Otter Creek Winter Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Winter AleOtter Creek Winter Ale
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Otter Creek Winter AleOtter Creek Winter Ale

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by sraimondi on 11-06-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 99
Reviews by FickleBeast:
Photo of FickleBeast
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 10/20/2009.

Pours a crimson brown - one finger of thin foam develops after a vigorous pour. Foam dissipates quickly without lacing.

Predominantly smells of raspberry - reminds me of a strawberry shortcake. Backed up with kind of a stale, cardboard aroma.

Raspberry is the main flavor that hits your palate. There is a bit of a soapy aftertaste. The raspberry is initially pleasant, but I wish there was some malty sweetness to back it up.

Body is thin, overall this beer does not impress.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

Otter Creek's latest "Special Release" brew with crystal and chocolate malt and "a touch of raspberry."

Dark, rich brown with garnet hues topped with a nice, creamy tan lace. A bit metallic in the nose at first, with pleasant aromas of chocolate, soft toffee and raspberries. Smooth up front and malty with sweet notes of caramel, honey and molasses--a touch syrupy. Jammy raspberry flavors meld well with the sweetness, without overpowering, while the slight tartness that it offers makes for a nice segue to a gently placed smacking of limey hops. A strong toffee forms at the end as the beer warms, providing that "sucking on a candy" experience. Gummy here and there. Crackery and bone-dry in the finish.

Interesting release, but nothing overly exciting and a bit too sweet and cloying at times. That said, this will no doubt appeal to fruit-beer lovers and maltheads, and provide some crossover potential for newbies to beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. There is a bottled on date.

Appearance: The body has a dark appearance with good clarity and very deep brownish amber color. On top there is a huge light tan head that has great retention. It lasts all the way to the last sip slowly fading down to thin cap along the way. Also it makes for some cool splotchy lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has notes raspberries and rich lightly roasted malt.

Taste/Mouth Feel: The base of the flavor is a sweet, lightly roasted malt with light buttery, bready and raspberry that adds a little tartness. Hop flavor is very light and understated. It has a solid medium body and its carbonation is light on the tongue with a smooth almost creamy feel.

Notes: Overall I thick this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with bottled on dating etched onto it. (11-27-07, less then one month in the glass) Pours dark mahogony, with a dark purplish hue. Long lasting tan head, and then slowly shifting to a tiny bubble film and leaving nice fine and wispy lacing. Malty nose, even with my unsophisticated nose I pick up more then a mere glimmer of raspberries. More malt, then some moderate darker notes, and again raspberries. The fruit here makes sense and is quite a pleasant addition to the mix. Nice fresh,wintery offering. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tigg924
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: leather brown, medium head, clear

Smell: faint raspberry, dark chocolate malt

Taste: toffee, dark chocolate, with a raspberry aftertaste--sort of like a liquid dark chocolate raspberry truffle

Mouthfeel: smooth, dry, not overly sweet

Drinkability: This is slowly becoming one of my favorite seasonals...I would call this sessionable but the abv is a bit too high..It has sweet malts, but is not overly sweet--a solid seasonal

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Photo of far333
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored, but not opaque, a light brown head rises up and settles quickly but leave high rings and legs of speckled lace.

Aroma of roasted malt and cocoa laced with raspberry, a lovely chocolate framboise. The raspberry is in just the right amount, not overdone.

Flavors of rich malt, some cocoa, a bit of brown sugar, a hint of smoke, and a fine undercurrent of sweet raspberry. The raspberry is well done, not overpowering but perhaps just a hair perfumey.

Full mouthfeel, moderately carbed upfront, but bubbly and tingly as it finishes. Fairly decent drinkability, but it's getting a bit more perfumey as it warms.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
brewed on 11/29/07
A- This beer pours a dense but crystal clear walnut brown body with a thin ring of cream colored head made up of large bubbles and a slow carbonation popping to the surface.

S- The aroma of raspberries is present even during the pour with some nice brown malt aromas and some coffee roasted malt notes aswell. As the beer warms the coffee roasted malt gets stronger and takes on a tootsie roll aroma.

T- The big raspberry flavor at the beginning has a chemically processed taste, followed by a soft biscuit malt and a soft roasted malt bitterness and a nice brown malt finish with a smooth bitterness from black malt and possible some hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight chewy but watery texture.

D- This is a nice brown all with an artificial raspberry taste that gets in the way.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Otter Creek- Raspberry Brown

A- Deep ruby/ copper with a thick frothy head.
S- Light crisp raspberry and oak.
T- Light touch of raspberries and a earthy/ dirty oak malt flavor.
M- Dry with a touch of perfume. Thick chewy malt with the perfume vapors hitting you in the aftertaste.

Overall- An easy 1 to drink but I think 2 would be enough.

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Photo of Varkias41
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a great vibrant crimson red-hued amber color with nice carbonation to create a one and a half inch, frothy, mocha- foam colored head that dissipates quickly but leaves a decent amount of foam still floating around.

The nose has a chocolate-wheat malt with oats and a very subtle whiff of tangy raspberry. Smells as if the fruitiness will be subtle in the overall flavor. Let's see....

Wrong! The added raspberry flavor pops out the most, but! The balance of dark wheat malt is subtle but effective. The Herbal and slightly bitter hop effect is minimal. The malt is pretty bold, which is good because it's needed to balance out the rather authentic fruitiness.

Medium bodied with a pretty light and crisp feel then ending pretty smooth.

I'm not the biggest fan of fruit-added brews but this fruit-infused brown ale has enough malt charecter to make it enjoyable. I can't complain too much because I ended up having five out of the six!

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of beveritt
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depict a New England chapel covered in snow. Date of 10/27/08 is inked on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of finger of light tan head. This settles into a not quite complete covering of foam, leaving behind no lacing. The beer itself is the color of strong tea, with none of the red tinge I expected. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Nutty caramel malt with hints of coffee and slightly tangy sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Mild and bland malt flavor with an overriding layer of sugary sweetness. Some tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is too high, excessive bite takes away from the already bland flavor. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Pretty much exactly as expected, a brown ale with a slightly sweet raspberry finish. Flavors are somewhat "mushy" and overblended, and the overcarbonation hides most of the flavors anyway. Not a drain pour, but not one of which I will become a regular consumer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
1.72/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Oured fom a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is clear brown with a reddish hue and ok carbonation. The head is close to nothing, and not not much more lace either.

The smell is faint and that is the best thing about it, I do like the raspberry arome, so not too bad here.

The taste is horrid, I wonder but am pretty sure this is nt infected just bad. Medicine like taste of sweet but un-natural raspberries. YUK! Really the after taste is nasty.

The mouthfeel is thin but the carbination is not too bad.

The drinkability is... Yuk and gross, Nasty."Raspberry Extract"!!!
WFT are you all thinking?
I am sorry a waisted my money. I hope you don't. MK

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Photo of Franchise
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This seasonal offering from Otter Creek pours a deep cherry brown with a maroon on the bottom creating a two-tier color effect. The head is thin and quickly disappears leaving a clear body with light carbonation bubbles throughout.

The aroma is strong raspberry, chocolate, and faint bready citric aromas. The taste is sweet upfront, raspberry, tart front, malty chocolate and somewhat earthy. Light carbonation on the tongue and raspberry chocolate in the finish. Good raspberry brown ale offering, good session beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a marking of 11/26/08-LOT2404. Sampled on Feb. 26, 2009.

A- A handsome deep, rich brown with hints of ruby. Not much head.

S - The smell has a little malts but also an aroma of overripe or burnt fruit. But if there is suppose to be raspberry, I did not really get a whiff of it.

T - Basically mildly hopped and fruity. Yet the fruit did not have much of a raspberry nose to it. If it was supposed to, it failed that test.

It wasn't an awful beer but I just don't think it lived up to its title.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark crimson red when held to the light with a 1 finger khaki colored head that was fizzy and frumpy and poorly lasting quickly dissipating to a sparse coating while leaving a poor lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely light and slow rising.

S: The nose was raspberry, but of a syrupy nature, combined with a light mix of lightly roasted malt and coffee. Very light sense overall in delivery with a light showing of fresh wet coffee grounds of the ensuring trail.

T: The flavor was almost like carbonated raspberry juice with a noticeable tartness. Dry coffee and roasted malt soon move in. There is a bit of acidity,and dry bread crust before this beer finishes up with a dry tartness of raspberries and dark grapes. A faint coffee dryness lingers a bit on the swallow. Overall I liked the idea of raspberry brown much more so on paper then in my mouth. An intriguing idea but one that just didn't translate.

M: fairly active, much more so then its visible nature let on leaving a good tingle. Medium body.

D: less then fair, with one being plenty and just didn't work for me. Sounded a lot tastier then it came off. A simple purchase should satisfy curiosity but wouldn't waste any more money after that.

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Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottle is dated 11/14/07, lot #2196. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like roasted malt, raspberries, caramel, and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a nutty taste noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low/moderate carbonation and a nice smooth feel. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth and isn't hard to drink at all. Overall I think this is a pretty decent beer, the raspberry flavor isn't overpowering at all and not a bad choice if you're looking for a winter beer that isn't spicy. It's a pretty decent session beer too.

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Photo of TLove
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

6 pack from the brewery in Middlebury this past weekend. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Decent color, taste, and structure for a brown ale and very drinkable despite its watered-down finish. Moderate ABV, medium carbonation, lambic-like wild raspberry and toffee smell flows into the nose and to the back of the throat. Fruity, grainy, and full-bodied. Roasted wheatberry, citrus, and cherry/raspberry flavors meld together well in the mouth.

Suitable for winter drinking or a late fall evening. Not dissimilar to Samuel Smith's Ale of the same composition, though perhaps not as well-balanced.

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Photo of StoutBulldog
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Ashmont Grill in Dorchester. Trying to get in my winter "anythings" in while the cold weather coorperates. Poured a nice rich coppery brown with a very slight head that disipated quickly. Smelled slightly of raspberry but the more potent smell was of malt and nut. When first tasting, the raspberry was evident but not overpowering. The linering taste was malty -- almost a nutty-caramel-nouget with a slight bite. Somewhat thin in mouthfeel but not unpleasant. I could have a few of these and I think it was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Yekaterina
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite winter brews. The color is a nice chestnut brown with dark ruby, it pours about two fingers of light brown creamy head. I wish I could say more on the aroma (I'm feeling a little under the weather and I can't smell much) I do catch hints of berry and some malts. The taste is wonderful. This beer is very nicely balanced. The raspberry is pronounced but it doesn't dominate. I detect hints of chocolate as well.
It's not too heavy in body, I can enjoy the flavors and aromas of a dark beer without getting too full too fast. This beer gives me a reason to look forward to those long dark cold nights of winter. I'm going to wrap this up so I can grab another. ;-)

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice amber colour with some visible carbonation and next to no head (a few white foam bubbles formed on the top).

S - Caramel and fruit. Not a strong raspberry nose, but definitely an overall fruit (berry) presence. The malts come through nicely too, with sweetness.

T - A nice sweet malt profile with caramel and raspberry. The raspberry flavour is subtle with very present.

M - Light to medium mouth feel with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Gets a little hard to drink half way. The sweetness and the raspberry together become a little much after half the bottle is down...

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours chestnut with deep red highlights. 1-finger tan head develops then settles quickly to simple lace around the rim. Pours with aroma of chocolate raspberry, strong malty smell. After the head settles the smell is a bit fainter. Tastes chocolate malt followed by raspberry, followed by caramel. This comes on real sweet and has lots of body. The hops are there but come out after you've swallowed. That's it, nothing else. Not bad if you like sweet beers (I do) but I could use more hops, and maybe a yeast that chews more of the sweetness. Worth trying for sure, but there's better seasonal beers out there.

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Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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Otter Creek Winter Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 114 ratings