Otus Brewery continues its production of end-of-the-year celebratory beers: if Otus has worked on a sumptuous Imperial Coffee Stout in 2017 (only 2000 bottles, all sold in few days), this year Otus chose an important Doppelbock, intended to leave its mark. Doppelbock 2018 is ideal for realxing moments; to sip slowly during those "nights of beer and love".
It is a celebratory beer with a rich malty flavour, an interpretation of those aromatic Lagers that German people tap directly from the barrel during special festivals. Otus 2018 is warm and full-bodied and shows its complexity in the glass: it presents an intense dark red colour, that reminds of monks' cassocks, a comfortable scent of leather, strong hints of soft fruit and dried fruit and refined notes of chocolate and honey ; it is a strong, full, elegant and not cloying beer. >The soft flavours are sweetly released in the mouth and then sharper ones arrive, like roasting and caramel malts. An intense coffee taste persists. The alcoholic proof is high and offers a heat wave that envelops without disturbing. The Otus 2018 foam is thick, compact and long-lasting.
"We like to think of end-of-the-year limited editions as uniques beers to be collected and their value is stengthened by an artistic label that is unique too. This year we decided to interpret the Doppelbock style, that was born in Germany, in Einbeck and Munchen" [Alessandro Reali - Otus Brewer].
The label was designed by Mete, the design and communication agency that joins forces with Otus, which has cut the artist Luca Ravasio in on a creative interpretation of the Otus owl.
DOPPEL BOCK 2018
Fermentation: low fermented
Reference style: Doppelbock
Proof: ALC. 8-8,5% VOL.
Tasting temperature: 10-14°C
Colour: ruby red with monk's cassock hues - EBC 40
Bitterness: IBU 30
Aroma: honey, dried fruit, soft fruit like cherry and plum, chocolate.
Taste: the soft flavours of dried fruit and soft fruit are sweetly released in the mouth and then they leave space to sharp roasting and coffee hints.
Flavour: interaction between aroma and taste.
QB18: when good beer meets good cheese.
To complete and give importance to the tasting experience, Enrico Rota, chairman of Otus craft brewery , looked for a type of food that could enhance Otus 2018 characteristics. Quartino was the choice, a raw paste soft cheese from Bergamo. Quartino is produced with cow's milk and it is melt-in-the-mouth, it reminds of underwood. It can enhance hints of the liquids with which it is sponged during the maturing, in this case the hints of Otus 2018 limited edition. Taddei dairy from Fornovo is managed by Massimo Taddei and his wife Camilla. It is a craft dairy from Bergamo that is focused on tradition but, at the same time, opened to innovation, only when it guarantees a further step to a better quality. Massimo Taddei has immediately accepted the idea of producing QB18 (acronym for Quartino del Birraio 2018): " The syntony with Enrico Rota is great" affrims Massimo, enthusiastic of refining his specialty with a quality craft beer for the first time. QB18 will be on sale from 22nd October in shops, pubs and specialised restaurants.
Otus 2018 (in bottles) will be on sale from 22nd October in shops, pubs and specialised restaurants, where it can be paired with Quartino del Birraio.