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Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2486) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a thin head. Aroma is sticky caramel, orange squash and alcohol. Taste is sweet, raisin and fig. A little alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1316) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2012
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 1995. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Crisp green apples noted in the short aroma. Thin but resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Pale malts give a robust digestive biscuit base laden with syrupy sultanas, raisins, dates and maple syrup flavours sweet in the palate. Hop resins give a spicy note to the long dry aftertaste. Malt returns with chocolate orange notes full in the mouth, drier currants and oak cask flavours in at the end. Now this is a ESB and highly recommended.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beersiveknown (2473) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 27, 2011
Cask at the knights templar, bristol. Dark amber with fruit and higher alcohols on nose. Sweet and fruity body, bitter end

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (1803) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2011
Inköpt i England och drucken med ölföreningen. En bra ESB med karamellkaraktär som balanseras av en frisk och fruktig humle med bra bett i beskan.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunder_head1 (79) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2011
Cask at the allied arms beer festival it is dark brown in colour and has a dark fruit aroma and the taste has hints of dark fruit bitter sweet and may have a hint of chocolate a lovely strong bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2011
Cask, handpump @ The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Devon.
Dimple glass, perfect full pint, almost spilled it sitting back down. Bright as bright ruddy tinged copper with a wafer of white atop. Mildly sherryish, woody and peaty nose, a little liquorice root. Quite spicy with noticeable alcohol and a lot of dark fell fruit coming through, mild yeasty note late. Complex nose leads straight into the palate. Sweet, a lot of toffee and treacle, sherry notes are well pronounced. Nutty, warm Christmas pudding flavour dominates the palate, the body is full and it penetrates well. Lush bitter burnt fruit, stinging nettles and pine needles on the swallow. Assertively bitter, long long linger mirrors the palate, warming for its modest alcohol. Quite full on, it’s not overly sessionable but makes for a great starter or night cap. Lovely stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
500mL bottle. Nice amber orange pour with a cream-colored head. Smells of brown sugar, hops, and spice. Tastes of molasses, spice (coriander), and slight brown sugar with an underlying bitterness. Finish is bittersweet. Balanced with a complex flavor -- very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (3854) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark golden colour, off-white head. Aroma is caramel malts and fruity. Flavour is caramel malts, fruits, bit of citrus. Medium bodied. Well drinkable.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (1532) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Pours a hazy golden color. Not a big mouthfeel, but a persistent flavor of roasted malt and mild bitterness. REasonable beer, like a lot of others.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paintyouup824 (13) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
This one had me scratching my head a bit, as when I first poured it, the aroma was not too much in your face but was there with sweet oak hint. A beautiful copper red color with a very small white fully diminishing head on this one. I really enjoyed the flavor however, with an initial sweet nutty caramel start finishing with a fruity sweet taste that was quick and did not linger on the palate. Very little bitterness to this beer and was quite refreshing and relaxing. It had a watery texture with medium body. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer, and it is unfortunate that the aroma really was a bit of a let down. Maybe it was my particular beer, but with a strong prevalent aroma this beer would be up on my list.


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