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


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (19023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2012
cask at sordeer ... dark brown black ... thin tan head ... soft dark malts ... light plum roast ... sweet roast ... mellow malts ... light coffee roast ... very soft and smooth ... very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
A clear dark amber ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, a smooth vinous malt with light corky notes, light vanilla and bourbon, nice. In mouth, a rather strange sweet fruity and sour ale with light wild yeast, Brett notes, cork, cherries, interesting. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2243) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Dark red brown with a droopy tan head. Caramel. Rotting black cherries. Bit of earthy sour funk. Raisins. Black raspberries. Very interesting notes for a J. W. Lees. Not what I was expecting. Dark syrupy goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
5th August 2009
Cask at GBBF. Clear brown beer, Frothy tan head. Soft palate and dry rich malt, soft and sweet. Finishes semi dry. Tasty sweet malty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1528) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2012
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in May 1990, last review Paisley Beer Festival in April 2005. Cask, handpump dispense. Very dark mahogany in colour with russet tints and a thin creamy buff head. Strong vinous notes with apple, plums and leather notes in the extensive aroma. Robust creamy texture to the mouthfeel and good lacing. Complex mixed malts give a rich moist maltloaf base with strong vinous fruit flavours of green apple, damsons, syrupy prunes and sweet molasses. There is a big earthy hop prickle in the full, dusty, dry aftertaste and this compliments the heavy malt well. Finish is rich and vinous with dry cask, old leather, liquorice and an alcoholic/ cough syrup type burr flavour catching the back of the throat. This is an old, traditional style of Barley Wine and when on form - it is complex and moreish. Superb stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (12190) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 26, 2012
Cask (CWAF2012, Thurs)
Stodgy aroma, a touch pungent. Mellows to be more roasty, almost chocolatey. Swee, almost underattenuated. Warming sipper. I prefered the older-feeling nature of the bottled version I’ve had a couple of times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (6938) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Draft at rattle n hum with baron and streets. Pours an amber body. Aroma is light spicy and sweet malts. Mouthfeel is way too thin with notes of booze, sweet malts, bland ehhhhh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
invinoveritas (39) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
From cask at beer festival. Quite dark and viscous with a thin head. Notes of fusel oil on the nose, along with some grain. On tasting, some caramel notes are detectable, but it tastes excessively alcoholic (for the ABV) and, moreover, very harsh. Actively unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
Cask, gravity, at St Neots Beer Festival ’11. Dark reddish brown. Strong earthy malt aroma. Taste has some background sweetness, but it’s mostly rough, tough, leathery, and to be honest slightly unpleasant. Sharp bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (4888) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pumped at the vintage estate, very nice place and nice eye candy, yea. A brown color. Little head. Very mild aroma. Taste of mild leather. DEcent CO2. Weird taste of sand, dirt and sand without any grittyness. Interesting without being rude. Medium mild bitter finish. Behaved. Would never know this is above 5%!

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