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


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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (801) - - MAR 16, 2013
Very dark red beer wih a frothy, thick head. Mild smoky aroma. A sweet malt flavour that manages to be quite flavoursome without being especially strong tasting. Some mild fruit taste, grape perhaps. Not as distinctive as I was expecting from other comments and it’s reputation but maybe that’s just the bottled. The bottle is nice but I’d be keen to try it on tap.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcinG (106) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2015
Ciemnobrazowe o malej pianie. Mocne. w smaku wyczuwalne owoce .rodzynki alkohol i slod. Calkiem dobre

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (673) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle. It’s years since I had this. Funny to think when I first started drinking that a beer of this strength was a novelty. Nose is raisins, malt, very pronounced metallic note which faded to leave caramel and brown sugar. Taste is brown sugar, sweet malts, raisins, nuts, yeast, apples, hint of vanilla perhaps, dark fruits, darker bitter slightly leathery edge to the finish. It’s very good for a supermarket beer, but not as good as the cask of my memory. I need to have it out in the wild again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Connor66 (58) - - MAY 23, 2015
Great dark brown stout, heavy Carmela and fruit flavour, bottle poured with a off white head. Bought at Asda

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redders1974 (510) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2015 Pleasantly surprised by this pours dark brown, nice nose lots of dark fruIt figs dates and smokey flavours medium finish a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - deep amber with a lovely creamy lacy head. Nose - very much candy sugar. Little bit of sweet malt. Taste - a touch of barrabricht (spelling - you know the Welsh bread). Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall - great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Dark brown, light brown head. Aroma is mostly brown sugar, . Taste is sweet, dark malts, bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (7166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at AshtonMcCobb’s. Pours clear copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of dark sugar, molasses. Taste is sweet, candy. One-dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7829) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at ash’s. Pours deep brown, nose is chocolate, caramel, sugary, taste is rich, sweet, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10041) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from their webshop. It pots deep brown/nr black with a sturdy light tan head. The nose is jammy dark fruits, berry, earth, wood, old leather armchair, toast and smoking jacket. The taste is smooth, roasty, rich dark fruits, bitter, wood, light vinous, leather, some spice, earth and warming alcohol with a dry finish. Fulsome body and fine carbonation. Nice depth of flavour to it. A rather nice beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7885) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"what a delicious surprise! i’d never heard of this so had no expectations going in, and ended up liking it better than their far more famous harvest ales. silky texture, with a plethora of tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate, malty goodness. great nose and flavor. i’ll be getting this more often for sure."

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