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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by timtim on 10-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 66
Reviews by scarletfire79:
Photo of scarletfire79
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

any beer with a rasta otter on the front is worth buying. poured a nice black with a tan head. subtle roasted aroma, slight sweetness in the nose as well. the taste is really really smooth. great lacing. a dark kind of sweetness, slight bite of alcohol. almost a creamy kind of mouthfeel with an alcohol bite. really nice. i've been really suprised with this world tour series. most are really solid. this one is no exception.

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

I like trying all the new World Tour offerings from OC,this poured into my Guinness pint glass a near opaque black except for just a hint or ruby when held up to the light a thinner toasted almond colored head atop.Sweeter with a bit of alcohol in the nose a touch of black strap molasses and brown sugar infused with some vanilla spiced rum,a little thinner than many of the style.Like the aromas molasses is a big component flavor wise roasted with some vanilla qualities even a light leafy presence in the finish a warm alcohol note follows through to the finish.More of a bigger export style stout I have had better of the style but this is solid.

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Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 6oz bottle into an Otter Creek glass. That came as part of a three pack gift set. The bottle itself has no freshness date or abv% on the label but it has a nice description of the beer.

Appearance: The body is solid black and completely opaque. It pours thick and slowly, raising a tall tan head. The head has good retention and hangs on long after the first sip making lots of cool lace patterns on the glass.

Small: It has deep rich chocolate notes with dark roasted malty sweetness.

Taste/Palate: There are lots of nice roasted malt notes up front and throughout. In it there are notes of dark roasted barley, dark/milk chocolate and even some coffee notes as well. It has only a mellow sweetness before some of the hop notes move in and they add there bitterness, dryness and leafy almost metallic flavor notes. The body has a solid feel with a smooth texture and mild carbonation.

Notes: Overall it's an enjoyable stout and it's very much in keeping with the style.

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Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark brown with a half inch head of lumpy frothy brown foam.

Rich aromas of roasted malt, molasses, some cocoa, some charred wood.

Even richer flavors of molasses, dark brown sugar, cocoa, browned grainy malt, and some oaky woodiness, a bit smoked, plus a fine hoppy bitter in the finish to round it all out. Lots of flavors moving in and out, really good stuff.

Mouthfeel is moderately full, evenly carbonated, satisfying but finishing tingly, and leaving some powdery talc crispness.

Very drinkable, very flavorful, very good beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Otter Creek- Otter Mon

A- Dark thin black with a huge frothy light tan head. Thick lacing and a good head retention.
S- Very milky creamy with light chocolate malts and cereal grains and a touch grassy.
T- Very milky creamy chocolate malt, chocolate is light but dominant throughout. Mild toasty grainy malts with a slight dry chalky malt and earthy hop ending.
M- very smooth and creamy. Creamy dry chocolate body and finish. Sweet malt in the throat.

Overall- Nice stout here. The mouthfeel makes this 1!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber > snifter

This is totally opaque with a full 1" mocha foam textured crown, sticky and full of bubbles, ultra slow retention, major sticky lacing. Good amount of froth left over.

The aroma is inviting with a deep, sweet chocolatly malt, ripe, red berries, herbal, ,musty hops and apricots under roastie barley. The blend of aroma's is excellent.

The flavor is malt dominated, and the malt is very complex and full of flavor's: Sweet medium chocolate, peanutbutter, roastie barley, columbian coffee with cream and sugar just underneath. There's a unique dried-fruit flavor, red and dark berries. The hops pop in at the very last minute just as the mild bitter flavor's hit the palete; mostly earthy and herbal flavored with just a touch of heat right along side.

The feel is medium to full, it's a bit crisp but smooth in the middle. It has a thin pale malt feel with a smoothness ending dry in the end.

I'm loving this "World Tour" series, it's a much needed culture and style shock for this area.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

soapy head on dark brown. Thin mouthfeel with coffee in aroma and taste. Little head. Roast is flat. Decent stout, what's expected of this brewery.Sugar cane and black malts makes it too sweet, hops too little.A watery rum taste with mollasses, just not there. Undercarbonated.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otter Mon! Irie!

It's got a great label but it doesn't pack the solid malt punch of a true Jamaican-style stout, or should we just say just about any other foreign-extra stout as that's pretty much what it is. But more specifically, there are only two breweries in Jamaica, and Desnoes and Geddes Limited is the better known and longer running - famous for Dragon Stout (as well as Jamaican Guinness Foreign Extra and Red Stripe) - so, basically what we're doing here is reproducing Dragon Stout.

Otter Mon is definitely lighter in body and flavor than Dragon Stout, and even Stone Brewing's Jamaican Stout. But it's not bad, it's just not to style.

It pours an opaque black body beneath a full head of big-bubbled light tan foam. It looks OK, but the head should be denser, and more creamy; and even darker in color to be a Jamaican-style stout.

The aroma is a kind of a generic dark beer aroma, which is wrong, because it should be more roasty. On the other hand, it's cleaner than Dragon Stout, which is a bonus.

The flavor is similar in a way. Dragon stout doesn't touch the depth of the Guinness Foreign Extra, and this is similarly thin - well, even a bit thinner. The head wouldn't display big bubbles if it had the right final gravity to it, but I guess we're cutting a few corners here so OK. It's roasty, but the malt base is not solid. There's a nice chocolate note to it, but again, the malt just doesn't have enough depth. It's got a good, kind of sweetish 'thin-and-cheap coffee' flavor to it (I know that sounds contradictory - "good" vs. "thin-and-cheap" - but I'm refering to the coffee flavor alone). Beyond that some murky leaf hops (finally to style!) and a stiff bitterness help to balance it. The alcohol shows, but hey, it's a Jamaican-style stout and that's OK. In fact, here, I'd say Otter Creek takes one step forward. There's also a bit of nice fruitiness from the yeastiness.

Overall, it's a decent enough semi-bitter stout, but nothing to write home about. Have a Dragon Stout instead. Or a Guinness Foreign Extra.


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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm told by the bartender at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse that this is a Jamaican-style export stout brewed with sugar cane for a little extra sweetness.

I would agree this beer does have a sweeter feel than most big stouts (I think this one's around 7.5%) and reminds me a little of Lion Stout of Sri Lanka. The flavors, unfortunately, aren't that big. Still there are nice, gentle roasted malt and chocolate flavors, that with the sugar, comes off a big like cooled hot cocoa. Nothing amazing here, but something different and tasty nevertheless.

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Photo of beveritt
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a wine glass. Label shows a Rastafarian-esque otter.

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of tan head. This settles slowly to about half its original volume, leaving behind nice sticky lacing. The beer itself is nearly opaque, with reddish brown around the edges.

Smell: Smell is surprisingly sweet, with an almost blueberry-like aroma.

Taste: Sweet molasses almost covers a slightly bitter roasted barley.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Pretty sweet, too much so for my taste. The sweetness is not from malt, but more sugary. Interesting, but not a repeat for me.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is definitely a strong suit...dark brown, pillow head, great lacing. Smell is a sweet blend of malt and molasses..very inviting. Taste follows suit with a rich malt presence and just enough of a hint of hops for balance. Overall mouthfeel is smooth with a great dry finisih on the back palate. Drinkability is very good...smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (sent by far333 as an extra, Thanks! ) into a big glass mug. The liquid is black with a chocolate brown head and ok carbonation. It leaked a tad but in AOK. The head is a nice soft brown, 2 fingers and leaves good lace.

The smell is sweet, just a bit of char.

The taste follows, this is quite a mellow brew. Sweet dark malt, mild hops. tasty but not too descript.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and carbonation is nice.

I like the drinkability. I can see my self fishing in Jamaca and sipping on this laid back brew all day. Thanks to far333 Good Call, MK

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Photo of BeerSox
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into nonic.

Pitch black, absolutely no light is getting through. A thick khaki two finger head slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving a wall of lacing behind.

The aroma is somewhat tame, allowing a bit of smokey aroma to come through, with a bit of the roasty malts. Maybe a little bit of coffee is in there.

The taste is very smooth with the standard flavors, like the roasty malts and the light coffee. A bit of creaminess is there in the middle, adding to the smoothness. A light spicy flavor is there, similar to what you get from some mild beef jerky. The added sugar (actual sugar, and not High Fructose Corn Syrup) gives it a thick body, and a sweet taste.

Maybe I got an unadulterated style (no oxidation, no skunking), but I can't believe this isn't rated higher than a 4 (A-). It has just about everything that you would want in a stout. It doesn't blow you away with some high %ABV. It doesn't try to destroy your tongue with an ultra-high IBU count. It's just a highly drinkable, smooth, delicious, complex... stout. If I wasn't type this review, I would never set my glass down. Recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a very thick dark brown, essentially black with a good three fingers or more of tannish foamy lace on top. Good retention left behind lots of residual lace that clogged up the glass throughout the session.

S - Aroma was full of coffee and chocolate notes with a very full robust profile. Sweet with a good amount of sugar thrown in as well. Had that classic Java stout smell.

T - Flavor was very full. First notes of chocolate hit you immediatly and then are overwhelmed by the coffee notes. A good rich roasted coffee presentation balanced with a nice touch of sweetness. The finish had a somewhat hoppy bite to it, intentional or not and there were a few metallic notes present throughout.

M - Very full bodied and creamy with a rich shake like presentation. This was defintly a nice dessert beer. Rich with a short aftertaste it defintly could fill you up.

D - Really no hint of the alcohol, but the fullness of it could cut down on how much you could put away. But the bottle was no issue over the course of a few hours it was very nice on a windy cool night.

Overall this was a very nice stout. I always enjoy these in the winter months and this was no exception. Very well crafted and a nice rich feel. I would definitley saye this is a good call.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Enola for sharing.
Nearly opaque in color with some ruby hues when held up to the light. Tight 1/4" tan head. Thick sheets of lacing.
One of the sweeter smelling stouts I've had. Pleasantly sweet, not cloying. Milk chocolate, sugar cane and oatmeal.
The flavor mimics the nose well. Sugar cane, chocolate, and roasted malts. The roasted malts are not as strong as others for the style. Finishes with a kind of milky bitterness.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth but a hair too light bodied for the style.
This was a wonderful beer that was way too easy to drink. I hope to return to it later.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown to near black colour with a big frothy, semi-creamy head that actually looks a bit thin overall. A decent amount of residue is left on the glass after each sip.

Aroma is fairly light, with some malt, chocolate, earth and a bit of meatiness to it...maybe some cereal as well?

Flavour is, again, malty in the general sense, with a good amount of earthiness, some chocolate, and a bit of a tart sweetness to it. There's a roasted dry finish to each sip that is nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a touch thin for a stout, but that's how I've found foreign stouts to be overall, or at least the one's I've sampled.

This one reminded me of the Guinness in Jamaica...but better. It's got more flavour and is more full-bodied than said Guinness. It's not as good as, say, a Dragon Stout, but still nice nonetheless.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a root beer brown, ending up nearly opaque in the glass. Head forms very nicely into a fat, creamy head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, and some spices that I am unable to identify. There's a note of peat. It takes a few sniffs for me to really get a good feel for that... in some ways I like that quite a bit.

T: Chocolate and an intriguing spicy taste, like a seed that I can't put a finger on. A pleasant flavour, though there does seem to be a very slight off-taste to it all around. Nonetheless, I enjoy it, and that's all that counts.

M + D: Carbonation is a little lighter, with more emphasis on a fuller body. Not sure on the ABV, and unable to find it in a very quick browse of the net, but I do feel the presence of alcohol rather quickly, so I imagine that it's not on the lower side of things.

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Photo of erosier
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a short but medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet sugarcane, roasted malts, and hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.
T: Tastes of a nice mix of roasted malts, some sweet chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors, and then a nice sweet sugarcane finish.
M: Very smooth, rich, warming, and the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I would have had more if I had it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a near black with a tan head that slowly fades away into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of warm sugar, cocoa, mild nuts, and toffee with hints of molasses, black grapes, earth, and grass.
Taste is of the same aromas with grainy sweetness and a floral bitterness and mild spicing found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, grainy, earthy, with mild fruit lingering.

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Photo of travduke
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark black body with a thin tan foam head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee and roasted malts primarily. Picked up a little chocolate notes.

Taste: Lot of coffee up front with a nice chocolate ending.

Mouth/Drink: Very smooth and easy to drink. Otter Creek is continuously putting out some fine brews.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know I'm easily amused but the bottle has an otter with dreads and a rasta cap holding a little stout glass--that floats my boat. No freshness dating or abv though.

Pours a large, tan head that quickly dissolves onto pitch black beer. Some mud spot lacing.

Smells like molasses, brown sugar and a Hershey's bar with almonds.

Very sugary with molasses and some caramel. Mild bitterness of chocolate malt background. Creamy, full mouthfeel. Extremely smooth, Otter Mon takes everything I love about stouts (the fullness of an oatmeal stout, but without the dry bitterness and the sweet, smooth taste of a milk stout but without the sourness) and puts them together with a bunch of sugar and a Rastafarian otter. One of my favorites.

Irie mon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, dark malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, creamy and sweet up front with flavors of milk chocolate and a rum-like flavor (provided by raw sugar cane as described on the label). There's a very mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance but it's very difficult to detect. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but normal for the style.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's not usually the type of beer that I go for but this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with slight ruby highlighes around the edges. It has a tan to light brown thin, lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The sell is sweet with chocolate and some roasty/ashy notes.

The taste is of sweet chocolate with some roasty/ashy notes. Some acidity slows it down. I was between scores, to be honest, but it has some earthy bitterness to keep sweetness in check, and a nice overall taste that pushes it to the higher of the two scores I had in mind, especially as it progresses.

Carbonation on the more agressive side. The body is such that I would have bought into a more robust porter, had I not known otherwise. Still I could buy into "stout". Something slows down drinkability a bit (acidity?), yet I would certainly put into "drinkable"/enjoyable category. Sweet, ashy, chocolatey, a bit acidic. I don't know the abv, but it's pretty well-hidden. Fits foreign/export stout well enough! An enjoyable stout!

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle - Jamaican style stout

Pours a rich, black color with a creamy cocoa head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Roasty with a mild breadiness. Hints of cocoa and molasses with a nice scent of floral hops.

Roasty upfront with a mild cocoa flavor and a touch of molasses. Medium bitter bite and floral hop taste that ride to the finish. Finishes rather dry with a rather bland aftertaste.

Medium body, creamy texture.

An overall decent stout, easy to drink and enjoy. Worth a try if given the opportunity.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown with a one-finger bubbly tan head that fades quickly to a sticky ring. Spotty lacing.

Smells like baker's chocolate, a hint of vanilla, lightly roasted coffee beans, molasses, and rum soaked raisins.

Taste starts with cocoa and molasses, before some burnt coffee flavors. The sweetness of brown sugar and rum soaked raisins is followed by a hint of alcohol, before some more bitter coffee and some drying hops.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. It's mostly sweet, but it's fairly well balanced with the bitter/roasted flavors.

Drinkability is pretty good, but there seems to be something missing. Overall, a pretty solid beer though.

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