Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 21, 2014
On hand pump at brewery. Mild sweet malt with soft apple fruitiness. A little woody with some molasses and smoke. Fruity hops with some esters. Smooth alcohol note. Mild and sweet smell overall, subtle. Murky brown with creamy lacing tan head. Smooth silky body with light carbonation. Starts subtle and smooth with mild sweet chalky maltiness. Apple notes and yeasty, with grittiness. LIght tang with alcohol warming. Subtle maltiness throughout and mild dry bitter finish. Nutty yeasty fruity after.
Transfer from BA review on 8-17-13-
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a bit of mahogany shining through when held to the light. Upon serving there is also a very small white head that fades almost instantly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is rather interesting. It has a mainly roasted malt aroma mixed with a bit of darker fruits. The sweetness is very light on the nose however and is dominated by the malt as well as a decently strong oaky and woodsy aroma mixed with some aromas of an alcohol booziness of whisky.
Taste – The taste starts out quite dry for a wee heavy and only gets drier as the taste moves on. Up front there is a roasted malt, biscuit and light caramel flavor. The roasted malt is by far the strongest upfront, largely dominating the taste. As the flavor advances a grainy spent roasted grain taste gets quite strong in the taste. This is joined by a decent showing of oak and some woodiness, which in the end, create a rather grainy and woodsy dry flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a beer of 8.5 % of its style with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Not really too great for the style as the high carbonation doesn’t really match the darker and woody flavors well with the carbonation level only lessening the overall feel.
Overall – Too dry for a wee heavy with too much of a spent roasted grainy taste and a rather non complementing mouthfeel. Not one I will go to again. FROTHINGSLOSH (7697) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a very dark brown color with orange highlights and a medium sized foamy tan head that faded and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was woody with a hint of smoke, dryish but with hints of dark fruits and tobacco. The flavor was dryish, toasty and woody with notes of caramel, tobacco and faint dark fruits. Medium length toasty wood, caramel and tobacco finish. Moderately full bodied and with a very nice depth of flavor. Excellent. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Notes from cask. Pours burnt umber with ruby edges and copious head in the snifter. Nose is woody, earthy, heavy scotch malty, cognacy, with some merloty red grapey and blackberry notes. Palate is hefty, very complex, with scothc malt flavors, some woody, spirity, plum, blackberry, and mild smoky notes, and emerging hops and yeasty notes late. This is one I wish I could have spent more time with. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2007
On handpump, at brewery 03/13/07. Pours a slightly murky deep ruby to brown body under a creamy one finger beige head that left lots of lacing. Huge malt nose on this guy. A little smoke, alcohol, lots of caramel, a little toffee, and some vanilla. Flavor delivers the malt by the boatload. Not too sweet, some some toffee, caramel, and fruitiness. Great smoky note on the finish. Great malt complexity. Mouthfeel is just perfect for this beer. Great cask conditioned feel, full bodied but not sticky, hard to do with such a hugely malty beer like this. Excellent beer. These guys have really improved over the years. jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2007
This looked very tasty as it came out. The aroma and flavor are of dark malts and fruits, with some smoke in the background. With a thick mouthfeel and the nearly unnoticeable alcohol content, this was solid. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Great deep color with a soft moist head, the flavor is dark and sweet, complex, but the real attraction here is the body, which is velvety and smooth. Delicious. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Cask. This one looked great in a snifter. Huge head on a dark brown body. The head faded a little but kept alot till the end. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor is very smooth, slightly malty with a little hop presence. Alcohol is undetected. Very smooth and balanced. 3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Cask (forced) at the brewery. Poured into a bowl snifter, there was initially about one inch of beer and five inches of dense, dark tan foam, which cascades slowly down into the body. The whipping-cream thick head sits atop a dark brown and burgundy body for a considerable amount of time, and the two inches which do not settle have to be removed in a couple of gulps. This beer is chewy and sweet, with a strong plum, date and wood (oak and cedar) presence. Milky and frothy on the palate, it’s very impressive on first impression. Sharp and fresh, the wood notes are magnificent, not ashy, dry or coarse like many wood-aged beers, but rather a product of the right malts used in the recipe. Vinuous licorice and amaretto flavors consume this beer, which by the end of the glass had me considering this one of the best beers that Otto’s has made. There’s even an apppearance of pears and white grapes in this one, no doubt from the house yeast, as these flavors seem common down the menu of what Otto’s makes - but it’s really good in this wee heavy. Has damn-near perfect lacing, high sweetness, high gravity. Another great beer from my local brewpub.