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


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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle; Pasteurised.
Brewed for over 50 years. Named after farm workers who tried to rake the moon from a Middleton stream. The cask version won CAMRAs Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (5077) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Bottle.Small tan head and fine-medium sized bubbles. Some soft carbonation, cloudy and a brown hue. Aroma was malty, port, and some sherry. Flavor was sweet, malty and alcohol. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth and somewhat dry. Medium bodied beer with no lacing to speak of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (6043) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of foamy frothy very light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body was a softly carbonated semi-opaque dark hazy brown color. The aroma was malty with a touch of soft fruits like banana. The palate was strong an vinous with a hard finish of malt and hops that lingered around for effect. The flavors are roasted malts medium hops port raisin and molasses. Not as harsh as some barley wines and a bit more smooth with less of a bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2595) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Deep clear amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is sweet and raisiny. Medium-heavy bodied. Starts sweet and raisiny and finishes on the dry side. $5.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
I liked this beer. Pours deep brown with nice fruity aroma. Flavors are complex. Chocolate, toffee, raisins and butterscotch. Woody flavors. Rich texture that seem to get dry at the end. Nice after taste. Overall, this is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
At $5.99 a bottle, this better be good. Nice dark brown color with what looks like a thick tan head, for a BW. Big malty fruity aromas. First taste is a powdered chocolate, dried prune flavor thats only going to get better as the temp rises. Theres some sort of sharp bite in there, which I can only think is hops, cause following closely behind that is the alcohol. Quite the complex ale I am going to say, cause not theres more chocolate and nuts. Packs a little punch as well. Worth a go.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CyclistSarah (15) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Interesting. Taste has a secondary layer after the first which hits a second after you put it in your mouth. Layered tastes, interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
A sweet aged cognac aroma, that turns into a superior pour with a big off whit head, a second scent gives away hints of madeira port, with a same consistency in the pour. Lacks in complexity based on the aroma that is very big and full of barleywines uniqueness, so I am disappointed. Lots of raisins, toffee and chocolate with a very tame and light english strong ale roasted ness in the mouthfeel. Big aromas, but not a big taste, too thin and lacking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
9.9 oz bottle, snifter. Milk chocolate, mild coffee (H); earthy hops (VL); port, plum, raisin, sherry, oak aromas. Deep brown body with a moderate sized, creamy, tan head. Heavily sweet thoughout with some finishing acidity and aftertaste of Raisinets and some alcohol hotness. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: a good barleywine until you start drinking it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
clear brown, off white head. vanilla, malt toffee and booze aroma. nice sweet toffee-ish malt flavours with a bit of anise, but it's way too boozy for 7.5%. not a whole lot of hop balance either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2004
Deep burgundy with a frothy light tan head. Aroma is caramel and a hint of butterscotch. The flavor is caramel and alcohol. Not well-balanced. There is a medium amount of hop bitternesss, but this barleywine is not nearly complex enough. Body is medium and dry.

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