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

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RATINGS: 362   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (10770) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle @ EBF, 2008, Carlsberg.
Pours deep red-golden with a small, film head. Aroma has good caramel, light fruits and hops. Fine mouthfeel, light creaminess. Soft and nice flavour, light toffee, light chocolate and dry finish. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10606) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2009
50cl bottle cloudy brown/amber, smooth small light brown head. mild, slgihtly hoppy, slightly sweet aroma. comes off very fresh and "english" a bit toffee, a tiny bit dark fruits. delicate aroma. flavor is malty sweet, dry , slighthly flowery, alc well hidden, seems like it tastes best quite cold. ends malty sweet and a bit dry.So english brewers can make a strong and good beer ;-)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2008
Cloudy reddish dark amber with large off white head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, fruits and caramel. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Ends sweet with warming alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10345) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 15, 2009
Botella. Clear dark brown. Aroma of roasty caramel with dark malts and bitter hops. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour with roasty caramel, roasty maltiness, soft bitterness and light toffee. Mild bitter sweet malty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. I find it a little boring.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (9963) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2008
EBF2008. It’s a beautiful, dark red mahogany color and the head is creamy. The aroma has notes og malt, fruit, raisin and light grapefruit. The flavour has sweetness, notes of malt, caramel, raisin grapefruit, and the finish has some dry and rather harsh grapefruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (9833) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9822) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
3rd LCRBM. Slight grapes aroma. Malty, somewhat roasted flavor with grapes, raisin and a hint of cinnamon.


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