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

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RATINGS: 362   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 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2002
Moderatey cloudy deep brown/red. Pretty nice head and lace. Nose of malt, caramel,fruit and hints of alcohol. Pretty smooth beer with flavors of malts, fruits, wood and leather. Alcohol is there but not really noticeable. A good brew!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2002
A decent barley wine with a nice caramel oaky taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2001
Nice blend of fruity flavors and caramel malts with some oak barrel woodiness. Thinned out a bit and I lost interest at the end. Wasn’t seriously impressed, especially considering the $5 price tag.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2001
I don’t care for Barley Wines much but this would have to be my second favorite, right behind Youngs Old Nick.


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