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


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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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.

berkshirejohn's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (5740) - Bracknell, Berkshire, - NOV 15, 2012
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Deep chocolate brown with a cherry red glow and a tight tan head; sour fruity aroma; thick and syrupy in the mouth, with rich nutty malts and some sour fruit and milk chocolate; the finish is dry and woody, with soem caramel that just masks the alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (8311) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2016
On tap at The Hay Merchant. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is bready malt and dark fruit. Medium mouth, fruity malt, yeast, biscuit, light finish, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3778) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2016
Cask. King’s Head, Huddersfield. Clear, dark copper colour. Dense, lasting for ever, off white head. Aroma of booze soaked dried fruit. Notes of chocolate and spice, along the lines of cinammon, maybe. Taste is mostly sweet. Some vinous bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Very little carbonation on this one. Fruity, soft bittersweet finish. Decent. A bit more fizz, and I’d have liked this a lot, I reckon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (3901) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2016
From a cask at the 2016 Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. Pours dark brown with a bubbly head. Lightly hazy. Slightly pungent aroma hints at the strong flavor but the taste is quite tart despite a sweet note up front. Overall: Fresh and interesting but infected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4745) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Taps translucent chestnut with a thick light tan head. Aroma presents malty and fruity tones with a woody hint. Flavor delivers sweet malt, apple, pear, toasty and caramel tones. Body is fairly firm, fizz is good. Cue the James Bond theme - tee hee. (Hey, I saw "Skyfall" the other day, can’t help it!)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (6870) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Not really a great beer in any sense of the word. Tangy and citrusy. Some sour plum. Maroon pour without much head or lacing on cask. Churchkey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (6795) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Cask at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a chestnut brown color, clear - with a foamy white head. I’d describe it as soapy, but that’s what it tasted like - just a very mild, sweet malt, with some nutty notes to the body. Finish was a touch floral, very thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4968) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Birch and Barley, DC cask: pours dark reddish brown with very little head. Aroma is yogurt and dark fruits. Taste is sweet dark fruits. More than plenty malty. The ever slightest bit of hop bitterness. Powdered chocolate. Creamy body. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (3840) - 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
MrTipple (3000) - 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 (1650) - 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!

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