17thfloor (2403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear glowing deep reddish brown with a fine off-white fizzy head. Aroma of crystal malt, light banana, nice smoke. Flavor follows, like a doppelweizen, crystal malt sweetness, banana, tinny, light smoke. Medium body, bit sticky with spreadout feeling carbonation.
FunkyBrewster (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor for sharing. Pours deep amber brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is lightly smoked, sweet caramel, I can see why some people say band-aid but I think its just a side note of the bamberg malts, its there, but isnt as bad as some of made it out to be. A slight woody meaty character, with the belgian yeast there as well. Flavor is better, the smoke it nice, sweet and woody, caramel and a bit of a maple bacon character. Picks up some bitterness in the finish, which is sweet, dubbel-y. As 17thfloor said, there’s a bit of a floral soapiness in the finish, which is a bit off putting. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Interesting beer, I don’t love it, but I dont hate it, something different
DeputyAndy (626) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smokes are not my thing. Pale brown pour with thin head. Wood fire aroma. Taste is light on the smoke flavor and kind of clean. Gives the impression of a smokey lager, which isn’t a good thing.
jredmond (4014) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2011
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle split with dallas and pat. Pours a hazy amber with nice off white lacing. Aroma is roasted, woody meats. Mouthfeel is awful. Just tastes too much like bandaids.
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged - Bottled on Sept 28 2011. Pours ruby brown with a short, foamy brown head. Aroma is smoky but has an odd earthiness to it and burnt caramel notes. Maybe a burnt plastic note as well. Taste is smoked malt, caramel, dark fruit, earthy notes, light herbal notes and soft floral hops. Body is medium with a light, foamy carbonation. Ends with more smoked malt, toasted caramel, dark fruit, burnt plastic, floral hops and light herbal notes.
Ernest (5610) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber-brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain/nuts), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a strong note of burnt plastic, other notes of candy sugar, gum, smoke.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Have you ever put together a plastic model kit, like a car or plane? Remember that polystyrene smell? Snap off a twig of the "tree" that the parts come on and light one end on fire, then blow it out. That’s pretty much what this smells like. Well, it’s a strong component anyway...there are other odors that are thankfully not as unpleasant as that, but this just doesn’t smell very healthy/clean. Makes me cringe a little bit every time I sniff it. The aftertaste is unpleasant as well, perhaps from those unwanted fermentation byproducts. Syrupy and sweet. Not as smoky as hoped. Seemed like a fun idea, but the execution just didn’t work out. Without the strong plastic smell, this could probably score in the low-mid 3’s.
thornecb (3643) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet pit fruit aromas. Dry with upfront smoky, dried pit fruit turning to bacon in the lasting finish.
Dogbrick (6033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 10/20/2011. The brew is a dark brown-amber with a medium light tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Smokey, peaty malt aroma. Medium body with flavors of smoked malt, earth, caramel and a touch of hops. The finish is a little thin and malty with a smokey dark fruit aftertaste. Decent overall.
keanex (786) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured this from a 750ml bottle dated September 27, 2011 into a pint glass. Otto pours a clear deep garnet color with a foamy sand colored head. Carbonation bubbles rise up throughout the drink. On the nose the beer is very smokey, in a smoked ribs sort of way, the smell continues into the taste blending with malts.
Otto sounds gross, but it’s not, it’s just not for everyone. This would be a perfect beer for sitting around an autumn campfire with a BBQ going.
adrian910ss (2246) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked bottle. Pours a deep yet clear reddish amber color with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of lightly smoked malts, dark fruit notes and beef jerky. Taste is much the same same as the aroma. Nice and not overdone.