Brewed by Otter
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Honiton, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available bottled.

We firmly believe that one particularly good beer is better than a bucketful of seasonals. So, although it may be a bit cheeky, we have one winter ale that forms the basis of our seasonal range.
This delicious 5% beer is dark ruby in colour and has a well balanced flavour with a bittersweet chocolate edge. This comes from the careful use of Fuggles and Challenger hops.

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Dbcwi88 (128) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2017
Chocolatey. Smell and taste. Hint of red fruits in aftertaste. Nice strong chocolatey red ale

Towey1989 (3650) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2017
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear deep amber colours with a medium off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, red fruits, slight chocolate, a little orange and subtle earthy hops. Taste of dark fruits, spice, slight chocolate, a little bready malts and subtle spicy, earthy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A bittersweet, spicy fruit bitterness in the finish. A sweet, malty bitter with fruit and subtle ‘english’ hop bitterness. One of Otters best.

Martin243 (1247) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2017
Pint at the Tilley Stone Gateshead. Dark brown bitter with an off white head. mocha and toast aroma. Bitter chocolate, red fruit flavour hint of overripe banana. Chewy palate. Good winter ale.

BlackHaddock (8139) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2016
Poppy Otter: cask pint in The White Hart, Shifnal Shropshire on 16th Nov 2016. Deep amber pour, full white head that gave some good lacing. Malts to the fore here, but the finish is fairly bitter. A woody flavoured brew with enough going on to keep you interested until the last drop.

undercurrent25 (2292) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2016
As Poppy Otter. Pours an amber brown colour. Taste is quite malty and biscuity

tombyars (1821) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Tasted this in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) on the 6th January 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale copper in colour with a thin off white head. Malty aroma with a subtle hint of dark fruit. Thin creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a moist maltloaf base with a sweet flavour of raisin fruit. Damp earthy hop resins give a light bitter aftertaste which is rather short in the mouth. Finish is malty with dry currants and oak cask notes present in the palate. Easy to drink despite the 5% ABV. A decent ESB.

hohops (1200) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Appearance is amber and clear, lots of bubbles rising, with a large, thick white head. Aroma- hops, caramel malt, sweet bread, nutty hints. Taste- fruity hops, which bring some bitterness, balanced against sweet caramel and toffee malt. Quite a thin mouthfeel, with a short finish.

niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2015
Cask at Crossways Inn, West Huntspill. Pours chocolate brown with an off white head. Quite sweet, some spice, choc. Ok.
Earlier Rating: 10/17/2015 Total Score: 3.2
Cask at Victoria Lounge Bar, Hanley. Pours copper with an off white head. Quite malty, bitter hop, dencent enough ESB.

DruncanVeasey (8643) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2015
Gravity, The Mortar and Pestle, Hinckley, 08/12/15. Hammering the table football with Pops MacDrunkeasy. Decent rounded bitter with soft sesame and berry fruit dusted with enigmatic spice. Complexity and balance: proper beer at last. Nose of praline, nuts and berries. Deep red gold with slick head and condition. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 12/8/2010 Total Score: 3.4
1) Beers of Advent day 8. Bottle chilled in the snow, as last night. Good yeasty aroma a bit like banoffee pie, with some oily hop presence. Pours out pale, brilliant ruby with a beige swirl of head. Crisp, solid bitter with caramel, mulled apple yeastiness, hints of redcurrant, chalk, nut husk and a malted milk biscuit aftertaste. Finishes hop dry with an underplayed fruitiness that reminds me of an alt. Like it. 2) Spoons, Hinckley, 15/12/11. Deep chestnut with a slim, well behaved cream lid. Walnut, polished wood and chocolate aroma. Fine, full bodied and slippery with notes of praline, walnut, dried figgy fruit, a hint of orange and a lingering, husky, cocoa-dusted malt finish. Milk choc Hobnob afters. Rich and heady- couldn’t session it. Festive stuff. 637414.

liquidbread86 (172) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Hand pulled. Looks like it’ll be a little creamy, but falls flat. Bitter with little in the way of aroma.

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