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. Hed 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 5, 2011
bottle. clear light brown/amber with almost no head. nose is fruity with light smoke and jerky. good smoke character that mixes well with the light fruity malts. i probably wouldnt wall this a dubbel base though. abv detracts slightly from the flavors of the beer. warming finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Pour is a deep copper with barely any head. Smell is very light smoke and slightly sweet. Taste is a lot better good woody oaky smoke vegetables white pepper pineapple sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
natejgood (499) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Pours a clear medium brown with a light brown head. Smells of light fruit. This beer seems to be a mix between a lager and an ale. While there is a hint of ale sweetness toward the end of this beer, the up front taste is much closer to a standard lager. Fairly carbonated in the mouth. Not Victorys best effort, but it might improve after sitting for a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2011
There is first a sine-like aroma of grapes when the bottle is opened. The smokiness in the flavor is predominate, but not overbearing. There is an earthiness to the flavor, which consist of roasted goose, oyster, grapes, and lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2011
THOUGHTS: Definitely different Thought it would be the best of both styles, but it wasnt. It wasnt awful or anything, but it wasnt as good as I was expecting. The two styles never truly blended with each other. Id say it smelled more like a dubbel and tasted more like a smoke. It does improve as it warms and does start to blend a little better when warmer, but not enough to say this was a great success. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light, orangey brown with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was sort of weak. There was light caramel; light hops; slight yeast; light smoke; dark candy sugar; and a little fruitiness when warmer. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly bitter with an average to long duration. There was mostly smoke, some caramel, burnt bacon, BBQ sauce, a little yeast, a little hops, spicy yeast, acrid smoke from something that was half way burnt, hints of chocolate, a little fruit, a little molasses or maple syrup, dark fruit and raisin. The medium body was slightly oily with fizzy carbonation and a smokey and lightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours dark amber/brown with tan head. Aroma is very Smokey and in a way, almost appears to have notes of chipotle. Flavor is same with an added "oddness", kinda an earthy, dirty, weed-like astringent quality in the finish with subtle hints of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, not sure how to feel but I am finishing the bottle non the less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drowland (8150) - Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2011
11/4/11. 750mL bottle. Dark amber pour with a small tan head. Astrigent slightly smokey aroma with a touch of bitter woodiness... bitter, astringent flavor as well with lingering burnt smokiness. Nothing special, but not as offputting as I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 750ml bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Bottle On: Sept 27, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright mahogany-hued body with a full-sized, faintly beige head.

Smell: Displays a myriad of jumbled notes: campfire smoke, cloves, toasted bread, brown sugar, dried fruits (raisins and cherries), bananas, and a recently bandaged finger cut.

Taste: Toasted malts with some sweet additions of caramel, treacle before the phenolic hit of smoke-flavored chewing gum with a touch of banana peel before rolling into some thick-cut bacon, powdered cloves, and Concord grape jelly. Strays, for the most part, on the sweet side of things. Low hop character, bitterness. Some alcohol detected on the lightly smokey, fruity finish with lingering alcoholic heat and clove.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A curious combination (I recall tapping my chin thoughtfully for a moment when I first heard about it), a smoked ale and a Belgian dubbel. Im not entirely sure that the smoked malt is playing nicely with the clove-producing yeast strain utilized, as there is, sadly, a displeasing hint of Band-Aid on occasion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
r464 (2348) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Brown with a tannish colored head. Smokey, burnt, rubbery, charred, but still a bit malty. Lingering aftertaste -- reminds me of smoked oysters served on a plate of fried rubber bands.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dagimp (987) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
First off let me say, my 1973 VW Things name is Otto, so Im somewhat biased towards the name... but read further. From a cork n caged 75cl (metric bitches!) into a snifter. Pours a medium brown with a good amount of head. Head dissipates quickly with little to no lacing. Aroma, as a prior reviewer stated, is like a band-aid with a little smoke. Mouthfeel is very fizzy. Taste is of band-aid, campfire, liquid smoke and lemon. This was a real swing and miss by Victory. Kudos for them trying, but this should have never made it out of the brew pub.

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