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


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RATINGS: 376   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 CAMRAs Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (2016) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2012
500ml bottle - Pours a rich mahogany, head is a thick tan and of considerable duration with some lacing. Aroma of caramel and dark fruit. The flavour is a sublte combination of malted roastness and the sweetness of dark fruit, and has a rich feel to the palate and aftertase. Really good, and a good one for Autumn (Fall) too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Parisgrim (2) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2012 does not count
Pours a hazy amber with no head it quite a few small bubbles around the glass. The smell of apple juice floods my nostrils. Not cider, oh no. Apple juice. Bringing the beer up for a sip I notice the bubbles are still there and aren't going away. Upon tasting the first thing I notice is that there isn't a ton of carbonation in this beer. Not a bad thing at all... No sting or burn like from a soda. On the tongue I get some more apple juice, bing cherry, with maybe... Just maybe a little bit of brown sugar at the end. A slight aftertaste of bread and hops are left on the tongue. Malt and bread when you exhale. Not my favorite beer ever but it's decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (2071) - Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Appearance: muddy brown to purplish pour, little to no head or lace--ugly beer . Aroma: raisins, plums, a little chocolate and brown sugar, with notes of cherry and booze. Taste: strong flavor or raisins, figs, prunes, and a slight almost lactic tang. Finish: sweet, slightly sticky, with lingering raisin and brown sugar notes. Notes: Very sweet, thick beer. Palate was extremely flat but not overly thick. I dont see what all the fuss is about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2012
Cola like pour with a decent beige head. Aromas: roasted malt, hops, chocolate, coffee, fig. Smooth and meaty with initial bitter turning quite sweet with chocolate and fruit dominant. Slightly carbonated. Moonraker leaves your lips slightly sticky. Overall....very nice indeed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ManVsBeer (9759) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
Its strength is evident in the taste, but theres plenty of fruit in there and the aroma too. Slightly sour in the palate

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
williamstome (1813) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Deep brown pour. Aroma is... apple juice. Flavor is teh same, but acidic and vinegary. Weak. Disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24187) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012
6th April 2010
Clear red - brown beer. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Rich malt, unsweet toffee and Port Wine fruit notes. A little creamy with subtle banana and bubblegum esters. Hop coming through at the end. Well joined up and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
goozen (3969) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle 0,5ltr: Dark brown coloured brew with an great balanced taste of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and some roasted feeling too. Great brew indeed and not only for the winter its also works well today on an late hot day in May.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamP01 (662) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Pours a slightly viscous cloudy brown with a medium lasting tan head. Aroma toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, figs, and some liquorice notes. Taste is toasted caramel malt, dark fruits of plums, dates, black figs with some mild bitterness. A full bodied brew with a slightly viscous and sticky mouthfeel with some moderate carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet toasted caramel malt, dark fruits, plums, dates, black figs followed by some sweet alcohol esters and some mild bitterness ending. Flavor and aroma of liquorice, dates and figs becomes more evident as it warms up. Overall an excellent, flavorful nicely balanced, and delicious brew, very enjoyable.

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