Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

Profile by Ken Carman

I have enjoyed many Otter Creek brews and this is only a slight exception. Excellent it is, but it could be just a bit more complex roasty grain-wise. It’s a mild distraction from an obviously well crafted: quite roasty, coffee-like quaff’. The hops don’t really pop out at ya, but hey… not exactly expected with all this dark grain. I just think the grain bill could have had less black patent-like sense and more of the various darker grains. Plus the body seems to suffer a tad, once again “for the style.” Needs more dextrinous malt, perhaps? I am amazed this is 10%. You would never know. The aroma is the same: coffee and not much else. Pitch black: I would probably be critical if it was almost anything but… tis a fine offering from an excellent brewer. I just think they played it just a little too safe with the grain bill, at least as presented by the final product. I suggest Old Rasputin by North Coast might give you a bit of a great comparison when it comes to “what should have been.”

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Mythical poster at The LTS Good for What Ales You Beer Journal. Loves good beer. Hates same old, same old. Muses that Bud and Miller might as well be brewed in urinals. Drinks lagers too, if they are complex and interesting.

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