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


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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Cask; Regular. Previously 7.5%.
There’s a story about some farm labourers who thought that the reflection of the moon in a pond, not far from our brewery, was a lovely truckle of Lancashire cheese. They tried to rake it out, but ended up falling in. You might find a pint of this stuff just as mesmerising.

Jonb5's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonb5 (430) - Greater London, - OCT 29, 2012
Half pint. Black colour, almost opaque, brown edge, tiny head. Aroma was malt with hints of cranberry. Tasted malt, was a bit stoutlike, finish had some burn from the booze. Texture was like thin syrup, light carbonation. Overall the character didn’t match the burn that came from the alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sound67 (474) - Offenbach, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2015
[International Beer Festival, Burton-on-Trent, 2015] - J.W. Lees Brewery Moonraker, 6.5%, schuckeschwarz. Mildes, schokoladiges Aroma. Sehr ölig, sehr schwer, keinerlei Kohlensäure. Im Antrunk sehr, sehr süß, viel Schokolade, Melasse, dazu eine parfümierte florale Note. Zur Mitte betonter malzig schokoladig, ebenso im Abgang und Nachhall. Nein. Viel zu süß. Bier ist keine Praline.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6530) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Cask at the Crystal Palace. Pours deep brown, nose is fruity, roasted, taste is similar.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (3241) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Gravity cask. Very dark brown, small bubbly tan head. Aroma has marmite, oxidised, leaves, raw meat. Body is light, low carbonation, smooth. Taste has thin stewed apple, brown sauce, gravy, prune juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
Old ale by Lees, with unstable, loose head and dark reddish brown colour, hazy. Deep malty aroma of caramel, chocolate and nuts, flowers, plums, grapes, cloves, ginger, gin. Fruity and sweetish malty taste, caramelly with chocolate touches, spicy accents, warming alcoholic finish without becoming astringent. Very nice, I’d love to compare this with the bottle version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (3264) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 21, 2013
Cask at Gulliver’s, Manchester, September 2013. Black, opaque with cream head. Faintly fruity aroma, very delicate compared to its colour and then comes the pear. Tastes like cooked pear in wine, a little sour and a little sweet. Medium-bodied, smooth, vinous and fruity finish. Very strange and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ArwaiyneWarr (9) - - OCT 24, 2013 does not count
Cask at The Strugglers, Lincoln. Smells sweet and fruity. Looks good - thick dark head. Tastes good, plum and liquorice and star anise. Almost like a drop of pastis in there. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimsRatings (421) - - MAY 15, 2013
On tap at Raleigh Times Bar Very dark with minimal head. Very mild aroma. Malty flavor that sits in the back of the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Firkin at Real Ale. One of the highlights of the day. Pours deep brown with tan head and lacing. Nose of molasses, figs, plums, candi sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12124) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Cask. Small tan head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape/vinous, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vinous/plum. Medium body, minimal carbonation, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Light molasses and caramelized malts on the nose. Pours dark brown with a thick off white head. Dark fruits, caramel notes with traces of molasses, figs with honey with a spicy sweet finish. Very nice dark sweet and fruity ale.

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