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

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RATINGS: 1031   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.


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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teorn88 (3561) - London, Greater London, - OCT 9, 2012
27.5cl bottle from Utobeer, London. 2010 vintage. It pours a slightly hazy amber/ruby colour with no head to speak. Only a tiny ring of beige bubbles that dissipate quickly. Some small floaties. First impression: I’m in for a treat. This beer smells so complex. Toffee, caramel, port wine, cognac and cherries, sherry-like. And more. Some wood and charcoal, but most of all this smell like a blend of port wine with some cognac. Amazing. Taste is complex as well but partly different. You still get the sweet toffee notes, with caramel, port and cognac. Cherry liquor as well. But there’s a bitterness-astringency similar to coffee beans and roasted wood. Cocoa nibs in the taste as well. Body is full and oily with soft carbonation. This is not a good dessert, this is beyond dessert. Outstanding beverage.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1084) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2015
1999, tasted 2015. Obviously super old but it aged well, pours a liquid dessert, all toffee, caramel, butterscotch. But just enough alcohol burn to balance it out, keeping from being cloying. Very pleasant and fun to have a 16 yo beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (940) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. We did a side-by-side of 1999 and 2005 vintages. I liked the 1999 better, so that’s what my rating is based on. The pour is a clear bright orange-ish gold with a thin off white head and no real lace as it falls down. There is an absolute ton of butterscotch on this one that I love on the nose. There are lots of malts as well, accompanying a light fruit presence. There is a touch of oxidization, but it’s not bad at all, considering it’s 16 ish years old. The flavor is very similar. There is a good sweetness, and a touch of booze, but nothing overly dominating. They meld together beautifully. The mouth feel is thick and syrupy with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly sweet, caramel, malty aftertaste. Really good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5416) - 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 (5392) - 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 (1543) - west London and, Somerset, 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 (945) - 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 (1232) - 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.


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