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 CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

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mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2004
1998 vintage bottle. Dark cloudy brown in color with a tan head. Sharp aroma like dried fruit. Prunes, raisins. It is smooth in flavor. Its sweet up front and the there is a sharpness and bitterness in the finish. Enjoyable.

MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 0.5l bottle. Why is this so poorly rated? Awesome clear reddish brown, with a tan head. Extremely fruity aroma. Where can I get this yeast? Almost Belgian-like. Very fresh as well. Flavor is nice and fruity as well, with a clean, carmelly malt flavor. I guess I am in the minority on this one.

1998 vintage (or so it is said). Pours a dark cloudy brown. Tan head. aroma is a sharp sherried dried fruit conglomerate of prunes and raisins. Flavor is smooth and sweet up front then sharp and bitter in the finish with the dried fruit remaining. This is fascinating after all this time! 7-4-7-4-13

Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Pours reddish brown with no head. Aroma is very roasted and woody. Mildly sweet, with hints of raisins, brown sugar, charcoal, and wood. Tasted like it was in an oak barrel for 30 years. Reminded me of scotch. Overall it was an interesting beer. And I liked the name.

Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 28, 2004
Bright smallish head, woody/amber brown appearance. Sweet aroma, some smoky notes, dry fruit, raisin blended together with sweet malt and warming alcohol. Flavor was spicy and medium dark mocha finish. Nice texture, light but not thin.

DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
Malt and alcohol in the aroma, cloudy brown, tiny tan head. Flavour is smoked malt, bitter herbs. Full bodied, not too complex for the style, but still a fine example.

Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
I have to admit, I just didn't like this one. Caramelly colour, caramelly aroma, caramelly flavour. It's not for lack of vocabulary that this word is used so often...it's that this beer is one-dimensional, very sweet...if you're lucky you'll find some diacetyl or a hint of chocolate. Unbalanced...I want more than one thing in any beer, especially the strong malty ones.

jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 2009-02-05. Hazy brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Aroma is odd, sourish fruit-cherries, light wood notes, lightly earthy and chalky notes, hops. (6+) Flavour is similar with woody earthy bitterness, light sour undertones. (6+) Average palate is smooth, lightly carbonated. Okay. 6/3/6/3/13 - 3.1 Bottle from Vilalge Beer Merchant, Buffalo

March 2005. Brownish body, I found aroma to be a touch muted but it may not have been enough to properly register. Caramel flavour is what jumps out at me the most, almost reminding of the Kraft Caramel candies I used to have at Halloween. A nice touch of bitterness that only really shows up with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Very sweet over all but pleasantly so. Will have to get a bigger sample of this one at some point. 6/3/7/3/15 - 3.4

joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Muddy brown w/ lots of floaties. Light brown head. Robust aroma of licorice, caramel, molasses, & fruit. Full, oily feel. Sweet, slightly roasted flavour of molasses, licorice, caramel & fruit. Alcohol is quite evident in the finish. Nice brew but one dimensional.

ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Undated bottle (probably 2003) Very drab off-brown color with some ruddy oranges in there. Small pale yellow-coffee head and lots of sediment. Flavor smells sweet and nutty and quite sugary. Like a snickers bar, almost, but with extra caramel. Seems promising. . .but then, it begins with a hugely dry dirty/earthy flavor that persists. Similar to Harvey’s Elizabethan, there is that face-full-of-black-dirt flavor, but unlike in Harveys, this does not seem to go away. Watery body does not help out either. Fairly one-sided caramel malt flavoring, with some earthiness (as I said) dominating from the hops and yeast. I let this thing warm, and did everything I could to get it to taste good, but to no avail. Lightly acidic on the finish and just way too thin. Having sampled this and the Harvest Ale, these guys don’t exactly come across as the epitome of a balanced beer. Too sweet, or too dry, too syrupy or too watery.

YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2004 Garnet body with foamy tan head. Plum, currents, toffee in the nose. Fruit and toffee in the taste. Odd taste but interesting.

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