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J.W. Lees Brewer’s Dark

Rating: 2.6

This isn’t a beer that I know a whole lot about if truth be told although the bottle does mention that it has won a CAMRA gold award at one point or another; not sure if it is talking about the beer or the brewery although I suspect the beer when it mentions it as being an “award winning dark ale”. What I did find out though is that the beer was first brewed back in 2005 & is noted for having a “smooth, well-rounded” feel to it as well as having a “malty and fruity aroma”. The brewery itself, J.W. Lees & Co seem to be highly rated for the most part online so hopefully this beer is a good one; I’ll not complain to much either way as I picked up a 500ml bottle for £1 the other week when this was on special.

Appearance (3/5): At first glance it looks almost jet black but when held to the light turns out to be a dark, deep mahogany colour that is crowned with a finger sized bubbly head that is a brownish-white colour. The head halves in size to a thinnish lacing after about 30 seconds then eventually  a dark soapy lacing.
Aroma (6/10): Firstly there is some dark roasted malts & coffee on the nose which are backed up with a sort of fruity malt type smell. Along with this there is a smell of bread and hints of liquorice, although these are harder to detect. Not all that strong smell if truth be told & nothing that really excites me here sadly.
Taste (5/10): Sweet roasted malts that match the nose make up the initial taste of this mild ale & this is followed hints of liquorice too but not a lot else after this other than a sort of fizz water taste. Not too impressive really but at the same time not bad, just bland.
Palate (2/5): Medium bodied with slightly more carbonation than I would have liked from this one. It is slightly chewy & has a fair amount of fizz; not great.

Overall (10/20): A bit of a disappointment in my book although I’ll not complain to much since it was a pound for the bottle on special at the local supermarket. This one seemed to be lacking in every area without actually being bad in any either. Bland & average really; not one that I can recommend & from what appears to be a good brewery too, hopefully I’ll get round to trying some more of their beers though.

Brewed In: Middleton, Greater Manchester, England
Brewery: J.W. Lees & Co
First Brewed: 2005
Type: English Dark Mild Ale
Abv: 3.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.00

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