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


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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
I always enjoy English Strong ales and Hobgoblin is a favourite anyway. This beer takes the flavours a step further. Vinous, fruity aromas hint at berries, toffee and liquorice. An initially treacley taste gives way to a really well rounded bitterness. Silky smooth on the tongue. Excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogbomb (1081) - ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle. I’ve had this before and didn’t think much of it... I must have been in a bad mood. Today’s bottle pours deep copper with a decent head. Bready malts and a nice helping of herby grassy hops. Perfumey and there’s a buttery taste. There’s a small alcohol kick/burn and the bitterness on the palatable finish is a lip-smacker. Nicer than I remembered.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
Sweet but very mutely balanced otherwise. A bit more mellow than I was expecting. It’s a good beer, but lacks in bite for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Poured into a pint. Smells super malty, like a barleywine. Pour is a dark amber. Super crisp mouthfeel, little carbonation. Fruity and malty backbone with a clean, crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Bottle. Poured a copper amber with a tiny white head, that was gone rather quick. Aroma was malts, bisscuits, caramel and yeast. Flavor was caramel malts, with a hint of biscuits. Malty and sweet with a mild hop bitter in the finish. Very mild and not enough for me. Average at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorgosh (349) - - JAN 20, 2012
I don´t think Wychwood ever have failed in their brewery. The look of the bottle gets eleven points out of ten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
euankidd (1) - SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2012 does not count
Pours a beautiful deep copper with reasonable head. Smooth and rich with caramel and chocolate flavours, but with alcohol hidden, remains surprisingly light and very drinkable. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (572) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Bottle, 500ml. Pours a clear, reddish copper colour with a fine tan head. Rich yet drinkable with a heavy, complex finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7033) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (765) - 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.

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