Twentieth Anniversary Ale | Otter Creek Brewing

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Twentieth Anniversary AleTwentieth Anniversary Ale
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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
Photo of sgoro
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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 mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, Big beer!!!! Pours a fairly dense amber color with a lot of light coming through. A regular pour provides no head or lacing. A pretty violent pour gives a big tan head with fairly good retention and a bit of lacing.

Smell is fairly mild, a little dark fruit (raisins), sweet caramel malt and alcohol.

Taste is very good. Not all that complex, sweet caramel malt, warming alcohol and dark fruit. Expertly blended, the sweetness and alcohol are not overdone.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth with just the right amount of warming alcohol. Seems light (dangerously so) without being watery or weak.

A nice simple slow sipper.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of lccrunchy
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Pours a deep amber color, very clear, with a small cream colored head that settled quickly. Slippery alcohol legs rather than lacing per se. Smells like a barleywine; quite sweet, syrupy, malty, lots of brown sugar and booze. Vague flowery hops underneath.

Big sweet flavor; again tons of syrupy brown sugar and toffee, booze bordering on fusel; caramel and mild floral hops. Low bitterness, big time sweetness. Some dark fruity flavors of raisin and prune. Dries up a little in the finish, thankfully, and has some residual bitterness as the aftertaste fades.

Full bodied, sticky, low carbonation. Beer syrup. I kinda liked it but a shared glass was plenty. A bit simple and one-dimensional, a hefty and sugary strong ale to be sure.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3080091211bottle code. Poured in to a pint glass.

Hazy and translucent copper color. Left behind a one finger tan head that vanished into a thin layer of foam rather quickly. Didn't leave any lacing.

Sweet malt and caramel. Some dark fruits. Not too much going on in the nose.

Malt hits you up front, followed by some caramel and toffee. There is a subtle taste of orange peel and cream. It's rounded out with some sharp bitter hops and some minor booze.

Smooth, but a little bit syrupy. Medium bodied and finishes pretty clean with a bit of alcohol warmth.

The beer took on more fruity tones as it warmed, which made it very interesting. The alcohol became more apparent as well with a little bir of warmth, but it didn't get super hot or anything. A very awesome brew that I might have to try and seek out.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TubaManJack
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A solid brew that needs a bit of time. I got a pair of four packs and the beer is just cooling off and evening out from the strange hop combo they started with.

It be honest I didn't like the beer when it first came out about 3 months ago. The beer now exhibits the creaminess and sweetness that I assumed the brewer was going for. Just give it some time and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of bruachan
1.98/5  rDev -45.5%
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 pisano
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass

a: pours a deep orange brown/dark caramel color with little to no head and some spotty lacing on the glass

s: caramel, dark raisins/prunes, brown sugar, some spices, slight booze

t: malty sweetness, dark fruits, the sweetness is well balanced by the hop bitterness. some dark bready notes on the finish. alcohol is well-hidden for a 12 percenter

m: medium body, moderate carbonation, a bit of alcohol burn at the back of the throat, as to be expected

o: this is my first time having this one and i really like it. thankfully i was able to get a four pack and i'm anxious to see how the other three do over time.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a very hazy caramel brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a film of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of brown sugar and caramel in the nose along with hints of fruit.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has additional notes of toffee. There is lots of malty sweetness in the initial taste along with some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit boozy on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation along with warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but the alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste. However, it’s a slow sipper due to all of the malty sweetness.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in an unmarked goblet. The beer showed a deeply rich looking maroon coloring. It sported a half finger tall head of tan bubbles that showed medium retention. No lacing was left around the glass. Carbonation appeared light, and there was a slight haze to the liquid. The nose opened with huge booze-soaked cherries, figs, and plums. A cotton candy sweetness effectively cut this flame. Helping this additional sweetness was the malts, which were roasty, caramel, and in themselves, very sweet. Our first impression upon sipping was in regards to the deep complexity of the malts. The flavoring began with coffee malts which became deeply coppery with warmth. Plum and lime sweetness crashed in to help balance the bitterness of the grain. The middle peaked immediately with huge fusel booze, with black pepper and fire. A big mix of pale, barley, and caramel malts attempted to curb this explosion, along with some toffee sugar and more of the fruit from the front. These all clashed, bringing us to a syrupy sweet finish of strawberry and black cherry extracts. The aftertaste burned of fusel vodka alcohols, crystallized strawberry, white sugar sweetness, and coffee malts, to play off the insane bitterness of the continued malts through the end. The body was thicker, full, and syrupy, and the carbonation was medium to high. Due to the bitterness, booze, and sweetness, this guy puckered the mouth hard, with a sugary coating left around the mouth. There was nice slurp, but little creaminess to the sip. The abv was high, but appropriate, and this beer drank s a definite sipper.

Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the fruity inclusions, and the syrupy thickness to it. The sweetness really helped to cut the insane amount of booze flavoring that got through. The malts showed a surprising number of faces, with deep complexity to each layer. This, however, became lost in the overwhelming booziness which, in the end, was too hard to balance out.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Twentieth Anniversary Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 198 ratings