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Otto Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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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daveshawley

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.1%

08-16-2012 03:03:01 | More by daveshawley
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JHendu

Florida

1/5  rDev -72.1%

06-24-2014 00:49:04 | More by JHendu
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.1%

01-17-2012 19:00:15 | More by gafferjohn
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -72.1%

12-28-2011 17:47:41 | More by RobertColianni
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Kelp

New Hampshire

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

12-29-2011 02:06:50 | More by Kelp
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -44.3%

03-12-2012 01:25:26 | More by nmann08
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Chetti

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44.3%

09-30-2012 04:05:25 | More by Chetti
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44.3%

09-28-2013 12:10:35 | More by victory4me
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

2/5  rDev -44.3%

11-17-2011 14:25:22 | More by BeerThursdays
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thakkar

Illinois

2/5  rDev -44.3%

12-03-2011 05:41:29 | More by thakkar
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schnell

Ohio

2/5  rDev -44.3%

07-16-2013 02:32:38 | More by schnell
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projectflam86

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750ml poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a mahogany color with a thick slightly off white foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- Definitely picking up the smoked malts in the nose. Sort of a peat quality with a touch of spice. Not getting much of the typical dubbel aromas of dark fruits and candy sugar.

T- Deep smoky flavor initially with an oaky peat malt finish. I don't think I could tell that the base beer is a dubbel. Maybe a touch of sweetness in the finish but very faint and hard to notice anything other than the meaty smoked flavor. Much more like a rauchbier (which admittedly is not a favorite style of mine).

M- Wildly over carbonated with a thin mouthfeel. Sudsy with a lingering smoked aftertaste.

O- This one wasn't for me. I thought a dubbel brewed with a touch of smoked malt sounded good but this was way over done (at least to me). The bottle says it can cellar for 5 years. Maybe by that time the smoke would have died down some.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 21:49:56 | More by projectflam86
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VaTechPhilly

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

04-29-2013 00:51:06 | More by VaTechPhilly
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patm1986

New Jersey

2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

light amber color, no head, low viscosity; lacking any character at all in terms of pure body.

smells like liquid smoke, lightly charred wood, and a little, tiny amount of dark fruit, but i think i'm prying on the fruit. the smoke is pleasant, though, much like the scent of a fire burning far off in the bitterly cold night.

it tastes like smoked band-aids. i don't know what it is--maybe the way the malt was smoked, something in contact during the process?--but there's a quality of chemical plastic that has seeped into this, and this is the only way to describe the flavor. smoked band aids.

thin, slick, not much body or slickness in the mouth or finish.

i was hoping this was going to be as complex as it sounded: dark fruit, belgian sweetness, burnt biscuits, liquid smoke. it wasn't like any of it. the flavor was very weird.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 21:52:38 | More by patm1986
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Zakk

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

06-25-2012 05:24:24 | More by Zakk
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Lantern


2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

12-28-2011 14:35:36 | More by Lantern
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

08-27-2012 02:11:45 | More by ejimhof
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Poured into two tulips.

A: Dusty brown/copper colored body with amber hues along the top edge. Off-white or tan head sits atop in a nice fluffy formation and doesn't dissipate quick. Nice retention cap is left behind, mainly a thick ring, but the lacing is good.

S: Lots of smoke, and I mean lots of smoke. Ashtray, charred wood, cigar smoke and a certain meaty quality. Towards the back end is some rather faint Belgian spices and a touch of yeast. Caramel and smoked malts with a hint of pepper. It's okay but seemingly one dimensional.

T: Whoa, that is smokey and not in a very good way. It unfortunately overwhelms much of the taste for me. Lots of burnt wood, ash and smoked malt up front. Mid-palate is more of the same; I'm just waiting for something else to break through. It doesn't... back of the palate has more smoke with a slightest hint of a spicy Belgian yeast flavor. Talk about a one dimensional beer, this is it.

M: Well carbonated, bubbly and somewhat creamy. Really this is nice and nothing wrong here. Perhaps a touch thicker than I'd prefer but not bad at all.

I'd like to think I generally like this style; heck I like Voodoo Doughnut way better than this. For me, there wasn't much past the in your face smoke flavors. It needed some sort of cut in the aroma and flavor, something I unfortunately didn't get at all. Drain poured.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 19:18:57 | More by ShanePB
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden ruby/copper color with a one finger yellowish beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

The smoked malts and estery dark fruit notes combine to create an herbal/medicinal presence in the nose. Slightly earthy with some grassy hops. Subtle hints of smoked malt with charcoal and wood notes followed by some dark fruit. Not smoker enough for my liking and kind of odd smelling.

Medium bodied with an earthy medicinal flavor that dominates the other notes. Faintly smokey creating more of a wooden, dry taste than the pleasant flavors I associate with rauch/smoked beers. This is followed by the dark fruit notes with hints of grape, plum and other berries creating sweetness that counters the dry character. Similarly to the aroma, this creates an odd medicinal, herbal flavor that overwhelms the beer. The ABV is really well masked with very little heat but the odd flavor profile makes this beer a bit unpleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 07:45:45 | More by corby112
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InsuranceGuy

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

05-07-2012 20:13:42 | More by InsuranceGuy
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efrank

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

06-18-2014 02:30:38 | More by efrank
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, so this starts with an oddity. I open the cage and then pop the cork…. But I notice that there is still something in the neck of the bottle. Not sure what it is I get a flashlight into the top of the bottle. First I have to note that the cork that came out was in pristine condition. What was in the neck of the bottle was the bottom of ANOTHER cork. I can only imagine that in the bottling line the first cork didn’t go in properly and then they popped in another without noticing the remnants of the first one. Interesting.

A foamy 2+ finger head forms that is off white to light beige. Settles to a ½ cap that stays for a while. A decent amount of sudsy lace sticks to the class. Beer is a deep brown amber color with good clarity.

Aroma is a mix of light smoke some grain and a malty sweetness.

Interesting in that I like the initial flavor which I’ll describe as a combination of lightly sweet caramel and nice smoked malt. Nice and smokey mid palate… but then it really drops off with almost no finish. There is some smoke that remains but all other flavors seem to drop out quickly. Man, I want to like this, but the finish is not helping me here.

Reality is that this is medium bodied, but the finish I describe above makes it feel thin.

In the end, I’m not a big fan.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:58:03 | More by Reagan1984
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chinchill

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The large corked bottled looked very appealing, but I should admit I do not like many smoke beers, especially those with a strong smokiness that overpowers the other aromas and flavors. Unfortunately, this is striking example of an overly smokey brew.
There is so much smoke flavor and aroma in this that the experience was somewhat more like eating a heavily smoked meat than drinking a beer, and an aftertaste that made me feel like I had tried a cigar while drinking. Of course, the texture was entirely different: In fact, the mouthfeel was exceptional. Otto Ale is smooth, with excellent carbonation and a medium-full body.

O: Drink again? ... no thanks. But I'd be happy to use this for cooking meats and sauces.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:21:36 | More by chinchill
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gawnphishin

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-30-2011 05:29:36 | More by gawnphishin
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-18-2012 18:25:44 | More by SickNukes
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Otto Ale from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.