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


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RATINGS: 510   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (4927) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2011
Very rich aroma like an oaky red wine. Texture is really smooth and rich. Well balanced malty, fruitiness. Nice sticky, sweet fruity taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2011
500ml bottle, dark copper color, with an off-white head, light fruity, toasted, caramel malt nose with a faint apple skin, flowery hop aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, fruity apple skin, biscuity, toasted, caramel malt character, with a light toffeeish, flowery earthy leafy, grassy hop backbone, leading towards a mild fruity, lingering earthy leafy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7839) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle. Amber with an off white head. Light malty and nutty aroma with some toasty notes. The flavor has sweet nutty and toffee notes, with toasted grains, straw, and a moderately bitter finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle fit for a King Goblin. Copper color with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, and caramel. Taste was on the bitter side. Medium body with a fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThreeCats (763) - ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2011
Reddish copper, clear with a stable head, flowery aroma with malty notes and caramel. Surprisingly bitter on first sip, but malt coming in after a second for a complex mix of flavors. Good Palate that’s not too long, but does stay with you a bit. Not a session beer by any stretch, but something to be enjoyed slowly and with good company.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rasmus40 (15907) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, bready and light hoppy - fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 041111

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6373) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2011
500ml bottle. Clear deep copper-ruby with a huge tightly fizzy tan head. Pretty mild aroma - sweet cereal grain, vague bitterness, pretty much no alcohol - heavy cap of head precludes a good sniff, I guess. Taste - ah yes, some booziness, herbal and grainy - pretty nice, really. Chewy, average body, decent carbonation, a fairly long floral/herbal pungent finish. I quite liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4705) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
500ml bottle - $3.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-brown body with a suds, just slightly off-white head.

Smell: Lightly sweetish, fairly fruity (a bit holiday fruitcake-like) nose including malty notes of toffee, treacle, toast as well as toasted nuts.

Taste: Moderately sweet crystal malt start with lightly nutty, toasty accents and an equally faint hint of chocolate that’s eventually shadowed by the other tastes. Fruitiness of cherries and half-chewed apple gum. Earthy, leafy, lightly spicy hops with a subtle circulating bitterness. Dull woodiness with a bit of grape jelly and booze on the back end and until the drying, gentle finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad, provides a bit more of, well, everything to fill the woeful void of character the standard Hobgoblin harbors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YoungGunn (20) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 1, 2011
Smells fairly sweet on the nose, a little toffee, a little ’’lagerish’’. There’s also a little bit of a grassy or earthy smell there. Taste on the other hand is far from ’’lagerish’’. It’s as sweet as it smells, or rather those sweet notes carry over nicely. There’s a little warm toffee or caramel in there, maybe a little bit of a coffee note that you might pick up on the aroma when you go back for a sniff. Leaves a nice bittering on the tongue without being abrasively hoppy. Maybe a little too tangy to whellie 5 down you in one night, but you could happily enjoy 2 or three. A stellar little beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1873) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
500mL bottle from LCBO. Pours clear and a beautiful red. A weak aroma of malt and dark fruit. Fruity flavours dominate: dark fruit and sweet cherries. A medium bitter finish follows. Nice full body and light carbonation. A nice strong English ale.

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