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


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RATINGS: 375   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
prawlie (1502) - ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2011
500 mL bottle into a pint glass at home. Very dark brown with red highlights at the edges. The head it a little foamy. The aroma is malty, a hint roasted with some chocolate, and some hops. Sweet, caramel and bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, pretty nice. Also has an alcohol kick to it. It is perhaps slightly too sweet though, but thats a bit over-critical. Quite more-ish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Moonraker Zymatore series by B. United Imports. Keg conditioned with Bastogne yeast! Tart apples on the nose with caramel notes. Pours caramel amber with a thin head. Tart and funky with citrus notes and caramel malts finishes with a mildly tart citrus note. The finish is nice and dry. Very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hivemind (891) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 On tap at Taproom (at least they claim it is on tap - I did not see them pour it) with Erica, Jen and Mark. Pur is deep dark violet with large, cinnamon-colored head. Sharp, fruity aroma. Taste is untart and very sweet. Prunes, berries, bubblegum. Not amazing but memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle shared by beerandblues2 at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a hazy red color with a medium creamy tan head. Fades very quickly. Aroma of big toffee and cheesy notes. Quite a bit of oxidation. That taste is toasted malts, toffee and oxidation notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
dark brown with tan edge, white cream head. Barky nose with light caramel malt, burnt elements. Flavor is sweeter, gum, caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10186) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle: Hazy, deep amber coloured, mid-sized off-white head with a good lace; sweet raisins and sweet dark malt in the nose, some liquorice in the background; sweet flavour, medium to full bodied; well hidden traces of hops in the nutty, caramelly, fruity and vinous finish. A very nourishing Ale........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium, bubbly beige head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toast, toffee), light hops (spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toast, toffee), light hops (spicy), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
Dark amber/brown color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, & fruit; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel/toffee, hops, dark fruit (notably plums), and some chocolate; Nicely balanced; Overall, pretty good and somewhat underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 6, 2011
(bottle) Hazy, dark brown colour with a beige and short foamy head. Sweet dark and toasty malty aroma with notes of caramel, leather, mocha and a slightly vinous dark fruity touch. Sweet flavour with a tinge of fruity sourness, medium to full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Dark malt-character with vinous fruity notes, including figs, raisins and dates, accompanied by notes of caramel and chocolate; sweet and slightly sour-fruity finish with balanced dark malty notes lingering into the aftertaste. 06.IV.11

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