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Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England

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RATINGS: 160   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."


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours a slightly dark caramel with absolutely no head, just a small blob of large bubbles and some thin lacing. Nose is surprisingly fruity, with strong plum/raisin sherry-like character, plus a faint hint of yeast bite and some mild English hop leathery funkiness. Starts smooth and full on the palate but buckles halfway through, ending a bit thin but with a decent hop bite for a bitter, mildly grassy and herbal. Goes down easy, with well hidden strength for an ESB. Palatable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours a cloudy caramel color with no head and little carbonation. The nose is molasses and creme brulee with a slight yeasty tinge. The flavor is light caramel with a definite bitter finish. Not very full-bodied and a little light for me. Not bad.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy fine to large sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a slightly hazy softly carbonated brown colored body and a poor lacing. The weak aroma was malty bready and dough. The crisp mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The weird off the mark flavor contained notes of malt and hops. Not one that I would likely buy again.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Maybe it turned. It was flat. Malty. No hops really evident. Boring. Maybe this would be better on cask. I did not enjoy this at all.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
I can’t beleive I rated from Mary’s half-empty glass, but I did. Amber beer, white head. Sweet and malty aroma with a very crackery and toasty character. Earthy aroma but with a very low hop rate. Flavour is quite sweet and it doesn’t really have much in the way of balance. Very British malt character but it still seems a bit disjointed to me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Yes, I rated meguiar’s leftover beer, I admit I have a problem. I got the yeasty part, so my rating may be a bit different. The part I had though was awesome. It smelled like candied caramel, strong and sharp. The taste was more like watered down brown sugar. Kind of thick feel to it but a medium-light body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2008
1 pt. bottle. Clear medium brown with a very spare off white head, yet surprisingly sticky lace. Fruity, brown sugar aroma, some faint vanilla. Smooth, medium body, rich mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Good balance between the sweet malt flavors and spicy bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with a lingering gently bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
1/18/08: Bottle.
Tea brown body accompanied by a tea-like nose. Mild flavored and bitter. Pretty straightforward and good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours lightly cloudy amber with a mostly receding wispy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, alefruits, plums, earthy toasted malts, Taste is lightly toasted malt, caramel, fuggles and pears. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly sticky with soft carbonation. Not too shabby, an enjoyable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Bag O’Nails, Bristol 17/1/08. Orange coloured with a decent, off-white head. Caramel and red fruit aroma with some earthy hops. Full mouth feel with more malt and a long bitter finish. Very enjoyable.


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