Otto From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.04/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2013 05:16:10 | More by DefenCorps
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Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.