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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12053) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11983) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11963) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2010
Bottled, pasteurised from Morrisons, Banbury. Chestnut brown with slight white head. Some roasty, nutty notes on a sweet malt background. there is a touch of liquorice and hints of alcohol, but a bit underwhelming. Reasonable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11833) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 17, 2008
500ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Pours with a big head, deep red. Rich fleshy ripe fruits, and slightly sherry-like, aroma. Smooth and sweet body, pleasant carbonation. A little sticky. Toffee and rich malts in the taste, almost like a barleywine. Finish is sweet and biscuity, and with a very sticky dark hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2006
500ml bottle poured a clear dark brown with red highlights and a small quickly dissapating amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, roasted malt, brown sugar and pepper. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of plum, brown sugar, roastiness and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11705) - 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 ;-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11651) - 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.

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