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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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Twig2848, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky deep amber in color with some mahogany highlights and moderate amounts of gentle carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a pebbled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of smoked malts and smoked peat as well as some light notes of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are some just shy of moderate flavors of smoked peat and smoked malts over some lighter notes of roasted malts and just a touch of spices from the yeast. There are light amounts of lingering iodine flavors rather than bitterness in the finish (my wife describes them as band-aid like).

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall the alcohol is pretty well hidden in this beer but if you don't enjoy smokey flavors then I would recommend avoiding this one - aromas and flavors of smoked peat have intensified since this beer was initially released and I had it fresh.

dbrauneis, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Pencible
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Pencible, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Phillyz, Feb 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

oriolesfan4, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of dan027
3/5  rDev -16%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of wo87810
3.5/5  rDev -2%

wo87810, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
4.25/5  rDev +19%

TheMarkE, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

sendbeer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Zkman87
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Zkman87, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber brown with ample head. Good head retention and lacing present on the glass. Finer carbonation than your average beer gives it a nice mouthfeel. Smells like a Belgian dubbel but harder to detect the smokey malts after the first sip. Taste is dominated by the smokey malts - the bigger dubbel part of this beer is less present. The smoked malt is present early and lingers well after you've swallowed the beer.

Oakenator, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev +5%

sloelco, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of VinnyA
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

VinnyA, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this 750ml bottle just cuz

Pours mahogany brown with a finger of creamy beige head.

Smell offers plenty of smoked barley, wood smoke, and restrained malts. Light grainy/toffee aromas for balance.

Taste is equal in smokiness. This beer is crying out for some BBQ. More smoke than belgian qualities for sure...woody, dry, earthy and weird.

Can't hate on this mouthfeel. Nice body on this.

Certainly a unique beer. Hard to pin down..Just try it.

TheMultiYeast, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, smoke, vanilla, and some spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and darker malts with some dark fruits, and some spices. Through the middle, the smoke comes through with some more Belgian yeast flavors including some more spices and some dark fruits. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, smoke, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, smokey, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good complexity and balance. The smoke on top of the dubbel is a nice touch.

ngeunit1, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +12%

sliverX, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

rolive, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

dogfishandi, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12%

MarkyMOD, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

SFC21, Nov 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

sneaks2210, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of jrfehon33
3/5  rDev -16%

jrfehon33, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

nickfl, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a relatively clear amber brown body. not a lot of lacing.

S: smoked meat, caramel, hint of toffee and burnt toast.

T: more smoked meat, sweet BBQ sauce, caramel malts and brown sugar.

M: moderate to high carbonation and medium body.

Overall: this is plain and simply a drinkable smoked beer. The smokiness doesn't overwhelm and definitely compliments the base beer.

kylehay2004, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of andthevolcano
3.5/5  rDev -2%

andthevolcano, Nov 07, 2012
Otto Ale from Victory Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.