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


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RATINGS: 370   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8220) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 2009-02-05. Hazy brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Aroma is odd, sourish fruit-cherries, light wood notes, lightly earthy and chalky notes, hops. (6+) Flavour is similar with woody earthy bitterness, light sour undertones. (6+) Average palate is smooth, lightly carbonated. Okay. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1 Bottle from Vilalge Beer Merchant, Buffalo

March 2005. Brownish body, I found aroma to be a touch muted but it may not have been enough to properly register. Caramel flavour is what jumps out at me the most, almost reminding of the Kraft Caramel candies I used to have at Halloween. A nice touch of bitterness that only really shows up with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Very sweet over all but pleasantly so. Will have to get a bigger sample of this one at some point. 6/3/7/3/15 - 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Muddy brown w/ lots of floaties. Light brown head. Robust aroma of licorice, caramel, molasses, & fruit. Full, oily feel. Sweet, slightly roasted flavour of molasses, licorice, caramel & fruit. Alcohol is quite evident in the finish. Nice brew but one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (3933) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Undated bottle (probably 2003) Very drab off-brown color with some ruddy oranges in there. Small pale yellow-coffee head and lots of sediment. Flavor smells sweet and nutty and quite sugary. Like a snickers bar, almost, but with extra caramel. Seems promising. . .but then, it begins with a hugely dry dirty/earthy flavor that persists. Similar to Harvey’s Elizabethan, there is that face-full-of-black-dirt flavor, but unlike in Harveys, this does not seem to go away. Watery body does not help out either. Fairly one-sided caramel malt flavoring, with some earthiness (as I said) dominating from the hops and yeast. I let this thing warm, and did everything I could to get it to taste good, but to no avail. Lightly acidic on the finish and just way too thin. Having sampled this and the Harvest Ale, these guys don’t exactly come across as the epitome of a balanced beer. Too sweet, or too dry, too syrupy or too watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2004 Garnet body with foamy tan head. Plum, currents, toffee in the nose. Fruit and toffee in the taste. Odd taste but interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
cloudy brown in colour. thin to medium brown thin head. Not much of a head and seems runny off the sides of the glass. Sweet malts in the nose, the taste is spicy but malty and crisp. Feels clean in the mout. Overall, fairly drinkable.

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8991) - 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.

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