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

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RATINGS: 422   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4965) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle, kindly donated by Miro, many thanks.Dark amber color with medium white head. Melon, honey, caramel in aroma. Taste, caramel malt, red fruits with light hoppy bitter finish. Good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fajry (764) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 31, 2014
Flasa. Tmava jantarova farba, biela pena. Vona sladova, zlty melon, karamel. V chuti sladova sladkost, zlty melon, kvetinove tony, med, v pozadi jemna horkost.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4363) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
Flaske 0,5l fra Systembolaget Luleå, Storheden. Delt med Rune under rateseanse på Nerstranda 27 Mai 14. Litt mørk gyldenbrun. Høyt tett skum som varer. Teppelacing. God maltaroma. Smaken litt kanel og bringer tankene til Bah Humbug. Hussmak?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1164) - NORWAY - MAY 19, 2014
Clear amber. Fine off-white head and lacing. Aroma of dark and sweet caramel, dried berries, cherries and blueberry squash. Similar taste, balanced with slightly metallic bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Brown-red with small off white head. Aroma basically malty. Medium light body. Some carbonation. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Not much else going on, pretty straightforward. It’s ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leebotton (226) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2014
Since discovering it in a Morrisons store, I have always had a soft spot for this beer. Despite it’s distinctive ’supermarket beer’ character, (of which I was much less aware when I first found this one) I just love the moon, so I think the gimmick of only ever being brewed under a full moon is a great one. As it turns out, it’s technically a full moon right now! So I’m super stoked about this beer after thinking about it, thinking I didn’t have one in stock, and yay, king of kings and queen a queens, I did! So I have poured it. Big foamy head. Nice red brown colour. Not bottle conditioned, unfortunately pasteurise and this is noticeable just in the aroma. However there’s a fairly significant malt character going on and the hops lend a sort of soapy, fragrant autumn spice nature. If autumn spice were a thing, anyway. Bready. Flowery, perfumed bread. A little bananary and earthy. Taste is similar but a little lacking proper oomph, however, for a supermarket beer from a pretty standard producer, this beer does have a lot going for it, the malt characteristics are reasonably complex, woody and there is a pleasant amount of diacetyl fruit flavours. Must be that moon! Still not a big winner in all respects but will always remain a gem to me, hinging largely on the concept.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (4368) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from Morrisons. Dark amber with a thin head. Strong old ale but not overbearing with a sweetness throughout which is fairly sugary.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Russo (1685) - Campinas, BRAZIL - APR 16, 2014
Reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma Is malty and sweet, hints of caramel and wood. Flavor is quite alcoholic and sweet, notes of caramel. Medium body and light carbonation with a dry sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
guil0000 (275) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Pours a copper red color with a creamy white head. Nose is mostly roasted malts and caramel a bit of phenol as well. Sweet taste with a small hop finish. Medium body

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (8095) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, dunkle Früchte, würzig. Geschmack nach dunklen reifen Früchten, malzig süß, leicht würzig.


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