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Otto Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerLover99 on 10-12-2011)
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +39.3%

11-14-2011 17:56:19 | More by thebouch01
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +39.3%

01-29-2014 02:47:20 | More by RochefortChris
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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-22-2012 16:54:10 | More by VinnyA
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-07-2012 00:34:01 | More by jwat
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-19-2012 21:58:01 | More by AndrewMichael
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

07-06-2012 18:00:54 | More by hockeyfighter19
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kja157

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-19-2011 22:29:37 | More by kja157
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

08-12-2012 22:25:45 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Zkman87

New York

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-29-2012 02:10:11 | More by Zkman87
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

07-14-2013 17:04:34 | More by MarvinSnyder
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nickfl

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with half a finger of off white foam on top of a clear, dark brown body with good head retention and excellent lace,

S - smoke, leather, sandalwood, and dark bread.

T - Peaty smoke up front with lots of dark bread and a bit of brown sugar. Some spicy notes of leather and pipe tobacco in the middle with a finish of brown sugar, toffee, peat, and leather.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Quite nice, it is robustly smoky, even including notes of peat, but it is done with the practiced touch that I am used to finding only in Schlenkerla smoked beers. Very well done, I can't overstate how much I respect victory for actually being willing to make beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 06:15:51 | More by nickfl
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a dark brown color with a thin cap of tan head. Not much for retention and lacing.

Nose ranks about a 5.5 or a 6 on the smoke-o-meter, it is smoky enough to overpower most of the maltiness, but not all. There is still a sweet, caramely presence underneath.

Taste has a good amount of smoke too...I like it! It is bolder than nearly all of the American-made rauchbiers I have had and incorporates the smoke into the flavor of the beer nicely. There is a mild, nutty caramel maltiness and a dryness that keeps it toasty and smoky. This is way better than I thought it would be and never really procured any hype. I hope Victory makes this again so I can buy another bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:09:05 | More by twiggamortis420
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Halcyondays

California

4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear dark red with a low medium off-white head. Solid retention, limited lace.

S: Sweet smoke, meaty like good bacon. Good caramel type malt.

T: Has an easy going malt character that accepts the smoke like they were old friends. Superbly balanced, the two flavours play off each other so well.

M: I think the Trappist yeast really helped to mellow out the beer and calm the carbonation. Never cloying which is great in an American dubbel. Soft easy going carbonation character, frothy at times with a prolonged but seamless aftertaste.

O: This is right up my alley. Everything works together to make a great beer. Want some BBQ right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:38:45 | More by Halcyondays
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, reddish-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: smoked wood, Belgian spices and candied fruit

Taste: smokey wood, maltiness in the back, caramel at the end. Throughout there is light cardamom, coriander, and other Belgian spices. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, bitter start with sweet smoky end, medium carbonation

Overall: Enjoyable and interesting. I wish this one did not have the alcohol heat, but otherwise it is a solid beer. This one plays out more rauchbier than Belgian which is fine by me. The Belgian elements give a wine type of taste as it warms though which adds to the complexity. One of Victory’s better beers. I would get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 14:14:24 | More by tigg924
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark reddish brown amber, nice, fine, one finger very light tan head that with superb retention and great lacing. Mild aroma of dark fruit and caramel malt with decent smoked overtones. Flavor is well integrated light and dark fruit, caramel malt and mild smoke with hints of bacon. The Belgian origins are obvious here and make this a quite unusual and pleasant take on a smoked beer. Medium mouth feel. The Belgian yeast and light flavors are very different from rauchbiers, which I also really like. I half wished for a bit more intense flavor, but this works nicely as it is, with a pleasant, well balanced mixture of malt, fruit and smoke. I hope this is available again in the future. Nice job, Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 02:52:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otto (Victory Brewing, Downingtown, PA)

Picked up a bottle of Otto at the Blue Max on the way home from getting my car worked on. No idea what it was--my trust in Victory was enough to pick up something new. There was a very detailed explanation on the bottle why it was named Otto, but I didn't write it down and didn't find it on the Victory site. Victory calls the beer a smoked malt dubbel.

Brown ale swirled with amber highlights with a dirty tan head that falls to a film. Significant but not overpowering smoke in the nose on top of caramel and sweet malt. There's an earthy spice blended neatly with the smoke. Assertive Aecht Schlenkerla-like smokiness in the taste, but more subtle. Lager-like smooth for a bottle conditioned ale. Earthy spice of the nose comes out more in the taste, but the mouthfeel thins out as it warms. Very good rauchbier, especially if you want it a bit towards the lighter but still unmistakable range of smokiness.

Overall, I thought it was a good bottle and a great introduction to a smoked beer. BA reviews seem a bit lower than my experience, but the warmed thinness and off-centered style may have foiled expectations.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:01:10 | More by FightingEntropy
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-21-2012 14:15:29 | More by jculler82
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-07-2012 18:12:09 | More by lpotter
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TheMarkE

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

01-11-2013 00:21:51 | More by TheMarkE
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beergoot

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber body with excellent carbonation creating a very thick, dense off-white head. Great lacing on the glass.

Faint smokiness immediately noticeable when taking a whiff of the beer; also a nice, moderate spicy hop nose, too.

A very good mixture of smoked malt flavors well-mixed with your standard Belgian dubbel styled offerings. A fine bitterness wraps things together at the finish.

Smooth and velvety in your mouth; clean and wet.

An interesting combination of beer styles; well-balanced in that you notice both a rauchbier and a dubbel at the same time with neither style overpowering the other. Very drinkable and may be worth aging for a few years to see how the tastes grow and develop. Well worth checking out...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:52:57 | More by beergoot
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cfinch2

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-01-2012 06:51:53 | More by cfinch2
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Havion383

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-25-2012 15:50:17 | More by Havion383
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

09-21-2012 22:10:21 | More by Molson2000
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Pencible

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear mahogany with some quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like smoky peat and roasted barley, with some coffee and ham.
T: It tasted like smoky peat and earthy toffee, with some roasted coffee and a little ham and Belgian yeast. It had a clean and complex aftertaste that was smoky, bittersweet, and a bit sour.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a nice smoke beer with good scent and taste, and an amazing finish. The body was great, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. The subtle complexity really grew on me, and made this a top quality beer. Not sure how it was fresh, but it was wonderful after a year.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:06:43 | More by Pencible
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isitsavage

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour is a dark amber red, large white frothy head and soapy lacing, pretty beer.

Smell is smoked herb, the smell you would get from meat being smoked over, thyme, rosemary, etc. Yeast notes are very light, a bit of lemon too I think. Pretty good overall.

Smokey in the taste and this takes me straight to the campfire (looks at label...). The taste is awesome and really takes me back to camping as kid. Once I get past that the smokiness a bit like charred steak and brisket, very pleasing. Again the yeast and citrus are light and along with the mild hop bitterness balances the beer well. This beer really shines here.

Medium mouthfeel, prickly carbonation, not really coating in the mouth. All of this is welcome.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:20:12 | More by isitsavage
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Otto Ale from Victory Brewing Company
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