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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Reviews:
37
Ratings:
225
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
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Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a matching hotd 20th anniversary wine glass. The brew appears a clouded mahogany with a slightly off-white cap that fades down to a thin film that holds with some bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is boozy and medicinal with some oak that is spicy almost like cinnamon. Cherry is present with an herbal and earthen presence before focusing on all booze. The strong focus on alcohol really drives the medicinal feel to the nose.

The taste has a boozy fruit aspect that comes across medicinal as well. It takes a few sips before earthen cherry is picked up along with oak that imparts a flavor almost like cinnamon and raw spicy oak. Some herbal hop flavor tries to balance things out.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall very boozy and medicinal with a profound spicy barrel impact. You dont really pick up much on the individual parts that compose this blend until it warms up and you really think about it. The cherry is more medicinal and the apricot/peachy quality comes out faintly in the aftertaste.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Opaque murky swamp brown colour with a ring of cream coloured head. There are a lot of large floaties in the beer, despite the fact that I left a decent amount in the bottom of the bottle.

S - A big oak presence with lots of sweet toffee and caramel notes and a faint hint of cherry,

T - A huge oak barrel profile shows up immediately along with toffee and caramel. There are lighter hints of cherry and vanilla in the background but the peach doesn't specifically show up.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
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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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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of ZRBE
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

After sitting on this bottle for about a week I took it from the cellar and opened it up. Without any agitation whatsoever and after remaining upright (until the pour), the first couple ounces were littered with large globs of sediment. Visions of Doggie Claws '12... Thought it might just be the first bit but more sediment came throughout the bottle. The yeast came through at the end like you would expect of a bottle conditioned beer, changing the color of pour and its viscosity, but this was definitely different. Had to pour through a strained funnel just to get at the beer.

This beer isn't much of a looker to begin with. Super hazy, no head to speak of, the color of murky mate tea and dates. Not very appetizing.

Smells of booze. You can tell immediately it's going to be hot. At first whiff it reminded me more of Adam than Fred.

Tastes like booze, cherries, Fred, and maybe some peach in there. This particular combination reminds me of Adam at first, but upon closer inspection is definitely Fred with a lot more going on. A drier finish than I would have expected, all things considered.

Taste is solid on this one, but it needs at least a year or two to settle down the heat. The sediment is really a shame though, and having to sift through an ounce of gunk to get at the beer really detracted from this one for me. Such is the crapshoot with HotD bottles...

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz glass at the brewery. Just tapped, so it’s out of the fridge at a really cold temperature.

A: Bit of a mess off the tap. Looks like blood mixed with mud with some prune juice thrown in. No head, no hint of carbonation.Likely still settling after just being tapped, but this isn’t out of the norm for HotD either.

N: Oak and cherry are the dominant flavors right off the nose. Hints of honey and brown sugar. Slight hints of the peach, but they’re very faint. Leather and tobacco. Don’t know if it’s the chill, but I’m not getting a strong nose out of this. It’s there, but it’s taking a number of whiffs to pull out flavor.

T: Sweet cherries and cherry jam spiked with pepppercorns, toasted oak, and hints of caramel. Marionberries are present, as is some vinous red wine grape. Leathery components, and a very strong resemblance to port with the sweet brandy qualities and cherry flavors. Quite sweet, lots of malt and sugar, but it never breaks my threshold, either. Rye, I think, is evident.

M: Thick, sticky, and beautiful at hiding the alcohol. This is pretty much the consistency of Fred as one might expect.

O: A decadent treat for those who like port dessert wines. It’s far greater than the sum of its parts (Cherry and Peach Fred), and for that it should be commended. Still, I would rate this about the middle of the Hair of the Dog pantheon.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hair of the Dog. Served in an HotD taster glass.

Appearance - Darker than Fred. Deep amber. No head. Looks flat... much like other Fred barrel treatments I've had.

Smell - Bourbon, cherry, and oak are most prominent. Pale malts. Earthy hops. A little bit of the original Fred back there, but it's a lot of barrel and fruit.

Taste - Cherry and bourbon again. The peach is faint, if nonexistent and I'm just imagining it since they told me it's Peach Fred. Maybe the Peach just cuts the intensity of the Cherry a bit. Pale malts are strong enough to make Fred come through all of this. Some apples and a slightly bitter finish that are more reminiscent of the base beer.

Mouthfeel - Pretty low in carbonation and rather hot. Not overly sweet like other barrel treatments from HotD. The weight and alcohol is expected for this size.

Overall - Really tasty. Not without the hurdles of a huge beer. Good fruit and the base beer stands up to all the craziness they've done to 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 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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