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

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RATINGS: 364   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2638) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2011
500 ml. bottle. Bottled on August 13, 2009. Pours a medium, lasting light beige head, over a slightly hazy, dark amber (SRM 12) body....nose is sweet malts with tones of brown sugar, light dried fruits including cherry and raisin, toffee/caramel....taste is sweet malts with toffee/caramel, dried fruits, especially plum, cherry, raisin dominating, finishing with a lingering sweetness, with sherry tones....mouth feel is thick and sticky, carbonation low. This is a typical Old Ale and meets the BJCP style exactly. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (2715) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is raisin, apple and caramel malt. Sweet start. Plumy and raisin finish with some alcohol. Sticky aftertaste. Average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1511) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle. A malt bomb. Chocolate, fruits, woody, tobacco. Clear light mahoghany body, tan head which lasts about 2 seconds. Sweet. Strong carbonation, dry finish. Silky mouthfeel. Warming. Doesn’t taste its strength. Clearly a cousin of Harvest Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1419) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle. Brown sugar, molasses, raisins, peaches, caramel. This is a good Engish Strong Ale. The taste isn’t as sweet as expected, but it’s still a nice dessert beer. Apples and toffee are in there, too. The beer pours reddish amber with a small ecru head. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. It’s a litlte bit nutty. Very enjoyable beer.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Poured from bomber. Pours a very nice, strong dark color that represent the English Strong style. Very little head, which was fantastic to pour. Smells of very dark malts with a taste to math. Goes down smooth with no alcoholic bite to it, though it exchanges any sort of fizziness for a flat character with almost no carbonation. Quite the example of a Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
500ml bottle Tampa Weekly Gathering @kiefdogs- thanks to Blazer06- pours a tan ring for a head and brown color. Aroma is dark malt, oak, brown sugar. Taste is dark malt, oak, brown sugar, dark fruit-raisin/plum. Soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Thanks to blazer06 for the share. Pours dark caramel color with an off-white head. Nose is caramel, dates, toffee, slight port notes. Flavor is similar with lots of depth to this one. Interesting beer from one of England’s finest.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6499) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle from Monument Wine. Pours reddish brown with a decent tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a pleasant toffe flavor, a bit nutty, with a dry slightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10987) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber-red with a large, tan head. Heavy malt aroma with with caramel and ripe fruit. Quite a sweet flavor with lots of malts, light breadiness, dark fruits and faint roast. Mild bitterness. Medium to full in body with average carbonation. Finishes sweet with lingering malt notes. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Sample at Buckeye Beer Engine. It definitely wasn’t on cask, so I’m rating it under the bottle version. Clear copper pour with a thin off-white head. Malty and fruity nose with a bit of caramel. Caramel malt flavor up front with some soft fruit and a bitter bready finish.


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