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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goozen (4178) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle 0,5ltr: Dark brown coloured brew with an great balanced taste of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and some roasted feeling too. Great brew indeed and not only for the winter its also works well today on an late hot day in May.

SamP01 (668) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours a slightly viscous cloudy brown with a medium lasting tan head. Aroma toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, figs, and some liquorice notes. Taste is toasted caramel malt, dark fruits of plums, dates, black figs with some mild bitterness. A full bodied brew with a slightly viscous and sticky mouthfeel with some moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, dates, black figs followed by some sweet alcohol esters and some mild bitterness ending. Flavor and aroma of liquorice, dates and figs becomes more evident as it warms up. Overall an excellent, flavorful nicely balanced, and delicious brew, very enjoyable.

BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2012
Dark brown 500ml bottle, best before Oct 2008, drank May 2008. Poured into a Westmalle Trappist Chalice glass. Looked fine, tan head on top of a deep ruby red body, clear and seethrough when held up to the light. The head soon turned to a rim and wisp covering, pity. Aroma was fairly sweet, toffee and caramel, with chocolate malts. The taste seemed very alcoholic and little else got through. There was some hops and a malt flavour as it warmed in the glass, but a dryness came with it. Strange but not unpleasant. Too much alcohol for me, in a watery body. The sweetness of the smell doesn’t appear in the taste, which detracted me at first. Not something I’d rush out and buy a crate of, but for a change and a headache it is just the ticket.

swooper (1254) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
not very strong malty aroma with hinds of hop., brown mahogany colour , medium sweetness, medium bitterness, good taste, full body, strong beer after few sips,slick feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, good strong

martinrumsam (572) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
bottle pours chestnut brown with a transient tan head . aroma is malty and caramel . taste is malty toffee with a burnt sugar bitterness at finish . High carbonation and watery mouthfeel lets it down

Fatehunter (2640) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass. Copper to dark brown color with barely any head. Smells of hay, mild caramel and musty malt. Packs a malt punch, but retains a lighter body. Sweet, like overripe plum. Malt all the way through. Despite a relatively low ABV there is a little alcohol heat to it. Lots of bubbles but not very carbonated. A sticky texture, clings to the mouth. A great winter warmer sipper. Dark and sweet.

erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2012
Black body, thin creamy head. Yoghurt, toasted white bread, pecan nuts and lychee. Special and refined. Very English, too. Smooth body, medium carbonation. Pretty nice mouth feel with some alcoholic residue. Medium bitter with a bit of fermented fruit. Dry, full ending. Nice brew, high quality. (50cl bottle, reasonably priced)

stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - APR 11, 2012
Dark ruby brown, tan frothy head that dissipates to thin layer
Aroma - dark caramel malts...dark fruits...some soft spicy hops...yeast...touch of flinty minerals
Tatste of rich dark caramel malts, molasses, some dark rich toffee, dark rich fruits, light fruit cake spice, soft spicy hops, juicy dark malts, good smooth dark winter warmer flavour
Palate - medium body, quite viscous, very smooth, light spicy bitterness. Finish has some warming alcohol, smooth fruity malts, background of bitter spicy hops and a slight mineral tang.
Overall Tasty winter warmer / old ale....better than expected

will1 (141) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Sweet, fruitcake / malt loaf scents. Pear drops, vanilla and cherry carried on the alcohol aroma. In taste, slightly vinegary in a good, balsamic way. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A vinous, fruity aftertaste. I always enjoy English Strong Ales and this is no exception. Very good.

jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2012
500ml bottle in an English pint. Pours ruby/brown with a thick, lacy, light tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and toast, plus light floral hops. Flavor about the same. Average texture. Decent but something is off with this beer.

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