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Brewed by Otter
Style: English Strong Ale
Honiton, England

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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."

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3.7
notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Cloudy amber beer, with a very small, fizzy lace - quite a yeasty and bready aroma, with a lot of caramel, toffee, and nutty character, and a soft underlying earthiness - the flavor starts off with moderate fuggles bitterness and strong herbal, tea-like qualities - this quickly makes way for brown sugar, toffee, and hazelnut - some subtle notes of citrus and fruit pulp - yeasty near the finish - there is a nice earthiness to this one throughout, which lends a nice dimension, and makes the beer stand out - very bready at the end - different and interesting.

2.5
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Nothing very special here. Caramel predominates, but it has a certain crispness to it which was somewhat interesting. No head. Sometimes I find a real winner in these English ales, with their maltiness and their earthiness, they will present some underlying flavors, subtleties which make them memorable. This beer is not one of those.

3.7
jimhilt (2609) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is sweet caramel that changes to a slight bitter finish. $4.35 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.8
heemer77 (5355) - 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.

2.9
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Name: Otter Head
Date: 04/06/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewfest, Classic City

Appearance: hazy amber, frothy off white head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with a brown sugar sweetness and light earthy hops,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel and brown sugar sweetness, light earthy balance,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

2.8
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
From bottle. Nice toffee-caramel sweet malt aroma, light diacetyl, with some grassy fruity hops. Tea. Nice smooth character. Medium amber-brown clear with a bit of haze, topped with an off-white lacing thin head. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts fairly sweet with apple skin, light grainy tea, caramel with a bit of toffee and butter. Watery with a bit of acidity. Light grassy-grainy bitterness comes in at the finish, with a smooth nutty bitter after. Not a bad bitter, but maybe a bit too carbonated. Fairly clean.

3.3
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2008
pint at the sloaney pony. buttery decent dark mahogany beer. was very much in conversation when i had it. was pleasant smooth strong and lubricated my tongue well :-)

3.2
patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2008
500ml bottle - Pours hazy light brown with almost no head and very little carbonation. It has a mild aroma of caramel malt. The flavor is led by toasty toffee malt and has some mild hops. It has a medium body and a light, bitter finish. This beer is pretty average. I really should stop paying the high prices for the many mediocre to average English bitters that seem to be so common now.

2.7
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
The aroma is buttery and malty with toffee and hops. The appearance is hazy amber with a thin head. The flavor is bitter and much like the aroma. The palate is slick. Overall it’s decent.

3.1
Palidor19 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 a tad buttery. nice caramel malts. gives off a fruity taste with a mild yet flavorful hop presence. I enjoy this one


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