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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%
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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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3.2
BeerItsNice (356) - IRELAND - OCT 11, 2012
A dark brown colour with off white head. Aroma of malt, hops, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavour of bitter with a sweet chocolate finish. --- BeerItsNice

3.4
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. color: deep mahogany. big creamy dense head. aroma is mild, nutty. flavor is initially sweet, figs, nuts. finish is not very hoppy, ends sweet and roasty. not bad.

3.2
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Amber. Fast, soapy head. Aroma: Fruits, malt, caramel. Flavor: Same with some spices. Sweet, dry finish.

4.2
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Love to have this off a draft. Damn fine example of English barley wine. The smooth malt reminded me of Old Nicks. Sweet fruity malt that has the hops as a spice rather than an equal. Nice body, and excellent color. The tan head follows the beer all the way till the end.

2.1
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Pretty, brown pour, minimal head. Taste of alcohol, hops, and aluminum (even though it was bottled!), in that order. Caramel red vineagar aftertaste. A deep nose in the top of your glass will make you wish you had sniffed somewhere else. Perhaps I had a bad bottle, but it was not worth the $7.50 I paid for it.

3.7
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2004
I liked this beer. Pours deep brown with nice fruity aroma. Flavors are complex. Chocolate, toffee, raisins and butterscotch. Woody flavors. Rich texture that seem to get dry at the end. Nice after taste. Overall, this is a good one.

3.5
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Nice light malty nose. Slight presence of alcohol. Decent head on the reddish brown body. A nice softer version of the barleywine style.

3.4
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Poured a very hazy copper, with a very little if any head. Aroma definitely has some molasses and some other malty sweetness typical of an english barleywine. Taste up front has some caramel sweetness and dark fruit like plum and raisin. This is tempered by a bit of sourness on the aftertaste. Overall a decent beer, however its nothing exciting or exceptional.

2.5
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Very disappointed. Pours a nice dark amber color with little to no head. Aromas were of caramel and dried fruits, all was okay up to here. The flavor was just too sweet and vinegary. I could not even finish the beer.

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gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2010
500 ml. Deep copper color, white nonexistant head, but a tasty strong ale. At 7.5%, just the ticket after a hard day at work. I like strong ales, and I like this one. I’ll get it again.


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