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


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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgajdaczewa (688) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gueuze (462) - - AUG 31, 2013
Leider fällt der Schaum flott zusammen. Schöne Karamellaromen. Bittere angenehm, aber schwächer als Hobgoblin vom Fass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4391) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (1436) - 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.

   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shain (98) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (355) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Smell is kind of malty and aley. Taste is malty and biscuity with notes similar to a nice trappist ale or doppelbock. Medium carbonation with medium body and light foam. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. Aftertaste is bittersweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanCrusher (710) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle 0,50L. Clear, copper colour with small, off-white, frothy head and excellent lacing. Mostly sweet malty aroma. Taste starts medium bitter with dark fruits and caramel. finish is medium bitter, too. Medium to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Nice, smooth brew. Alcohol is present, but hidden. Probably best Marston’s brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RodrigoPacheco (25) - - JAN 11, 2015
Brownish color, little foam persistent, slightly fruity aroma of chocolate. Its flavor surprising for a Strong Ale proving very balanced and excellent drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikedevilsfan (210) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Dark ruby color with 1 finger of off white head. Aroma is caramel, and sweet malts. Taste is more caramel, sweet malts, slight hop taste. Very solid beer, and very drinkable.

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