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

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

136 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 63
Gots: 43 | 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:
Otto is a blend of barrel-aged Peach and Cherry Fred.

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-29-2012)
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New Hampshire

1/5  rDev -76%

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ADTaber

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

12-29-2013 01:40:07 | More by ADTaber
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Danimal25

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.9%

01-04-2014 18:11:47 | More by Danimal25
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rowyn

New York

3/5  rDev -27.9%

12-27-2012 03:36:13 | More by rowyn
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Oregon

3/5  rDev -27.9%

04-14-2014 18:37:50 | More by PZBREW
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CoryR

Oregon

3/5  rDev -27.9%

02-25-2014 03:08:21 | More by CoryR
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dunlap926

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.9%

03-01-2014 20:26:18 | More by dunlap926
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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

10-28-2013 20:22:10 | More by AleWatcher
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ZRBE

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 02:14:07 | More by ZRBE
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 19:22:16 | More by Knapp85
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Docrock

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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topdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

11-08-2013 06:46:12 | More by topdown
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 05:52:05 | More by writerLJBerg
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 15:56:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 15:04:42 | More by stakem
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-25-2013 20:53:23 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-26-2013 14:44:05 | More by ygtbsm94
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-10-2013 17:53:19 | More by anteater
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ezperkins2

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

11-14-2013 23:34:18 | More by ezperkins2
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-29-2014 02:12:42 | More by baybum
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-13-2014 21:33:46 | More by LoveStout
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

01-28-2014 15:16:41 | More by lunarbrew
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 16:31:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 20:37:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-08-2013 14:41:01 | More by stereosforgeeks
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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 136 ratings.