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


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask at Ramsgate beer fest. Distinct aroma of manure and shellfish with some hints of malt. Dark red brown body with no head. Sweet flavour with tangy apple and dark fruit notes with plenty of malt. Mellow fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
Cask at GBBF 2006. A hazy red-brown beer with no head. The aroma is very light with sweet notes of prunes and alcohol. The flavor is very simple - especially considering the strength - malt, caramel, prunes, and alcohol, the latter burning the tongue, and slightly in the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8281) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2007
Cask Deep amber-brown, small darkish head. Very perfumy, complex esters, wood, vinous nose. Sweet taste, with Swiss chocolate, vinous notes, grapes or other berry mash, plums, and in the background I’d say a whiff of balsamic vinegar. Full bodied, obvious alcoholwarming. One of my all-time favourites. A British cask ale to stand amongs the best Belgian strong ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2006
[cask at GBBF] Deep mahogany colour, sweet caramel malt, toffeeish, some port and estery fruit, alcohol note full body fair bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (14835) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2006
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2006, Ramsgate. Ruby colour with thin beige head. Vinous on aroma and in mouth. Good fruit. Very syrupy in mouth with a bit of alcohol heat. Very malty, thick and syrupy. Not sure that I could drink a lot of this. Fruity on end of the dark syrupy type, some jamminess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
1. Cask Handpump at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley 19/03/2001 Dark red colour and strong in alcohol. Hint of plum. 2. Cask Handpump at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley 14/05/2001 Fruity with a hint of whisky. 3. Cask Handpump at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley 04/06/2001 Strong and fruity with a whisky finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley 30/07/2001 Dark coloured strong in alcohol and fruity. Whisky finish. 5. Cask Stillage at Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill 01/09/2001 Dark strong and fruity with a warming finish. 6. Cask Handpump at the Golden Pheasant, Plumley 10/11/2004 Dark red colour very strong and fruity. Warming slightly dry lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - MAY 16, 2005
Cask at Guildford, Edinburgh. Reddish Brown. Aroma of fruit, caramel, malt, alcohol. Thick mouthfeel, a little sweet. Too much alcohol in the flavour for my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Sampled from cask (gravity dispense) at 6th Chelmsford Winter Beer Festival 2005.
Slightly hazy dark amber colored with a thin tan head. Weak aroma with some syrupy malt notes and fruity hints. Dry and oily in the flavor and quite rancid. Malt and caramel and herby notes. Strange and not very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2005
Straight from the cask as the Chesterfield Beer Festival on 04/02/05. Very dark brown colour. Really malty, rich & full flavoured. A bit thick on the palate though. Pretty solid/standard stuff...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2004
Cask@The white Horse, Parsons Green, London. Big whiff of raw alcohol in the aroma, couldn’t really smell much more excpet for a slight roasted malt character. Flavour is quite rich, yet surprisingly dry, which i put down the the alcohol, very warming as it slips down your throat. Slight hints of roast and dark fruit, and also some slightly raw malt flavours. Lots of warming alcohol though, too much for me.

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