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

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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (4645) - Bracknell, Berkshire, - NOV 15, 2012
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Deep chocolate brown with a cherry red glow and a tight tan head; sour fruity aroma; thick and syrupy in the mouth, with rich nutty malts and some sour fruit and milk chocolate; the finish is dry and woody, with soem caramel that just masks the alcohol.


2.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Osprey87 (1957) - WALES - NOV 2, 2014
Gravity cask. Very dark brown, small bubbly tan head. Aroma has marmite, oxidised, leaves, raw meat. Body is light, low carbonation, smooth. Taste has thin stewed apple, brown sauce, gravy, prune juice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Old ale by Lees, with unstable, loose head and dark reddish brown colour, hazy. Deep malty aroma of caramel, chocolate and nuts, flowers, plums, grapes, cloves, ginger, gin. Fruity and sweetish malty taste, caramelly with chocolate touches, spicy accents, warming alcoholic finish without becoming astringent. Very nice, I’d love to compare this with the bottle version.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (2519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 21, 2013
Cask at Gulliver’s, Manchester, September 2013. Black, opaque with cream head. Faintly fruity aroma, very delicate compared to its colour and then comes the pear. Tastes like cooked pear in wine, a little sour and a little sweet. Medium-bodied, smooth, vinous and fruity finish. Very strange and very good.

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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimsRatings (421) - - MAY 15, 2013
On tap at Raleigh Times Bar Very dark with minimal head. Very mild aroma. Malty flavor that sits in the back of the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1668) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11583) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Cask. Small tan head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape/vinous, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous/plum. Medium body, minimal carbonation, some stickiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Light molasses and caramelized malts on the nose. Pours dark brown with a thick off white head. Dark fruits, caramel notes with traces of molasses, figs with honey with a spicy sweet finish. Very nice dark sweet and fruity ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6445) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol, November 2012. Dark brown with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, chocolate, molasses and liquorice aroma. Flavour had bready malts, a hint of roast, prunes, more chocolate and a moderately bitter finish. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4321) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
Crosse Keys, Bank 5 Nov 12. JDW festivaløl. Ekstremt dyp brun. Egentlig svart. Raskt utflatende skum. God søt plommearoma. Myk munnfølelse. God syrlig plommesmak med litt sviske & sherrypreg. Tørr fruktig ettersmak.


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