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

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RATINGS: 409   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gilvanblight (780) - Windsor, Ontario, - OCT 27, 2012
Dark clear brown pour with white head. Thick malty nose. What an odd mouth. Quite the mix of taste and flavours. It may be a bit much. I havenít decided yet. Sweet caramel at first, then a touch of bitterness thatís replaced by a really earthy malt. This is then replaced by a bit of a boozy burn. The aftertaste is roasty and lingers a bit too long. I do like the way the booziness kind of burns away the confusing beginning of the mouth. Itís a unique sensation but one I find I like. I prefer this quite a bit over Hobgoblin and Iím saddened that this is seasonal.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1803) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
A nice ale. Great aromas of bubblegum and candy. Strawberries too. Flavors are sweet and fruity with a balanced hoppy finish. Good stuff.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mjp12 (358) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Over sweet malt on the nose, and while there are some interesting flavous in the beer, they seem too reserved, hiding in the background. Not terrible, a decent esb .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Aromas of caramel, toast, and dried fruit. Clear ruby with a somewhat lasting white head. Malty sweet initially, fruity, balance is definitely towards malts. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (579) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - OCT 10, 2014
Pours a dark coppery color topped with decent off-white head. A relatively mild malty aroma, notes of caramel and some alcohol smell. The taste starts sweet, fruity, little alcohol taste in the body with some fairly pleasant bitterness in teh finish. A bit too sweet and malty, but still very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kita (1120) - Koper, SLOVENIA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle, 0.50l. Clear mahogany color with medium creamy off-white head, very nice lacing and soft visible carbonation. Aroma of caramel, cereals, pumpkin, dust, grassy hops and alcohol. Taste starts with light sweet caramel, follows by notes of wood, grainy malt and dark fruits, mouthfeel is mild spicy and alcoholic, while finish is medium bitter. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Surprisingly good, just strong enough and pretty palatable...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (55) - USA - OCT 4, 2014
Taste of raisins, toffee, caramel. Aromas of figs and raisins, caramel, earthy hops and malt. Decent but I prefer Hobgoblin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (198) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2014
I like this style of beer and I like Hobgoblin, especially from the bottle. Iím not sure this is much better that the standard Hobgoblin ale but itís good, in a classic Englisg bitter way. Dark brown with red tones, a medium body and little lasting head. Pleasant rather than powerful aroma, with plums, figs and nuts in the taste before soft toffee comes in, and a slightly bitter closure.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenOver (98) - SLOVENIA - SEP 16, 2014
Pours brown with medium head. Smell is gentle, resembles slight apple notes, little hint of yeast smell. Taste is full, slightly carbonated, little coffee aftertaste. A nice specimen!

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ContemplateBeer (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Aroma: Some typical English nuttiness with pipe tobacco and fig newtons; a fair amount of fruity esters for an English Strong Ale. Appearance: Murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that settles into a thin, mostly still skin. Flavor: Nuttiness is more subtle up front with some fig hanging around; a little more blunt force towards the finish. Alcohol is more apparent, and something like tobacco just sits on the tongue, going nowhere. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, astringent finish. Overall: Didnít get into this one.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (1851) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2014
bottle by myself on deck! Pours reddish with off white head. aroma is Malt, caramel, toffee, and ligh . taste is similar with low carbonation. Malty caramel finish.


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