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Hair of the Dog Otto from the Wood

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Otto is a blend of barrel-aged Peach and Cherry Fred.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3563) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Vintage 2013. Thanks Kev! Je suis très surpris par la laideur affichée de cette bière. D’une couleur brune et rouge, elle très bouetteuse et ne montre aucune tête mousseuse. On dirait qu’elle connait aussi un départ bien pétillant. Le nez est très fruité, très anglais, très intéressant avec des notes boisées bien placées, des malts assez riches et une touche de vanille. Au goût, la cerise est puissante mais délicieusement équilibrée tandis que la pêche étonne par sa capacité d’être précise. C’est vraiment bon ce truc! En bouche, le corps m’apparaît comme étant moyen-fort avec une texture légèrement grasse et un pétillement déjà disparu. La finale me rappelle une liqueur fruitée qui n’est pas si sucrée et qui développe une certaine chaleur. Hormis son look assez moche, je peux dire que ce vin d’orge m’a bien plu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (3387) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Une petite bouteille bue avec Patrick, merci. Une robe rouge avec du fizz, petite mousse peu durable. Des petits motons flotent, grumeaux. Un nez moisn pire que je pensais avec des fruits, du bois, whiskey, chocolat. Une bouche sucrée avec des saveurs de cerises, (ma blonde dit syrop Benylin qui a mal tourné).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3438) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Slightly hazy red brown colour, white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, fruity, malts, dried apricot, honey, red fruits. Sweet flavour, bourbon, wood, candy sugar. Sweet finish, malts, candy, honey, dates, sticky dried fruits.
(from 35cL bottle @ ElManana’s first 9050 tasting. Thanks for sharing, ElManana!)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (796) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle at ElManana's 1st 9050 tasting, thanks! Murky red-brown with no head. Explosion of bourbon, vanilla, some milk chocolate. Very sweet, some bourbon, dried dark fruits, but sugar dominates the whole thing. Too sweet for me personally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2015
The last remaining 12 oz bottle. I decided to strain out the chunks this time around. Poured into a snifter, the color is somewhat murky deep purple with ample (but short-lived) head that dissipates to a fine ring of bubbles. No lacing. It’s remarkable how different this looks from Fred. Aroma: molasses and stone fruits condensed for hours into a jammy syrup. Taste: quite sweet; fruity, but the fruit isn’t exactly at the forefront, despite being present throughout. Just a hint of appropriate tartness (think: fruit-tart, not "sour beer" tart). Palate: full body, average carbonation, sticky texture. Overall: this is a bottle that probably ought to be shared, given its intensity. Nonetheless, I’m happy to enjoy this one all alone tonight. Another special creation from HotD.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3367) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle 12 fl oz at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Year 2013 made. Colour is murky light brown with small white head. Also much sediment. Aromas and flavours: Dry fruits, cherries, sweetness and malts. Way too sweet and also sediment distracts little bit but overall very enjoyable and warm beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Purple beer with what looks like fruit skin. Others in the group didn’t like the appearance of this beer but I thought it was an unusual change form what we typically see. Chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Some cherry flavor, not much of it, and the peach comes through as sort of an old peach juice flavor. Alcohol is there in the aroma and flavor. Dry yeast and oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (126) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
2013 vintage, 355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Thanks to douglas88. Pours muddy red brown, almost like port wine. No head and a few big floaties. Aroma is bourbon, malty, sweet, caramel and very fruity. Flavour is sweet. Medium bodied, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Finish is sweet, dark dried fruits, caramel and sour cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3368) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle (12 oz). 2013 vintage. From cparles, thanks! Split 2-ways with Minderbinder.

Appearance: Ugly muddy brown with no head and a light ring of beige foam.

Aroma: Quite fruity, the peaches are noticeable at first followed by cherries. It’s also quite boozy and there’s caramel, vanilla notes and hints of cough syrup.

Taste: Quite sweet (both from the fruits and the malts) and boozy, with a lot of caramel, peaches, cherries, light vanilla and oak,

Palate: Full body. Soft carbonation (almost flat). Liquorous mouthfeel. Lingering sweetness and warming alcohol finish.

Overall: Fairly complex sipper with rich malts, but cloying because of the fruits, the alcohol and the sweetness. Lack a bit of balance too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2198) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle 355ml. Pours very hazy muddy reddish-brown. No head. Aroma is of lots of fruits, alcohol, bread, spices, oak, some slight oxydized rags. Cherries. Messy. Taste is of alcohol, nice fruits, bourbon, cherries. Quite sweet. Palate: Full bodied, very soft carbonation. Sweet/cloying. Overall: Alcohol not well hidden. Boozy. Would have been nice, but this one is just too much. Messy. Still enjoyable to some extent.

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