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

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BA SCORE
92
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140 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 63
Gots: 44 | 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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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-30-2014 00:56:58 | More by mdaschaf
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 07:00:24 | More by Stevedore
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-19-2014 07:44:23 | More by s1ckboy
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-05-2014 10:22:05 | More by largadeer
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Danimal25

Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.7%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-04-2014 05:24:18 | More by Docrock
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laxer8811

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-04-2014 02:38:02 | More by laxer8811
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cosmicevan

New York

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 00:52:45 | More by cosmicevan
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-01-2014 03:59:48 | More by BAsbill
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ADTaber

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Gobzilla

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-25-2013 20:40:48 | More by yummybeer
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-25-2013 15:53:49 | More by akang
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-25-2013 05:10:39 | More by SocalKicks
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CoolEthan

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-25-2013 04:57:23 | More by CoolEthan
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-21-2013 13:59:09 | More by waddellc2
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:39:42 | More by Axnjxn
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GregoryMo

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-20-2013 06:13:42 | More by GregoryMo
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 15:04:42 | More by stakem
Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.