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Twentieth Anniversary Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
20 Years * 1991-2011 - Mike Gerhart, Brewmaster

55 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
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.

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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottP
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krasnoludek
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ricknelson
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Twentieth Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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