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Brewed by J.W. Lees
Style: Barley Wine
Middleton, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1029   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 275ml dark glass bottles. Has appeared occasionally in cask.
This fully fermented strong ale has been brewed by J.W. Lees as a celebration of the brewers art since 1985. Harvest Ale can be enjoyed now or laid down like a vintage wine for enjoyment in years to come.


41cubs' rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Real, proper English barley wine that fills a certain void every time. A cakey rum soaked dried pit fruit medley hits the nose. The flavor is warm date butter spread on wheat with that luscious, tender touch of alcohol at the finish. Themouthfeel is full scale whole milk and a wonderful coating effect that tingles and sours the flavor at the back of the mouth. Outstanding. 2007 bottling that I’m enjoying in celebration of my amazing daughters fifth birthday today. Thanks jw lees. 2007 small bottle.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5323) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
2007 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is honey, candy sugar malt. Thin mouth, sweet malt, light roast, candy sugar, boozy, very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
2011 vintage. pours clear bright golden orange with a reviving off-white cap, nice lacing. candied sugars, cherries, spicy oranges, dusty and creamy biscuits, tobacco, sweet peat, some ashes, resin, dirt. low carbonation, medium-full body - oily and syrupy; cloying and lightly smoky-spicy finish. again, an odd smokiness, but this time not coming from any barrels.. abv well hidden. still a pleasant sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gary (1532) - Piss-ant Valley, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2015 2013 vintage. I wars drunk as a skunk when I drank this ..I do kinda recall this being subdued and surprisingly hot n boozy ..Damn sweet. Meh drunk or not ,this was a let down . I might re-pete.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 22, 2015
Look: pours a dirty dish water brown. Very hazy. Off white head. Smell: big booze. Port wine. Sherry. Malty sweet. Slight bitterness like English sled are. Taste. Hot alcohol. Big sweetness. Toffee, caramel. Hints of port sweetness. Feel: nice thickness. Super sweet. Medium low carbonation. Overall: awesome beer. Love the overly sweet notes. First drank: home 4/22/15 Vintage: 2012

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (937) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
9.3oz bottle - 2012 vintage - to snifter - pours a deep blood orange with thin white head that disappears quickly . Aromas of leather , tobacco and hints of dried fruits . Taste is sweet , mild toffee notes with a fruity finish . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
connor0415 (47) - - MAR 21, 2015
2010 vintage, opened 2015. Pours a caramel brown with no head. Smells of brown sugar, honey, caramel, oak and vanilla. Tastes mostly of oak, some char and a lot of sweetness. No hop character at all, I get little bits of whiskey and a lot of vanilla in the finish. The consistency is very syrupy, almost no carbonation. Great English barleywine, a bit oxidized but it is 5 years old

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Aroma: fruit vegetable. Appearance: hazy orange, thin head. Flavor: fruit, slight vegetable, spicy, bread. Medium in body. Finish: sweet, slight pine, metal. Good not great

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Autumn 2012, 275 mL bottle. Pours a murky amber with an off-white head. Doughy cereal and red apple aromas, a bit of honey. Flavor is fairly oxidized caramel malt, apple fruitiness, something of an alcohol presence. Interesting, but I think too much oxidation in this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2798) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Christmas beer 4. 2013 vintage Bottle from beersofeurope. Dark copper beer with small head. Aroma of treacle, alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malts, almonds, treacle and some alcohol. Very sweet and boozy. Very oily on the palate. Very good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Classic barley wine. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisin. Toffee and some oxidized sherry notes.


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