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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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5596) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Bottle: Poured a red-orange shininess with barely a head. The aroma is a musty fruit, the flavor leaning more to a very sweet malt and a mushy earthy finish. The body is lighter than the muddy flavor profile would suggest. , but this is a hearty and flavorful English ale. (#3048, 8/3/2007)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber body with a quick diminishing off white head. Nose of fruity esters, apples, toffee, and hints of caramel. Taste is similar has a full body with a mild bitter finish. Floral accents and a hint of nuttiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2003
Caramelly toffee malts. Orangey and spicey, with some alcohol noticed in the future, sweetish, with some bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5460) - 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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5369) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse, 500 ml bottle - nice bottle - like the otter on the label. Dark orange to amber pour with a soft pillowy white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is a bit "off" with some hints of aquarium water, but mellows as it warms and presents some subtle mintiness. Full bodied bitter flavor with some peach notes, mint and a bit of ripening vegetable funkiness. Clean even mouthfeel with a tad bit of harshness in the finish. Overall, enjoyable, but think it would have been more enjoyable from the cask in a dark English pub - this one seems to be a bit worse for the wear on the trip over.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
This bitter/ESB pours a deep brown color from a 500ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, orange and sweet. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are toffee and caramel. Hops are earthy and floral. Hints of orange and citrus. Nice balance. Lively carbonation. Nice soft malts with a touch of chocolate. Seems a step above a lot of other ESB/bitters I’ve had lately. Mouthfeel is full. Finish si clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5212) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Cask. Lovely lace on a hazy red body. Quite a big, powerful aroma. Fruity and rather intense. Lots of dates. Also prune--maybe prune schnapps. Touch phenolic. Body is nice. Lots of prune again. Finishing dry with a big of alcohol on the tongue. Fruit cake with the bitterness of fruit skins.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle. Copper to near dark brown pour. Very murky. Small random bubbles gathered together on the right side of the glass. Nose is caramel, sweet malts, flowery hops and apple skins. Taste is hoppy and floral with more apple skins, soft caramel and sweet malts. Very bitter taste and lingering bitterness throughout. Body is soft and light-medium. Carbonation is there but seemingly faded. Ends with more caramel, sweet malts, apple, floral hops and some earthy hops. More bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2006
Amber colour with a small beige head. Malty, caramel and chocolate sweet aroma with notes of dark fruit. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with dark fruit notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5098) - 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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