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Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England

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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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."


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wyzzywyz22 (1961) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle Ale Cellar Darlington. Poured a darkish coppery colour with a very thin head. Aroma and flavour was very malt heavy stifling the hop presence. Sweet and lacking balance with something lurking in the flavour I found quite unappetising but cant quite put my finger on. Finish was dryish with some hop bitterness. Maybe my bottlewas on the turn. Disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Clear light brown pour with amber highlights and nearly no head. Aroma of light fruit, light toasted malt and a touch of hops and earthiness. Flavor starts out nice enough, including all of the elements from the aroma. But then I pick up a strange rubbery element that always comes through for me in this style. I don’t know why I continue to try them, since I obviously have something weird going on with my taste buds.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Pours a light brown color, close to the color of apple cider and the fruity notes make the aroma reminiscent of it as well. Thin, off white head. Malty flavor of caramel with coffee and nuts hints in the aftertaste. A crisp beer that’s light but still manages to pack in some flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4370) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Poured a light brown color with an off white head. Aroma was dried fruits and some caramel and biscuts. Flavor was actually alot fuller than I had expected, nice mleding of sweet malts and some hop bittering and biscut flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Totally English in every way. Pours mahogany with a spattered head that actually lasts although shallow. Strong aromas of malted fruitcake and caramel. Medium full nectar with NIL effers. It’s practically flat. Strong malted brownie and coffee cake flavors attend this party. A balanced bittering component holds it all together.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
A very vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass barely summons forth a bit more than a finger-thick head. The beer is a dark red color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale cranberry hue with just a touch of copper when held up to the light. The aroma is at first quit malt focused with an almost molasses like note. A touch of earthiness is here as well contributed by both the hops and a somewhat overly caramelized malt character (is it starting to show signs of oxidation?). Some slight fruity hop notes are here in the aroma too contributing a mix of light, but sweet citrus and a soft berry note.

Sweet tasting and only slightly carbonated, the beer finishes with an oxidized sherry like note that definitely shouldn’t beer here this soon. A touch of herbal hops, some light bitterness and a touch of berry character struggles to be noticeable through the oxidation and the malt character, that should be so vibrant, is just muted and dead.

Definitely disappointing, this is a fresh to AZ beer as far as I know and should be in much better condition than this. It seems that something likely happened at bottling time with this as it doesn’t even reach an English level of carbonation. Perhaps this is a single off bottle, but at $6 it is hard to justify buying another one to test that theory out.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Cloudy amber beer, with a very small, fizzy lace - quite a yeasty and bready aroma, with a lot of caramel, toffee, and nutty character, and a soft underlying earthiness - the flavor starts off with moderate fuggles bitterness and strong herbal, tea-like qualities - this quickly makes way for brown sugar, toffee, and hazelnut - some subtle notes of citrus and fruit pulp - yeasty near the finish - there is a nice earthiness to this one throughout, which lends a nice dimension, and makes the beer stand out - very bready at the end - different and interesting.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Nothing very special here. Caramel predominates, but it has a certain crispness to it which was somewhat interesting. No head. Sometimes I find a real winner in these English ales, with their maltiness and their earthiness, they will present some underlying flavors, subtleties which make them memorable. This beer is not one of those.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2406) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet caramel that changes to a slight bitter finish. $4.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Hazy deep copper brown body with a light tan head. Marischino cherries and light caramel notes come out at first in the nose. Then you also get some peanuts. Milk chocolate and iced tea are in the flavors. There is also some light hints of orange peel citrus in the finish. A nicely balanced and interesting ESB. More well hopped than many similar beers I have tried.


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