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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
In 1987, when we arrived in Bamberg, Germany for the first time, St. Otto was not there to greet two thirsty travelers in a rented Fiat. He’d been dead for 848 years but we were alive, and our recent visit to the Belgian brewery of Orval only fanned the flames of our desire for fermented pleasures. the smoked malt(’rauch’)beers of this lovely town where St. Otto was once bishop were our siren song, luring us into deep, exotic flavors that we never before imagined in beer. Three decades later we wondered what smoked malt might add to a Belgian-style dubbel ale. Here it is, an Otto revival of sorts. We hope it helps rejuvenate some of our brain cells that were martyred in Bamberg so long ago.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2011
750ml bottle from Specs, drank @ home, 6:28pm, 12/9/2011 .. . Pours a deep amber brown, strong foam head, light sticky lacing .. . smoke, sausage skin, sweet tobacco, christmas berries, dark fruit, and light yeast .. . a few sprinkles of genius with a chance of doom, also light touches of alcohol and spice .. . This is pretty nice stuff, the dubbel base is an interesting take on a smoked beer and this brew is definitely a change of pace .. . . Who am I clowning? I have no business being a clown! I’m leaving the clowning business to all the other clowns in the clowning business.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lorenasa (159) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Pours a dark amber with a very thick lasting tan head. Aroma has a light smoke smell and a stronger hop and minerality aroma. A much stronger smoked flavor than expected from aroma. Finishes with a slightly bitter hoppiness with a noted alcohol flavor. Overall an enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2587) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2011
750 in chimay glass. Dark scarlet red/brown with tan head and lace. Smoky woody red wine bready herbal aroma. Very smoky caramel red wine sweet dark fruit bready fig woody earthy ashy with vinous fruity bitter smoky lingering warming yeasty finish. Very complex and challenging. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (10675) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle. Smoked meat and barley malt aroma. Medium brown color with small head. Smoky meat and barley malt flavor. Nice body. Excellent - does Bamberg proud.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle courtesy of blankboy. Deep amber-brown pour. The aroma is rich and smoky. Nice beechwood character with a touch of spice and smoke. A little bit of fruitiness behind the smoke along with some light clove. A bit of peat and a lot of fruit with a nice peppery character. Tasty and pretty lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Effervescent translucent red-brown, wispy white head with ring. Salty smoke, earth, leaves rule nose. Flavor is sharply smoky, bit sweet with some chocolate, plum and a long smoked malt finish. Quite dry, moderately smoky throughout, bitter some chocolate and date from dubbel, and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mansquito (5341) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Whole Foods, P st, DC 750ml ($9): Pours a brownish color with a cream colored head. Aroma is strange. At first, it is like an Aecht Rauchbier, hence smoky malts. But, on a few whiffs I got the Belgian yeast and almost nothing else. It seemed like the further I would sniff down my glass the more Belgian it got. The smoke is pretty heavy at the front of the taste and it goes throughout. Like others have noted, the dubbel is not quite that powerful, but it does provide a nice malt backbone and maybe even a subtle sweetness throughout. It is just generally hard to fight the smoke, especially when it is dispensed in amounts like in this beer. If you quaff it, right at the end the dubbel comes out. Alcohol brilliantly covered. While this might not be exactly what is advertised, it is damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1789) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5121) - Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Pours a lovely clear mahogany with a very thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Malty aroma has smoky, peaty and caramel notes. Flavor fills the mouth with malt, fruit, and barbecue smoke with caramel and floral hints. There is also a whisper of sweetness and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Smooth texture has plenty of body and a good amount of fizz.

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