Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dalfaro86 (309) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 10, 2013
Pours a semicloudy deep amber brew wit a diminute whitw head with poor retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with notes of caramel, fruity malt and floral hop, médium bodied, the flavor has notes of caramel, fruity malt and floral hops, bittersweet fiinish, one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jado (766) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2013
Pours a clear deep copper colour with a white head that slowly dies down leaving good lacing. Lots of fruit aromas on the nose, notably plum and raisin, as well as some malty notes. Taste is largely the same, dominated by dark fruit and caramel but with a bit of a hop kick at the end and some warming alcohol, with a lingering finish. Some other ratings noted the beer being rather unbalanced. I frankly didn’t find that. Maybe the long journey from the UK to Australia knocked some of the edges off this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1430) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Clear golden with white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Nive sweet staet followed by a short lived bitter finish. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaghana (5445) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle 50cl, a amber beer with low head. Aroma is very caramelized, dry, burnt caramel notes, grassy hops, alcohol notes, medium body, very dry and burnt malt feeling at the finish. One dimensional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (1759) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
King Goblin 500mL, unfortunately out of the bottle. Skunk, straw, English hops. Sweet with a bitter alcoholy finish. Medium bodied, silky and creamy. On occasion, I love me a nice hobgoblin, but this just doesn't seem to be worth the effort and elevated price. Solid, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (5602) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle 0.5l. Colour is dark orange with small thick white head. Aromas and flavours are toffee, caramel, bitterness and malts. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Beautiful deep amber color with a short-lived white head. Aroma is light malt and brown sugar. Flavor of raw almonds and molasses. Finishes with an out-of-balance bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear light brown color with an average to large frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good moderate floral hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft texture. Moderate bittersweet flavor with with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7460) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 7, 2013
Poured a cloudy orange colour with a thin white bubbly head. The aroma is rich and malty with slightly fruity notes which gave you the promise of something more to come. The flavour is very bitter with bags of liquorice and spice which totally dominates the beer. The palate is bitter and there’s a lingering liquorice aftertaste too. At just 6.6% this is a very bitter beer where the flavour comes more from the hops rather than the alcohol. It’s a very decent beer though and I’d certainly order it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1334) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle, 50 cl - Orange amber beer with a moderate sized white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, bread, dates, raisins, apricots and alcohol. Flavor is malty with notes of apricots, caramel, dates and earthy hops. A bit unbalanced as the hops take very little space in this beer, however it is very true to style.

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