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Otto In Oak - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 05-08-2012)
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SickNukes

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.7%

05-29-2012 12:45:00 | More by SickNukes
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ksiazewski

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

05-19-2012 03:24:37 | More by ksiazewski
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

05-26-2012 04:42:31 | More by lpotter
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Mohican88

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

09-16-2012 14:49:47 | More by Mohican88
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

01-20-2013 00:21:31 | More by mendvicdog
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

06-30-2012 01:09:35 | More by HamGlade10
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cld253

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-05-2012 22:25:01 | More by cld253
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

10-04-2012 04:06:20 | More by RoryOMoore
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larryi86

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +8%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown with hints of ruby red and a two finger off white head.

S- Smokey, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, some dark fruits.

T- Dark fruits, caramel malts, great combo of bourbon and smoke in the finish, some oak, some Belgian yeast, good complexity, bourbon is well done and works really well.

M- Smooth, medium body, some creaminess.

O- Victory did a great job with one. I am a fan of regular Otto and I feel the bourbon barrels made this beer better. Really hope I can pick up a few more bottles.

05-13-2012 02:14:27 | More by larryi86
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

03-23-2013 05:39:01 | More by cbutova
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-21-2013 04:47:53 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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KELPAK

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-03-2013 19:25:26 | More by KELPAK
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Evarigan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

10-14-2013 20:51:22 | More by Evarigan
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-28-2013 22:30:57 | More by Morey
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-28-2012 02:15:35 | More by TubaManJack
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Koltar

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-25-2012 02:08:17 | More by Koltar
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-05-2012 04:39:33 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-17-2013 18:02:28 | More by Jason1337
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-27-2012 00:25:49 | More by muskiesman
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-29-2012 21:53:56 | More by mbs11
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-16-2013 03:44:34 | More by Casey3236
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

09-29-2012 02:00:09 | More by Giantspace
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +5%

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.

11-01-2013 05:15:24 | More by Stinkypuss
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

A- Deep mahogany body with a light tan frothy head.

S- Oak, smoke, malt, whiskey. Pretty interesting and strong aroma.

T- Tastes like a very oaky brown ale, with sweet hints of bourbon and vanilla. A lot going on, but very good.

M- Pretty thick mouthfeel, but very drinkable. Creamy and well carbonated.

O- Very complex and worth a shot.

06-01-2012 16:39:28 | More by stephenjmoore
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

750ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of snifters. The brew pours a clear dark amber brown. When held to the light, it displays some deep ruby clarity and boasts more than a finger of yellowish stained to tan frothy head. The cap maintains with pretty decent retention and a swirl revives the froth.

The aroma is spicy and strikes up thoughts of something along the lines of burning incense. It has quite a spiced appeal to it almost like cinnamon and raw oak more than the expected smoothness and notes of caramel/vanilla you might normally find in a barrel aged beer. There is a backend sweetness about this brew that has some fruity quality that is almost vinous that blends into a bit of caramel maltiness. The smoked aspect of this beer is muted a bit from the barrel aging but it is present across the back as it warms up and provides a nice depth overall to the aromatics.

The taste is a solid combination of everything you would expect based on the description. The dark fruity flavors that are mildly vinous are even more prevalent in the flavor than the aroma. There is a solid alcohol spice and warmth down the back of the throat that transitions into a smoked aftertaste that really works well with the oak flavoring from the barrel aging. A bit of spicy quality from the yeast plays off of the barrel aging to compile layers of interesting character. As it warms up, the spiciness leans a bit towards cinnamon and clove and the alcohol really comes forward.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is quite complex and I found it to be an interesting and enjoyable experience. The barrel aspect carries a lot of similarities to dark intrigue (the spiciness and tannins instead of smooth vanilla and caramel flavoring.) I was not the biggest fan of the base beer but I was really digging this brew. If the base beer is 8%, this has got to be closer to 10% or more, it really warms you up about mid-way through the glass.

06-15-2012 00:39:48 | More by stakem
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Otto In Oak from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.