Brewed by Otley Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottled.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leebotton (406) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
Nice ESB aroma of malt with a subtle but noticeable fruit character. Slight strawberry like smell coming out of the hops. Slightly sweet, fruity flavour with a solid malt backbone. Actually very moreish, but im thirsty! Clean generally with toffee notes to finish. Good carbonation to be drunk cold for this style. Nothing outstanding but well made and conceived.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ghendrix (151) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2014
On tap in Y Mochyn Du. Pours hazy orange, thin white head. Aromas of grass, dark berries, citrus, buscuit. Taste is medium-strong bitter, very little sweetness. Pretty lacking in the malts generally, overpowered by the hops. Medium-full body, quite a bitter finish and dry. Not crazy about it, not an easy drinker either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (7228) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2014
500 ml bottle conditioned, thanks to my beerpal Olav. Gyle: OHO005. ABV is 5.0%. Hazy golden colour, moderate white head. Pleasant aroma of Christmas spices, possibly including coriander, cinnamon and cloves, hints of citrus. Refreshing citrussy and distinctly spicy / peppery flavour. Aftertaste of pepper and bitter hops. Not your average Christmas ale, but quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24180) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
6th January 2013
Old Fountain. Cask. Lightly hazy gold beer, bubbly white head. Palate is smooth with modest fine carbonation. Semi dry malt, touch of cream. Light malt rawness as well, nothing serious. Whisper of banana ester. Mellow orangey hop, bare whsipernof spice. Smooth finish. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (18694) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
Cask at the Rake, Borough, 28/12/13. Clear golden with a moderate white covering that retains well. Nose is light spice, bitter orange, caramel, bready malts. Taste comprises light must, winter spices, bitter orange, dark fruit tang. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry bittering closure. Ok offering, nothing Id rush back to mind - assume the classic whelmed formation!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (11363) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Tap at the rake. Golden light amber pour with no head. Aroma is sweet pumpkin nutty. Light apple tart. Palate is medium body and apple juice, some cinnomon. Slightly woody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4474) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Cask at The Victoria, Birmingham. Average bitter. Some plastic and tinsel, coated in cornflour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Flockmaster (2) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2013 does not count
Purchased bottled from Hay Deli, Hay-on-Wye who usually have a good selection of beers and ciders. Lively on the pour and a fruity tangerine on the nose the first thing to notice after that is the appearance. Now I dont mind a bit of sediment or for a beer to be a bit murky... but there were particles in this that a garden fence could filter out. The resulting settle glass has a look of pond. Not a great start. Unfortunately sour to the taste, admittedly with some fruity back notes, but a lasting metallic finish. I dont know what else to say. Possibly the most disappointing beer Ive had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (5129) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
500ml bottle from Drinkers Paradise. A delicious bubbly brew, kinda sweet with faint orange & grapes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Cask handpull, Post Office Vaults, Birmingham. Slim-capped, bright orange gold. Soft, grassy, gelatinous aroma translating into a similar flavour; washy orange wine gum, grass, minerals, herb. Late biscuit finish. Still, almost flat condition. Light meaty, vegetable stock notes. In truth pretty drab: struggled with a pint.

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