Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout | Otter Creek Brewing

BA SCORE
89
very good
609 Ratings
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
Ratings:
609
Reviews:
299
Avg:
4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
49
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 609 |  Reviews: 299
Photo of smanson56
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Newly bottled 2015 it pours a rich black color with a nice creamy tan head. Lots of roasted malts in the nose just the way an RIS is supposed to be. The flavor is strong with some chocolate and coffee overtones. The mouthfeel to me is just a little thin. This is a good drinkable RIS.

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Photo of Johncnh
4.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatGreer
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Chewlord
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edward_boumil
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark, and very opaque. Normally you can see through a little bit of the edges of the beer, but not htis one. Poured a 2 finger dark brown head that settled down, leaves some nice lace.
S: Sweet, definately a bit of milk chocolate in there. Only the faintest hit of ethanol. Somewhat straightforward aroma.
T: For a 10% beer, it is remarkably smooth. Once again it is very sweet. There is definately a burnt quality to this one, chocolate and a bit of coffee. Also some dark fruit qualities (think apricot or fig) as well as brown sugar.
F: Very heavy body but as smooth. Goes back easy. Carbonation is spot on.
O: Good, not great. My issues with the beer are minor, chiefly being that it is a little sweet for my taste and not incredibly complex. But nonetheless I would recommend this and drink it again.

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Photo of mltobin
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of DucksFan16
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMantooth
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date visible, but I know it is at least 2014.

Pours pitch black and viscous. Not much head on mine, even with an aggressive pour. It does have a nice tan ring that leaves some lacing.

Smells mainly of dark roasted malts and chocolate with a hint of tobacco.

Lots of tobacco and some licorice up front that is too strong for me. However, as this beer begins to warm up, the almost overbearing tobacco flavor starts to meld nicely. Now the malts really start to shine, complemented by some cocoa and slightly bitter dark chocolate and molasses. Decent bitterness with an ashy/charred and roasted coffee beans aftertaste that is balanced by some brown sugar like sweetness. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Not Ten Fidy viscous, but close. Very full bodied and creamy.

This is an excellent example of a RIS. It reminds me of an Expedition stout after about a year of aging.

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

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first it didn't look like I was going to get much head at all but I was quickly surprised as two plus fingers of caramel brown head climbs over the edge of the glass and onto the table. head has great retention and leaves scattered lace as it slowly fades. Body is pure blackness like used motor oil. Nose is very robust and smokey with some coco based malt notes that fight to come through. Very meaty smell. With first sip the smoke and roast feel is first up front but not overly dominant. Dark, bitter, and slightly soured chocolate notes play mid palate. The slight soured feel is little off for me. This, bitter and rather dry on the mouthfeel. Drinkability is not bad for the style but a little sweetness would be nice.

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Photo of JAck199
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devman171
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArtZan
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bjorn2bWild
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatsgoody
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czarkazm
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from February 2013. Pours like motor oil, opaque with the slightest hint of deep chestnut brown around the edges. The head was dark khaki while it lasted. Very rich smelling, bold dark roasted malts, an rich earthiness, faint touch of booze still, dark fruits, licorice, and bitter chocolate. Lots of roasted malts in the flavor, almost burnt, stale hop earthiness, charred mocha with thick creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Would need to try this fresh but an extremely well crafted RIS and a bit underrated, in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

A massive brew that ends up being a sheer pleasure to sip. A resurrected beer that was last brewed back in 2009, not to be brewed again until next winter … perhaps they should rethink that, as it will be missed. If you are lucky enough to find some, you’ll want to save a bottle or two, as the brewery states it is a great candidate for cellaring.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.0%
AVAILABILITY: Rotating

LOOK: Awesome brown head, pitch-black hue

SMELL: Chocolaty, charcoal, dark roast coffee, creamy, blackberries, molasses, hermit cookies, alcohol

TASTE: Bold roasty character, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, espresso, dark fruit, slow alcoholic warmth, underlying hoppiness, fudge brownies, faint oily resin, bittersweet finish

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Photo of timotao
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of judkinst
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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