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Otter Creek World Tour: Otter KilterOtter Creek World Tour: Otter Kilter

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by atsprings on 02-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by scottum:
Photo of scottum
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a large off-white headskie. Sweet, but a wee bit heavy. Balance slightly off to the sweet side, but still a nice flavor for the style. Goes down smooth and is drinkable, but not in mass quantities. Certainly worth checking out when found on the shelf.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Otter Creek World Tour glass a deep chesnut brown with a rich amber hue a tight formed fluffy off white head that settles into a creamy mass after settling.Somewhat muted aromas mainly of brown sugar and carmael malty sweetness,light to medium mouthfeel not a big chewey wee heavy here.Appetizing malt driven flavors big caramel presence up front along with some juicy fruit and buttery toffee a slight earthiness keeps the sweetness from being to overbearing in the finish.A nice version of the style like a few others have noted it might not be true to style completely but does that really matter?

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Otter Kilter is the latest release in the Otter Creek World Tour of specialty beer releases. This one is a Wee Heavy, or Scotch Ale, which is a Strong Ale style that's rarely brewed anymore. Our guess is that beer geeks have abandoned big malt for big hops.
Pours into a thistle glass as a rich, dark, amber brew with ruby hues. A wonderful cascading carbonation rises to a three-inch tan, foam head with a healthy stay.

Soft aroma with suggestions of sweet, floral nectar. Nice malt base is laid out up front, with a near-chewy mouthfeel and fullness on the palate. Creamy carbon- ation. A rather bold, malty caramel profile, ample sweetness, top notes of toffee and honey and backing notes of herbs and pith. An enjoyable tea-like flavor runs throughout. Some chocolaty flavors pull through as things warm. Faint hints of smoke. Hops are slightly detectable, which is a good thing. Light spiciness, underripe, jammy fruits, with alcohol beneath. Lingering smokiness, some wood, and a wicking caramel in a bone-dry finish.

Maltheads and Scotch Ale lovers rejoice. This is one fine Wee Heavy. Indulge with some shortbread fingers or butter cookies. And go ahead, nobody's looking-- dip it in the beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reading a lot of these reviews, I see a lot of references to 'peat', both in smell and taste. Unfortunately I have no idea what peat smells or tastes like so if that is missing from my review it is merely out of ignorance.

Pours a dark amber with an impressive 2 fingers of white that melts to a top covering head lasting the entire drink.

Aroma is sweet amber malt with a touch of earthiness.

Taste is immediately smokey...wonderfully smokey...dark sweet amber malts, brown sugar, some mix of dark fruits and lots of smoke. Just a hint of caramel in the flavor. Virtually no hops alcohol, either, which could be dangerous.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a bit of tingly carbonation as you swallow.

Aftertaste has a bit too much sweetness from the malts making it slightly cloying.

Overall, a wonderful Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AP: A very vivid and deep amber color with ruby-red hues underneath a creamy-white head that stands one finger deep, good retention is observed, leaving a decent amount of lacing. In other word' looks good.

Smell: Very aromatic malt with dark-fruit and citrus notes, the malt gives an overall caramalized-like-sweetness that is very pleasant indeed.

Taste/MF: Sweet caramalized flavored malted barley slams the tastebud's, very rich but clean feel, medium body with a mellow but slick feel going down. The malt flavor isn't very complex as it's dominated primarily by the sweet malt flavor that exibits a very nice scotch-whisky flavor and feel. That is balanced out a bit by a herbal and spicey hop current riding under the malt.

DA: This was very enjoyable and easy to drink. One of the better Otter Creek offerings that I've had.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown mahogony with a large tan foamy head that leaves lacing. The smell isn't too strong,but you can pick out coffee,sweet malt,and some brown sugar. The taste is very sweet with brown sugar,coffee,dark fruit,and some hops. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing pretty well. A very decent beer,a little too sweet for me,but still is very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

There's a delightful hint of cocoa hidden within the dark mahogany body of Otter Creek's Otter Kilter. It may not be to style, but the lush notes of soft caramel, background roastiness, and sublime smokiness are. In fact, with the exception of the cocoa (which actually makes it pleasantly unique), it's pretty exemplary of the style. The cocoa is found in both the aroma and the flavor, and it's not brash, but subtle; and when it combines across the middle of the palate with the delicate fruitiness (strawberry, sweet apple, and some delicate pear - as well as a hit of dark fruitiness from the malts) it's delightful. There's also a minimal touch of smokiness that appears in the finish, and a very mild cusp of roastiness that appears before that, followed by a lingering slather of nutty and buttery toffee... although the edge of almost-scorched brown sugar mainly dominates throughout. It's nicely rounded, and very drinkable for a malty beer, with a bitterness that seems omnipresent but always standing in silence. Nicely done!

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Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel glass.

Deep chestnut brown with lazy tan head that recedes to a ring, some of the original bits stick to the top of the galss in a pretty lace pattern.

Aroma is all warm, sweet malt, light roast, hints of smoke, cooked apples, and a birch beer spiciness.

Very creamy and smooth, rich, quite sweet but nicely balanced with bitterness and a spicy twang so it does not cloy. The roasted malt is light not burnt, flavors of caramel up front, hint of cocoa and cooked fruit, very lightly bitter and there's that spicy allspice quality that may also be an effect of some alcohol heat (abv??). Yet this beer is beautifully balanced, especially for such a malty, sweet brew. It is a wee bit heavy, very drinkable in that it is sippable, makes a nice dessert.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on notes, consumed & purchased late July in NC.

Poured brown/chestnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Roasted malt, caramel & a little booze as this warms

T: Caramel & toasty malt up front. Hints of chocolate & molasses as this warms. Finishes dry with pralines, caramel & toasted malt

MF: Light/medium-bodied with low carbonation. More malt guts please

Drank easy but doesn't have enough malt depth to make me think wee-heavy, more like an amped up brown

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark and roasty looking with very good carbonation. The head is tall almost 3 fingers light tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is very good very roasty with smoke and a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows with a very good roasty malt that includes ,chocolate caramel and a great smokiness. Bravo, this brew does note hold back on what I love, this is reall an enjoyable craft brew, nicely complex and allaround a very delicious brew.

The mouthfeel is good, nice better then medium body with good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good this is an outstandingly flavor full brew that stands out is a very flavorable style.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

World tour series, A Scottish style wee-heavy ale.

A: dark ruby red color with a light off tan head.

S: Dark sweet caramel aroma, toffee, along with raisins, brown sugar and a slight sweet alcohol presence fills the nose.

T: Dark roasted character, burnt caramel and earthy hoppiness combine with the richness of the caramel malting providing a very rich, creamy flavor. Theres slight hints of ripe sweet raisins, and finishes dry. The flavor and body is well rounded from start to finish with a very rich caramel mouthful and full flavor. The flavor is a little sweet at times from the massive caramel. There is a spicy alcohol finish upon warming with a rich warm caramel fade that truly makes this malting stand out as an excellent example per style.

M: Very smooth palate, rich and a delight per style.

D: Could easily down a few of these before realizing the alcohol content.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another trip around the world from Otter Creek. I was looking forward to this one, as wee heavies are one of my favorite styles. This one poured out a very nice hazelnut brown color with some nice hints of reddish colors mixed in. A somewhat cloudy appearance to it, rather thick looking to be honest. A very nice three finger high head of off white colored foam rose up over the top of this one and hung around for a good long while before finally settling down and resting to a nice half-inch layer that stayed throughout the rest of the session. Very nice side glass presentation really helped keep it looking nice throughout with lots of carbonation reinforcing it along the way.

The aroma was very sweet, with loads of caramel and candy apple like sweetness that really just dominated the overall profile. As it warmed, some nice light grains and earthy tones started to come through, lots of hints of grasses and other types of earthy aromas. This translated very well over to the flavor, as it was a rich silky sweet ale. The feel was great with a smooth well-balanced medium body that was just the right amount of carbonation. Really well done I had to admit, though it was really sweet. The caramel sugar flavors tended to be a little overwhelming at first, but did calm down considerably after a few minutes. Really nice overall though with a very chewy and earthy like taste to them. A very rich taste, and a lot bigger then I thought it would have been, with absolutely no lightness or watered down flavor to it. Really just a very solid and very drinkable Scottish ale. Literally, no hint of alcohol in this one and it definitely was a malt bomb, as there was no balance in this at all.

Overall not bad at all. I have to admit a little sweet for the style, but still a very solid effort. No reason not to go out and try this one, as it was extremely drinkable and a quality offering from them. Looking forward to the next one in the lineup.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky looking brown to ruby colour with a big off-white head that is somewhat creamy, dissolves fairly quickly to a thin lace and leaves some residue on the glass.

The aroma is malty as hell: caramel, some rugged earthy notes, a touch of chocolate and some smoky roasted hints dominate this one.

The flavour here is again lat all the way, but a bit weird, to me. Each sips starts with a bit of a sweet but semi-distracting brown sugar and fruit combo that quickly moves into chocolate malt, some caramel and a heap of roasted flavour, particularly at a very nice finish of each sip. Cut out the first couple of seconds of each sip and this one is great, but with said first few seconds, it takes a bit away from the overall flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a touch creamy and a touch slick as well.

This is pretty good stuff overall. As far as this series of brews goes, I'd call this one middle of the pack, which isn't such a bad thing as I don't recall having a bad World Tour brew yet. Worth a try by all means...

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite the surprise from Otter Creek

a: Gives a nice light khaki head in my oversized wine glass, with a slow recession and good retention/light lacing. The beer is a rich, clear mahogany in color.

s: Nice blend of sweet peat and toffee malts with a touch of toasted nutshell. Good sour mash touch in the background. Subtle hop presence. Very very very solid.

m: Soft, lower medium carbonation with a light-medium body. Very good mouthfeel but for some reason doesn't impress me enough for a 4.5, which it is very close to.

t: Not as complex or quite as malty as I'd like, but very good. Decent malt presence with a light-moderate sweetness. Great touch of peat in the background after the swallow. Gentle hop profile, though it comes through well in the finish.

d: Easy, not sure about the abv, but it's practically indistinguishable

from gpcollen1 for my bombing

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Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Has a medium-light amber/brown color. Formed a small head from the bubbles, but does not stick around.

smell - Toasted nuts, and malt smell.

taste - Sweet malt, not on very heavy, tip of hops. Nice balance.

mouthfeel - Light/medium body with a low carbonation feel.

drinkability - For me this is a light sipper. if I could guess the ABV might be 8-9%. I drank this at a cafe that has BYOB. I was done with my food and still had a lot to drink. So I bought a cookie lol. Left about a 3rd of the drink left.

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Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep red-brown color with a medium sized and medium bodied head that takes some time to fade and laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet and bitter roasted malts, a hint of smokiness, and some vanilla.
T: Tastes of roasted and toasted malts, some sweet and some bitter, some vanilla flavor, some dark fruit, and a nit malty bitter at the end.
M: Rich, smooth, warming, right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty good, I would have liked it a bit sweeter, but it was still a good version of the style.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, dark chestnut toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly fades into a bubbly cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of smokey malts, caramel, toffee, cocoa butter, vanilla, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of caramel, sweet cocoa, toffee, fruit, and some smoked notes pulling through along the palate.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with decent amounts of carbonation. This is about what I expected for a Scotch Ale from these guys.

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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of travduke
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been loving the World Tour series and I haven't seen this pone yet, gotta try it. Poured the 22oz bomber into an Otter Creek World Tour pint glass.

Appearance: Deep mahogany, nice 2 finger fluffy head.

Smell: Malts, caramel, sweet.

Taste: Very sweet, which is traditional for the style. Very malty.

Drinkability: I'm not sure what the ABV is but I would guess 6% which makes this quite drinkable, if you like a sweet beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic and contains caramel, vanilla, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, dark fruit, tea and vanilla. The malt character is on the thin side for the style. There's a mild hops presence that bring a little bit of balance, but not much. The flavors don't seem to be too harmonious. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth and a little watery for the style, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, this beer isn't one of better "Scottish-Style Wee Heavy Ales" that I've had. I don't think I'd pick this one again unless my choices were very limited.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany with a thin swirl of a patch.

The smell is of caramel, wood (oak?) and an almost herbal earthiness. Great except for a burnt tinge.

Dark - well, I want to say roasted, but is more on the burnt side, caramel/toffee sweetness. Very malty with sweetness balanced by a mild earthiness. Smoked peat in the finish.

It's rather on the thin side for the style, but holds up. Very smooth.

Smooth enough with enough character to be quite drinkable. Despite it's characteristics, I don't know that it really holds it own with others of the style from Scotland, and this one borders too burnt. Anyway, it's a decent interpretation and a nice brew in its own right.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark mahogany, almost brown, with a two-finger tan head that faded slowly leaving thick rings as it receded.

Smells of sweet caramel, toasted bread, and just a hint of peat moss/smoke.

Taste starts off with sweet caramel and chocolate flavors, with some toasted bread and a hint of smoke. Finishes with more caramel sweetness.

A little bit lighter in body than I would have liked; seems a little watered down.

Great flavor, great smell and a great look. With a better mouthfeel this could be much higher rated. Still, a very enjoyable, very drinkable brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a two finger very light tan head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice clear, deep amber color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is caramel and alcohol which is unusual with the low (6.5%) ABV but a decent scotch ale. 22oz bottle part of 3-pack $12.99 from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

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Photo of dbalsock
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Unfortunately, this beer didn't do a whole lot in the glass. It showed average carbonation, average head for a scottish ale, and minimal lacing, but it didn't look quite right. The tone seemed a little too light, or a little too red, but I couldn't pinpoint which.

Smell: I'm used to picking up a sense of chocolate in american brewed wee heavy's, and this one did not have that. It was amazing, with a deep caramel and molasses notes that fill the nose.

Taste: Again the caramel and malt notes come into play, but it feels a little one dimensional after the first sip.

Mouthfeel: The body is perfect, I'm used to people making this style too light and with too much carbonation, but otter kilter is spot on, albiet not quite as complex as I would have liked.

Drinkability: Very good for being brewed in america, probably the best I've had and one I'd definitely pick up again.

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 58 ratings