Brewed by Wychwood (Marstons plc)
Style: English Strong Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Bottle: Pasteurised
Only ever brewed under a full lunar moon, with crystal malts and sovereign hops for a rich, smooth sublimely satisfying taste of pure beer indulgence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
paulocerto (25) - BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2014
Cor vermelho queimado, espuma em tons marrons. Bem equilibrada entre malte e lupulo.mais para o doce. Lembrou frutas passas. Ideal para uma noite mais fresca.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybion (61) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml; this one’s an old favourite from my early drinking years. Pours clear, deep, reddish amber with a tiny amount of off-white head. Fair bit of lacing present. Aroma of caramel and wholemeal bread malts, fruitcake, spices and a small floral hop note. As it warms, a fair bit of of a smokey note is detectable. Taste is rather sweet, with caramel coming right to the forefront and pushing the bread back, as do the dark fruity notes which are now joined by some orange, cirtus and perhaps even blackcurrent. No hops detected though bitterness is present thanks to the rather well-done malts, though the balance is certainly in favour of the sweet notes. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation, there’s no alcohol detectable save for the nice level of warmth as it sinks in. Not quite the the incredible brew I believed it to be back in the day, but I’d definitely still drink it when available. Quite a fair bit better than the frankly overrated Hobgoblin, that’s for sure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (635) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
500ml bottle from supermarket. Colour is deep brown. Aroma is toast, floral, fruit and sweet caramel taste is the same. Reminds me of a Belgium beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ngejo (211) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Clear, brown, frothy, brown foam, medium bitterness, light body, light sweetness, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7986) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
500ml bottle, many thanks to Finn for sharing. Huge, mostly diminishing, beige head to a clear amber coloured body. Nice malt-fruity aromas. Caramel malty flavours with leafy hops towards the ending. Fine bodied. Clean in the mouth. Pleasing without greater excitements (at Finns, Tromsø 27.05.2014).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (1647) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle. Aroma malty, caramel, lightly fruity, plums, grapes. Clear amber to brown colour. Taste is quite balanced, blunt English hops, caramel and light roasted malt. Light fruity. Quite good ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4408) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle, kindly donated by Miro, many thanks.Dark amber color with medium white head. Melon, honey, caramel in aroma. Taste, caramel malt, red fruits with light hoppy bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fajry (511) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Flasa. Tmava jantarova farba, biela pena. Vona sladova, zlty melon, karamel. V chuti sladova sladkost, zlty melon, kvetinove tony, med, v pozadi jemna horkost.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4141) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
Flaske 0,5l fra Systembolaget Luleå, Storheden. Delt med Rune under rateseanse på Nerstranda 27 Mai 14. Litt mørk gyldenbrun. Høyt tett skum som varer. Teppelacing. God maltaroma. Smaken litt kanel og bringer tankene til Bah Humbug. Hussmak?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (787) - NORWAY - MAY 19, 2014
Clear amber. Fine off-white head and lacing. Aroma of dark and sweet caramel, dried berries, cherries and blueberry squash. Similar taste, balanced with slightly metallic bitterness.

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