Otto From The Wood | Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Otto is soothing and deep, with flavors of red and black fruits, vanilla and oak. Otto blends peaches and cherries with our distinguished beer, Fred. It is then aged in oak barrels for at least 18 months. Brewed with love and respect for my brewery’s strongest influence, Fred Eckhardt, and bears his name at birth.

Added by John_M on 07-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,104
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
240
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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80
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62
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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otto From The Wood. Wow. From a 12 oz. bottle circa 2013…

Otto is a gorgeous cranberry red beer. Crystal clear with highlights of plum purple and auburn hug the sides as light stiles the glass. The thinnest of rings kiss the coast, white bubbles tinted pink by the body below.

The aroma is ridiculous. Divine. The sweet and syrupy notes of Fred, Belgian candied sugar and toffee, are met with black cherries, apricot, peach and wood. Warmth brings out a subtle vanilla touch. I'm too reserved to even take a sip. I could just sit here with this under my nose the rest of the day and be content.

But I do take a sip and I'm glad I did. Again, the influence of Fred are obvious. Caramel, golden raisins, dark candi sugar. Peaches and cherries. What a perfect addition. Soft and sweet with the cherries being the clear winner, the orchard fruit playing wing man. Damp wood lends that drop of vanilla, and there is a cinnamon spice finish. The bitter classic hop profile associated with original Fred is nowhere to be found, which works exceptionally well for Otto.

Like a lot of Hair of the Dog's offerings, Otto is mostly flat. And once again, appropriate. They get it. Carbonation would distract from these amazing flavors. It's syrupy, sweet, but balanced by the barrels stripping qualities and tannic influence. It coats every nook and cranny of the mouth. Otto demands small sips with plenty of time between.

Otto is phenomenal. This bottle is around 5 years old and I'm not sure if that helped or hindered, and frankly I don't care. This is one damn fine beer and an amazing tribute to Fred “Otto” Eckhardt.

Cheers!

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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Stephen

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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage cellared bottle. Not to impressive looking but damn does it taste great. Extremely complex and full bodied. Everything I expected it to be. World class.

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Photo of cd34
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy raisin color, thick and sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Cherries, oak, brown sugar, some mild spiciness.

T - Cherries, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, some vanilla, roasted caramel, lingering cherry and bourbon finish.

M - Full bodied, slick, viscous, lip smacking sticky.

O - Recommended. (Underrated.)

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4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's good beer, there's great beer, and then there's beer as pure art, where audacious experimentation succeeds to create somethIng unique and perfect. For me this beer falls in the latter category, with a blend of bold flavors - a strong ale backbone with a slight alcohol heat, the perfect amount of barrel, fruit and malt sweetness with a hint of tart and sour - that I haven't experienced together in one glass anywhere else. The cloudy reddish-brown color is a marvel to behold, too. Highly recommend for lovers of strong, unique beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Otto

From one of the most bizarre gentlemen in the brewing industry comes a beer that feels like a relic of the past yet tastes like something of the future. Drinking this beer is an adventure through the mind of a mad genius that could care less if you like his beer but is eternally satisfied by knowing that you do. Whether you like the lip-smackingly dense flavor or not, its an experience in a bottle worth the price of admission.

With that said, the beer is intensely sweet but in a pleasant way. It chocked full of pear, apple, cherry and peach fruitiness. The malt is just a minor character in the show but it sets the stage for a symphony of fruit flavor and oak reminiscent of an apple brandy. It is a beautiful beer. If you can find it and afford its generally steep price tag, the beer is worth every sip.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from share on 11/12. Pours out a hazy amber with a small ring of head. Aroma is stone fruit, booze barrel, very sweet. Taste follows with more of the fruit, some vanilla, and big boozy flavors. Plenty warm. Kind of sticky.

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4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark reddish orange with quite a few dark floaties despite a gentle pour. Virtually no head, but a light ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, light stone fruit, slight plum, vanilla, mild bourbon, oak, rather a barleywine profile. Flavor is quite sweet; caramel malt, peaches, apricots, apple, hints of cherry, oaky vanilla. Finishes sweet and fruity. Medium bodied with light carbonation. A very fruit forward strong ale. The barrel characteristics are largely oaky; there seemed to be some bourbon in the nose, but it may have been the fruit influence and is not evident in the taste. Quite sweet and skates on the edge of being cloying, although the flavors are sufficient to support the sweetness. The cherry adds flavor be only a hint of tartness, which seems perfect. A big, full flavored fruit forward dessert ale. Not much to look at (the floaties are dark and forbidding), but smells great and tasted wonderful. First chance to try this rare ale and glad I found one.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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