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%
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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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.

I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2002
Very smooth and very alcoholly taste. I wouldn’t want to puke this stuff, it would burn comming up. A great example of a barley wine style ale.

BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, raisin, mild spices, rum and dark fruit. Almost like a rum cake! Very slight cloudy brown/amber in color with a pleasing off white head. The raisin/sweet dates/dark fruit flavor really comes through upon drinking. Ends with a pleasant alcohol warming upon swallowing. Has an almost whiskey like finish ... without the burn. Fairly thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation muted a bit by the viscosity. Would pair magnificently with a nice cheese platter.

lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Barleywine characteristics are in full play with a cloudy pond pour and a sweet malt nose of oak, bread, and raisin. Definitely from the other side of the Atlantic as flavor is all malt: basic bready tones that subside to toffee and lingering fruits. Fairly typical but enjoyable in a right-then-wot English sort of way nonetheless.

ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - FEB 24, 2006
pours dark brown with off white head. aroma is slightly sweet and malty. taste has hints of woodchips, malts, some hoppy tartness and bitterness. hides the acohol well but slightly watery. an ok beer, nothing to special

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