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Otto In Oak - Victory Brewing Company

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89
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 11
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 05-08-2012)
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3.73/5  rDev -7%
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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3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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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3.85/5  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.

Photo of garuda
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Otto In Oak from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.