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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwpom (297) - 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. Ill get it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2001
I dont care for Barley Wines much but this would have to be my second favorite, right behind Youngs Old Nick.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Chez Mittenstein - June 2003: Color was dirty brown with floaters in it. Aroma, sweet and malty. It was a 'level' taste, similar to the Harvest Ale, but more bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beervis (243) - Taylors Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2007
definitely an old ale. aroma a little woody, raisins, port. pours ruby with small beige head quickly dwindling to a sud ring. oh good stuff - sweet, fruity, some aged woody notes, Id go for hazelnut as a hint rather than walnut myself. alcohol barely noticeable except in the finish, as it warms gently on the way down. mouthfeel silky and a little oily, seriously satisfying winter warmer. Ill be getting a few bottles of this in for cold winter nights - champion!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2013
Pours a dark color from tap with minimal off white frothy head. Aroma is malty sweet with grape and fruity notes. Flavor is smoky, malty, dark fruits, with possibly some oak. Mouthfeel feel is a little thin but atill decent. Overall this is an alright beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Sweet malty grassy aroma that reminds me in a twisted way of a sauvignon blanc. Color is near black with a persistent off white head. The flavor is very sweet with caramel malt, toasted notes, and a hint of bitterness. The sweetness here is too much for me, and the aroma didnt help. Not my favorite barley wine,..

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