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


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RATINGS: 453   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
The true "full moon" beer! Pours a beautiful, dark red with a frothy head that slowly dissipates to a thin lacing. One of the finest English bitters I've had. I would call this a dark bitter. Reminds me of my favorite, Riggwelter from Black Sheep brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheKernOwl (3) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015 does not count
Ruddy amber/ ruby brew with, a nose full of cocoa powder/ choc/ touch of toffee. Taste similarly toffee/ caramel/ choc, with a little hopping and a quick dry finish. Like a dubbel but less chewy and roasty than that. An altogether drier, slightly thicker, more ’one-note’ but refined version of Hobgoblin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lele (214) - Padova, ITALY - APR 19, 2015
ASPETTO: marrone con riflessi granata, limpido. Schiuma beige, abbondante e abbastanza persistente. AROMA: prevale il caramello e lo speziato ma non particolarmente intenso. GUSTO: caramello, liquirizia, leggero tostato e biscottato. Corpo medio, carbonizzazione tra media e leggera. Birra molto interessante e abbastanza gustosa, ma che non si fa particolarmente ricordare.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
Brewed only on a Full Moon, a vintage version of an all time great. I literally found this a slightly better, stronger crack of the whip. It’s biggest difference from the non kingly version, this addition has a powerful Aroma, it hits the nose from across the room, and pack’s a Toasty, Roasted Cocoa, oddly Banana toffee like Aroma, though a little overpowering in that it melts your nasal passages. It pours a deep darkest of dark ruby glimmering Ale, a little hazy with a Liberal medium brown, frothy head. In the mouth it literally feels just like Hobgoblin, Stout like, Heavy and strong, of great fortitude. I find it’s taste simply a stronger more punchy version of regular Hob, Toasty, dominating chocolate, vanilla, and high Coffee profile. It’s Finish is much longer and provides a smooth, but warming bitter-sweet taste, an amazing Brew and a Bold step.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratballs (5) - - APR 12, 2015 does not count
Bottle from asda. Pint glass. Much thicker feel that hobgoblin and indeed most of this breweries beers. Caramel, citrus, spruce. Deep red amber beer. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (4007) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2015
From a pint bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a clear copper with an ecru head. Light malty nose. Flavors of caramel. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SangreSani (146) - Głowienka, POLAND - APR 7, 2015
Very good head. Color between amber and copper. Clear. Hops, esters, raspberry and caramel in aroma. Medium bitterness, sweet. Light carbonation, medium body, frothy texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
custardtrout (7) - - APR 3, 2015 does not count
A much heavier hitter than the Hobgoblin, that strength adds a great new deeper darker taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alexi91 (126) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: Morrisons (Bristol). Strong and thick with fruity bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (4460) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
Poured medium reddish amber with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet berries and light liquorice. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, lightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (5603) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours copper amber, nose is caramel, fruit, sweet toffee taste.

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