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Otto Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Otto AleOtto Ale

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307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerLover99 on 10-12-2011)
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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from the folks at Victory pours a reddish brown color, has a tall dense head and good carbonation. Aroma is more smoke forward then not. Good sweet malt bill underneath.
This is an incredibly easy beer to drink.The taste is a nice balance between sweet candied malts with hints of candied sugar and light beech wood maybe. First taste brings a dubbel followed by light smokiness ending with an ashen finish. The smokiness is not overwelming quite light really and compliments nicely.
Like I said early this beer drinks very smooth and easy. For as much as is going on it has a pretty clean finish. Eight ABV and you'd never know it.

Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Otto has a really cool label. A campfire with some ghost flames in the background..

A: Pours a real pretty chestnut brown color. Clear with a nice fluffy tan head of about 2 fingers. A nice looking beer.

S: Right off the bat i get a lot of smoke. If you've ever sat by a campfire for a few hours and then the next day smelled your clothes. Thats the smokiness you get from this beer. The base beer is a dubble so there are the traditional dark candied fruit notes but you really have to look for them in the background. If you didn't know this was a dubble it would be hard to pick up.

T: They smoke is definitely less forward then it is on the nose. It's mostly on the finish as the dark fruits dominate the front of the tongue.

M: carbonation is light but adequate. Mouthfeel is slightly below medium. It feels soft on the pallet and finishes smoothly.

Overall: I heard a lot of mixed reviews about Otto. Mostly people saying that the rauchbier and the dubble styles dont mix well. I disagree. I really like this bee. I think there is just enough smoke and just enough sweetness to keep everything in balance. A solid Victory offering!

Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml brown bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. Bottled on Sept 28 2011 in white on front-left of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Chestnut brown with bright garnet edges with wispy light 1/2-finger of light beige head with average retention and only a small comma of lace.

S: A very earthy lightly smoked aroma with some dark fruit components.

T: The flavors are very unique and interesting, but not all that drinkable. The smoked flavor dominates, but there is a strong bitter clove contribution that doesn't mix all that well with the generous smoke. The dark fruity fig and date flavors poke through her and there, but the bitterness of the clove and the smoke cloud much of the malt flavor.

M: The carbonation is fine and active with a nice medium body with a moderately dry finish.

O: It is disjointed and a nice experiment but doesn't really work all that well. Interesting but there won't be another go-round for this brew.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BeerThursdays
2/5  rDev -44%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +12%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never saw this beer as being a Dubbel, I was pretty sure it was supposed to be a Rauchbier. Anyway, the beer poured out as a deep brown color with some nice red highlights in it. The head was foamy and laced the glass pretty well. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of smoked malt aromas along with some lager yeast notes as well. The mouthfeel was prettygood, I found it to be well balanced and easy to drink. Overall I thought that this beer got a little better as it warmed up. I'm not the biggest fan of this style but I like what victory did with this one. I can't say I'd buy it again but it was nice to try.

Photo of Yoshio
4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of kirbsicles
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: copperish color, nice head

smell: hello smoke beer, tis there

taste: nice smoke flavor, decent body, didnt really get any belgo flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I love smoke beers, this was not my favorite by any means. but if it my only smoke option, I would drink again

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is classified as a dubbel but be warned rather than surprised like I was, this is a rauch bier, it may be dubbel in some way but to me, this was a straight up rauch.

Beer is brown and mostly clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mild, semi-sweet, a little yeast and a little smoke, I'm already confused at this point.

Beer is decent, medium bodied, interesting palate, but the back half is all smoke all the time, the levels of smoke are not overwhelming but it is dominant for sure. A decent little rauch, I'll have to research why this is called a dubbel. Is this is Belgian yeast strain? Anyway, a decent little smokey dubbel. I guess.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is light brown with a half inch of tan head that leaves sparse lacing. The aroma is smoke, peat, campfire. Just what one would expect from a beer of this ilk. Good flavor. A notch below the authentic examples of the style, particularly Aecht Schlenkerla, who reigns supreme. That said, this is a fine rauchbier from an American brewery, albeit one that is about as close to Germany as possible...maybe there's something to that. Medium bodied, with a lasting smokiness on the palate. Recommended.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely clear mahogany with a very thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Malty aroma has smoky, peaty and caramel notes. Flavor fills the mouth with malt, fruit, and barbecue smoke with caramel and floral hints. There is also a whisper of sweetness and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has plenty of body and a good amount of fizz.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Chimay glass. This was bottled on 9/28/11.

A: Pours a reddish brown color. Tons of carbonation, bubbles running of the bottom of glass. White head of only faint 1/4 finger, dissipated quickly. Some alcohol feet and mild lacing.

S: Overwhelmed with smoke notes. It really masks the dark fruitiness that should be there with the dubbel. Smells like a medicinal campfire. Listerine like.

T: Ok, it's definitely a SMOKED beer. It's not as medicine like as I expected. I get some bitterness on the tip of the tongue. In the mid mouth you get all of this beer. Smokiness. Roasted malts. Dark fruits. The finish is cleaner than expected. Smoke after taste.

M: Medium bodied, but moves to full during. Coats the mouth.

O: I gotta go with a B- on this one. I was dissappointed, but not as much as I was expecting to be.

Photo of corby112
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a fairly clearish ruddy brown color with a bit of head that left a creamy/swirly layer on top. Smelled slightly smoky with belgian yeast behind...tastes very unique. great smoky flavor mixed with standard belgian dubbel flavors, not overwhelming and very drinkable...unfortunately I found myself wanting something a little more substantial from this beer...it could benefit from a bit more body. Overall it's a great brew and definitely gets bonus points for creativity but I can picture this type of beer being done a little better...still, yum.

Otto Ale from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.