Double Or Nothing
Otter Creek Brewing

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Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #86
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,305
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.96%
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
400
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Otter Creek Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
90
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Double Or NothingDouble Or Nothing
Notes: Collaboration with Lawson's Finest Liquids

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.
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Roguer from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly light and clear brew; brown shot through with crimson. Modest head.

Maple, oak, and tons of caramel on the nose. A hint of hops coming across equally piney and earthy. Difficult to distinguish between an aged ABW or a fresh EBW.

Hops are still present, but nice and subdued. There's about an equal balance among citrus, pine, and earthy spice. The malt is obviously the main event, and it brings huge grainy notes of brown sugar and caramel, accompanied by maple, oak, and tobacco. It comes across as being barrel aged, although I'm sure that's the wood and not any actual barrel aging.

Really impressive beer. 2015 edition.

Nov 19, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from tasterschoice62. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy dark ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple, molasses, wood, vanilla, raisin, plum, apple, fig, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and woody/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, wood, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple, molasses, wood, vanilla, raisin, plum, apple, fig, toasted brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and woody/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness and wood spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, maple, molasses, wood, vanilla, dark fruit, toasted brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and woody/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, wood, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from oak spiciness and hop bitterness as well. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, wood, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 17, 2016
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StoutItOutLoud from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz 2015 bottle to snifter, after allowing to warm from the fridge for approximately 30 minutes. Tawny brown appearance, to be expected. Unable to get much of a head, although there are carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Thinner-appearing than hoped.

S: malt aroma, the ethanol's noticeable, the maple sugar's apparent but not strong
T: initially there's the typical barleywine flavors (more dark fruit than toffee/caramel), although I think the hops are a bit stronger than other english-style barleywines . . . the alcohol arrives with a punch in the back half, settling warmly in the chest. . . I would not guess that there was maple in this

Apr 05, 2016
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geodonnokepyo from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smell: chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, citrus rind hops

taste: maple sweetness up front but very brief, wood, slight roast, floral and citrus hop presence

feel: medium to full body, a little syrupy, slightly chalky finish, dry, abv well hidden, a little alcohol burn though

overall: i thought this was outstanding. very complex and balanced and delicious.

Mar 09, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jul 14, 2017
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at the Whole Foods on Houston St quite a while ago, finally getting around to it today. I'm not a huge fan of this style but this really won me over with how full and sticky it was while minimizing the booze content. The maple took this up to another level and the range of flavors gave this great balance, as this went down surprisingly easily for being so potent!

Loved the pour to this, as the beer had a wonderful, glowing hazelnut hue with light streaming around the edges. A bit of haze was in this too as the head had a blonde, creamy hue that was closer to a pumpernickel bread than any other brew I've ever seen. Once the thick bubbles settled, it stuck around as rings of lacing around the top of my pint glass. Lots of bread and maple in the nose with more in the taste, to go with plum, raisins, dark fruit, and a hint of booze. Quite sticky as there was plenty of maple syrup and molasses to go around, as the rye took a back seat to those heavier and more sugary notes that gave this beer a wonderful sweetness to it.

This was strong and only felt it at the end once I polished this off, which was amazingly easy to go given the potency of it. The fruits and strength reminded me of a Belgian beer but this was an English Barleywine through and through when all was said and done. The sweet slickness of this was sticky enough to be cloying without coming off as artificial and coated my mouth nicely once this was finished off. Fantastic stuff that would convert anyone over to this style in a heartbeat!

Feb 15, 2016
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz

Pours a hazy ruddy brown, cherry hue when held to light. Yellowish head retains as a film indefinitely.

Smells of maple, molasses, oak, and biscuit.

Flavor is of rich maple and toffee malts over molasses, caramel, vanilla and graham cracker.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue. Slight boozy warmth going down.

Super rich and malty, and very tasty. Little to no hops to balance it out, so expect rich. In that regard, very tasty and worth trying.

Apr 01, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Slightly hazed nut brown appearance. Head settles into nothing fairly quickly. Spotty and wispy lacing.

S: Brown bread, molasses, sugary maple syrup. Crust. Figs and sugar dates.

T: Scones. Sweet flavors of molasses, brown bread, crust, and sugary maple syrup. Sugar dates. Perhaps a very faint earthy hop presence and just a hint of alcohol. Subtle toasty wood and just a bit of collateral dryness. Semi-sweet brown bread and molasses finish.

M: Big and thick in body. Sticky, coating, and syrupy. Chewy. Hard and crisp carbonation bite.

O: A very enjoyable barleywine with a pleasant complementary maple syrup addition. It adds good flavor and sweetness while staying well within the means of drinkability. Hides its alcohol very well too.

Feb 23, 2016
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PeterD10 from Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nov 25, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 11, 2016
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Boccu from New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice maple tones throughout. Pours nice brown color. With a rich aroma. Nice bourbon tones with a maple finish.

Nov 27, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 01, 2017
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LeftHanded666 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 14, 2015
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whatname from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 06, 2016
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby coloration, super thin head but it leave an oily lace on the glass filled with micro bubbles. Wow, the smell was unexpected smells like fall in the woods, sweet maple and maybe some berry. Taste follows the nose there is some wood (the label says maple) present. Really interesting beer glad I got an opportunity to try it.

Feb 02, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 21, 2015
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swanfungus from California

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 29, 2015
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duceswild from England

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 12, 2016
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Uconnelmo from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 20, 2015
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zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 14, 2016
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monkeybone7504 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I want to rate this higher but it's as thin as pepsi- the maple syrup comes through in smell and taste- the maple wood is awesome... alcohol hidden well, it just needs some thickness

Dec 04, 2015
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hopley from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 29, 2016
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TBonez477 from Vermont

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

Nov 29, 2015
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dec 25, 2015
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. It pours a cola color with hues of of orange and ruby, with a very thin, khaki-colored head and minimal lacing that dissipated quickly. It smells of maple syrup, caramel, and apple, and reminds me of apple cider in appearance and smell. The first taste I noticed was the maple syrup, which is sweet like maple sugar candy, followed by the usual barleywine tastes of caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit. While the addition of the maple syrup is interesting, it sweetens the already sweet barleywine. It is lightly carbonated and with a 10.5% ABV, it is definitely a sipper. There seems to be some hype over this collaboration, evidenced by the fact that it is sold in individual bottles with a limit. I'm not sure why. While it is interesting, the base barleywine isn't nearly at the level of, say, §ucaba, Insanity or Hand & Seal.

Jan 10, 2016
Double Or Nothing from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 400 ratings