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

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RATINGS: 366   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Dark brown to almost black with a reddish tint to it, a la McEwan’s Scotch Ale. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes somewhat more bitter than I was expecting. Worth a try, but nothing overwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Muddy brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet plum and milk chocolate. Flavor is raisin, chocolate, coffee and oak. Bitter roasted coffee aftertaste. Despite the alcohol, the body’s actually a bit thin.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2266) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Dirty brown; No head; Sweet, pruney nose. Decent mouthfeel. Heavy coffee flavors to start.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 31, 2002
Had a few bottles of this while cooking some chili. Rich nose of alcohol, cloves, ginger, pepper, anise, and resin. Pours a brilliant dark ruby with tons of floaties (my decanting skills suck). The average beige head is frothy and mostly diminishing with good lacing. The flavor starts warm and spicy and has a moderately acidic middle. The finish is long and complex that is to say bitter, spicy, sweet and earthy. The full body is soft and oily. The finish feels chalky. Interesting, my first experience with the Barley Wine style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2002
First sip was pure unsweetened cocoa powder flavor - a hint of chocolate but a strong thick bitterness - and I mean that in a good way. Thick deep red body filled with floaties. Oak flavors at the end of the swallow. This is good, but too balanced toward the hops.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Pours like a nice cold, refreshing glass of prune juice - murky brown w. no head, whatsoever. Smells of dried fruits and perhaps chocolate. First taste is very sweet. I found it to be chocolatey, earthy, bready, molasses-spiked. Several sips revealed vodka-like alcohol notes. Strangely bitter at the finish but w/o any real hops presence. Not a favorite, despite complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Nice light malty nose. Slight presence of alcohol. Decent head on the reddish brown body. A nice softer version of the barleywine style.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2002
The alcohol note came on a bit strong in this barleywine. I prefer the Old Horizontal, personally.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2002
Very smooth and very alcoholly taste. I wouldn’t want to puke this stuff, it would burn comming up. A great example of a barley wine style ale.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flarp99 (4) - sadfsdaf, - MAR 15, 2002 does not count
A reasonable ale, just don’t have too many you drunken slag!


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