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Old Fugget - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Old Fugget
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BA SCORE
85
very good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ski271 on 12-27-2005)
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Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/orange color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a great malty scent that that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It's warming to the nose and has a pretty good hop aroma as well. The taste is great. It has a really nice malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm with some hop bitterness in the end. It's great from the cask. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable barleywine. The malt character is outstanding.

WesWes, Oct 02, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +5%

nstroup, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub. Lightly carbonated, 11.8% abv on this batch. Splendid aroma of a barleywine, as if aged. Medium orange with a white head, and lacey. Served appropriately at room temperature. Drinkable, it's well-malted.A nice cask ale.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask via a hand pump at the brewpub on 9/26/08.

12 oz pour served in a snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber (with just a light orange tint to it) with 1+ fingers of hugely frothy light tan head. Retains at almost the same height as the original head, flaring up magnificently, leaving a gigantic cascade that just COATS the sides of the glass. The aroma is lush with toasty, bready notes, citrus, a earthy smelling hop bitternesss, and a underpinning of warm alcohol that mingles in and out with the other aromas.

The taste is a mellow feeling mix of bready malts underneath citrus character and an earthy hop profile that finishes with a light sting of lasting bitterness and warmth at the end. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a smooth and easy carbonation and feel from the cask conditioning. There is a definite presence of heat that just gets to the threshold of being stinging but then pulls back, lending warmth to the overall experience.

This is one straight up old-school English Barleywine style experience here folks! Bready malts and earthy hops with a smooth cask body yet it still provides a good bit of warmth to keep the chill off on these cool Fall nights. And still pretty darn drinkable for a nearly 12% Barleywine! I really enjoyed this.

Kegatron, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Cask (my first for the style in such format, as I can remember), originally reviewed 5/29/2007. Warm raisins, cream and brandy aroma. Pours a nicely cleared amber gold, with a rim of white. Flavor glides through glassine sugars of plum, currant and malt sugars. A touch hot and nicely caramelized with faint grain esters. Smacks out on Goldings and some weak spice. Faintly nuanced. Some fairly nice sugar play in the middle, but nothing overly complex. A bit of pineapple juice through the back. A well built version.


Further Ruminations: I’ve actually thought about this particular beer a bit since I had it. I struggle with it, because really there isn’t anything particularly memorable about it, other than its graceful balance and delicate nature. I think the cask presentation through me off and it had such stellar drinkability, from a style for which I look for nice sipability. This lands it in with Surly Darkness or Oskar Blues Ten FIDY, for that character. But, most of all, I akin it to Town Hall Scotch Ale, for having superb quality across the board, but staying restrained and generalize in muted nuance. I like some aspect of my beer to speak boldly of itself and this one whispers softly all of its facets. Thus a 4.0. For it lands in a field that I just can’t put my finger on.

CharlesDarwin, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snifter served at Otto's over Blue White Weekend.

A: The ale has a hazy brown-red color, darker but not opaque. The head was large, a thick billowy cream color that retained throughout the glass..

S: The aroma is sweet concentrated malts, thick with fruity grain notes.

T: The malty depth really comes through in the taste. The malts are concentrated and thick to the point of sweetness, showing off some green grape and grain in equal quantities. A sweet molasses-like finish rounds out the big taste and reinforces the stronger alcohol in the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is big, overloading the tastebuds with dry grainy sweetness and lots o' alcohol, a really enjoyable glass.

D: This is an excellent night cap, the high alochol will lull you to sleep quickly. Drinking it earlier than bedtime? Enjoy but one's enough.

Previous Reviews:
21-Apr-06, On-tap [Bourbon-Aged], 4.0, 4.0, 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 3.90

akorsak, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of envizz1
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%

envizz1, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of tviz33
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

tviz33, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of jdg204
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bad boy after the Costal Carolina-PSU game (a real nail biter, haah). Always good to be back at Old State and this is one of my favorite spots.

A: Hazy Brown-red color, darker but not opaque. The head was large, a thick billowy cream color that retained throughout the glass.

S: Aroma is sweet concentrated malts, thick with fruity grain notes.

T: The malty depth really comes through in the taste. The malts are concentrated and thick to the point of sweetness, showing off some green grape and grain in equal quantities. A sweet molasses-like finish rounds out the big taste and reinforces the stronger alcohol in the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is big, overloading the tastebuds with dry grainy sweetness and lots o' alcohol, a really enjoyable glass.

D: Great brew at a great brewpub, with a great dinner after a PSU win; can't ask for more. Otto's is definetly a winner and you should definetly make it a point to stop here while up and try this or one of the other amazing brews.

jdg204, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of knb112
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

knb112, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Morey, May 25, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Gorgeous deep copper with an amazingly thick off-white head that lasts and lasts. Copious lace left behind.

S-Mmmmm....Heat, followed by spicy hops, followed by malty sweetness.

T-Licorice and caramel sweetness and then....wait for it, BAM! Spicy citrus hop bitterness.

M-Medium body with low carbonation making very smooth. All of this backed up with a good lasting bitterness.

D-Potent, and that is the limiting factor. It surely isn't the taste that holds this one back for it abounds. Hop bitterness rules here with a nicely supportive sweet malt bill backing things up. A wonderful cold weather, fireside sipper.

Deuane, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of pcsnyder
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

pcsnyder, May 09, 2013
Photo of BigRizz62
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%

BigRizz62, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of nkurz129
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite things to do when back in State College for the weekend, few and far between nowadays, is to hit up Otto's. I saw this at the bottom of the beer list and decided it was the way to go. Was served in a snifter and looked a little bit cloudy and thin when you considered what it had in store. Uniform tan head. The smell was bourbon and caramel. Sometimes these things can taste like beer with a shot of liquor - not so with this one. Very well balanced in taste and feel. Not overwhelmingly sweet or dense, probably best when slightly under room temp. All in all, quite excellent. Needless to say, at 12%, one is all one sitting can handle.

nkurz129, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of lupercmda
2/5  rDev -47.5%

lupercmda, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served from hand pump in a snifter

Appearance – Poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head. The head faded fast leaving a thin ever persistent film and some very nice lacing.

Smell – The smell was big of bread and biscuit mixed with a huge boozy aroma. Mingling with these aromas was a lighter hay like/ grassy aroma and a moderate funky aroma.

Taste – The taste was rather disappointing overall. It was heavy on a biscuit and bread like flavor at first. The taste was on the dryer side with only a very light amount of sweetness. This was a base of the taste and the only real change in the taste occurred toward the middle to end where a very heavy alcohol flavor came to the tongue. This alcohol was not too pleasant however and instead was more on the burning side of the flavor profile leaving a very cheap boozy flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was quite nice. It was creamy in body with a lower level of carbonation. Very good taste penetration due to the nice mouthfeel, which if the beerwould have tasted better, would have been wonderful.

Overall – Otto’s for the most part does a wonderful job with most of their brews. While the look and mouthfeel of this brew were fantastic, the rather funky aroma and quite offensive alcohol and uni-dimensional flavor leave much to be desired. This is one they have to work on a bit.

Darkmagus82, May 22, 2012
Photo of treyrab
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask today when I went for the Jolly Roger release. Had it poured into a snifter...

A: Hazy and murky dark salmon color with a nice, creamy one finger head that lasts about five minutes. Does not lace at all and is pretty much completely opaque from the haze.

S: The one word to describe the smell is wort. This smells exactly like a boiling batch of homebrew. Tons of malts and fresh hops. The smell also comes with a touch of alcohol, but in an inviting way.

T: The taste is a blast of malts and alcohol blended with a sweet caramel and fresh hops. At first the beer does not seem as strong and fierce as it actually is. It comes off inviting with a sweet caramel malt taste, but on the finish is very strong with alcohol. The fact that this was a sipper and warmed rather quickly did not make the alcohol any more inviting.

Overall, this is the epitome of a sipper. Very strong with the alcohol and a very sweet malt taste.

treyrab, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of dtivp
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask at Otto's.

Poured a hazy orangish/ brown with a nice white head.

Nice grainy and malt aroma in Barley Wine fashion.

Taste is dominated with the malt and grain, some sweet fruit comes out along with the alcohol.

Very big mouth feel with the dry grain and sweet fruit and the alcohol kick.

Nice enjoyable sipping beer that is a very nice cask beer.

dtivp, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of ski271
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a hard one to pin down. I’ve had it a few times and it’s tasted rather different to me each time. I think it’s just so complex that I pick up on different subtle nuances every time. This last time when I had my notepad in hand, I noted that it was a cloudy, medium amber with a small, foamy, light tan head with good retention for the style. Visible alcohol cling that you see on wines. The aroma is of mild sweet malts and fruit, with apple, caramel and butterscotch being most notable this last time. The taste is almost a little cider-like as much as wine-like. Moderate malts, lots of alcohol esters bringing out a bit of herbal hops. The finish is long, woodsy and warming. It has a medium body, silky texture and very low carbonation, the mouthfeel definitelty is helped by being hand-pumped. It’s very smooth, especially considering its high abv. I’m rather perplexed by this one. One minute I’m thinking it’s a little bland for a B.W., next I’m marveling at how complex it is and how it’s almost out of my amateur palate’s league. But it’s a solid, interesting beer, and one I look forward to trying again. I’ll definitely have to update this review, especially after they tap into the batch he has aging in Heaven Hill (I think) bourbon barrels in March.

ski271, Dec 27, 2005
Old Fugget from Otto's Pub and Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.