I love the otter wearing a Santa hat on the label of Otter Claus, a winter ale from Otter Brewery in Devon; as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to grab a couple of bottles. Of course, it's what's inside the bottle that counts and this ale is a beautiful deep ruby colour with a very loose, rapidly vanishing cream coloured head. This definitely looks like my kind of beer!
The aroma is malt, dark fruits, biscuit and toffee with a hint of spiciness and a slight metallic bitterness. Flavour is malt, toffee, dark fruits and hops followed by a warming spice and a slight bitter finish that builds up as you drink. As the flavour develops, it's like a liquid Christmas cake as the taste of raisins and warming spice become more noticeable.
It's medium bodied with soft carbonation that gives it a rather flat appearance when the head vanishes, however, it feels very smooth in the mouth and is so easy to drink that it goes down far too quickly.
A lovely winter ale and an absolute steal at a current price of only £2.63 per 500ml bottle direct from Otter Brewery's Online Shop. I'd be more than happy to drink Otter Claus all year round and Ale definitely Be Seeing You again.
Brewed by Otter Brewery, Devon
My Untappd score: 4/5