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

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common

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


DiamondD's rating

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours a dark brown suspended with white chunks(yeast I think) through out. Quite interesrting. Aroma is very malty portish with a little bit of marsala. Not to mention lots of fig and dried fruit. Truly an amazing nose.The flavor is well balanced to slightly hoppy. Starts light and fruity and finishes dry and hoppy. With an unbelievable lingering after taste that keeps you coming back for more. Overall I would say American brewers have out done the the English yet I can’t think of too many that can match the extreme character and magnitude of this one. Should be classified as an English strong Ale. Not a Barley wine.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Connor66 (54) - - MAY 23, 2015
Great dark brown stout, heavy Carmela and fruit flavour, bottle poured with a off white head. Bought at Asda

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (232) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
Pleasantly surprised by this pours dark brown, nice nose lots of dark fruit and smokey flavours medium finish a very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3679) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - deep amber with a lovely creamy lacy head. Nose - very much candy sugar. Little bit of sweet malt. Taste - a touch of barrabricht (spelling - you know the Welsh bread). Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a balanced dry finish. Overall - great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1489) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Dark brown, light brown head. Aroma is mostly brown sugar, . Taste is sweet, dark malts, bread.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (5784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at AshtonMcCobb’s. Pours clear copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of dark sugar, molasses. Taste is sweet, candy. One-dimensional.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5889) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle at ash’s. Pours deep brown, nose is chocolate, caramel, sugary, taste is rich, sweet, caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8544) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from their webshop. It pots deep brown/nr black with a sturdy light tan head. The nose is jammy dark fruits, berry, earth, wood, old leather armchair, toast and smoking jacket. The taste is smooth, roasty, rich dark fruits, bitter, wood, light vinous, leather, some spice, earth and warming alcohol with a dry finish. Fulsome body and fine carbonation. Nice depth of flavour to it. A rather nice beverage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6760) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"what a delicious surprise! i’d never heard of this so had no expectations going in, and ended up liking it better than their far more famous harvest ales. silky texture, with a plethora of tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate, malty goodness. great nose and flavor. i’ll be getting this more often for sure."

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2589) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. Thanx Theresa! The appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light foamy lacing graced the sides of the glass. The smell had a roasty nutty caramel aroma, somewhat like a brown ale. But a nice rich invasive chocolate came through with a light coffee to enliven a bit. The taste was pretty much the same with a light added vanilla. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. The carbonation was mostly subdued and good for the style and for me. Overall, English Strong Ale or English Brown Ale, it doesn’t matter to me, it’s good and definitely worthy of having again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6755) - Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07. Pours a reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, nuts, raisins, slight earthy character. Sweet and not worth the cost.


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