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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Firkin at Real Ale. One of the highlights of the day. Pours deep brown with tan head and lacing. Nose of molasses, figs, plums, candi sugar.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9877) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ArwaiyneWarr (9) - - OCT 24, 2013 does not count
Cask at The Strugglers, Lincoln. Smells sweet and fruity. Looks good - thick dark head. Tastes good, plum and liquorice and star anise. Almost like a drop of pastis in there. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8664) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1354) - 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.


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