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


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask; Regular. Previously 7.5%.
There’s a story about some farm labourers who thought that the reflection of the moon in a pond, not far from our brewery, was a lovely truckle of Lancashire cheese. They tried to rake it out, but ended up falling in. You might find a pint of this stuff just as mesmerising.

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berkshirejohn (6585) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2012
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Deep chocolate brown with a cherry red glow and a tight tan head; sour fruity aroma; thick and syrupy in the mouth, with rich nutty malts and some sour fruit and milk chocolate; the finish is dry and woody, with soem caramel that just masks the alcohol.

yespr (46523) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2012
From cask at Camperdown Place. Pours clearand golden orange with a small white and creamy head. Aroma is toasted malty and light breadish, caramelish towards sweet. Sweet, caramelish and light toasted finish.

Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2012
Cask at JDW. Darkest amber with a light brown head. Burnt caramel and light smokey campfire aroma. More burnt caramel in the taste with a long, evolving dark fruitiness and hints of chocolate and tobacco. Fairly thick but very bloated palate that stretches the flavours too thinly around a vacuum. A few flaws here but a nice strong ale with some complex flavours.

Leighton (21742) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2012
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours clear, red-brown wih a fine, tan cream head. Nose is mostly dark fruits, some dark bread and light alcohol. Medium sweet flavour with lightly roasted malts, dark fruits, burnt sugars, dark berries, a bit of booze, some dark toasted bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild warmth to finish with lightly charred malts, burnt sugars, overripe berries, raisins, dirt. It’s OK stuff, but you can easily do a lot more at this ABV.

Jonb5 (557) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
Half pint. Black colour, almost opaque, brown edge, tiny head. Aroma was malt with hints of cranberry. Tasted malt, was a bit stoutlike, finish had some burn from the booze. Texture was like thin syrup, light carbonation. Overall the character didn’t match the burn that came from the alcohol.

leaparsons (10655) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Very dark brown with a cream thin head. Aromas are berries and raisins with chocolate and light roast coffee. Marzipan with hints of smoke and herbal, medicinal aspects. Lemon with molasses and some vinous notes. Flavours are chocolate and tobacco with raisins and burnt toffee. Fruity and dry on the finish with Some dark chocolate and grapefruit bitterness. Quite peppery on the palate.

jackl (8271) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Cask @ The Willow Walk. The pour’s deep brown with a medium off-white head. The nose is nuts, light chocolate and caramel. Some mild cracked black pepper. The taste is cocoa, red berry, some chocolate cake, roasted grain and brown sugar. Hints of roasted tobacco. Smooth malt body, slightly astringent finish. Overall, not bad, not great.

cgarvieuk (25222) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2012
cask at sordeer ... dark brown black ... thin tan head ... soft dark malts ... light plum roast ... sweet roast ... mellow malts ... light coffee roast ... very soft and smooth ... very nice

Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2012
A clear dark amber ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, a smooth vinous malt with light corky notes, light vanilla and bourbon, nice. In mouth, a rather strange sweet fruity and sour ale with light wild yeast, Brett notes, cork, cherries, interesting. On tap at Sunset Grill, July 15, 2012.

NikkTwist (3280) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2012 Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Dark red brown with a droopy tan head. Caramel. Rotting black cherries. Bit of earthy sour funk. Raisins. Black raspberries. Very interesting notes for a J. W. Lees. Not what I was expecting. Dark syrupy goodness.

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