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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

739 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 739
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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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-03-2014 04:07:42 | More by TheBigBoy
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

02-01-2014 12:29:49 | More by Mojoman8561
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lzepplin01

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-31-2014 01:35:28 | More by lzepplin01
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-28-2014 20:47:40 | More by VeganUndead
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cmq103

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-27-2014 01:11:33 | More by cmq103
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amarkham

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

01-25-2014 02:24:06 | More by amarkham
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-24-2014 12:56:55 | More by jmsedgwick
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bootdown21

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-19-2014 00:35:19 | More by bootdown21
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-18-2014 01:57:28 | More by TaylorK
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Seakyden

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-15-2014 16:41:27 | More by Seakyden
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dandepoto

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-15-2014 11:44:17 | More by dandepoto
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chefdave37

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-14-2014 02:17:47 | More by chefdave37
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-12-2014 18:12:41 | More by Roguer
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bccrosley

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-09-2014 02:32:47 | More by bccrosley
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twenteone

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-08-2014 02:44:38 | More by twenteone
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NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

01-06-2014 05:28:14 | More by NedShakeshaft
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ctwybeerguy

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-05-2014 20:18:14 | More by ctwybeerguy
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h4ger

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-05-2014 05:34:23 | More by h4ger
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Genx

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-31-2013 22:03:45 | More by Genx
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david18

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-29-2013 16:21:54 | More by david18
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geodonnokepyo

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-29-2013 06:18:27 | More by geodonnokepyo
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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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rgturtle

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Not quite black, but nonetheless opaque.
S - Had a pretty steady alternation between malt and hop; neither overpowered the other, nor overwhelmed in general.
T - Big mouthful of coffee; didn't pick up as much on the hops as I thought I would, based on the nose. Bitterness lingered a while.
M - Pretty heavy; warming.
O - A really solid beer that stands out more with food. Paired it with shepherd's pie on a second tasting and it matched up well on a cold, rainy New England night with comfort food.

12-24-2013 00:31:12 | More by rgturtle
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5%

12-21-2013 00:19:08 | More by Boone757
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-19-2013 14:24:23 | More by CB_Crowe
Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.