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Otter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Or Nothing Maple BarleywineOtter Creek Brewing / Lawson's Double Or Nothing Maple Barleywine
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Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Devilishly Sweet Barleywine aged on maple wood and brewed with a heavenly dose of Vermont maple syrup. Brewed in collaboration between Sean Lawson of Lawson's Finest Liquids & Mike Gerhart of Otter Creek Brewing Co.

Added by Dave_Treat on 06-12-2015

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#4,970
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
396
pDev:
8%
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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Darker amber color. It seems to be clear. Small but lasting head. Some spots for lace.

Deep dark caramel sweetness to the nose. There's a bit of molasses as well.

Solid, darker malt base. Interestingly, this is not sweet initially but the sugar kicks in quickly. The body is very rich as one might expect with a lower carbonation level to boot. The swallow is very sweet with a strong treacle flavor. The aftertaste lasts with this sweetness dominating but I get a light bitterness which fails to provide balance.

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Photo of johnpalisi
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from CraftBeerLos (thanks man!). No discernible bottling date. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku. Enjoyed 8/6/17.

Pours a turbid, rosy burgundy with just shy of two fingers of ecrue head. The froth shrinks to a thin film and modest band with only a couple tiny pinpricks of lace.

Smells of maple, sweet cereal grains, toffee, caramel and dark fruit.

Tastes ofsweet caramel malts, grainy cereal, earthy raw sugar, cooked caramel, maple and dark fruit.

Lush, full body with very little carbonation. The aftertaste is like maple cereal.

Double or Nothingis a my first taste from Either Otter Creek or Lawsons. The oak and maple are a bit more subtle that I may prefer but the base barleywine is solid.

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4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought one of these bottles when they were initially released, but when I saw that they were in the Clearance area of one of my local bottle shops due to lack of movement, I snapped up another one. One for cellaring, another for consumption a couple of years already down the road. Such is the nature of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "A Devilishly Sweet Barleywine aged on maple wood and brewed with a heavenly dose of Vermont maple syrup. Brewed in collaboration between Sean Lawson of Lawson's Finest Liquids & Mike Gerhart of Otter Creek Brewing Co."

Having Pop!ped the cap, I had no choice but to perform a VERY gentle pour since I had a real feeling that there was probably some settling involved here. Once decanted into an awaiting snifter, an in-glass swirl raised two brief fingers of foamy, soapy, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity. Nose left me reeling as a sugary malt bomb, laden with maple syrup, suddenly blew up in my sinus cavity! I should have been warned by the fumes wafting off of its surface, but I am the Duty Dummy & took a good whiff just to make sure. Whew! Two years in the bottle & it had not mellowed one iota! Its twin is going into the cellar, perhaps never to be heard from again. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, suggesting that maybe at least one aspect of this monster was beginning to fall away and mellow. Jeez-O, man, the sweat was simply streaming off of my forehead & down my face. I think that Sean Lawson is The Devil (or if not, he certainly called her forth for this one)! Sweet & boozy - why I am not a fan of most rum. This was like diabetic shock in a bottle/glass. This would have been better served calling it an English Barleywine, since those are more malt-driven. This lacked the requisite hops, IMHO, leaving me with the sugar shakes. I kid you not, I was sweating & shaking from this one. I generally eschew such things in search of bitterness & having let down my guard, I was paying for it. Finish was ironically, dichotomously dry, a testament to the yeast having continued to do its thing in the interim since its purchase. It will be quite a beer someday, but it needs a LOT more time to age in the interim, IMHO. YMMV.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mini snifter this time, though other times, regular snifters, still, pretty much the same thing. Anyways, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color. There wasn’t any head nor lacing. The smell started off with some honey and maple syrup. Light dry oaky to woodiness slides super light in underneath. The taste compliments the sweetness of the maple syrup and the honey. Oaky woodiness slides in underneath to try and balance. Smooth semi-slick sliding sticky maple to honey aftertaste with a sticky sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation seems to have fully gone away, but I’m okay with that as I’m leaning towards the English side of the barleywine wheelhouse for this one. Overall, as a barleywine, this one works for the time that I had it. Though I’ve had several of these previously. I think I can finally say, things have equaled out a bit on the aroma and flavor allowing the maple and the honey to actually coincide with some malts.

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4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at City Tap in Boston.

Pours a murky reddish brown, more brown than red.

Smell is sweet, with raisins, malt and dried fruit carrying the load. I detective a hint of cocoa hiding in the background.

Huge, sweet smell, rum raisins, maple syrup and just a hint of spice. Deep, and complex.

Soft mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation and thickness.

Delicious barley wine, almost bordering on a Quad. Nice sipping beer, that reveals a lot as it warms.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Enjoyed on 2/20/17.

Look: Like an imperial stout, but a little lighter color than the redness of a Guinness. Brownish red hue. (8/10)
Smell: Like a port wine mixed with an imperial maple stout. Maple is strong, cherry, orange peel, blueberries, strawberries, Cream, coffee, Earth, Cabernet grapes. (9/10)
Taste: Reminds me of a port wine. Maple and Syrup are strong but refreshing. Hops and Malt come though slightly. (9/10)
Feel: Like a carbonated port wine. Syrupy but not overbearing. Great lingering mouthfeel. (8/10)
Overall: Reading the reviews, I feel like everybody drank this with the wrong intention. This bottle was delicious, like a fine Port Wine mixed with Maple Syrup. I really enjoyed this and would recommend at 50 degrees, as a dessert beverage or with a nice Belgian waffle for breakfast. Let this one breath and open up. (9/10)

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4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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