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


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Cask @ The Willow Walk. The pour’s deep brown with a medium off-white head. The nose is nuts, light chocolate and caramel. Some mild cracked black pepper. The taste is cocoa, red berry, some chocolate cake, roasted grain and brown sugar. Hints of roasted tobacco. Smooth malt body, slightly astringent finish. Overall, not bad, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (3347) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
Gravity cask@wirral beer festival, Port sunlight. Dark brown beer with small head. Aroma of dark malts and dark malts. Taste Is same with some harsh bitterness. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (2414) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
Aroma: toasted malts, grain and bread malts, some alcohol. Appearance: black, average, creamy, off-white head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets intensify, caramel, some wood, toasted malts again, dark fruits. Overall: a bit weak in aroma and slightly watery in palate, otherwise OK Strong Ale. Pint at GBBF 2015, Kensington Olympia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1522) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
Aha Moonraker, a fine final glass of the evening at GBBF. The chap behind the bar started singing! A deep brown colour, not super clear. Quite a big beer this one, lots of rich sweet booze, quite a bit of yeasty notes, earthy hop finish. Tasty but not refined. Might go well with some tasty Lancs, actually!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (10037) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Cask at GBBF 2015. It pours dark brown with a decent beige head. The nose is soft, earthy, wood, leather, toasty, cocoa and coffee. The taste is smooth, toasty, wood, dried fruits, fruit cake, glazier cherry, cocoa, coffee, umami, light booze and some meatiness with a dry finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and oily mouth - feel. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
sound67 (595) - 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 (7821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Cask at the Crystal Palace. Pours deep brown, nose is fruity, roasted, taste is similar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4235) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2015

Oct 2014 - Gravity cask at Le Gothique. 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. (2.5)

Aug 2015 - Cask handpull at GBBF, thanks to Paulsky for the share. Aroma is earthy, gluey, some mint. Taste is spice and bread. Much more ’normal’ than last time. (3.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3686) - 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 (3483) - 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

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