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I’m in a funk. Everything tastes the same and everything tastes fine. No highs. No lows. Just “meh.”
But my notes have been short, just a few lines, if I wrote anything at all.
So I went into the closet for a beer I knew could knock me out. Something guaranteed to provoke a reaction. Something to write about.
I went with a Hair of the Dog. I had a year old bottle of Otto. It’s hard not to get excited about peaches and cherries imbued strong ale.
The fruit seeps into every beery crevice. Otto smells like fresh raspberries – complete with leaves and stems. It tastes like tart mixed berry jam. It’s tangy. It’s sweet.
Does it look sort of purple brown? Is the foam just slightly pink?
Otto tastes more like a decadent dessert wine than anything.
Underneath the fruit there’s a rich layer of malt. And the eighteen months of oak are flavorful, but subtle – a note of vanilla, not the usual bourbon heat.
There’s a grassy snap to the finish. There’s a bittersweet chocolate note, and it persists long after you swallow.
The beer has depth. It has layers. It’s complicated, but simple to understand: this is delicious.