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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: English Strong Ale
Middleton, England

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common

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Bottle; Pasteurised.
Brewed for over 50 years. Named after farm workers who tried to rake the moon from a Middleton stream. The cask version won CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
At $5.99 a bottle, this better be good. Nice dark brown color with what looks like a thick tan head, for a BW. Big malty fruity aromas. First taste is a powdered chocolate, dried prune flavor that’s only going to get better as the temp rises. There’s some sort of sharp bite in there, which I can only think is hops, ’cause following closely behind that is the alcohol. Quite the complex ale I am going to say, cause not there’s more chocolate and nuts. Packs a little punch as well. Worth a go.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CyclistSarah (15) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Interesting. Taste has a secondary layer after the first which hits a second after you put it in your mouth. Layered tastes, interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
A sweet aged cognac aroma, that turns into a superior pour with a big off whit head, a second scent gives away hints of madeira port, with a same consistency in the pour. Lacks in complexity based on the aroma that is very big and full of barleywines uniqueness, so I am disappointed. Lots of raisins, toffee and chocolate with a very tame and light english strong ale roasted ness in the mouthfeel. Big aromas, but not a big taste, too thin and lacking.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
9.9 oz bottle, snifter. Milk chocolate, mild coffee (H); earthy hops (VL); port, plum, raisin, sherry, oak aromas. Deep brown body with a moderate sized, creamy, tan head. Heavily sweet thoughout with some finishing acidity and aftertaste of Raisinets and some alcohol hotness. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: a good barleywine until you start drinking it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
clear brown, off white head. vanilla, malt toffee and booze aroma. nice sweet toffee-ish malt flavours with a bit of anise, but it's way too boozy for 7.5%. not a whole lot of hop balance either.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2004
Deep burgundy with a frothy light tan head. Aroma is caramel and a hint of butterscotch. The flavor is caramel and alcohol. Not well-balanced. There is a medium amount of hop bitternesss, but this barleywine is not nearly complex enough. Body is medium and dry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
1998 vintage bottle. Dark cloudy brown in color with a tan head. Sharp aroma like dried fruit. Prunes, raisins. It is smooth in flavor. Its sweet up front and the there is a sharpness and bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 0.5l bottle. Why is this so poorly rated? Awesome clear reddish brown, with a tan head. Extremely fruity aroma. Where can I get this yeast? Almost Belgian-like. Very fresh as well. Flavor is nice and fruity as well, with a clean, carmelly malt flavor. I guess I am in the minority on this one.

1998 vintage (or so it is said). Pours a dark cloudy brown. Tan head. aroma is a sharp sherried dried fruit conglomerate of prunes and raisins. Flavor is smooth and sweet up front then sharp and bitter in the finish with the dried fruit remaining. This is fascinating after all this time! 7-4-7-4-13

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Pours reddish brown with no head. Aroma is very roasted and woody. Mildly sweet, with hints of raisins, brown sugar, charcoal, and wood. Tasted like it was in an oak barrel for 30 years. Reminded me of scotch. Overall it was an interesting beer. And I liked the name.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 28, 2004
Bright smallish head, woody/amber brown appearance. Sweet aroma, some smoky notes, dry fruit, raisin blended together with sweet malt and warming alcohol. Flavor was spicy and medium dark mocha finish. Nice texture, light but not thin.


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