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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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
Very dark brown, tan head. Faint aroma, alcohol. Sweet dark fruit, raisins dry bitter aftertaste. Some alcohol taste. Heavy with some carbonation. Nice but too much alcohol and a little too heavy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerItsNice (95) - IRELAND - OCT 11, 2012
A dark brown colour with off white head. Aroma of malt, hops, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavour of bitter with a sweet chocolate finish. --- BeerItsNice

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Poured from bomber. Pours a very nice, strong dark color that represent the English Strong style. Very little head, which was fantastic to pour. Smells of very dark malts with a taste to math. Goes down smooth with no alcoholic bite to it, though it exchanges any sort of fizziness for a flat character with almost no carbonation. Quite the example of a Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Strong malt laden aroma and apretty deep red/ brown color. Light tan head, sweet and fruity, ( raisin/prune) out front but a pretty dry finish. A nice example of the style!

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On draft at Rich O’s for Gravity Head 2006.Pours ruby red w/ a light head. Could barely etect any aroma... Flavor has apples, pear, slightly tart... dried cherries or raisins. Tastes like a Rodenbach Grand Cru if you cut the sourness. Perhaps the pour was too cold, lack of aroma dragged the score down. Excellent otherwise.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dinobrown (46) - Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
500ml Pours a warm reddish brown color with very little head. Very sweet candied aroma with black cherries, figs, plums, and apricots. The flavor is quite sweet with a touch of sour. It lacks hops in a big way which leaves me wanting more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
bottle - Aroma is slightly sweet dried fruit (prunes, figs). Poured a medium reddish brown with almost no head. Palate is slightly creamy and a bit heavy. Taste is like a light port with a ripe grape overtone. Might be a nice warmer in cold weather.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours a dark brown suspended with white chunks(yeast I think) through out. Quite interesrting. Aroma is very malty portish with a little bit of marsala. Not to mention lots of fig and dried fruit. Truly an amazing nose.The flavor is well balanced to slightly hoppy. Starts light and fruity and finishes dry and hoppy. With an unbelievable lingering after taste that keeps you coming back for more. Overall I would say American brewers have out done the the English yet I can’t think of too many that can match the extreme character and magnitude of this one. Should be classified as an English strong Ale. Not a Barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CyclistSarah (15) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Interesting. Taste has a secondary layer after the first which hits a second after you put it in your mouth. Layered tastes, interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltMan88 (10) - Bury, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
Wonderful initial aromas of dandelion, blackcurrant and malt. Retains a light head slightly off beige in colour with nice lacing. Palate reveals more malt and touch of port wine and more berries.


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