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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Bottle. Color of majogony wood with an incredibly tight and sustained head of light, tan-colored foam. Aroma is appetizingly sweet, light, fresh caramel being browned on the stovetop. Toffee, crystallized bron sugar, and chocolate covered fruit. Full-bodied with a great, balanced sweetness that stresses all of the aroma components. The finish is long with a roasted sweetness and ale yeast fruit competing for supremecy. This is an adult, liquid candybar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 0.5l bottle. Why is this so poorly rated? Awesome clear reddish brown, with a tan head. Extremely fruity aroma. Where can I get this yeast? Almost Belgian-like. Very fresh as well. Flavor is nice and fruity as well, with a clean, carmelly malt flavor. I guess I am in the minority on this one.

1998 vintage (or so it is said). Pours a dark cloudy brown. Tan head. aroma is a sharp sherried dried fruit conglomerate of prunes and raisins. Flavor is smooth and sweet up front then sharp and bitter in the finish with the dried fruit remaining. This is fascinating after all this time! 7-4-7-4-13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2003
What a find! Flocculent yeast. Med dark beer, cool logo with the moon and hand, cool label. Favors Abbot ales from Belgium. Complex, woody, nutty, caramel hints, musty and lots of yeast. Smooth yeasty finish. An excellent brew, not for the non-initiated. 7.5 ABV is well hidden. This beer is deserving of careful consideration by the connoisseur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 29, 2005
Moonraker has a complex aroma of caramel and dark fruit. The color is a rich mahoganny. The head is a thick tan and of considerable duration with some lacing. The flavor is a sublte combination of malted roastness and the sweetness of dark fruit. Moonraker has a rich feel to the palate and aftertase.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5165) - Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Aroma is rich, smoky, with hints of molasses and coffee - what I call "stouty" since I am partial towards porters and stouts. It pours a dark, semi-opaque mahogany with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent head. Flavor is smoky and malty with a fair amount of sweetness. When it goes down the hatch, it leaves a touch of hoppy bitterness, which complements the sweet rather than clashing. A flavorsome and enjoyable beer, one should sip and savor it, and preferably without a distraction like a party or game.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flarp99 (4) - sadfsdaf, - MAR 15, 2002 does not count
A reasonable ale, just don’t have too many you drunken slag!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2003
The start up smell is malty,raisin,apricot ,plum.Nearly no head.dark slightly amber in color.Yeast suspended throughout the beer.Looks like a vitamin B overdose.The taste has a faint saltiness to it,roasted maltiness,some raisin and coffee as well not as sweet as some barley's i've had seems almost closer to an Imperial stout.Kind of a thin feel in the mouth slightly watery.The finish is slightly bitter with a roasted malt after taste that last's a long time.The alcohol never makes an appearance very well tamed by the flavor's with in,and the yeast i mentioned before was not a problem.I was looking for an almost chunky feel but it never appeared. If this was an imperial i'd rate it much higher but i think it still should get a good rating just because of the high drinkability of this brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
Deep dark amber w/firm fine head. Steely carmel adn molasses raisen nose. Rich carmel, ginger, molasses, sherrry with lingering sweet malt finish. Sparkle in the mouth rich but refreshing with a slight hop finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pours a dark brown suspended with white chunks(yeast I think) through out. Quite interesrting. Aroma is very malty portish with a little bit of marsala. Not to mention lots of fig and dried fruit. Truly an amazing nose.The flavor is well balanced to slightly hoppy. Starts light and fruity and finishes dry and hoppy. With an unbelievable lingering after taste that keeps you coming back for more. Overall I would say American brewers have out done the the English yet I can’t think of too many that can match the extreme character and magnitude of this one. Should be classified as an English strong Ale. Not a Barley wine.

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