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


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Retro review from Spring 2012 Wetherspoons Beer festival; reddy brown colour, silky moutfeel, burnt malts, dried fruit, slight bitterness

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (6244) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
A strong tasting ale which doesn’t negate any of the great flavour this ale has.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Martin243 (921) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
Pint at Wetherspoons Sunderland: Well, it looked good, bright ruby with a dense white head. Mild toffee aroma. I got a hint of licquorice, but little of the mouth-filling juicy complexity I expect from this type of beer. Overall, bland and disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1104) - SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Isaac Wilson (Spoons) Middlesbrough. Good looking pint, dark with a thick whitish head, nice malty/spicy flavours, mildly bitter on the good finish. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MalcolmTucker (868) - SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Cask at da Spoons fest. Dark brown with a decent head. Dark fruit and a little spice. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (2952) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2012
Cask at the Coronet JDW. Amber red colour with small beige creamy head. Aroma is sweet, bit of fruit, bit cakey. Taste is sweet malt, marzipan, bit of plum, dark fruit, some caramel sweetness. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2012
On cask at The Standing Order for the Wetherspoons beer festival. Pours a brown colour with a thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, yeast and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation, lingering caramel, grassy hops and an oily mouth-feel. Mildly bitter also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (2127) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 18, 2012
Cask at The Foot of the Walk (jdw). Browny amber. Sweet malt and a little spice. Hops are there too. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sm89walt (1827) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2012
Cask - The Bell Hotel (JDW), Norwich. A rich amber coloured beer with a fine but lasting off-white to beige head. Difficult to get any aroma at all. Perhaps a hint of caramel, malt & mid fruits. Very lacklustre given the ABV. A weak all-round malt profile. Some dusty caramel but really pretty watery. Light, thin body, soft mouthfeel, low bitterness in the finish. Not undrinkable but highly boring. Looking at previous rates makes me wonder if I was served the right beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11863) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2012
Cask. Frothy white good mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy aroma. Nice week citrus notes. Moderate bitter flavor. Nicely acetic. Average long bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice beer.

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