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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 05-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Evarigan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jason1337
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jpatton0127
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of swetsastonic
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of garuda
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep ruby, murky, crimson highlights. Excellent color. Head has decent retention and lace.

S - Oaky, vanilla, bourbony. I'm not getting as much depth in the nose that I expected.

T - Opens more then the smell with more of that smokiness from the base beer mid palate. Dark dried fruits like plum and fig meld in there too, finishing with some vanilla sweetness. Mild hop bitterness, but really no hop taste.

M - Medium/full body, medium carbonation. Smooth, finishes dry and mostly clean.

O - Lots of flavors going on here, but doesn't really seem to meld all that well for the final verdict. Seems like much of the smokiness from the base beer was lost in the bourbon, which is a shame since that's what I enjoyed most about it. Enjoyable, but I'd pass on buying it again.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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 +0.3%

Photo of TubaManJack
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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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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