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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer offers a nice hearty aroma of figs and fruit. It is a dark walnut colored solution that sits under a good thick ivory head. This beer tingles the tongue as it enters the mouth. The taste is an infusion of figs, dates, and fruit. It fades leaving a nice mild malt flavor lingering in the throat.

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   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.

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   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.

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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7110) - , 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
goozen (2724) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle 0,5ltr: Dark brown coloured brew with an great balanced taste of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and some roasted feeling too. Great brew indeed and not only for the winter its also works well today on an late hot day in May.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (3437) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Mild oak notes. Clear cola colored, medium tan head, good lacing. Very oaky, walnut flavor, subtly sweet and bitter. Hints of marzipan and nougat. Vanilla overtones, which become very pronounced in the finish. Elegant.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (621) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from Booths in Ripon. Pours mahogany with a tan head. Plenty of flavour going on - this was a rich and vinous ale. Flavours of toffee and pear drop with warming alcohol. A nice bitter sweet beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1227) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2012
500ml bottle - Pours a rich mahogany, head is a thick tan and of considerable duration with some lacing. Aroma of caramel and dark fruit. The flavour is a sublte combination of malted roastness and the sweetness of dark fruit, and has a rich feel to the palate and aftertase. Really good, and a good one for Autumn (Fall) too.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltMan88 (10) - Bury, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
Wonderful initial aromas of dandelion, blackcurrant and malt. Retains a light head slightly off beige in colour with nice lacing. Palate reveals more malt and touch of port wine and more berries.


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