Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring AleOtter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale
Very Good
43 Ratings
Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring AleOtter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 03-17-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by homersimpson:
Photo of homersimpson
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish brown with a tan head.
Light bodied with fierce carbonation and a sweet toffee nose.
Very malty up front, with a crisp carbonation that leads to a nutty flavor. The nuttiness fades in a long finish with the malt. Very little hop to be found, a very easy drinker for the warm months. Peculiarly reminiscent of a nut brown ale.

 342 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

True to its word poured a muddy color had a little foam to it not much.Body was real thin though wich I didnt care for,had some earthy notes in the smell,palate was chocolaty and a little earthy.I had an old bottle but I dont think that would have mattered all that much.

 271 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. twist with a bottled on date and batch # printed on the back.

Appearance: Deep copper in colour with a rocky bubbly off white lace. It falls to a thin lace with some stick.

Smell: A whiff of toasted malts, raw grain and fresh herbal hop in the bouquet.

Taste: Rich crisp malt profile of deep toasted malts and sweet grain that merge with a semi-tangy (rind and vinous-like) herbal hop bitterness and flavour. Notes of earth, faint chocolate and vanilla way back on the palate, biscuit, more toasted grains and the astringent remains of hop go into the aftertaste.

Notes: Another very sophisticated seasonal brew from Otter Creek. One of our favourites. Warming, rich and just an overall excellent brew.

 735 characters

Photo of Todd
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice semi-robust beer for the change of seasons. Dark woody stain coloured beer with ample tight creamy lace. Nose has some grain in it.

Taste is very smooth, very creamy. Biscuit up-front followed rather malty and complex character which includes everything from vanilla to dark fruits.

A solid and enjoyable beer overall, in fact it's time for another ...

 363 characters

Photo of Thrasher
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, almost murky, with good amount of foam that dwindles. Distinct Otter Creek malt flavor is striking, with sweet maple syrup and molasses, a sharp sweetness with a bite like honey or real cheddar. Hops are muted but certainly contribute their fair share. A luscious lager-like ale if not exactly a bock. Supple, soft mouthfeel. Some smokiness comes out as well as an earthy quality as it warms. Another fine beer from a fine brewery. Out of all their offerings, this was one of the harder ones to find but I am glad I did.

 532 characters

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pbrian
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most traditional Bock (Mud Bock Spring Ale?) but a good beer none-the-less. You can definately tell this is an Otter Creek brew with its nutty, grainy, biscuity profile. But this one finishes smoother and maltier than the others. A good spring ale.

 259 characters

Photo of Murph
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light brown without much head to speak of. The nose is slightly bitter with too much hops in it. The same is true for the taste. It starts off malty but then it goes a bit too bitter for the style, throws the balance off. The beer is smooth across the tongue and nicely drinkable. Not a bad brew but not something that I am going to seek out again.

 366 characters

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've said it before but can't stress it enough...otter creek's freshness on their bottled brews is damn near unparalleled. this batch, #1493, was bottled in vt on 02.23.04 and is in my fridge in nj a week and a half later. kudos to the brewery. this one pours an amber colour, a bit lighter than i remember, but very nice, with a pillowy foamy tan head that leaves a velvety stickiness. smell is of malt, earth, orange and some spice...nice. the taste is quite malty, with a smoke malt flavour dominating. it must be noted that the smoke is quite subtle and is often more of a burnt flavour. earth and wood tones are present throughout, along with a touch of sweet hop flavour right in the middle. really quite tasty and drinkable. also, drinking it a bit on the warm side just accentuates the flavour that much more. apparently, this one is very limited, as i spoke to the brewery and it's being distributed moreso locally in vt and to o.c.'s better markets (thank god nj likes o.c.). grab some if you see it, cause i probably will if you don't.

 1,046 characters

Photo of goz
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was dated 02/14/2002, batch 1119, so it's a bit old.
Pours a clear dark brown, with a quickly diminishing light tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, light dough and chocolate. Flavor follows the aroma, with sweet and roasty flavors dancing on the tongue. Medium body, light carbonation.

 300 characters

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I think it broke the 40 mark here it was time to bust out the spring brews! # 1 on my list was the mud bock. Ahhh it was as good as I remember it. This beer is a great way to slide gently back into lighter beers after a winter of stouts and porters. It poured a dark mahogony color with some scarlet peaking through with a tan head. The smell was just a little roasty with some bitter chocolate in the nose as well. The taste was surprisingly fresh with a huge, robust, nutty flavor with notes of wheat in the finish. Definitely a beer to keep around the house during these "sloppy spring" months.

 603 characters

Photo of morrowd3
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Ahhdball
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with sweet malty nose sold me on the bock part but it was light enough to call an ale. Caramel, roasted nuts and molassas were the prominant flavors in this and I really liked it. It could've had a bit more oily mouthfeel to it but over all I appreciated the attempt.

 284 characters

Photo of aracauna
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer looked and tasted a flat. The nose had some definite maltiness and a strong hoppiness to it. It surprised me then, when I took a big sip and was hit by this huge malty, roast, chocalately, toffee burst of flavor. It's followed up by a bit of citrusy hops, but not as much as you would expect from the smell. I would have guess that this was a porter if it had not been for the name and the fact that it did taste a little cleaner than an ale. The weird thing is that you lose a lot of the roasty chocolatey flavors as it warms up. That's unusual since it usually brings flavors out.

 591 characters

Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Mustard
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "bottled on" date -- in this case 06/04/03 -- stamped on the rear label; $5.99/6 pack from the National and Barrington Whole Foods in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear, robust light-brown with a fine, off-white, 1/3" head; decent retention; light, unprincipled lacing.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolaty malts.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt predominates; primary characteristics are of chocolate and nuts; slight hint of wood. Nice, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Notes: A pretty damn tasty nut-brown ... one of the best I've ever had. Good times.

 576 characters

Photo of Mick
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown in color similar to an oak stain/iced tea. Malty nose. A malty grainy taste, very tangy-tart like. An light/medium body. An average drinkability and finish. Mediocre overall. Could have had something to do with the brew/batch date, January 14, 2001. It didn't really stand out. But, I enjoyed it none the less. I'd like to try it again fresher and older aged to gauge the differences.

 396 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a dry, malty scent that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts; very nice. The taste is good. It has a nice roasted, toasty, crystal malt, "brown" flavor to it that goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. It has a grainy quality to it that only adds to the flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an awesome spring brew. It has excellent flavor; a really good brown/bock beer.

 530 characters

Photo of stirgy
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/23/04. Batch#1493.

Poured a bright and clear ruby brown color with some orangey highlights. Topped off with a thin but creamy tan head of foam. The aroma has nice caramel and chocolate notes, with touches of roasted malts. The taste has a bitter malty flavor with an oaky bitter nut character to it. Medium body of dark malts. Overall, not bad at all but is lacking some depth. An enjoyable beer.

 412 characters

Photo of scottum
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown amber with a big off-white head. Tastes bockish, but not full on bock. Malts are heavy and touch on hints of toasty, roasty, and sweet. Nice hop balance. Smooth mouthfeel, but aftertaste is not all that it should be. A decent beer, but not a stellar example of the style or of what Otter Creek can do.

 320 characters

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours dark mahogany has a two finger head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was of chocolate malt with hints of licorice in the background. The taste is malty-sweet with hints of chocolate and mild piney hops in the finish. This beer is medium bodied and full of flavor.

Reflection: Although this isn't my favorite style this is a good beer and if i'm going to drink a bock this is the one i'm going for.

 434 characters

Photo of shippos
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear brilliant brown with a thin off white head. freshly milled grain aroma that completely takes away from all the other aromas, totally overpowering. decent mouthfeel with chewy malt and dark bread. smooth clean aftertaste, very well balanced and an excellent session beer.

 276 characters

Photo of John
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impressive brew right from the first pour from the 12oz bottle. Bottled on 1/18/02. Deep ruby color...maybe more reddish brown. Lasting creamy head. Fruity aroma (concord grapes) along with sweet breadiness. Full mouthfeel with sweet caramel, some faint chocolate, metallic flavor (soon dissipated) and subtle hop finish. Exceptional drinkability. I had two but could have easily made it many more.

 398 characters

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! The Mud Bock name threw me off, but I'm back on track now. Vermont spring=mud, spring=bock, mud bock=spring bock. OK. Got it. And boy am I glad I did. This is one great beer. Dark ruby mahogany is quite clear and topped by an almost non-existent tan head. The head minimizes to a lace layer and continues to leave some lacing down the glass. The nose is about malt with some hint of toasting and very light hop note. The flavor is robust and full, plenty of toasted maltiness and graininess with enough bittering hops to barely restrain the malt sweetness. The long aftertaste keeps malt on the mind, but it is not oppressive. Plenty of alcohol sense that is just barely covered by the flavor. This beer needs just a little more body as it is somewhat thin.

 762 characters

Photo of Wildman
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay, I love stouts and porters. So bars, stores, etc are always recommending things. While I love their advice, I believe they remiss on this one, but it might have been due to limited selection. The color looked good, if a bit lighter for a bock. The taste had a chocolate/sweet taste to it. But the overall body and mouthfeel(too tangy?), just hurt my enjoyment of it.

 376 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Otter Creek Mud Bock Spring Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 43 ratings