J.W. Lees Reviews




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

BlackBeerPG
2.1
Khukuri
Taste: crisp airy, bitter, wheat, carbonated, an odd skunked nose. Gold, clear, soapy head. I wonder if bottle color added to stale flavor
Saturday, April 02, 2016

wombat23
3.3
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Shared 9.3 oz. bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy amber with a short-lived off-white head. Nose is a cross between fresh-baked pecan pie and a nutty fruit cake. Taste is malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fruit cake, pecan pie, and some alcohol. Starts off with a solid malty base then finishes with an almost overwhelming sweetness. Very unique.
Friday, April 01, 2016

darbeer75
1.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Aroma: heavy and sweet with an initial impression of Parmesan cheese (disputed by husband); Appearance: dark amber, hazy, with thin, white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: extreme sweetness, like drinking jam; pretty unbearable; Palate: heavy bodied with long, sweet finish; Overall: drain pour.
Friday, April 01, 2016

weihenweizen
3.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Refrigerated 2013 275 ml brown bottle poured into a glass. Hazy brownish orange with small beige head. Aroma is fruit, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and hints of alcohol. Complex, rich, top of the line barley wine.
Friday, March 25, 2016

crossovert
3
Khukuri
660ml green bottle. Pale gold pour, skunky aroma. Flavor is metallic, not a huge amount of skunk, a bit sweet for the style, not repulsive.
Friday, March 25, 2016

BlackHaddock
3
Khukuri
330ml bottle from Oakham Wines (Rutland): poured into a Duvel glass at home on 20th March 2016. Clear golden amber body, good, deep and full white blanket on top. Malty nose and flavour with a good hop bittering balance, one of the better UK brewed lagers in my opinion. Went down very well with some English Cheeses and salted biscuits.
Sunday, March 20, 2016

joe19612
2.9
J.W. Lees Manchester Pale Ale
Bottle. Pours a bright orange colour with a fluffy white head, aroma is light and hoppy, the taste is medium bitterness with a dry finish.
Sunday, March 13, 2016

redders1974
2.8
J.W. Lees Pioneer
On cask at the spring inn great head and lacing hints of soft lemon easy drinking if not a little bland.
Sunday, March 13, 2016

berkshirejohn
3
J.W. Lees Supernova
Cask at the Cannie Man, Bracknell. An opaque, peaty black colour with a dense cream head; nutty toffee aroma; and a rather thin milky body with a malty taste and a weak finish. Not the best mild I’ve come across.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Cunningham
2.3
J.W. Lees The Governor (Cask)
A bit to mild, thin and anonymous for my likings. Apart from that nothing wrong with it :-D.
Clear golden color with a creamy white head. Mild aroma. Medium light body and a creamy soft carbonation. Tad sweet and a mild bitterness. Malty, wort-ish and herbal flavor.
[Handpull at The Lion and Antelope at Manchester Airport in Manchester, England]

Monday, March 07, 2016

ManVsBeer
2.9
J.W. Lees Pioneer
Cask @ Gulliver’s, Manchester. Light golden with a small head. Crisp and easy-drinking golden ale with very light malts and a lower bitterness. Has some berry-sweetness in its nose.
Monday, March 07, 2016

migwell
4.4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Bottle at the Foundry. I’m generally not a fan of barley wine, but this sweet and fruity sipper turned out to be an excellent finish to a pleasant evening. Aroma of apple, cherry and brown sugar, pours out with a small head and an almost ruby color. The bottle says ’Brewed in 2013’, and it certainly has aged well. It is quite sweet with the flavors following the aroma. Very rich, complex and balanced, quite smooth and with the alcohol quite evident. One to savor.
Saturday, March 05, 2016

PhillyBeer2112
4
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
This is the kind of perfectly good British beer that helps you remember why you ever liked British beer in the first place, and that a beer doesn’t always have to be hop forward to be flavorful and tasty. Also, this is pro level stuff. I mean by that: it starts with a sweet dark malt front, but its more of a molasses type sugariness (where molasses itself isn’t actually very sweet). There are virtually no hop flavors or aromas, but there is a mild spicy bitterness to balance out the finish, but mostly the balance achieved by the fact that the beer is fermented out to a semi-dryness, so its never cloying and thus it doesn’t actually need a hop wallop to tame it. Amazingly light and drinkable for the relatively higher ABV. Only complaint is cosmetic, it was dark, cola-like, with minimal head - though the lower carbonation did wonders for the maltier body.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

stevoj
3.8
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
2015 vintage on tap at Churchkey. Dark copper with small airy head. Malt with tons of brown sugar sweetness, maple, caramel, toffee. Sweetness distracts from the 11.5% ABV, which delivers some latent heat. Like a big alcoholic Sugar Daddy. (I love Sugar Daddies)
Monday, February 22, 2016

Sjohnh
2.9
J.W. Lees Supernova
On tap in the Town Wall Tavern, Coventry. Nice and dark with plenty of frothy head. Body a bit thin. Little malt but plenty of red fruit.
Sunday, February 21, 2016

MarcinG
2.4
J.W. Lees Manchester Pale Ale
Butelka 500 ml. Zloty kolor z biala srednia piana. Aromat chmielowy z owocami cytrusowymi. W smaku podobnie : chmiel cytrusy trawa. Nijakie takie.

Marcin G

Thursday, February 18, 2016

MrTipple
3.9
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
2015 vintage. Aroma: intense molasses, caramel, dark, ripe fruits, prunes. Appearance: hazy, brown, hardly any head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sticky texture, caramel, molasses, becomes super heavy sweet, overripe, dark fruits, long, heavy finish. Overall: excellent Barley Wine, maybe a touch on the sweet side, yet very complex throughout. Pint at Proletariat, Manhattan.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

minutemat
2.4
Khukuri
330ml bottle, then a 660ml bottle @ Avatar Nepalese restaurant, Shrewsbury. A very fine Nepalese restaurant indeed. Pours gold, white head. Aroma is sweet pale malt. Taste is clean, lightly sweet, pale malt. Not a bad lager really. Went well with my Vindaloo.
Sunday, February 14, 2016

ManVsBeer
3.3
J.W. Lees Supernova
Cask @ The Unicorn, Manchester. Extremely dark reddish-brown with a thick slightly off-white frothy head. Has minimal dark malts with a very light sweetness, but has a nice smooth palatable texture.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

greenmanalishi
2.9
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

JulienHuxley
2.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottle, 1992 vintage. Hazy amber pour with no head. Aroma is super dusty, cardboard. Taste is dusty, oxidized, cardboard. Palate is med bodied with very light carbonation.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

canddw
2.5
J.W. Lees Manchester Pale Ale
Bottle. Pale amber, white frothy head and medium carbonate. Savoury, hoppy, slightly stale nose. Little taste with little character, medium dry, hops, grass, stale hops, vomit. Fizzy palate. Not impressed.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

Saturday, January 30, 2016