Otto In Oak | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rifugium on 05-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasant surprise as I didn't know this was even coming out!

A: A deep brown body with a 1/2 inch-thick head. No lacing to warrant a note.

S: Smells of alcohol (bourbon?) and malt. This is definitely what I was expecting. This wasn't a letdown; however, it's a bit pungent as it warms.

T: Definitely like Otto in the oak barrel! I taste it all - the oak, the alcohol, and the malt. The alcohol definitely overcomes the beer as it becomes warmer.

O: This has to be around 10% ABV. It's a great representation of an oaked beer. I recommend this and I hope Victory keeps it coming!

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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, 2012
The Bruery tulip

A: Burnt orange color. It's pretty darn clear. Some carbonation is present. Not getting tons of head, but I do get lacing from what is there.

S: I think I have become a smoked beer fan, as I really like this one. Pulling nice hints of vanilla and oak first. They mesh well with some of that smoke character.

T: Still getting the major component to regular Otto, that Rauchbier campfire/smoke. Then some of that barrel aging comes in. Wish it was a little bit more, but it's pretty pleasant. Fairly dry on the close with that lingering smokey flavor sticking with you.

M: Big medium bodied.

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3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugars is quite dominant with some very subtle light smoky notes and some light oak/bourbon notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix between some light smoky notes with some bourbon notes and some heavy caramelized malt with quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is not very apparent. There is less smoke notes than I was hoping for and bit too much residual sugar s for my taste.

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3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Victory, Downingtown, PA

There's a more complex story behind the origin of this beer, as told to me by Bill of Victory, but regrettably, I don't remember any of it. Minus the sentimental story behind the brew, Otto in Oak is a smoked Belgian dubbel (Otto) aged in oak bourbon barrels. Bottle date is 4/26/12, with a 5-year cellaring limit printed. No ABV printed, though with the regular Otto at 8.1%, I'd imagine this is somewhere in the 8-10% region.

Poured a somewhat cloudy mahogany brown color with a small off-white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is fairly smoky, with notes of caramel, booze and banana esters. This leads into a pretty complex taste, starting with burnt caramel, ripe bananas, raisins, bready yeast, leading to a ashen smoke mid-palate, accompanied by woody bourbon, vanilla beans, with the finish being earthy and a little bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy. Still pretty hot at this point and needs some time to mellow, which is why I'm going to keep a bottle in the basement for a couple years or so. It's a confusing beer, but once you realize what's going on (basically Belgian yeast + German smoked malts + American bourbon), it's easier to like. Whether or not those elements jive on your palate is, I suppose, a matter of opinion.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a decent, albeit large-bubbled, head. Surprisingly, it has some staying power, but leaves only some spots for lace. The color is deep brown where light shines through.

Smells more like a Barley Wine than a smoked beer. That is to say it is sweet as if molasses was added after fermentation.

This tastes like a Barley Wine. Plenty of sweetness and alcohol warmth. There's an ample amount of hop, but the swallow is sugary with long brandy-like aftertaste. Rich body with a low carbonation level. The smokiness is almost lost in the richness of the other flavors...it's there but if I hadn't known it was there, I probably wouldn't have identify.

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Otto In Oak from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.99 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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