-2014 23:05:45 | More by CaverDave
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

12-28-2013 01:34:56 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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JBarx

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

08-19-2012 22:18:24 | More by JBarx
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-10-2013 20:08:33 | More by TTripp725
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ChadA83

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-06-2013 01:09:49 | More by ChadA83
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-18-2012 02:19:24 | More by avisong
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timjim1327

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-24-2013 03:31:11 | More by timjim1327
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-28-2014 20:47:40 | More by VeganUndead
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Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.