Ottonator | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by PSUDREW on 12-11-2006

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bf7
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish color with a short lived head. Not the most appealing look. The aroma was surprisingly scarce, but nicely malty nonetheless. Caramel notes from highly caramelized malt.

Flavor is also nicely sugary, even a touch of cocoa and dark fruit from lush malts. Slight wood notes from the hops, bitterness is low. The brew is sweet yet balanced, strong yet humble as far as perceivable alcohol content.

Full bodied, well carbonated ale. Very smooth and also drinkable. You could get into trouble quickly drinking too much of these.

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Photo of jwat
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of envizz1
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of tviz33
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery, served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark but transparent brown body with a half inch of light tan and creamy head.

S- Fairly subdued aroma of roasty malts and brown sugar.

T- Very malt-forward brew. More sweet the roasty, and a little boozy on some sips. Some dark fruits try to peak through, but certainly not enough. Not off-putting, but it misses the mark somewhere.

M- Fairly thin body and quite crisp.

O- This beer makes for a great addition to a flight, but by itself, it isn't exactly the cats pajamas. That being said, I'm still going to drink the whole growler.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #144
Served On: 03/22/2012
Glassware: Tröegs Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

From a growler filled back on 3/11/2012 while passing through State College, PA.

Look: Poured a hazy caramel color with brownish hues. The head was a sandy tan color with not much retention. Considering this was from a screw-top growler, the appearance was actually pretty good.

Smell: Upfront was a brown sugar note, followed by a heavy malt and a candy-sugar sweetness. Not quite as pungent as other Doppelbocks I’ve had, but the aroma seemed true to the style.

Taste: First was a sweet earthy brown sugar. The middle was a syrupy sweetness of orchard fruits and a touch of roasted malt. Finish had a residual tang that was leftover from the initial fruitiness. An alcohol warmth seemed to kick in right at the end, reinforcing the fact that this is a very big beer.

Overall this is a great spring seasonal that I was lucky enough to get. In-fact when I stopped in to have my growler filled, the bartender said they were on their last keg.

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Photo of dtivp
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-brown with a thin off white head that fades into a short lived thin collar with very little lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla and a light toasted malt.

Taste of very light roasted malt, sweet molasses, brown sugar and a slight hint of alcohol.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, crisp, smooth and sweet with a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, a little more sweet and a less roasty doppleboch and than I like, however, it was very nice a snowy State College night.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler into my Otto's pint glass. Purchased on Friday, consumed on Sunday.

A: Deep copper to rust red in color, the beer pours with pretty good carbonation and releases a finger of white head. Retention isn't great as the head is really fizzy and lacks lacing.

S: Roasted malty smell with nuts and caramel.

T: Heavy maltiness on this one. Pretty roasty, but balanced with caramel malts. More sweet than roasty overall, however. Not getting any booze on it, but I wish it was a bit more balanced. A one trick poney if I've ever had one.

MF: Light to medium body with a bit below average carbonation. Seems to be a bit syrupy on the palate. Not as drinkable as I would have liked from a bock.

O: The beer went down easy, but it wasn't great. Probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into pint glass

Appearance: A nice rusty red color with a low riding head

Smell: Nice sweet smell, some caramelized sugar smell

Taste: sweet, with a sorta caramel/brown sugar taste associated with it and some other malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: relatively smooth, with no overpowering alcohol flavor. Goes down very easily.

Overall: While a little lacking on a real potent flavor savored in some dopplebocks a good brew non the less.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - Nov 15, 2007. Aroma is a real brushy grain husk, with the raw sugars and tingling alcohols. Very laid down. Pours a beautiful florid hickory, with wonderful maroon tones. Atop a silky, fading browned butter head. Flavor is a sweeping, detailed and rich. Yet another somewhat quiet, but beautifully painted rendition from this brewer. Some great oaty, fresh grain, bread bites, but then a higher level of matured fruits and liquers running through with bread pudding. Nicely layered. Delicate. Fresh, of course, and bursting with balance. Finishes long and strong with great leafy hop detail and sweetened lemongrass. Finds a wonderful nestled home amongst the noticeably caramelized sugar pattern. Good stuff.

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Photo of trueindigo
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The deep copper with ruby lowlights made this doppelbock a thing of beauty. The head dissipated to a nice lace in the end. It was a real malt festival in late 2010 with a pleasant fruity sweetness. The alcohol was prevalent in the finish taste but has a rich quality overall.

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