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


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   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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Travlr (26105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Draught at Pizzeria Paradiso, courtesy of RJ & Rob, thanks guys. Murky maroon, completely flat. Aroma of caramel. Taste is very sweet and syrupy, not very complex. Couldn’t finish this one, I’m afraid.

KyotoLefty (10691) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2010
Cask at the Rain Bar, Manchester. Dark brown with a red tint. Tangy, fruity aroma. Very malty, yeasty, sour. Amazing fruit—dried fruits, coffee, citrus. Strong, sourish, malty flavor. Interesting and nice, but not fabulous. A bit too sour.

mike_77 (7096) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2010
Heavy sweet aroma of cherries and red fruit. Thick, oily, syrupy. Overall it’s very sweet and warming.

anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2009
Cask @ The Rain Bar, Manchester M1. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish fruity mallty dark fruit aroma with some hints of caramel. Fruity malty dark fruit flavor. Has a sweet fruity dark fruit finish with some hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

Beer5000 (6736) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2008
Cask @ EBF 2008. Beautiful deep amber body with a thin beige head. Aroma is caramel and dry fruit. Flavor is caramel malt, dry fruit, alcohol and light acidity. Harmonic.

Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Gravicask at The Bricklayers Arms Lancashire Fest, 15th Sept 2007. Rich dark brown appearance. Sweet aroma but with a hint of sourness. Toffee flavours with a clinging, coating mouthfeel. Nice stuff.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
Dark brown coloured, rather still and headless. Kinda earthy, plumy, strongly caramelly nose with light apple notes. What dominated though remains the stale breadiness, mostly in mouth and the absence of a carbonation does not help to get rid of that idea. Raisin and mango notes grow on, but the palate is dead and does not carry the sweetness too well. Barley sugar and alcohol indeed fill the finish. Not very polished.

reakt (951) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2007
Cask @ The Bricklayer’s Arms, Lancashire Beer Festival. Copper coloured with no head. Sweet nose of pineapple and caramel. Barley, toffee and again pineapple in the taste with a syrupy palate.

fonefan (51109) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2007
Cask (handpump) @ GBBF 2007, London. Clear dark brown color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, chocolate, raisin, dry fruit, plums, mint. Flavor is moderate sweet, light acidic, light light acetic (ala vinegar) with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2007
[email protected] Dark amber colour, not much head. Aroma is raisins, wood and quite glueish hops. Flavour is wooden, roasted, quite hayish, plummy and really bitter. A bit off-balance, otherwise nice.

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