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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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This special release is a brown winter ale with a touch of raspberries brewed with chocolate and crystal malts. Rich and tasty with a warming body and light hops. Perfectly fruited and just right for wintertime.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle. Brown with off white head. Aroma is floral with chocolate, raspberry and caramel. Flavors of chocolate, raspberry, caramel, and roasted nuts. Thin body with watery mouthfeel and low carbonation. Nothing offensive, pretty boring.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
william146 (80) - Winterville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Special Release. "A smooth brown ale with a touch of raspberry, brewed with Crystal and Chocolate malts..." "...perfectly fruited..." Purchased at The Fresh Market, Greenville, NC Beautiful dark brown color with a bold smell. Raspberry is just a hint; nice, smooth taste.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours a rose brown color with a quickly fading head. There is a fragrant sweet smell in the aroma, along with the malts of the ale. The brown ale components are above average, but the lack of a distinct raspberry finish reduces the impact of the overall beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured a nice deep reddish brown with a bubbly light beige head. Aroma was loaded with sugary raspberry syrup plus light chocolate and grainy bread. The flavor has some initial metallic notes followed by raspberry, chocolate and bread. Definitely a beginners winter beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Dark brown color with an off white head with some lacing on the glass. Raspberry is the primary scent with a touch of citrus and smoke. Light medium mouthfeel for this forward drinking ale that produces tastes of chocolate covered raspberries. The finish is on the sweet and short side.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1785) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Appearance: Pours a brownish red with small swirls of white looking from the top down. Aroma: Smells like a cherry or raspberry tootsie roll pop. Taste: A quick zap of burnt chocolate malt followed by tart raspberry and a touch of earthy hops in the finish. I get a lot of tootsie roll pop flavor as well. Im not complaining either. Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated, medium bodied. Overall: Really tasty, and came off like a dessert beer in my book. This was my very first Otter Creek beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighlanderOne (989) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Poured from bottle. Aroma of raspberry and coffee cake. Mahogany, translucent, thin tan head. Raspberry in flavor, not overpowering. Burnt caramel and a slight bit of cocoa. Slightly acidic feel. A nice surprise from Otter Creek

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
halfonit (1156) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Has a deep darker amber color. Aroma is of raspberry, wheat, and malts. Taste is very similar. Flavors include light but bitter raspberries, malts, malts, hops, and a light chocolate in the undertones. Has a sour raspberry bite in the end.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamherbert (1269) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Look is a deep glassy dark ruby red. Thin layer of head. Looks like a darker winter ale. Sweet but dark berry smell. Grape-ish aroma. Almost a little red wine. More brown sugar than raspberry. Raspberry comes out with agitation. More caramel/sugar scent than anything. Sharp brown bitterness with the raspberry as an accent. A brown first, although the roasted, caramel brown is subtle and light. Pleasant but not that dynamic. Feels dry and thin, weak. Nice enough overall. Thin and light for a brown. brown sugar sweetness with a mild fruity accent. Drinkable, but not amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(Review written January 2009): 12oz bottle from local Hannaford. Pours a crystal-clear brown-red body with a slowly dissipating inch of light tan head. Smells mostly of tart raspberries. Dry tart raspberry dominates the flavor as well, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Surprisingly thin body with moderate carbonation. Tastes more raspberry than brown - reminds me a lot of the raspberry homebrew I made - sour, dryish... Not something Id get again but good for any raspberry fan I suppose.


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