I’m finally home. It was a hell of a day at work. I feel like I spend more time in meetings now than I ever have in my life. It’s not bad…just very different for me. After work, I headed to the firehouse for more training since I’m headed to academy next Tuesday. So, until June, every Tuesday and Saturday will be spent in fire gear. So, now that I’m home, I figured this was a pretty appropriate brew for the night.
Style: Smoked Beer
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “On October 15, beer enthusiasts will have a new reason to celebrate. Victory Otto Ale, a new Belgian-style, bottle conditioned dubbel ale from Victory Brewing Company, will be available in 750 ml corked bottles. Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory co-founders, developed the recipe for the new smoked malt dubbel based on their experience with the style during a trip they took to Bamberg, Germany in 1987. In order to create a deliciously palatable smoked beer, Bill and Ron decided to combine the sometimes-overpowering qualities of the smoky rauch style with Belgian caramel malt, which yields a perfectly harmonized final flavor. ‘The complimentary flavors of smoked malt and Belgian yeast seemed like an obvious combination,’ said Bill. ‘As far as we know, no one has bothered to put them together until now.’ Victory Otto Ale is made up of smoked, Munich and Belgian caramel malt, German hops and Trappist yeast. Alcohol by volume is 8.1%.”
Random: I’m getting incredibly low on tasting beer. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this low. That means a beer run this weekend!
This brew poured with a decently thick, cream colored head that dissipated quickly and only left traces of lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany brown with lots of visible active carbonation on it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smoked beer look like this. On the nose, there was definite smoke and bacon, but not as intense as I thought there would be. After a few sniffs, some Belgian yeast also came out, but it definitely was not the dominant scent. On first sip, holy smoke and bacon Batman! Any bit of Belgian yeast that I got in the nose was dominated by the smoke and bacon in the taste, although as it warmed, I did get some limited Belgian yeast. The body was towards the thinner side with lots of prickly carbonation. The finish, despite the bold flavors was relatively quick with smoke. Even though I got more of the Belgian characteristics of the beer as it warmed, they were totally dominated by the pork and smoke that I got in it. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.
Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0