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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."


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a formal beer rating and be in charge of pouring the beers! Of course everything I poured I also got to sample afterward, and this was the first of ten beers on the list. I am huge fan of the premium bitters style and this is a perfect example, quintessentially English. It pours a hazy amber/mahogany, almost rust color and smells fruity and slightly floral, with a faint whiskeyish tinge. Wonderful malt/hop balance and just the right amount of yeast and bitterness, with a nice-mellow finish. I have since bought this beer many times. It is a perfect sit-sown session beer, extremely fresh and thirst-quenching.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheap (4110) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Thanks to Bill at 3 Sons Dogs and Suds in Wexford. How about the name of this stuff? Big 16.9 oz bottle. Initally a rather tart aroma greets the nose when you pop the lid. Brownish iced tea color with a swirling haze, probobly due to the unfiltered gunk on the bottom of the bottle. Rather smooth and friendly on the initial palte, lacks any terrible bitterness. Decent creamy carbonation. I was bracing myself but now I am pleasantly surprized. Does not seem to have anything near the alky content listed here. It hides it well with the creamy laid back refined taste. Very well made civilized bitter, I must admit. Good manners and fun to drink, glad i tried this. Finish is mildly bitter and lingering for a short time but it is well controlled as with the taste throughout the sesssion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Pours hazy amber into an English pint. White head quickly subsides to pancake surface. Caramel and resin aromas. Silky with upfront caramel and a lasting sour malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2007
From the bottle this pours a hazy brownish amber body with a small off-white head that produces spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel, orchard fruit, butterscotch, and a soft floral/herbal bitterness. Creamy in the mouth, the caramel and butterscotch are moderately sweet, just at a level to deal with the steady hoppy bitterness. Nice mildly bitter finish, making this a pleasantly sessionable ale.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a spare diminishing bubbly white head. Aroma of caramel malt, fruit, some sweet candy and hops. Flavour of caramel malt, lightly burnt or toasty with some sweet fruit and a mild but decent bitter finish. Average bodied. Flavour’s better then the aroma suggests, all in all it’s not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
Shared with Hogtown harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Deep orange/brown, very little head, looks flat. Fruity, bread notes, hint of sourness in aroma. Taste is good - lots of earthy caramel, some hops, nice sweetness, assertive. A tad watery - medium, to thin body. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
This poured with very little head into a tall pint glass and appeared to be an interesting color of red-brown-and gold when held to the light. I liked the ESB style that came forward in a rich aftertaste. This would have been good for casual sipping with a fat roast beef hero.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Cloudy ruby-amber with a small frothy wisp of head. Light, dry, herbal aroma, raisins and light cherry - odd (6-). Taste is dry, herbal bitter, light sweet malt, roasty, vague dry cocoa in the finish. Watery, thin body, solid dry astringency, the malt finishes quickly, dry spicy yeast lingers for quite a while. The taste really saves this one, the mouthfeel and aroma aren’t that solid.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11104) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1500) - 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.


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