Brewed by Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: English Strong Ale
Witney, England


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask, Festival Special;
This new beer has previously been available in bottles only, so makes its cask début exclusively at this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. Allegedly only ever brewed under a full moon, this deep-brown-coloured beer has a full, rich (yet smooth) flavour and a long, satisfying finish.

SeanMacGC's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, - MAR 30, 2011
Cask conditioned. Pours dark amber, with minimal head. Sweet malts and caramel aroma, and that with mild fruits on the palate, and some fragrant hops. Decent real-ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7958) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2015
Cask, on gravity at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol October 2015. Medium brown in colour, with a slight, off-white, head. Sweet, bready, malts, a touch of fruit, caramel sweetness and a moderately bitter finish. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Cask at the Monk’s Retreat, Reading. Crystal clear amber with a middling beige head. Sweet and boozy from the off. Yes, the alcohol is definitely a little too raw and obvious here. There’s some orangey notes and something light and floral, but rather overwhelmed by the booze and sweetness. Some marzipan in the finish. Not a fan of this, heading towards tramp juice territory.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2015
Cask at the Windlesora, Tourist Town, 30/10/15. Clear golden amber with a well appointed cream head that retains well. Nose is cotton candy, sweet malt, trace of nutmeg, straw, spice, not offensivein any way but a touch mmuted for 6% ABV. Taste comprises candied fruit peel, caramel, light orange, toasted malt, candy bar. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, massaging feel, top condition. Decent enough offering if a little restrained for the ABV. Looks and feels great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2015
Cask at the Water House (JDW), Durham. Dark brown beer with a large, foamy, off-white head that laces well. The nose is sweet and bready with caramel malts detectable and the flavours are exactly the same. Very very drinkable for its high ABV and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
comperchris (84) - - OCT 23, 2015
Quite a thick and creamy beer. Dark with a creamy head. Low carbonation, not bad but 1 is enough.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (10843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2015
Cask at the standing order. Pours clear deep amber, nose is toffee, floral, taste is sweet toffee, floral, aniseed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1827) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
Cask at the Ralph Fitz Randal (JDW), Richmond. Dark gold body. medium white head. Sour apples, black malt, banana. Sweet. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (4128) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2015
Cask@the avion, aldridge. Chestnut beer with small head and patchy lacing. Aroma of light toffee. Taste is toffee, sweetish treacle and malts. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (389) - - OCT 19, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2016 Great aroma of liquorice. Malty taste. Dark brown appearance. No head to speak of. Good strength and warming. Quite sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
theprof (516) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Cask. Pours dark brown copper lights with creamy head.Tastes like feuitcake with a licorice tang. The second swallow morphs towards the cough medicine end so there’s a slightly acidic undertow that is carried in the carbonation. This may reflect its bottled origin and one can imagine a pleasant pour of winter ale on a wet night. But in the pub it’s a beer that works solo. Not sure what could follow and certain that a second wouldn’t improve the evening. And so it goes.

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