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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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 94
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of facundoCNB
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of templar316
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich cloudy amber, thin head no lace. Smells of lovely caramel malt, cinamon and candied fruit. This has really aged well; wish I would have kept more for next year. The alcohol burn is 25% and deep malt flavors bounce back and forth across the tongue with each sip. Still a bit of burn at the end. But a great coming of age beer...

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3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this heavy hitter is dark ruby red, impervious to natural light, and completely foreboding in appearance. The body is still and deep - no carbonation; it is crowned with a thin vanilla crown.

The nose is inundated with subtle whiffs of bubble gum, honey and wax; the palate is overwhelmed by intense maltiness supplemented by the aforementioned honey. The body is rather syrupy and sweet. A deceptive beer, this one lures in the victim with a taste of honey until a harsh blast of alcohol arrives to finish them off.

Certainly not a session beer as I can see how difficult it would be to quaff more than one. In any case, Happy Anniversary Otter Creek!

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Twentieth Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 198 ratings