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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5836) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4938) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aurelius (5215) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2675) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2876) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (10400) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2003
A barley wine with a difference. This beer has earthy, herbal notes not typical of the style along with the typical coffee and chocolate flavours. A good beer, but it is let down slightly by a relatively poor finish.

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