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


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
Cask conditioned - handpump - White Horse - Parsons Green London SW6. A very dark brown beer with a sweetish oily aroma. The taste is on the sweet side with lots of alcohol and some caramel. It is warming, vinuous and oily. I liked this and have done on other occasions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (4164) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Hand pulled at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (as part of their Old Ale festival), with Joeh and Maeib. Dark black, no head. Rich berry aroma. Warm, smooth, very sweet on the finish, but lacks a hard edge and felt sloppy. Some berries and sludge. Certainly not the best of the festival.

   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 (2049) - 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 (7513) - 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.

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