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

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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltMan88 (10) - Bury, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
Wonderful initial aromas of dandelion, blackcurrant and malt. Retains a light head slightly off beige in colour with nice lacing. Palate reveals more malt and touch of port wine and more berries.

2.5
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (546) - SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2013
Very dark red beer wih a frothy, thick head. Mild smoky aroma. A sweet malt flavour that manages to be quite flavoursome without being especially strong tasting. Some mild fruit taste, grape perhaps. Not as distinctive as I was expecting from other comments and it’s reputation but maybe that’s just the bottled. The bottle is nice but I’d be keen to try it on tap.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4082) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Mild oak notes. Clear cola colored, medium tan head, good lacing. Very oaky, walnut flavor, subtly sweet and bitter. Hints of marzipan and nougat. Vanilla overtones, which become very pronounced in the finish. Elegant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
seymour (1478) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Poured from big brown bottle into nonic half-pint glasses. Hazy brown with long-lasting beige foam and a little lace. Much deeper colour than I expected. Rich, distinctive English aromas and flavours: sweet grainy nutty malt, caramel, raisins, orange marmalade, stone fruit, flowery/earthy/resiny hops notes. I have a feeling this was an older bottle, the mouthfeel had a pleasant aged/oxidized smoothness. Medium body and carbonation, long-lasting fruity, bittersweet aftertaste. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1143) - Missouri, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Dark brown. No head. Smooth, Tastes like an extract brew. Caramelized. I’m surprised by the alcohol. Slight orange.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2013
Spicy, fruity nose with some mincemeat and some sweet malt. Deep amber. Flavour is big, rich and bold with sweet malt in balance with vineous fruit. Finish is butterscotch and molasses.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (1007) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle (500ml):

Mainly dark fruits to start, a combination of plum and sugar with some raisin and a little spice too. There is some toffee malts and some grapes but it doesn’t smell as strong as I had been expecting.

Dark mahogany colour with deep red tinges with a thin, off-white head that is about a millimetre thick that remains consistent throughout.

Dark fruits kick things off with the plums and raisin from the nose along with a sort of fig taste. There is some sweet, rich malts and a little sugar along with an alcohol laced finish.

Medium bodied and with moderate to high carbonation, there is a dry finish that is slightly bitter and boozy with some spice in the mix too.

Very fruity and not as dark as I had expected, although still quite sweet. You can definitely feel that 6.5% abv. after a few drinks and it is quite a boozy beer to drink but it is one that I would have again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zimbo (611) - SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2012
In the bottle there is some deep and appetising fruit. In the glass it is more cola like. Constant head on top of reddish brown beer and body is slightly carbonic and thin for a 7.5% ABV beer. Slight banana quality to taste but not much else. Decent lacing and the mouth does get a decent coat of sap. Opens up a bit more with time. Certainly is Moonraker. Too bad I was expecting From Russia with Love.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2291) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Opaque very dark amber, long-lasting ivory head and light lace streaks. Toasted malt with a push from prunes and candied fruitcake fruit, moves to light bittering at the finish. Not your normal strong ale - not heavy, not filling, too many other flavors working through to dismiss it as "just another ale," a solid drink. Recommended.


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