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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%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17473) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. A clear, deep copper beer with a minimal, off-white head. Roasted malt and toffee in the aroma, with dried fruits in the background. Full-bodied and mellow, with toffee and roasted malt. A nice flavor of dried fruits too. A nice one, but far from pushing the limits. (080913)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16112) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are malt, fruits, nuts, notes of chocolate and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (16017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle at home, 23/02/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown come light black with a well appointed tan covering. Nose is tobacco, toffee fudge, cake mix, light cocoa, earthy tones. Taste comprises dark toffee, tea leaves, musty tones, light cocoa powder Medium bodied with a little oomph, sof t carbonation, semi drying close. Ok drop, good level of depth, light booze, fairly easy drinker for the ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15325) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle at Kolding Ølmesse, 2009. Pours amber/brown with a small creamy white head. Dust, caramel and dark fruits. Berries and quite vinous aroma. Medium bodied. Dark fruits and caramel dominates the flavor. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14963) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Bottle at a Housewarming. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. High malty, berries, chocolate, fruity, light nutty, almost no hoppiness, boring. Aroma of wet dog and soap.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
I have to admit, I just didn't like this one. Caramelly colour, caramelly aroma, caramelly flavour. It's not for lack of vocabulary that this word is used so often...it's that this beer is one-dimensional, very sweet...if you're lucky you'll find some diacetyl or a hint of chocolate. Unbalanced...I want more than one thing in any beer, especially the strong malty ones.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13617) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
500 ml bottle (a guess; no volume on the bottle). Whoa! Strong dark fruit aroma. Raisins and plums. Deep mahogany color with a white/beige head that suddenly was not there. Extremely smooth. Medium body with mildly creamy carbonation. The flavors are seductively dark fruits. Mouthsmacking. Near vinous. Aromas of dark raisins keep coming forth. Brings port to mind. Is there bitter? Is there sour? Is there sugar? Yea. This is an exceptionally tasty and puzzling ale. A desert island ale. Pity those who have not experienced this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (13278) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
Brown pour. Molasses and brown sugar nose. Candied apple and plum taste. Very smooth and easily drinkable for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Complex toffee nutty aroma. Medium body. Medium blanced dark fruit flavor with a solid bitter sweet finish of average duration. Better than my expectations.


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