J.W. Lees Reviews




blackisle
2.9
Khukuri
Bottle 33cl. @restaurant Annapurna, Castricum, poured into original Khukuri footed pilsner glass. Clear pale golden, small frothy yet steady white head, heavy lacing; aroma malts, caramel, grain, hay, cereals; taste medium sweet and bitter, malty, light toffee, straw; mild malty sweetbitter aftertaste, hint of citrus, cereal notes; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; decent lager.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

undercurrent25
2.7
J.W. Lees Greengate
Pours a light brown colour. Tastes like a typical nitro bitter. Easy drinking but rather plain and boring
Monday, January 9, 2017

Bacterial
3.7
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Dark amber pour with a slight white head. Very low carbonation. Tons of caramel butterscotch and toffee. Yum!
Saturday, January 7, 2017

jackl
3.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
2002 vintage. Thanks to whoever shared this. Deep amber pour with a small head. Nose is a bit knackered. Cardboard and plum preserve. Spiced apple and sweet grains. Flavor is similar. Hot raisin. Flabby. Very rich. Decent stuff that’s long in the tooth.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

thomashall
4.2
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
12oz bottle shared at tasting. Caramel pour. Super sweet aroma with booze. Taste is really sweet, very smooth, love it. So well done!
Saturday, January 7, 2017

BritAlesRule
4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
A big, bold aroma of smoldering wet leaves, smoky ash residue, and sweet caramel. Taste is old fashioned candy with a rummy backdrop. This is a big, big beer. It doesn’t quite come together 100%, but has as much going on as anything I have ever had.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Antzrhere
2.5
J.W. Lees Bitter
Cask, Manchester. Pours amber with white head that persists. Beer aroma is very light dominated by yeast sulphur compounds. Taste is cereal, some very faint fruit and earth hops. While not sharp, not the smoothest bitter either, slight tangy taste on tip of tongue that you usually get when you drink a very young/incompletely fermented beer. Very standard English session bitter swill, quite watery, not much to get excited
Thursday, January 5, 2017

minutemat
2.8
J.W. Lees Manchester Pale Ale
Cask @ Manchester Airport. Pours clear amber, off-white head. Aroma is bready malts, continuing to taste. Typically light body with mild caramel and bready malts. Decent malt-profile for the style. Ok.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CH-303
3.9
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Some light tan head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, prunes, dark malt. Roasted.
Taste: Dark malt, dark fruit, smooth.
Bought: Sainsbury’s, 500 ml, GBP ?.??
Info: 1/1-2017, BB: 8/6-2018

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

john44
3.1
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Cask)
Cask Half Pint – JDW Fest Autumn 2012 - Reddish / Dark Brown in colour. Malty; lightly roasted malts, caramel, hint of chocolate. Fruity; dried fruits, raisins. Hoppy; negligible hop bitterness. Sweet malty fruity throughout. Drinkable. (2012-11-03)
Sunday, January 1, 2017

SHIG
4.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Bottle: Poured light brown copper with tan head. Very stick caramel, toffee, barrel. Sweet sticky caramel molasses.
Sunday, December 25, 2016

SHIG
4.2
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Lagavulin)
Bottle: Poured a copper with no head. Sweet sticky nose of booze. Sweet tooth addicts unite. Very tasty but very sweet.
Sunday, December 25, 2016

nybol
3.5
J.W. Lees Coronation St. Premium Ale (Bottle)
En meget bitter ale, den er næsten helt brændt i smagen. Man skal ikke have mer end en af dem.
Saturday, December 24, 2016

rebelred
3.7
J.W. Lees Christmas Plum Pudding
Cask Wetherspoons Cork , nice solid bitter with nice spice not overpowering. Easy Drining would buy again.
Friday, December 23, 2016

DeanF
4.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Found on tap at The Hay Merchant in Houston. Aroma is like an aged tawny port, holy shit, grape and apple with wood hints. This is serious sniffing business, tannins and caramel, out the park here just sit back and waft it in baby. Has minimal head but a pretty brown dark copper body with carbonation hugging the glass. Flavour is heavy and sweet with lots of syrup with apple and caramel shining through. Fruity notes too. Alcohol is well hidden but this is too syrupy. Leaves a cloying feel on the mouth. Still, some very compelling things going on here.
Monday, December 19, 2016

SHIG
4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008 (Cask)
Bottle: Poured murky yellow with white head. Big boozy nose. Taste is booze. Smooth finish.
Sunday, December 18, 2016

s_hartshorne
3.4
J.W. Lees Christmas Plum Pudding
Cask Leeds train station spoons. Amber decent head. Plum malty aroma taste same some spice good hoppy bitter finish. Nice pint 1st one after a day of cocktails in Leeds!!! 🙈 Garrold
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Finn
3.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
Flaske 275ml fra Tuckers Maltings. Delt med djoeye & Rune på Nerstranda 6 Nov 16. Gylden. Lett uklar. Aroma av sherry. Smaken mandler. Lett søt. Gjennomgående sherrypreg.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Finn
3.3
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
Flaske 275ml - årgang 2009 - fra Tuckers Maltings. Delt med djoeye & Rune på Nerstranda 6 Nov 16. Mørk rødbrun. Uklar. Filmskum. Aroma av sherry. Smaken ulik søt frukt. Behagelig - men veldig søt.
Friday, December 16, 2016

snoworsummer
4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
Cask at Max’s. Pours hazy copper with a thick, creamy off white head. Tastes like dried fruits, toffee, cookie malt, smooth and creamy, light booze, and golden raisins. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like golden raisins, toffee malt, and light booze. Delicious!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

minutemat
3.4
J.W. Lees Christmas Plum Pudding
Cask @ Montgomery’s Tower, Shrewsbury. Pours clear amber, thin off-white head. Aroma is plummy, spicy. Taste has a plummy sweetness, some spice. It is christmassy, but nearing the end of the barrel unfortunately.
Sunday, December 11, 2016

undercurrent25
3.3
J.W. Lees Christmas Plum Pudding
Pours an amber colour. Taste is of plum and some warming brandy. A very decent Xmas beer
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sarlacc83
4.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
1999 vintage for rating 1999 A: Purplish black, thin white head, lacing. N: Raisin, oxidation, earth, esters, some leather, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, treacle. Toffee and caramel. T: Very sweet but not cloying. M: Medium heavy body, very sticky, light alcohol, soft carbonation. O: An excellent beer. This has aged marvelously. Buy and store.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Don2711
3.5
J.W. Lees Christmas Plum Pudding
Aroma fruity. Spice and plum tasting. Amber colour. Good strength with nutty hints. Lasting bite on the palate. All in all a good seasonal drink.
Friday, December 9, 2016

SpringsLicker
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)
2003 Vintage from my cellar. Clear garnet tinted medium brown with a thin ring of off-white for a head. Complex aroma of dark dried fruits and brown sugar. The flavor is very sweet and follows the aroma. I can’t discern any of the Sherry cask treatment, maybe this has enough Sherry notes from it’s age. This would be much better if not so sweet as the complexities of the beer are nicely done.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

stevoj
3.5
J.W. Lees Moonraker (Bottle)
Bottle from Kris Wines. Dark brown, opaque , ring of beige head. Sweet malt aroma, taste brings in the malt a little stronger, but it is the finish which really pleases, slow lingering sweet malt, like a nice dessert at the end of a meal. Bready, some vanilla and molasses, sweet without being cloying. Nice
Sunday, December 4, 2016

mr_h
3.4
J.W. Lees British Autumn Ale
Cask, festival ale, 1/2 pint, hand-pulled at Camperdown Place, Glasgow on 15 Oct 2016, earthy, caramel aromas, amber brown with a thin cream head and excellent lacing, earthy, malty flavours.
Sunday, December 4, 2016

downender
3
J.W. Lees British Autumn Ale
Cask-conditioned, on gravity, at the Commercial Rooms, Bristol October 2016. Amber in colour, with a slight, off-white, head. Touch of citrus fruit and leafy hops, before some sweet, digestive biscuit, notes and a moderately bitter finish. Fine.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

martythesmarty
3.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottle. Pours brown with almost no head. Aroma is very sweet and has notes of caramel and liqueur chocolate candy. Taste has notes of barn.
Monday, November 28, 2016

dmctaster
4.3
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
2009 edition. Orange-brown with a thin yellow head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins, and plums. Tast is sweet toffee, caramel, and raisin.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

emacgee
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
2006 bottle. Probably should have consumed this sooner. Whatever. Super murky and viscous tawny amber pour with almost no carbonation and barely a wisp of head. Nose shows tons of dried dark fruits, prune, raisins, dried apples, burnt sugar, caramel, and oxidized malt. IN.TENSE flavor. Like condense dried fruit juice and burnt sugar/caramel. Apple note comes through more than you’d expect at this age. Definitely some oxidation going on. Super full bodied and coating mouthfeel.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

MadRobin
4.2
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Sherry)
Vintage 2008, purchased in 2011 and cellared for over 5 years. Poured from a 275 ml bottle. Murky copper color with considerable fine to large sediment, no head and no lacing, but plenty of legs. Aroma of sherry, toffee, prunes, dates and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, toffee, plums, sherry, maple, raisins, charred wood and whiskey. Very full body and medium carbonation with a fabulously rich mouthfeel. The occasional larger bits of sediment detract from the experience. (I think I may have to filter the rest.) But otherwise, it seems to have come through the extensive cellaring with aplomb. A very sweet, but rich and complex beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, November 21, 2016

FatPhil
1.8
Khukuri
330ml clear glass bottle (KKK Ruoholahti, Helsinki)
Has that nasty skunky stank as soon as you open the bottle, gee, thanks for using a clear glass bottle. Otherwise pretty bland and a little starchy. Light palate, a bit watery. Some messy esters on top of the bland malts, a bit fruity, but a bit sickly. Finish continues the sickly mess. Some hint of harshness I think it trying to be hops, but isn’t succeeding very convincingly.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

hatzer
3.2
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
Nice dark ale although a little overpowering its a good example of this genre ok
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Rune
3.1
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008
275ml bottle, vintage 2009, bought at Tuckers Maltings. Amber coloured body with sediments floating around. Shiny naked surface. Poor lacing. Restrained aroma of bread, caramel and sherry. Taste like fruit cake including dried fruits, toffee, bead and a touch of sherry. Warming. Slow beer sipper, very sweet in the long run (Session with djoeye and Finn, Troms? 06.11.2016).
Thursday, November 17, 2016

fonefan
4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008 (Cask)

Growler. @ [ (Chris and Ruth’s pre-GBBF tasting 2015) by chriso - London ].

[ As J.W. Lees Harvest Ale ].
[ Growler from a firkin - Vintage 2008 ]. Clear dark red brown color with virtually no head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, plum, dark fruit, raisin, prunes, plum - dates, dried figs. Flavor is heavy sweet with a long duration, dark fruit, wood, chocolate, raison, port - sherry, fruit cake, figs, dried fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy and sticky, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20150808]
8-3-8-4-17

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Rune
3.2
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
250ml bottle bought at Tuckers Maltings in Newton Abbot. Dissipating, bubbly, pearl white head. Poor lacing. Close to clear amber in body appearance. Aroma of sherry, dark caramel and dark fruits. Sweet taste of raisin, plums, caramel and bread. Impression of sherry and fruit cake. Heavy, sweet and warming. (Shared with djoeye and Finn, Tromsø 06.11.2016).
Sunday, November 13, 2016

redders1974
3.8
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Murky brown minimal head. Taste Christmas in a glass mince pie sherry marzipan nice but too sweet for me
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mr_Pink_152
3.2
J.W. Lees Manchester Pale Ale
On tap at the Three Horseshoes Waddington. Pale golden colour with a thick white head. Aroma light citrus and berry. Taste light sweet.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

djoeye
3.4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2011: 25th Anniversary Version
Aroma; fruit bowl, strong caramel, yeast, bread notes, leaves, malts. Look; almost headless, near clear amber body, unclear last pour. Taste; herbal liquor, sweet, caramel, rubber, yeast, leaves - nice fruity sweet’ish finish. Feel; solid body. Overall; nice sipper overall. [[email protected] w Finn&Rune 6nov2016]
Saturday, November 12, 2016

djoeye
3.4
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Aroma; sweet fruits, strong caramel, sweet amber malts. Look; white low head, clear amber body, unclear last pour. Taste; sweet, caramel, herbal liquor, sweets - herbal sweet finish. Feel; solid body n flat. Overall; nice sipper anyway. [[email protected] w Finn&Rune 6nov2016]
Saturday, November 12, 2016

fonefan
3
J.W. Lees Archer Stout

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 2015, National Winter Ales Festival (2015), The Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE24 8JE.

[ As J.W. Lees Archer Stout ].
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy and open, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, dark malt, roasted, caramel, soy sauce. Flavor is moderate o light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, soy sauce, dark malt, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20150212]
6-3-6-3-12

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

theprof
3.2
J.W. Lees Jumbo Star
Cask. Aroma has biscuit malt and hedge fruits. Pours copper with ruby notes, white top and persistent lacing. While there is a fruity sweetness initially the dominant elements are bitter hops that build to a crisp finish on the palate. A good example of a session bitter.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cristobal37
3.8
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
2009 bottle. Cloudy brown some floatimg turds and sediment at the bottom. Sweet liquor or sweet wine aroma. Big malty barley wine with lots of sweet grape or apple in it. Aroma is slightly misleading because taste is also sweet but with a ripe fruit smack. The Calavdos barrels are extremely apparent, heavy raisin taste. Different for sure but a bit too sweet for me.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

kapusil
4.2
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Calvados)
0.33l bottle thanks to Cristobal37. Hazy brownish dark orange body, practically no head with huge chunks of sediment. Aroma of dark sugar syrup, apple brandy, cider and oak. Taste of caramel, burned sugar, toast and apple cider. Quite boozy beer. This cider brandy character makes it very unique for me.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

undercurrent25
3
J.W. Lees Game On (Winter)
Pours a brown colour. Taste is quite balanced and malty. Very traditional tasting bitter
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Patrickctenchi
3.5
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
Bottle: (2013) Cloudy brown with a light beige ring. Cola, caramel, molasses aroma. Very sweet and syrupy....caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar flavour. Extremely rich......wonderful, but I don’t think I could drink very much of it.....grows overpoweringly sweet.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Parmenion777
3.3
J.W. Lees British Autumn Ale
Pours a clear coppery amber colour with a small beige head. Toffee, biscuit malt aroma with a fruity tang. Taste is biscuit malt and toffee, citrus bitter hops and a lasting dry finish.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Grzesiek79
4.4
J.W. Lees Manchester Star Ale
Superowe piwo. W starym dobrym stylu. Ciemna brazowa barwa niemal czarne prawie nie ma przeswitu. Bardzo niewielkie refleksy czerwieni. Piana o atramentowym odcieniu, puszysta i gruba, sredniej wielkosci ale bardzo trwala. Zapach likierowego alkoholu i goracej czekolady. W smaku na poczatku likierowa slodycz, cos jakby porto i polewa czekoladowo-krowkowa na ciescie w ktorym jest mnostwo borowek i jagod. A wiec spora mieszanka ciemnych granatowych owocow, deserowa czekolada i uderzenie alkoholu szlachetnego. Po chwili po przelknieciu posmak slodyczy powoli ustepuje a alkohol blyskawicznie ustepuje tworzac rozgrzewajaca koncowke z lekka nute chmielowosci i palonego slodu. Bardzo zlozone i ciekawe piwo.
Monday, October 24, 2016

Towey1989
3
J.W. Lees British Autumn Ale
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A clear amber colour with a medium white head. Aroma of toffee, biscuit, some dark fruits and subtle brown sugar. Taste of toffee, biscuit, some dark fruits, slight brown sugar and subtle nuttiness. Light bodied and soft carbonation. A bittersweet, malty and earthy bitterness in the finish. A nice, malty, Autumn ale. A little thin but overall enjoyable.
Sunday, October 23, 2016