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

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RATINGS: 421   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6233) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2012
(Bottle) Reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty nose with treacle toffee, caramel, rye bread, dried fruit, chocolate and a touch of citrus. Malty taste with notes of chocolate, rye bread, dried fruit, toffee, a touch of liquorice and a slightly citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with balanced sweetness.Tasty and quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (697) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
Attractive deep reddish-brown with ample head. Aromas of caramel/toffee and dark honey. This is very specific, but I also got clover flowers out of this. Alcohol is hidden. Taste is realtively sweet but not cloying, hops provide balance. Chewy mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (949) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2012
500ml bottle poured into a nonic. Appearance is a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. A nice frothy cap settles onto the top of the beer and lacing clings to the side of the glass. Aroma is quite malty. Rich notes of caramel and toffee dominate. Some dark fruit is also present. There is also a slight nuttiness. The flavor is quite sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee again along with some cherries and raisins. A very slight piny hop note is detectable along with a pretty stout bitterness. The finish is pretty bitter but there is also a sticky malt sweetness and some alcohol. Carbonation is light and appropriate. Overall this is a pretty good beer but not quite my style. A little too heavy and sweet.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle 500ml from Purvis. Great malty beer, with intense flavour. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, bread, cherries, pine, with hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3474) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2011
0.5l bottle from Systembolaget Passagen, Stockholm. A whale! Have been chasing this "mothership" from Wychwood for a while now, so hope this will be good! It’s a clear chestnut-brown body with a bubbly-as-hell off-white head that’s really lacing down the whole glass! Some low both normal and burned caramel in the aroma blended with malts and dark dried fruits. On the sweet side, but I like it! Mild and gentle mouthfeel and the carbonation levels are soft to flat. A bit disappointing actually. Nice and caramely flavors backed up with a dry and soft almost grassy tea-like bitterness. Quite suiting. Some nutty hints in this one as well and a leafy undertone in the finish. Ends light sweetish and light mouthdrying. Yeah, I liked it. Not quite sure why I was chasing it anymore, but I liked it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (10716) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter nice flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5105) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2011
A rich copper brown body is topped by a thin white head. The nose has molasses and a little bit of orange. There is also some hint of amaretto. The taste has a little bit of brown sugar sweetness along with some apple core. There is also a little hint of almond in the finish. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (809) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2011
Average white head. Sweetish with a complex flavor af almonds, hazelnuts, raisins, some smoke, coffee, with lighter tone of flowery meadows and biter dandelion leaves. A complex ale that has a lot to give. Try it again and again.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle. Burnt copper pour, frothy cream head. aroma is bready, yeasty and bitter malt. Some floral notes. Trying to be nice about the palate - some black tea and bitter nuttiness up front, but the finish is a sour metallic skunkiness. Possibly spoiled? Nasty. Couldn’t even finish this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja (1561) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle. Thin tan head atop a amber-chestnut body. Poor head retention. Caramel and hop and juicy malt nose. Juicy fruit. Some pine. Rather sweet, cloying. Full bodied with a dry finish. Perfect libation for the dark winter nights.


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