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

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13312) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13250) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13021) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (12954) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12927) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (12915) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12623) - 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.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bu11zeye (12616) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12188) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
3rd LCRBM. Slight grapes aroma. Malty, somewhat roasted flavor with grapes, raisin and a hint of cinnamon.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12113) - 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.


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