Darkmagus82 (1728) - - JUN 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-21-12 -
Served from hand pump in a snifter
Appearance – Poured a hazy orange color with a thin white head. The head faded fast leaving a thin ever persistent film and some very nice lacing.
Smell – The smell was big of bread and biscuit mixed with a huge boozy aroma. Mingling with these aromas was a lighter hay like/ grassy aroma and a moderate funky aroma.
Taste – The taste was rather disappointing overall. It was heavy on a biscuit and bread like flavor at first. The taste was on the dryer side with only a very light amount of sweetness. This was a base of the taste and the only real change in the taste occurred toward the middle to end where a very heavy alcohol flavor came to the tongue. This alcohol was not too pleasant however and instead was more on the burning side of the flavor profile leaving a very cheap boozy flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was quite nice. It was creamy in body with a lower level of carbonation. Very good taste penetration due to the nice mouthfeel, which if the beerwould have tasted better, would have been wonderful.
Overall – Otto’s for the most part does a wonderful job with most of their brews. While the look and mouthfeel of this brew were fantastic, the rather funky aroma and quite offensive alcohol and uni-dimensional flavor leave much to be desired. This is one they have to work on a bit.
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Otto's. Poured into a snifter.
Dark copper pour with a light tan head. Really nice lacing.
The nose is raisins and alcohol. No hop character.
Flavor is raisin, treacle toffee, and a warm alcohol finish. A lightly bitter aftertaste though without any hop character.
Full mouthfeel. Light carbonation.
A nice Barleywine. Just the thing to end an evening with. I'd be curious to taste it a couple of years down the road, but it's good right now.
---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.
SudsMcDuff (5864) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served through handpump @ Otto’s brewpub, in the not closed down location location, in State College,PA .. . deep murky bog brown .. . amazing foam! .. . soft carbonation .. a pretty hefty beer, quite hot- strong honey and heaps of malt .. a beer that is hard to get through a glass of .. . . Acclaimed!? I oughta replace it right now with a Chinese cartoon where the robots that turn into... blingwads!
DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pump at brewpub. Pours light brown with a thick inch of khaki foam. Served at room temperature which kpens things up. Big alcohol on the nose with some nice malt notes. Lots of alcohol on the tongue with vanilla notes creeping in. Finishes clean.
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at brewpub. Hazy gold with thick cream head. Aroma is caramel and slight mustiness--strange. Flavor is sweet caramel, brown sugar, and wood (almost tastes like a barrel-aged barleywine). Delicious.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Otto’s. Pours a slightly hazed, deeper orange-amber colored body with a finger-width, very creamy and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very sweet. Sugar coated grapefruits with a medium-sharp pine and some florals. Date cookies and a toasty, thicker toffee with a light booze. Flavor is similar. Very sweet with a nice amount of hoppiness thanks to the sugar covered grapefruit pines. Thicker caramels and toasty toffees with sweet cookie malts. Prunes and dates with a light booze as this finishes dry, but rich and malty with a moderate bitterness. Medium length aftertaste after a full, thicker, silky smooth body and very light carbonation. Overall, a sweet, but solid barley wine. Nice, big body and sweet citrus hoppiness.
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Otto’s. Dark mahogany with a full white head. Sweet nose of lemon cookie and prune given balance by a dry malt, some wood, and hints of alcohol. The flavor is sweeter, showing alcohol again but also more prune, wood, brown sugar, and dates. Warming and silky, rich and balanced. Best Otto’s beer I’ve had.
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub. Cloudy orange/copper pour with a thin off-white head. Boozy nose that’s kinda solventy with some corn and soft fruit. Boozy flavor (although not as solventy) with some apricot and barley.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at brewpub. Poured a cloudy copper in color with a small dense head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma is generally sweet with malts, citrus, and toffee. Light alcohol presence in the nose. Tastes of sweet malts, brown sugar, orange citrus, toffee, caramel, with a medium hop finish. Also in the finish there was some warming. Pretty nice.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From growler. Pours hazy copper color void of any head. Aroma is sweet malts, alcohol, orange. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, orange, vanilla. Palate is full to medium bodied, slightly watery for a BW, mild carbonation, finished sweet. Somewhat lacking, I realize this is bottled from a cask, so I didn’t expect much in the way of carbonation and mouthfeel, however I didn’t think the flavor would be distracted. I was not terribly impressed by this offering, decent but far from great.