Nate (4186) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Otto’s. Very mild brown ale, light biscuit and roasted grain notes. Mild beany hops. Clean. Dark coppery amber clears with creamy off-white lacing head. Medium body with cask carbonation. Mild brown, light sweet and nutty. Good roasted malt flavor. Big hop presence but not harsh. Nice rounded dry bitterness to the finish with light nutty after.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On cask at the brewpub. Pours a clear, brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty light. Some grainy caramels with a medium sweetness, a hint of chocolate, and nuts. Flavor is a bit better, but still on the light side of things. Some more grainy caramels, sweet nuts, chocolate, and a hint of toast. Finishes a tad dry and smooth with a light sweetness. Shorter aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty lame offering from Ottos. Not a lot going on here.
jb (2933) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not sure which Otto brown I had, didn’t look closely at name, will move this rating later. Nice appearance, dark brown with orange highlights, clear. Heavy lacing. Not much of a nose, a bit grainy. Creamy feel. Simple body, mild malt, slight hop finish. Very average.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on cask at Zeno’s this beer poured a medium caramel-brown color with a medium sized soapy beige head that produced good lacing. The aroma was lightly bitter and roasty with touches of coffee, wood and toffee. The flavor was tangy and bitter with sour nut, light roasty malts and wood with a touch of floral hops. The finish was long, tangy, woody and roasty. A bit thin in body. The elements do not mix very well and the beer just does not work. Less than the sum of it’s parts. Disappointing.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at the brewpub. Pours brown-red with small, lacy ivory head. The aroma is toast, raisin, cashew. The flavor is slightly toasty with smooth caramel sweetness. It gets some nut and wood bitterness toward the finish. Not bad.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Zeno’s. Pours a muddy brown color with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma of nuts and dust. Taste is nutty with a creamy texture and a woodchip aftertaste.
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Copper pour with minimal 0ff-white head. Aroma was caramel malt, some maple syrupy brown sugary notes, slight almonds and walnuts. Medium palate; not terribly complex, with flavors of caramel malt up front and mid-palate honey and almond flavor. Very smooth and drinkable.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2007
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Cask at the brewpub. A succinct aroma of elephant shit and bear urine. This smells like a freakin’ zoo. I recognize that it arises from typical malt characters and possibly ester formation, but it has been magnified so significantly that it just smells terrible to me. Rubbery. This beer reeks. I can’t believe I’m giving a craft Otto’s beer this low of an aroma rating. Pours beautifully, with a deep rich mahogany tone and ruby corners, floating a supreme cream head above. Flavor doesn’t stray too far from the aroma, there’s an unpleasant sensation of burning crude oil, the licking of tires, and an acidic mouthful of coal. This mingles with a standard hazlenut and browned butter brown malt profile. Standard cask body and minimal hop presence. Sans the revolting malt character, this beer doesn’t carry that much complexity or flavor. And the cask sensation isn’t all the phenomenal either. It isn’t particularly drinkable nor fulfilling. Right on par with Newcastle in my opinion, somewhat unfortunately. I wish I had better things to say about a craft brewers cask brown, but this wasn’t working.
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Cask (forced). Nitro forced cask ale, which is weird. Appearance is clear brown and burgundy hues at the edges of the glass, with a firm cream colored head on top. Nose is sweet malts, honey and maple sugar. Flavor is mostly toasted malts, toast bread, light honey and malt syrup. Dry like an Irish stout, so I guess the nitro body isn’t so bad. Crisp and light.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. Clear brown body with a nice size head that stayed for a while leaving a decent size ring around the glass. sweet nutty aroma. Flavor is slightly bitter sweet with a little nutty kick. Smooth. Finished well.