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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Love to have this off a draft. Damn fine example of English barley wine. The smooth malt reminded me of Old Nicks. Sweet fruity malt that has the hops as a spice rather than an equal. Nice body, and excellent color. The tan head follows the beer all the way till the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Pours a deep, garnet color with a short, sandy head that holds as a thin skin and halo. Dark fruit aroma finds raisin & prune complemented by sweet caramel & honey. Mild alcohol notes increase as time passes. Creamy and smooth (almost syrupy) with a dirty driness to keep it grounded. Fruity and sweet with the perfect level of bitterness in the balance. Muffin-like yeasty malts add an additional level of sweet complexity.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervis (243) - Taylor’s Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2007
definitely an old ale. aroma a little woody, raisins, port. pours ruby with small beige head quickly dwindling to a sud ring. oh good stuff - sweet, fruity, some aged woody notes, I’d go for hazelnut as a hint rather than walnut myself. alcohol barely noticeable except in the finish, as it warms gently on the way down. mouthfeel silky and a little oily, seriously satisfying winter warmer. I’ll be getting a few bottles of this in for cold winter nights - champion!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scotty (1156) - SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2007
Good lookin’ brew nice tawny colour and fairly thick off-white head. The nose is big with loads of fruit and spice, the same can be said of the flavour, a complex mouthful which lingers for ages after you’ve swallowed it, the mark of a quality beer! This was a real surprise find in my local Morrisons, it’s a guest ale, which means it will be gone quite soon, must stock up for Xmas!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14157) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Sweet, fruitcake / malt loaf scents. Pear drops, vanilla and cherry carried on the alcohol aroma. In taste, slightly vinegary in a good, balsamic way. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A vinous, fruity aftertaste. I always enjoy English Strong Ales and this is no exception. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Poured from big brown bottle into nonic half-pint glasses. Hazy brown with long-lasting beige foam and a little lace. Much deeper colour than I expected. Rich, distinctive English aromas and flavours: sweet grainy nutty malt, caramel, raisins, orange marmalade, stone fruit, flowery/earthy/resiny hops notes. I have a feeling this was an older bottle, the mouthfeel had a pleasant aged/oxidized smoothness. Medium body and carbonation, long-lasting fruity, bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2558) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep clear amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is sweet and raisiny. Medium-heavy bodied. Starts sweet and raisiny and finishes on the dry side. $5.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamP01 (658) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours a slightly viscous cloudy brown with a medium lasting tan head. Aroma toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, figs, and some liquorice notes. Taste is toasted caramel malt, dark fruits of plums, dates, black figs with some mild bitterness. A full bodied brew with a slightly viscous and sticky mouthfeel with some moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, dates, black figs followed by some sweet alcohol esters and some mild bitterness ending. Flavor and aroma of liquorice, dates and figs becomes more evident as it warms up. Overall an excellent, flavorful nicely balanced, and delicious brew, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10228) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"what a delicious surprise! i’d never heard of this so had no expectations going in, and ended up liking it better than their far more famous harvest ales. silky texture, with a plethora of tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate, malty goodness. great nose and flavor. i’ll be getting this more often for sure."

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