Otto In Oak | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rifugium on 05-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip, dark amber with a 1 finger cream colored head

S: Light smoke and bourbon with plum, raisin, cherries as well as Belgian spice notes from the yeast. It's very appealing with lots of complex and bold aromas.

T: So complex as the aroma indicated. The smoke and bourbon are incredibly well integrated and marry extremely well with the style. Initially the smoke is present, but not overpowering, followed by the oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The base dubbel comes through mid to late in the palate, relatively sweet with nice plum and raisin flavor as well as the spiciness of the yeast. Alcohol was kept in check throughout, even as the beer warmed only a hint crept in and I found it enjoyable. So much going on, but balanced to showcase each aspect.

M: medium bodied, on the lower end of carbonation but it went well with the beer. I think more carbonation would have washed out some of the subtle flavors.

O: This is a great beer and one of the few beers that has really wowed me recently. I expected it to be much more smokey but the level of smoke was perfect to allow the barrel to come through and the dubbel to flex it's flavors as well. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good old stores with old bottles, Apr 26 2012 date.

A- Poured into a chalice with a dark brown body, some red hues around the edges. Small off white head forms with decent retention and falls to a creamy ring. Just a bit of lace on the glass.

S- Strong and interesting. Bourbon off the top but it is pretty mellow and rounded out with a great vanilla feel, solid oak too. Smoky malts lend a BBQ meat feel as well as some Scotch hints. Brown sugar, molasses, raisin, some oxidation and caramel.

T- Again, the bourbon flavors here are extremely well rounded and balanced out. Delicious vanilla ice cream feel with the oak, maybe the best vanilla flavor I have experienced in a beer just from a barrel. Nice mellowed whiskey, raisin, smoked meats, camp fire, molasses, spice, dark fruits and caramel.

MF- Pretty dry and moderately thick body. Carbonation is nice and high with a somewhat watery feel. ABV well hidden and everything is so mellowed and balanced.

Awesome to be honest. The vanilla oak feel rules with the smoke and whiskey present. Not sure if better with age but this was a great dusty shelf find.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown with hints of ruby red and a two finger off white head.

S- Smokey, bourbon, oak, caramel malts, some dark fruits.

T- Dark fruits, caramel malts, great combo of bourbon and smoke in the finish, some oak, some Belgian yeast, good complexity, bourbon is well done and works really well.

M- Smooth, medium body, some creaminess.

O- Victory did a great job with one. I am a fan of regular Otto and I feel the bourbon barrels made this beer better. Really hope I can pick up a few more bottles.

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4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged.
Pours a murky brown color with a slight head. There was relatively little sediment.
Aroma of bourbon, caramel and toast.
In the taste, more bourbon in this aged version then fresh, small meaty smoke but most of the rauchbier qualities have faded.
Caramel, oak, slightly dry and a bit of bubblegum like Belgian yeast, perhaps wheat is used as well. Tannins and earthy, aged and sweet but not too boozy.
Medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry.
Overall, this has aged fairly well, but the smokier component was much more pronounced when fresh, which held the beer together more. Quite good, nevertheless, and wonder what it would do it left a lot longer.

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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany body with a light tan frothy head.

S- Oak, smoke, malt, whiskey. Pretty interesting and strong aroma.

T- Tastes like a very oaky brown ale, with sweet hints of bourbon and vanilla. A lot going on, but very good.

M- Pretty thick mouthfeel, but very drinkable. Creamy and well carbonated.

O- Very complex and worth a shot.

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of snifters. The brew pours a clear dark amber brown. When held to the light, it displays some deep ruby clarity and boasts more than a finger of yellowish stained to tan frothy head. The cap maintains with pretty decent retention and a swirl revives the froth.

The aroma is spicy and strikes up thoughts of something along the lines of burning incense. It has quite a spiced appeal to it almost like cinnamon and raw oak more than the expected smoothness and notes of caramel/vanilla you might normally find in a barrel aged beer. There is a backend sweetness about this brew that has some fruity quality that is almost vinous that blends into a bit of caramel maltiness. The smoked aspect of this beer is muted a bit from the barrel aging but it is present across the back as it warms up and provides a nice depth overall to the aromatics.

The taste is a solid combination of everything you would expect based on the description. The dark fruity flavors that are mildly vinous are even more prevalent in the flavor than the aroma. There is a solid alcohol spice and warmth down the back of the throat that transitions into a smoked aftertaste that really works well with the oak flavoring from the barrel aging. A bit of spicy quality from the yeast plays off of the barrel aging to compile layers of interesting character. As it warms up, the spiciness leans a bit towards cinnamon and clove and the alcohol really comes forward.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is quite complex and I found it to be an interesting and enjoyable experience. The barrel aspect carries a lot of similarities to dark intrigue (the spiciness and tannins instead of smooth vanilla and caramel flavoring.) I was not the biggest fan of the base beer but I was really digging this brew. If the base beer is 8%, this has got to be closer to 10% or more, it really warms you up about mid-way through the glass.

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Otto In Oak from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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