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


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RATINGS: 363   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Bottled. Fizzy coca-cola appearance, smallish immediately decaying head. Strong prune/apricot nose. Bitter, overly carbonated, burnt espresso on the tongue; this tastes more like a thin sour Imperial Stout than anything else, and it's not working. I really don't think I got a bad bottle; aren't barleywines supposed to have SOME sweetness and fruitiness in the flavor profile? This has barely a hint at the end, otherwise its bitter, flat, dull, overly alcoholic for its size. What a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
freekyp (1475) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Heavy handed and redolent with sour plummy fruit essence, this Barley Wine tastes more alcoholic than it really is. Very tart warming finish. Dissappointing in the looks department, this red-tinged brew has pretty much no head at all, and a flat undercarbonated mouthfeel. Overall it tastes like dark fruit and rum. I’ll pass and head for a Bigfoot any day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beth101 (528) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle from morrisons Bradford. Dark red in colour with a thin tan coloured head. Sweet aroma of malt and treacle. Thick taste of sweet malt mixed with treacle. Fairly smooth but loses mark for being a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (3543) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
It’s strength is evident in the taste, but there’s plenty of fruit in there and the aroma too. Slightly sour in the palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Tasted, smelled, and looked like a combo of caramel and maple syrup blended together in a glass. Which isn’t all that bad. But i was hoping for something better.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4622) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Bottl: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma has lots of roasted malt and grain and a moderate pet store odor and light caramel. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with some transparency when held to the light. Small off-white head. Lots of roasted malt and grain. Sweet molasses and toffee in the finish with light nuttines and a touch of bitterness. Not my style of barley wine, especially when it smells like a pet store.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Very disappointed. Pours a nice dark amber color with little to no head. Aromas were of caramel and dried fruits, all was okay up to here. The flavor was just too sweet and vinegary. I could not even finish the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Murky brown hue. Completely headless. Almost completely uncarbonated. Syrupy and heavy on the tongue. Molasses, dark fruit and earth. Some sour cherries in the finish, behind the vinegar. Pinch of bitterness, too. Alcohol nip was noticeable in the aftertaste. Had a "damp rag" off-flavor that I wasn’t too fond of.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dark fruit, raisin. Taste is sweet, malty, alcohol and mildly bitter. Full body and kind of thick on the palate, rather flat. I’m not finding anything remarkable about this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Sampled on draft at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a nut brown color with a medium sized tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was tart grapefruit, sour plum and some sugar. The flavor was bitter, tart and sour apples with notes of sour cherries, grapefruit and a touch of vinegar. The finish was long, sour and tart. Medium body. Disappointing.

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