DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
surpassed Stone RIS
jabersquawk (10) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Coffee, chocolate and thick body. Lite sweetness and chocolate aroma. A little unfinished at the end, but altogether a fine beer.
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Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge dark brown head that lingers. The aroma was rich sweet chocolate, dry toasty malt, light coffee and toffee with a faint undercurrent of floral hops.The flavor was sweet chocolate, ripe fruits, port wine, cocoa powder and toffee with a bitter floral hop presence in the middle. The finish was long with port wine, cocoa and fruity. The mouthfeel is thick, smooth and silky. The beer is so slick it coats the glass long after it is gone and the flavor linger enticingly. Fabulous! Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle. I could mistakenly throw this out with the old engine from my 1998 Toyota -- thick and oily with a solid light brown head. The aroma is thick and creamy. This stout drinks quite easily for such a high gravity pour, full of sweet, dark fruit and beguiling bitter chocolate. Excellent. (#3788, 1/3/2010) SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours pitch black with a quick fizzling mocha brown head. Smells like chocolate and roasted malts with hints of alcohol on the nose. Taste is strongly of chocolate with a roasted backbone; almost no alcohol on the taste at all. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and very soft mouth-carbonation, Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout finishes with a nice roasted bitterness.
tekstr1der (495) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Delicious! Black pour with lasting, clingy brown foam. Aroma is rich, with lots of roast and dark cocoa. Flavor is similar - very roasty, but never too bitter, with lots of chocolate notes and a mild sweetness mid-sip. Incredibly smooth from start to very clean finish, with just a slight lingering cocoa. Easily the best RIS I’ve had. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 19, 2009
What an excellent surprise! Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Smells of dark fruit, coffee, some bitter touches. Tastes of layered velvety malt, dark chocolate, coffee, some bitter hints, molasses, dark fruit. Dangerously drinkable and decadent with no alcohol burn. Excellent! daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle from dogfish120love, thanks! Holy crap this is a beautiful beer. Black with a great creamy brown head. Aroma is wonderful. Molasses, smooth roasted malt, chocolate, purnes and hints of a caramel frappuchino. Flavor is rich and full wtih an amazing body. Lots of chocolate, plums, molasses, coffee, and the roasted element in this beer is very mellow and melds amazingly well with the hops. This is underrated IMO. Wow. Aquilo (658) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Black with a thick tan head. There is a lot going on here, flavor and aroma-wise. Aroma is malt, chocolate, grapes. Flavor is Chocolate, and espresso. There is a sweet malt flavor that dominates at first, but as you drink it, the malt flavor fades into the background. I love me an imperial stout, and I can’t find anything to hate about this one. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 2/4/13 and cost $4.49 ($0.37 per ounce).
Appearance: Just looks thick and viscous flowing out the bottle. Body is extremely dark with a brown frothy head. It mostly dissipates, but does leave some lacing, which is impressive for such a big beer.
Smell: A strong aroma of dark malt, espresso, and milk chocolate candy. No alcohol presence.
Taste: Otter Creek is a brewery known for making pretty mainstream stuff that you can buy in the supermarket. I’ve enjoyed a few of their beers, but some have been unimpressive. When I heard several people recommend I try their Russian Imperial Stout I was surprised to hear it. Now that I’ve drank it myself I can see why everyone’s raving. This is a quality RIS that can hang with the big boys as it’s robust, complex and highly drinkable.
The first taste I notice is sweet milk chocolate. It almost seems sugary, though I doubt this beer is brewed with any actual chocolate or other additives. Beers of the style tend to have a strong red grape flavor, and while that taste is present here, it takes a backseat to deeply roasted (but not burnt) malt and iced coffee flavor, balanced by a strong hop presence. The label indicates the beer is 65 IBUs, which actually seems a bit low since big imperial stouts tend to be high in bitterness to balance out the intense malty sweetness. I think a lot of balance is being done by the malt’s inherent coffee and roasty flavors. There’s some alcohol warmth and flavor as it finishes, but it actually complements the palette quite well. I have to say I’m floored by how good this beer is, since it can definitely hang with the big names of the style.
Drinkability: A delicious imperial stout is a lot less appreciable if it’s hard to drink. Thankfully, Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout doesn’t have that problem as it has a soft, comfortable mouthfeel with a velvety texture. It goes down smooth with a slight hoppy bite on the finish, but leaves no lingering aftertaste other than some chocolate notes. It does not nearly feel as heavy its 10% ABV weight. Though there is alcohol warmth, it’s not distracting. That seems to be what separates a great RIS from an average one.