thebrood1987 (22) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
You can smell the roasted malts reminiscent of a porter or stout but with citrus and some pine undertones from the hops. Taste is even better with that roasted chocolate almost coffee like malt with the leafy earthy hops coming together. It ends with the citrus and slightly piney bittering hops that mixes in so well with the malts. Very well crafted beer.
BREWMUSKCLES (2145) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
loved it. Clean fresh pine from North American forests in late fall. thick enough to deserve the black color. refreshing and substantial and a sensory overload.... Without any gimmick, Thank you. a bitter brew with just a touch of sweetness and citrus. On tap at Gingerman NYC. Lingering finish unbalanced and smooth it is represented by some roasted barley. Addictive, Fragrant and beautiful.
cmc619 (367) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Into an Otter Creek English pub glass. Black/dark brown. Great pour with creamy head, off-tan. This beer smells like the woods--lots of pine from the hops. Low on citrus, more of an earthy bouquet. As far as taste experience, this is like an IPA that transforms into a stout: you get hit with the bitters at first, but the finish is dark chocolate and roasted malt. Nice lingering bitterness on the tongue. Really liked this when I tried it in Vermont, and it’s as good as I remember it. The whole CDA/black IPA thing seems to be catching on and this is a fine example.
KixRules (9) - USA - FEB 18, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black/dark brown with creamy head, off-tan. I smelled a lot of pine and not a lot of citrus...more earthy. I really liked the taste of dark chocolate in the finish with roasted malts. Very enjoyable beer.
ironmanallday (2) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very unique beer style (at least for me) It is rather light in mouthfeel with a slightly toasty flavour not found in most IPAs, but more in Porters. But the hops, they shine!
wpotter10 (1) - Vermont, USA - APR 22, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great winter beer. Very full taste, but is more like a porter/stout than an IPA.
jmthomp07 (14) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma= Black. You can’t even see through this when put up to a light. Nice yellow/tan tint to the foam.
Smell = earthy, malty, with a hoppy background note to the smell
Taste = Tastes just like it smells but with a hint of fruitiness that I couldn’t make out in the smell. This isn’t a traditional "IPA" in the amount of hoppieness to the flavor. It is amazingly well balanced to be such a dark beer. Starts with an earthy maltiness and goes to a full flavor full of spices and a bit of fuitiness as it fills your mouth, and ends with the floral/hoppy notes at the end.
Mouthfeel = smooth yet full bodied
Overall = This is a great alternative to a stout. If you drank this blind folded, you wouldn’t know it was a black beer.
beerfest5 (1026) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
what a great black ipa. exactly what it should be, a wonderfully delicious balance between the hops and the roasted malts, either a roasty ipa or a hoppy porter, dont know and dont care, this is just a great beer.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Originally reviewed: 1/7/11. Bottled-on code printed on the side - 10/4/10.
12oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a deep dark black with faint brown edges. A thin tan head rests atop. Light lace left behind. I love the darkness of this one! The nose is bursting with pine, pine, and more pine! But through the forest scent, I catch whiffs of chocolate on the finish. Superb!
Moderately full mouth, complements the style well. Ample carbonation. The hops in this beer are ripe and full of flavor. Bitter? Yes. But more than that, they are juicy, piney, and full of sweet citrus flavor. Mild roasted finish which I would expect. This brew is very well-made, and the best from OCB I’ve had. Quite drinkable.
Chad9976 (1067) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Otter Creek is a brewery that, in my opinion, makes okay to good beers across the board. So when I tried their Black IPA I was genuinely shocked by how great it tasted. This beer could probably pass for something made by one of the more revered craft breweries as it’s got a bold, well-balanced palate and high drinkability. Now why can’t the rest of their line be this good?
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body. Forms a large, coffee-colored, frothy head which laces and retains very well.
Smell: Plenty of citrusy hop aroma as well as a subtle, but significant amount, of pine needles. Distinct roasted barley scents as well.
Taste: Otter Creek Black IPA is pretty much the embodiment of the black IPA style to the letter. Plenty of hop character throughout, but a strong malty presence as well. The citrusy, West Coast-style hops are strong here. Orange is quite prominent throughout the palate, as well as a milder presence of pine or resin, but without any cloying or sticky characteristics. Roasted barley creates for a strong malty backbone the entire time with a sudden burst of sweet milk chocolate at the apex, followed by what tastes a lot like coffee on the finish and in the aftertaste (though the beer is not brewed with coffee).
For a non-imperial brew it’s quite robust and the flavors here definitely are delectable. This is definitely a hidden gem sitting on the shelves of supermarkets and beer stores throughout the Northeast.
Drinkability: Though extremely flavorful, Otter Creek Black IPA is not an intimidating beer. The mouthfeel is mostly soft with a slightly creamy texture, yet it still has a discernible carbonation presence. It goes down smoothly with a pleasant hop bite at the end, but still has a mostly clean aftertaste. That they got this much body and character out of "only" 6% ABV is quite impressive, as it could mistaken for something bigger. A bit too big to session, but one serving is quite satisfying.