Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout

Today was an absolutely beautiful day out. This entire weekend was absolutely beautiful. Soon it’s going to be too hot and I’m going to be complaining, but for now, it’s really enjoyable. Anyways, I picked up this beer awhile ago after reading some really good reviews about this beer, so I was very excited to try it. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 10%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to, “Part of the new Imperial series from Otter Creek, this first beer was released in January ’09. These larger-than-life beers are sold in 22 oz bottles and on draft. Brewed with more malts and more hops, these beers are big, bold, flavorful, and high-octane. This Russian Imperial Stout was first brewed in England for the Russian Czar and it is the king of stouts. Plenty of big malt flavors- chocolate and roasted- and high alcohol with lower carbonation and mild hops. We brewed this beer with double the malts and four times the hops of regular stouts! Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout clocks in around 10% ABV- a beer to be savored responsibly. True to style, this beer will last for years so you may want to stock up on a few bottles for your cellar while it’s available.”

Random: I’ve started watching “Hung” on HBO Go. I guess it’s probably not a good idea to leave the sliding glass door open while children are on spring break while watching it?

This brew poured with a finger of brown head that was slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was big with lots of dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of licorice with some booze coming along for the ride too. The taste was really good. There was bitterness from dark chocolate and burnt espresso. Some alcohol was present at the end. There was some licorice as well, but it was only slight and at the end. The body was on the thicker side with low carbonation. The finish was long with booze and dark chocolate. This beer was really, really enjoyable and probably the best Otter Creek beer that I’ve had. It’s definitely worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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