J.W. Lees Reviews




VsXsV
3.8
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)
Bottle. Clear deep red liquid with minimal white head. Aroma of port wine, raisins, red berries, toffee and licorice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of port wine, raisins, honey and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

VsXsV
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)
Bottle. Deep hazy amber liquid with minimal off-white head. Aroma of peat, raw sugar, toffee, raisins and dried fruit. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of peat, smoke, raw sugar and light licorice. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Too much barrel character.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

VsXsV
3
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Bottle. Hazy deep amber liquid with small to medium off-white head. Aroma of booze, wood, raw sugar, toffee and raisins. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, raisins and booze. Full bodied with low carbonation. Meh.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

wheresthepath
2.4
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Cask at the Monk’s Retreat (JDW), Reading. Amber with a middling white head. Toffee malts and slightly sour red fruits. Dull, and the flavour is a little unpleasant. Not convinced it was in the best condition, but felt I wouldn’t have liked it even if it was. Although maybe the bad taste was left by the result of the Little England EU xenophobia referendum rather than the beer. A sad night indeed and maybe a cacky low-grade UK bitter was the right way to "celebrate".
Friday, June 24, 2016

berkshirejohn
3
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Cask at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading. A dark amber pour with a tight cream head; malty aroma; rather thin in the mouth, with a sweet and malty taste; then a biscuity finish. Nothing of interest, but drinkable.
Friday, June 24, 2016

mr_h
3
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Cask, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled, Crystal Palace, Glasgow (30 Apr 2016), toffee, grain aroma, amber with a thin bubbly beige head and no lacing, nutty, malty, resin, biscuit, oily, earthy, fruity aftertaste.
Monday, June 20, 2016

PorterPounder
2.9
Khukuri
Tallahassee, Fl. 500 ml bottle from Persis Indian Restaurant. Solid Indian type lager, slight haze to the medium golden pour, soft snow white head, nice bubble action. Some honey sweetness, pleasant grainy notes, went well with my Father’s Day Indian spicy Indian cuisine.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

mR_fr0g
3.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Huge thanks to Paul for providing this vertical.

86: 537414 jammy oxidised paper, oily fruit burnt toffee

87: 637314 oily toffee, paper,

88: 637415 Dr pepper, cola toffee, caramel. Toffee

89: 537214 stale grains, oxidised soy, cola, dull palate

91: 638314 woody toffee apple jammy, earthy, strawberry cherry cola

92: 637414 oily burnt toffee mint paper, toffee, caramel

93: 534210 stale grains, toffee, oxidised, dull, lifeless, meh

94: 545312 airy old cardboard toffee, oxo, dull sweet palate.

01: 547314 oxidised burnt toffee, sweet, sticky really sweet sticky.

02: 635313 stale grains, toffee, apple dull, straw.

06: 527312 sticky toffee, brown sugars banana, chunky

07: 536411 chewy toffee,

09: 547415 tangy toffee orange, caramel, caramel, coconut

10: 638415 peanut coconut toffee, caramel, Good.

12: 647414 big toffee, burnt toffee oily, jammy sticky sweet


Sunday, June 19, 2016

The_Osprey
3.2
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
Bottle share at Scopey’s. Many thanks to the birthday boy. We were unsure if the 2008 version we tasted corresponded to this entry on Ratebeer. Same bottle, same description. From what I can find online, it seems that it is. Only took minimal notes:

2008 - Musty, marmite, marmalade, soap. Taste is sweet lingering sugars, toffee, deep earthy malts. (3.2)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WingmanWillis
3.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Vertical at Chez Soapy. Big thanks to Scopey for the 20 different vintages. Pours toffee brown with somw thin head. A good mix with the 86 a little soupy but still has the aroma of fruit cake, a little honey. The 91 was a little marmite twiglet. Taste holds up pretty well with differences in sweetness across the range. Plenty of fruit cake action with honey and booze. The 2008 has a distinct spiciness to it. A good beer.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.6
J.W. Lees / Cloudwater MCR Fold
Cask @ Pie & Ale, Manchester. Darker amber coloured with a creamy-smooth head. Dry and smooth tasting in the palate, but hardly any flavour, just a lowish bitterness.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

mike5326
2.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)
Poured from a bottle. Hazy copper color, small white head. Musky grain aroma. Medium body with a sweet port flavor and a sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Luvystypotables
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)
A grape like aroma, with a hint of sherry and malt. Pours a hazy caramel. Sweet sherry like taste with a medium body and a sweet boozy finish.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Luvystypotables
3.8
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)
Aroma of malt, grape and a sweet sherry like aroma. Cloudy caramel color without much of a head. A sweet taste of tawny port, medium body with a sweet tawny port finish.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.8
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Cask @ Dirty Dick’s, Halifax. Glowing clear copper-gold with a thick creamy head. A bitter with a lightly malty character and a fairly smooth texture.
Sunday, June 12, 2016

MrChopin
3.4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ mini snifter ][ 05.01.16 ]
hazy amber, puffy cream head laces well, moderate particulates. Sweet nose is honey, lightly dusty wood as counterpoint. Flavor similar, more papery oxidation and definite yeast elements in slightly green wood notes. Finishes sticky, of course sweet. Not burning or oxidized.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

MrChopin
3.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
[ bottle ][ 1.5oz ][ @Tasting ][ $? ][ mini snifter ][ 05.01.16 ]
translucent copper, puffy white head drops but laces well. Leafy caramel tea, lightly green, plenty of sugar through the nose. Soft profile of course, plenty of caramel and toffee, okay with lightly green elements, and finishing with more light caramel and paper, bitterness nonexistent. Sticky and watery, toffee delivery but sweetness in check.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

gephross100
4.2
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
2002 bottle caramel, bread, nuts, leather, butterscotch, vanilla, clawingly sweet. Slight oxidation. Muddy brown color.
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Luvystypotables
4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Aroma of Granny Smith Apples, and a caramel malt, pours a hazy fresh apple cider like brown with no head or carbonation. Tastes of malt, sweetish apple brandy with a medium body and a sweet caramel malt finish. Better than any Clavados I’ve ever had.
Thursday, June 09, 2016

wedgie9
3.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)
2012 Vintage
Tasted on 6/8/16 from a capped 330mL bottle sent as an extra in a trade. Pours muddy dark orange with a thin beige head that quickly disappears to nothing more than a thin collar of lace. The nose is the perfect marriage of smokey Islay scotch and sweet maple malt, along with some light earth and tons of honey and heather. The flavor is the same meld of smokey Islay scotch, tons of caramel and maple malt, with light earth, honey and the very interesting addition of a charred note. The body is full and almost syrupy with light carbonation and a long smokey, honeyed, and somewhat bitter charred finish.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

nybol
3.1
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Bottle)
Rigtig fin øl i glasset, stabil skumhat. Den har en meget tung maltet, sødlig smag, lidt spritet. Næsten ingen humle.
Saturday, June 04, 2016

wombat23
2.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)
9.3 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Pour amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is super-sweet malt, cloying, fruit cake, vinous, nutty, cardboard, and caramel. Finish is both sweet and boozy.
Sunday, May 29, 2016

ruigo
2.7
J.W. Lees Bitter
Cask at Manchester Airport. Golden colour with a small white head. Citrus and malty aroma. Watery taste with biscuit notes. Overall, ok but not remarkable.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

ruigo
3.1
J.W. Lees The Governor (Cask)
Cask at Manchester Airport. Light amber colour with a small off-white head. Caramel and malty aroma. Taste is a bit sweet with caramel and herbal notes. Overall, ok but not remarkable.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

ruigo
2.7
J.W. Lees Manchester Pale Ale
Cask at Manchester Airport. Golden colour with a small white head. Citrus and malty aroma. Taste is a bit sweet with caramel notes. Overall, ok but not remarkable.
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ahuth
4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottled. 2013. Huge nutty smell. Pours a ugly brown but the taste makes up for it. Huge upfront taste. Sweet nutty grainy. Nice sticky palate. This is. Great beer.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

nimbleprop
2.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
12oz bottle pours a clear caramel amber with some creamy, white head. Nose has caramel, butterscotch, heavy honey comb. Flavor is dripping with agave, butterscotch, some aloe too. Sticky finish.
Sunday, May 15, 2016

nimbleprop
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
12oz bottle pours a clear orange with a ring of white head. Nose has malt, orange, butterscotch, mild oxidation. Flavor is sweet with malt and butterscotch, honey, a little agave syrup. Finishes sweet but also fairly smooth.
Sunday, May 15, 2016

radagast83
3.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
2010 bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was boozy malts, light barrel notes. The flavor is better than the regular J.W. Lees, in that there’s a bit more complexity here. Light barrel notes, toffee, sweet character.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

radagast83
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
Confirmed 2011 Anniversary bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was sweet, boozy malts. Very light oxidized notes, not a lot of soy thankfully. Alcohol still burns here as well. Sipping.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

radagast83
3.4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
Confirmed 2008 bottle at the May 1st DC tasting. Poured a dark brown, ruby color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma was lots of raisins, sweet malts. Caramel notes. Light oxidized cardboard, not a lot of soy thankfully. Alcohol still burns here.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BeerViking
2.8
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Cask at the Moon under Water, red-brown with a lasting thin head, malty slightly woody nose, moderate earthy bitterness, a faint hint of red fruit. Dry-bitterness in the finish. A decent but fairly dull red bitter. What did they do with all those other hops - wave them at the fermenter?
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

djd07
3.1
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Cask)
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.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

HarryPlopper
3.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)
Golden brown color, cloudy. No carbonation and very little head when poured into a glass from a bottle. Very alcoholic smell. Strong caramel taste comma with hints of wood and Oak. Very strong alcohol content but not overpowering. Very smooth mouthfeel and no bitter aftertaste.
Monday, May 09, 2016

kwik-lime
2.9
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Cask at JDW on Whitehall. Herbaceous hops, quite resinous and a hint of boiled veg. OK bitter.
Friday, May 06, 2016

imdownthepub
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottled, 275ml, 2005 version aged 11 years. Red amber with thin head. Full on Barley Wine aroma on pouring leading to a heavy alcohol character, certainly wine like, smooth with a toffee, caramel note. Woody, vanilla notes toward the close. A big bruiser.
Friday, May 06, 2016

GenDV138
3.4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting, thanks radagast83! Slightly hazy brownish orange with beige head. Aromas of raisins, caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, light booze, oak. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

GenDV138
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting. Clear golden amber with beige head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, syrup, raisins. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

GenDV138
3.4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
Bottle at the DC RateBeer Tasting. Clear golden amber. Aromas of caramel, toffee, booze, dark fruit. Tastes of butterscotch, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, oak. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

argo0
3.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
Bottle, thanks Mr Chopin. She off-white head atop yeast-flecked amber body. Aroma is sweet, caramel, some molasses, light melon. Taste is sweet, caramel, berry. Sticky full body.
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Iphonephan
3.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
From a bottle at the DC gathering May 1, 2016. Pours cloudy copper with a scant off white head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of toffee and fruit cake.
Sunday, May 01, 2016

jandd1983
3.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
Bottle. It poured a copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of some funky yeast, caramel malts and earthy hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more funkiness, oak, yeast, citrus and a hint of champagne.
Sunday, May 01, 2016

The_Osprey
3.2
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Cask, HP at Railway Putney as ’J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope’. Dark amber orange, still, clear, small foamy tan head, thick lacing. Aroma is bready, glue, rug. Body is smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is bready sugars, more rug and resin, peppery breathy mustiness, astringent herbal stuff increases over time. Pleasant but simple.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

bjakk
2.6
Khukuri
Bronze, clear, white foam. Sweet, malt in the aroma. Sweet,mild malt with almost no aftertaste.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

brewtalita
3.7
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
Very dark brown, long lasting high beige head. Aroma chocolate, dried plums, raisins, butterscotch. Palate medium to low, higher carbonation. Taste prune jam, cloves, dry and sour finish. Not ahint of chocolate despite the aroma, but that of coffee instead. Quite nice, original beer.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

chimpgibbon
3.8
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
Bottle. Thinnish dark ruby with lovely creamy head and lacing. Stone fruit and malt aroma. Chocolate and sweet malts, hoppy medium bitterness and some warming spice coming through. Really not boozy at all. Lovely if a touch thin.
Saturday, April 09, 2016

mbgrayson
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Brewed in 2014, in a 275 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy amber, with a thin tan head. Aroma of malts and wood. Taste is rich and thick, with notes of whiskey, wood, and sugared malts. A very nice wood aged ale. Thumbs up.
Friday, April 08, 2016

Garrold
3.7
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Cask)
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.
Friday, April 08, 2016

harrisoni
2.6
J.W. Lees Golden Original Lager
On tap at The Pilgrim Liverpool. Look it was a quid for a half and well worth a rate for that price. Clear gold lasting white head. Some lemon. I mean it’s not awful. Cold. Not much malt not much hop not much character. A little lemon flavour ok .
Thursday, April 07, 2016

ImportBeerMan
2.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
2015 vintage 275ml poured into a sniffer. Appearance: Hazy copper orange with minimal head. Nose: Sweet, Boozy . Mouth/Feel: Syrupy, low carbonation. Taste: Really Sweet with a port finish.
Monday, April 04, 2016