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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Malt beverage aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels. The spirit of St. Otto of Bamberg inspired us to create a smoky, Belgian-style dubbel ale featuring the beechwood kilned malts of his home. As we feasted on the deep, exotic flavors within our creation, the German bischop’s siren song once again tempted us. The whispers of St. Otto’s ghost, combined with our enjoyment of that ale, lured us to go a step further and age our Otto Ale in once- used bourbon barrels. What has emerged certainly tastes heaven-sent to us!


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4628) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Corked and caged, bottle on XXX 25 2012 -- I think APR, but it’s smudged, could be SPT. Nose a little boozy, heavy maple syrupy, heavier oak and vanilla, a little more alcohol, but not really smoke (old bottle or mischaracterized?). Love the malt depth here, light caramel and some berry, would be an acceptable bourbon at this point. Pours russetted dark brown with a blink-and-you-miss it head. Gently crisp medium body, only a step above flat, strips the tongue slightly at first as peat, there’s just a little hint of smoke though it’s slight enough to be imagined. All the main players again, maple and oak and vanilla, and some of the spice you sometimes find leached in from oak. Tastewise, the alcohols are supremely well-integrated, but the inner core is unfortunately hollowed out. No sign of smoke for me. Wish they wouldn’t leave it in the barrels so long, the oak is killing off all the complexity here.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewMichaelZ (29) - - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a cloudy, dark amber/mahogany color with a creamy head. Oak notes up front with sweet maltiness. Lingers on the palate with a rich oak ones and very mild hint of bourbon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1607) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
On the 8th Day of Christmas 2013...Pours chestnut brown with a off white head. Aroma is smoke, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet with some acrid bitters from the smoke. Medium bodied with some stickiness. The barrel aging really quells the smokiness and adds some sweetness. I’m a fan, this is delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugars is quite dominant with some very subtle light smoky notes and some light oak/bourbon notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice mix between some light smoky notes with some bourbon notes and some heavy caramelized malt with quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is not very apparent. There is less smoke notes than I was hoping for and bit too much residual sugar s for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Wow this is actually good, the but in and oak complement each other great, it’s pretty tasty

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
750ml bottle shared by jortiz82. Poured a clear dark ruby color with a small sized slightly off-white head. Aroma. Aroma is some light smokey malts, vanilla notes, wood. Flavor was nice, smooth vanilla wood notes, some light dark fruits. Pretty darn good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, lors d’une mini dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Légère odeur de fumée et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de fumée et de vanille. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #4790)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zickbeer_ye (221) - Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Nice malty, grapey, smoked ham, and alc. Off white head and nice brown body with nice orange golden highlights throughout. Nice crisp smoke and spice flavors and slight fruit notes at the end. Smooth crisp clean on palate.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours lightly cloudy brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and toast malt with smoked meat and malt notes, dates and figs with a light peppery alcohol nose. Flavor is malt and smoke forward with dark dried fruits, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (753) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2013 Aromas of raisins, figs, rum, smoked ham, hazelnut, molasses, subtle cocoa, and a hint of booze. Ruby-bronze with mostly lasting, light tan head foam. Dry, fruity, smokey, spicy, savory, a little hot, and with milk chocolate flavors right at the end. Medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth, and finishes with wonderful woody, earthy, and dried fruit flavors. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1810) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2013
A bit of a hybrid beer Otto in Oak is a smokey Dubbel with a balance of yeast and bitterness. Ample amount of oak flavor in this well done smoked Belgian style from Victory.


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