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
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
63
For Trade:
13
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4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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 +7.4%
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 -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
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 +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mar02x
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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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4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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