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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Pours a deep brown color with a good sized head. Dark fruit, wood and alcohol aroma. Starts sweet and ends nicely bitter. Decent thinnish body with a minimal amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Extemely yeasty. Huge Huge chunks. A little more thin tasting than I expected. Lacks the sweetness that I like in most barley wines. Overall, smooth drinking with a little bit of a warm finish, but not the most remarkable barley by any measure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Big bubbled tan head.Clear brown color.Big yeast chunks swimming around really detracts from the visual aspect.Big malt aroma.Bitter sweet chocolate with some tobaccoey flavors.Full bodied dry finish.The large yeasties floating around in this brew do take something away from it, but not too much.Its a full flavored brew. Barleywine? More like an old ale to me. It would probably age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8576) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2003
A barley wine with a difference. This beer has earthy, herbal notes not typical of the style along with the typical coffee and chocolate flavours. A good beer, but it is let down slightly by a relatively poor finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5435) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11862) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2306) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Dirty brown; No head; Sweet, pruney nose. Decent mouthfeel. Heavy coffee flavors to start.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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