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Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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."


chubbyhubby's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chubbyhubby (11) - - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (1901) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2013
Clear copper colored beer with light brown lacing foam head. Aroma is lught caramel, some yeast, some barley. Taste is bitter with some gras notes. Turning more bitter in time. (Velp 201311)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martinrumsam (462) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle pours coppery amber with light beige full head that laces. Aroma is rich, caramel,dark fruit maybe a hint of yeast. Fruity sweet start with a counterbalance light bitterness to finish and linger. Some pleasant alcohol warmth . Full palate. Medium carbonation. A good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 20, 2013
It has to be the quality of the water filtered down through sandstone that gives this beer such a great crystal clean flavour. Chocolate bitter sweetness and barley wine warmth and depth. Quite a sharp green hop citrus ending that lingers on the palate. Quick to make you squiffy!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
unstablefable (210) - SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2012
Pours a dark amber with a nice frothy white head, aroma is dried raisins, dates, taste is pleasent, bit fruit with some caramel, chocolate but metallic undertones.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3093) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours like a brewed ice tea, complete with tea-ish head. Scent is caramel, pepper, dark fruit. Taste is very bready and dry... Sweet front, bitter back. A very good ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1177) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2012
Cask in a pub opposite Exeter Cathedral whose name I forget. Full-bodied for the style and quite sweet, with hints of bread, raisin and orange coming through. Nice bitter.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wimpyjoe (2986) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2012
Copper-brown in colour with a strong aftertaste, although the strength is hidden somewhat by the fruity sweet flavours which are also evident in its aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2132) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 26, 2012
50cl bottle. Pours a lovely amber with gentle bubbles and a nicely proportioned head some of which remains. The nose has raisins and flour. The taste has flour and toffee this time and chocolate biscuits on the finish. The palate is rich but very tight, then a compact middle section which continues into a long dry finish. Overall, a nice strong bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
Bottled 06/05/12. A russet coloured beer with an off-white ring of head. A fruity aroma with sweet and slightly sugary notes. Predominantly malty but the hops are there too and give good fruitiness. A nice long finish. Boozy and tasty.8

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (4293) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2012
Cask at Walsall Beer festival. Amber orange pour with a small white head. Fruit and malt in the aroma And flavor with a little alcohol.


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