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Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons plc)
Style: Bitter
Witney, England
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Pasteurised Bottle. A cask version did appear in 2001 @ 3.7% Goliath: The Beer to slay a mighty thirst. A full bodied & robust ruby bitter brewed with Pale & Crystal Malts, with a rich malty taste & a hefy wack of Fuggles & Goldings hops, just the beer to slay that thirst...


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2004
Pours with a one-finger white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lace. Clear, golden amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is hoppy, no skunkiness; Starts with hops, finishes crisp and clean with some hoppy aftertaste but not as hoppy as some pales. $4.69 for a 660ml bottle.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Copper body and a sudsy off-white head. Skunky aroma dominates (the curse of the clear bottle). A light toasty malt element emerged after the skunk cloud diffused. English malt flavor with some woody hops underneath. Medium body with a fizzy feel.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
This brewery sucks for the most part, I am not a fan of the beers I have tried from them. Mild malt aroma, nothing to it, some nuts. Thin whispy head atop a light amber colored ale. Flavor was boring, well balanced with a bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel....better than I was expecting considering the clear bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2004
Head is not there. Beautiful red-amber color, no lacing. Starts bland finishes strong. Slight spice on the finish. Overall mild but not bad.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2004
Decent head but absolutely no further carbonation. Absolutely repulsive aroma until the breeze airs the beer out a bit and then it is not quite as bad. Wonder if it is the clear glass everybody bitches about. Once the skunk has mozied on up the road, the aroma becomes quite interesting. Sort of an overcooked crusty bread aroma with some malt and hops thrown in for good measure. Color is nice medium orange amber. Flavor is malty and doughy with a touch of roasted grains. Slightly dry finish and a bit chalky or at least leaves a chalky film in the mouth. Very little hops presence. To sum it up, cool label, weak beer and one which I wll not be buying again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2004
Malty grain aroma with some hops.Good off-white head almost creamy, long lasting with good lacing.Sparkling dark amber colour with lots of the tiniest bubbles I've ever seen.Light bitter hoppy flavour with long bitter finish.Light body,watery texture, lively carbonation. Judging by the majority of comments, this beer appears not to travel well.Personally I love this beer and agree with Hopfen 28.Over here it comes in a great 660ml bottle(albeit clear glass)for a lower price than all the other 500mls. I always fall back on it when I'm not sure what I fancy. A couple of these and you graduate to Hobgoblin.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Probably would have overlooked this one had it not been placed right in front of cooler. Even then with the clear bottle they seem to consistently use I still decided to buy as I saw it had JUST been placed out for display. There's a tart flavor I find in the malt/hop combination used by some British brewers that I find pleasant, but nothing really sets this apart. And it leans to being a bit sweet and having some husky. off characteristics. Not bad, but glad it was on sale.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of diacetyl, DMS, and gasoline. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Obvious flaws in the nose (it's honestly like they dumped an American Standard lager into this thing...smells absolutely awful), and an unclean & stark flavor balance. One of the worst I've had from this maligned brewery.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Tan, amber colored. Skunky smell. Bitter, hoppy, simple, non-comlex flavor. Its not bad, but needs more taste. Also 4.7% alc. not impressive.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Light red color with thick white head. Slightly sweet, buttery. Not too bad.


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