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


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RATINGS: 370   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - SEP 23, 2001
good malt flavor, a little too dry in the finish for me, but nice overall

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Better than average, but nothing special, either. This ale was exceedingly sweet for my taste, but if you like something like a Thomas Hardy’s, the Moonraker’s right up your alley. Poured a deep brown/mahogany with little head, & had a very clean finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
will1 (140) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Sweet, fruitcake / malt loaf scents. Pear drops, vanilla and cherry carried on the alcohol aroma. In taste, slightly vinegary in a good, balsamic way. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. A vinous, fruity aftertaste. I always enjoy English Strong Ales and this is no exception. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2009
By Jove! Had this little fellow a couple of times and didn’t take to him at all. This time, with my first sip (after a La Trappe Quadrupel) I decided that I rather liked it. Sweet, rich, thick. The sweetness of raisins. How delightful! A fine beer, but I might have to wait until next year for it to return to Morrisons. Bon nuit!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scottrf (105) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
Very dark brown, tan head. Faint aroma, alcohol. Sweet dark fruit, raisins dry bitter aftertaste. Some alcohol taste. Heavy with some carbonation. Nice but too much alcohol and a little too heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerItsNice (95) - IRELAND - OCT 11, 2012
A dark brown colour with off white head. Aroma of malt, hops, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavour of bitter with a sweet chocolate finish. --- BeerItsNice

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