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Otter Creek World Tour: Cerveza CacaoOtter Creek World Tour: Cerveza Cacao

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ColForbin on 01-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by Hhawk06:
Photo of Hhawk06
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say, I'm intrigued by the story on the side of the bottle. If Montezuma had 50 cups of this a day, its has to be decent!

The beer poured with a thin white head and a dark golden color that is a bit seductive. Little did I know the nose would be even more seductive; definite cocoa notes, mixed with a soft floral essence and a peppery spiciness. The body is medium with a very creamy and lowly carbonated texture. It is quite light, clean, and crisp in nature. There is a low spiciness effect on the palate and the subdued chocolate notes land softly on a floral bouquet that sets the tone. It finishes with a perk of spiciness and quickly shifts to a creamy, malt-based residue. Its quenching and easy to drink, good stuff! Now I see why Montezuma was so powerful!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden with a thin wispy white head that is gone in a flash leaving no lace behind,aroma has an odd sourness to it not strong but noticable also picked up a hint of butter.Hmm flavors start out fruity with a toiuch of butter finishing with a hint of cocoa but not to strong.Well I had low expectations but this really is not that bad nothing tells me to dump it out and it has simple complexity to it,glad I tried it.

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Photo of JMD71
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rich, golden color. Small head when poured which recedes quickly. Light penetrates the pint glass & makes a wonderful shine inside. Looks refreshing...

Aroma: Little aroma, but can detect slight hints of honey & possibly clove. Not any cocoa in the nose as far as I can tell. Possibly hints of coriander or cinnamon.

Taste: Slightly sour flavor with malty body. Light bodied & fresh. Not sure if I love the flavor, though. Taste is sort of bland for what I was expecting. Clean finish....

Mouthfeel: Fresh, clean & crisp on the palette.

Drinkability: It is refreshing as I initially thought from the appearance. Very easy drinking. Welcome after a hot round of baseball with my son....

Comments: This is a goo, refreshing golden ale, but nothing extraordinary as expected from the description. Just average IMHO. I would drink if offered, but don't think I'd go out of my way to find this one...

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a light whear/golden color with almost no head at all. Nose is light and wheaty with a bit of malt but not much else. Maybe a hint of spiciness.

Taste is light and malty. Decent but not too special. There's a nice light bite of pepper on it with a good toastiness that lingers. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and light. Light carbonation but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazy orange colour with a mild head that is a touch sticky but relatively tame overall.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of earthy chocolate malt and a sweet hop background along with a touch of caramel as well.

Flavour is basically more of the same, with more of a cocoa than chocolate flavour leading the way, but balanced with faint hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp but also somewhat thin.

This one was alright overall. A bit different but not terribly daring and nothing to rave about. It's worth a try.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap, in the Otter World Tour nonic, slightly hazy burnished copper with no head, no lacing. Nose is a faint whiff of chocolate and a slight pale malt, not much going on. Taste is light and malty, fairly crisp, the slightest bitter cocoa note, and maybe a hint of vanilla. The latter two flavors are barely present, don't really add much, and pretty much this is just a typical golden ale with a slightly odd aftertaste. There's nothing offensive about this beer, it's just not particularly special, and after the DoubleDecker Ale is a real disappointing addition to their new line.

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Photo of Phatz
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color.

Smell: What smell? It seems to have left.

Taste: The bottle really sold "flavors inspired by ancient Aztecs ... yada yada yada..." And in reality it was a simple grain and pale malt taste on the palate that was either approachable and friendly or boring depending on which adjective you pick. It had a dry finish with a few spices showing up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: effervescent mouthfeel light.

Drinkability: There is nothing about this beer that really stands out (either good or bad). It is simple and light; it is refreshing and not much more. This is a summertime drinking beer in my opinion.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" off-white head above the clear light orangey amber brew. What head there is hangs around pretty well, with plentiful sticky lacing. Aroma is lightly of pale grains, hops and spices. Taste is pale malt sweetness, coupled with some light chocolate notes, a twinge of hops, and not much else. Mouthfeel is super smooth, and drinkability is much higher than I would have expected for a chocolate, spiced rbew, but this seems to be because the choclate and spices are slight. A good beer, just falls short of what they advertise it as, to my taste buds anyway.

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Photo of bigsilky
2.52/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

What a disappointment, Promising color and head. This beer really didn’t have a lot of anything going on. Anyone who finds cocao and spice in this beer is a dreamer. Towards the end of the beer when it warmed to room temperature I could pick up faint elements of vanilla and baking spices, but the cocao was masked by the flat alcoholic mid-palate that devestates the delicacy of this brew. The Double Decker was so damn good, what happened???

This beer is very quaffable, but for the price and the alcohol level it's far from a session. Nice try though.

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Photo of Enola
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is about the color of an October maple leaf. There is a slight head. The smell is of honey and hops. The taste is like a herbed beer mixed with an winter warmer with just a hint of ipa. The taste again reflects the honey and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth with no harsh aftertaste. I could drink this beer again.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Clear faded amber. Thick dimpled washed khaki head that slowly settles leaving no lacing and just a smattering of head dust. Sheeting walls of carbonation. Light spice nose with some malt sweetness, but otherwise well restrained. Modest malt presence with some subtle chocolate, more like the paper that wraps baker’s chocolate, rather than the chocolate itself. More of a hop spicieness as well, instead of a selection from the spice rack, but still relatively low profile. The finish is non-existent and perhaps a bit musty. Medium to light body with fuzzy carbonation. According to the label, this was inspired by Xocolatl, an Aztec beverage. Not too bad overall.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Im sampling this brew in a stemmed bock glass at room temp. The beer pours slightly cloudy amber color with some streams of carbonation rising to the surface forming a thin beige creamy head of .5 cm. The aroma is some caramle and a bit of baker's chocolate, nothing spectacular. Overall the nose is dry and a bit musty actually.
First sip reveals an average to thin body with very fine and tingly carbonation.
Flavor is mildly sweet up front with some bakers chocolate again and then empties out and finishes with a bit of bitterness that I dont find overly pleasant. I didnt have high hopes for this brew and I wasnt let down, definitely not a brew to quest for.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a crisp pilsner flavor from this beer, but this one surprised me. The beer pours a clear amber color with a frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots and lines of lace on the glass. An interesting aroma of pale malt, vanilla and cocoa powder. I thought it was slightly vegetal, but couldn't identify the aroma. Maybe peas.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a crisp carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins with some crisp pale malt. Cinnamon spice notes and a hint of chocolate fill out the middle. It finishes dry with a hint of fruit. Perhaps peach.

It took me a while to get used to the flavor. Once the glass warmed a bit the cinnamon and cocoa really came through.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and carapils malt scent along with some light cocoa aroma as well. The taste is average. It has a dry pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes sharp with a dry bite. There is cocoa in the finish, but I can't figure out what the spices are. It's light, but not very refreshing. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a neat concept brew, but it lacks good flavor. It's extremely dry and light on the cocoa. I like chocolate beers, but they seem to go better in stouts.

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Photo of scottum
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a simple amber with a slight white headskie. Well balanced brew with a hint of cocoa. Cocoa flavor is not overpowering which in my mind is a VERY good thing. I usually don't care for beers with cocoa in them, but this one works. Otter Creek may have a good seller here. A simple light ale with a little something.

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Photo of Stimack
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a cloudy golden color with a smallish off white head that breaks down quickly but does leave thin layers of lacing along the side of the glass. The aroma is sweet, with a grain like scent. Others have said that they have picked up a cocoa scent but I think it may be a stretch. Has a nice taste to it, nothing overly exciting but is good. Notice malt flavors up front but nothing overwhelming, along with some spiciness. Has a dry finish to it as well as nice carbonation. Might be picking up a cocoa taste, but I am not sure if it is the spices or not? Over all it is a pretty good beer, very easy drinking. I would get this brew again, seems like a nice brew just to sit back with and enjoy.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden amber color with puffy white head. Smell is minimal with traces of cocoa and vanilla bean found. Taste is also minimal with slight notes of cocoa and a subtle spiciness. Finish is somewhat malty, but not really very much. This beer just did not do much for me. Very little taste.

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Photo of Kendo
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, the result is a clear golden/honey body with a 1-finger bubbly off-white head that settles immediately. Some lacing on the way down.

S: I wrote "something spicy -- but faint." I couldn't but my finger on the spice scent, but otherwise there wasn't much going on. A hint of sweet and grainy malt, but that too was pretty faint.

T: Malty and even slightly nutty with a light chocolatey finish that lingered in the aftertaste. Like the nose, it was weak in flavor, though at least there was nothing objectionable in the taste.

M: Light and thin.

D: At least it goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of lpayette
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice amber with an off-white head.

Smells are on the malty side. Coca is barely perceptable. Some spices, as the bottle suggests, but I can't tell exactly what they are- but I'm no expert on spices anyway.

Taste- All the above that I listed on smells, in addition to a little hop presence to balance it out with a bit of bitterness.

Medium/High carbonation. Very, very, very light for a chocolate beer, but that makes it all the more quaffable.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the black bomber into a pilsner glass the beer was a rich golden color with copper hues throughout. One finger of white fluffy head head sat atop the beer and carbonation bubbles streamed to feed the head throughout the sample.

The nose was a little weak but some maltiness and spice were detectable. Also, a slight cocoa power type aroma. Not a stout chocolate smell but much, much more subtle.

The taste has a firm maltiness to it with hints of cocoa throughout the sample. A slightly grainy finish with some bready flavors and slight caramel finish. Some mild spiciness to the beer with cinnamon being what I detected most.

Medium body with about average carbonation.

When I first heard of this beer (as it was in the production stage) it was described to be as a Mexican chocolate lager. At first I though what?!?! (Chocolate Corona?!?!), but then began to think that some Mexican breweries put out a Vienna Lager (Dos XX Amber, Negra Modelo, etc) and this began to make some sense. My two cent is that this beer mimics a Vienna Lager very closely in taste and body. Its drinkable, but not memorable. Enjoyable indeed, but nothing I'll miss when the last bottles are gone.

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Photo of kennyo
2.21/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold color with a big white soapy, Rice Krispy sounding head, no visual carbonation, looks like a flat beer but it isn't. Aroma is really nothing but as it warms up, you pick up a little cinnoman. The taste is carbonation bite and a little chocolate.

I didn't think I would like this beer because of the chocolate and spices but I didn't like it because there was nothing there.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber golden with a white and very low head which fell in an instant but still tried to lace at the glass.

The aroma was odly phenolic with a syrupy malty caramel sweetness to the aroma coupled with a cocoa vibe. There was a slight spice, but nothing defined and tangible when cold.

The flavor was floral and fruity with a cocoa presence and a light, make that very light, peppery spice character. The pepper in the spice was actually warming and vegetal in nature and not well done at all. The flavor was so floral and fruity that it was not pleasant at all to consume.

The finish was dry with lasting floral flavors into the aftertaste with a low spice. The body was medium and forgettable. The label tells the story of Aztecs and I doubt any took the time to taste this beer or perhaps the beer was left over from their time. Skip it!

22 ounce bottle.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A amber /yellow beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy off white head. The aroma starts with a cereal grain malt note with some nutlike undertones and a hint of chocolate wandering around in the back. A very light ale with some grassy note in the front. Followed by a chilli character and a hint of chocolate in the finish.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Light copper colored beer emerges. A light, white head forms at a pretty good size and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is average at best. Caramel malts. Smells a lot like a lager. Very limited if any chocolate aroma.

Taste is quite nice. Some chocolate in there as well as some caramel and toffee and even some nuttiness as well. Interesting taste I guess. Chocolate is barely noticeable but brings a different flavor to the party. Most chocolate beers have distinct choc; this is more subdued and is mostly just as accent of sorts.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp and pretty refreshing. An enjoyable beer. Nice drinkability as well. Could use a little more body and some malt flavor, but a nice beer all told.

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Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last bottle from the stash. I guess I could have traded it but I was feeling greedy. Dark gold with a tight white head that gives some lacing. Smells malty with a dash of pepper spice and some cocoa, but very subtle. It blends well with the light malt and tinge of hops in the background. The taste is spicy to me, the cocoa isn't chocolaty but spicy and the malt holds it down and this is quite more enjoyable warm than the cold one I had. A little thin in the mouth very drinkable and I would have these anytime.

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