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


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RATINGS: 366   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14626) - 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14382) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14205) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13983) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (13021) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (12615) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare light tan head. Flavor of caramel, tobacco, and sausage. Flavor of raisin, and sweet chocolate with an indescribable finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11822) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Muddy brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet plum and milk chocolate. Flavor is raisin, chocolate, coffee and oak. Bitter roasted coffee aftertaste. Despite the alcohol, the body’s actually a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11796) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11389) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2009
Hazy copper with a lasting off-white head. Malty aroma with a hint of dried fruits. Rich malty flavour with lots of caramel and just enough hoppy bitterness to balance the sweetness.

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