Otter Creek Winter Ale

12 oz single from Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Lively looking, amber body with an off-white head and some decent lace despite relatively little retention. Looks solid, with good clarity. Nose is malty with a touch of infused, sweet fruit that is not necessarily that of raspberries but does have a ester based whiff. Tastes are much the same in terms of the indistinguishable fruit (although I suppose that here I might guess raspberry) and the same malts that are recorded in the nose. The...

Otter Creek Copper Ale

12 oz single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA. Very light orange pour with almost complete clarity. To be honest it looks a but thin and lightweight. Some lace but no head that offers any sustainability. Nose has that really typical, earthy and organic malt note that comes with the style. Malt dryness is repeated in the taste and there is quite a bite in the finish. Pretty well balanced by the flavor is what I would call "strong". The aftertaste lingers somewhat too. Dry malts...

Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout

22 oz bomber received as an extra from Brad007. This turned up in a package on Wednesday and darn me if I don't go to Green's on the Friday and see a six pack of the stuff freshly arrived as a new entrant to the GA market. Shared this one with the usual suspects down at The Brick Store, Decatur, GA, USA. Standard dark brown pour with little lace and some creamy, spotty residue on the surface of the beer and around the glass. Brown ale type malty nose without the harsh bitterness that can...

Otter Kilter (Otter Creek World Tour)

Picked this up on a recent trip to Charlotte, SC at the Home Economist. $4.29 I think. 22oz bomber. Good looking pour as expected, with a rich, tea colored body, nice initial head and some good carbonation. Head and lace are minimal. Obviously a lot of malty richness in line with the style (plenty of buttered bread), but a real alchol twang in there too. Tasty. Finishes with a little sharp alcohol as well. A small amount of grapefruit in the finish. Residual sweetness lingers a little with...

Otter Creek Oktoberfest

Thanks to SilentSabre for sharing his recent trade with me. Bottled on 09/20/06. Pour was much lighter than expected but still produced a decent head and some nice lacing. Quite metallic and bitter, with a lack of the sweetness that I was expecting. I suppose because of the Oktoberfest name I was expecting some more malts and a little more sweetness. I see that this is listed as an Amber/Red and that would explain a lot. Mild hops and some light warmth. Nice, session potential and a good,...

Double Decker (Otter Creek World Tour)

Firstly I'm unconvinced that this is an Old Ale. If you read the label carefully, and consult the brewery web site, it classifies it as an "Olde English Ale" which is significantly different to an Old Ale. This is really an ESB or a Winter Warmer. Great noisy pour, with a deep red/brown body, a delicious thick head, some lacing and a deep malty aroma. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying. The malts are the bulk of the taste with plenty of sweetness making up the initial tastes. Then comes the...

Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter

Dark, dark brown with some feint ruby red highlights. Nice pour, but head is minimal with some, but very little lacing. Lots of chocolate and nuts in the aroma, with a little of the advertised herbs. Nice, mild hoppy upfront with a lovely body and mouthfeel. Finish is more bitter and dry than I was expecting, in fact more dry stout-like. Very nice beer, but lacks the creaminess I often seek in my porters. Enjoyable all the same.