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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2003
Nice ruby color with lots of suspended yeast ... a thin khaki head which stuck around through most of the drinking session. Rich malty aroma with traces of pine and bubble gum ... hints of berries. A tad of alcohol present but a very warming amount. NIce malt complexity with very little aromatic hops. A wonderful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2003
This one pours a dark, murky, brown color with a small, mostly diminishing off-white head. The beer has yeast particles floating through its body and leaves good lacings on the glass. The aroma is strongly malty and smells typical of an English strong ale. Full body with light carbonation and a smooth palate, the flavor is mostly malty up front. Hops and a small alcohol bite show up in the finish. Not as coplex, strong, and wonderful as their Harvest Ale, but this is still a very good strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2003
Well,I thought this was a old bottle when I bought it,but bought it anyway.It had chunks on the bottom that rivaled the 88'harvest.Very deep,murky,ruby colored beer. Very toffeeish,slightly roasty,highly oxidized aroma.Good lacework forming with some milky,head left.Pretty thick mouthfeel, metallic. Some decent malts left to talk about,they are a little airy,but still are not yet gone. Finish is somewhat sweet,earthy hop(old),with a big hint of oxidation.THe oxidation doesn't ruin this one though.At least a few years old,if not more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2003
The start up smell is malty,raisin,apricot ,plum.Nearly no head.dark slightly amber in color.Yeast suspended throughout the beer.Looks like a vitamin B overdose.The taste has a faint saltiness to it,roasted maltiness,some raisin and coffee as well not as sweet as some barley's i've had seems almost closer to an Imperial stout.Kind of a thin feel in the mouth slightly watery.The finish is slightly bitter with a roasted malt after taste that last's a long time.The alcohol never makes an appearance very well tamed by the flavor's with in,and the yeast i mentioned before was not a problem.I was looking for an almost chunky feel but it never appeared. If this was an imperial i'd rate it much higher but i think it still should get a good rating just because of the high drinkability of this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Smells very distinctly - roastiness and fruitiness go well with the odd maltiness not usually present in barleywines. Somewhat wine-like finish. Indeed, a lot of floaties in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Since I really love the harvest ale, I was expecting a great deal from this, and I have to say I am a bit disappointed. This beer is downright chunky. There are huge floaties; it looks like there are pebbles in here. The aroma is pretty good, with large doses of yeast, fruits and pastries. The flavor is decent as well, but not great. Peppery, spicy, some malty sweetness, some espresso as others pointed out. The finish, however, is astringent and bitter, overshadowing any goodness left behind by the flavor. No balance. I'd say it needs some aging, but I have no idea how old this bottle is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Bottled. Fizzy coca-cola appearance, smallish immediately decaying head. Strong prune/apricot nose. Bitter, overly carbonated, burnt espresso on the tongue; this tastes more like a thin sour Imperial Stout than anything else, and it's not working. I really don't think I got a bad bottle; aren't barleywines supposed to have SOME sweetness and fruitiness in the flavor profile? This has barely a hint at the end, otherwise its bitter, flat, dull, overly alcoholic for its size. What a disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2003
What a find! Flocculent yeast. Med dark beer, cool logo with the moon and hand, cool label. Favors Abbot ales from Belgium. Complex, woody, nutty, caramel hints, musty and lots of yeast. Smooth yeasty finish. An excellent brew, not for the non-initiated. 7.5 ABV is well hidden. This beer is deserving of careful consideration by the connoisseur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Bottle. A muddy brown color with basically no head. The aroma has raisins, plums, vanilla, and earth. Sweet prunes and a touch of toffee in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
This was pretty a nice sample of the barley wine style, though lacking something to take it to that next level.

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