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


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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 CAMRAís Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours brown with a thin head. Flavor of citrus, apple? Slightly sour and wasnít all there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2002
The alcohol note came on a bit strong in this barleywine. I prefer the Old Horizontal, personally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (4436) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Undated bottle (probably 2003) Very drab off-brown color with some ruddy oranges in there. Small pale yellow-coffee head and lots of sediment. Flavor smells sweet and nutty and quite sugary. Like a snickers bar, almost, but with extra caramel. Seems promising. . .but then, it begins with a hugely dry dirty/earthy flavor that persists. Similar to Harveyís Elizabethan, there is that face-full-of-black-dirt flavor, but unlike in Harveys, this does not seem to go away. Watery body does not help out either. Fairly one-sided caramel malt flavoring, with some earthiness (as I said) dominating from the hops and yeast. I let this thing warm, and did everything I could to get it to taste good, but to no avail. Lightly acidic on the finish and just way too thin. Having sampled this and the Harvest Ale, these guys donít exactly come across as the epitome of a balanced beer. Too sweet, or too dry, too syrupy or too watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 7, 2007
This English Barley Wine pours a deep amber color from a 500ml bottle. Small to no head. Aroma is malty, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel and very sweet. There are some chocolate and raisins flavors but mostly sweet caramel and toffee malts. Low carbonation, itís a touch flat actually. Smooth taste, with just a touch of alcohol. The problem is that there is nothing to help ct all that malt sweetness, no carbonation, no hops, no alcohol bit, no nothing. It tends to make drinking this one rather tedious after a while. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is very sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle, 50cl. Pours a clear brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, caramel, raisin and some notes of burnt. The flavor is malt, caramel and burnt. The palate is sweetness. Overall an average beer.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zimbo (772) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
In the bottle there is some deep and appetising fruit. In the glass it is more cola like. Constant head on top of reddish brown beer and body is slightly carbonic and thin for a 7.5% ABV beer. Slight banana quality to taste but not much else. Decent lacing and the mouth does get a decent coat of sap. Opens up a bit more with time. Certainly is Moonraker. Too bad I was expecting From Russia with Love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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 (1692) - 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. Iíll pass and head for a Bigfoot any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldMrCrow (2198) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Bottle.

Pours a reddish toffee brown with almost no head. Vinous, even vinegary aroma, plenty of sweet toffee, English Barleywines can be on the sour side, but this one has a flavor that is almost like a strange (and unfortunate) marriage of English barleywine and Flemish sour. Itís very sweet, with curious wild-strawberry notes, a bit of wood, malt powder, and a vinegary tartness on the tail end.

Mouthfeel is relatively thin, and dramatically undercarbonated. Iím not impressed and Iím not quite sure what to do with the remaining 300 ml of this half-liter bottle.

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