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


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RATINGS: 523   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Slightly hazy amberish brown with a pillowy and receding white head. Delightful malty nose with crystal malt, some earthy toffee, a pleasant grassy hoppiness, and just the slightest touch of bubblegum. Taste was strong and kinda boozy, suprisingly so for its mild strength (by American standards). Flavor was doughy and earthy with some dark sweetness, toast, a little bit of bitter fig, a bit of grassy and slightly metallic bitterness, on a yeasty-doughy dry finish. I was kinda unimpressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sigmund (6646) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
Shared bottle at local tasting. Brown colour, moderate off-white head. Malty aroma, also "perfumed" notes, caramel and candy. Sweetish perfumed flavour too, the alcohol is not well hidden. Caramel and toffee, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abemorsten (3508) - Mosterřy, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2012
Shared 500 ml bottle courtesy of neonwalk. Clear hazelnut colered body with a small white head. Toffee, butter biscuits nose. Sweet, caramel, full bodied and well balanced bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SarkyNorthener (3974) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark copper colour small head with a little lacing. Toffee aroma. Taste is of malts, caramel and small kick of alcohol. An OK beer in the wider scheme but not of the high standard set by other ESA’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (4058) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 8, 2012
Not so storng but very nice to drink. It is very nice to find differences between the bottle and cask versions. Nice foam and features.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle, LCBO. Dark copper, big thick creamy head. Dusty, fruity aroma - notes of raisin, bread, caramel malt as well. Taste - earthy bitterness up front - really earthy. Sweet linger. In the middle it is sweet, dry - lots of malts happening here and some odd hops, which I assume are sovereign hops from the description. Not really my hop, but they work here and make this one unique. Alcohol well hidden and the soft body is pretty good, just a tad watery. Not a bad effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seritomi (358) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 7, 2012
Gyönyörű rubinszín, sárga sűrű habbal. Illata fantasztikusan gyümölcsös, főleg banán, és mazsola meg sok körte. Íze masszívan keserű, édeskés karamell aromával plusz kis csoki. Az egészet körbelengi egy savanykás gerinc. Nagyon szépen jön elő a 4 féle komló. Sajnos a Cascade kevés benne :). Finom, érdekes, összetett. Nagyon jó!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johnnnniee (3743) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge fluffy beige head that persists forever and sticks lots of lace to the glass. Smells of toffee and butterscotch with a hint of caramel and brown sugar. Hints of earthy hops provide some balance, but this one leans to the malts side of the equation. The flavor is quite sweet with toffee in spades along with brown sugar and caramel batting cleanup. Hints of earthy hop flavor, burnt sugar and mineral water attempt to provide a balance to the sweetness but its not enough. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but a bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5951) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Clear brown, a little red with a soapy, off-white head. Scent is malt, bready and a little fruity. Taste is caramel, fruit,malt...toasted bread.... Dry finish with a hint of alcohol. Smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (5208) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Whole Foods, Bowery 50cl ($6): Pours a light brown with a light tan head. Aroma is mostly malty, with some toffee, and a moderate dosage of generic English hops. Taste is butterscotch with a minor amount of bitterness throughout that culminates in the finish. There is also a minor aftertaste. Not one of the better ESAs.

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