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

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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Bottle: Filtered
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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoFi (1714) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2011
Amber to copper with a nice beige head. Aroma: malty, raisins, earthy, sweet, candy. Taste: candy, earthy, raisins, grass, toffee, sweet malt, medium bitter. Earthy and herbal finish with some grapefruit. Medium-bodied with quite a high carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gopherfan99 (1700) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle; pours dark brown with a khaki head; aroma of caramel, malt, and dark fruits; taste is sweet with malt with caramel and dark fruit; sweet finish

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1696) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
500ml bottle. Decants a dark copper ale in the glass. Smallish off white sticky cap…laces the glass well. Moderate carbonation. Malty earthy nose with some sweet fruity undertones. Rich full bodied with a soft mouth feel. Big chewy Chrystal malting in front hops sit back but provide fair balance. Mid palate a wee bit of complexity starts with hints of nuts, fruit, fresh sweet buns, treacle, some toastiness. Finish is long and luxurious with hops coming forward with tasteful bittering stinging the edge and back of the palate. An absolutely top flight ale. Rich, malty, satisfying and warming. Not much like a typical ESB, more like a well-crafted rich amber ale or light Ur bock. Probably the best offering from this brewer. The bottle version is softer and more understated than the draft version I tasted in the US.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niller (1680) - Hammel, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle from Fakta. Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma and taste is malt, caramel, some fruits, syrup, brown sugar. Medium to full body. Soft carbonation. Sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielyabu (1636) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - JAN 21, 2015
average frothy offwhite head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. translucent thick orangeish-brown body. aroma: moderate malt, mild coffee. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: light sweet moderate bitter; long duration. palate: medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, chalky finish. Saboroso dulçor maltado. Amargor amadeirado, com leve lembrança de álcool. Sem defeitos. Leve aquecimento alcoólico. Notas oxidada lembra vinho do porto. Amargor de casca de fruta. 70 s

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (1623) - Beckley, USA - MAR 28, 2014
amber color; bready, caramel malt aroma; a semi-sweet, well-balanced English ale; bready malt background with caramel notes and a nice pleasant noble hop presence and a bitter aftertaste

2.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghawener (1601) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle: 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. If you say so! Cheers. Food Pairing: Shepard’s Pie!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1581) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
Dark, flame orange coloured beer with a thick off white head. Roasted malt aroma is followed by a slightly grassy hop element. Full-bodied mouthfeel. The taste follows on from the aroma, only in reverse! The hops come through initally, resinous (which could also be put down to the alcohol), grassy, a touch citrusy and quite bitter. This is then followed by a slightly sweet, biscuity malt flavour. Both of which are present right through the long finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 21, 2011
(500 ml bottle) Pours a pretty copper, very clear. Two and a half fingers of biege head stand at attention and are well-retained. Aroma is sort of tinny-sweaty with vanilla and caramel, not overly appealing. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth but feels very filtered and processed. Lightly prickly. Large, droopy rings of lacing. Flavor is sweaty-tinny and bitter. Vanilla and buttery caramel with hints of fruitiness. Bitterness builds toward finish. Lots of malt but pasteurization and over-filtering and processing seem to have turned it to weak mush. Avoid it, pretty much like every other Wychwood.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1577) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2011
500 mL bottle at home into a pint glass. Dark brown beer with an uneven head. Fruity, hoppy head, smells good. Very sweet, fruity, raisiny, and rich a fine ale, and hides the alcohol. Very pleasant, and typical of the Hobgoblin stable, one of England’s better ales.


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