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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

155 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 67
Gots: 43 | FT: 12
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

erialbill, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ford0626, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

mroberts1204, Mar 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

dunlap926, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

WVUbrew, Feb 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

CoryR, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Otto from the Wood, bottle purchased at Hair of the Dog in Portland for a lot of money. Fifteen or twenty bucks, I think.

Appearance: Deep mahogany color, like an old Port or a 20-year-old Pedro Ximenez sherry. Surprisingly carbonated, about an inch of head. For Hair of the Dog, this is impressive. No retention or lacing, though. This beer swirls heavy like a liquor.

Smell: Sweet sweet sweet! And boozy... raisin, old grapes carefully caressed on a sunny summer day by illegal Mexicans in Napa Valley. Peach? Sure, but not tart or sour. More like peach juice or peach liqueur. Booze, ethanol.

Taste: Delicious fruitiness. Booze, barrel, calvados or brandy. High-quality liqueur. Dry, spicy chocolate. Old Ale all the way. Resin and vine. Nice sourness at the end. This is the most I've enjoyed a beer brewed with/on cherries, no doubt.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, muscular. Just about the right amount of carbonation, but a little too thin in the body. Well balanced, a nice amount of sweetness and tartness. Dry at the end of sip, reminds me of wine. A touch of spice and oiliness.

Overall: Drinks outrageously well for a 13% beer. Reminds me of the J.W. Lee's Harvest series, but even better. I expected sourness and pain from the cherries and peach but not at all. Great balance all around, a wonder of sweet and sour. So different and well accomplished. Would buy and drink again, despite the high price.

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

random846, Feb 20, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Almost black in the glass when full, but more of a clear ruby when held up to the light. Not much carbonation or head.

S-Cherries, oak, bourbon, malt, caramel, some dark fruits, very faint vanilla.

T-Starts with some semi tart cherries, then a bunch of caramel and malt. Bourbon and oak follow that up with dark fruits in the finish. As it warms the vanilla comes out more.

M-Medium to lighter in body, not much carbonation.

O-Improves as it warms, currently the cherries are in the forefront, age might tone them down but it is still a yummy beer.

rlee1390, Feb 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ellswrth, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

dannykugler, Feb 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ottodyer, Feb 11, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber body with minimal head.

Deep boozy nose, with a hint of fruit.

Peachy taste with a bit of cherry aftertaste. Neither taste is overbearing, and impressive in spite of being difficult flavors.

Fine carbonation, relatively pronounced.

Pretty good, but the coriander is fighting with the fruit.

zaphodchak, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

teddyarrowhead, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ACY73, Feb 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

lunarbrew, Jan 28, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Stevedore, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

s1ckboy, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

LoveStout, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

largadeer, Jan 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Danimal25, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Docrock, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

laxer8811, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

cosmicevan, Jan 03, 2014
Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.