Saturday, 27 November 2010

OTT (Hogs Back) 6%Abv

Its described as a "Strong Dark Old Ale" so plenty of expectations on opening.

As dark as the darkest of porters, only glimmers of light escape its grasp. A fantastic smell is unleashed on pouring, rich blackberries and dark fruit, hints of chocolate and noticeable hops.

Rich fruity tastes at the start, filling mouth like an indulgence of blackberries and black currants. Following that is the sweetness of the malt, not too sharp or tangy with all that fruit. The finish is really quite bitter, not like dark chocolate, more like the burnt edge of a Christmas cake. Fruity, bitter and charcoal in one.

7/10 A lovey winter warmer, a dark porter style ale with rich fruit.

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