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

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common

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 (10840) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (10809) - , 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium, bubbly beige head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toast, toffee), light hops (spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toast, toffee), light hops (spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle shared by beerandblues2 at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a hazy red color with a medium creamy tan head. Fades very quickly. Aroma of big toffee and cheesy notes. Quite a bit of oxidation. That taste is toasted malts, toffee and oxidation notes. Medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10347) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10191) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Sparkling clear caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Good retention. Ink-blot lacework. Very malty. The aroma and flavor are of caramel. They’ve hopped it up just enough to almost balance out the sweet malt. Full-bodied with a heavy, creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lengthy, alcoholic, bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2005
1998 Vintage (tasted on 1/05). Poured a dark, cloudy brown color with a small tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and malts. Tastes of prunes, caramel and light molasses. Nice subtle and complex flavors. Not a typical tasting Barley Wine taste but good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (9526) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
a suitably hopped dark beer with distinct sourness, smooth mouthfeel. Nice dark colour. Secondary malt and licorice. Somewhat drinkable. Must be shared. Not for everybody.


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