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


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RATINGS: 424   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
500mL bottle, pours a hazy dark golden orange with a small head. Aroma of raisins, caramel and English malt. Flavour is similar, with raisins, English malts and some grassy hops. Pretty standard / watery English ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 13, 2011
Botella. Clear amber colour. Sweet dark malty caramel fruitish herbal hoppy aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet dark malty caramel fruitish bit spiced like flavour with a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1693) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 Bottle, Dark Amber colour. Smell of Malt, Caramel, and flowery. Prickly and bitter feel. Rasin, Dark fruit, strong malt. sour aftertaste. The sour aftertaste seems to dissapear as I drink it and the dark fruit taste just becomes more powerful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jolo (921) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 Bottle 500ml. A clear dark red-amber colour with a beige head. An aroma of malt, bread, caramel and citrus. Some toasted notes. The taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. A medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation and a long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4702) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2011
500ml bottle. Dulled amber-brown color. Thin, frothy head. Sweet, malty aroma, a hint of nuts. Smooth and sweet. Classic English Ringwood yeast tones, toffee, light woodiness. Easy on the palate, goes down quite well for a beer of 6.6%. Soapy, indistinguishable hop character, fishy fining taste. A decent beer, but a little bland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerSkull (1314) - SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2011
Aroma of malt with hints of tangy caramel and hops. The taste is very malty with hints of fruit, toffee and caramel, the alcohol is evident. The aftertaste has a distinct bitterness. No! This one I do not like, to boozy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10925) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2011
bottle. trade with papsoe. clear brown amber, loarge smooth light brown to beige head. Aroma is pretty strange (not bad) flowers, honey, syrup, caramel, herbs and spcies that adjust the flowery note with something sort of citrussy or limey. a very full and solid aroma, although not powerfull (english beer after al) . flavor is nutty bitter, caramel, flowers, honey. a rather bitter flavor, with subltle notes of sweetness, caramel, herbs, flowers. bitterness manages to round it up just shy of being cloying. okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2258) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle from Tesco...Dark amber, clear, average slightly off-white frothy head, some lacing, diminishing head.....Aroma of caramel malt, bit of fruit, some peppery hop, slight roast malt....Taste of bitter light grass hop, bittering hops, sweet dark caramel malt, wood, warming alcohol...Finish bittersweet initially then a bitter lingering tail with some warming alcohol.
The appearance and aroma is good, the taste not quite so good. Itís better than average, but itís doesnít do a lot for me. I recall the cask version was better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - AUG 29, 2011
Pours a mahogany red/orange with a thin off white fizzy head. The aroma is a little off, maybe the bottle is a little old, all i smell is light skunk and tin with some undertones of malt. Wow, you can really taste the full lunar moon in the taste! The crystal malts really shine in the flavour, reminds me of some fullers vintages Iíve had, biscuit, toffee sweetness all the way through, the just a hint of hops to balance things, alcohol sweetness blends with touches of anise in the finish. Itís a solid, drinkable brew, just not something I would go out of my way for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle at PapsÝís - Thanks. Clear brown - white head. Chocolate, fruity notes, high malty, light bitterness, light grassy, light citrus, light hoppy, light grape.

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