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Otto From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 191
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 27.01%
Wants: 77
Gots: 47 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 07-29-2012

Otto is soothing and deep, with flavors of red and black fruits, vanilla and oak. Otto blends peaches and cherries with our distinguished beer, Fred. It is then aged in oak barrels for at least 18 months. Brewed with love and respect for my brewery’s strongest influence, Fred Eckhardt, and bears his name at birth.
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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ruby caramel brown color. Poured with fruit chunks.

Flavors: cherries and peaches all over this beer. Very fruity. All the old ale flavors. Molasses, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Bourbon and oak with vanilla spice. Tobacco.

A bit mor carbonation than other dog beers. Full bodied.

Incredible offering. Well done, flavorful and drunkable.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours with slight bits of cherry skin. Minimal tan froth.
(S)- Big and rich vanilla/cherry with a great dry oaky richness to it.
(T)- The fruits really come through with great barrel notes. Obvious vanilla finish.
(M)- Mellow carbonation level. A nice barrel character and integrated balance.
(O)- Another great example of good barrel aging and overall integration into a base beer. I look forward to see what some time does to this one

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good beer from Hair of the Dog. They have been hit or miss from me, but Otto from the Wood was surprisingly enjoyable. Good nose, enjoyable flavors all the way through, just a little harsh on the finish.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark murky brown with tons of sediment and a thin light brown head. Nose is rich malt, chocolate and dates with notes of alcohol. Taste is also very rich malt, not really sugary. Caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, notes of alcohol. Full bodied and soft carb with a creamy feel.

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Photo of culturalsnow
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Color of opaque copper. Sort of a burnished, ruddy amber.

Nose of sweet smoke and fruits. Musty peaches, overripe cherries, some golden raisins too but more like the fleshy raisins in oatmeal. Everything is soft and rounded about this. Nothing sharp to stick out.

Malty sweet in the mouth. Wave after wave of fruit with that hint of smoke always lingering on the finish. Big and boozy, but not hot. I was aware of the 13% in the last few sips. There are noticeable pieces of fruit floating in this beer but I feel the muddy, river water criticism is wrong. A beer that defies easy description, like so many other HotD beers.

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Photo of timc100
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure what was going on with this one, maybe a bad bottle.

Tons of sediment - huge chunks, looked like a sample of Mississippi water. Tried to use a sieve but didn't help much.

Aroma of a big malty barleywine, but had a lot of fruit and fruit juice flavors - peach and citrus. Wet oak, brandy, tart cherry, caramel. Very smooth - hot and boozy, very little carbonation.

Not sure what was going on with this one. Did not come together well

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Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into HoTD tulip at the brewery. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a ruddy caramel color with a faint bubbly collar for a head. The bottom of the bottle is pretty chunky, that left a ton of heavy floaters in the glass.
S:I get notes of booze soaked fruits, caramel, sweet bourbon, dates, spicy barrel, and juicy candied peaches and cherries. Very sweet overall.
T: Sweet caramel and toast, bourbon barrel, currents, leather and tobacco up front. Very smooth and integrated. I get notes of vanilla, spice, cherry, honey, and chocolate in the finish, with lingering bourbon, slight cherry, and tons of leather in the aftertaste.
M: Thick and chewy mouthfeel, slick and low carbonation, tingly and sweet. Sips very well, not hot at all.
O: Amazing flavor, great barrel character with sweet fruits. Fantastic, a real treat.

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Photo of Brabander
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

This was a supertreat! Got a big bottle from a good and well known beerfriend, Bill Young. Shared this bottle at the 2014 Borefts beerfestival in Holland. Increadibly balanced beer with real chunks of fruit in it.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Otto from the Wood, bottle purchased at Hair of the Dog in Portland for a lot of money. Fifteen or twenty bucks, I think.

Appearance: Deep mahogany color, like an old Port or a 20-year-old Pedro Ximenez sherry. Surprisingly carbonated, about an inch of head. For Hair of the Dog, this is impressive. No retention or lacing, though. This beer swirls heavy like a liquor.

Smell: Sweet sweet sweet! And boozy... raisin, old grapes carefully caressed on a sunny summer day by illegal Mexicans in Napa Valley. Peach? Sure, but not tart or sour. More like peach juice or peach liqueur. Booze, ethanol.

Taste: Delicious fruitiness. Booze, barrel, calvados or brandy. High-quality liqueur. Dry, spicy chocolate. Old Ale all the way. Resin and vine. Nice sourness at the end. This is the most I've enjoyed a beer brewed with/on cherries, no doubt.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, muscular. Just about the right amount of carbonation, but a little too thin in the body. Well balanced, a nice amount of sweetness and tartness. Dry at the end of sip, reminds me of wine. A touch of spice and oiliness.

Overall: Drinks outrageously well for a 13% beer. Reminds me of the J.W. Lee's Harvest series, but even better. I expected sourness and pain from the cherries and peach but not at all. Great balance all around, a wonder of sweet and sour. So different and well accomplished. Would buy and drink again, despite the high price.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Almost black in the glass when full, but more of a clear ruby when held up to the light. Not much carbonation or head.

S-Cherries, oak, bourbon, malt, caramel, some dark fruits, very faint vanilla.

T-Starts with some semi tart cherries, then a bunch of caramel and malt. Bourbon and oak follow that up with dark fruits in the finish. As it warms the vanilla comes out more.

M-Medium to lighter in body, not much carbonation.

O-Improves as it warms, currently the cherries are in the forefront, age might tone them down but it is still a yummy beer.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber body with minimal head.

Deep boozy nose, with a hint of fruit.

Peachy taste with a bit of cherry aftertaste. Neither taste is overbearing, and impressive in spite of being difficult flavors.

Fine carbonation, relatively pronounced.

Pretty good, but the coriander is fighting with the fruit.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks Matt, for the bottle. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014 as part of our cellar/extras cleaning tasting.

App- dark mahogany-red body, minimal white head that quickly dissipates into a thin collar. Not much lacing.

Smell- A lot of tart cherries, no oak, a little leather, no tobacco

Flavour- Tart cherries cut by a bit of leather and molasses, some green apples (tart, diacetyl), slight booziness, possibly a bit buttery on the backend

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, low carbonation, oily, no burn on the backend and dangerously drinkable for the 13% ABV.

Overall- Interesting and the cherry is executed well similar to Cherry Rye. Not too tart, not sour, integrates well with the sweetness of the base beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

big thanks to rathakem and hopstar for sending this one my way. enjoyed from a HotD tulip.

a - brew poured a deep cherry red...maroon...almost purple. deep and dense, but i can see some carbonation and there was a decent head on the pour that left a thin almost pinkish layer of bubbles on the surface. my only qualm (and it is quite big) is that this beer has stuff in it...yep, like OJ. i can get down with sediment and i had a soft pour, but even with a good amount of liquid left in the bottle, chunks came out. it was quite gross. i sifted out a bunch from the beer with a spoon, but still it persists...might have to run it through a coffee filter...we'll see if it really is that bad.

s - nose is fruity, almost sangria from the booze. cherry and peach notes. sherry. really nice.

t - big and boozy. much like the nose, fairly sangria-ish. the flavor has big fruit notes. cherry...burgandy flavors...and peach is present as well. a smorgasbord of fruit flavors. the vanilla and oak smooth out the finish, but this brew is HOT.

m - extremely boozy. other than that, fairly smooth and the stuff from the pour that i fished out hasn't been a problem...but i'm not a big fan of chunks of fruit in my beer.

o - overall, an extremely interesting beer. more on the matt spectrum than the fred spectrum as this one really comes across as a strong ale and has little remnants of anything fred about it (other than coming from HotD). don't love the chunks floating around, actually a big turn-off to me...but the flavor is great. would have a higher rating if it wasn't for all dat stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Brian and GT.

A reddish golden cherry pour with a thin, off-white head that falls off to a ring, this looks solid. There are chunks of what appears to be cherries floating in there. The nose is bright and fruity with cherries and peaches expressed nicely with plenty of juiciness. The bourbon provides additional layers with vanilla, Light brown sugar with a touch of molasses, and, of course, some booze. The base beer( is it really Fred?) Is obscured with only a touch of rye and some honey/ Candi sugar present. As it breathes, the nose gains a touch of red apple as well, along with a touch of spice ( a blend of allspice and nutmeg, maybe?). As it warma up, the spice becomes increasingly discernible as oak. Really nice.

The palate opens big and boozy as is expected, but with a blend of honey sweetness, peachy lightness and cherry sweetness. The cherries are the more dominant of the fruits, but the peaches are an inspired addition. The mid palate has flavors of rye, a moderate sweetness with a blend of raisin bread, honey and some caramel. The finish is long and boozy with the barrel dominating - vanilla, bourbon, spicy heat and a little bit of tannin character. Medium full in body and moderately carbonated, a little too much if you ask me, this beer is a treat on the palate. The alcohol does lighten the finish considerably, relieving the beer of its heft. Excellent stuff, albeit pricey.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 2013 release. snifter

pours a brownish color with an appropriate head. the smell is intriguing...cherries and pears and no booziness at all... the taste is out of this world interesting. there are actually pieces of cherry skins and pears mixed into the beer. i get a bit of fruit...a bit of booze a bit of sweetness...a bit of everything honestly. the oak definitely shines through as well. just so interesting and solid. ABV completely undetectable. medium bodied even..mild carbonation.

overall a beer that is so interesting its obviously not gonna be loved by all. see what you think.

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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a matching hotd 20th anniversary wine glass. The brew appears a clouded mahogany with a slightly off-white cap that fades down to a thin film that holds with some bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is boozy and medicinal with some oak that is spicy almost like cinnamon. Cherry is present with an herbal and earthen presence before focusing on all booze. The strong focus on alcohol really drives the medicinal feel to the nose.

The taste has a boozy fruit aspect that comes across medicinal as well. It takes a few sips before earthen cherry is picked up along with oak that imparts a flavor almost like cinnamon and raw spicy oak. Some herbal hop flavor tries to balance things out.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall very boozy and medicinal with a profound spicy barrel impact. You dont really pick up much on the individual parts that compose this blend until it warms up and you really think about it. The cherry is more medicinal and the apricot/peachy quality comes out faintly in the aftertaste.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Opaque murky swamp brown colour with a ring of cream coloured head. There are a lot of large floaties in the beer, despite the fact that I left a decent amount in the bottom of the bottle.

S - A big oak presence with lots of sweet toffee and caramel notes and a faint hint of cherry,

T - A huge oak barrel profile shows up immediately along with toffee and caramel. There are lighter hints of cherry and vanilla in the background but the peach doesn't specifically show up.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Wanted to give this one a proper review. DaveHack was nice enough to share a bottle with me and thankfully for the both of us we didn't waste more than one bottle of this. The beer poured out as a dark brown color with some red highlights. It had a fizzy white head on top that faded quickly. There was no retention or lacing on this beer. The smell of the beer was nice, some big malt and subtle fruity notes with a bit of sourness too. The taste was decent, similar to a fruity barley wine. Subtle tart notes with some malt complexity. The mouthfeel was terrible to me... Easily the worst mouthfeel on a beer I've ever had. There was a big amount of pulp-like fruit strands in there even after a gentle pour which made me feel like I was drinking carbonated OJ with extra pulp. Overall this beer would benefit greatly from some kind of filtration. This ended up getting poured down the drain because we were so grossed out by it. This ones not for me I guess.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Took a bottle of this to share at a recent tasting. It's a solid addition to HotD's reputable lineup.

Darker ruby-amber pour, with a small off-white head that receded to a bubbly ringlet; minimal lacing, and lots of chunky floaties in suspension. Nice aroma, fruitcake and candied cherries (or maybe cherry candy), caramel malts, slight earthy notes. Fairly hot with booze in the nose, though not so much on the palate. Taste similarly of chewy candied cherries and fruitcake, the peach didn't really come screaming at me, but it was somewhere in the mix there, caramel, with an underlying and almost spicy/cinnamony earthiness, wet oak. This beer wasn't really sour or tart, but there was some tangy fruit sweetness. I don't really feel that the beer was overly phenolic or medicinal, but the higher ABV definitely made it a bit stiff, though still highly drinkable. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with a somewhat chewy mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one a lot, and I'd like to let my other bottle sit for a while to see what it becomes in a few months or so.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rathakem for this beer!

poured into HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: mucky reddish mahogany copper brown bodied beer with thin cap of khaki white/tannish head that drops down to small ring around the glass. Lots of chunks of what I believe to be fruit. Some chunks sank down to the bottom of the glass and some floated to the top and some suspended in the middle. I had a few chunks go into my mouth on the fist sip and I would say that based on the texture that is peach chunks and cherry flesh.

Smell: During the pour you can smell a decent amount of peach and cherries. The cherry notes smell just like cherry adam's cherry profile does; it smells nice! Little bit of spicy booze. Smells malty and oaky with a little belgian yeasty influence which probably comes from base beer fred.

Taste: A lot of flavors to take in with this beer; huge complexity. Its starts off with a mix of slightly boozey barrel notes and a big malt profile with hints of cherry and a general fruitiness. If I didnt know any better I would think that this is aged in either bourbon, brandy, or sherry barrels; but I think its just straight oak barrels. It actually has alot of old ale characteristics in this beer. Its leathery and fruity, some hints of tobacco and molasses. Definately a dry and slightly bitter earthy flavor and wet oak barrel notes contrasting each other as well. Some dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel notes in here too. Vinous and slight oxidation noted in the finish with a splash of brown sugar. The peach seems to show up in a subtle way as this beer warms near room temp. Overall the flavor profile is sweet due to the fruits and huge malt profile.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. High end of low spicy booziness, but this is really not that hot. It drinks right at its 13% abv thats listed on the bottle. I like the carbonation level right where it is at, I think its right about where the carbonation level needs to be. Its thick and viscous mouthfeel that coats the palate. Its a rich beer. Definately a beer to sip and contimplate.

Overall: HotD managed to impressed me with this beer. Its just got that unique quality that most HotD beers always bring to the table. And with that said, I dont think that I have ever tried an American Strong Ale that was aged on both cherries and peaches. Its a good beer for sure.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tobacco, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, fruit, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting barrel presence but the aromas and flavors are a bit muddled all around in my opinion.

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Photo of ZRBE
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

After sitting on this bottle for about a week I took it from the cellar and opened it up. Without any agitation whatsoever and after remaining upright (until the pour), the first couple ounces were littered with large globs of sediment. Visions of Doggie Claws '12... Thought it might just be the first bit but more sediment came throughout the bottle. The yeast came through at the end like you would expect of a bottle conditioned beer, changing the color of pour and its viscosity, but this was definitely different. Had to pour through a strained funnel just to get at the beer.

This beer isn't much of a looker to begin with. Super hazy, no head to speak of, the color of murky mate tea and dates. Not very appetizing.

Smells of booze. You can tell immediately it's going to be hot. At first whiff it reminded me more of Adam than Fred.

Tastes like booze, cherries, Fred, and maybe some peach in there. This particular combination reminds me of Adam at first, but upon closer inspection is definitely Fred with a lot more going on. A drier finish than I would have expected, all things considered.

Taste is solid on this one, but it needs at least a year or two to settle down the heat. The sediment is really a shame though, and having to sift through an ounce of gunk to get at the beer really detracted from this one for me. Such is the crapshoot with HotD bottles...

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz glass at the brewery. Just tapped, so it’s out of the fridge at a really cold temperature.

A: Bit of a mess off the tap. Looks like blood mixed with mud with some prune juice thrown in. No head, no hint of carbonation.Likely still settling after just being tapped, but this isn’t out of the norm for HotD either.

N: Oak and cherry are the dominant flavors right off the nose. Hints of honey and brown sugar. Slight hints of the peach, but they’re very faint. Leather and tobacco. Don’t know if it’s the chill, but I’m not getting a strong nose out of this. It’s there, but it’s taking a number of whiffs to pull out flavor.

T: Sweet cherries and cherry jam spiked with pepppercorns, toasted oak, and hints of caramel. Marionberries are present, as is some vinous red wine grape. Leathery components, and a very strong resemblance to port with the sweet brandy qualities and cherry flavors. Quite sweet, lots of malt and sugar, but it never breaks my threshold, either. Rye, I think, is evident.

M: Thick, sticky, and beautiful at hiding the alcohol. This is pretty much the consistency of Fred as one might expect.

O: A decadent treat for those who like port dessert wines. It’s far greater than the sum of its parts (Cherry and Peach Fred), and for that it should be commended. Still, I would rate this about the middle of the Hair of the Dog pantheon.

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Photo of stoutluvr420
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A blend of barrel aged Cherry and Peach Freds on tap @ HotD. Pours deep ruby with no head. Nose is sweet bourbon and caramel, cherry with hints of oak and heat. Taste is fantastic--really smooth blend of black cherry, bourbon, vanilla, mellow oak, and big waves of bready malt. Don’t get the peaches, but I’m sure they’re in there somewhere. Real smooth and velvety in the mouth, even though it’s not all that carbonated.

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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hair of the Dog. Served in an HotD taster glass.

Appearance - Darker than Fred. Deep amber. No head. Looks flat... much like other Fred barrel treatments I've had.

Smell - Bourbon, cherry, and oak are most prominent. Pale malts. Earthy hops. A little bit of the original Fred back there, but it's a lot of barrel and fruit.

Taste - Cherry and bourbon again. The peach is faint, if nonexistent and I'm just imagining it since they told me it's Peach Fred. Maybe the Peach just cuts the intensity of the Cherry a bit. Pale malts are strong enough to make Fred come through all of this. Some apples and a slightly bitter finish that are more reminiscent of the base beer.

Mouthfeel - Pretty low in carbonation and rather hot. Not overly sweet like other barrel treatments from HotD. The weight and alcohol is expected for this size.

Overall - Really tasty. Not without the hurdles of a huge beer. Good fruit and the base beer stands up to all the craziness they've done to it.

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Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.