Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Ingredients: Maris Otter malt; Challenger, Fuggles hops.
"Fruity aroma and taste with a pleasant bitter finish. Dark brown and full-bodied."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2007
16.9oz bottle-pours a foamy to bubbly tan head and hazy copper/light brown color. Aroma is caramel-medium malt, faint fruit. Taste is sweet caramel-medium malt, secondary fruit, faint metallic hops-slight bitterness. Medium body, soft carbonation. Thanks jwc215 for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Part of an English Bitter tasting in Ocean NJ on 10/06/2007. Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber, courtesy of bottle conditioning. Aroma is buttery with a definite candy character. The flavor is much the same, with a light insistent sweetness. Hops tend to become more apparent towards the end of the swallow, with the malt dropping off quickly and the bitterness increasing resulting in a long hoppy finish. I could have used a bit less of the candy character in the malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (4391) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 500 ml. Copper-orange and cloudy with a medium-sized creamy head that lasts. Nice crunchy lacing. Earthy, spicy caramel aroma. Flavor is similar but more complex: scorched toffee, chocolate, charred wood, toasted nut, prickly earth-spiced marshmallows, some sour fruit notes and more. Palate is smooth and tingly; medium-plus bodied. This is an awesome and underrated ESB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5307) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Sweet fruity malt aroma, yeasty apple cider with bubblegum. Opaque cloudy brown pour with a delicious creamy beige head. Medially bitter taste, nuts and strong caramel mixed with light roast and earthy toffee. Soft mouthfeel, saliva-inducing flavor and a medium-thick body. Abrupt dry finish and aftertaste. No carbonation here at all. Somewhat vegetal tone, in line with a pumpkin beer but without that specific flavor. All malt and no hops. Very drinkable, but not really a standalone brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle. Rich red, little to no head. Slightly chocolatey malty aroma. Taste matches - slightly yeasty hint but then thereís a great chocolatey malt blast. Long bitter finish too. Good strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle. Three finger thick beige head that mostly lasted. Clear light sparkling body with a lovely amber color. Good display of lacework. Aroma of floral, citrus, light ashtray, caramel, fruit, grain, bread, nutty and roasted malty notes. Medium to full bodied with a light dry texture and a soft carbonation. Moderated bitter flavor with counter sweetness. Light dry and lingering bitter finish. Very nice ESB, one of the better ESB so far.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2007
(50cl bottle) Minimal beige head atop murky caramel body. Aroma is moderately sweet, butterscotch, toffee. Taste is medium sweet, toffee, some caramel, earthy, tea, orange, light peach. Watery light-medium body, low carbonation, quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Bottle. Lightish amber body, minimal carbonation, what head manifests contains large, loose bubbles and does not last long. Malty nose with a hint of the Fuggles. Thin body, smooth, quaffable, mild bitterness, some Fuggles notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2007
Cask@GBBF2007. Amber colour, not much head. Aroma is wooden, caramelly and earthy. Flavour is quite the same with some spices conifer wood and some juniper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2007
Dark amber with a copper-red hue and a nice head. The aroma is malty, the flavour is malty with notes of caramel, burnt candy sugar, raisin, fruit and nuts. The finish has a citrus bitterness and is quite dry and long. Itís a nice winter ale!

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