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


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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2011
Clear deep amber red. Small bone white head. Aroma is malty, spicy, pepper, dark toffee. Flavor is also malty. Is medium sweet. Got dark toffe and some syrup. Medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
500ml bottle
6.2% ABV
Box describes beer as an English Strong Ale, not an ESB. I tried this beer on October 6, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark rusty-red colour with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was nutty malt, floral hops, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet, malty, with some nuts. Alcohol was noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1094) - SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2010
A big malty brew, lots of toffee malt flavours, not overly hoppy but stll well balanced. Good finish that lingers. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1091) - ISRAEL - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a foamy off white head, nice lacing. Caramel and malts aroma. Slightly sweet, with caramel, dark fruits and toffee notes. Medium body, gentle bitter finish. Nice and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UncleKorm (1084) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bomber bottle poured a clear amber hue w/ small beige ring and good lacing. Mild aroma of malty cereal, toffee, cherries, and yeast. Flavor is light sweet initially w/ a faint bitter on the finish. Subtle taste similar to the nose, malt and a dry alcohol most dominate. Medium bodied and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
500 ml bottle pours a dark copper color with a small white head and good lacing. The first smell is full of malts and caramel Aroma is similar, Body is full with low carbonation. Initial taste is neither bitter nor sweet, but the hops kick in on the finish, shich remids me of a doppelbock. There’s an unfortunate chemical afteraste here which is the only negative to an otherwise enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1074) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1071) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a pleasant enough ruby brown, but with a smallish head and terrible retention and lacing. The nose is all dark malts - toffee, toast and slightly burnt caramel mainly. It’s straightforward, and to be honest not that inspiring. Not a lot of hops are present, although there is a bit of resin at the start. This is followed by some pretty standard sweet dark malt. There is a weak coffee note, some molasses and caramel. It’s not terribly interesting stuff, although nor is it dreadful. I would also be more inclined to describe it as an English strong ale than an ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dogbomb (1070) - ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2012
Bottle. I’ve had this before and didn’t think much of it... I must have been in a bad mood. Today’s bottle pours deep copper with a decent head. Bready malts and a nice helping of herby grassy hops. Perfumey and there’s a buttery taste. There’s a small alcohol kick/burn and the bitterness on the palatable finish is a lip-smacker. Nicer than I remembered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vells (1056) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - FEB 26, 2013
Clear copper with medium off white head, quite stable. Bit lacing. Aroma.. quite intense malty, caramel, floral hoppy, fruity, bubble gum, alcohol. Bit bit metallic in aftertaste Sweet with quite long bitter finish Decent quite interesting strong ale.

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