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


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask; Regular. Previously 7.5%.
There’s a story about some farm labourers who thought that the reflection of the moon in a pond, not far from our brewery, was a lovely truckle of Lancashire cheese. They tried to rake it out, but ended up falling in. You might find a pint of this stuff just as mesmerising.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6954) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Dark brown with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, chocolate, molasses and liquorice aroma. Flavour had bready malts, a hint of roast, prunes, more chocolate and a moderately bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
Crosse Keys, Bank 5 Nov 12. JDW festivaløl. Ekstremt dyp brun. Egentlig svart. Raskt utflatende skum. God søt plommearoma. Myk munnfølelse. God syrlig plommesmak med litt sviske & sherrypreg. Tørr fruktig ettersmak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ManVsBeer (5849) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2012
Black ale with a creamy light brown head to begin with. Its strength is dominant in all aspects of its character. Has little taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (9368) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2012
We were happy to find this festival ale at Crosse Keys, City. Cask, poured into a nice little one-third pint glass. Low, tan-coloured head to a deep, near black coloured body. Smell of dark malts and dried fruits like prunes. Anise, raisin, prunes and dark bread can be detected in the flavour profile leading to a malt bitter end. Medium bodied. One of the best at JDWs real ale festival. Another one the next day at JDWs Ice Wharf (London, 05.11. and 6.11.2012).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (5164) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Deep chocolate brown with a cherry red glow and a tight tan head; sour fruity aroma; thick and syrupy in the mouth, with rich nutty malts and some sour fruit and milk chocolate; the finish is dry and woody, with soem caramel that just masks the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (35128) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
From cask at Camperdown Place. Pours clearand golden orange with a small white and creamy head. Aroma is toasted malty and light breadish, caramelish towards sweet. Sweet, caramelish and light toasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1172) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Cask at JDW. Darkest amber with a light brown head. Burnt caramel and light smokey campfire aroma. More burnt caramel in the taste with a long, evolving dark fruitiness and hints of chocolate and tobacco. Fairly thick but very bloated palate that stretches the flavours too thinly around a vacuum. A few flaws here but a nice strong ale with some complex flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (14043) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2012
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours clear, red-brown wih a fine, tan cream head. Nose is mostly dark fruits, some dark bread and light alcohol. Medium sweet flavour with lightly roasted malts, dark fruits, burnt sugars, dark berries, a bit of booze, some dark toasted bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild warmth to finish with lightly charred malts, burnt sugars, overripe berries, raisins, dirt. It’s OK stuff, but you can easily do a lot more at this ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonb5 (430) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
Half pint. Black colour, almost opaque, brown edge, tiny head. Aroma was malt with hints of cranberry. Tasted malt, was a bit stoutlike, finish had some burn from the booze. Texture was like thin syrup, light carbonation. Overall the character didn’t match the burn that came from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8857) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Very dark brown with a cream thin head. Aromas are berries and raisins with chocolate and light roast coffee. Marzipan with hints of smoke and herbal, medicinal aspects. Lemon with molasses and some vinous notes. Flavours are chocolate and tobacco with raisins and burnt toffee. Fruity and dry on the finish with Some dark chocolate and grapefruit bitterness. Quite peppery on the palate.

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