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
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13
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tobacco, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, fruit, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting barrel presence but the aromas and flavors are a bit muddled all around in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Wanted to give this one a proper review. DaveHack was nice enough to share a bottle with me and thankfully for the both of us we didn't waste more than one bottle of this. The beer poured out as a dark brown color with some red highlights. It had a fizzy white head on top that faded quickly. There was no retention or lacing on this beer. The smell of the beer was nice, some big malt and subtle fruity notes with a bit of sourness too. The taste was decent, similar to a fruity barley wine. Subtle tart notes with some malt complexity. The mouthfeel was terrible to me... Easily the worst mouthfeel on a beer I've ever had. There was a big amount of pulp-like fruit strands in there even after a gentle pour which made me feel like I was drinking carbonated OJ with extra pulp. Overall this beer would benefit greatly from some kind of filtration. This ended up getting poured down the drain because we were so grossed out by it. This ones not for me I guess.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Huge chunks of fruit floating in it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.19 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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