kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
On tap, 2007 Taming of the Brew. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, body under a creamy light brown nitrogenated head. A thick covering of creamy head retained for the duration. The aroma is just simply delicious. Fresh brewed coffee, dark roasted malt, chocolate and cream. It reminded me of a mocha milkshake, I could tell this was going to be good. The flavor did not let down. Great fresh espresso flavor, lots of roast and chocolate, heavy cream, simply amazing. I kept coming back in my mind to one of those Starbucks Mocha Frappucchino drinks. The mouthfeel was very creamy and rich, which I found unusually good given that this was on nitro. Normally nitro makes it seem thinner to me. Overall, this was great, and one of the best I’ve ever had from Ottos. This was so good that I had four 4 ounce servings in a row, then returned later in the evening for three more. This may require a trip up to the brewery for more. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
Growler from mj aka mjames. Very dark brown, nearly black body with no head. The aroma is light roast, chocolate, molases and coffee. The flavor is slightly dry, milk chocolate, coffee and roast. Medium body is soft with very little carbonation. Very nice. 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Nitro at Otto’s... This stout has an amazing look... rich and creamy head that cascades from the pitchblack body to a dark brown layer to a light brown layer to a creamy ice cream foam head. The lacing it leaves on the glass is pure art. Nose of rich, pure espresso and cream, an amazingly rich cream and coffee and even some dark fruit, one of the best smelling coffee beers ever. The coffee flavor is rich dark roast, fresh and lively, even has a small peppery note in the finish... overall just a quality tasting tout... with a additional milk chocolate creamy quality that works really well. The body is the only thing I’ve had similar to Peche Mortal at the brewery... so amazingly rich and creamy without being viscous. I’m not a fan of nitro but for this beer it works so damn well. Hands down this is the best dry stout I’ve ever had, and one of the best coffee stouts. 4.3.
adrian910ss (2588) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 10, 2007
Late 07/early 08 batch: lacking the richness and texture of previous batches. Slightly greenish, less-integrated coffee aroma. 3.9.
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cola black with a gorgeous smooth and creamy thick brown head. Light aroma of faint coffee beans and malt. Taste is very smooth and creamy irish coffee flavor. Extremely smooth and creamy and not overdone. Excellent !! Will be getting a growler filled with this. Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2007
Had this at Hburgh beer fest awhile back, Had to get it like 3 or 4 times, I loved it. Great body, nice aroma, loved the coffee/mocha flavour. Was the best brew a sampled at the beerfest.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
A decent Irish dry Stout. Maybe not exceptional but it was a worthy representation of the style.
Appearance: Thick creamy foam head on a black body.
Smell: Roasty! Typical dry stout aroma of burnt malts and coffee.
Taste: The unique attribute in the roasty flavor was cream. It seemed to very roasty coffee with Cream. Creamy texture with and hint of cream flavor in the coffee.
Mouthfeel: Silky super smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Guinness was my every-day session beer for years. The simple dry stout is remarkably easy drinking for me.
Hope this is helpful.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Deep caramel-brown body with a creamy tan nitro head. Aroma of fresh, nicely roasted coffee with light creamy undertones. Big coffee flavor with nicely balanced sweetness and roast. No charred, over-roasted qualities that sometimes sink this style. Medium body, combined with the nitro, makes the mouthfeel a little slick. A solid coffee stout. Easily eclipses Bell’s Java Stout, which I happened to have had a few of in the preceding days. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Draft at the brewpub.
Very strong but pleasant coffe smell made from my favorite coffee bean - sumatra.
Very dark stout look with a very nice head that stays.
Awesome, awesome taste. A nice bitter taste with a balanced coffee flavor without the cream. Very smooth and creamy making this a perfect drink for after a meal. Almost reminded me of an iced coffee taste. The flavor stays on your tongue long after your last sip. This is a great stout and one of Otto’s best.
Cheers! Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Wonderful aroma! Deep roasted maltiness, chocolate and the best coffee aroma I’ve ever encountered on a stout. Like I opened a bag of freshly roasted, freshly ground coffee beans. Just a knock of bitterness. Dark black-brown, with light tan creamy lacing head. Medium watery silky body with light creamy carbonation that goes down really smooth. Starts with roasted, almost burned acidity. Mellowed by the nitrogenation to hamper the carbonic acidity. Big coffee flavor, like drinking a stout-flavored coffee rather than a coffee-flavored stout - one almost expects a caffeine buzz after drinking this. In fact the finish is almost like drinking coffee and swear there’s a chalky grittiness not unlike drinking French press coffee. Great chocolate and coffee notes in the finish. After is just a bit tangy and lightly bitter. Great stout. hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Draft (nitro)... Harrisburg Beer Festival 2... Pitch black ale with a large, creamy, beige head. Wonderful retention. The aroma is of freshly ground, dark roast, coffee with traces of vanilla, hazelnut and caramel. The flavor is of "second runnings" coffee with whispers of dark chocolate and hazelnut. Medium-bodied and astringent with pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, bone-dry finish. Best of show, IMO!