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

Otter Creek Over Easy

I hope that everyone had a nice Memorial Day. I had the day off, but it was like a normal weekend for me since I am off on Sundays and Mondays. It’s taken awhile, but I’m used to the schedule. I tend to get a lot done on Mondays. Anyways, I reviewed a few beers over the weekend, this being one, which is billed as a session beer and they’re all the rage now. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Straight from our stash to your glass, we’ve created a chronically crushable ale that turns over easy without exhausting the palate. A brand new addition to Otter Creek’s year-round lineup, Over Easy will be available in our Mixed Bag summer variety pack and on draught in mid-March. Look for it in six-packs, 12-packs and cases this April.”

Random: Summer is definitely the season for session beers.

This beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left slight lacing on the glass. The body was a lemon color with light carbonation visible. The nose was very floral with mango. The taste had notes of mango and papaya. There was also a lot of floral hop notes with lemon juice. It had very little malt to it. The body was on the thinner side and the carbonation was too light. The finish was quick with lemon juice. This was $1.75 a bottle, which was $.15 per ounce. Despite the affordable price, the carbonation needed to be dialed up and the flavor was just missing something. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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

Otter Creek Hop Session Ale

It’s rare that I go into a beer store and come out with a six-pack of beer from Otter Creek. It’s not that I don’t like their stuff, I just tend to find it boring. A few weeks ago, I was searching for a brew that was sessionable during the game. There weren’t lot of choices and this one was listed as a new brew from the brewery. Sold!

ABV: 4.25%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: This was handcrafted in Middlebury, Vermont. I would give you more, but their website is under construction.

Random: The meow has been all over me today. I guess he’s not used to anyone being home on a Monday. He’s currently being used as my notebook rest.

This one poured with a huge and creamy white head that was slow to dissipate and left decent lacing behind. The body was a clear, golden orange color with plentiful carbonation. The nose was grassy and lemony with a slightly off putting medicinal odor. The taste was teeming with fresh lemon and some grassy and herbal hops along for the ride. Unfortunately, that medicinal note that I got in the nose was present as well and equally as unpleasant in the taste. The body was thin with medium carbonation. The finish was long with lemon and the same medicinal note. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, but the medicinal note that was present throughout was offputting, to put it mildly. If you have another option, take it. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0


Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout

This was a brew that I had Friday night. Kate picked it up for me. She was really cute about it too. She started with “I know that you don’t like stouts in the summer, but you didn’t have this one and I was at the Foodtown, so I just got it for you…” She actually checks my blog when buying beer to see if I’ve had it before or not. If that isn’t love, I don’t quite know what is. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to, “Oatmeal, also known as white oats is ground oat groats (i.e. oat-meal, cf. cornmeal, peasemeal, etc.), or a porridge made from oats (also called oatmeal cereal or stirabout, in Ireland). Oatmeal can also be ground oat, steel-cut oats, crushed oats, or rolled oats.”

Random: I could not find any information about this brew online, which is very odd, especially given that they’re owned by Otter Creek.

This brew poured with a decently thick two finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with lots of active carbonation. The nose on this brew was really nice. I got pronounced oatmeal with some chocolate and roasted malts. I have to say, this is probably this first oatmeal stout that I’ve had that I really got the oatmeal on. The taste was just as good as the nose. I got oatmeal up front with some bitter chocolate and roasted malts, all in perfect proportions. The body was on the thinner side of stout, but it worked for me. The carbonation was pretty heavy on this one, but for some reason I really liked it. It also had a relatively quick finish. I really didn’t have high expectations for this brew, but I really enjoyed this. It had the perfect proportions of flavors in it and went down really easily. I would have this one again in a second. I’m glad Katie bought me a six pack of this one!

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Otter Creek Copper Ale

I had this beer on Monday, when Katie and I went to Baker’s. I think that there is only one beer that I haven’t reviewed at Baker’s yet. They really don’t have a great selection, which is a bit disappointing. But, it’s the closest bar to my house and they have decent food. This is a beer that I haven’t had, despite seeing it around for years. I haven’t really enjoyed a beer from this brewery, so hopefully this one fares better.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Altbier

Trivia: This beer was introduced in 1991.

Random: I’m watching old episodes of “The Walking Dead.” I think I’m obsessed. I mean, the show is really amazing. I especially like that it’s adapted from a comic book. It’s not fair that I have to wait until October for the new season.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left a decent amount of lacing on the pint glass. The body looked to be a clear mahogany color. Due to the lack of lighting in the restaurant, I really couldn’t comment on the carbonation. The nose had a bit of nuttiness and some caramel malt. But, the nose was a bit on the subtle side. I wish that it had more to it. The taste was disappointing at best. The body was too thin and the carbonation was lacking. It was incredibly watery. The taste also had some nuttiness, but the malt sweetness was missing. The only good thing? The quick finish. I really didn’t like this beer at all. The notes that were on the nose didn’t come through on the taste. It was a struggle to drink the beer. Avoid.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Otter Creek Otter Summer

My day off was nice. I went to the gym and then walked in the park for an hour. Then, I went to the Buy Rite in South Brunswick (which was just built), just to check it out. Talk about a major disappointment. They have so much room and it’s used so poorly. Then, Nicole and I went to dinner and grabbed the Magic Hat Night of the Living Dead mixed 12 pack and sat down to watch tv. The beer for the night is one left over from a six-pack that I’ve had, Otter Creek Otter Summer. Since I’ve had it, I know that I’m not a fan. It’s been sitting in the fridge because I know that it’s going to be hard to get it down. This should be the first of two beers that I try tonight.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: Otter Creek is a green brewery. According to the website, they use biodielsel to run their boiler system, recycled cardboard for their case boxes and feed their spent grain to local livestock.

Random: This beer is in the same category as Magic Hat Circus Boy and Sam Adams Summer Ale.

I poured this beer into my Stewie glass so at least I’m amused while drinking it. This beer poured a clear yellow color with no visible carbonation. The head on it is almost non-existent, so lacing doesn’t even come into the equation. On the nose, I get overripe cherries and maybe a bit of wheat. If someone didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t know this was a summer beer based on the nose. On the first taste, I get some hints of wet dog and it’s highly carbonated. The finish is also a bit of this wet dog bitterness and it’s not pleasant. The carbonation is surprising because I can’t really see it from the glass, but it definitely hits on the tongue. I think that this beer got exponentially worse since I last had it. The cherry flavor doesn’t really come through on the taste, only the nose. This brew is definitely not what I would consider a summer beer. It’s just pretty gross. Avoid at all costs, even if someone hands it to you.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0