Carla Jean Lauter

The Beer Babe

Otter Creek – Sphinx

“The mouth of a perfectly contented man is filled with beer” 

This mix of barley, wheat, spelt, rye oats, millet, honey and chamomile is an Egypt-inspired brewing from Otter creek, featuring Vermont honey. The Egyptians were reportedly the first brewers of beer, and this one was brewed as a tribute to the “inventors of beer.” This reminds me of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, which is a brewing based on archaeological evidence from tombs – so I picked it up. It seems fitting that I’m trying this on an evening in with a cat – I’m babysitting Dusky, a grey cat owned by my archery coach (or should I say that she owns him?) She also has the habit of sitting like a sphinx…. so I thought it would be appropriate.
This one sits in the glass cloudy and a dark hay color, with a thin layer of head and a very interesting aroma. Scents of cinnamon, apple, rye rise to my nose as I smell it, and I can’t help but pick up a little scent of honey, too. I didn’t really detect the chamomile. I’m glad that it didn’t smell dominantly like chamomile flowers, it might have turned me off to trying it.

The taste on this one is bright and sharp. It isn’t hoppy, but is spicy and light on the tongue. I still somehow detect spice, though that might be coming from the multiple grains in the brew. I like this, its a crisp brew. Compared to the Midas Touch, its a bit tighter. The Midas Touch was made with grapes and has a sweeter but more intoxicating honey flavor. 
Overall, this one was pretty interesting. It would also be a good one to attempt to pair with foods. Perhaps Baklava? It would also be something interesting for an Egyptian themed party. But I digress. I’ve never had a beer that tasted quite like the Sphinx. And if you haven’t either, you might just like drinking like an Egyptian.

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3 Comments

  1. darknova306

    Interesting, I’ll have to check this beer out next time I’m at Beers of the World. I love experimenting with odd grain choices, so this sounds like a good choice.

  2. Amy

    Hi Beer Babe,

    I enjoyed reading your article. I am new to reading blogs and craft beers in general. I was wondering how you got interested in drinking imported, craft beer

  3. musingmonkey

    Nice review. That’s an interesting choice of grains they picked there – quite unique. I’ve tried a couple of Otter Creek beers when I’ve traveled northward, and enjoyed them, but I haven’t seen any down here. This is a sad thing, especially now that you’ve piqued my curiosity.

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