O8 | Otley Brewing Company

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Otley Brewing Company
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 11-26-2007

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Photo of PartyBear
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish honey colour, with a massive fluffy white head and, good carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and winey aroma on the nose, with blackcurrants, grapes, barley and lots of sugars.

Taste: The taste is sweet barley, very similar to a barley wine. There is lots of toffee, and grain, with brown sugar. There are fruity elements, currants, bananas, and plums.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and syrupy, with mild carbonation, and an oily texture.

Drinkability: Slightly too heavy to be very drinkable but the flavours and aroma are great. This is the first Otley beer that I have had that bottles well.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half-pint on cask at the Euston Tap.

A: CLear medium amber body, with almost no head at first, and absolutely no head after a minute. Too still for me.

S: Rich, fruity alcohol. Apple, pear, orange. Light solvent, and caramel malt. Big, sweet, and not that great.

T: Follows the nose: sweet malt, fruity alcohol, light solvent. I enjoy it, but freely admit that it is not great.

M: Medium body, quite sticky, with almost no carbonation.

O: Disappointing beer. I was excited to see an 8% beer on cask in the UK, but if this is what all the strong ales over here taste like I can see what there's not much of a market for them. Mediocre at best.


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Photo of wl0307
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle-conditioned ale, purchased at the fantastic Archer Road Beer Shop in Sheffield. As all Otley's beers are named with an O in them, this one comes rather mediocre, only suggesting the alc. strength of this beer. Anyway, here it goes: BB March 2008, served cool in a striaght imperial pint glass.

A: pours a very flat-bodied, dirty, dark amber tea-ish colour, consisting of plenty of chunky yeast sediments of all sizes floating in the glass... even after a force-pour, the beer head still comes to nothing, also suggesting a flat body.
S: raw-ish pale malts and lubricating melted sugar are backed by a rather muted aroma mixed of spice (e.g. cardamon), caramelised nuts, and estery pineapple-jam+banana with the latter's semi-stinky edge, leaving a gap left by the apparent lack of hoppiness... Overall, the nose is very settled, even quiet, only comparable by Hogs Back's range of barley wines and old ales (but not in a negative sense, mind you!).
T: extremely smooth, almost flat, devoid of any living fizziness... the weary Belgian-yeasty touch (uh... it's only a very primitive description here...) upfront is followed by biscuity malts and dirty cloths (in the first sip) - typical elements in a yeasty English pale ale; the slightly chewy bitter-sweet as well as lubricant sugary aftertaste gets a mildly herbal input of hops, while it finishes with just a little bit of alc. that is in stark contrast to the supposed warmth an 8%abv. strong ale is to effect!
M&D: despite the lack of fizziness, this ale tastes more like from a cask - to be precise, the near-bottom of a three-day-old cask - for it's smooth, lubricating, and flat, but befitting the style and even beneficial in downplaying the alc. strength. I can't quite pinpoint what style this ale should be: it's like a cross b/w barley wine, old ale, and all those in between and far beyond - making it an "English Strong Ale", perhaps? Whatever it purports to be (in the brewer's mind), this is a "weirdo" product, just like all those Hog's Back's strong ales, showing a weary yeastiness, interesting fruity-maltiness, and an all-too-soft texture to make it all the more dangerously drinkable as my imagination runs wild... That said, it's not something I'd go back to in the near future, at this price (2.3 pounds) at least...

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O8 from Otley Brewing Company
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