J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
275mL bottle into a snifter
Brewed in 2011
A: Pours an opaque dark copper with less than 1/2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down very quickly and leaves essentially zero lacing. 3.75
S: An absolute huge degree of sweetness. Nutty, caramel/toffee, candied sugar, port wine. Some booze to balance it out. Love it. 4.5
T: Interesting, not what I expected the aroma in that its got an herbaceous, oaky, and a bit of hoppy characters. But like the nose, there is also a lot of sweetness with tons of port characters, accompanied by lots of toffee/caramel, some dark fruits, and a cocoa like component. Very nice. 4.25
M/D: Fairly smooth, carbonation on the lower end, a bit syrupy, ABV is noticeable but not in a bad way and it helps to balance the sweetness, drinkability is pretty good. 4
O: Excellent beer. Im a big fan of the original and this variant didnt disappoint. If it wasnt for the price these would be lining my fridge on a consistent basis. 4.5
08-15-2014 01:05:58 | More by zac16125
4.04/5 rDev -1.9%
- Brewed in 2012
- Bought from Hi Times (Costa Mesa, CA) on 4-Aug-14 (do not know cellar conditions)
- 275mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 8-Aug-14
Fine English BW and I definitely get the port influence, so much so that's it's almost a teeny bit too sweet, but that's what I expected from a port. Would've preferred a bit more barrel influence, but overall this was nice.
08-09-2014 05:46:46 | More by Rollzroyce21
2.63/5 rDev -36.2%
9.3 oz bottle poured into a Tired Hands wine glass. Brewed in 2008 per the label. Lots of chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass.
A: Pours a thin head fizzy head with some bubbles and a ring. Body is a copper/amber brown with lots suspended sediment.
S: Sweet wine, savory sweet malts which brings to mind sticky honey and lots of dried fruits. Think old raisins and honey.
T: So hard to drink. There’s an almost overwhelming taste of cooked vegetables. There is some cloyingly sweet honey in the background but it’s largely overtaken by the gross vegetables.
Mf: Almost no carbonation, slick and smooth. Sticky sweet. Warming.
O: This is the third time I’ve had JW Lees and it’s always the same issue, overwhelming nasty vegetables in the taste. As it warmed it began to smell better, like a liqueur, but the taste was horrendous. Not finishing. Purchase these little bottles at your own risk.
04-29-2014 02:10:35 | More by CowsandBeer
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Brewed in 2010 on label. Decanted into a Rochefort challis.
No head to speak of, no lace. No legs like a good wine or cognac might have. A hazy nice dark brown color but lots of flotsam. I tried to decant, but still got a fair amount of yeast sediment. The glass has a nucleation point so there is a very small patch of lingering foam, but it's basically flat. By the end of the glass even that patch was gone.
Smell is not too strong, but sweet. Very fruity. Dates, Plumbs, dark bread, and red wine. Smells delicious. A lot of the characteristics of a Trappist quad, but even more fruity.
Taste is wonderful. It's quite sweet, flavors of port, prunes, a little bitter hops, yeast. Pretty complex. Involving. Very well balanced. Bottle says 11.5% but I can't taste it.
Mouthfeel lacks any fizz. It's medium body, and full flavor, but there needs to be some effervescence. It's almost flat.
The lack of bubbles and the high amount of sediment detract from an otherwise complex, flavorful, well balanced, and interesting brew. I'm glad I tried it, and it would make a great conversation piece, but it's hard to justify the high price.
04-03-2014 02:45:26 | More by DougT
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.