J.W. Lees Moonraker

J.W. Lees Moonraker

Rated 3.558 by BeerPals

Brewed by J.W. Lees & Co. Brewers

Manchester, United Kingdom

Style:  Old Ale

7.5% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 780 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 21 years ago

Key Stats









Overall Rank2357
Overall Percentile95.3
Style Rank28 of 216
Style Percentile87
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.663
Weighted Score3.558
Standard Deviation0.459

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  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 6

    A brown colored beer with a small frothy textured, light beige head. Not much hang time on this one. But it settles into a thick ringlet. Light nose of sweetness. The tasting is burnt caramel and dark fruit. Not much hops. Thick, nearly syrupy.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    what a delicious surprise! i'd neber heard of this so had no expectations going in, and ended up liking it better than their far more famous harvest ales. silky texture, with a plethora of tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate, malty goodness. great nose and flavor. i'll be getting this more often for sure.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    It pours a very dark brown/burnt-orange with thin light-tan head and some thick lace surrounding the head. An aroma of caramel malts, light hops, citrus, plum, dates, and some yeast and spices. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich. Flavors of caramel malts, hops, orange, dates, raisin, yeast, and spices. Excellent!

  • SIGMUND 5268 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    500 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 7.5%. Mahogany coloured beer, big off-white to beige head. Very nice malty aroma with notes of caramel and dark dried fruits, also some oaky and vinous notes. The flavour is malty sweet and rich, notes of caramel and dark dried fruits again, vinous and oaky notes too, moderate hops in the finish. A lovely strong ale!

  • CHOPZ 6185 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Last brew to rate on my Nashville trip (52 beers in just over a week). Printed on the neck is 13 AUG 09 as the best before date. Here's to a good time in Tennessee. Pours a hazy medium-dark brown colour with a big beige soapy head and lace. Retention is good. Nutty nose with some dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates), red apples, brown sugar, molasses, oat and roasted malt. Wow... smooth as hell. No burns. Just a wet mouthfeel. Red apple taste with some mild molasses and sugars in the finish. Not much in the aftertaste. Maybe a little oat. A pretty decent easy-drinking English strong ale. Thanks, and goodnight TN !

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    jeez, lots and lots of aged non heat sherry and dark fruits ... low head, feels aged, i like it ... port and dark berry dominate the flavours, very easy to drink .. worthy of coming out of Manchester! Wishlist cross-off: put on originally 10/30/2006

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    J.W. Lees has never been a favourite brewer of mine, and the Moonraker does nothing to change that notion. It's a dark beer with a sweet malt-based aroma. Hops are foreign. The taste is caramel, and sugar, and what seems like a bit of cocoa and coffee. The end is bitter, but I'm not sure if that is roasted malt, or hops.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A dark brown appearance with some ruby hints. The aroma is quite nice with some chocolate, cherries, caramel, toffee, and molasses. The flavor is rather malty with some dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, caramel and a slight nutty presence too. The palate is a bit thin considering the complexitiy but overall this is a good beer.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Not sure what it was about this beer that really made it tasty. The tobacco-like notes in the flavor was probably what sold me. Of course it could have been the toffeeish malts or the dark fruits that made this so easy to drink. Either way this was a solid beer all the way thru. The color is a dark amber/brown color, cloudy with just a scant head. Not much carbonation in this one either but that's okay. Clearly a sipper of a beer.

  • CYBERCAT 11371 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Aroma is rich, smoky, with hints of molasses and coffee - what I call "stouty" since I am partial towards porters and stouts. It pours a dark, semi-opaque mahogany with a fine-bubbled and fairly persistent head. Flavor is smoky and malty with a fair amount of sweetness. When it goes down the hatch, it leaves a touch of hoppy bitterness, which complements the sweet rather than clashing. A flavorsome and enjoyable beer, one should sip and savor it, and preferably without a distraction like a party or game.

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