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Brewed by Otley
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottled.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6067) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 Gravity at the Welsh Beer and Cider Festival - not even in the programme. Nice hoppy smell. Very fruity ale, with malt and hops combining into a fine punch. Apricots dominate the sweet end of the spectrum, while pine/grapefruit takes care of the dry end. Don’t be surprised if you find their beers in bottles in the future!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
500ml bottle as O-HO-HO, from Nelson Wines. Clear golden yellow with a white head (though I left quite a lot in the bottle to avoid sentiment). Aroma is lightly hoppy, with a hint of grapefruit. Great flavour - nicely dry, but with blueberry and citrus hints and good malt balance. Solid finish and dangerously drinkable for a 5% beer. Why drink awful premium lager when you can have something like this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2425) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2010
Cask at the Magpie in Brentford. Pours a clear gold with a small white head and an aroma of dry hops and honey, faint fruity notes on the palate - pear maybe. Lovely balance of bitter vs fruity malt, crisp and clean finish with a lingering hoppiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5009) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
500 ml bottle conditioned, thanks to my beerpal Olav. Gyle: OHO005. ABV is 5.0%. Hazy golden colour, moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of Christmas spices, possibly including coriander, cinnamon and cloves, hints of citrus. Refreshing citrussy and distinctly spicy / peppery flavour. Aftertaste of pepper and bitter hops. Not your average Christmas ale, but quite enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2007
Cask Handpump at the Smithfield Hotel, Manchester 17/01/2007 AKA O Ho Ho (Christmas seasonal) Thick white head. Very hoppy aroma. Clear golden coloured fruity and hoppy with a crisp and dry slightly bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 7, 2009
Cask (gravity) @ National Winter Ales Festival 2009, Manchester, England.
Clear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, fruity, moderate hoppy, orange. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20090122]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
6th January 2013
Old Fountain. Cask. Lightly hazy gold beer, bubbly white head. Palate is smooth with modest fine carbonation. Semi dry malt, touch of cream. Light malt rawness as well, nothing serious. Whisper of banana ester. Mellow orangey hop, bare whsipernof spice. Smooth finish. Quite drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Hazy gold with a small white head. Aromas are caramel, apple and butter with spices and yeast. Some citrus with good hoppiness. Flavours are biscuit malts, fairly sweet with caramel and dry yet sweet hops. Some oranges and grapefruit with a bitter, dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5180) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2008
500ml bottle as O-HO-HO (Thanks Mungo) - Dark golden/amber in colour with a bit of a haze which lets it down on the appearance front. Lively carbonation with a fruity, hoppy and very slightly gassy aroma and a hint of grapefruit. Bitter, fruity taste with the blueberries being noticeable but in a subtle way. Nicely balanced and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6197) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Rake, Southwark 17/12/09. Deep gold with a slight white head. Citrus hop and orange blossom aroma. Flavour was slightly sweet, with plenty more hops and a dry finish. Good.


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