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


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RATINGS: 377   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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Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2003
The start up smell is malty,raisin,apricot ,plum.Nearly no head.dark slightly amber in color.Yeast suspended throughout the beer.Looks like a vitamin B overdose.The taste has a faint saltiness to it,roasted maltiness,some raisin and coffee as well not as sweet as some barley's i've had seems almost closer to an Imperial stout.Kind of a thin feel in the mouth slightly watery.The finish is slightly bitter with a roasted malt after taste that last's a long time.The alcohol never makes an appearance very well tamed by the flavor's with in,and the yeast i mentioned before was not a problem.I was looking for an almost chunky feel but it never appeared. If this was an imperial i'd rate it much higher but i think it still should get a good rating just because of the high drinkability of this brew.

apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Smells very distinctly - roastiness and fruitiness go well with the odd maltiness not usually present in barleywines. Somewhat wine-like finish. Indeed, a lot of floaties in this beer.

notalush (5878) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Since I really love the harvest ale, I was expecting a great deal from this, and I have to say I am a bit disappointed. This beer is downright chunky. There are huge floaties; it looks like there are pebbles in here. The aroma is pretty good, with large doses of yeast, fruits and pastries. The flavor is decent as well, but not great. Peppery, spicy, some malty sweetness, some espresso as others pointed out. The finish, however, is astringent and bitter, overshadowing any goodness left behind by the flavor. No balance. I'd say it needs some aging, but I have no idea how old this bottle is.

muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Bottled. Fizzy coca-cola appearance, smallish immediately decaying head. Strong prune/apricot nose. Bitter, overly carbonated, burnt espresso on the tongue; this tastes more like a thin sour Imperial Stout than anything else, and it's not working. I really don't think I got a bad bottle; aren't barleywines supposed to have SOME sweetness and fruitiness in the flavor profile? This has barely a hint at the end, otherwise its bitter, flat, dull, overly alcoholic for its size. What a disappointment.

Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2003
What a find! Flocculent yeast. Med dark beer, cool logo with the moon and hand, cool label. Favors Abbot ales from Belgium. Complex, woody, nutty, caramel hints, musty and lots of yeast. Smooth yeasty finish. An excellent brew, not for the non-initiated. 7.5 ABV is well hidden. This beer is deserving of careful consideration by the connoisseur.

jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Bottle. A muddy brown color with basically no head. The aroma has raisins, plums, vanilla, and earth. Sweet prunes and a touch of toffee in the flavor.

WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
This was pretty a nice sample of the barley wine style, though lacking something to take it to that next level.

Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Pours a deep brown color with a good sized head. Dark fruit, wood and alcohol aroma. Starts sweet and ends nicely bitter. Decent thinnish body with a minimal amount of carbonation.

MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Extemely yeasty. Huge Huge chunks. A little more thin tasting than I expected. Lacks the sweetness that I like in most barley wines. Overall, smooth drinking with a little bit of a warm finish, but not the most remarkable barley by any measure.

sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Big bubbled tan head.Clear brown color.Big yeast chunks swimming around really detracts from the visual aspect.Big malt aroma.Bitter sweet chocolate with some tobaccoey flavors.Full bodied dry finish.The large yeasties floating around in this brew do take something away from it, but not too much.Its a full flavored brew. Barleywine? More like an old ale to me. It would probably age well.

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