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 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 (432) - SWEDEN - 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 (940) - 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 (7932) - 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 (807) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2012
500ml bottle poured into a nonic. Appearance is a clear medium copper with a one finger off-white head. A nice frothy cap settles onto the top of the beer and lacing clings to the side of the glass. Aroma is quite malty. Rich notes of caramel and toffee dominate. Some dark fruit is also present. There is also a slight nuttiness. The flavor is quite sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee again along with some cherries and raisins. A very slight piny hop note is detectable along with a pretty stout bitterness. The finish is pretty bitter but there is also a sticky malt sweetness and some alcohol. Carbonation is light and appropriate. Overall this is a pretty good beer but not quite my style. A little too heavy and sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle 500ml from Purvis. Great malty beer, with intense flavour. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, bread, cherries, pine, with hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (4181) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2011
0.5l bottle from Systembolaget Passagen, Stockholm. A whale! Have been chasing this "mothership" from Wychwood for a while now, so hope this will be good! It’s a clear chestnut-brown body with a bubbly-as-hell off-white head that’s really lacing down the whole glass! Some low both normal and burned caramel in the aroma blended with malts and dark dried fruits. On the sweet side, but I like it! Mild and gentle mouthfeel and the carbonation levels are soft to flat. A bit disappointing actually. Nice and caramely flavors backed up with a dry and soft almost grassy tea-like bitterness. Quite suiting. Some nutty hints in this one as well and a leafy undertone in the finish. Ends light sweetish and light mouthdrying. Yeah, I liked it. Not quite sure why I was chasing it anymore, but I liked it.

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