Formerly brewed at Wychwood (Marston’s)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Witney, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Pasteurised Bottle. Was a cask seasonal until 2002.
Rarest fine amber malt balanced with the choicest Worcestershire hops give this beer an intense bitterness leading to a long dry finish. Oxfordshire honey is added to the brew giving a fruity aftertaste savoured long after the last drop has slipped down.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2002
A bit light but a nice honey finish. Lots of hops as expected..............

Lenusik (119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
This beer pours an interesting brown colour that is slightly transparent (You can ’see’ your hand on the other side through the beer). The head is weak, fluffy, and tannish in colour. The flavour is slightly sweet, with malt up front, and a slight sour tinge on the tongue.

tombyars (1754) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
First tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in October 1999. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear garnet redf in colour with a thick white creamy head. Distinct note of pineapple in the sweet aroma. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malts give a fiery maltloaf base with syrupy pineapple, cherry, redcurrant and a hint of butterscotch. Slight spicy note in the bitter aftertaste. finish is sweet and malty with vinous cask notes rich in the palate. A decent session ESB.

jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Pour is amber with almost no head. Nose and taste of sweetness, flowers, malts and a dry finish. Rated 6/15/02

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Date: 01/30/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market

Appearance: Rusty amber, scant head,
Aroma: sweet malty aroma wth floral hops,
Flavor: light malty and hoppy flavor, nice bitterness, dry finish, touch of honey sweetness,
Overall: bottle desc: Rarest fine amber malt balanced with the choicest Worcestershire hops give this beer an intense bitterness leading to a long dry finish. Oxfordshire honey is added to the brew giving a fhuity aftertaste savoured long after the last drop has slipped down.

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
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imdownthepub (15161) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2007
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml. Amber with bubbly white head. Good looking beer, but thats as far as it goes. Harsh bitterness with burnt malt and boiled hop notes. Pungent bitterness on the finish. Unfortunate.

GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Aroma:good malt caramel aroma... Appearance:brown with chunk of yeast,Light head... Flavor:good bitter,caramel and bitterness...

ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
Cloudy light brown with almost no head. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Aroma is fruity and a bit hoppy. Flavor is pretty plain, but has an almost cidery taste to it.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 I might have had a bad bottle, since there was an undue amount of sediment. I wish someone whould tell these English brewers that, if they want to export to the U.S., they need to use brown bottles to minimize possible damage caused by improper handling. Mine poured a hazy nut brown color with a thin white halo rather than a head. The aroma was liquor-like, sweet but piercing. Smooth medium-body, but in flavor almost watery. There’s a nice malty flavor with a touch of bitterness and a wine-like fruity finish. I don’t think what I drank is what Wychwood intended.

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Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
If this Old Devil is named for the wicked chap on the label, it must truly be a monstrous brew. Bearing a most horrific countenance, this minion of Hell is seen stabbing an angel with his bloody trident, and grasping another with his other hand, as he sneers at us from a graveyard, where he’s also been busy beheading tombstone statues. Must be one abominable ale, right? Appearance: a swirling, carbonated mess that settles into a thick, dull morass of brown, though thoroughly transparent at the bottom, with a creamy, 1/2 " head. Aroma: nutty, spicy, with a certain stinging hop presence and the promise of malt. Taste: bit of hops upfront that disappears quickly...time for another sip..warm, round, nutty flavor, and a short, but not unmemorable finish. Actually, it’s growing on me, leaving more of a mellow fruit flavor ringing around the mouth, but yet a minor one. Bright, but, ultimately, bare. Halfway to being an above-average brew of the ordinary stripe, this little scamp never remotely resembles the frightful demon of the label. Shows me for judging a beer by it’s cover. Nothing Satanic here, just smooth, slightly flavorful, semi-tasty...

DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2004
This pours a ruby red with hints of dark magenta in the color. A mild head which disappeared fairly rapidly, some mild creamy brown head. The aroma yields hints of a doctors office, yeah, go ahead and imagine that with other hints of leather and caramel malts. Definite caramel malt presence here because the finish is extremely dry. The flavor is fairly refreshing up front but damn does that cardboardy maltiness bite in the end. Heavy sugar candy in the finish, for at least 60 seconds after the sip. Absolutely no alcohol presence. Some almost sappy qualities to the beer mid-taste, somewhat hard to describe. Not the best UK beer ever... I’m ready to move on now...I guess thats what you get when you buy a beer thats in a clear bottle.

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