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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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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.2%

07-21-2012 00:26:56 | More by brez8791
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aflyershckyfan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-20-2012 01:52:31 | More by aflyershckyfan
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-30-2013 01:50:23 | More by swetsastonic
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-31-2012 00:16:13 | More by kaelingirl
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

11-24-2013 15:42:58 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-19-2014 14:54:45 | More by Shandycan
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

08-10-2013 03:42:58 | More by kmos27
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Beershack

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-19-2014 10:15:21 | More by Beershack
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MLasoski

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -7%

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!

06-26-2012 01:17:13 | More by MLasoski
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -7%

750ml, 2012
The Bruery tulip

A: Burnt orange color. It's pretty darn clear. Some carbonation is present. Not getting tons of head, but I do get lacing from what is there.

S: I think I have become a smoked beer fan, as I really like this one. Pulling nice hints of vanilla and oak first. They mesh well with some of that smoke character.

T: Still getting the major component to regular Otto, that Rauchbier campfire/smoke. Then some of that barrel aging comes in. Wish it was a little bit more, but it's pretty pleasant. Fairly dry on the close with that lingering smokey flavor sticking with you.

M: Big medium bodied.

01-02-2013 16:21:43 | More by inlimbo77
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-14-2013 04:54:46 | More by hoppymcgee
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patrick802

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-05-2014 12:58:17 | More by patrick802
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-15-2012 07:58:57 | More by Beeradelphia
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-16-2013 15:51:04 | More by aorloski
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-05-2014 15:02:40 | More by Duff27
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-18-2013 01:44:09 | More by HarmonMW
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Justin

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-17-2012 00:01:01 | More by Justin
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tzolandz

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-26-2013 22:01:03 | More by tzolandz
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jpatton0127

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-16-2013 13:07:10 | More by jpatton0127
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-11-2013 00:47:01 | More by tommyguz
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-07-2014 01:31:33 | More by KAF
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

11-29-2013 17:40:44 | More by Phyl21ca
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

05-08-2012 11:57:29 | More by Rifugium
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -4%

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.

12-15-2012 02:43:19 | More by smcolw
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -3%

A - Deep ruby, murky, crimson highlights. Excellent color. Head has decent retention and lace.

S - Oaky, vanilla, bourbony. I'm not getting as much depth in the nose that I expected.

T - Opens more then the smell with more of that smokiness from the base beer mid palate. Dark dried fruits like plum and fig meld in there too, finishing with some vanilla sweetness. Mild hop bitterness, but really no hop taste.

M - Medium/full body, medium carbonation. Smooth, finishes dry and mostly clean.

O - Lots of flavors going on here, but doesn't really seem to meld all that well for the final verdict. Seems like much of the smokiness from the base beer was lost in the bourbon, which is a shame since that's what I enjoyed most about it. Enjoyable, but I'd pass on buying it again.

02-18-2013 14:12:55 | More by garuda
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Otto In Oak from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.