Couch Surfer | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brimming with darkly roasted malts and rich notes of chocolate and coffee, this velvety-smooth oatmeal stout lingers and lounges into your heart. Gone before you know it...seriously.

Added by dr_ewvetere on 07-01-2015

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Ratings: 431 |  Reviews: 103
Reviews by cnwillis31:
Photo of cnwillis31
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Starts off with a massive dense tan head, great lacing down the glass. Chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain in the nose. Luscious and smooth with a fullish body. Some sweetness throughout, good balance of roasted flavors. Great use of oat, perfect balance and very drinkable.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great in the glass. Black and the tiny bubble tan head which seems to be a favorite look for a stout. A light and roasty smell. Hint of chocolate and coffee? Tasty is light and roasty. Not much chocolate, but roasty and slight bitter finish. A decent light/sessionable oatmeal stout. Enjoy!

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Photo of Mateer
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big Otter Creek fan and definitely biased but...this is an excellent new brew by them. I was surprised again and I'm happy that they added it to their year round selection.

Dark roasted coffee and robust chocolate hews hide any alcohol present. Can't wait to drink this in the winter.

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Photo of Yargamo
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So the 420 theme continues (a small but gentle yawn, despite my love and respect for OCB, both current and before the shift). Let's see what happens when I pour this soft bitch into my Left Hand/Rogue designed stout glass.....

Black as night, with a chocolate milk head that rises up happily, turning khaki after a moment. Looks inviting, and the head hangs on like a champ. Lacing is admirable. My eyes are erect.

Aroma is stylistically on point, which is to say, moderate, easy and something which pulls you into a certain frame of mind - and it is at this point that the name Couch Surfer begins to resonate. I wish to do nothing but sit on my couch with this beer flanking my lazy American ass on a side table.

Taste follows the aroma with no unexpected off notes, albeit the bitterness is somewhat charged for the style. This is a good thing. This is not a bad thing. This is a good beer to sing with. No it is not. Whatever. I'll have another if no one comes into the room to bother me.

Mouthfeel is soft, luxurious and kind.

If I want an oatmeal stout I will surely return to my friends at OCB.

Couch Surfer. Take a soft ride into the den of your desires.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours beatuifully. Black and with a chocolate colored head of creamy foam that dwindles lazily. You can see the brown hues in my pour.

Nose is oaty without the roughness that oats can sometimes give. Oats can give viscositiy to beer and make it smooth and very creamy. This nose shows some earthy coffee that is not bitter and a bit of cream to entice. As you let the nose waft you will notice a touch of sweetness that suggests chocolate .

Taste is smooth and favorable to the palate. This beer glides across like silk and brings hearty but mellow flavor. Roasty , coffee and cream a touch of bitter chocolate. Dry finish and lingers malty. Hops are adept in this beer to add balance and only a slight bitterness for a dry finish but no real flavor. Moderate carbonation enhances the finish without disrupting the smoothness of the drink.

Superb from the color to the next sip. This is a well made beer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black hue with a thick brown head into my glass.

Roasty, chewy with with light coffee and cocoa notes. Quite the contrast to their other recent additions.

Silky with roasted coffee, cream and a cocoa finish.

Chewy and silky textures do clash a bit. However, the end result is bold and assertive.

It's distinct enough from the Wolaver version to hold its' own. i would love to see Otter Creek brew something perhaps a bit stronger for the winter season.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown with 3/4 inch head. Really beautiful pour that reminded me of a Guinness. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and light smoke. To me this is missing a lot of the oat-like mouthfeel and some of the taste that I associate with my favorites in this style. Not a bad beer, but probably not one I would get again.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tuowl74a
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beer21
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tharley
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a fat tulip

I always enjoy a brew when it has Oatmeal in the name, let's see.....

Black obsidian color, opaque with a dark dan/btown crown, bubbles up, lays out pretty quick.

French roast coffee bean, roasty oats, sweet vanilla, dark fruity currants for a very nice nose.

A medium body, slightly lighter first sip than I had imagined. Clean, velvety feel hoing down. Slightly dry, earthy finish.

The malt charecter is pretty complex with a clean, sweet, dark fruity note, quickly taken over by a dark-roasted oats and wheat flavor. Slight vanilla sweetness, subtle nutty tones and dark roasty coffee for a finish. All in very good balance with a very dry, earthy hop effect mixed in.

Overall, very easy to drink, maybe a bit lighter than I expected from a brew with oatmeal, the feel was very clean but light for the style. Nice, complex malty flavor's ho a long way. Excellent hop taste under that.

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Photo of crwrunner
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black molasses thickness when poured leaving a good dark brown head. Smell of roasted malt and light fruity sweetness. This beer taste very well balanced with just enough roast. Mouthfeel is silky with a bit of a sharpness from the roasted malt. A very good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Otter Creek Brewing "Couch Surfer Oatmeal Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Giant, St. Davids, PA

Notes in real-time via stream of consciousness: Beautiful creamy dark tan head. The black-brown body reveals only a thin edge of dark mahogany at the base of the glass. Chocolatey and cocoa-ish aroma with a dark-skinned fruitiness and some nondescript background hops. Light-medium in body but creamy smooth with a fine, moderate carbonation that suits it. The flavor isn't quite rich, but it's full: chocolatey, gently roasty like a milder Viennese coffee, and somewhat creamy, but also with a raisin-like note and just a touch of acidity from the roasted malts. The hops remain the same as they were in the aroma, just a little more than a suggestion, almost ghost-like. It's nice, and at this point I'm reminded of what I read on the label, and I think I agree with it: "Gone before you know it... seriously". A moderate bitterness balances it and it finishes drying with some residual sugar amidst dark chocolate and roastiness that fades to leave a thin spritz of dark fruit before it's gone. Of course, the more you've had the longer it take for the finish to fall off. By the end of the glass it lingers on the palate for what seems like minutes. Very nicely done. Superbly balanced and rounded. Another beer that proves it doesn't have to be overblown to excel.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro, the beer is a lovely dark brown, almost black, with an oatmeal colored head.

Aroma is a touch muted, but there's dark coffee and roasted barley grains coming through.

Flavor follows. It's a nice, thick, full bodied stout, easy and not overpowering in roastiness. Love the low ABV format for a beer that's nice and full. Slightly sour touch of fruitiness. Nice bitter, roasty finish as it warms.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought the Otter Creek stout was good. It poured an opaque dark with non-existent head and no lace. The scent and taste were bolstered by coffee and dark chocolate tones. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with smooth carbonation. I think over all for a beer with a lighter body had nice taste....certainly worth a try.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Couch Surfer from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 431 ratings