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Otto In Oak - Victory Brewing Company

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Otto In OakOtto In Oak

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 05-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 63
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deeper brown color that when in the snifter looks almost black. When held up to the light however a ruby red glow is seen through the beer. Upon pouring there is a rather thin off white that fades quite fast to leave a medium amount of lacing and a thin film on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a smoky and roasty malt and brown bread smell. Mixed with this is some warming bourbon-boozy aroma as well as a lighter dark fruit aroma

Taste – The flavor is very heavy of malt upfront. A strong brown bread flavor is the first thing detected by the tongue and acts as a base for the beer. Quickly a small amount of dark fruit is detected by the tongue which sweetens the brown bread flavor even more. A bourbon and smoky flavor are the to be sensed. They enter around the same point as the fruit , but are initially weaker , but as the taste moves forward they grow stronger and stronger. At the end there is a increase in roasty and pure alcohol flavor which leave a very warming in the mouth and the body. It is very nice.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level average as well. While the brew likely would have done better with a thicker body and a lighter level of carbonation, really allowing all those roasty and boozy flavors time to sit on the tongue, the mouthfeel is by no means bad.

Overall – A tasty and boozy brew at only ~ 8.1 %. It has a good flavor profile and transitions. Well worth a try.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugars is quite dominant with some very subtle light smoky notes and some light oak/bourbon notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix between some light smoky notes with some bourbon notes and some heavy caramelized malt with quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is not very apparent. There is less smoke notes than I was hoping for and bit too much residual sugar s for my taste.

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Photo of aflyershckyfan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of MLasoski
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasant surprise as I didn't know this was even coming out!

A: A deep brown body with a 1/2 inch-thick head. No lacing to warrant a note.

S: Smells of alcohol (bourbon?) and malt. This is definitely what I was expecting. This wasn't a letdown; however, it's a bit pungent as it warms.

T: Definitely like Otto in the oak barrel! I taste it all - the oak, the alcohol, and the malt. The alcohol definitely overcomes the beer as it becomes warmer.

O: This has to be around 10% ABV. It's a great representation of an oaked beer. I recommend this and I hope Victory keeps it coming!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good old stores with old bottles, Apr 26 2012 date.

A- Poured into a chalice with a dark brown body, some red hues around the edges. Small off white head forms with decent retention and falls to a creamy ring. Just a bit of lace on the glass.

S- Strong and interesting. Bourbon off the top but it is pretty mellow and rounded out with a great vanilla feel, solid oak too. Smoky malts lend a BBQ meat feel as well as some Scotch hints. Brown sugar, molasses, raisin, some oxidation and caramel.

T- Again, the bourbon flavors here are extremely well rounded and balanced out. Delicious vanilla ice cream feel with the oak, maybe the best vanilla flavor I have experienced in a beer just from a barrel. Nice mellowed whiskey, raisin, smoked meats, camp fire, molasses, spice, dark fruits and caramel.

MF- Pretty dry and moderately thick body. Carbonation is nice and high with a somewhat watery feel. ABV well hidden and everything is so mellowed and balanced.

Awesome to be honest. The vanilla oak feel rules with the smoke and whiskey present. Not sure if better with age but this was a great dusty shelf find.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Mohican88
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip, dark amber with a 1 finger cream colored head

S: Light smoke and bourbon with plum, raisin, cherries as well as Belgian spice notes from the yeast. It's very appealing with lots of complex and bold aromas.

T: So complex as the aroma indicated. The smoke and bourbon are incredibly well integrated and marry extremely well with the style. Initially the smoke is present, but not overpowering, followed by the oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The base dubbel comes through mid to late in the palate, relatively sweet with nice plum and raisin flavor as well as the spiciness of the yeast. Alcohol was kept in check throughout, even as the beer warmed only a hint crept in and I found it enjoyable. So much going on, but balanced to showcase each aspect.

M: medium bodied, on the lower end of carbonation but it went well with the beer. I think more carbonation would have washed out some of the subtle flavors.

O: This is a great beer and one of the few beers that has really wowed me recently. I expected it to be much more smokey but the level of smoke was perfect to allow the barrel to come through and the dubbel to flex it's flavors as well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Victory, Downingtown, PA

There's a more complex story behind the origin of this beer, as told to me by Bill of Victory, but regrettably, I don't remember any of it. Minus the sentimental story behind the brew, Otto in Oak is a smoked Belgian dubbel (Otto) aged in oak bourbon barrels. Bottle date is 4/26/12, with a 5-year cellaring limit printed. No ABV printed, though with the regular Otto at 8.1%, I'd imagine this is somewhere in the 8-10% region.

Poured a somewhat cloudy mahogany brown color with a small off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is fairly smoky, with notes of caramel, booze and banana esters. This leads into a pretty complex taste, starting with burnt caramel, ripe bananas, raisins, bready yeast, leading to a ashen smoke mid-palate, accompanied by woody bourbon, vanilla beans, with the finish being earthy and a little bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy. Still pretty hot at this point and needs some time to mellow, which is why I'm going to keep a bottle in the basement for a couple years or so. It's a confusing beer, but once you realize what's going on (basically Belgian yeast + German smoked malts + American bourbon), it's easier to like. Whether or not those elements jive on your palate is, I suppose, a matter of opinion.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a decent, albeit large-bubbled, head. Surprisingly, it has some staying power, but leaves only some spots for lace. The color is deep brown where light shines through.

Smells more like a Barley Wine than a smoked beer. That is to say it is sweet as if molasses was added after fermentation.

This tastes like a Barley Wine. Plenty of sweetness and alcohol warmth. There's an ample amount of hop, but the swallow is sugary with long brandy-like aftertaste. Rich body with a low carbonation level. The smokiness is almost lost in the richness of the other flavors...it's there but if I hadn't known it was there, I probably wouldn't have identify.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged.
Pours a murky brown color with a slight head. There was relatively little sediment.
Aroma of bourbon, caramel and toast.
In the taste, more bourbon in this aged version then fresh, small meaty smoke but most of the rauchbier qualities have faded.
Caramel, oak, slightly dry and a bit of bubblegum like Belgian yeast, perhaps wheat is used as well. Tannins and earthy, aged and sweet but not too boozy.
Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry.
Overall, this has aged fairly well, but the smokier component was much more pronounced when fresh, which held the beer together more. Quite good, nevertheless, and wonder what it would do it left a lot longer.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany beer that nonetheless has good clarity. Lovely, tight cream colored head with excellent retention; lacing is sticky and clings to the glass in sheets. A great looking brew.

Aroma of charred oak; smoked malt; caramel and burnt sugar; vanilla; bourbon. Meaty and boozy. Flavor follows the nose fairly closely, although the smoked note is perhaps a touch less assertive, with the Bourbon whiskey character more dominant. Moderate sweetness, oak barrel, char, tastes like a shot of whiskey at a campfire.

Medium bodied; with medium to slightly low carbonation. Overall I felt this was a somewhat problematic beer, but I still enjoyed it. If you are a fan of smoked beer you may like it but that flavor combined with assertive whiskey makes it far from an easy drinker. We tried pairing it with foods of different types and came up a little short; even with smoked sausage the booziness made for an odd combination. In the end I actually enjoyed it most with chocolate covered fruits, interestingly.

This is a pretty unique creation, as far as I can tell, but it’s for fans of smoke and bourbon only.

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Otto In Oak from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.