This week's beer: Otto!!
It poured out a nice pretty deep red color, with a creamy head. It had an interesting aroma. It smelled pleasantly smoky and woodsy, like a campfire on a chill autumn night.
As far as taste goes, it felt like I was drinking two different beers. At first sip, it had the fruity, yeasty flavor I'd expect from a dubbel, then it faded into the smoke flavor from the smoked malts. Does anyone remember the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"? You know the scene where the gum-obsessed girl takes the test gum and describes how the flavors change as she's chewing it? That's the impression I got from sipping this beer--it's a dubbel! but wait, it's also a rauchbier!!
Overall impression, it was an interesting taste combination and a decent beer. At 8% ABV, definitely not a chugger, but good sipped with a little dark chocolate. I'd say it's worth a try, especially if you're looking to break out of a beer rut.