Otto From The Wood | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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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

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37
Ratings:
225
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 225
Photo of Brabander
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

This was a supertreat! Got a big bottle from a good and well known beerfriend, Bill Young. Shared this bottle at the 2014 Borefts beerfestival in Holland. Increadibly balanced beer with real chunks of fruit in it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the tasting room on 8.2.12

A - Served a dark ruby red. Very wine-like with a fizzy light pink head that fades quickly.

S - Sweet fruit, oak, bourbon, molasses.

T - The taste is sweet fruit an oaky, then lots I boozy bourbon, carmel, and molasses and some slight peach in the finish.

D - Nice carbonation, medium body with a slightly sweet finish.

O - I lucked out on this one. I think it is better than it's components, which is saying a lot. Drinks very easy and smooth.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Another very good brew from HOTD. I didn't like the amount of yeast and other residue in the bottle/glass, but compared to this intense beer its nagging. I like the way the peach is blended in, so well done.

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Photo of culturalsnow
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Color of opaque copper. Sort of a burnished, ruddy amber.

Nose of sweet smoke and fruits. Musty peaches, overripe cherries, some golden raisins too but more like the fleshy raisins in oatmeal. Everything is soft and rounded about this. Nothing sharp to stick out.

Malty sweet in the mouth. Wave after wave of fruit with that hint of smoke always lingering on the finish. Big and boozy, but not hot. I was aware of the 13% in the last few sips. There are noticeable pieces of fruit floating in this beer but I feel the muddy, river water criticism is wrong. A beer that defies easy description, like so many other HotD beers.

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Photo of stoutluvr420
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A blend of barrel aged Cherry and Peach Freds on tap @ HotD. Pours deep ruby with no head. Nose is sweet bourbon and caramel, cherry with hints of oak and heat. Taste is fantastic--really smooth blend of black cherry, bourbon, vanilla, mellow oak, and big waves of bready malt. Don’t get the peaches, but I’m sure they’re in there somewhere. Real smooth and velvety in the mouth, even though it’s not all that carbonated.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Sabatini's Beer Bar in Exeter, PA.

This one pours a dark-ish brown, slightly murky, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like dark fruit and cherry, silky bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather, caramel, toffee.

This is pretty great. The peaches are lightly apparent, moreso than in the aroma, and add a sort of caramelized stone fruit sweetness. There's also dark fruit, raisin and plum, with black cherry, and a great malt backbone, tobacco, caramel, and toffee, maybe a little bit of leather. There's a light amount of bourbon, a hint of vanilla and oak, with no booziness at all.

This is light bodied, but silky- not thin. It has a lower level of carbonation, but a surprisingly high amount for the brewery.

My faith in this brewery has been restored- this is great.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ruby caramel brown color. Poured with fruit chunks.

Flavors: cherries and peaches all over this beer. Very fruity. All the old ale flavors. Molasses, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Bourbon and oak with vanilla spice. Tobacco.

A bit mor carbonation than other dog beers. Full bodied.

Incredible offering. Well done, flavorful and drunkable.

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Photo of John_M
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Wildwood HOTD dinner the other night.

Otto pours a very dark amber color with red hilights. Head retention and lacing are minimal, and this beer has the look of a beer that has seen some significant barrel aging. The nose on this beer is incredible, with maybe the most complex aroma profile I've ever encountered. I picked up holly and fruit cake initially, but as the beer warmed there was coconut, apple brandy, chocolate, light coffee, vanilla and sour cherry as well. The beer had a slight sour undertone on the nose, something that was replicated on the palate as well. The flavor profile replicated the nose to a large extent, though there wasn't quite the same array of flavors on the palate as I got on the nose. Also, while moderately sweet, the light sour and touch of bitterness on the finish seemed to balance that sweetness amazingly well. Mouthfeel was medium bodied at most, and I was surprised by how light on the palate this beer seemed, given the abv. quoted for this beer. Otherwise, the beer had a long, spice infused finish.

Excellent stuff. I guessed this was a blend of Matt and Michael, but was told the blend was actually peach fred and bourbon fred (if I heard correctly). We were told the abv. was in the 12% range, though the assistant brewer at our table indicated it might actually be a few points higher than that. Although this was something of an experimental batch, we were told that a bottled version should hit the market, probably by December of 2012.

As for the name, Alan indicated that Otto was the original name of "Fred" Eckhardt. Apparently, when he originally came to this country, people of German descent were looked upon with suspicion and outright hostility (I gather this was soon after WWII). So he (apparently) elected to go by the name of Fred instead. Alan indicated that he has always held Fred Eckhardt in high regard, and so it made sense to make a beer with his original name in honor of the man.

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Photo of jpearce4
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle purchased about a month ago.

Pour is a very nice hazy red, a bit of head that quickly dissipates. Smell is heavy on peaches and red fruits (I got both cherry and raspberry). Oak/vanilla as well. Taste is a bit sweet, the red fruit carries over, and a note of raisins or dates. Lots of oak barrel character made its way into the beer as well, in a really good way. Adds a lovely vanilla. Really tasty beer! Felt very warm, mild carbonation. Teetered on the edge of too sweet, but was just right for a 12 oz. bottle.

I really enjoyed this beer! It would pair really well with a cheese plate that might cut out a bit of the sweetness, but on its own it was incredible.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.
(A)- Pours with slight bits of cherry skin. Minimal tan froth.
(S)- Big and rich vanilla/cherry with a great dry oaky richness to it.
(T)- The fruits really come through with great barrel notes. Obvious vanilla finish.
(M)- Mellow carbonation level. A nice barrel character and integrated balance.
(O)- Another great example of good barrel aging and overall integration into a base beer. I look forward to see what some time does to this one

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at a share, 2013 vintage: pours a murky reddish brown color with off-white head. Wood tones, dark fruits, candied raisins, cherries, and some light peach tones on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes very sweet, like candied fruit.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Otto from the Wood, bottle purchased at Hair of the Dog in Portland for a lot of money. Fifteen or twenty bucks, I think.

Appearance: Deep mahogany color, like an old Port or a 20-year-old Pedro Ximenez sherry. Surprisingly carbonated, about an inch of head. For Hair of the Dog, this is impressive. No retention or lacing, though. This beer swirls heavy like a liquor.

Smell: Sweet sweet sweet! And boozy... raisin, old grapes carefully caressed on a sunny summer day by illegal Mexicans in Napa Valley. Peach? Sure, but not tart or sour. More like peach juice or peach liqueur. Booze, ethanol.

Taste: Delicious fruitiness. Booze, barrel, calvados or brandy. High-quality liqueur. Dry, spicy chocolate. Old Ale all the way. Resin and vine. Nice sourness at the end. This is the most I've enjoyed a beer brewed with/on cherries, no doubt.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, muscular. Just about the right amount of carbonation, but a little too thin in the body. Well balanced, a nice amount of sweetness and tartness. Dry at the end of sip, reminds me of wine. A touch of spice and oiliness.

Overall: Drinks outrageously well for a 13% beer. Reminds me of the J.W. Lee's Harvest series, but even better. I expected sourness and pain from the cherries and peach but not at all. Great balance all around, a wonder of sweet and sour. So different and well accomplished. Would buy and drink again, despite the high price.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into HoTD tulip at the brewery. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a ruddy caramel color with a faint bubbly collar for a head. The bottom of the bottle is pretty chunky, that left a ton of heavy floaters in the glass.
S:I get notes of booze soaked fruits, caramel, sweet bourbon, dates, spicy barrel, and juicy candied peaches and cherries. Very sweet overall.
T: Sweet caramel and toast, bourbon barrel, currents, leather and tobacco up front. Very smooth and integrated. I get notes of vanilla, spice, cherry, honey, and chocolate in the finish, with lingering bourbon, slight cherry, and tons of leather in the aftertaste.
M: Thick and chewy mouthfeel, slick and low carbonation, tingly and sweet. Sips very well, not hot at all.
O: Amazing flavor, great barrel character with sweet fruits. Fantastic, a real treat.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep wine red to ruby. Hints or orange tooo. Thin round khaki bubbles

S: booze. Oak. Vanilla. Moldy dark fruit. Burnt sugar. Hops.

T: oak barrel. Boozy bourbon. Cherry and vanilla. Slight peach. This is amazing flavor.

F: great palette coating. Sweet but not cloying. Crisp bite to finish.

O: this one is a home run. I've had my issues with some of the other brews but this really kills it.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rathakem for this beer!

poured into HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: mucky reddish mahogany copper brown bodied beer with thin cap of khaki white/tannish head that drops down to small ring around the glass. Lots of chunks of what I believe to be fruit. Some chunks sank down to the bottom of the glass and some floated to the top and some suspended in the middle. I had a few chunks go into my mouth on the fist sip and I would say that based on the texture that is peach chunks and cherry flesh.

Smell: During the pour you can smell a decent amount of peach and cherries. The cherry notes smell just like cherry adam's cherry profile does; it smells nice! Little bit of spicy booze. Smells malty and oaky with a little belgian yeasty influence which probably comes from base beer fred.

Taste: A lot of flavors to take in with this beer; huge complexity. Its starts off with a mix of slightly boozey barrel notes and a big malt profile with hints of cherry and a general fruitiness. If I didnt know any better I would think that this is aged in either bourbon, brandy, or sherry barrels; but I think its just straight oak barrels. It actually has alot of old ale characteristics in this beer. Its leathery and fruity, some hints of tobacco and molasses. Definately a dry and slightly bitter earthy flavor and wet oak barrel notes contrasting each other as well. Some dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel notes in here too. Vinous and slight oxidation noted in the finish with a splash of brown sugar. The peach seems to show up in a subtle way as this beer warms near room temp. Overall the flavor profile is sweet due to the fruits and huge malt profile.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. High end of low spicy booziness, but this is really not that hot. It drinks right at its 13% abv thats listed on the bottle. I like the carbonation level right where it is at, I think its right about where the carbonation level needs to be. Its thick and viscous mouthfeel that coats the palate. Its a rich beer. Definately a beer to sip and contimplate.

Overall: HotD managed to impressed me with this beer. Its just got that unique quality that most HotD beers always bring to the table. And with that said, I dont think that I have ever tried an American Strong Ale that was aged on both cherries and peaches. Its a good beer for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the things that makes these beers from these guys so remarkable to me, is that nobody else is making anything at all like any of these. these guys have existed on an island, no copy cats, no equals, just doing their own thing for this long. this is a blended brew of cherry and peach fred i believe, aged in oak. obviously its a strong one, darker and hazier than the original, with a lacy airy white head with great retention, looking a lot more delicate than the beer underneath it. it smells incredible, i think the cherries are out in front of the peaches a bit, dark black cherries, all pulpy and sweet. the peaches have a grilled quality about them in both nose and taste, perhaps in combination with the darker malts, but i get that caramelized grilled peach flavor, love that. the alcohol is strong but not that strong, as in, it wasnt hot to drink it, and it didnt slow me down any. a beer to savor though, it opens up a lot in the glass. raisin and wet wood, slight oxidation, a little dark fruity tang, some maple notes, as well as honey on the sweet side. complex is an understatement. the fruit is so well integrated later on that its almost hard to recognize whats in there, all of it contributing a critical part. amarone wine sort of vibe on the back end, heavy on the oak. we had the current vintage. this beer really is something special, it defies characterization and style norms, becoming its own entity entirely. i cant wait to taste this again someday. cool to share it with my brother on our trip, one of my favorites from our visit here.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a brownish to reddish color. a hint of orangish to pinks hues. a finger of a tannish head that fades quickly and leaves just a small lacing behind. small brightness but some chunky opaqueness comes in.

Smell: bourbon mainly with notes of vanilla, toasted oak and some honey. some fruit character possibly some peach and some dark berries. some booziness and strong sweet maltiness in it.

Taste: opens up with some fruity sweetness, peach flavor. bourbon comes on pretty strong, with notes of vanilla, toasted oak almost to a bit of toasted almond, and some lightly sweet honey. more fruit comes in, this time pretty sweet but with just a little bit of tartness, mostly berry to cherry flavored (leaning toward cherry with the tartness.) backend is malty sweetness that is mostly indiscernible but a bit syrupy. just a little bit of booze to it.

Mouthfeel: thick, chewy and syrupy. sweet but not quite cloying. warming alcohol is moderately strong.

Overall: Fred doesn't really stand up to the bourbon but that is alright by me. the bourbon and fruit complexity is top notch. the strong bourbon character is tough to beat in beer and the fruit flavor plays very nicely with it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle 2013 release. snifter

pours a brownish color with an appropriate head. the smell is intriguing...cherries and pears and no booziness at all... the taste is out of this world interesting. there are actually pieces of cherry skins and pears mixed into the beer. i get a bit of fruit...a bit of booze a bit of sweetness...a bit of everything honestly. the oak definitely shines through as well. just so interesting and solid. ABV completely undetectable. medium bodied even..mild carbonation.

overall a beer that is so interesting its obviously not gonna be loved by all. see what you think.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good beer from Hair of the Dog. They have been hit or miss from me, but Otto from the Wood was surprisingly enjoyable. Good nose, enjoyable flavors all the way through, just a little harsh on the finish.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber body with minimal head.

Deep boozy nose, with a hint of fruit.

Peachy taste with a bit of cherry aftertaste. Neither taste is overbearing, and impressive in spite of being difficult flavors.

Fine carbonation, relatively pronounced.

Pretty good, but the coriander is fighting with the fruit.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of rlee1390
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Almost black in the glass when full, but more of a clear ruby when held up to the light. Not much carbonation or head.

S-Cherries, oak, bourbon, malt, caramel, some dark fruits, very faint vanilla.

T-Starts with some semi tart cherries, then a bunch of caramel and malt. Bourbon and oak follow that up with dark fruits in the finish. As it warms the vanilla comes out more.

M-Medium to lighter in body, not much carbonation.

O-Improves as it warms, currently the cherries are in the forefront, age might tone them down but it is still a yummy beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

big thanks to rathakem and hopstar for sending this one my way. enjoyed from a HotD tulip.

a - brew poured a deep cherry red...maroon...almost purple. deep and dense, but i can see some carbonation and there was a decent head on the pour that left a thin almost pinkish layer of bubbles on the surface. my only qualm (and it is quite big) is that this beer has stuff in it...yep, like OJ. i can get down with sediment and i had a soft pour, but even with a good amount of liquid left in the bottle, chunks came out. it was quite gross. i sifted out a bunch from the beer with a spoon, but still it persists...might have to run it through a coffee filter...we'll see if it really is that bad.

s - nose is fruity, almost sangria from the booze. cherry and peach notes. sherry. really nice.

t - big and boozy. much like the nose, fairly sangria-ish. the flavor has big fruit notes. cherry...burgandy flavors...and peach is present as well. a smorgasbord of fruit flavors. the vanilla and oak smooth out the finish, but this brew is HOT.

m - extremely boozy. other than that, fairly smooth and the stuff from the pour that i fished out hasn't been a problem...but i'm not a big fan of chunks of fruit in my beer.

o - overall, an extremely interesting beer. more on the matt spectrum than the fred spectrum as this one really comes across as a strong ale and has little remnants of anything fred about it (other than coming from HotD). don't love the chunks floating around, actually a big turn-off to me...but the flavor is great. would have a higher rating if it wasn't for all dat stuff.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Took a bottle of this to share at a recent tasting. It's a solid addition to HotD's reputable lineup.

Darker ruby-amber pour, with a small off-white head that receded to a bubbly ringlet; minimal lacing, and lots of chunky floaties in suspension. Nice aroma, fruitcake and candied cherries (or maybe cherry candy), caramel malts, slight earthy notes. Fairly hot with booze in the nose, though not so much on the palate. Taste similarly of chewy candied cherries and fruitcake, the peach didn't really come screaming at me, but it was somewhere in the mix there, caramel, with an underlying and almost spicy/cinnamony earthiness, wet oak. This beer wasn't really sour or tart, but there was some tangy fruit sweetness. I don't really feel that the beer was overly phenolic or medicinal, but the higher ABV definitely made it a bit stiff, though still highly drinkable. Body was on the heavier side of medium, with a somewhat chewy mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one a lot, and I'd like to let my other bottle sit for a while to see what it becomes in a few months or so.

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