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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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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by CharlesDarwin:
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Otto's Ottonator

A- Solid murky brown with little carbonation and a small filmy head.
S- Chocolate and molasses malt. Slightly flat cola.
T- Swet sugary chocolate malt with hints of molasses.
M- Very sweet flat cola with a touch of cough syrup.

Overall- Blah, slight cough medicine like flavors and a flat sweet cocoa base mke this 1 bland and boring.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of envizz1
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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 weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a dark, chestnut toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades into a foamy collar. No lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, nougat, and toasted malt.
Taste is of sweet molasses flavor that becomes overtaken with brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy, sweet, lip smacking sugar filled brew that could probably benefit from an additional yeast pitch and some more time, IMO.

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Photo of tviz33
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of fchicken
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of tayner
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growling at the moon from Kramer17801.

I have had this awhile now, just cracked it open. I poured it into my warsteiner glass, perhaps not the most appropriate, but i like it. I cant believe how much carbonation is still present after a cross country trip and 3 weeks or so in the DBF!

Dark brown, yet clear, with a nice sized head that settled to a small ring. no lacing.

Smells of dark roasted sweet malt, nutty smell like fresh roasted almonds.

Taste is sweet malts, that are toasty but not over roasted. there is a fruit background that begs to be tasted. not alot of hop profile, but just enough to dry the palate.

Nicely carbonated .. wonder if fresh if it would be overcarbonated. not sure, but this sample was very balanced.

I could drink pints and pints of this if i were sitting at the pub... this one goes down really easy. at 8.9% i would definitely need a designated driver to drink more than 1 at a time though! good thing im drinking this one at home :)

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper tinted brown with a thin light tan head that reduced a bit and left little lace.

S-Roasty malt and a hint of caramelized apple. Not a hole lot going on here.

T-Much like the aroma with a sharp spicy hop bite finish. Fairly flavourful, not just a smooth malt bomb.

M-Medium body quite crisp and very smooth. Lingering roasted undertones.

D-Quaffable for sure. Enough flavour to hold my interest but still smooth like a dopplebock should be. This isn't just a malt bomb.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jhollick
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Otto's offerings. This sample comes from my most recent weekly growler fill. Smell is very nice, with dark currants and a strong malt backbone. The beer is medium bodied, with an attractive brown/ruby highlighted color. A nice head forms if you get it fresh.

I won't call this a Troegenator rip-off, as the malt presence is dialed up even more than the Troegs offering, and the hop presence is lower. The flavor is quite bready and malty, with some nice caramel and toffee flavors mixing well with the minimal amount of hops. This beer is pretty rich tasting with a minimally dry aftertaste. The hops have just enough presence keep you interested; I'm two pints in and not sick of it yet. I had better stop though, because at 8.9% I could wake up in a ditch if I keep going longer than I should.

An overall fine offering from State College's little gem. They are very much worthy of my continued business, and not just becaue they are local.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of trueindigo
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jwat
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dual45s
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of russwbeck
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Ottonator from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 32 ratings
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