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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Clear dark amber with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of fermented fruit, brown suger and dark malt. Rich flavour of dark fruitcake with caramel-bourbon sauce, and a well-bittered finish. Would be better enjoyed in a large brandy snifter sitting in front of a fireplace on a cool autumn evening rather than as part of a tasting session on a warm August night, but you take what you can get!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3427) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 500 ml, 2007 vintage. Clear, deep copper-ruby body, with a three-finger creamy head that lasts well. Big dark fruit, sourish sherry, and molasses aroma. Dates, raisins, and caramel on the front turns acidic and salty-leather tinged, with some molasses-tomato-sourish cherry flavor mix added in as well. Notes of sherry, vanilla, toasted oak, cream, pecan, bitter herbs, and more all add to the complexity, and balance this one well on the finish. Medium body is sharply acidic on the tongue, with a pretty smooth mouthfeel all the same, and a nice dry-woody finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4812) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2010
500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 7.5%. Mahogany coloured beer, big off-white to beige head. Very nice malty aroma with notes of caramel and dark dried fruits, also some oaky and vinous notes. The flavour is malty sweet and rich, notes of caramel and dark dried fruits again, vinous and oaky notes too, moderate hops in the finish. A lovely strong ale!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamP01 (514) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a lightly cloudy dark ruby with a small tan head. The sweet aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and alcohol was fantastic -- I spent several minutes just smelling it. The flavour was nothing to scoff at either: the roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, alcohol and hops were all perfectly combined into a really flavourful, delicious taste. As much as I love it I do find it odd to see it listed as a Barley Wine when, to me, it tastes more like an English Strong Ale. I loved it and like HogTownHarry, I look forward to getting more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & blankboy - courtesy of Harry. Strong hops, alcohol, and chewy malt in aroma (yes, I can smell chewy malt, all hail to my sniffer) - a cake like sweetness. Foamy big white head on dark brown body. Really nice strong ale malty taste with some hops. Well balanced. Not afraid to be full bodied, which adds to the balancing perfection. We’ve been trying thin little wannabe beers all night, so something this substantial was appreciated. And it is an imported English Ale that tastes fresh, thank you!!!!! Wonderful strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Not sure what it was about this beer that really made it tasty. The tobacco-like notes in the flavor was probably what sold me. Of course it could have been the toffeeish malts or the dark fruits that made this so easy to drink. Either way this was a solid beer all the way thru. The color is a dark amber/brown color, cloudy with just a scant head. Not much carbonation in this one either but that’s okay. Clearly a sipper of a beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010
Bottled. A muddy chestnut coloured beer with no head. The aroma is vinuous, fruity and malty. Brown fruits and bread in the nose. Lovely fruity alcoholic taste. There’s a bit of sweet pickle (Branstons) in there. Warming and very lovely.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwpom (294) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2010
500 ml. Deep copper color, white nonexistant head, but a tasty strong ale. At 7.5%, just the ticket after a hard day at work. I like strong ales, and I like this one. I’ll get it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , 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.


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