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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

717 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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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rgturtle

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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
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Fahz

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-18-2013 03:59:06 | More by Fahz
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-16-2013 14:28:20 | More by xnicknj
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21Maestro8

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-15-2013 04:14:15 | More by 21Maestro8
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Yeroc

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-14-2013 23:52:43 | More by Yeroc
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-14-2013 21:13:57 | More by BigMike
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +5%

12-13-2013 04:35:54 | More by OKCNittany
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Joelski

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-08-2013 20:10:37 | More by Joelski
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-08-2013 14:38:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A full three fingers worth of slightly late to develop densely packed light mocha colored frothy goodness with a bit of a rocky top... Very nice retention... Almost completely still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there with a few bubbles just clinging to the sides of the glass... The color is a dark deep brown, not quite black... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - At the forefront is a nice mix of light sweet chocolate and roasted malts... The hop presence if fairly subdued and takes on a very earthy presence... Much more reminiscent of a Milk Stout... Not bad by any means, but not quite right for the style...

T - Toffee... Roasted malts... Light milk chocolate... The hop presence really doesn't rise until the deep finish... They take on a muted mix of earthiness and pine...

M - Medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Clean and crisp... A touch of lushness...

D - Average at best in terms of both style and overall beerdom... Not a bad beer, but it's just kind of there... I would have never known this was an American Black Ale if it weren't listed on the able... Seems to closer resemble either a Milk Stout or Foreign / Export Stout... I would neither recommend nor revisit...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:47:22 | More by philbe311
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-06-2013 03:03:40 | More by UltimateLivewire
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-03-2013 21:29:34 | More by BigTrubble
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spicyvelveetas

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-03-2013 15:28:03 | More by spicyvelveetas
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rxthree

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-03-2013 02:28:50 | More by rxthree
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onedogtwodog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-30-2013 04:02:12 | More by onedogtwodog
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's - Otter Creek Black IPA, poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Look - Pours a thin brown-black with a huge fizzy mocha head that dissipates slowly and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Aroma is roasted malts with just a touch of hops. Slight dark fruits.

Taste - Same as the nose but definitely more noticeable hops here, shoulda dry hopped it a little.

Mouthfeel - This brew excels here for sure. A light-medium body and moderate carbonation. Dry and exceptionally drinkable, almost sessionable, and the 6% ABV is nowhere to be seen.

Overall - This is one of the better black IPAs for sure. Easy to put down several of these, but of course with such drinkability often comes a lack of richness, body, and flavor. Still a solid brew though.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 16:36:45 | More by JMScowcroft
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New_Northerner

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-25-2013 04:10:29 | More by New_Northerner
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Opaque- dirty motor oil like- almost black. Big fluffy mocha-tan colored head, tapers to film, decent lacing.

S- roasted coffee malts and cocoa. Earthy hops, but less than I'd expect from an IPA.

T- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Sight hop pine.

M- Medium body, tingly carbonation; hop and chocolate bitterness.

O- It was fresh, but the hops don't make it to IPA grade for me. Pale ale, perhaps. Still a decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:49:44 | More by NiceTaps
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-15-2013 16:07:02 | More by oglmcdgl
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FCRICH

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-13-2013 00:04:47 | More by FCRICH
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

11-12-2013 21:58:49 | More by Enriquehopnog
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-03-2013 17:09:53 | More by HattedClassic
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RIKIM

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-02-2013 19:43:04 | More by RIKIM
Otter Creek Black IPA from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
86 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.