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

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.6
   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.

2.5
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (4624) - 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%!

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso, courtesy of RJ & Rob, thanks guys. Murky maroon, completely flat. Aroma of caramel. Taste is very sweet and syrupy, not very complex. Couldn’t finish this one, I’m afraid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7874) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2010
Cask at the Rain Bar, Manchester. Dark brown with a red tint. Tangy, fruity aroma. Very malty, yeasty, sour. Amazing fruit—dried fruits, coffee, citrus. Strong, sourish, malty flavor. Interesting and nice, but not fabulous. A bit too sour.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (3994) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2010
Heavy sweet aroma of cherries and red fruit. Thick, oily, syrupy. Overall it’s very sweet and warming.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (19518) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2009
Cask @ The Rain Bar, Manchester M1. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish fruity mallty dark fruit aroma with some hints of caramel. Fruity malty dark fruit flavor. Has a sweet fruity dark fruit finish with some hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5121) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2008
Cask @ EBF 2008. Beautiful deep amber body with a thin beige head. Aroma is caramel and dry fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, dry fruit, alcohol and light acidity. Harmonic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Gravicask at The Bricklayers Arms Lancashire Fest, 15th Sept 2007. Rich dark brown appearance. Sweet aroma but with a hint of sourness. Toffee flavours with a clinging, coating mouthfeel. Nice stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
Dark brown coloured, rather still and headless. Kinda earthy, plumy, strongly caramelly nose with light apple notes. What dominated though remains the stale breadiness, mostly in mouth and the absence of a carbonation does not help to get rid of that idea. Raisin and mango notes grow on, but the palate is dead and does not carry the sweetness too well. Barley sugar and alcohol indeed fill the finish. Not very polished.


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