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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle at Cockney Pub, Århus
Dark brown color, with red shades; big creamy head. Deep malty aroma, with a lemony touch. There is a strong caramel flavor, with a light residual sweetness, but without the expected malt, not rich enough, and with a medium boring final.

3.4
Theydon_Bois (19513) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle at home, 23/02/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown come light black with a well appointed tan covering. Nose is tobacco, toffee fudge, cake mix, light cocoa, earthy tones. Taste comprises dark toffee, tea leaves, musty tones, light cocoa powder Medium bodied with a little oomph, sof t carbonation, semi drying close. Ok drop, good level of depth, light booze, fairly easy drinker for the ABV.

3.4
saxo (18351) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle. Nice head with medium duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are malt, fruits, nuts, notes of chocolate and hops.

3.6
mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2011
500mL bottle, pours dark mahogany with a tiny / almost non-existent head. Aroma of caramel / toffee malts, butterscotch, light dried fruits (plum, raisin), and light toasted malt. Flavour brings out the toffee and butterscotch initially, with a nutty and roasted malt flavour kicking in in the middle, with a finish of dark dried fruits (plum, raisin, etc.) - moderate sweetness, with a thick palate and a lingering of toffee.

2
Oakes (17684) - 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.

3.6
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle at European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. A clear, deep copper beer with a minimal, off-white head. Roasted malt and toffee in the aroma, with dried fruits in the background. Full-bodied and mellow, with toffee and roasted malt. A nice flavor of dried fruits too. A nice one, but far from pushing the limits. (080913)

4
jtclockwork (16597) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
Brown pour. Molasses and brown sugar nose. Candied apple and plum taste. Very smooth and easily drinkable for the style.

3.4
Dedollewaitor (16159) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle at Kolding Ølmesse, 2009. Pours amber/brown with a small creamy white head. Dust, caramel and dark fruits. Berries and quite vinous aroma. Medium bodied. Dark fruits and caramel dominates the flavor. Good.

3.7
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 17, 2008
500ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki)
Pours with a big head, deep red. Rich fleshy ripe fruits, and slightly sherry-like, aroma. Smooth and sweet body, pleasant carbonation. A little sticky. Toffee and rich malts in the taste, almost like a barleywine. Finish is sweet and biscuity, and with a very sticky dark hoppy bitterness.

4.2
bhensonb (15207) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 16, 2008
500 ml bottle (a guess; no volume on the bottle). Whoa! Strong dark fruit aroma. Raisins and plums. Deep mahogany color with a white/beige head that suddenly was not there. Extremely smooth. Medium body with mildly creamy carbonation. The flavors are seductively dark fruits. Mouthsmacking. Near vinous. Aromas of dark raisins keep coming forth. Brings port to mind. Is there bitter? Is there sour? Is there sugar? Yea. This is an exceptionally tasty and puzzling ale. A desert island ale. Pity those who have not experienced this.


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