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

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BA SCORE
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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 194
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 26.46%
Wants: 81
Gots: 47 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

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 Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the tasting room on 8.2.12

A - Served a dark ruby red. Very wine-like with a fizzy light pink head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet fruit, oak, bourbon, molasses.

T - The taste is sweet fruit an oaky, then lots I boozy bourbon, carmel, and molasses and some slight peach in the finish.

D - Nice carbonation, medium body with a slightly sweet finish.

O - I lucked out on this one. I think it is better than it's components, which is saying a lot. Drinks very easy and smooth.

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Photo of John_M
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Wildwood HOTD dinner the other night.

Otto pours a very dark amber color with red hilights. Head retention and lacing are minimal, and this beer has the look of a beer that has seen some significant barrel aging. The nose on this beer is incredible, with maybe the most complex aroma profile I've ever encountered. I picked up holly and fruit cake initially, but as the beer warmed there was coconut, apple brandy, chocolate, light coffee, vanilla and sour cherry as well. The beer had a slight sour undertone on the nose, something that was replicated on the palate as well. The flavor profile replicated the nose to a large extent, though there wasn't quite the same array of flavors on the palate as I got on the nose. Also, while moderately sweet, the light sour and touch of bitterness on the finish seemed to balance that sweetness amazingly well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, and I was surprised by how light on the palate this beer seemed, given the abv. quoted for this beer. Otherwise, the beer had a long, spice infused finish.

Excellent stuff. I guessed this was a blend of Matt and Michael, but was told the blend was actually peach fred and bourbon fred (if I heard correctly). We were told the abv. was in the 12% range, though the assistant brewer at our table indicated it might actually be a few points higher than that. Although this was something of an experimental batch, we were told that a bottled version should hit the market, probably by December of 2012.

As for the name, Alan indicated that Otto was the original name of "Fred" Eckhardt. Apparently, when he originally came to this country, people of German descent were looked upon with suspicion and outright hostility (I gather this was soon after WWII). So he (apparently) elected to go by the name of Fred instead. Alan indicated that he has always held Fred Eckhardt in high regard, and so it made sense to make a beer with his original name in honor of the man.

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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 28 ratings.