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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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 198
Photo of jmerloni
1.79/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - An impressive, thick pour. Dark copper, rich and vibrant looking with ridiculous off-white head.

S - Very fruity, smells fairly tart.

T - Oh my lord, I didn't expect a disaster like this. Unbelievably sweet; almost tastes candied or pralined. Maple'ish tasting dried fruits. Sip comes totally apart as you swallow it.

M - Thick like imitation maple syrup. The sip totally collapses as you swallow it into a mess of sweetness that has the body of flat pepsi. This is one of the worst things I've ever encountered.

D - Awful. Wouldn't ever get this again and I would stop others from buying it if I ever saw that they were in the store. Atrocious.

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Photo of bruachan
1.98/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

i see this weighs in at 12%. no wonder the head fizzled in a jiffy!

the color is decent, partly rescuing the headless mein

smells boozy and fruity. smells like it was fermented fairly warm

very hot on the finish. in fact, very hot on the start. in between it tastes like booze with some raisiny backup

i have to think this is not what the brewer intended. tough to drink, in fact

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.44/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy caramel brown with about a finger of biege head. A little bit of runny soapy lace.

Really just smells like candy such as Pez. Maybe some fouride. Perfumy and somewhat floral but this just has a sweet aroma; but not really a pleasant sweet. I'm actually a little bit afraid to taste this. Caramel malts on the pallet but I can't shake that fake sugar flavor here. A little bit of a brown sugar and raisin flavor here.

Medium body with good carbonation here. Overall a little dissapointed here. This one is just a little to sweet in the wrong ways.

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Photo of redleaves
2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Looks good, no head, rather thick. Nice color though. Smell is alright, sweet and malty. Not alt at all though. The sip is thick and cloying. Like I'm drinking pure malt extract. Then a bitter from a hop that doesn't belong here. Completely wrong hop, whichever one they used, it does not complement. Overall not good took a good hour to make it through the glass. This is not an alt, this is a nasty attempt at a quad by a company who makes alts. Not recommended and it rare that I not like a beer this much.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden brown that has a reddish hue when held up to the light. Thin layer of bubbly head. Retention is short. Dark fruits and rich toasty caramel malts. Alcohol is present as well. No real hop aroma. Syrupy mouthfeel. Raisins and burnt caramel. Bitter earthy hop kick in the middle and finish. Malty, medicinal cherry/grape finish that drys out pretty hard. There is also a layer of metallic sourness but it is very light. The regular copper is good this version of it not so much.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

129oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish probably.

Poured into a small Mayflower nonic, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Thick skim of a head lasts well, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and strongly alcoholic.

Taste starts syrupy sweet, fruity in the middle, then bitterness and strong tannins take us to the close. Aftertaste and alcohol burn not particularly enjoyable. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but then the tannins and booze rip off your tastebuds, and as such, drinkability is not so great. Not much of an anniversary party here in my mind.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle gifted by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears copper hued, displaying an inch and a half of dense, khaki colored head. Excellent lacing and retention. The aroma brings alcohol, malt, honey, fruity esters, spice. The flavor is sweet and strong, with prominent alcohol throughout. Fruity, boozy, raisins, dates, and just overbearing. These days, there are many fine examples of barleywine and strong ale, with high alcohol content gracefully integrated into the flavor profile. Unfortunately, this is not such a beer. It's a bit harsh and way too sweet. This is a headache in the making. I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber/caramel color with a very small quickly dissipating tan head. Smells of overly ripe dark fruits, booze, and sweet malts dominate the nose. There are some familiar aromas hinting of age. First sip is boozy, showing age – though it is only 1 year or so old, super sweet malts, ripe plums, figs, no hops present. The 12% ABV tastes like 15% and is in your face and not very well hidden. Thin bodied. This is just an OK beer - hardly the quality what a 20th anniversary should be. Disappointed.

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Photo of Thads324
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : pours thick and syrupy pour. Dark bronze in color with a little white foam top that appears seconds after the pour and disappears right after.
S : super sweet. Caramel, booze, apple cider
T : starts very sweet. An apple cider like taste followed by booze and then a nice caramel toffee flavor. There's a pleasant citrus hop in the middle that adds a nice balance and bitterness in the end. Finishes with heat.
M : syrupy and smooth. Almost no carb.

Flavorful brew that desperately needs age. I'm sure it'd be enjoyable in a few years

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a nice thick medium brown with a slight reddish tint to it, pours with a finger of head that dissipates immediately and leaves almost no lacing
S: smoked wood, slight caramel and maybe a bit of liccorice
T: interesting taste, begins with a bit of woodsy notes and whiskey, slight liccorice in the middle, leaves with a bit of gentle whiskey
M: gentle carbonation tingle, thick on the pallet, leaves a slight alcohol burn at the end
O: a decent brew, a bit complex and almost too much so to dicern any flavors, nice but just too much to get again

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Photo of Vierenner
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste seemed interesting at first, but after a few sips became the opposite. Really not sure what to make of it ... seems like an unbalanced mess. Lots of flavors, but not a coherent story. Seemed to become more bitter as it warmed. My first OtterCreek.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 9/13/11.
In a pilsner glass this beer was a mohogany color with a small tan head and a little lace. It had a viscous appearance.

Aroma of dark fruit and caramel. Very sweet. Alcohol noticeable. Very hot.

Toffee and caramel taste. Raisins. Booze.

Not bad, will probably age . A little too sweet and a little too hot.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Batdorf, served chilled in a pint. Allowed to warm gradually in a tulip.

the color is murky copper with an opaque clarity and thick two finger cap of tan with tight bead and copious lace. the smell is candy like with a toasty caramel hint and slight malted milk odor with slight alcohol aroma. The feel is thick, viscous and mildly carbed with moderately sweet feel and slightly cloying finish the carbonation below what I prefer.

the taste has a very light flavor besides the caramel malt with mild toasted grain and subtle creamy taste which is lightly lactose w/ that dry milk note that I find odd. the subtle biscuit note is ok with the gentle yeasty tinge in the finish with a lot more alcohol than I like in the flavor. There is a gentle malt presence but it lacks depth beside the creamy flavor as it finishes. This was a dissapointment based on my experience with other Otter Creek products. It was just passable and pretty basic as far as the style goes, not that drinkable.

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Photo of keanex
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Hazy garnet with a quickly dissipating light tan head, little signs of carbonation.

S: Sweet, almost barleywine like. There's dark fruits in here with some toffee and molasses hints, light booze notes.

T: Very sweet and complex. There's a lot going on here, but it's not very well balanced, it's a bit messy on the palate. There's some dark fruits with a lot of sweetness with molasses and toffee hints all with a slight boozy feel throughout. The finish is dry with a more boozy taste than it should.

M: Syrupy with light fizzy carbonation.

O: For the price this isn't a bad booze bomb, but I can't imagine sitting through more than one of these at a time. This could have been a great beer, but it wound up being a mess.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark auburn/brown color w/ only a sliver of an off white head. Minimal lacing appears on my snifter glass. This beer has nice copper highlights when held to the light. I mainly get caramel, some toffee, orange, and some mild hops in the background. Maybe a little honey in there too. Not bad, but it's a little on the weak side. I'd also like a little more malt in there. The taste isn't as good as the nose (even though I scored them the same). You still get caramel and honey, some slight hops and maybe a hint of coffee in the taste. This beer is pretty dry though- way more than I'd like for this style. 12% alcohol makes its presence known just a tad on the aftertaste. Overall, this is a decent brew, but there are better beers in the style. Cheers.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep copper with half a finger of light tan head. Poor head retention with no lacing.

S- Oy this is a messy brew. Starts out with a doughy bready malt aroma with notes of dark fruit that brings to mind fig and date. Big spicy phenolic alchohol soon takes over and dominates the aroma.

T- Booze soaked dark fruit with a raisin characteristic at first. Doughy rum cake like maltiness in the middle. Finish is a very disjointed hot alchohol with a touch of gritty grain.

MF- sticky syrupy mouthfeel with a medium body and light carbonation.

D- low drinkability.

Overall a very disjointed hot brew that I think with a couple of years in the cellar could become something delicious.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Otter Creek 20th Anniversary Ale

Pours a hazed amber color, off white head and little in the way of lace. Aromas of fruit, some brown sugar and alcohol. In the taste, cherry, light malts and candy sugar are all prominent. Very light hops and little bitterness. A Belgian yeast strain was probably used, as there are fruity esters and some spicy alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, very smooth with a clean finish. Overall, did not realize this beer was so strong until it was half gone. Hides the booze like Capone, but still lacking.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a goblet. split with a friend.

pours a deep brownish, reddish color, the slightest bit hazy, some sediment. a thin, skim layer of off white head, average retention, no real lacing.

very sweet, astringently fruity malts, lots of fruity esters. pretty boozey, somewhat solvent like. grapey and vinious as well as some toffee and caramel malts.

again, lots of astringent fruity sweetness. im usually a fan of sweetness in a beer like this, but this is just a totally bad kind of sweetness. lots of fruity esters and slightly solvent booze. toffee, caramel, and vinious fruits, a bit of apple.

astringent, hot, feel a bit thick and syrupy. drinkability is really low. and did i mention super sweet?

i did not enjoy this beer at all, but i still didnt have it in me to drain pour it. this really needs a lot of age to become drinkable, but its still a longshot.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: I don't know what it is, but I find the color kind of off-putting. It's a muddy brown with no head whatsoever.
S: Tons of chocolate, caramel, and bread.
T: Pick your sweet chewy candy: Personally, reminds me of a Mary Jane or Sugar Daddy, with some hops on the finish.
M: Full-bodied and thick.
O: Interesting for sure. I'm glad I tried it, but it's a bit one dimensional and so heavy/thick I couldn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep reddish copper color with a stingy beige head that dissipates almost instantly. Very lackluster aroma. Smells like caramel, brown sugar, butter, and rubbing alcohol. This is going to be harsh. Wow, yeah, this one tastes just like it smells. Caramel dark sugar and a hint of dark fruit hit up front then the ethanol comes at you in spades. I can feel the alcohol start to burn on my tongue then I can trace it's route into my stomach. Surprisingly light body and carbonation level with a sweet paint thinner mouthfeel. This one is harsh like someone spiked a beer with vodka, I wish I hadn't bought the 4 pack.

Reddish copper color with a quickly disappearing head. Aromas of caramel brown and burnt sugars, lots of apricots and cherries with a faint alcoholic nose. The flavor is sweet with lots of fruity sugars and a present warming alcohol note. Medium body light level of carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Aged has done this beer some good, the alcohol is not nearly as overpowering and now simply provides a nice warming. The beer feels like a triple with some caramelized sugars added, its an odd beer that I enjoyed a little tonight.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brownish copper body with a good 2-fingers of an off white head that shows good retention, but little lace.

S- A little buttery, pretty sweet, some huskiness, slight alchohol/grainy aroma.

T- Pretty damn sweet, but just a touch below over-powering. A slight touch of the 12%, but nothing overwhelming. The grainy/husky flavor is in the finish.

MF- A little on the thicker side. I can't even call it heavy bodied, but it's definately thick.

O- Not sure what exactly they were going for here, but it doesn't really fit an altbier style. Not saying it's bad, cause it's not, just not sure what it wanted to be: An "extreme" alt, or just their copper ale juiced up.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a reddish brown, with a one inch off white head, with a very aggressive pour. Solid lacing. Smell is very bready, carmel, dark fruit, some wood,and booze. Taste is all that, with some candy apple in the finish. Body is medium, to heavy. Light carbonation and not the easiest drinking. It is't bad, just not my favorite flavors.

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Photo of benbking
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of the Otter Creek Copper Ale, so I was very curious about this one.
I bought a 4 pack and came home and read reviews. Then I put the 4 pack away. And now I've learned a little more.
This beer needs some age, and I expect spectacular results. I'm planning to put away two additional 4 packs. A one year and a two year cellar.
Coming out of the bottle it looks great, deep amber color and a strong malt smell that you would expect from a 12%.
As others have noted, it's a little thick in the mouthfeel. I hope this improves with age.
The taste: it's too jumbled up. There's malt, fruit, and wheat.
I get a bit of a boozy kick in the swallow, I also hope that mellows with age.
Overall, age this one. If you enjoy the regular Copper Ale, I think you'll appreciate what this could be in time.
Fresh out of the bottle, it's some weird half diamond half coal creation. I will report back at a later date.
I'm still drinking it now, out of a 16 oz pint glass. I've been working on it for about half an hour. I'm excited for the future, but couldn't recommend currently. Hope this helps you out.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter: Deep, hazy garnet with some lighter crimson highlights under a thin dusting & collar. A few cool little tendrils of lacing.

A little hoppy, a little sugary, a little caramel, a little fruity - it took a while to put my finger on it, but this all adds up to the aroma of a cream soda lollipop. A cream soda lollipop with some boozy heat, at that.

Leads off with some dark fruit & a little spiciness, then in comes an assertive fusel alcohol that kinds of steamrolls the other flavors - hot & dry, pretty much muddles all the other flavors. Some fruity sugars in the aftertaste, but still overwhelmed by the booze.

The taste paves the way for the mouthfeel: lightly sugary & pricly at first, then heavy, dry, & alcoholic.

Some good flavor notes going on here, but the booze is way out of proportion & flattens most of the highlights. Not wholly unpleasant, but could use some work.

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Photo of jlindros
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a small fizzy head that fades quickly doesn't even reach a finger and no lacing, dark murky brownish caramel burnt sienna color.

Nose has fruits, light apple, fig, date, brown sugar encrusted raisin, molasses, candied apple, caramel, candi sugar, all the sweeteners balance out the hint of booze that also comes through. Light esters, and brown malts round it off.

Taste starts with some warming and tingly booze, sweetness again with lots of brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar, toffee, cola sugar, etc. some fruits, apple, raisin, fig, etc, with an estery flavor. Then bitterness comes through, with a light earthy hop and some dark malt roast flavor, also a light soy sauce briny bitterness and tannins galore that really clashes with the bitterness and sweetness and it becomes a mess. Finishes with more of the bitter boozy briny sweet mess, sticky, more earthy hops and the briny bitterness almost make it astringent.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, quite a bit of booze.

Overall starts nice but finishes a mess. Booze is a bit too big, sweet, astringent bitterness, briny charred malt, all those flavors taste like theyre at war with each other and my taste buds are on the losing end.

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Twentieth Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
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