Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: English Strong Ale
Middleton, England


on tap


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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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THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2001
I don't care for Barley Wines much but this would have to be my second favorite, right behind Youngs Old Nick.

Sikash (274) - 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.

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.

beervis (243) - Taylor’s 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, I’d 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. I’ll be getting a few bottles of this in for cold winter nights - champion!

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 didn’t help. Not my favorite barley wine,..

GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Pours with a large light tan head on a hazy orange-brown body. Cherry and honey aroma with some malt. Cherry and honey taste with a strong finish that goes from cherry to a lingering honey. Light body.

KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2005
From a teeny bottle. Ruby color with a floral nose. Lots of stuff floating around in it. Not sure if I like the idea of that too much. It tastes good though. Lots of malty goodness.

Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dark fruit, raisin. Taste is sweet, malty, alcohol and mildly bitter. Full body and kind of thick on the palate, rather flat. I’m not finding anything remarkable about this beer.

Different (203) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2010
Colours is brown with a creamy top. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel and a dry fruity note. Flavour is caramel and fruit.

DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Pours like a nice cold, refreshing glass of prune juice - murky brown w. no head, whatsoever. Smells of dried fruits and perhaps chocolate. First taste is very sweet. I found it to be chocolatey, earthy, bready, molasses-spiked. Several sips revealed vodka-like alcohol notes. Strangely bitter at the finish but w/o any real hops presence. Not a favorite, despite complexity.

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