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


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RATINGS: 471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10701) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle from some good friends of mine. Thanks Chris and Katherine! Pours a clear amber with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, banana, floral hops. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, banana, faint nutty notes and a leafy, bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10574) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 19, 2012
from Amstein - clear reddish-amber beer with a creamy beige foam; nice lacework; yeasty and flowery with notes of caramel; sweet and with a low carbonation; pretty dry and flowery hoppy finish with hints of red fruits

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 13, 2011
Botella. Clear amber colour. Sweet dark malty caramel fruitish herbal hoppy aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet dark malty caramel fruitish bit spiced like flavour with a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mcberko (9732) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2011
500mL bottle, pours a hazy dark golden orange with a small head. Aroma of raisins, caramel and English malt. Flavour is similar, with raisins, English malts and some grassy hops. Pretty standard / watery English ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2011
Bottle 500ml @ fonefan
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dried fruits and hops. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9685) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
A malt job. Nothing special to look at, neutral aroma, medium mouthfeel. Ok drinkable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (9425) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle: Clear, dark copper coloured, small off-white layer; vegetables and caramel in the moderately fruity nose; moderate bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; very faint vinous fruits in the bitter-caramelly finish. Disappointing........

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (9405) - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
Deep amber pour tending to brown with a thick creamy white head. The aroma is quite fruity with a lot of yeast-derived esters along with a little bit of light hop spiciness. The beer feels higher in ABV than 6.6, but it’s still decently balanced. Nice balance of hoppiness and yeast along with a soft malt derived sweetness. There is a little bit of UK crystal malt sweetness through the middle that lends a sort of stewed fruit character to the finished beer. It’s actually pretty solid stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8916) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle. Amber brown with a medium off-white foam. Aromas are lemon and yeast with woody, spicy notes. Toffee and caramel maltiness. Flavours are sweet totter and raisins with autumn fruit. Citrus with dry, spicy hops. Marstons-like in character. Quite decent.

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