J.W. Lees Reviews




slowrunner77
3.6
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)
2008. A little over the top sweet with lots of grain and caramel coming through the port like character. Not bad but not great. Smooth for 11%.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

tia
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottle ca. 2000 courtesy of Kinz. Copper with tan head. Smells like salted caramel, dark fruit, play-doh, cordials. Very sweet. Definitely "dusty" but we still enjoyedit.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The_Osprey
3.2
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
August 2016 - Cask handpull at GBBF 2016 as ’J.W. Lees Cyclhops’. Clear yellow, still, small foamy white head. Aroma is elderflower, green apple, crackers. Body is smooth with low carbonation. Taste is rubbery, quite astringent, almost phenolic, smoked crackers, bready. Decent enough overall but a strange profile. (3.2)
Saturday, September 24, 2016

imdownthepub
3
J.W. Lees Game On (Summer)
Cask conditioned at The Old Hall Hotel, Hope, Derbyshire. Gold with white head. Thinnish cereal malts from the start of this one, a little floral note, indistinguishable, maybe leafy. Just okay.
Friday, September 23, 2016

LazyPyro
4.2
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours black with a three-finger beige head. Aroma: chocolate and fruity malt. Taste: chocolate, ripe dark fruits, malt, slight warming spice/alcohol. Rich and complex. Slick oily/creamy texture, soft carbonation, medium body. Lovely stuff.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.7
J.W. Lees Jumbo Star
Cask @ Turnpike Inn, Rishworth. Brighter copper coloured with a creamy head. Bitter with a sweetness in its nose. Mid-malty.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Aggiebob
3
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottle. It poured a rust brown color with little head. The aroma contained dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and yeast notes. The tastes is sweet malts. Not one of my favorites.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

kraddel
1.6
Khukuri
Pours clear blonde, small white head. Smell is corns, intense, crispy. taste is weak. Mild bitterness, holow mouthfeel. the scent made me expect a bit of positivity, but the taste lacks everything I thought might have been there. Also, I really, really hate the fact how they place it in the market as a nepalese beer. These UK-brewers should at least be honest to their customers. hence the lowest score on appearance !
Friday, September 16, 2016

teorn88
2.7
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
clean light straw color with small head. Aroma is grainy starchy soft grass and straw. Taste also grainy light and bitter. Overall, meh
Friday, September 09, 2016

Scopey
2.7
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
Cask at GBBF 2016. It pours clear gold with a small white head. Teh aroma is toasted grain, cereal, porridge, light floral and spiced notes. The taste is crisp, clean, light peppery spice, straw, grass, floral notes and weak soapy lemon. The finish is peppery and dry. Light - medium body and fine carbonation. A pretty simple golden ale by all accords.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

madmitch76
2.8
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
9th August 2016
GBBF Day 1. Cask. Clear gold beer, tidy pale cream colour head. Palate is light and semi dry, decent fine carbonation. Clean pale malts. Dry floral bitterness. Touch of soap. Modest orange -lemon citrus. Passable.

Monday, September 05, 2016

chinchill
3.8
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Shared 2008 bottle. Clear body looks like whisky but with a good light tan head. Very sweet up front but more moderate by the finish. Sweet malty aroma with more complexity in the flavor.
Sunday, September 04, 2016

RamyG4
3
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
1986 bottle (my birthyear). Smells of oxidation, honey. Tastes of the same. I haven’t rated in a while, leave me alone.
Saturday, September 03, 2016

b0071d
4.6
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)
Sweet whisky aroma. Dark amber (brown/red) color. Wonderful sweet barleywine flavor with a smokey finish. Something to save for a special occasion.
Saturday, September 03, 2016

ManVsBeer
3.1
J.W. Lees Game On (Summer)
Cask @ Dirty Dicks, Halifax. Light golden coloured with a small head. Sessional with a small hoppy-fruitiness.
Friday, September 02, 2016

superspak
4.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)
275 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2012 vintage, bottled on 5/23/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, and oak; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, nuttiness, vanilla, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, and oak; with lighter notes of leather, tobacco, nuttiness, vanilla, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, golden raisin, plum, fig, apricot, apple, white grape, toasted biscuit, oak, leather, tobacco, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly syrupy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barleywine. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, sherry barrel, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

glennmastrange
3.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)
Bottle, 2004. Heavy malt aromas of roasted, caramel and nutty, light cooked orange and perfume for the hops, moderate leather for the yeast, with tobacco, sherry, prune, and fruitcake in the background. Head is nonexistent, and the color is a very dark burgundy/brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet, then finishes heavily sweet and faintly bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy, with no carbonation. A super sweet and savory Barley Wine to be sipped slowly for sure.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

50belair
4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port)
Bottle at Novare Res. Opaque amber pour with a fleeting white head. Sweet caramel and barrel aromas. Really sweet with dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and mild port highlights. Slightly boozy but more in that mellow after drink kinda way. Good body and mouthfeel.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

rlgk
2.9
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
Sample at GBBF 2016, Tuesday. Clear pale golden beer with a small offwhite head. Fruity hop aroma, grapes, citrus, bready notes. Hoppy citrus flavors flavor, grassy, cotrus, hay notes. Ok beer.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Theydon_Bois
2.8
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
Cask at GBBF’16, day one, 09/08/16. Pale blonde with a moderate off white head. Nose is bread dough, light melon exhaust, grass, grains. Taste comprises bread dough, pale malts, lemon rind, tangerine, straw. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Average fayre.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

markducommun
4.3
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Beautiful deep red orange color, minimal head. Deep sweet caramel, very dried fruit forward. Raisins. Incredibly sweet, minimal bitterness. Heavy body, very clean mouthfeel. Very long finish. Excellent.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

rekvium
1.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
From bottle, thanks to Madsnp. Vintage 2008. Pours hazy brown/red with a small off white head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, alcohol, light toast, heavy veggies. Taste is, well, hard to describe... And not in a good way... Heavy prune juice, oxidized as f*ck, old potatoe water, wauw this is horrible, heavy caramel, vanilla, heavy corn. The worst birthday gift ever!
Saturday, August 13, 2016

ManVsBeer
3
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
Cask @ Turnpike Inn, Rishworth. Golden-blonde with a thick creamy head. Bitter in character, crisp with a maltiness that lingers. Has a mid to high bitterness.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

mice
1.5
Khukuri
Vaalean kultainen, yllättävän paksun pienikuplaisen vaahdon tarjoava olut. Tuoksu, samoin kuin maku pääasiassa hyvin tunkkainen/pahvinen. Ei tästä raikasta saa tekemälläkään.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Beerhunter111
3.1
J.W. Lees Cyclhops
Gbbf. Klares hell goldgelbes Bier. Geruch nach hellem malz, leicht hopfig. Geschmack blumig hopfig, floral bitter.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Gluepot
4.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
A massive, fizzy light tan head on an unfiltered toffee coloured body. The nose features raisins, apricots, toffee and a serious touch of acidity. The taste profile features deep toffee and caramel, which just keeps growing through the taste experience. superior. Well blended undertastes include raisins, some citrus hops, grapes and a nice hint of acidity. Smooth, rich, well integrated and not too sweet or cloying.
Monday, August 08, 2016

maley1
3.6
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Hazy amber pour with small off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, apple brandy, hops and a slight funky cheese aroma. Taste of caramel malts, toffee, green apple, brandy, hops and fruits. Full bodied, soft carbonation, nicely balanced. Delicious beer, a little off putting from the funky cheese aroma. Possibly an infected bottle but taste said otherwise. Very enjoyable beer.
Monday, August 08, 2016

Desverger
3.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottle@Himmeriget, Copenhagen (29/07/2016) - (2001 Vintage) Amber brown pour with off white head. Sweet malty with notes of dried fruit, treacle, some spices, currants, nutty, fruitcake, showing its age somewhat but still a satsifying enjoyable brew overall.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

jasonbenali
3.6
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
Pours dark red to black with medium carbonation, good lacing and an off-white head. Aroma is strong. Plums, burnt caramel, apricot, prunes and orange. Taste is sweet with bitterness in a long, if thin, finish. Proper English strong ale.
Monday, July 25, 2016

Itstasty
3
J.W. Lees Bitter
Cask. Light amber, firm white head which holds the glass well. Light hops, no great bitterness. Not ’rock and roll’ but a decent session ale.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Luvystypotables
3.5
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Cask)
An interesting aroma plums, and malt pours a dark reddish brown color with no head. Watery body, and a taste of plums and raisins with a nutty malt finish.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

minutemat
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
2001 version @ monthly tasting at Chez Sophie, July 16, this slug-eaten rusty relic brought by Mike. Many thanks. Pours dark. Taste unfortunately is overshadowed by a few cobwebs and dust, but its syrupy christmas pudding and dark fruits character is lurking underneath. Reminds me to finally crack open my non-rusty 1999 bottle for comparison.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ravidesai
3.2
J.W. Lees Manchester Pale Ale
Cask at the Railroad pub in Liverpool. A nice biscuity blond. Cloudy yellow color and a small head - aroma of bread and citrus. Pleasant bready taste profile with a lemony hop taste cutting through. The hops are nicely understated but enough to break the malty sweetness.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

amhart88
3.5
J.W. Lees Kaleidoscope
Hoppy, zesty. Hints of biscuit. Initial citrus with an aftertaste of wheat. Nicely balanced ale.
Monday, July 04, 2016

nybol
3
J.W. Lees John Willies (Bottle)
Premium bitter står der på denne øl. Jo bitter er den også, og på en god og behagelig måde. God fyldig smag, ikke den tynde skarpe bitterhed.
Saturday, July 02, 2016

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