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:
227
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
81
Gots:
63
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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 smi69
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
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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Photo of jpearce4
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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 ummswimmin
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrace84
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mothman
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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Photo of sweemzander
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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 emalc
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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 rhynosorus
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cpetrone84
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark murky brown with tons of sediment and a thin light brown head. Nose is rich malt, chocolate and dates with notes of alcohol. Taste is also very rich malt, not really sugary. Caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, notes of alcohol. Full bodied and soft carb with a creamy feel.

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Photo of Bilco
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TJRoar
4.84/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of culturalsnow
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
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 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.19 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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