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


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RATINGS: 453   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rob_D_UK (1165) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy white head. Aroma of quite sweet malt and tastes of an upfront bitter with lacings of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (637) - SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Clear, dark red beer with a thin bubbly head. The predominant aspect of the aroma is fruit. Flavour is an initial fruity hit with the malt and hops following up after. They’re balanced very well and all three remain in the mouth after the initial swallow as well. A nice, fruity ale with plenty of body and an almost wine-esque finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1064) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2014
Ruby deep hue and a small head. Sweet ruby notes and light cassis on the mouth. Nice and soft bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hub66 (207) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2014
Jolie couleur brun-rouge; arômes fruités; goût malté avec des notes de chocolat; un petit peu d’amertume à la fin; une bière intéressante

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorgeLee (1344) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle from Morrisons, watching Belgium beat Korea. A bit lighter copper than I had expected, white bubbles. Sweet and malty, alcohol present but quaffable nevertheless. Modest spicy hop, but this is really about slightly fruity cake-like malts. A pleasant strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
paulocerto (25) - BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2014
Cor vermelho queimado, espuma em tons marrons. Bem equilibrada entre malte e lupulo.mais para o doce. Lembrou frutas passas. Ideal para uma noite mais fresca.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybion (89) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml; this one’s an old favourite from my early drinking years. Pours clear, deep, reddish amber with a tiny amount of off-white head. Fair bit of lacing present. Aroma of caramel and wholemeal bread malts, fruitcake, spices and a small floral hop note. As it warms, a fair bit of of a smokey note is detectable. Taste is rather sweet, with caramel coming right to the forefront and pushing the bread back, as do the dark fruity notes which are now joined by some orange, cirtus and perhaps even blackcurrent. No hops detected though bitterness is present thanks to the rather well-done malts, though the balance is certainly in favour of the sweet notes. Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation, there’s no alcohol detectable save for the nice level of warmth as it sinks in. Not quite the the incredible brew I believed it to be back in the day, but I’d definitely still drink it when available. Quite a fair bit better than the frankly overrated Hobgoblin, that’s for sure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1530) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
500ml bottle from supermarket. Colour is deep brown. Aroma is toast, floral, fruit and sweet caramel taste is the same. Reminds me of a Belgium beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ngejo (479) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle. Clear, brown, frothy, brown foam, medium bitterness, light body, light sweetness, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8927) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
500ml bottle, many thanks to Finn for sharing. Huge, mostly diminishing, beige head to a clear amber coloured body. Nice malt-fruity aromas. Caramel malty flavours with leafy hops towards the ending. Fine bodied. Clean in the mouth. Pleasing without greater excitements (at Finns, Tromsø 27.05.2014).

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