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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3165) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 12, 2012
Black body, thin creamy head. Yoghurt, toasted white bread, pecan nuts and lychee. Special and refined. Very English, too. Smooth body, medium carbonation. Pretty nice mouth feel with some alcoholic residue. Medium bitter with a bit of fermented fruit. Dry, full ending. Nice brew, high quality. (50cl bottle, reasonably priced)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (1883) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 11, 2012
Bottle
Dark ruby brown, tan frothy head that dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - dark caramel malts...dark fruits...some soft spicy hops...yeast...touch of flinty minerals
Tatste of rich dark caramel malts, molasses, some dark rich toffee, dark rich fruits, light fruit cake spice, soft spicy hops, juicy dark malts, good smooth dark winter warmer flavour
Palate - medium body, quite viscous, very smooth, light spicy bitterness. Finish has some warming alcohol, smooth fruity malts, background of bitter spicy hops and a slight mineral tang.
Overall Tasty winter warmer / old ale....better than expected

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Sweet, fruitcake / malt loaf scents. Pear drops, vanilla and cherry carried on the alcohol aroma. In taste, slightly vinegary in a good, balsamic way. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A vinous, fruity aftertaste. I always enjoy English Strong Ales and this is no exception. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (3403) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2012
500ml bottle in an English pint. Pours ruby/brown with a thick, lacy, light tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and toast, plus light floral hops. Flavor about the same. Average texture. Decent but something is off with this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2012
500ml bottle. Medium body, light fruity notes, red berries. Taste...Syrup, raspberries. Long bitter sticky finish. A classic winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (1583) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle 500ml Pours red, not sure of the head (poor pouring?). Aroma is of malt. Taste: alchool, bitterness with roasted malts. Full bodied. Very well balanced, high drinkability. I like that stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
worldbeertaste (1546) - AUSTRIA - FEB 20, 2012
Cherry red wood with a thick creamy lasting full tan head. Smell of grapes, s fresh plums, rasin and roast with a light sense of alcohol. Frothy medium sticky body. Sweet start with bitter lasting finish. Malt, fruits, caramel. Rye and warming alcohol. Earthy. Complex but strong.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2012
500ml bottle. Poured a lively deep brown with an initial one finger, though fading, loose & fizzy off-white to beige head. Caramel, nuts, cakey dark fruits and woody, tobacco tones on the nose. Dried fruits, cakey malts, tobacco, nuts & wood on the tongue. Finished with a dryish bittersweetness. Medium body, though with that empty pasteurised quality. A well carbonated, lively mouthfeel with a short to medium length malty bitterness. For a pasteurised English beer it’s alright despite itself; the darker malts hide the more obvious pasteurised characteristics.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown with a thin head. Flavor of citrus, apple? Slightly sour and wasn’t all there.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (689) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2012
500ml bottle served cellar cool in a tulip. Very dark brown with a tan head that soon disappeared. One of those beers that is like fruit cake in a glass: Raisins predominate at first, but as you imbibe, more complex rounded prune and date flavours come through. A delicious winter sipper.


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