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

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RATINGS: 363   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (740) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElDesmadre (1473) - Mikołów, POLAND - JAN 16, 2012
Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is caramel, raisins, ripe apples, subtle butterscotch and some flowery hops. Taste is light sweet, quite full bodied, with a moderately strong bitterness that makes way for a frankly nasty alcoholic astringency. The aftertaste is butterscotch, apples and raisins. Not enough complex flavour to carry the weight of the abundantly evident ABV.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a nut brown color with a medium sized tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was tart grapefruit, sour plum and some sugar. The flavor was bitter, tart and sour apples with notes of sour cherries, grapefruit and a touch of vinegar. The finish was long, sour and tart. Medium body. Disappointing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2011
Denmark, September 2009. Dark red with a huge, foamy tan head. Both aroma and taste of sweet caramel malt, lots of ripe fruit. Nice but a bit one dimensional.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
Very dark brown, tan head. Faint aroma, alcohol. Sweet dark fruit, raisins dry bitter aftertaste. Some alcohol taste. Heavy with some carbonation. Nice but too much alcohol and a little too heavy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (1907) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2011
Dark brown pour with a beige head. Rich nose of raisins, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Chocolate, raisin and a little coffee flavour. Dry, smoky-bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Deep amber-red with a small off-white head. Aroma is rather sweet with notes of caramel, raisins, and burnt fruit. Flavor is very cloying but not horrible - toffee, brunt sugar with a bitter and doughy finish. Light to medium bodied.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (3169) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 18, 2011
500ml bottle as a present. Grassy malty aroma. Medium brown colour, not much head. Chocolate toffee malt flavour. Slightly sickly sweet aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1077) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2011
500 mL bottle into a pint glass at home. Very dark brown with red highlights at the edges. The head it a little foamy. The aroma is malty, a hint roasted with some chocolate, and some hops. Sweet, caramel and bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, pretty nice. Also has an alcohol kick to it. It is perhaps slightly too sweet though, but thats a bit over-critical. Quite more-ish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, raisin, mild spices, rum and dark fruit. Almost like a rum cake! Very slight cloudy brown/amber in color with a pleasing off white head. The raisin/sweet dates/dark fruit flavor really comes through upon drinking. Ends with a pleasant alcohol warming upon swallowing. Has an almost whiskey like finish ... without the burn. Fairly thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation muted a bit by the viscosity. Would pair magnificently with a nice cheese platter.


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