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

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RATINGS: 465   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.


3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedwoods42 (7) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2012 does not count
Beautifully rich, strong ale with an air of prestige about it. Satisfying and mysterious, much like it’s progenitor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thechobgoblin (10) - - JUL 27, 2012
I love when regular beers appear in strong versions (Old Crafty Hen, Abbott Reserve etc) and this is no different. Decent malt backbone, and a hearty alcholic taste. Defniitely one to warm the cockles on a cold winter’s evening.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zombi69 (12) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
Another winner from Wychwood! Though listed as a strong ale, this is actually very pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
partchapol (68) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Toast, floral, citrus, clear dark amber, sweet caramel with balanced bitterness, easy drink last with tannin, somewhat imitate Belgium beer, above average, good size bottle 500 ml, about half more than normal bottle

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgajdaczewa (906) - Katowice, POLAND - JUL 30, 2013
Niezwykle udane, mocne jak na Anglię piwo nie bez przyczyny w opisie ma extraordinary. Wielość smaków i aromatów w nim wyczuwalnych sprawia, że jest produktem nieporównywalnym do żadnego innego piwa w tym stylu.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gueuze (616) - - AUG 31, 2013
Leider fällt der Schaum flott zusammen. Schöne Karamellaromen. Bittere angenehm, aber schwächer als Hobgoblin vom Fass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
500ml Bottle: BBD 31 Jul 14, poured (twice) into a La Chouffe stemmed tulip at home on 29 Dec 13. Lovely light ruby red hue to the amber brown body: clear and clean looking, on top of each pour sat a creamy foam that gave good lacing. Caramel, toffee and all the other malty molasses combine in the aroma to give a rich and sweet nose to the beer. The taste follows, but it isn’t as sweet s the smell indicates, this is more complex than just a sweet malty brew. The hops may well be hiding but they still give the beer a little balance and a mini bitterness towards the end of each sip. Good feel to this beer: I make no secret about my preference towards malty, sweeter brews and this sits right in that slot for me. If this was brewed by some fancy Dan brewery people would be pontificating about it for ages, well they should do so even if it’s from a Marston’s subsidiary like Wychwood.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1792) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shain (118) - ISRAEL - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Pours clear, dark reddish-brown. Head is short, almost non-existing, light and slightly lasting. Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, bread, raisins, sweet dark fruits. Mouth feel is slightly creamy to oily, body is medium, carbonation is medium-soft. Taste is nicely sweet, not too much with some light balancing bitterness and lightly bitter finish. Flavor is biscuit, bready, sweet dark malt, butter at first. Then raisins, slightly wineouss, some complex tasting herbal hops, yeast and some umami. Then slightly bitter, grassy-herbal hops towards the finish. Very good with complex, interesting flavors and good balance and interplay of sweetness and bitterness. Nice gentle but flavorful hops, backed by a very bready-malty base that is not too sweet. Nice!


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