urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jimhilt (2539) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Name: Otter Head
Source: Brewfest, Classic City
Appearance: hazy amber, frothy off white head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with a brown sugar sweetness and light earthy hops,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel and brown sugar sweetness, light earthy balance,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Nate (3994) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From bottle. Nice toffee-caramel sweet malt aroma, light diacetyl, with some grassy fruity hops. Tea. Nice smooth character. Medium amber-brown clear with a bit of haze, topped with an off-white lacing thin head. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts fairly sweet with apple skin, light grainy tea, caramel with a bit of toffee and butter. Watery with a bit of acidity. Light grassy-grainy bitterness comes in at the finish, with a smooth nutty bitter after. Not a bad bitter, but maybe a bit too carbonated. Fairly clean.
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pint at the sloaney pony. buttery decent dark mahogany beer. was very much in conversation when i had it. was pleasant smooth strong and lubricated my tongue well :-)
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle - Pours hazy light brown with almost no head and very little carbonation. It has a mild aroma of caramel malt. The flavor is led by toasty toffee malt and has some mild hops. It has a medium body and a light, bitter finish. This beer is pretty average. I really should stop paying the high prices for the many mediocre to average English bitters that seem to be so common now.
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is buttery and malty with toffee and hops. The appearance is hazy amber with a thin head. The flavor is bitter and much like the aroma. The palate is slick. Overall itís decent.
Palidor19 (3127) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 a tad buttery. nice caramel malts. gives off a fruity taste with a mild yet flavorful hop presence. I enjoy this one
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20080422 50cl bottle picked up at Spirits in Red Bank. Teak color with small but lasting off-white head. Aroma is simple, but fully pleasant and comforting with a mildly mulch-like tinge and some earthy hops atop the prospect of rounded, bready malts to come. And they do. Nice enough on the palate, itís maybe a bit thin and still, but perhaps an attempt at recreating the cask feel...more likely poor overseas handling. Despite the relatively light body, the malts seem potent for a beer of medium alcoholic heft and the finish is long and satisfyingly coating. There is a bit of an off flavor lingering at the end that reminds of the previous atrocity I just now dispatched in the drain, the Hoppy Otter. Itís a bit on the vegetal side and nothing I look forward to dealing with again. Perhaps itís just the lingering after effects from that other mess, or perhaps itís something with the Otter yeast I donít dig. At any rate, this one is much better than the previous and something Iíd drink again if it was cheaper.