J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) - J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
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3.2/5 rDev -22.3%
9.3oz bottle. Brewed in 2009. Served in a Teku
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with less than a finger of an eggshell colored head. Head dissipates quickly to a collar of thick bubbles. Body is extremely murky with lots of chunky yeast sediment floating throughout.
Smell: Big port aromas, caramel, raisins, ripe apples. The aroma would rate much higher except for a moderately strong alcohol presence, almost like nail polish remover
Taste: Extremely sweet, overripe fruit, toffee. It has a sort of funky, oaky, smokey aftertaste that's pretty off putting. Alcohol is hidden well in the sense that it's not hot going down.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. Finishes with a cloying sweetness.
Overall: This was a miss for me. Cloying sweetness and an off putting aftertaste really took away from the good things this had going for it. It's not awful, but I definitely wouldn't have it again.
This one's just not for me I guess
08-17-2013 03:14:04 | More by Jonada
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
The beer is dark amber in colour. Lots and lots of floaties. Almost no head- just a bit of off-white bubble.
Smell contains toffee, caramel, oak and, yes, port. Smells a bit sweet, quite rich.
Taste is similar to the nose. Port, caramel, toffee, oak. Fairly sweet, quite malty. The port nicely complements the base beer, and is at the right level of strength: clearly present but not overpowering.
Full bodied but not heavy, Low to moderate carbonation level. Slick.
Overall, very nice flavour. A bit on the sweet side, but very good stuff.
08-12-2013 02:24:42 | More by jrenihan
4.48/5 rDev +8.7%
9.3oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Oops...I poured it too quickly. Tons of yeast just plopped in there. Other than that it's a nice burgundy color with no head and very little carbonation.
Rum raisin, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla and overwhelming malty goodness.
Rum raisin and syrupy sweetness. Very vinous. Caramel loaded with notes of butterscotch and vanilla. Some musty basement and a hint of oak. Hints of fig. Malty, malty, malty, malty.
Full bodied, lush, syrupy, smooth and warming.
An excellent night cap. Put on your smoking jacket and bust out the pipe. This will turn you into a fancy pants! Pinky out.
07-13-2013 01:38:23 | More by justintcoons
3.96/5 rDev -3.9%
Vintage 2004. Enjoyed in a wine glass @ about cellar temperature.
appearance: very low carbonation. Head, only a slight dusting. Murky leather brown color.
Aroma: sherry & port, umami or a light soy sauce, vanilla & whiskey, MUSTY, earthy & slight oak. I thought the bottle was soured when I smelled it.
Taste: tart cherries, plum, hugh brown sugar & slightly smokey @ the finish
mouthful: SWEET! Cloying & coating
Overall:I expectrd there to be residual sugar, but mistakenly thought that the sweetness would have died back. Was I wrong to think this?
Definitely glad I enjoyed after dinner. Still wanting to try the others. Cheers.
06-17-2013 00:13:55 | More by Higy
3.3/5 rDev -19.9%
A: This poured an opaque light mahogany, with almost no had and lots of chunky sediment.
S: It smelled like sweet honey wheat bread and toffee and tart apples, with some metallic copper hops and berries.
T: It tasted like sweet honey wheat and moldy blackberries, with some funky oak and earthy toffee. It had a lasting sugary and musty aftertaste.
M: It was oily with a little carbonation. Full body but a little flat.
D: This was not nearly as awesome as I hoped. Only a few years old and already seems ancient. The scent and taste had great elements, but they were canceled out by some undesirable oxidation notes. The body was good, not great. The finish was kind of rough, with some alcohol noticeable, so it was challenging to drink. A shame, this had a lot of potential but ended up being sub-par.
05-31-2013 15:44:45 | More by Pencible
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale (Port Cask) from J.W. Lees & Co (Brewers) Ltd
92 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.