We are in another lockdown and I’m still furloughed so I think I’m well within my right to extend my festivities to one more Christmas beer. Another lovely treat from from my friend Matty, this is one of Otter Brewey’s winter specials ‘Otter Claus’. I have previously had their classic Otter Ale which was a solid traditional English brew. I braved the weather to get a snap for this one so I was certainly in need of a quality beverage at the time.
Visually the beer reminds me of a jar of blackcurrant or blackberry jam in colour. On the whole the nose is quite light. There is a slight aroma of coffee with a hint of dried fruits like raisins or dates. This beer has a really solid flavour to the body that reminds you of a fig roll. Very nostalgic! Really smooth throughout with a nice coffee-like bitterness on the finish.
A quick note on the bottle art: Who could refuse that adorable otter on the front with his little Santa hat on. Classic brown bottle and old school label with a cute festive twist!
Us Brits know how to make a solid Christmas brew in my mind! I actually enjoyed this more than their classic ale. I think that fig roll taste in the beer was a really pleasant surprise that helped elevate the beer from just being a basic ale. A very drinkable winter warmer that I would love to try on cask as well because the malts (and hops) have been used well. Otter Brewery actually do a couple of Christmas brews so I look forward to trying the others next year with Matty!!
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- Hops: Fuggles and Challenger
- Malt: Not Available
- IBU: Not Available
- ABV: 5.0%
- Gluten Free: No
- Vegan: No