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Moonraker Ale - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd

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Moonraker AleMoonraker Ale

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151 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of seedyone
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%

09/08/11 at RnH, NYC. Not sure who thought this was a good idea. Not to my liking at all. Way too sour. Thought there was peppermint in the aroma but didn't find it elsewhere. Other references claim it was a CAMRA winter beer of Britain winner. Remind me never to go to Britain in the winter.

seedyone, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Cubatobaco, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jeeb, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

magnusdave, Oct 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

hellhammermario, Oct 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Johnq1964, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
4/5  rDev +9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

BeerForMuscle, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

MystikCelt, May 28, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Hazy deep brown, one finger's worth of off-white head, and low visible carbonation.

S: Boozy, caramel, spicy, brown malts (which smell a touch oxidized/cardboard to me).

T: Sweet brown malt, bready, a little cinnamon or nutmeg and vanilla with some rum raisin flavors. It's quite boozy for such a moderate ABV.

M: Medium body, carbonation on the low side but acceptable, and a little hot.

O: It's not bad, although it doesn't strike me as a winter warmer particularly. This bottle did have some age on it, which makes the booziness even more surprising.

macrosmatic, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

rfgetz, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

dsshuck, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%

This beer was served in a fluted glass at the Ginger Man in NYC (review is from notes).

This beer had no foam when served to me. The coloring is brown with some decent light at the edges.

This beer is pretty rich, while being decently thin. I get dark fruit upfront while retaining some good mouthfeel as it eases off.

This one makes for a very good sipper.

ummswimmin, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

nmann08, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Dylanjf, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

garuda, Feb 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

nafredet1, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Nage37, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Dark mahogany colour with deep red tinges with a thin, off-white head that is about a millimetre thick that remains consistent throughout.

Mainly dark fruits to start, a combination of plum and sugar with some raisin and a little spice too. There is some toffee malts and some grapes but it doesn't smell as strong as I had been expecting.

Dark fruits kick things off with the plums and raisin from the nose along with a sort of fig taste. There is some sweet, rich malts and a little sugar along with an alcohol laced finish.

Medium bodied and with moderate to high carbonation, there is a dry finish that is slightly bitter and boozy with some spice in the mix too.

Very fruity and not as dark as I had expected, although still quite sweet. You can definitely feel that 6.5% abv. after a few drinks and it is quite a boozy beer to drink but it is one that I would have again.

flyingpig, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of jonb5
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Half pint at JDW beer festival. Black, almost opaque apart from the brown edge. Tiny head, poor retention but it kept some lacing. Aroma was cork with notes of cranberry. Malty taste, stoutlike. There was some burn from the booze at the finish. Fairly smooth, texture was like thin syrup, minimal carbonation. Overall it had lots of burn from the alcohol but didn't really have the depth of character that some beers of this strength have.

jonb5, Oct 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Kremlock, Sep 18, 2012
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Moonraker Ale from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.