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

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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Strong malt laden aroma and apretty deep red/ brown color. Light tan head, sweet and fruity, ( raisin/prune) out front but a pretty dry finish. A nice example of the style!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2004
lots of sediment, dark brown to a maple syrup brown. Warming carmelly raisony nose. Feel alc, warming carmelly, raison, plums, sweetish, some bubblegum finish. light, a bit sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Murky muddy brown color, small foamy white head. Aroma is of caramle, malts, prunes and raisins. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel and toffee, hints of dark fruits. Mouth feel was slightly chalky. Thanks IPFreely for sharing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Dark chestnut color, tan head. Sweet malty aroma, pretty earthy. Earthy and malty again, some hoppy bitterness. Medium to full body, some alcohol came through. Pretty nice. Shared with frielock.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
This Barley Wine pours a dark reddish-brown color with a thin light brown head. Thin lacing. The aroma is malty and fruity. Lighter body than most Barley Wines, with flavors of roasted malt, caramel, and fruit. The finish is very sweet and borderline cloying. Not the best of the style, but maybe a "Beginner's Barley Wine" due to the lighter body and more sedate flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2004
tobaccolike and slightly smokey aroma, chocolate brown with sand like sediment, burnt maltiness, some chewy meat like flavors and dark chocolate notes

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Too much chunky brown sediment. Deep auburn/ruby colour. Malty/spicy aroma with similar flavour.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Solid leather-brown color with cratered foamy head. Yeasty and fruity aroma. Acidic mouthfeel, tart and roasty. Alcohol is evident. Good desert beer; why am I drinking this with football?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Slightly cloudy brown color with a modestbut stable small bubbled light tan head. Rather light in aromas, with some toffee, caramel and light fruit with a yeasty backdrop. Sweet plum and dates fill the flavors. Some undertones of cask wood and chocolate malts. Nothing overly complex, but quite soothing after an exciting NFL Sunday. Go Pack!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Nearly opaque red/brown with brown head that's fairly large but quickly dissipates. Somewhat sweet nose, a bit vinous, dusty, tobacco, a little metallic. Quite sweet, overcarbonated, leaves a very bitter finish. Some toffee, chocolate ntes, hints of red wine. Thinnish mouthfeel.


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