jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sparkling clear amber body with lazy bubbles that form a medium somewhat fizzy off-white head. Muted malty aroma, maybe a little bit vinous but very mellow. Sweet and alcoholic. Too sweet and alcoholic IMO. Lacks any complexity or depth. The body is big and syrupy and is probably the best thing going on here. This is my first sample of the series and hopefully things will improve from here on.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small white head that settles quickly with a slight lace. Clear light orange/copper hued brew. Medium sweet maltynose with a touch of smoke. Medium body, creamy yet fuzzy. Sweet malt flavors, wood, touch of honey and caramel, very faint port notes, light fruitiness. Finish is fairly sweet(not as sweet as i thought it would be) with more wood showing up. Interesting, definately needs aging though.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours translucent golden, small fizzly white head, extremely low carbonation, with decent lacing.   Definiite alcohol on the nose, with some slight charred wood and sweet buttery notes.   Extremely sweet on the tongue, slight toffee flavor, but moreso a buttery sweetness coats the mouth?   This one didnt seem to impart as much flavor as the other two I have rated (Sherry is left).   Decent, but overly sweet for my taste.   Thanks goes out to jeffc666 for the trade!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Viscous pour and deep golden body with lethargic carbonation and a sudsy white head. Aroma lacks the distinct character of the other cask-aged varieties. Strong alcohol in the nose plus some very faint wine notes. A hint of port comes through in the flavor but not enough to entice. 9 oz. is a massive quantity for a beer like this. This is the weakest of the four cask aged J.W. Lees. Thanks to MR548 for sharing.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Pours the usual clear orange with a thick white head. More sweet aroma with a touch of wine. The flavor is so sweet that I can’t handle it. Some fruitiness from the port barrel. Decent but too sweet!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting this beer along side of the sherry, whiskey, and calvados. This is was the first to pour, and the last to have any trace of head. The aroma of this one has a good note of malt, alcohol, and sea salt. The flavor to this one is just not as good as the others. The port does not seem to add much to the beer, but perhaps I need to drink more wine to learn to enjoy this one more.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, again, another winner from this series. The malts are especially present in this. Alcohol is there as well, but maybe I am just not as receptive to the port but it feels less defined and present with this. Still good, check it out if you can.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber with weak white head. Aroma of port, wood, spice, honey, fruit. Rich and full bodied with great mothfeel. Vinous in the taste, sweet, rich. Some dried fruit. Syrupy. Excellent.
jaymobrown (1608) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was perhaps my most favorite out of the four wooden cask series. Had more of a sweet plum nose and the harsh alcohol was more balanced by a sugar sweetness. Very dry end with a grape/wine-like finish. Most mellow of the four.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright amber with a thin pure-white head. Worst of the series for me, sweet to the point of gagging me, overly alcoholic in the taste, burning away any complexity. Winey flavor is apparent at the finish, way too sweet underneath and firey upfront. Drain pour.