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

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 75
Gots: 49 | 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 a blend of barrel-aged Peach and Cherry Fred.
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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 23
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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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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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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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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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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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Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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