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

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RATINGS: 457   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
Deep amber pour tending to brown with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is quite fruity with a lot of yeast-derived esters along with a little bit of light hop spiciness. The beer feels higher in ABV than 6.6, but itís still decently balanced. Nice balance of hoppiness and yeast along with a soft malt derived sweetness. There is a little bit of UK crystal malt sweetness through the middle that lends a sort of stewed fruit character to the finished beer. Itís actually pretty solid stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2011
Clear/dark red/brown. Decent light beige head. No bubbles. Earthy malts/hops in aroma. Medium thick palate, head gives carbonation. Fruity, quite malty with a touch of alcohol, slight dryness to aftertaste. Enjoyable and easy drinking if quite heavy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JesseM (1155) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
500mL bottle, Lickbow. Pours a nice deep amber with a small beige head. The aroma is dubious, that weird garbage-malt character I tend to get from this brewery. Faint Brit malts and actually a touch of hops, itís not totally awful. Flavour is much better, with some sweet Brit malts upfront, velvety feel, leading into some hoppiness in the finish. Also finishes sort of dry which adds some nice balance to the general sweetness of the beer, which is great as I tend to find Wychwood stuff overly sweet. Goes down really easily, the booze is not present at all. Probably the best thing this brewery does.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle from some good friends of mine. Thanks Chris and Katherine! Pours a clear amber with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, banana, floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, banana, faint nutty notes and a leafy, bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2011
500 ml bottle - pours dark, clear ruby/mahogany, decent off-white head that leaves thick sheets of lace. Very fruity aroma, plum, brown sugar, prune, some ginger. Kinda fruitcakey, actually. Flavour follows in the same vein with the addition of some milk chocolate and sour plum. Booze shows itself. Super dry, quick finish. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrmartin (739) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Chestnut pour with big off-white head. Nose is very malty, hint of vanilla, nuts and english hops. Light bodied, fruity,nutty, caramel malts and english hops. bittersweet finish. síok but could be stronger.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2082) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
500 mL bottle. Dark bronze with a short-lived beige head. The aroma is quite malty, but there is also a clear note of earthy Brit-hops. Flavour carries the typical fruity flavours of British yeast. But this one is lacking something - perhaps a higher alcohol content would add some complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1615) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
500ml bottle. Decants a dark copper ale in the glass. Smallish off white sticky capÖlaces the glass well. Moderate carbonation. Malty earthy nose with some sweet fruity undertones. Rich full bodied with a soft mouth feel. Big chewy Chrystal malting in front hops sit back but provide fair balance. Mid palate a wee bit of complexity starts with hints of nuts, fruit, fresh sweet buns, treacle, some toastiness. Finish is long and luxurious with hops coming forward with tasteful bittering stinging the edge and back of the palate. An absolutely top flight ale. Rich, malty, satisfying and warming. Not much like a typical ESB, more like a well-crafted rich amber ale or light Ur bock. Probably the best offering from this brewer. The bottle version is softer and more understated than the draft version I tasted in the US.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2776) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Appearance: Ruby red, huge off white head. Aroma: very malty, some vanilla, lightly hopped with a lemonade quality. Flavour: Heavily malted, caramel, alcohol present with a nice hop & vanilla finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spab (2722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2011
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear dull orange with small white head. Aroma has caramel, light fruitishness and a floral note. Flavour is sweetish caramel, mild dark fruit and some floral/herbal bitterness. Carbonation on the gentle side, body on the light side. Pleasant enough.


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