Otto In Oak | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Otto In OakOtto In Oak

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

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.

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 17
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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's there but if I hadn't known it was there, I probably wouldn't have identify.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

I poured from a bomber into my KtG snifter, dark ruby brown in color, small white head, minimal lacing. The nose has a mix of smoke, bourbon, vanilla and a slight sweetness. Smoke dominates the flavors, hints of oak. Finishes just as it starts, smokey. The body is full, no noticeable booze. Enjoyable, but I think it could have benefitted from more time in the bourbon barrells. It is an improvement over the base beer.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Paul, thanks! I had the unoaked version a while ago and was completely unaware of the bourbon barrel aged version of this. While this beer, and the "regular" version were both good, this beer had ZERO detectable bourbon and / or oak. I still drank it because it tasted good but don't go after this beer because you think it is going to be a smokey bourbon barrel beer, which is a great idea...I have yet to have a good one. Served in a Victory snifter, thanks for the glassware assist Paul. You're a pal.

Beer is brown / ruby and clear with a nice big off white / tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, nice retention, moderate to low carbonation, looks like a beer.

Aroma is smoky and mildly malty sweet. This beer is supposedly a dubbel with smoke in it, pretty decent aroma, definitely a smoke beer, the dubbel fights to be heard in the nose.

Beer is smoky up front and in the back, it finishes nicely with a lingering smoky aftertaste, but the smoke it not over the top. The midpalate is a little sweet with a nice yeastiness, now I get the double. As stated previously, there is little to no detectable bourbon even though that is on the label of the bottle. Oh well, I don't think I'd have this again but it is a good beer in general. Good enough to drink a bottle by myself.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with purplish/plum hues and a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Smokey, meaty aroma with a subtle barrel character and faint eatery fruit notes. Smokies than the base version with some charcoal, bacon and campfire. Some dry toasted oak but little to no bourbon in the nose. As it warms the malt and dark fruit notes become a bit more prominent. Still, the smoke character dominates.

On the fuller end of medium-bodied with a nice balance of smoked malt, vinous dark fruit and barrel character. The barrel presence us stronger than the nose suggests with a strong dry oak flavor that compliments the smoked malts. Although there wasn't much bourbon in the aroma, it's nicely integrated into the flavor of the beer. Nice boozy, bourbon flavor that compliments the other notes without overpowering or producing any heat. Not the smoke bomb that the nose hinted at but it's still the dominant flavor. Hints of charcoal, smoked meat and burnt malt followed by some sweet vinous fruit. Grape, cherry, plum and raisin as well as some other dark berries/fruits.

I didn't enjoy the base beer very much but this was surprisingly complex and flavorful. I'm not sure how long this spent in the barrel but it doesn't appear to be very long. There isn't a ton of bourbon flavor but whatever they did, it greatly improved the flavor.

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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany beer that nonetheless has good clarity. Lovely, tight cream colored head with excellent retention; lacing is sticky and clings to the glass in sheets. A great looking brew.

Aroma of charred oak; smoked malt; caramel and burnt sugar; vanilla; bourbon. Meaty and boozy. Flavor follows the nose fairly closely, although the smoked note is perhaps a touch less assertive, with the Bourbon whiskey character more dominant. Moderate sweetness, oak barrel, char, tastes like a shot of whiskey at a campfire.

Medium bodied; with medium to slightly low carbonation. Overall I felt this was a somewhat problematic beer, but I still enjoyed it. If you are a fan of smoked beer you may like it but that flavor combined with assertive whiskey makes it far from an easy drinker. We tried pairing it with foods of different types and came up a little short; even with smoked sausage the booziness made for an odd combination. In the end I actually enjoyed it most with chocolate covered fruits, interestingly.

This is a pretty unique creation, as far as I can tell, but it’s for fans of smoke and bourbon only.

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deeper brown color that when in the snifter looks almost black. When held up to the light however a ruby red glow is seen through the beer. Upon pouring there is a rather thin off white that fades quite fast to leave a medium amount of lacing and a thin film on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a smoky and roasty malt and brown bread smell. Mixed with this is some warming bourbon-boozy aroma as well as a lighter dark fruit aroma

Taste – The flavor is very heavy of malt upfront. A strong brown bread flavor is the first thing detected by the tongue and acts as a base for the beer. Quickly a small amount of dark fruit is detected by the tongue which sweetens the brown bread flavor even more. A bourbon and smoky flavor are the to be sensed. They enter around the same point as the fruit , but are initially weaker , but as the taste moves forward they grow stronger and stronger. At the end there is a increase in roasty and pure alcohol flavor which leave a very warming in the mouth and the body. It is very nice.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with the carbonation level average as well. While the brew likely would have done better with a thicker body and a lighter level of carbonation, really allowing all those roasty and boozy flavors time to sit on the tongue, the mouthfeel is by no means bad.

Overall – A tasty and boozy brew at only ~ 8.1 %. It has a good flavor profile and transitions. Well worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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Otto In Oak from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 84.1% out of 100 with 63 ratings
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