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 CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

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zimbo (983) - 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.

rondphoto (4518) - 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.

jamesie1857 (1986) - 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.

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

BeerItsNice (356) - 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

JDBaker11058 (2427) - 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 don’t see what all the fuss is about.

Sizzler80 (501) - 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

ManVsBeer (11205) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
It’s strength is evident in the taste, but there’s plenty of fruit in there and the aroma too. Slightly sour in the palate

williamstome (2039) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2012
Deep brown pour. Aroma is... apple juice. Flavor is teh same, but acidic and vinegary. Weak. Disappointed.

madmitch76 (26467) - , 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.

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