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


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RATINGS: 59   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2004
Poured deep brown with a red tint when held to light. Lacked aroma, just light malts. Sweet chocolate flavour starts with a light roast finish. Warming feeling from alcohol present. Smooth, though suprisingly thin. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
Cask conditioned at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Buttery edge, roastly and vegetal. Dark malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2004
Deep ruby colour. Sweet nutty vinous aroma. A symphony of fruity, nutty and spicy flavours. Treacle toffee too. Very rich. Also very sweet and this becomes cloying after a while. Nice to sip, but not to pour. Handpump, Head of Steam, Euston, London NW1.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2004
Cask Conditioned, at the Head of Steam, London.
Foggy, turbid, mahogany colour. Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Sweet fruits, plums with some cider notes as well. Also some nutty complexity that lingers amongst the silky palate. Cloying palate. Too much blatent alcohol to get top marks. Many thanks to Bill from Butts, Brewery who bought me this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2004
Cask fresh @ Head of Steam, Euston. Murky reddish brown - not at all attractive. Woody, musty, ripe christmas cake and stale pipe tobacco aroma. Taste is intensely sweet, dragged back from revolting by some twiggy notes, burnt currants and such like. The beer doesn't invite investigation. A barley wine with some interesting character - but too sweet to be really enjoyable, despite the bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10291) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2003
Cask Conditioned at The Plough, Bodicote, Oxon. Greeny brown in colour. Big malty sweet flavour, certainly hard to drink at any speed, apart from my mate JT who doesn't spend more than a few minutes on any pint no matter the ABV. Agree with cloying though there is a rich cereal flavour to add interest. Pretty reasonable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Cask, Map Room Chicago. Lightly sweet aroma, some earthy hops. Sweetish thick chewy malt, a bit cloying. Hops are very earthy, with a bit of hop oxidation. I have a hard time with a lot of english barleywines in that the characteristics which I like in the low gravity british beers (Maris Otter malt/fairly underattenuative yeast) often become too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Cask. Large head that disappeared quickly, dark black/brown body, smooth light carbonation. Malt and alcohol aroma. Somewhere between a barleywine and strong ale. Blackberry aroma and flavor, merlot wine flavor as well. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2003 This beer on cask is incredible! Deep ruby brown hue. Fruity, roasted nose. Small off white head, lots of tiny bubbles. Nice fruitiness first, cherries, vanilla, almond, caramel, medium bodied, earthy, very smooth yet it seems to lose hold in the finish. Kinda thin, but pleasantly bitter which keeps from cloying. A pretty decent brew, if you ask me.

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