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Ottonator - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PSUDREW on 12-11-2006)
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4.2/5  rDev +12%

envizz1, Sunday at 11:18 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

pretext, Jan 12, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery, served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark but transparent brown body with a half inch of light tan and creamy head.

S- Fairly subdued aroma of roasty malts and brown sugar.

T- Very malt-forward brew. More sweet the roasty, and a little boozy on some sips. Some dark fruits try to peak through, but certainly not enough. Not off-putting, but it misses the mark somewhere.

M- Fairly thin body and quite crisp.

O- This beer makes for a great addition to a flight, but by itself, it isn't exactly the cats pajamas. That being said, I'm still going to drink the whole growler.

tviz33, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

pcsnyder, Apr 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

TheMultiYeast, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

mscott1975, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dual45s, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

fchicken, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Vpr5002, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

Ba Review #144
Served On: 03/22/2012
Glassware: Tröegs Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

From a growler filled back on 3/11/2012 while passing through State College, PA.

Look: Poured a hazy caramel color with brownish hues. The head was a sandy tan color with not much retention. Considering this was from a screw-top growler, the appearance was actually pretty good.

Smell: Upfront was a brown sugar note, followed by a heavy malt and a candy-sugar sweetness. Not quite as pungent as other Doppelbocks I’ve had, but the aroma seemed true to the style.

Taste: First was a sweet earthy brown sugar. The middle was a syrupy sweetness of orchard fruits and a touch of roasted malt. Finish had a residual tang that was leftover from the initial fruitiness. An alcohol warmth seemed to kick in right at the end, reinforcing the fact that this is a very big beer.

Overall this is a great spring seasonal that I was lucky enough to get. In-fact when I stopped in to have my growler filled, the bartender said they were on their last keg.

CraftBeerTastic, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of dtivp
3.6/5  rDev -4%

Pours a copper-brown with a thin off white head that fades into a short lived thin collar with very little lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla and a light toasted malt.

Taste of very light roasted malt, sweet molasses, brown sugar and a slight hint of alcohol.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, crisp, smooth and sweet with a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, a little more sweet and a less roasty doppleboch and than I like, however, it was very nice a snowy State College night.

dtivp, Jan 29, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

Growler into my Otto's pint glass. Purchased on Friday, consumed on Sunday.

A: Deep copper to rust red in color, the beer pours with pretty good carbonation and releases a finger of white head. Retention isn't great as the head is really fizzy and lacks lacing.

S: Roasted malty smell with nuts and caramel.

T: Heavy maltiness on this one. Pretty roasty, but balanced with caramel malts. More sweet than roasty overall, however. Not getting any booze on it, but I wish it was a bit more balanced. A one trick poney if I've ever had one.

MF: Light to medium body with a bit below average carbonation. Seems to be a bit syrupy on the palate. Not as drinkable as I would have liked from a bock.

O: The beer went down easy, but it wasn't great. Probably wouldn't get it again.

russwbeck, Dec 12, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a growler into pint glass

Appearance: A nice rusty red color with a low riding head

Smell: Nice sweet smell, some caramelized sugar smell

Taste: sweet, with a sorta caramel/brown sugar taste associated with it and some other malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: relatively smooth, with no overpowering alcohol flavor. Goes down very easily.

Overall: While a little lacking on a real potent flavor savored in some dopplebocks a good brew non the less.

Darkmagus82, Dec 08, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4%

On tap at the brewpub - Nov 15, 2007. Aroma is a real brushy grain husk, with the raw sugars and tingling alcohols. Very laid down. Pours a beautiful florid hickory, with wonderful maroon tones. Atop a silky, fading browned butter head. Flavor is a sweeping, detailed and rich. Yet another somewhat quiet, but beautifully painted rendition from this brewer. Some great oaty, fresh grain, bread bites, but then a higher level of matured fruits and liquers running through with bread pudding. Nicely layered. Delicate. Fresh, of course, and bursting with balance. Finishes long and strong with great leafy hop detail and sweetened lemongrass. Finds a wonderful nestled home amongst the noticeably caramelized sugar pattern. Good stuff.

CharlesDarwin, Nov 23, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

The deep copper with ruby lowlights made this doppelbock a thing of beauty. The head dissipated to a nice lace in the end. It was a real malt festival in late 2010 with a pleasant fruity sweetness. The alcohol was prevalent in the finish taste but has a rich quality overall.

trueindigo, Jan 03, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

A-Deep copper tinted brown with a thin light tan head that reduced a bit and left little lace.

S-Roasty malt and a hint of caramelized apple. Not a hole lot going on here.

T-Much like the aroma with a sharp spicy hop bite finish. Fairly flavourful, not just a smooth malt bomb.

M-Medium body quite crisp and very smooth. Lingering roasted undertones.

D-Quaffable for sure. Enough flavour to hold my interest but still smooth like a dopplebock should be. This isn't just a malt bomb.

Deuane, Dec 22, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -8%

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark, chestnut toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a foamy collar. No lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, nougat, and toasted malt.
Taste is of sweet molasses flavor that becomes overtaken with brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, sweet, lip smacking sugar filled brew that could probably benefit from an additional yeast pitch and some more time, IMO.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2008
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2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

Otto's Ottonator

A- Solid murky brown with little carbonation and a small filmy head.
S- Chocolate and molasses malt. Slightly flat cola.
T- Swet sugary chocolate malt with hints of molasses.
M- Very sweet flat cola with a touch of cough syrup.

Overall- Blah, slight cough medicine like flavors and a flat sweet cocoa base mke this 1 bland and boring.

NJpadreFan, Dec 02, 2008
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2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

I was able to try this Doppelbock at Capone's Black Friday event on 11/28/2008. They served it to me in Atwater pint glass.

This Doppelbock poured a dark ruby red color with a thin less than 1/2 an inch head of white foam. This head of foam only had OK retention that left behind a string of white rings and single spot of lace.

It had a faint sweet aroma of roasted malts and sweet caramel at first. When I swirled it around, the aroma got all Weizen like with ripe banana, a hint of cloves, and a splash of sweet yeast. Very odd aroma.

Usually a good Doppelbock is roasted and filled with a ton of good roasted flavors. This one was roasted, but not filled with many roasted flavors. This one was sweet with roasted malts, a few dark fruits, a splash of roasted coffee beans, and alcohol. It tasted like this Doppelbock relied too much on the dark fruits and alcohol to get this beer through the taste. There wasn't much roasted malts, coffee, or any flavor for that matter in this Doppelbock.

This was a medium bodied beer with a lightly sweet aftertaste of roasted malts, a splash of roasted coffee beans, sweet yeast, dark fruits, and more alcohol. The alcohol and the dark fruits will stick around for a few seconds, but not any other flavor.

It's not the worse Doppelbock I've had, but it's not all that good either. I fully doubt I would drink this Doppelbock again. I'm glad I got to try a new Doppelbock, but I wasn't so happy about the way it turned out.

AltBock, Nov 30, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

growling at the moon from Kramer17801.

I have had this awhile now, just cracked it open. I poured it into my warsteiner glass, perhaps not the most appropriate, but i like it. I cant believe how much carbonation is still present after a cross country trip and 3 weeks or so in the DBF!

Dark brown, yet clear, with a nice sized head that settled to a small ring. no lacing.

Smells of dark roasted sweet malt, nutty smell like fresh roasted almonds.

Taste is sweet malts, that are toasty but not over roasted. there is a fruit background that begs to be tasted. not alot of hop profile, but just enough to dry the palate.

Nicely carbonated .. wonder if fresh if it would be overcarbonated. not sure, but this sample was very balanced.

I could drink pints and pints of this if i were sitting at the pub... this one goes down really easy. at 8.9% i would definitely need a designated driver to drink more than 1 at a time though! good thing im drinking this one at home :)

tayner, Feb 14, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +8%

This is one of my favorite Otto's offerings. This sample comes from my most recent weekly growler fill. Smell is very nice, with dark currants and a strong malt backbone. The beer is medium bodied, with an attractive brown/ruby highlighted color. A nice head forms if you get it fresh.

I won't call this a Troegenator rip-off, as the malt presence is dialed up even more than the Troegs offering, and the hop presence is lower. The flavor is quite bready and malty, with some nice caramel and toffee flavors mixing well with the minimal amount of hops. This beer is pretty rich tasting with a minimally dry aftertaste. The hops have just enough presence keep you interested; I'm two pints in and not sick of it yet. I had better stop though, because at 8.9% I could wake up in a ditch if I keep going longer than I should.

An overall fine offering from State College's little gem. They are very much worthy of my continued business, and not just becaue they are local.

jhollick, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of PSUDREW
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

While something of a clone ( according to the bartender, it is a "rip off" of the troegenator)

Nice sweet nose. deep amber color when poured. very deep. some lacing in the glass. This is definately a malt bomb, but there is a definate hop presence in the aftertaste. There is a nice sweetness to it, no so much malt as a honey sweetness.

Nicely made brew, wish it was mroe widely available

PSUDREW, Dec 11, 2006
Ottonator from Otto's Pub and Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.