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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14888) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (14368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2006
500ml bottle poured a clear dark brown with red highlights and a small quickly dissapating amber head. Aromas of dark fruit, roasted malt, brown sugar and pepper. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of plum, brown sugar, roastiness and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (14221) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2010
Bottled, pasteurised from Morrisons, Banbury. Chestnut brown with slight white head. Some roasty, nutty notes on a sweet malt background. there is a touch of liquorice and hints of alcohol, but a bit underwhelming. Reasonable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (14196) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Complex toffee nutty aroma. Medium body. Medium blanced dark fruit flavor with a solid bitter sweet finish of average duration. Better than my expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Muddy brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet plum and milk chocolate. Flavor is raisin, chocolate, coffee and oak. Bitter roasted coffee aftertaste. Despite the alcohol, the bodys actually a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14012) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from their webshop. It pots deep brown/nr black with a sturdy light tan head. The nose is jammy dark fruits, berry, earth, wood, old leather armchair, toast and smoking jacket. The taste is smooth, roasty, rich dark fruits, bitter, wood, light vinous, leather, some spice, earth and warming alcohol with a dry finish. Fulsome body and fine carbonation. Nice depth of flavour to it. A rather nice beverage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13827) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. I find it a little boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (13340) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2009
Hazy copper with a lasting off-white head. Malty aroma with a hint of dried fruits. Rich malty flavour with lots of caramel and just enough hoppy bitterness to balance the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle shared by beerandblues2 at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a hazy red color with a medium creamy tan head. Fades very quickly. Aroma of big toffee and cheesy notes. Quite a bit of oxidation. That taste is toasted malts, toffee and oxidation notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (13055) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2007
3rd LCRBM. Slight grapes aroma. Malty, somewhat roasted flavor with grapes, raisin and a hint of cinnamon.

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