Otter Creek Double Or Nothing Maple Barleywine

Tonight’s selection is one that has gotten a lot of press. I’ve seen both good and bad reviews of the beer itself. I saw a bottle on the shelf at Half Time and figured it was worth giving it a try.


ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our second collaboration creation with Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Double or Nothing is a devilishly sweet Barley Wine that’s aged on maple wood and brewed with a heavenly dose of Vermont maple syrup.”

Random: The bottle art is a marked departure from Otter Creek’s normal labels.

This beer poured with less than a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark sienna color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was very strong with wood and maple syrup. Toffee came through with booze and molasses. The taste started with vanilla and oak. Maple syrup was prevalent as well, although it didn’t apart as much sweetness as I would have guessed. The booze had a lot of warming on the throat. Molasses were there too. It also had a misplaced, green, vegetal note that bordered on medicinal. The body was thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with maple syrup and brown sugar sweetness. This beer was expensive at $5.49 for a single ($.46 per ounce), which is most likely a result of the hype factor, since this was a collaboration beer with Lawson’s. I thought I would love this beer, but it was very aggressive and the flavors were a bit disjointed. I wouldn’t revisit this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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