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


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RATINGS: 366   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 CAMRAís 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 (1551) - 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 (2032) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Sweet malty grassy aroma that reminds me in a twisted way of a sauvignon blanc. Color is near black with a persistent off white head. The flavor is very sweet with caramel malt, toasted notes, and a hint of bitterness. The sweetness here is too much for me, and the aroma didnít help. Not my favorite barley wine,..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DruncanVeasey (7332) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
Attractive rubyish pour with beige suds. Waxy berryish aroma with a trace of roasted malt and a handful of nuts. Smells like a 40p tin of supermarket Best Bittter. Only really tastes of watery caramel. Smooth and vaguely chocolatey. A nibble of cake. Metallic soapy lingering bitterness. Nowhere near enough body or complexity for a 7.5 percenter. Empty tasting, insipid strong ale that quite literally put me to sleep.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beth101 (531) - 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 (4922) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
Itís strength is evident in the taste, but thereís 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 isnít 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 (5252) - 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.

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