Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

very good
609 Ratings
Otter Creek Russian Imperial StoutOtter Creek Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a rocky dark brown mocha head that quickly dissipates leaving only a few splotches of lacing behind.

Aromas begin with dark chocolate and burnt brown sugar. As it warms you get hint of licorice and dark fruit.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, charred grains and some fruitiness. The hops adding a bit of citrus by mid-palate, which I did not find in the aroma. As it warms the chocolate maltiness becomes the dominant flavor, although the bitter acrid dark roastiness lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and roasty with a mild earthy, dark-chocolate bitterness to balance the ample sweet underlying maltiness.

Overall, this is a decent Imperial Stout but nothing to "mind-blowing" or a must try beer but just a solid, extremely affordable example from an often overlooked brewery.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the licorice flavors are very subdued. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and hides its alcohol well.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light hints of dark brown when held up to the light and some extremely light hints of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall dark tan to light mocha head that reduces to a large patch of medium bubbles with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with notes of chocolate, dark fruits, and light hints of alcohol.

T: Strong flavors of dark roasted malts and chocolate with lighter notes of brown sugar sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness.

O: Enjoyable and very easy to sip on though it is much too strong to be drank quickly. There is a very nice complexity and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely one to get again.

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Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Almost black with a thin layer of dark tan head that leaves a ring around the top

S-Roasted coffee and malt, molasses, dark chocolate

T-Roasted malt, molasses, dark coffee, dark chocolate. Much fruitier than other RISs but the malt and roastedness help control it. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M-medium body, medium carbonation. Body could be a bit fuller for the style

Overall its a pretty good representation of the style, but not the best. Nice roasty flavors and malt but not as rich as others of the style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown. Ochre kind of colour, kind of sparse, with thin lace. Nice colour and appearance, but nothing exciting.

Smells roasty and coffee-esque, with spice notes - peppery and nicely roasted espresso, but still pleasant and smooth. Cocoa and espresso, mostly, with a touch of sweetness coming organically from those two elements. Pleasant.

Taste is coffee, spicy with a touch of tartness. Lots of roasty, hints of bitter chocolate, pepper and some star anise. But yeah, big espresso coffee, a hint of vanilla, and lots and lots of cocoa. Really quite pleasant, but nothing hugely flavoursome or complex, and for the size I'm kind of wanting more.

Smooth; lots of texture in there though. Stouty but feels a bit thin, like it falls quite short for what it is.

Nice, sweetish, decent stout. Pleasant enough, but nothing amazing.

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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours your typical imperial stout dark, dark brown / borderline black; a finger of a tan/cinnamon toned head demonstrates respectable retention and leaves lots of lacing... a very nice looking RIS.

nose offers notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and alcohol, and the first sip delivers more of the same. somewhat par for the course. less booze than i was anticipating judging from the smell, but also more hoppiness, both surprising. IMO they overdid it a bit with the hops. velvety, creamy moutfeel that impresses; moderately carbed. overall a solid representation of the style and one i would welcome again, though it doesn't dazzle; i won't beat down anyone's door seeking it out - especially given all the competition within this style.

original review on: 08-15-2010

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC. Shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a lovely black-brown hue, with a pocked head of mocha coloured foam. It's slightly ineffective overall, the head is slightly too inconsistent, the body is a little weak and lacking in solidity. Powdery carbonation, but it flits through the body exceptionally quickly. Good look overall. I actually like it more than I should.

Nose is lovely. Big roasted characters, slightly nutty, grainy and full. It has that demi-sec roasted dryness that really separates it from its sweet vanilla bourbon-wood aged American brethren, which is quite a lovely characteristic, while still maintaining a steeped sweetness that is very pleasant indeed. Very pleasant.

Taste is good, but less full than expected. There's a pleasant roasted grain filament running throughout the palate, giving a dry crisp toasted character from start to finish. It melds pleasantly with the smoothness in the feel, but there's little sweetness or complexity to complement it and join it in its dance.

Overall, it's a really good RIS. I like that it's an RIS not an AIS. The dryness and the roastedness without the sweetness works very well, and drives that sort of crisp, sharp intensity. I think it's perhaps not as complex as some of the best sweet and complex Impy Stouts, but it's really good for what it is.

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Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout from Otter Creek Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 609 ratings.
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