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Otto Ale - Victory Brewing Company

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Otto AleOtto Ale

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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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-16-2011 00:28:02 | More by RyanPS
Photo of NCbeerpirate

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-15-2011 23:29:34 | More by NCbeerpirate
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 05:07:00 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Yoshio


4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-15-2011 00:43:12 | More by Yoshio
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 18:08:13 | More by vicsju1991
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

11-14-2011 17:56:19 | More by thebouch01
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-14-2011 15:13:59 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of kirbsicles


4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 14:59:12 | More by kirbsicles
Photo of CampusCrew


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 02:03:26 | More by CampusCrew
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:33:25 | More by drabmuh
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:11:49 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:37:19 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 15:09:23 | More by inlimbo77
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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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New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 04:57:28 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

unique and delicious, rauchbier meets belgian dubbel. pours a major sexy deep amber hue, dark like cabernet, jovial tan head which fades away quickly. nose is overly smokey, with just a tiny hint that theres a belgian underneath. alchohol notes, bonfire, and wood. taste is a bit more level, with some vanilla and bright yeast happening. mouthfeel is bubble and true to the dubbel style. this is a one of a kind for sure, and whether you like it or not, its a brand new creation, so lots of extra points for creativity. met my expectations and it is a great buzz. woooo

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:48:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle dated 9/28/2011 poured into a snifter

A- A deep clear red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Smokey, camp fire like, caramel malts, touch of dark fruits.

T- Dark fruits and malts up front and nice smokey finish, grows on you as you drink it.

M- Medium body, creamy.

O- This is a nice beer that is easy to drink. The 8.1% ABV is not noticeable at all. At $10 a 750 I think I will buy two or three more to share with family over the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:21:51 | More by larryi86
Photo of Bung


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. Dark amber pour, ring of off white bubbles.

Aroma, malty, fig/prune with some smoke. Lends to darker grain aroma than normal for the style this is listed under. Strange, but I find it interesting.

Taste, a smoked belgian. Toffee, light brown sugar. Large and equal amounts of smoked peat/bacon and yeast. Again, an interesting combo, I thought they really worked well together. But then again, I don't enjoy Dubbels that much.

Lighter side of mid, good carbonation. Drinks well, for those who can enjoy the flavors.

An inbetween style brew, if judged by "style" it may not be good, if you just take it for what it is, it is well done. Of coarse, you will need to enjoy some smoked brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 02:31:27 | More by Bung
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wish it had more smoke. Its an OK beer needs more body. The belgian is a nice twist ,but will not seek out again.Maybe I'll buy one more and through it in the cellar and see what happens after 6 months? Check this one out. You might like it. I like more smoke than what this has to offer

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:32:32 | More by AttitudeBrew
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, dark pour with a medium tan head, light lacing. Lots of smoke, bacon, maybe some clove. To be honest this was more of a rauch beer to me. The primary flavors I picked up were smoke and bacon. IMO this was on the thin side, the body just did not hold up. The carbonation was light, it was fairly easy to drink. The combination did not work for me, the smoked malt took away all the characteristics of the dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 12:38:32 | More by bonkers
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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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3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork and caged bottle.

Pours a deep clear brownish amber with a small beige head that reedes quickly to a thin collar.

Aroma is more smokey than dubbel with the smoked malts featuring prominently. There a some sweet caramel malts, candi sugar and faint dark fruits.

Taste has a big astringent band-aid flavor up front. It's not the smoke character that I was expecting, less smoked wood and more burnt ashes. There is a sweetness in the background that lingers a bit in the finish with some figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is astringent and artificially smokey.

I was looking forward to this one as a smoked beer fan but I think the flavor misses the mark slightly for me. The smoke is of the unpleasant burnt rubber variety. Not my favorite from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:03:48 | More by gford217
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany with a very modest head that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; leaves some splashy lace behind, however

Smell: Caramel, fig, banana and ash

Taste: Opens with the dubbel elements of caramel, fig and pepper, with the banana adding another dimension by mid-palate; the smoked character arrives, after the swallow, and leaves a subtle ashen flavor behind in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with buoyant carbonation

Overall: While the beer is well-balanced, I am not sure that it shows off the best of either style; not something I would seek out again

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 01:28:27 | More by brentk56
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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Bronze, mostly clear with steadily rising bubbles.
smell: Very nice, unique, interesting. The smoke punches through, resting on a solid Belgian spice and fruit.
taste: Doesn't quite live up to the nose but the same qualities are there.
mouthfeel: medium creamy, nice carbonation.
overall: An interesting, unique beer. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:36:41 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish brown color with a short 1/2" head. No real lacing develops.

Smell : smoke, fruits, and some caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: malty goodness here with some chocolate, plums, cherry, fig, and a load of smokey flavor. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is lightly noticeable. Spicy yeast arrives late onthetongue.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout.

Overall: an interesting mix of a dubbel and rauchbier and for me it works. Interesting and it keeps you engaged until the bomber is empty. A definite different beer from Victory that is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 20:35:54 | More by Gavage
Otto Ale from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.