Otto Ale - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by SkeeterHawk:
3.03/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I picked this beer up at the Atoscocita Specs a couple days ago. It looked interesting, a Rauch Belgian beer. I am not sure if this is what I would have blended myself, but I am willing to try just about anything. Let's see what this is like:
Appearance: Initially pours a relatively cloudy reddish brown color with a 1/2" head of mixed size bubbles but mostly small ones. The head was a light tan, and you could see that there are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but you can already see it falling a bit after a minute. After at least ten minutes, the head never completely fell. The beer cleaned up to be a Garnet color and there were still lots of bubbles rising. There was a good bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking, so overall the beer is pretty nice looking.
Aroma: The aroma is not what I was expecting. I am picking up latex rubber gloves in this beer big time! That is the main thing that I am getting along with a mild medicinal component. So I've got rubber gloves and band-aids...it smells like a clinic...I don't know that this is good. There is a little bit if sweet malt and alcohol starting to come out as the beer warms, but the rubber gloves never goes away, so this really spoils the aroma for me.
Taste: A least the flavor isn't as crazy as the aroma. It actually tastes like beer, and the bacon is more identifiable in the flavor than it got misinterpreted by my in the aroma. The rubber glove thing is here in the flavor, but you can tell that it is an off-shoot from the rauch. The flavor overall is pretty balanced between malt and hops with there being some dryness left on the back of your palate for a little while after this sip, but this is provided as much by the ample carbonation as it is from the dark malts. The hops are pretty reserved in this beer overall. There is a little in the flavoring, but they don't exactly compliment the rauch. The alcohol is very reserved and just adds a touch of spice to the rauch malt.
Opinion: Well, I guess that this is the reason that I have never thought to make a Belgian-Rauch myself...because it is an unusual beer. After I have made it through about half the bottle, it is getting much more palatable, but perhaps this is because of the ABV. Either way, I don't know what to tell you as I don't really know anyone that would think that this beer was "the bomb". It is OK, but certainly not one that I would come back to from the aroma alone.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2012 05:52:33 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.81/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Corked and caged bottled on 9/28/11 and drunk on 12/6/13.
Pours with a slight head and a clouded ruby color. Even after 2 years, it still smells like a firepit, in a wonderful kind of way.
Time has done this beer a great deal of good, and it is nowhere near as one-dimensional as it was when I first had it. The taste is quite malty, with a touch of peated scotch. It ends dry.
Overall a nice example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 00:38:03 | More by onechordwonder
Otto Ale from Victory Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.