Twentieth Anniversary Ale
Otter Creek Brewing

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States
American Strong Ale
3.63 | pDev: 16.25%
Apr 21, 2017
Sep 24, 2011
Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale
Notes: 20 Years * 1991-2011 - Mike Gerhart, Brewmaster

55 IBU
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues to unearth some hidden and forgotten gems! This one has been in the reefer since I bought it, to the point that the glue has failed & label has fallen off ! I am just glad that I am still identify the beer. I had meant to drink this 20th Anniversary on 4-20 Day, but time got away from me, as it is often wont to do.

From the bottle: "20 Years * 1991 - 2011 [undersigned} Mike Gerhart, Brewmaster"; "Located in historic Middlebury, Vermont, Otter Creek Brewing is the proud brewer of the finest quality, handcrafted ales since 1991.".

In Pop!ping the cap, there was no question but that I would be going with a VERY gentle pour afterwards. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head with modest retention that reverted back to wisps, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. That is an understatement! It was filament-bright! Nose was bready, very malty sweet, with notes of maple, honey & even a light mintiness, the latter of which was completely unexpected. The fusel heat had still not subsided & tickled my sinuses with its presence. Mouthfeel was thick, not quite viscous, but it laid on my tongue like a beached whale. The carbonation was beginning to wane with time & so it was like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I let it roll around to further warm before swallowing. I will bet that this was hot as hell as a young beer! Even now, the warmth suffused the beer, giving it a brandy-like quality. The taste was bready, at base, with notes of dried, dark fruits; leather; dark, but not burnt, caramel; drying tobacco; toast and honey. Whew! OMFG! I wonder if I read that it was hot & needed to age when I originally purchased it or if it were just a happy accident to have had it around until now. They might be calling it an American Strong Ale, but arguments could be made for English Barleywine (no evident hops) and/or Old Ale. This had aged beautifully. Finish was dry, mainly due to the residual heat that lingered well after the swallow. Phew. I might even amend my last to include American Barleywine as I did get a cool mintiness on the extreme finish. Wow! Get the sensation.
Apr 21, 2017
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A muted murky copper color with some carbonation bubble. The head is two finger and is light tan. The head quickly dissipated leaving a little ring around the glass.

A rich malty aroma with caramel, biscuit and bready. Some yeast floral, alcohol, and earthiness is present.

A nice toasty malty flavor with caramel biscuits, and some bread. Yeast, floral, vanilla, earthiness, and some phenols round off the taste

The mouthfeel is carbonated, and warming.

This beer still packs some heat with the alcohol despite the age on it. The flavors in the beer are ok. i was not impressed or unimpressed with it. A decent offering.
Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip style glass. Beer comes out a dirty, cola brown color with lots of sentiment and particles. Small bubbles in the head and they fade away pretty quickly. Leaves a small ring round the edge of the glass. Not a ton in the way of lacing, a little bit of retention from the liquid.

Smell is pretty good. Smells of leather, wax, vanilla, both read and black licorice, and maybe a slight touch cinnamon. It's all there, but it's not very strong.

Taste is great. Great malt backbone. Sweet brown bread. Both red and black licorice again, and flavors similar to the candy of wax soda bottles at the penny candy store. Again there are strong notes of vanilla but now with brown sugar, honey, and a bit of cinnamon. Tastes very good, but very sweet.

Mouthfeel is good, full bodied beer with a nice long lingering flavor. Modest carbonation level, slightly tickles your tongue. Some heat from the alcohol, but I still wouldn't have guessed a 12% beer. Very drinkable, a nice sipper. I good representation of the 20th Anniversary of a great brewery. I love the fact that it's a 12 oz bottle too.
Nov 04, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by socon67 from New York

Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 4.34 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jun 04, 2015
Rated: 3.73 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

May 25, 2015
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Reviewed by krasnoludek from France

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I bought a four-pack in late 2012, when it was already a year old and the last pack in the store. I drank them very sparingly and now, at the end of 2014, when it's 3 years old, I'm having the last bottle and writing the review.

Pours with little head and has a pleasant medium brown color. It was fairly opaque due to all the particulates floating around after the pour. They still hadn't settled after a minute. Scent is very toasty and malted, with a "tingly", yeasty sensation you get from freshly baked bread. Taste of toasted sesame, followed by a light caramel sweetness and a bitter finish. It's very particular, and my spouse hated it, but for me it's just the right mix of sweet and bitter. Alcohol content not noticeable in the taste.
Dec 23, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by LakerLeith from California

Nov 25, 2014
Rated: 4.04 by harryhops from Delaware

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 4 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by Throwin from Rhode Island

Sep 15, 2014
Rated: 1 by JaySat from Ohio

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 3 by malfunxion from New York

Aug 31, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Aug 19, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 08, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by AnitaBrewski from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Jun 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by Newbiebeer from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by starshockey9 from New Jersey

Mar 07, 2014
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Reviewed by ricknelson from Vermont

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Our group of 4 Beer Advocate members did a recent small bottle tasting of high alcohol brews.
Among the 12 brews tasted was; Otter Creek's 20th Anniversary American Strong Ale (Retired).
The 20th tied for our 8th highest average score of the 12 brews tasted at 4.06.
Jan 27, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by yankeepride from New York

Dec 24, 2013
Rated: 4 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 11, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Oct 13, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by BeerHunter76 from Texas

Oct 04, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Oct 03, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Oct 03, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by ROGUE16 from Delaware

Sep 14, 2013
Rated: 4 by GBallHead from Indiana

Aug 15, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by mikehillman from Pennsylvania

Aug 04, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Omnium from Pennsylvania

Jul 15, 2013
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Reviewed by facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
a deep amber pour, a finger of off-white head which quickly dissipated. smells of barley, caramel, brown sugar, lots of sweet grains. a bitter-sweet malty flavor with a huge alcohol kick. slight roasted flavors give off nutty like taste, mixed with what seems like pure barley juice. it feels like there's rye in here as well - almost a chocolatey flavor. full body with low carbonation.. somehow it feels a bit watered down for its strength, which makes it easy to drink - and dangerous.

there is an overall sense of booze in this beer, which is a bit intimidating. the taste is much bitter than the aroma given off by the sweet sugars of the grains. the mouthfeel wasn't all there.. for an anniversary beer, this is kind of a disappointment. otter creek is capable of much more, i think.
Jul 12, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by bdaggett from New York

Jun 14, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by LeahM from New York

May 30, 2013
Rated: 3 by Kelp from New Hampshire

Apr 29, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by jaminjohnson from Canada (YT)

Apr 07, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Apr 01, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2013
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: A dense burgundy red shows some chunky particulate yeasty matter floating about. A bronze-tan head is slight and frothy, with a low to moderate retention rate. Some spotty speckled lacing adheres to the glass.

S: Dark fruit of plums and prunes with some boozy sweet caramelization with spicy herbal notes of tarragon and parsley. Some sweet figs are also well noted here.

T: The flavor was lighly boozy, not as strong as the 12.0% you would think, the sweetness hides most indication. Some plums and cocoa and again spicy herbal notes of tarragon are evident along with the sweet sugary figs.

M: The mouthful had a gentle warming of sweet dried boozy fruit with a syrupy texture and an average rate of carbonation.

O: Overall the alcohol is very managable here hidden behind its malt sweetness and sweetened dark fruit. Good mid range offering.
Feb 28, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by GeorgianBayPackr from Pennsylvania

Feb 03, 2013
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