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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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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."


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
britishalenerd (11) - USA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Otter Brewery has created some of England’s most amazing handmade British artisinal Ales indeed! No wonder the entire portfolio of their beers have won awards. Otter Head is a low-foaming English Strong Ale which pours a dark ruddy copperish brown colour with a light creamy, off-white head. Malt is in the foreground with a nice aroma on the nose and a toffee like flavor and spice darkness. Also I recognized quite a bit of hoppiness for its style. There was a slight hint of liquorice. On the palate it is smooth and medium to full-bodied, with a real bite of assertive English hops dominating, over a truly rich, and flavourful fudge-like malt. Leafy, Iron and mineral hoppiness comes crawling in pleasantly again, leaving the finish full of hop tanginess, very clean and bitter. Amazingly smooth for a 5.8% ABV. This award winning beer has proven itself and will remain on my list of regulars indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chubbyhubby (11) - ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2007
Fruity, grassy aroma. A touch of grain, oats and loads of English hops in the back of the nose. Medium to full in body with a marvelous lush mouth feel that is just as crisp as it is smooth. Bursting with caramel malt (probably Maris Otter) and juicy fruit, hop bitterness is solid and flexes with a sharpness and toffee flavour. Malt is pretty thick with hints of bread crust and toasted grain. Lots of fruitiness with a wondeful toasty, biscuity, yeasty back.This beer pours a rich copper colour with a cloudy, light brownish highlight. A healthy off white lace wraps the inside of the glass with ample stickiness. Smells of soft caramel and toasted malt biscuit and bread with a dash of buttery toffee. Honey-like toffee and a currant and berry mix for fruitiness. Light twinge of ester alcohol in the nose. Smooth upfront with a light to moderate carbonation. Jam-packed with malt flavours of toasted caramel. Diacetyl is significant yet not to the point of being out of balance. The warming alcohol brings forth fruitiness and esters to round this big profile out. Hints of dark toffee and light berry fruit add to the complexity. Hop bitterness drops a great finishing flavour and oily herbal character. Caramel and grain in the finish with slight tangy hop overtones. Bitterness seems a step up for its style which is fine considering all of the malt flavour to deal with. This is a tremendously killer brew with expressive hop notes, balancing malt, and complex flavours flailing everywhere. A brew I will definitely revisit more than others in its category.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3677) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 500 ml. Copper-orange and cloudy with a medium-sized creamy head that lasts. Nice crunchy lacing. Earthy, spicy caramel aroma. Flavor is similar but more complex: scorched toffee, chocolate, charred wood, toasted nut, prickly earth-spiced marshmallows, some sour fruit notes and more. Palate is smooth and tingly; medium-plus bodied. This is an awesome and underrated ESB.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle. Amber coloured with a slim off-white head. No sign of sediment. Aroma of vanilla and caramel with some chocolate notes. Flavours are malty and sweetish; some butterscotch and a nice hoppy finish. Medium to full bodied, very drinkable - I can’t leave it alone! Very good strong ale (strong ale is what it says on the label).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madlizzie (12) - ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 This beer is spot on! It pours a dark ruddy/cloudy copper colour and has a finger and a half or so of head which disippates quickly. Fruity, Appley aroma...This beer is loaded with english Fuggles hops which marries nicely with caramelly, toffee flavored malts. I believe I can taste a hint of complex Maris Otter malts. This brewer knew what he was up to - this beer is extremely well balanced. Overall taste is wonderful in this medium bodied, low to moderately carbonated, smooth, creamy drinking beer. This beer would pair wonderfully with an array of fine foods - or just by itself. Brewed with the spring water drawn from the headsprings of the Otter River, this beer has become a regular in my portfolio.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barbiedoll0808 (11) - New York, USA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 Had an Otter Head recently on a trip to London and was very impressed to say the least. Brewed using local spring water from the Otter River. This ruddy colored, smooth, medium bodied beer uses a wonderful toffee flavored malt. It has a real Maris Otter malty taste up front followed by a delightful hoppy bitterness that keeps you coming back for more. I’d love to see more of this one!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 20, 2007
Rating # 800!! Nose of captain crunch crunchberries cereal, bisquick batter, dried fruit, and flowers. Pours slightly sparkling copper amber. The mostly lastng creamy off-white head is slight and mostly diminsishing, very light lace. The brew is very well balanced with light acidity, and a nice tempered dried fruit finish. The flavor is exceptional, and this would make a stellar session offering. The medium to full body is creamy and soft. The finish feels clean.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunder_head1 (79) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2011
Cask at the allied arms beer festival it is dark brown in colour and has a dark fruit aroma and the taste has hints of dark fruit bitter sweet and may have a hint of chocolate a lovely strong bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2384) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2011
Cask, handpump @ The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Devon.
Dimple glass, perfect full pint, almost spilled it sitting back down. Bright as bright ruddy tinged copper with a wafer of white atop. Mildly sherryish, woody and peaty nose, a little liquorice root. Quite spicy with noticeable alcohol and a lot of dark fell fruit coming through, mild yeasty note late. Complex nose leads straight into the palate. Sweet, a lot of toffee and treacle, sherry notes are well pronounced. Nutty, warm Christmas pudding flavour dominates the palate, the body is full and it penetrates well. Lush bitter burnt fruit, stinging nettles and pine needles on the swallow. Assertively bitter, long long linger mirrors the palate, warming for its modest alcohol. Quite full on, it’s not overly sessionable but makes for a great starter or night cap. Lovely stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (985) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
Appearance: Clear copper with 2 finger thick ivory head. Aroma: Chocolate malt, bread, floral, treacle, umami. Taste: Medium sweetness and bitterness with low/medium sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, raisin, prune, chocolate malt, bready, treacle, herbal finish. Comments: Lovely and glass lace.


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