Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Russian Imperial StoutOtter Creek Russian Imperial Stout
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Otter Creek Russian Imperial StoutOtter Creek Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
ottercreekbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Every so often we brew this tasty treat that clocks in at 10% ABV. A silky smooth, motor-oil black pour reveals rich, roasty notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Like the first stouts brewed for Russian Czars, this offering is big, bold and built to last. Grab a few for the cellar, a couple for your comrades and enjoy because—like those Czars of yesteryear—this beer may be gone soon.

Added by Brad007 on 01-09-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,553
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
614
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 614 |  Reviews: 299
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3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10 oz pour into a snifter at the brewery. Good friends, good food, and glad to see this bad boy on tap. Very extensive tap list at the brewery, including five Otter Creek brews, five Wolaver's brews, and two Shed brews.

A - yup, this is the first RIS I've had in months and it looks the part. Dark brown lacing and a half-inch of foam takes forever to recede, never completely dissolving into the surface of the brew. The beer itself is dark brown, not quite as black as I expect from the style, but still nearly impenetrable to light.

S - hmm, not a lot there. Even though this is a tapped snifter, the smell is subdued in a bad way. I get hints of the roasted malt, maybe a little booze, but otherwise it dissipates into a very slightly bitter pungency on the end of the nose. Not impressive.

T - slightly better than the odor. Roasted malts, just a hint of caramel, molasses, and sugar. Nothing sweet about this brew, but still surprisingly subdued in its flavors. Even the alcohol is barely present at 10%, which would normally be a positive aspect, but given the dearth of true flavor here, it's a drawback!

M - a dearth of flavor also means a relatively smooth finish. The alcohol doesn't really contribute anything to the MF, but the lack of bitterness/sweetness creates a mediocre brew through and through. Nothing really left in the mouth after the swallow.

O - a very ordinary experience. I'm glad I got to try this on tap at the brewery, but I won't go out of my way to have it again. Overly subdued tastes and smells, and seemingly inexpertly handled.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - It's a stout...oil black in color (and leaves a thin, dark coffee colored ring around the glass).

S - Coffee beans, dark roasted malt, and toasted dark chocolate.

T - Roasted chocolate and delicate vanilla with some alcohol presence and mild dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Medium full bodied and slightly creamy.

O - Good, sits in the middle of the pack overall.

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4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Pitch-black in color, with a moderate cap of dark, tan foam.
Aroma-Black patent malt,coffee, dark chocolate.
Taste-Dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malt, baker's chocolate, hop leaf and tobacco notes. Warming alcohol comes to the forefront in a rather bitter finish.

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Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 614 ratings
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