1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Otto Ale - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Otto AleOtto Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

309 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 309
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerLover99 on 10-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 309 | Reviews: 137 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cherry red brown color with a one fingered bubbly head and dies down to a viscous ring around the glass. Light carbonation.

S - Smells like smoked Belgian bread with some dark fruit, the smoke aroma is up front and assertive, but not over dominating.

T - This is an odd one for sure...a Belgian Dubbel meets the Fall evening camp fire. Right from the start the smoke is present, all the way to the smokey end. In between is some dark Belgian candied fruit trying to break through but never quite makes it there. There's a little bit of smokey spice buried in there along with a bitter spruce-like finish that last for several seconds before it subsides and the smoke comes through once again.

M - Full medium body and slight prickly on the tongue.

O - The rauch style is interesting, familiar in Germany and pretty foreign here in the U.S. I haven't had enough rauch beers to compare this one too but I applaud Victory for chartering some new waters, so to speak, with this particular beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear dark plum color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is good and some touches of irregularly distributed lacing is left.

3.5 S: I found that letting this warm up is a must to get the full force of the smoke. The smoke has a peatiness to it. I wasn't really expecting that. I was expecting more of a "campfire" component. The dubbel influence is much harder to discern. Sweet caramel with a touch of figgy fruitiness. Still, quite pleasant.

3.5 T: There's definitely more campfire in the taste and less peatiness. However, the smoke isn't very strong overall. Despite the smoke not being anywhere near overwhelming, the dubbel is still hard to find. I'm getting caramel and a light fruitiness, but very little in terms of Belgian yeast products aside from a touch of pepper and clove. I like the flavor profile, I just want more of everything, including the smoke.

4.0 M: The mouthfeel is just what I want it to be. Lighter medium body. Good spritzy moderate carbonation. Active on the tongue. Good here.

3.5 D: Not a bad brew, but lacking in intensity. I'd prefer more smoke, more dubbel, or more of both.

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%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BeerThursdays
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of Manboy21182
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of horrorspecialty
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RyanPS
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
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%

Photo of vicsju1991
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.

Otto Ale from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.