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


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RATINGS: 536   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike67 (1111) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours dark red with an off-white, tall, long lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, earthy hops and cherry. Body is full and smooth. Earthy hops, caramel malt, ripe fruit and peppery notes fill the mouth. Finish is long, peppery. Delicious brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2012
Rich and toasty nose with medium bitterness. Pours a lovely deep amber with a fluffy head and good lace. A very pretty beer. Flavour is very pleasant - vineous, cerealey, full of sweet malt and underpinned slightly with a hop biterness. Well balanced, and surprisingly fresh for a beer of this hue and strength. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holmen1 (4910) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2012
Flaske hos Ole Anders des-12: sřtlig aroma med citrus. Mřrk gylden farge med kort skum. Frutkig smak med litt honningsřdme. Behagelig karbonert men ikke den helt store munnfylden til 6,6%. God, men ikke sublim slik bryggeriet pĺstĺr.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7529) - 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 (6774) - 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 (3565) - 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 (4133) - 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 (4111) - 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 (359) - 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!

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