tombyars (1332) - Saltcoats, - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle poured into chalice glass on Christmas day 2012. Mahogany black in colour with dark ruby highlights and a thick creamy tan head. Strong aroma of black treacle and warm yeasty dough lingers on the nose. Superb creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Dark malt complex gives a moist maltloaf base with strong sweet notes of old fashioned treacle toffee, bournville chocolate, black coffee and syrupy dates. There is a faint hop prickle which gives a dry earthy note mixed with tobacco smoke. Finish is so so smooth, malty with black molasses and pontefract cake very much in evidence. This is a cracking new! porter and thank you J.W. Lees for keeping the gravity high - bucking the current trend there. If you like your ales strong, dark and malty and you like what you read on the label, then your in for a treat - I can understand the high ratings.
SarkyNorthener (1691) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from sainsburys. Tasting with Richthevillan. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and fruity. Taste is dark fruits, chocolate and some earth. Very good.
RichTheVillan (2433) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sainsburys via SarkyNorthener; dark chestnut brown pour with a quickly disappearing tan head, caramel sweet aroma, taste has chocolate, dark berries, roast malts, caramel, smooth tasting, very good.
alexsdad06 (5263) - Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home from notes. Pours dark brown in color with a large beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, a hint of smoke, molasses and a touch of earth. This one surprised me a bit. Just a bitthin at the finish.
jackafholmes (122) - - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from sainsburys. Dark reddish brown ale with a sturdy tan head. Sweet dark malts and nutty aroma. Sweet and strong alcohol taste. Good smooth mouthfeel.
YorkshireG73 (9) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hidden Gem, this one. Old manís Manc back street boozer frequented by Mark E Smith shares a pint with the Beastie Boys. JWL and Brooklyn Brewery collab. To paraphrase Alan Partridge, wipe the prejudice juice off your lips. Stick a Mikkeller label on it and youíd pay 4 times as much.Truly wonderful beer.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Dark almost black brown with a medium grey / pale tan head. Aroma of tobacco, fruit, dash of licorice. Flavour is a little fruity, medium sweetness, nice lick of alcohol strength which I usually like and did. I like it. Itís nice. A pleasant surprise, not all JW Lees beers appeal to me.
Swamp_Thing (34) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity nose with a lighter body than expected. Sweet chocolate, earthy, coffee. Strong Ale maybe mislead me a little, like a porter but more ephemeral. Flavor fades pretty quick, but leaves a sticky residue on the lips. Very nice beer. I will buy again.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle poured into tulip-style English pint. Near black color with a fleeting light tan head that quickly melts away to a thin film. Strong toffee and molasses aroma. Flavor follows suit, with a smooth drinkability. This tastes quintessentially English to me.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown body is capped by a small, loose beige head that is gone quickly. Nose has licorice, roast, and bittersweet chocolate. Moderately sweet and bitter. . Flavor is much like the nose with some sweeter malt. Medium body and a bit thin. Finishes with both light roast and sweetness. Nice.
DanielBrown (3702) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought cheap from Sainsburys. Didnít expect much of this, but itís really good. Super smooth and packed with flavour: leather, ashtray, mulled fruit, malty dark choc. Excellent.